New Yamaha SR400 confirmed for USA

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by HondaFanatic, Dec 17, 2012.

  1. Gryphon12

    Gryphon12 Long timer

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    The KTM Duke 390 should be here within six months.

    I like the Yamaha SR400, but Yamaha has never committed to bringing it here. KTM is likely to scoop the super-mono niche with both the Duke 390 and Duke 690.

    Unless you want a smaller thumper - Honda CBR250R (or CBR300R if they boost displacement to try to compete with the Kawi EX300R) - the Japanese will be late to the table again in the mid-sized market in the US.
  2. JerryH

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    The problem with those bikes is that they are not retro. That SR400 is absolutely beautiful.
  3. dlmarquez

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    The original SR 500 was only the 2nd M/C that connected with me. The first was a BSA441 Victor

    I bought an SRX600 the single year they were sold in the US and my worst ever motorcycling mistake was selling it!

    I will probably buy a Duke 390, unless Yamaha does bring a street single to the us between 350-500cc. That is my sweet spot.
    Oh, give it chrome fenders front and rear, a center stand, and kick starting!
    I miss the drill!
  4. Milosh

    Milosh Been here awhile

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    I owned one of these. Think Honda would sell something like this over here again?

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  5. JerryH

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    Not a chance. That is way to cool for the U.S. market. Triumph might get away with that, but not Honda. The few of those Honda did sell in the U.S. quickly became collectors items, like Kawasaki's W650.
  6. plugeye

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    Is the srx a counter balanced motor?
  7. faded_Glory

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    Yes it has a balance shaft. It is a little vibey but nothing too serious.

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  8. dlmarquez

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    When i had mine, i did a few 4 day trips from Seattle to Sandpoint Id. 400 miles each way
    I did one day ride over 500 miles. The vibes never got to me. Actually with the semi clipon style bars and a tank bag, i would just drop down on the tank bag and go till i either need to get gas or piss. 500 mi was no problem
    It was city traffic that got a little old on the wrists
    But if either the GB 500 or SRX600 or SR 400/500 reappeared i would be a happy man!
  9. plugeye

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    Nice. Don't tell me it's a 6-speed. Is it?
  10. NJ-Brett

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  11. NJ-Brett

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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...
  12. wickerman

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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/
  13. greer

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    Iranian Been here awhile

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    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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  16. chazbird

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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...
  17. bikeridermark

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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.
  18. chazbird

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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.
  19. mojave

    mojave Been here awhile

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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!
  20. chazbird

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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.