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Best of the Best 2016: Wheels | Motorcycles: Yamaha XSR900

The Yamaha XSR900 is the most entertaining standard motorcycle in recent memory…

Exposed underpinnings give the XSR900 a retro look that’s common in the standard class, but that isn’t a criticism—this is a handsome bike. It’s powered by a revvy 847 cc, 3-cylinder engine that easily triggers wheelies. It’s also equipped with powerful brakes, an assistant-and-slipper clutch, and adjustable front and rear suspension. These features and others make this bike one of the most entertaining standards in recent memory.  

  • The XSR900 may look simple, but it’s equipped with an abundance of sophisticated features, including traction control, ride-mode settings that adjust the throttle response, and antilock brakes.

  • The bike’s design details include aluminum fittings with brushed and clear-coated surfaces.

Yamaha, yamahamotorsports.com (starting at $9,490)

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