The Official SR400 Thread

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by SCQTT, Jun 19, 2013.

  1. LondonGent

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    Lovely! I'd buy this bike even though Yamaha UK list the price at £5199 :rofl
    It reminds me of my youth - bikes were proper bikes; no ABS bollocks, no fairing, no radiator, no outlandish BHP figures and you had to work it hard to access each and every one of those 25ish horses...
    Nostalgia, I love it, :clap
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  2. LPRoad

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    I doubt that it will be of much value, but it has been mentioned in a couple of other threads that Yamaha will consider actual snail-mail letters requesting the SR400 in the USA. I decided since all it was costing me was a few minutes at the keyboard and an envelope/stamp I would give it a shot (I REALLY want one of these)

    If anyone else feels so inclined, here is the address I was provided:

    Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA
    6555 Katella Avenue
    Cypress, CA 90630
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  3. SCQTT

    SCQTT Zwei Kolben

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    The official word is the project is a no go for the US market in 2014, but if people still keep on them maybe they will try to put it in the line for 2015.
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  4. freetors

    freetors Been here awhile

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    Honestly that looks like the perfect street bike for me. Timeless good looks, modern reliability, economical, fun and practical. I really hope it comes here!
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  5. plugeye

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    rode a '79 XT500 for 6 years. if it was counterbalanced, i'd still be riding it.
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  6. conchscooter

    conchscooter Long timer

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    The TDC window works as illustrated, but once you get the hang of it kick starting is simple. Press the kick starter until you feel TDC -it will block your foot, that's why there is a decompression lever. Use that to get slightly past the blocked point of TDC and return the kick starter to the top and press down with the decompression released of course.

    The TDC window is a useful training tool but soon enough it gets dirty and staring down at your kneecap prior to starting gets to be a pain.

    As you can see fear of the kick start is also a useful anti theft device should these lovely anachronisms suddenly become desired by the rich and famous thus creating a trend...
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  7. Iranian

    Iranian Been here awhile

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    Do you guys think it is possible that yamaha updates it for 2015 with a electric starter?
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  8. Iranian

    Iranian Been here awhile

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    I found out the maintaince will most likely be like other yamaha bikes, every 10 000 km and the valves every 40 000 km. I wonder this maintain schedule is going to contain? Tightening all the bolt and nuts due to vibrations and oil change?
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  9. Super Sneaky Steve

    Super Sneaky Steve B@nned Club :D

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    Then it would lose 90% of it's appeal to me.
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  10. kraven

    kraven Hegelian Scum

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    Yep.
    I'm looking at the prints for the Bolt trying to figure a way to ADD a kicker to it.

    Kick only is the best for something like a 400. Adding a starter takes some of the fun away.
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  11. Iranian

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    How can adding a stater take a way some of the fun with sr 400? Having both starter and kickstater would give us the best of two worlds. I also love kick but since I am suffering from hipp problems I am not going to use a kickstarter. To satisfy both groups they should add a starter to it.

    My question is if it is possible to do it to a bike that orginally did not have a starter.

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  12. Pigford

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    The whole idea is for a half decent "retro" bike - harking back to the 70's :deal An electric boot will only add weight (starter motor + bigger battery) and unnecessary complication - not good :huh

    The Kwak W650 is a great retro machine - the W800 is not as good or so retro-accurate, as it now has fuel injection + no kickstarter ........ If you want an 'old skool' bike, then the whole point being... Less is More :D

    These Sr400's are going to be for sale at £5100 in the UK ....... thats about $8,000 :rofl
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  13. davorallyfan

    davorallyfan Commonist

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    The original SR 500 was the first retro bike. The advertising at the time is harkened back to the old days of manxes, goldies, velos etc.

    So is the new 400 a retro, retro bike?
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  14. ferrix

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    No, because it's not 'new' - sure they added fuel injection but there is continuity there because as far as I know production and sales never stopped in Japan.

    We are going to get them in Australia, apparently... I'm somewhat interested but I must admit I like my convenience and I would like to have the electric start, purity be damned. Kick start could still be there for show and as a backup. I had such setup on one of my scooters a few years back and I never used kick starter, not once. That's how I know jumping up and down on a lever is not an important part of the 'experience' for me.
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  15. Iranian

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    Agree with you. It will not lose it's appeal because of couple of pounds and a button. The retro market is a small one and why should yamaha shoot their self in the foot and make that market even smaller?


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  16. JerryH

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    Put all that junk on it and it would just become another bland boring modern bike. It already has FI, enough is enough. Anyone who cannot kickstart a 400cc engine should find something else to ride. And as much as I like tubeless tires, I would be perfectly happy with tube type tires as long as it had a centerstand. I learned how to fix tube type tires decades ago.

    As for ABS, after doing some research, I found that the only difference between an ABS bike and a non ABS bike is a disconnected wire or a pulled fuse. ABS brakes must work normally if the ABS fails, whether that failure is intentional or not. I have the ABS disconnected on my car (and the warning light taped over) It was impossible to drive it the way I wanted with ABS.
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  17. Jimmy the Heater

    Jimmy the Heater Tilting the Horizon

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    I never did like most of the cafe redo's that the masses have come out with lately but that is one seriously pretty bike.
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  18. Gham

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    I wonder if the SR 500 was kick-only because Yamaha starters were honestly not very good in the 70's and early 80's. On my 79 XS 650 when the bike was cold I always used the kick starter and after warm up could switch to electric.

    I got that tip from a Norton guy and it worked quite well.The electric starter would draw down a fully charged battery in a few seconds,every Virago had the same problem but no kick back-up.
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  19. Iranian

    Iranian Been here awhile

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    It only had kickstarter and nothing else.


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  20. Gham

    Gham Long timer

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    I believe I said that in the first sentence,Hey, I knew what I was "thinking":lol3
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