Yamaha reveals rebooted XSR900 with 'Gauloises' colour scheme

Bertie Simmonds
December 9, 2021

We are loving this Yamaha XSR900 with its very special colour scheme.

This is Yamaha’s latest edition to joint its Sports Heritage line-up for 2022. The basic XSR900 uses the chassis and full electronics package from the latest MT-09, along with the updated 889cc, Euro 5 version of the CP3 triple motor.

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This XSR900 takes Yamaha’s retro design to a new level with classic lines combined with the new split LED headlight, hidden tail-light, quick-release fasteners and foldaway pillion pegs, all in the blue and yellow Christian Sarron colours inspired by the ‘Gauloises Yamaha’ YZR500 that he rode to success during the 1980s.

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Bertie Simmonds

As a child Bertie (well, Robert back then… blame his sister for the nickname) was exposed to motorcycles thanks to his uncles. They would show up at his house with a lovely lady as pillion throughout the 1970s and 1980s. After a naughty time on field bikes (it’s what we did back then) Bertie passed his test in the early 1990s and became a reporter for MCN in 1995, moving to the sports desk and covering World Superbikes in 1996. With a change to Bike Magazine in 1997, he stayed until 2000 as news, features and road test editor. Moving into PR with Cosworth, Bert was bored with cars and returned to bikes in 2001 with Two Wheels Only, becoming editor in 2002 and leaving to be freelance at the end of 2004. With almost a decade freelancing, Bertie joined Mortons in 2013 and became editor of Classic Motorcycle Mechanics, a post he’s desperately clung to, to this day. And no, he’s never had a pretty girl on the back of his bike.

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