New Yamaha SR400 confirmed for USA

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

  1. mojave

    mojave Been here awhile

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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.
  2. SGrider

    SGrider 376 miles to Chicago

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    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.
  3. bikeridermark

    bikeridermark Long timer

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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!
  4. gentlemanjim

    gentlemanjim Been here awhile

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    Well Said
  5. SR400

    SR400 n00b

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    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! :deal)
  6. JerryH

    JerryH Banned

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    Those bikes are 35 years old. I would love to have a new one, but I don't want a project that cannot be ridden cross country at any time. I would be very interested in this bike, but ONLY if it has either a centerstand or tubeless tires. If there were no way to repair flats on the road, it would be nothing more than a really cool looking display model to me.
  7. bikeridermark

    bikeridermark Long timer

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    Jerry, you claim to be old-school, but you want a NEW bike? You can work on the old stuff, remember?
    I would ride mine cross-country right now, no worries.
    You'll never make it out of town, let alone Arizona.
  8. Paebr332

    Paebr332 Good news everyone!

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  9. JerryH

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    That's what I like about the SR400. It is a brand new "old school" bike. I had a mid '60s Bonneville and loved it, but it had constant problems. I would love to have a new Kawasaki W650. Same looks and feel, but modern and reliable. I thought they were overpriced when they first came out, and didn't buy one. Now I realize I made a serious mistake. I should have bit the bullet and bought one anyway. I would also love to have a brand new SR500, identical to the one made back in the late '70s. It was perfectly reliable.

    But from the condition of the bikes I've seen on Craigslist (both SR500 and XS650) they would need a TOTAL rebuild to be reliable, many of the parts are no longer available, and the ones that are cost a fortune. Working on stuff to keep it going is one thing. Building a new one from the ground up is another.

    But if I did find a decent SR500 for sale (reasonably priced and mostly stock) I would probably buy it. I could probably get enough fun out of it to justify the price. But I would not want to "mod" it, I want a stock bike. Most of what I've seen have been converted into rat bobbers.
  10. Carter Pewterschmidt

    Carter Pewterschmidt Long timer

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    Why do motorcyclist think that some 40 year old bike is like the same thing as a new one? Do you guys still drive cars from the 70's too?

    Just because you're to cheap to buy anything brand new doesn't mean that everyone else is as well. Maybe some people like brand new machines that they can go to a store, pick out a color, then buy and ride without worrying about anything.
  11. bikeridermark

    bikeridermark Long timer

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    To answer the last two replies....
    You guys want something old school like an SR500. OK, most for sale on the internet are low mileage, don't need to do hardly anything to them. They have centerstands, tubeless tires, etc..
    Poop or get off the pot!!! The old ones are just fine, the new ones are OK.
    It's a big single, with electronic ignition, which almost never fails. ( no more than a new one). It's kick-start, OK?
    There is nothing to go wrong! Jeebus!! Buy it, ride it, quit yer darn griping!
    Really, people complain about what they can't have, but when you give it to them, they are still complaining!!!

    Oh, yea, Carter, I have six bikes, one I bought new, ride over twenty- thousand miles a year, and don't worry about the reliability of ANY of my bikes!
  12. Lornce

    Lornce Lost In Place

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    I bought one of those '78 SR500's in '79. Fun first bike until it's ignition rotor crapped out and left me stranded.

    iirc, that was with well under 20k kms on the bike.

    In 1980 the replacement rotor from Yamaha Canada was $600.

    :huh
  13. surly357

    surly357 Cochetopa dreamin'

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    Yeah, I look at 70s-80s bikes all the time.

    For fun.

    The most ominous and expensive understatements on CL- "but just needs..." , "everything works except...", "should be an easy fix...", "new parts included...", "needs carbs cleaned..."

    ;-)
  14. bikeridermark

    bikeridermark Long timer

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    First one I EVER heard of. Probably trolling.
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    Lornce Lost In Place

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  16. Dezzie

    Dezzie Been here awhile

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  17. Super Sneaky Steve

    Super Sneaky Steve B@nned Club :D

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    Welcome new guy and thanks for the address. I just might write them too.
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  20. SR400

    SR400 n00b

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    Thank you for the welcome Super Sneak!

    If anyone is even remotely interested they should send a letter IMHO. More choices never hurts! :D

    I think buying a used one is a valid choice, but I love all the details that come on the newer model.
    -Fuel injection
    -Spoked wheels
    -Fork gators

    I know most of these things are easily added to an old model, but I would love to get a stock bike that is already exactly what I want :clap