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Old 12-19-2012, 07:32 PM   #76
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For what its worth my last SR500, while not smooth, was smoother at 65mph than the previous bike, a 2008 KLR.
Both of my SR500's kick started like a charm if you knew the drill and; provided the engine wasn't hot (restart) and the temp wasn't 90+ with 90+ percent humidity. If so, you'll lose 5 lbs.
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Old 12-19-2012, 07:36 PM   #77
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Did you ever get it running? Most guys quit after 15-20 kicks!

That's funny..................

Anyway my SR500 wasn't bad, pull the compression release, kick over until marker appeared in window, NO THROTTLE, & 1-2 kicks it was going.

I was one of the the few guys that had a bike in high school and got asked "can I ride it" constantly.

"Sure, if you can start it you can ride it".
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Old 12-19-2012, 07:52 PM   #78
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This.


But it is interesting to see how out of touch some of you are.
Agreed...I am out of touch...

Was kinda hoping that some more advanced engineering and design work might have gone into it, thereby providing more performance than an ancient, carbureted 650cc thumper.

But that's just me...thanks for schooling me.
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Old 12-19-2012, 08:10 PM   #79
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I recently sold a 1978 SR500 that I had assembled out of the box. It was a very cool motorcycle, but had some short comings. I've enjoyed it all these years and taken excellent care of it. All things must change, I rode it on a 80 mile vintage ride earlier this year and it was fun. But when I returned I realized I wanted more. The premise of the SR is wonderful, short wheelbase, excellent handling. However the rub has always that it is heavy, under powered and has pour suspension. All of which are fixable for a price. I choose to keep mine mostly stock, 38mm Mikuni K&N, upper end oiler, handmade pipe (very nice).
After waffling about selling it for quite sometime, I road a KTM 690 Duke! WOW! It was exactly what the SR wasn't!
I'm not going to tell you that I don't miss the SR, because I do. But somehow the feeling goes away when starting the Duke!
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Old 12-19-2012, 08:57 PM   #80
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Seriously? this is Yamaha's response to the growing midsize market? "Since 1978"? Really? how sad! and this from an avid Yamaha owner...









oops... sorry, wrong picture.. at least that 1978 model has a rear disc and two pipes







Sorry... It's cute, but I'm not buying it... the mirror is crooked



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Old 12-20-2012, 03:15 AM   #81
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Why are there so many sissies out there? If you can't kick it don't ride it. I rode XLCH Sportsters for years and Velocettes. All it takes is learning the starting drill and knowing your bike.
My dad is 70 now, and has hip trouble. He can still handle a light bike, but not a kickstarter.

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Old 12-20-2012, 05:45 AM   #82
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Seriously? this is Yamaha's response to the growing midsize market? "Since 1978"? Really? how sad! and this from an avid Yamaha owner...


Sorry... It's cute, but I'm not buying it... the mirror is crooked



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Why is it sad that a bike sees continuous production? Why would anyone bemoan a modern classic bike that already has a huge aftermarket ? Knowing that it will have continued parts production for many years is bad? An under-stressed, simplistic bike that will more than likely run for decades is a bad thing nowadays ?

There are plenty of plastic fantastic bikes on the market that are chocked full of doodads and gizmos so if that is what someone wants they should look elsewhere. Why bitch about this bike ? Why not allow a new market of reliable,simple,classic and fun small cc bikes ? I think that this bike is a fine example of that and a great addition to those looking for something brand new that still offers a bit of nostalgia. I think that it is great that the market may get back to offering some motorcycles that exemplify motorcycling.
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Old 12-20-2012, 06:00 AM   #83
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That's funny..................

Anyway my SR500 wasn't bad, pull the compression release, kick over until marker appeared in window, NO THROTTLE, & 1-2 kicks it was going.

I was one of the the few guys that had a bike in high school and got asked "can I ride it" constantly.

"Sure, if you can start it you can ride it".
I had a '76 XT500 in college. This one didn't have the window. Otherwise it was as you said. Follow the proper procedure and it would start in 2-3 kicks. Hot, cold, it didn't matter. Anyway I was over at my girlfriend's house one evening and her little brother (around 15 or 16 years old) asked if he could ride it. I told him, "Sure, if you can start it you can ride it"

I would have told him how if he asked, but he never did. We sat on the porch and watched him kick it for 15 or 20 minutes. He was a small guy too, but young and determined. All at once he got it right and it fired up. He was gone for 20 minutes or so. I figured he earned it
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Old 12-20-2012, 06:02 AM   #84
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I'm the age where most of these "retro" bikes are too retro...

I couldn't wait for the bikes of my youth to get rid of chromed fenders, long, low chromed mufflers, spoked wheels, rear drum brakes etc.

That SR400, no, I would not really want. Neither would I want the CB1100 in it's as sold form, the way it sits. Close, but not quite.
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I *would* want one of these:




And I'd prefer one of these:




(Well technically, I'd want THIS one, but...)

I agree with all of these!
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Old 12-20-2012, 07:41 AM   #85
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I think it's a really cool little bike but the Japanese specs list only 26 HP? They should be able to get more of out that 400cc...
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Old 12-20-2012, 07:47 AM   #86
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I think it's a really cool little bike but the Japanese specs list only 26 HP? They should be able to get more of out that 400cc...
It is an air-cooled single, designed when bell bottoms were cool. No, not a junior high in the 90s - the first time, in the 70s.
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Old 12-20-2012, 07:55 AM   #87
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It is an air-cooled single, designed when bell bottoms were cool. No, not a junior high in the 90s - the first time, in the 70s.

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Old 12-20-2012, 07:58 AM   #88
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I have nothing against electric starters, in fact on a big high compression engine it's likely the only way to go. But on a relatively modest compression single or twin? I don't think so. I bought a W650 new when the came out in the states (#1 on the list of bikes I never should have sold). I looked at it as well as the new Hinkley Bonnie at the time but chose the W because the level of fit and finish, the kicker was just sort of a perk. After about 15,000 miles I sold it (the 2-3 year restless
for a new bike thing, damn it). It had many charms but what do I miss the most? The kicker. Nothing quite connects you to a bike and turns it from appliance to a machine like a kicker. If you don't agree I believe 99.9% of the street bikes out there are in scope. On the kicker side I think we're down to Urals and Enfields. If they bring it in (I hope) leave it alone, the kicker will be fine for the crazy people who tend to buy new-old-school, like me.
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Old 12-20-2012, 08:10 AM   #89
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I was born in the 80's.
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Old 12-20-2012, 09:03 AM   #90
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