The 2016 Yamaha XSR900 is not simply an FZ-09 with retro-inspired styling. The Yamaha XSR900 gets traction control. Not available on the pure-sport FZ-09, even as an option, traction control with three functional choices—maximum (TCS-2), minimal (TCS-1), none (TCS-Off)—is standard on the XSR900. There’s a new style clutch on the XSR900. We’ve been seeing a lot of the new Assist and Slipper Clutch technology. Basically, instead of relying wholly on springs to keep the clutch plates together when you’re riding around, the Assist technology uses the torque of the engine to help prevent the plates slipping. This allows the XSR900’s clutch to have three springs rather than the six in the FZ-09. Yamaha claims a 20-percent reduction in clutch pull effort. It works well. ABS is standard on the 2016 Yamaha XSR900. You won’t find ABS on the FZ-09, but electronically controlled ABS—separate for front and rear—is part of the XSR900 package. and this system is super smooth!!! Yamaha reworked the suspension settings when converting the FZ-09 into the XSR900. The big news is that Yamaha significantly increased the damping for the 41mm inverted KYB forks and linkage-assisted KYB shock on the XSR900, compared to the FZ-09. Additionally, the XSR900’s fork springs are dual-rate, compared to the single-rate springs on the FZ-09, and the spring length at both ends of the XSR900 are longer. Yamaha says that they increased the damping to make the bike feel more stable—and it does just that. The new seat on the 2016 Yamaha XSR900 is not just a cosmetic change. The flat, wide seat on the XSR900 also changes the riding position. While Yamaha didn’t move the footpegs or grips, the seat sits over a half-inch higher and almost two inches farther back. This changes the FZ-09’s almost supermoto-like seating position into a more traditional—naturally—sporting position. The bars and footpegs sit lower and farther forward, relatively speaking, and it feels perfectly natural. This gives you a bit more of an aggressive look on the bike, which fits in with the intended visual presentation of the XSR900 and its rider. While the seat feels hard initially, it has great support and I was comfortable on an all-day ride that included significant doses of canyons, urban areas, and backstreet hooliganism. Yamaha did a great job of integrating the XSR styling throughout the bike. The big focus is on circles. The headlight, taillight and instrument pod are all round. There are round holes in the sweet aluminum headlight bracket, along with the function-free aluminum “side covers” near the back of the seat. Aluminum also shows up in the front-fender mounting bracket, which looks quite impressive in person. The abbreviated fenders, front and rear, look cool. Riding the 2016 Yamaha XSR900 is a blast. This one has only 11,004 miles onit, it has been fully serviced, and it is ready to ride!!!