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Yamaha Goes Old School With 2015 SR400

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Talk about old school. How about a bike being sold as a 2015 model that lacks an electric start button? That’s right, the 2015 Yamaha SR400 is not only a retro looking air-cooled single, you have to kick it to life!  Weighing only 384 pounds, the SR400 is powered by a 399 cc air-cooled single with two valve heads. Yamaha views the SR400 as a potentially popular model, capitalizing on the retro and hipster crazes. We will see about that, but in the meantime you can check out Yamaha’s press release below. When it hits U.S. dealers in June of this year, the SR400 will be priced at $5,990 MSRP. The only available color will be the Liquid Graphite pictured.

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The SR400 is powered by a 399cc, single-cylinder, air-cooled, SOHC, 2-valve engine that produces a torquey, “thumper” engine character that makes it an absolute blast to ride.

The SR weighs only 384 pounds and has a very narrow frame matched to a low seat height of only 31 inches. This combination makes for a machine that is well suited to both entry riders as well as experienced enthusiasts.

The uniqueness of the SR is confirmed with the fact that it is a kick-start motorcycle. The retro appeal of this bike lies in its lack of a push button starter. As a kick-start only machine it draws attention from old school motorcycle fans and appeals to more modern motorcycle enthusiasts who value the appeal of riding a motorcycle that stands out in the crowd.

The Yamaha SR400 is the perfect motorcycle for both the custom bike builder and the rider who loves personalization. The SR is world renowned for its basis as the perfect platform as a Café or Street Tracker machine. Personalization and customization are limited only by the designer’s imagination.

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ENGINE

399cc, single-cylinder, air-cooled, 4-stroke, SOHC, 2-valve power plant with electronic fuel injection combined with its light-weight makes for a very fun motorcycle to ride.

Easy to start, kick-starter is actuated through a handlebar mounted compression release that makes starting the SR quick and easy with very little effort.

The torquey, single-cylinder engine provides “thumper” appeal and engine character with a feeling of direct power connection to the rear wheel adding to the fun factor of the SR.

Single-cylinder design is easy to maintain and modify.

CHASSIS/SUSPENSION

Slim, narrow, double-cradle steel frame makes for a very compact body design for excellent rider maneuverability.

3.2 gallon fuel tank offers excellent touring range with an estimated 66 miles per gallon depending on the weight of the rider, passenger and any cargo.

Compact 55.5” wheelbase makes for quick, light steering for fun riding when the roads get twisty.

Front disc brake provides optimum stopping power.

Chain final drive provides excellent transfer of power to the rear wheel.

ADDITIONAL FEATURES

Outstanding platform for personalization and customization.

AVAILABLE ACCESSORIES

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SPECIFICATIONS

Model SR400
Engine Type 399cc, air-cooled SOHC, 2-valve
Bore x Stroke 97.0mm x 62.7mm
Compression Ratio 8.5:1
Fuel Delivery Fuel Injection
Ignition TCI: Transistor Controlled Ignition
Transmission 5 speed; multiplate wet clutch
Final Drive Chain
Suspension/Front Telescopic; 5.9-in travel
Suspension/Rear Swingarm; 4.1-in travel
Brake/Front Hydraulic disc; 268mm
Brake/Rear 150mm drum
Tire/Front 90/100-18M/C 54S
Tire/Rear 110/90-18M/C 61S
L x W x H 82.1 x 29.5 x 43.1 in
Seat Height 30.9 in
Wheelbase 55.5 in
Rake (Caster Angle) 27º
Trail 4.4 in.
Fuel Capacity 3.2 gal
*Est. Fuel Economy 66 mpg
**Wet Weight 384 lb
Color Dark Grey Metallic

224 Comments

  1. stinkywheels says:

    Sorry, I like the bike, I don’t feel like kickstarting only. I think I’d rather do the Royal Enfield if I want a slow retro single. 389lbs without estart, $6k,I don’t think it’ll sell and will be a collectors item for those that do. I hope everyone proves me wrong.

