With cafe racer styling from the 1960s/1970s, a modern three-cylinder engine, and bits like ABS and traction control, the Yamaha XSR900 Abarth is one cool custom
Extending their 'sport heritage' line-up, Yamaha recently unveiled the 2017 XSR900 Abarth at the EICMA, in Milan. To create this limited-edition (production is limited to 695 units only) café-racer, bike builders Shinya Kimura and Roland Sands teamed up with Abarth, an iconic Italian company responsible for creating some truly memorable high-performance cars. With its 847cc CP3 three-cylinder engine, the XSR900 Abarth boasts 115 horsepower and 87Nm of torque. The bike is fitted with custom-built carbonfibre bodywork, suede solo seat, Akrapovič titanium exhaust and, of course, there's an exclusive red/gray paintjob and Abarth logos on the fuel tank, front fender and seat cowl.
While the Yamaha XSR Abarth's styling is inspired by the 1960s, the technology is very much from 2016 - there's ABS, traction control and a slipper clutch, and the bike rides on modern 17-inch wheels shod with 120/70 (front) and 180/55 (rear) tyres. Stopping duties are handled by twin 298mm brake discs at the front and a single 245mm disc at the back. The bike weighs 195 kilos and the fuel economy, at 19kpl, isn't too bad for an 850cc triple. More information on www.xsr900-abarth.eu