XSR900 DB40

The Yamaha XSR900 DB40 prototype stole the spotlight at the 2023 Goodwood Festival of Speed, showcasing Yamaha’s mastery in creating captivating motorcycles. The prototype’s design, performance, and electronic features left enthusiasts in awe, reaffirming Yamaha’s reputation for crafting breathtaking bikes.

2023 Goodwood Festival of Speed

With a perfect blend of stunning aesthetics and high-octane performance, the XSR900 DB40 prototype exemplifies Yamaha’s commitment to excellence. The prototype’s alluring design and advanced technology make it a standout among motorcycle enthusiasts. Its appearance alone is enough to evoke excitement and admiration, capturing the essence of Yamaha’s innovation and design prowess.


Yamaha XSR900 DB40 prototype


The Yamaha XSR900 DB40 prototype is a good indication of what the upcoming Yamaha R9 might look like. The two bikes share the same 889cc, inline-triple engine that makes 119PS and 93Nm from its, and the XSR900 DB40’s bodywork is styled in a more modern, aggressive way that is more in line with the R9’s intended purpose.


Yamaha YZF-R9 rendering by Mich Superbike

Innovation and Rendering

The rendering from Mich Superbike linked is a good example of what the R9 could look like. It has a similar front fairing to the XSR900 DB40 but with a more pointed nose and sharper headlights. The side fairings are also more angular, and the tail section is more compact. Overall, the rendering gives the R9 a more racy look than the XSR900DB40.


Of course, this is just a rendering, and the actual R9 could look different. But based on the XSR900DB40, it’s clear Yamaha is taking a more aggressive approach to the design of the R9. This is good news for fans of the R6 and R9 since the R9 will be a more capable and exciting sports bike than the XSR900.

The Yamaha R9 is expected to be launched in 2024, and it is rumoured to be priced between $12,000 and $14000. This would make it a more affordable option than the 2023 Yamaha YZF-R1 / R1M which starts at $17,999 USD / $22,799 CAD.


The Yamaha R9 is expected to be launched in 2024 with a more aggressive design than the XSR900DB40, based on the prototype. The bike will be powered by the same 889cc, inline-triple engine as the XSR900DB40, but it is rumoured to start around $12,000, making it more affordable than the Yamaha R1.

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