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Old 09-02-2013, 06:04 AM   #271
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If Yamaha was to import the SR400 into the US, when would we know?
Is it too late for the 2014 year, or can they just start selling it any time?

I almost got an SR500 that needs motor work, but want spoke wheels.
I would put dual sport tires on the SR400 and ride it everywhere...
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Old 09-16-2013, 09:38 PM   #272
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The American International Motorcycle Expo, in conjunction with Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA, announced today that the iconic brand will use the groundbreaking showcase as a platform to display its 2014 products in the marketplace and interact with dealers and consumers.
AIMExpo will be held on October 16-20, 2013 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla.

http://www.cycleworld.com/2013/02/15/ai ... m-partner/
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Old 09-17-2013, 03:10 AM   #273
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This may have already been posted:

http://www.motorcyclenews.com/MCN/Ne...00-first-test/

174KG converts to 383.6lb, didn't say whether dry or curb weight.


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Old 09-27-2013, 01:59 PM   #274
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Has anybody heard anything new about the yamaha sr 400?



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This may have already been posted:

http://www.motorcyclenews.com/MCN/Ne...00-first-test/

174KG converts to 383.6lb, didn't say whether dry or curb weight.


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Old 09-27-2013, 07:52 PM   #275
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Unfortunately neither the bikes or parts have been available in the U.S for all that time. If they had been I would almost certainly have or have had one. With the exception of a tiny little Kawasaki Eliminator 125, I have never owned a single cylinder street bike. I have seriously considered the Suzuki TU250, and S40, but neither have centerstands like the SR400.

I don't know where you get your info, but I have always been able to buy parts for my 500. Not that I've needed many. ( bought new footpeg rubbers and a fuel cap) Had this bike longer than any other. Put vintage tags on it this year.

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Old 09-27-2013, 08:18 PM   #276
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Thinking about the two SR500's I've owned, which I truly, truly liked, and sometimes loved, well, the last one I had, fairly recently, was replaced by a 2006 Piaggio BV250. It does every single thing better: starts, go's, handles, stops, carries a lot more stuff much easier, gets 25% better mileage, is light years and loads more comfortable, and is so much smoother its not even funny. It does everything better. Except look better. Or sound better, or have character...
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Old 09-28-2013, 05:21 AM   #277
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I was actually surprised at the low vibration level on mine, considering it's a non-counterbalanced 500 single. Not as smooth as my scooter, though.
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Old 09-28-2013, 05:47 AM   #278
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My SR500 vibes, except at idle, were less than the (mistaken) '08 KLR I briefly owned - a bike with a balancer.
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Old 09-28-2013, 06:30 AM   #279
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Since 1986 I owned three different SR500's and one SRX6. In my experience the SR500 shake a LOT over 60 mph, will just almost but not quite go 90mph, got 60mpg routinely, and slide nicely in the dirt (being an XT frame really). I owned 3 at various times so I must have liked them. This was when they could be picked up for $500 - $1000. I don't think I'd pay real money for a new one now.

Now I'm committing heresy by saying the SR500 was a funner bike than the SRX6. Yep. I really thought the SRX6 would be the living end, and searched a long time before shelling out 2 grand in the late 90's. It was a good handling but slow clubman style bike. Couldn't blast down dirt roads, hands hurt after a while, good for maybe 70 then started getting wheezy. I think mine cracked 100 once. It deserved it's fate as a model.

The SR500 could make you cuss if it didn't want to start up. A lot of that was the effective but weirdly complicated pumper carb. Once you knew the drill about clearing the intake life was easier. A few years ago I looked for an XT thinking to see what those were like but the whole retro/café thing was getting into swing and all I could find were truly clapped out junkers not even good enough for a stray can café treatment, and the asking prices were 1,500 and up!
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Old 09-28-2013, 10:04 AM   #280
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Oh yeah, I didn't say the SR500 wasn't viby, up to 60mph it was OK, but overall it was still less bothersome than the KLR.

Thanks for the intel on the SRX600 - I too thought they'd be the be all and end all to the SR500 - guess not, so no need to search one out - they go for $2500+ nowadays.

I wonder if anyone has comparatives with the SRX with the MZ Skorpion - that's another "be all to end all" contender.
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Old 09-28-2013, 07:21 PM   #281
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I've not ridden a Skorpion but have ridden Bajira (or whatever they are called). The engine felt pretty close to the SRX. I've been kind of looking for a Skorpion tour for a while now.

I think the SRX6 was a pretty cool bike but too narrowly focused for the riding I do. Ultimately I always concluded the SR500's were just too slow.
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Old 09-28-2013, 07:47 PM   #282
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I've not ridden a Skorpion but have ridden Bajira (or whatever they are called). The engine felt pretty close to the SRX. I've been kind of looking for a Skorpion tour for a while now.

I think the SRX6 was a pretty cool bike but too narrowly focused for the riding I do. Ultimately I always concluded the SR500's were just too slow.
I have a Skorpion with 3700 miles on it I might be selling, it needs some more TLC as I have been fixing some of the issues it has from the previous owner not riding it for a few years.
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Old 09-29-2013, 08:00 AM   #283
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I see all these people wishing for this bike, saying they would pay $5000-6000 for one, while there are used sr500s out there for half that, with centerstands! For the difference, a person could mod the heck out of it!
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Old 09-29-2013, 11:24 AM   #284
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Old 11-06-2013, 05:05 PM   #285
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Let's get it to the US!

This bike is so great, and I feel it checks all the boxes for what we are missing in the US motorcycle market.

I've been on the phone with Yamaha headquarters to express my interest and see what can be done about getting here. Apparently they only accept written letters. So I'm mailing one tonight!

Just an FYI in case someone else wants to send a letter as well!

Here is the corporate mailing address:

Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA
6555 Katella Avenue
Cypress, CA 90630


(I want one so bad feel free to send me your letter and I'll print it, mail it, and pay for the postage! )
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