New Yamaha SR400 confirmed for USA

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

  1. Ginger Beard

    Ginger Beard I have no soul

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    CRAP!! I may have to buy a new bike in 2014...:cry
  2. LostViking

    LostViking Long timer

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    Back in the day I had a Yamaha XS 400 and my buddy had the SR 500 his had the cool factor and loads of torque for it's day. But man that thing did vibrate.

    These old bike tug at the heart strings, sort of like the girlfriend you hated and were thrilled to see gone. Then you see her twenty years later and think to youself she wasn't that bad, I wonder what she's up to?

    That being said it can't vibrate any worse than my 640 Adventure did. And I see some potential here.
    The kicker is worth the price of admission. Ironically that XS 400 was the last kicker roadbike I owned.

    I wouldn't mind seeing Honda rerelease the GB 500 either. I loved that bike when I was younger. English looks Japanese reliability. And very cool, at least to me.
  3. LPRoad

    LPRoad Curmudgeon

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    Well, I will be buying a new bike next year, but if the SR400 really does make it here, I can always sell or trade the 2014 purchase :evil
  4. LostViking

    LostViking Long timer

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    This is what rocks my boat!

    I'd almost rather have this than the new Norton Commando
  5. TomJoad

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    I sent a letter as well but did not get a reply (maybe because I wrote it in crayon).:1drink

    I can't wait and am buying a used sportster in the next few weeks. I'll sell it when I actually see one in the dealership.
  6. PAULIBIKER

    PAULIBIKER Been here awhile

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  7. Birdmove

    Birdmove Long timer

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    So, did you get the Sportster? If so, what did you get? I'm a big Sportster fan, and have owned two. First was a 1984 XLX 1000 that I bought brand new that year. Then was a 2006 XL883 that I got used from the HD dealership I worked at for over 5 years. Got a nice employee discount on that one!


  8. Birdmove

    Birdmove Long timer

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  9. Terrytori

    Terrytori Namaste

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    Are you serious... people actually do that?
  10. Chief Ten Bears

    Chief Ten Bears Been here awhile

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    YamahaMotorUSA ‏@YamahaMotorUSA 15m
    Announcing the return of an all-time classic: The SR400™. Single-cylinder 399cc air-cooled thumper engine; a... http://fb.me/2DufHurte
  11. Iranian

    Iranian Been here awhile

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    I test sat the sr400 at a Swedish motorcycle show. Nice bike but I need a electric starter to be able to start since I have some problem with my right hip. I think yamaha really shot them self in the foot by not adding a electric stater to it?

    Do you think they will add a electric starter to next year? After 2016 they have to do some modds to the rear brake if it is going to be sold in EU since it requires ABS brake system.


  12. darmahman

    darmahman "Illogically Deluded"

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  13. freetors

    freetors Been here awhile

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    I'm betting that this will become an instant cult bike. In other words, they won't sell many and then they'll become highly desirable 10 years from now. This is honesty a perfect bike for most riders, especially my purposes. 65 mpg should be easy to get, heck our xt500 gets 65 almost all the time. The only thing I don't understand is why it weighs 384 pounds!
  14. Pigford

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    Oppps - thats a bit big !!!!! Shame about the thermos flask stuck on the lower frame :huh
  15. kraven

    kraven Hegelian Scum

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    Sweet. A townie bike with a kicker and FI that'll get out of its own way.
  16. kraven

    kraven Hegelian Scum

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    :lol3:lol3

    I love you, man. :freaky
  17. PAULIBIKER

    PAULIBIKER Been here awhile

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    Agree............most new/smaller riders will look elsewhere.
  18. Birdmove

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  19. Birdmove

    Birdmove Long timer

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    So. This isn't going to be another scenario like this is it? A Japanese motorcycle maker comes up with a retro bike. US buyers beg them to make it available in the USA. Maker jumps through all the hoops to get it legal and available in the US. Maker ships bikes to US soil. Bike sits in dealers for years gathering dust. Maker says, "Oh crap! Not again!!!"

    Who is going to put their money where their mouth is here??
  20. L.B.S.

    L.B.S. Long timer

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    Sigh, I'm at the perfect age where this bike falls through the cracks. :lol3

    I'm young enough that to me, I despised these kind of bikes because they represented "way old fashioned" and I couldn't wait for the dinosaur kickstarters, chrome mufflers, drum brakes, air cooling, wire spoke tube type rims and chincy looking spindly chrome mirrors and front/rear fenders, to die an overdue death.

    I'm old enough, that the new Transformer bikes are hideous things, with bizarro melted droopy headlight pods, computer controlled and electric gizmo everything, ungodly abortion mufflers, and cartoon stylized rear ends pointing at the moon.