The Japanese manufacturer’s XSR900 received the internationally-prestigious ‘iF Design Award 2017’. Awarded since 1953 by the international design promotion organization Industrie Forum Design Hanover (iF), based in Hanover, Germany, the iF design awards recognizes superior industrial product designs.
‘The XSR900 was developed to satisfy customers in developed markets, where the culture of enjoying motorcycles as a hobby is well-established, for riders who prefer a more ‘traditional’ style of machine,’ explains Yamaha. ‘The simple and retro exterior combined with performance through cutting-edge technology provides pride of ownership along with riding enjoyment.’
Drawing influence from Yamaha’s classic “XS” series of motorcycles, the XSR features exposed aluminum details, retro-influenced bodywork, stepped seat and custom lighting and instrumentation. Its 847cc Crossplane Crankshaft Concept liquid-cooled inline 3-cylinder, DOHC, 4-valve-per-cylinder engine is based on the popular FZ-09. The compact motor is meant to offer the best balance of both 2- and 4-cylinder designs, with an exciting, torquey and quick-revving engine character.
It’s also a motorcycle riders can get into for under $10,000, always a nice feature.
This award marks the fourth design honor for the XSR900, after the ”Good Design BEST100,” the “Auto Color Award 2016 Special Prize,” and the “JIDA Design Museum Selection Vol.18.”