  2. Jeremy in TX says:

    I can’t remember an MD post about a new bike where so many comments declared that they were going to run out and buy one. I know many people have been pining for a bike just like this for a long time.

    I’ll be interested to see if this enthusiasm plays out on the sales floor.

    • Gpokluda says:

      I think a lot of posters were like me and let emotion rule the moment when they first saw the little SR. Reality will eventually set in once you realize that you can get a 2014 KLR650 New Edition for about $600 more. That took the shine off the SR for me but I still love the look go the bike. I Just don’t care for the numbers after the $.

    • mickey says:

      Jeremy, You don’t remember the second coming of the motorcycle God, the FZ- 09 article? Oh my gosh, you’d have thought every other post was going to turn into a sale. Now it has become well if they make it an ADV I will buy one, or if they make it a mini FJR I will buy one. meanwhile the bike that people begged to be brought in by Yamaha languishes on dealers floors.

      • Jeremy in TX says:

        I do remember many comments of amazement for how much bang for the buck the FZ was, but not as much enthusiasm to actually buy one. That said, the FZs are selling very well in my area. I’ve seen at least eight of them on the road in the past couple of months, and they are not staying on the sales floor very long at my three local Yammie dealers. Off subject, but I did read that Yamaha registered “FJR9″ (or something similar) with the copyright office, so people will get their chance to put their money where their mouth is.

        • mickey says:

          They must be doing better in Texas than in Ohio. My local dealer had 5 on the floor since last fall, finally sold his first one the other day. Now you could say that makes sense it’s winter in Ohio now, but in the same time he has sold 5 CB1100s. I mean 5 overweight, underpowered, low tech motorcycles to 1 high tech state of the art low weight high horsepower wonders. Maybe old guys are just tougher than young whippersnappers lol.

          • Jeremy in TX says:

            Yes, that is just a local observation. I don’t know how the FZ is doing overall or if it is even doing well in other parts of the city.

            Funny. No problem finding CB1100s on the floor here, though I did see my first two on the road in recent months.

      • Blackcayman says:

        in my defense…I have a perfectly suitable SV1000 N for naked bike pleasure… Buying a stock FZ-09 wouldn’t make a lot of sense. The bones of that bike would make a bike I’d buy though…AND I have to believe there is a growing demographic of life-long SportBike Riders that want SportBike performance, handling etc etc but withOUT the SportBike Ergos…

        The FJR-09 would fill that nicely, and would find a spot next to the SV1000 N

  3. graham says:

    cool entry level bike. not sure how kick-only starting will be received. I hope the 2015 retro xs-650 is next !

  4. Seth says:

    Northeast upscale college campus bike.

  5. Gary says:

    Back in the early 80’s I owned a GN400, a bike that is VERY similar to the SR400. I had a hate/hate relationship with that bike. It was my first new bike, and at $1,100 out the door, it was priced right. The bike was gutless, had a harsh ride and spooky handling. At least I could count on long stops. I rode that bike for 9 months and couldn’t wait to sell it.

    I see the same future for those that purchase the SR400. There are so many great used bikes out there for a lot less money. The only nostalgia offered from this bike is a reminder that cheap bikes are aggravating.

  6. Tom Shields says:

    It’s probably because I’m An Old, but when I first saw that picture a smile came to my face.

    It looks like a new-old-stock midsized UJM from the ’70’s. Nothing wrong with that. Kick starter should be no problem, as I regularly kickstarted my Z900 back in the day.

    It’s an odd mix of old tech and new tech, that’s for sure. Kickstarter and fuel injection, dual rear shocks and front disk brake. In the end its just a basic motorcycle and I like it.

  7. Wendy says:

    Yet they won’t rerelease the SRX-6. Doomed to fail. Too pricy, too cult too old school. What are they trying to do, steal sales from Royal Enfield?

    • Buckwheat says:

      Good point. The Royal Enfield Continental is way more bike for exactly the same money. It just doesn’t have the distribution network Yamaha does.

    • Ronbob says:

      Love the look.My wife’s TU250 was too much $ too, but she wants her 2009 Blast sold now.The SRX-6 would be much harder to ignore.

