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Author Topic: Yamaha SR400 is heading to the USA  (Read 1229 times)

barenekd

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Re: Yamaha SR400 is heading to the USA
« Reply #30 on: March 17, 2014, 11:09:40 PM »
All the Japanese have too light of flywheels. They'll never work like a Brit Bike. they are made to rev. You'll never find a Japanese bike that con emulate a Brit. the closest I've ever seen it the Suzuki 650 Boulevard(?) Used to be called something else (S6?). I do like the engine in that one. Unfortunately, the styling of the bike is past atrocious. The Cafe racer version is a bit better, but it's still got the cruiser handling properties.
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Re: Yamaha SR400 is heading to the USA
« Reply #31 on: March 18, 2014, 02:00:00 AM »
Actually the CBR250 is not a thumper. It is a single, but it doesn't thump, due to it's ultra short stroke, and revvy motor. The Japanese simply don't build long stroke motors. Not singles, or v-twins. A lot of what gives Harley engines that distinctive sound is their long stroke. Yes, the offbeat firing order is also part of it, but it won't sound that way without the long stroke. My Vulcan 750 is a 55 degree single crankpin v-twin, but it sounds like a lawn mower if you put loud pipes on it. It also has a counterbalancer. So it runs more like an inline four than a v-twin. The long stroke is one of the reasons I got an Enfield. It actually sounds and feels like a motorcycle.

Japanese bike riders are a whole different type. They was smooth, quiet, lots of power, handling, triple disc brakes, and total reliability without much maintenance. To me that means that want rid of virtually everything that makes a motorcycle a motorcycle. Even the new Triumph has abandoned the character of vintage bikes. The new Bonneville sounds and feels like a sewing machine. They are basically the same as a Japanese bike now.
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Re: Yamaha SR400 is heading to the USA
« Reply #32 on: March 18, 2014, 07:57:12 PM »
Personally, I find the price and performance for a 400 single a little disappointing. I would of hoped they could of gotten more out of it. The price in the UK is 5199. Now in the UK you have a big choice of bikes for that money. But I'm a retro and classic type guy.

I would prefer a Jawa 350 Retro. Which has 1970's styling, and in my opinion looks a lot better. Same amount of horse power with 50 cc less but more importantly more torque and its a parallel twin two stroke which is also a long stroke engine. The Jawa only costs 3799 on the road price.

My Dad back in the 70's actually owned one of these bikes, he said his was a different colour theme. Obviously the engine wasn't as up to date. Dad said it was a fast and reliable bike..Until he crashed it. And he had no doubt would of continued going for a long time!

« Last Edit: March 18, 2014, 08:48:11 PM by Dave1 »

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Re: Yamaha SR400 is heading to the USA
« Reply #33 on: March 19, 2014, 07:17:09 PM »
I have a soft spot for Jawa's and CZ's. Don't honestly know why, but i do. ;) ;)

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Re: Yamaha SR400 is heading to the USA
« Reply #34 on: March 19, 2014, 08:22:02 PM »
I know why I have a soft spot for CZs, I had a '70 250 Motocrosser and it as probably the best MX bike I ever had. Unbreakable and did everything right! I broke my leg on it ,but that's a different story.
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Re: Yamaha SR400 is heading to the USA
« Reply #35 on: March 20, 2014, 06:16:17 PM »
That's good to hear guys! Well I phoned the Jawa importer in the UK. I asked him loads of questions about it, and it happens he used to be an RE dealer as well. And could speak and compare the two bikes directly. He was a very honest man. Telling me the 300 expansion chamber exhaust for the Jawa's aren't worth the money. That the mod which he developed for the carb and standard exhaust produces better results! And it only costs 80. An honest sales man, now that's rare!

The modern 350's Jawa hardly ever come up secondhand. The only place is the importer his self. And that is very rarely! So I asked the question did he have any secondhand Jawa's in? Yes he did, one a 2009 Classic 350cc in black, brilliant my favourite colour! And its only done 1300 miles! The price he is asking is very reasonable and hes willing to be flexible on final payment after a deposit has been payed. So I have decided after checking my bank balance that tomorrow I am going to pull the plug on it!

This will be a good second bike to my Enfield. Will be good to have two bikes in the stable again. Not ever going to be off the road now, and it allows me to tune my Enfield engine without worring about time frames.


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Re: Yamaha SR400 is heading to the USA
« Reply #36 on: March 20, 2014, 10:28:12 PM »
Nice looking bike. The engine vaguely reminds me of a 350 Yamaha I once had,  a 1967 R5
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Re: Yamaha SR400 is heading to the USA
« Reply #37 on: March 22, 2014, 08:08:41 AM »
That bike is before my time so I had to look it up, yeah see what you mean with the similarities in looks when comparing the two motorcycles.

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Re: Yamaha SR400 is heading to the USA
« Reply #38 on: June 26, 2014, 09:49:57 PM »
I really like the thought of the SR400 when it was re-announced. It took forever to come into the showroom though so I ended up with the RE. Good job too, I'm sure it gets more admiration than the SR ever would. Plus, for the money, and owning the B5 now, I'd rather plunk it down on a GT.

Dave1, any updates on the Jawa ownership? I'd be interested to hear.

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Re: Yamaha SR400 is heading to the USA
« Reply #39 on: June 27, 2014, 12:55:50 AM »
All the Japanese have too light of flywheels. They'll never work like a Brit Bike. they are made to rev. You'll never find a Japanese bike that con emulate a Brit. the closest I've ever seen it the Suzuki 650 Boulevard(?) Used to be called something else (S6?). I do like the engine in that one. Unfortunately, the styling of the bike is past atrocious. The Cafe racer version is a bit better, but it's still got the cruiser handling properties.
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Re: Yamaha SR400 is heading to the USA
« Reply #40 on: Today at 05:19:28 PM »
i love all bikes equal ..but some are more equal than others. when i'm cruzin on a back road at 45 0r 50 mph. it almost dos'nt matter what i'm on.but lets face it, the re is just more viceral than the jap bikes or even the new triumph. but hey there all fun.
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