The Yamaha XJ900 was born out of the original Yamaha XJ model motorcycle, the XJ 650, which was the foundation for the whole XJ series.
In its original incarnation launched in 1983, the XJ900 had an air-cooled, double overhead camshaft, 853 cc 4-stroke, 4 cylinder, 8 valve engine. Originally fitted with a handlebar mounted bikini fairing, its handling came in for criticism. This was quickly replaced with a frame mounted upper fairing and retrofitted to all models. The XJ900 came with anti-dive front forks, shaft drive and triple disc brakes.
A revised version was launched in 1984 and displaced 891 cc. Aside from the engine capacity increase it was equipped with more conventional forks than its predecessor and a belly pan came as standard. The increase in engine capacity meant the carburettors went up from 35 mm to 36 mm. Aside from these changes it was nearly identical to the original and was manufactured until 1994.
The XJ900 Diversions were their replacements.
Model engine and frame codes
1983 to 1984 - 853 cc 31A
1984 to 1990 - 891 cc 58L
1990 to 1994 - 891 cc 4BB1
Yamaha motorcycle timeline, 1990s–present
|XV1700/Road Star Warrior|
|XVS125/Drag Star 125/V Star 125|
|XVS250/Drag Star 250/V Star 250|
|XVS400/Drag Star 400/V Star 400|
|XVS650/Drag Star 650/V Star 650|
|XVS1100/Drag Star 1100/V Star 1100|
|XVZ 1300/Royal Star|
|XVZ 1300/Venture Royale||XVZ 1300/Royal Star Venture|
|XVZ 1300/Royal Star Tour Deluxe|
|FZR600||Both FZR600 and YZF600R||Both YZF600R and YZF-R6||YZF-R6|
|FZR1000||YZF1000R||Both YZF1000R and YZF-R1||YZF-R1|
|Sport touring bikes||FJ1200||FJR1300|
|XT600 E||XT660 R|
|XTZ660 Ténéré||XT660Z Ténéré|
|XTZ750 Super Ténéré|