  8. Tommy D says:

    Hipster bike all the way. Will it sell? I don’t think it will be a surprise hit like the GROM. I expect the hipster crowd and a few older touring bike/bagger guys looking to have a second bike to recapture the ol’ days of a kick only, smaller bike will keep these around for a couple years. The 70’s look seems to be that target period cafe style. I think a revisit of the 650 Special II would attract more riders looking for a trip down memory lane.

    The Royal Enfield Continental GT is a beautiful looking bike that captures my eye every time I see a picture of one. Having ridden in the 70’s the look of this bike with its teardrop tank and two up bench seat just does nothing for me. The SRX was more my taste.yama

  9. SR says:

    Great little machine and a cult classic. How many other bikes have survived relatively unchanged for 36 years…not even the Honda 50!

    Must be doing something right!

    If you don’t get it you possibly won’t so no point in trying to convince you.

    Personally I get tired of the never ending parade of plastic rockets that you can do very little with to personalise.

    Note the massive increase in interest in modified ‘simpler’ bikes. CB350s, SR500s and the like.

    A lot of riders are looking for something they can look after themselves, simplicity and requiring not a lot of mechanical knowledge on their side.

    The 400 may not sell millions but likely it will still be around and valued long into the future…unlike the others.

    Look at the expression in the face of the less experienced R1riders when at the end of the twisties this annoyingly loud and tenacious single with the clip-ons is still there.

    Get one while they’re around, modify it and appreciate your riding at a sane but still fun pace…your licence will love you and you might live a bit longer!

    SR

  10. Fat Old Man says:

    One of the best things I remember about my old bikes was the straight seat. Scooting yourself forward and back on the go changes the position of every joint in your body which really adds to the comfort on a long trip. It also allows you to find that “perfect” riding position that is unique to you alone. It even looks like the passinger pegs are placed low enough to occasionally place your feet back there and pretend to be riding a sport bike! However, 6K is a bit much. I don’t care if 6K is the equivolent of 4K in 1979. In 1979 4K was too much.

    • GuyLR says:

      The 5990 inflated 2014 Dollars would have been worth $2110 in 1980 so that doesn’t seem too far off.
      I agree totally on riding position.

  11. Dave Joy says:

    OK you guys. If you are going to bring back clones of yesteryear……Honda, how about a beautiful 400/4, Suzuki, a nice little 250/Super Six, Kawasaki, that scorching H1 Mach3, Triumph can throw in a little Tiger Cub, and lets get the Italians on board…..Ducati, a cool little 250 Mach 1, Morini, that classic 3 1/2, and Benelli with possibly the sweetest quarter litre ever, the Two Fifty Four. Now that would be really exciting!

  12. LarryC says:

    I think Yamaha is really sticking their neck out with just a kickstart model. I can hardly wait to see an “urban retro hipster” (Does such a creature even exist? Do they buy motorcycles?) prodding away at one of these. “Let’s see…ease it past TDC using the decompression lever…uh, what’s TDC?”

    Women especially are going to have no use for kickstart only bikes. Cripes, even motocrossers have electric staters these days. I used to sell bikes. I remember trying to sell bargain basement, kickstart only Honda CJ360s, another bike that could be started by hand, to females that absolutley struggled with the starting drill…easy as it was.

    Don’t get me wrong, I think bikes like this are cool, I just don’t think it will sell. I’m old enough to actually remember Velos, Victors, Gold Stars, 450 Duc singles and a host of other similar bikes. 20 and 30 somethings don’t make the same mental connections that I do. Plus this thing has none of the cachet that those older bikes have, in spite (or perhaps because) of its being appliance reliable.

    This thing will be blown out at bargain prices and be collectable in 15 or 20 years. Got time?

    • jake says:

      If all bikes could be as easy to kick start as my old SRX, unlike my GB, then I think all bikes ought to come with a kickstarter. Having an easy kickstarter like the Yammie is a big plus for me and probably everyone else who has experienced how easy and convenient it is. Tending to a battery seriously sucks and not being able to start your bike due to a lack of juice sucks even more.

