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2016 SR400, still looking great

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by arcticXS, Feb 7, 2016.

  1. arcticXS

    arcticXS XS650 Junkie

    A link to the Norwegian Importer page:

    In Yamaha racing colors straight from the factory, and looking a lot better than the XSR700 and 900, IMHO.
    The engine is now a 400, basically a shorter stroke 500, so not very powerful at all. Still a great looking bike, and supposedly only requires a 500 crank to bring the ccs back up.

    The SR models came out in 1978, I believe, so have now been manufactured for 38 years, more than double of the XS.

    One can only wish Yamaha were able to come out with something like a re-made XS650, with some of the TX750 features, just done right this time: 360 degree crankshaft, gear driven balancer shafts, crank mounted ignition, external appearance like the XS, fuel injected, oil/air cooled and 70-80 hp. If Ducati can get 70-80 hp out of the air cooled M796/ Scrambler engines, then Yamaha should be able to as well. And with modern RWU forks and decent brakes. If they did this, nobody would touch the XSR700 with a pole, at least I wouldn't :)

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