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Old 12-17-2012, 04:01 PM   #16
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I doubt it.

I have a low mileage SR500 in the garage. It is neat little thing to run down and grab an ice cream cone on, but my WR250X beats it in every category....well perhaps not looks.
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Old 12-17-2012, 04:01 PM   #17
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It better come with at least the original 500cc's!
499cc to be exact and then we can get white bros. back to make big bore kits etc, etc. It would be nice of Yamaha to bring the sr back after all these years.
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Old 12-17-2012, 04:02 PM   #18
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This bike is a snoozer from Yamaha, and required very little effort on their part.

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Old 12-17-2012, 04:17 PM   #19
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This bike is a snoozer from Yamaha, and required very little effort on their part.

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Well, I think you might be under the assumption that this is a new effort, but in reality the SR250 & 400 never went away in Japan, it is just a continuation of what they have been doing for 30 years. There is still a big following for these there.

My guess is the TU250 and perhaps the new Honda got a few people in Cypress wondering about the possiblities of this domestic market mainstay.

I doubt if it will happen.
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Old 12-17-2012, 04:26 PM   #20
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Dead on arrival. Now if they imported the XJR-400R, it would be a completely different story.
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Old 12-17-2012, 06:33 PM   #21
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Sr-400

the SR500 was my dream motorcycle in my early years of cycling. I had an SRX6 for several years and several thousand miles and I NEVER should have sold it.
I'd be happy with a new SRX6, a new SR500, or a new SR400, or even a new SRX250
I just wish Yamaha would get off their backside and react to the CBR250R and the Ninja 300
I suspect the most likely possiblity is a WRX250 based street single.
I think I would be fine for it
Although I have to say, I went to the Seattle motorcycle show this past weekend......I saw exactly 1 new motorcycle that really caught my eye...the new CB1100
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Old 12-17-2012, 06:42 PM   #22
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Looks good. I approve (as long as they keep the kick start ).

Was at a ride the other day admiring an early Z1000 72ish, I think. The owner had removed the kick starter, young fella sees us admiring the bike wanders over and declares it's missing a cover to protect the other drive sprocket shaft!

The wha?

We explained it was a "Kick starter" shaft, poor kid had no idea..... Probably thinks milk grows in cartons too.... \

The SR looks nice! would make the cultists happy to see another generation of them on the road.
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Old 12-17-2012, 07:05 PM   #23
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make mine a TW400
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Old 12-17-2012, 07:15 PM   #24
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Man it would be great to see a kickstart bike back on the streets in the US. People almost fall over backward when I kickstart my 71 XS 650.
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Old 12-17-2012, 07:15 PM   #25
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Classic looks are OK, I can live with a kickstarter but no, even my 1976 RD400 had a rear disc brake. This is a "new" 1974 moto in almost every regard.

Better would be a true, modern 450cc street thumper, 4 valve head, liquid cooled, 6 speeds and a easy platform to build a DS/Adv/supermoto off of, which has been the request since the WR250R. If they built a XT400 with at least proper brakes and decent legs with 7" of travel I can deal with the probable 30 HP.
+1 on this. Kick start is fine, BTDT, but for today, give it a magic button and EFI, and for god's sake, rear disk. The dirt bikes have it, no reason to leave a drum brake on in today's world. (Yo, Yamaha, Take note and update the TW200 a tad!)

Light weight bikes with reasonably highway power/speed would seriously sell in today's world. both as commuters and to women that do not want a 600 lb bike. And that includes the dual-sport variants.

Just dreaming, but if I could find a Japanese, shaft drive, liter displacement, Sport-Tour or ADV, (standard), bike that weighed ~500 lbs, I would buy one for my wife, and sell 2000 more in about a week. Nothing in that market now in the US.
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Old 12-17-2012, 09:53 PM   #26
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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.
That's what I'm saying. Can't we have a sporty retro bike? Something that has vintage style but doesn't have budget suspension and ugly chrome? The XR1200 Harley really hit the nail on the head and now it's gone. So did the ZRX1200, but we don't get that anymore either.

People buy retro styled cars like challengers, camaros, and mustangs and they're not built with rear drum brakes. What gives?
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Old 12-17-2012, 10:05 PM   #27
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I *would* want one of these:

Me, too!
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Old 12-17-2012, 10:54 PM   #28
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If it is priced at $1500, then it's cool.
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Old 12-17-2012, 11:14 PM   #29
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They'll miss a lot of buyers without the magic button.
just follow these easy instructions and it will be running in a jiffy
http://www.yamaha-motor.jp/mc/lineup...400/cafe/kick/
http://www.yamaha-motor.jp/mc/lineup/sportsbike/sr400/

i do agree kick start only will be a smaller niche market for the experienced retro crowd only. i'm sure(hope) they've thought of that.
retro is HUGE in japan and kicking it is all part of the appeal in japan...the typical American not so much.

check out all the pics
http://www.yamaha-motor.jp/mc/lineup...00/cafe/event/
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Old 12-18-2012, 06:27 AM   #30
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I would not mind having one for around 5 grand.
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