Yamaha could be set to expand the range of its new XSR 900 retro roadster with the addition of a full-faired cafe racer sportsbike, according to reports in the Japanese media.
Launched amid a flurry of new models being added to the Iwata marque’s range over the past 18 months, the Yamaha XSR 900 marks a departure for both Yamaha and the modern classic segment as a whole with its 80’s-inspired sharp lines and retro decals.
With the XSR 900 receiving a warm reception for its alternative take on what has become a fairly generic category, Yamaha is now said to be working on an expansion of the range with the launch of the cafe racer-inspired Yamaha XSR GP.
Similar in size and ethos to the MV Agusta Superveloce 800, the render – which appears in the latest issue of Young Machine, a trusted source for scoops involving the Japanese ‘Big Four’ – reveals a striking funnelled porthole nosecone that also bears resemblance to the Honda Hawk 11.
With a sculpted full fairing also in evidence, the XSR GP could satisfy calls for Yamaha to launch a so-called R9 using the three-cylinder CP3 engine that produces around 119hp and 93Nm of torque, while proof of its existence behind closed doors was hinted in April 2022 by the registering of the mysterious new XSR GP nameplate.
As well as the MV Agusta Superveloce 800 and Honda Hawk 11, the Yamaha XSR GP would also be aimed at the Triumph Speed Triple RR and Kawasaki Z900 RS Cafe.