New Yamaha SR400 confirmed for USA

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

  1. greer

    greer Long timer

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    My dad is 70 now, and has hip trouble. He can still handle a light bike, but not a kickstarter.

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  2. Ginger Beard

    Ginger Beard I have no soul

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    Why is it sad that a bike sees continuous production? Why would anyone bemoan a modern classic bike that already has a huge aftermarket ? Knowing that it will have continued parts production for many years is bad? An under-stressed, simplistic bike that will more than likely run for decades is a bad thing nowadays ?

    There are plenty of plastic fantastic bikes on the market that are chocked full of doodads and gizmos so if that is what someone wants they should look elsewhere. Why bitch about this bike ? Why not allow a new market of reliable,simple,classic and fun small cc bikes ? I think that this bike is a fine example of that and a great addition to those looking for something brand new that still offers a bit of nostalgia. I think that it is great that the market may get back to offering some motorcycles that exemplify motorcycling. :clap
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  3. Mobiker

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    I had a '76 XT500 in college. This one didn't have the window. Otherwise it was as you said. Follow the proper procedure and it would start in 2-3 kicks. Hot, cold, it didn't matter. Anyway I was over at my girlfriend's house one evening and her little brother (around 15 or 16 years old) asked if he could ride it. I told him, "Sure, if you can start it you can ride it" :D

    I would have told him how if he asked, but he never did. We sat on the porch and watched him kick it for 15 or 20 minutes. He was a small guy too, but young and determined. All at once he got it right and it fired up. He was gone for 20 minutes or so. I figured he earned it :clap
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  4. gacksnabbit

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    I agree with all of these!
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  5. DOUBLE-O G

    DOUBLE-O G Smooth Operator

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    I think it's a really cool little bike but the Japanese specs list only 26 HP? They should be able to get more of out that 400cc...
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  6. Grainbelt

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    It is an air-cooled single, designed when bell bottoms were cool. No, not a junior high in the 90s - the first time, in the 70s.
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  7. mrbreeze

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    Tell us a story about what life was like when you were a kid, Grandpa!

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  8. rider33

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    I have nothing against electric starters, in fact on a big high compression engine it's likely the only way to go. But on a relatively modest compression single or twin? I don't think so. I bought a W650 new when the came out in the states (#1 on the list of bikes I never should have sold). I looked at it as well as the new Hinkley Bonnie at the time but chose the W because the level of fit and finish, the kicker was just sort of a perk. After about 15,000 miles I sold it (the 2-3 year restless
    for a new bike thing, damn it). It had many charms but what do I miss the most? The kicker. Nothing quite connects you to a bike and turns it from appliance to a machine like a kicker. If you don't agree I believe 99.9% of the street bikes out there are in scope. On the kicker side I think we're down to Urals and Enfields. If they bring it in (I hope) leave it alone, the kicker will be fine for the crazy people who tend to buy new-old-school, like me.
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  9. Grainbelt

    Grainbelt marginal adventurer Super Moderator

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    I was born in the 80's. :dunno
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  10. No False Enthusiasm

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    "Long ago, and far away, when men were men and giants walked the Earth..."

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  11. Speedo66

    Speedo66 Transient

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    All this talk of the "drill" to start is great, but there are times when no matter how closely you follow the drill, the F'n bike just won't start.

    I had a vintage Triumph that if you followed the drill, including kicking through with the gas on, carbs tickled, ignition off, would start on the first kick with the key on, or not. 90% of the time yes, others you could kick till you were blue in the face, and it wouldn't start. Try again 20 minutes later and it would start on the first kick.

    Same situation with the SR500, except once that one wouldn't start, you might as well wait till tomorrow, because it wasn't going to start easily.

    Threw my back out several times trying to start the SR500, which is why I finally sold it.

    2 stroke with kick start, great. No more 4 stroke thumpers without the button.

    My first bike in 1965 had electric start (305 Superhawk), why not now? :D
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  12. ivantheterrible

    ivantheterrible Been here awhile

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    I'm one of those who are firmly in the pro- kicker camp. I used to think I didn't want a motorcycle without a kicker, and given the choice between a kicker or e-start I'd take the kicker every time. I understand that most folks don't feel that way about it, so that makes it unlikely that Yamaha will bring a kick only bike to the states.
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  13. plugeye

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    thumb-start is for the lazy, crippled, weak or feeble
    man-up if you want to ride
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  14. conchscooter

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    Kick start = anti theft device.

    I miss my old SR500 which I rode all over the place, across west Africa in 1979 to Cameroon even. If this came out I would replace my Bonneville with one. I love the Bonneville but I would scale down for the joys of the new economy we live in.
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  15. Lornce

    Lornce Lost In Place

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    Bought my first bike, '78 SR500, in '79.

    I'm actually kind of impressed that Yamaha's managed to pull off a first world industrial economic coup by keeping a model in production for 35 years.

    :1drink
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  16. JerryH

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    That is one of the most beautiful bikes I've ever seen. I would be willing to pay a pretty penny for it, based on it's looks alone. It actually looks like a MOTORCYCLE, and would be 10 times more reliable than a Royal Enfield. Would probably seriously out perform one too. And for some reason REs are selling. It's impossible to find a discount on one, even though they are seriously overpriced for their poor quality.

    Unfortunately too many people do not appreciate something like this for it to ever be profitable, so Yamaha is not likely to bring it here. While Honda's new CB1100 looks great, I would like it a lot more if it looked like this. Or the 1969 CB750. If it did, I'd be down at the credit union looking for a loan.
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  17. DOUBLE-O G

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    I still think they should be able to break the 30 HP barrier...
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  18. Lornce

    Lornce Lost In Place

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    A KLR250 makes 27hp.

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  19. Navin

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    Ninja 300 makes 39.

    It is about to be 2013.
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  20. cug

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    WTF cares with a retro bike? Go, buy something else for performance.