      • Selecter says:

        But since this bike is fuel injected, if the battery is dead, you’re SOL anyway. You need that battery charged for this bike to turn over, guaranteed.

        So yeah… be sure to tend that battery!

      • todd says:

        My GB500 is very easy to kick start. I only use the button if I stall it at a light or something. It’s so easy that I miss having one on my (identical motor) XR650L.

        • jake says:

          Now imagine from that standard, it being 2 to 3 times easier and that’s how easy it is to kickstart an SRX and I imagine this bike as well.

    • John A. Kuzmenko says:

      Yamaha Motor Corp., USA knows that it will be a limited model due to the kickstart-only feature – they have it on their dealers’ Pre Sold program.
      Same for the new Super Tenere/ES.

  13. Tommy See says:

    Life is a windshield not a rear view mirror. If this new attempt at nostalgia sells I’ ll eat my shirt. Get the new MT 09 into a smaller Tenere and watch the sales boom Yamaha!

    • jake says:

      Don’t think Yamaha doesn’t know this already? Whoever said Yamaha wants to maximize sales? They just want to meet their specified sales goals, not sell as many bikes as they possibly could. If either Honda or Yamaha ever got really serious about maximizing sales, then everyone else might as well just start looking through the want ads, cause they would simply run everyone else over with ease.

  14. Pushrod Pete says:

    As someone who misses the W650 he somewhat dumbly sold, this is REALLY tempting. Splits the weight and displacements between the W (450lb/675cc/35hp) and the TU250 (324lb/250cc/16hp) and has a kick starter to boot!

    And seriously, kick-starting the W650 was absurdly easy even without a compression release.

    Hurry Yamaha! If the KTM Duke 390 hits the US first, my money will probably go there…..

    • TexinOhio says:

      I thought I’d heard that Kawasaki was planning on bringing the W800 over to the states calender year 2015.

  15. dave says:

    It won’t sell

    • jake says:

      Eh, America is changing and becoming ever more urbanized and it’s tastes more and more like Europe’s every year. Whoever thought a pansy like a hipster would become so hip? Back in my day, they were seen as limp wrists, like European guys wearing too tight clothes and being overly fashion conscious like a girl, but now, it’s considered cool and sexy.

      I would have liked an extra gear. My SRX didn’t like going past 75 or so. With fuel injection, this bike might be happier at higher speeds.

      • Blackcayman says:

        Laughing….the short length, extra tight pant legs with the saggy seat… I know I’m gettiong old because I don’t understand why this look ever got any traction.

        How about the knit hat all year long…the gauges in the earlobes to the point of deformation…

        I’m so close to getting my “Old Guys Rule” shirt and stickers

        • jake says:

          Yea, and what about their overly bushy, yet immaculately well kempt beards, sort of like looking at the meticulously pruned shrubs in Louis the whatever teen’s garden when he was considered to be the Sun king. 6’1″ and a 140lbs with a big bushy beard, that’s a hipster’s way of saying that he’s cooler than you.

          As one observant female recently noted: There’s a whole generation running around looking like lumberjacks, and most of you can’t change a f*cking tire.

    • jake says:

      Also, got to remember the female market. In just about every movie you see today, there is always a scene where a girl is beating up or shooting some guy, never the other way around. Obviously, mass media is making a coordinated effort to encourage women in the States to become more and more masculine and belligerent, and it seems to be working. So more women are going to want to ride bikes.

      And this bike is absolutely built for the female brute who can snap a man in two but is unable to muster up enough strength and know how to loosen a nut. It’s as simple as simple can be, with absolutely nothing extraneous which could go wrong and require tuning. Not even a battery to tend to. And unlike the GB, these Yammies are easy to kick start. Even a girl could do it like a breeze.

      • Selecter says:

        Where in God’s name do you get the idea that this bike has no battery?

        How would the fuel pump for the FI prime if it didn’t? It doesn’t happen via magic!

        Also, you know the first women to ride motorcycles across the US did it in 1916, right? So much for the mass media/female aggression aspect, eh?

        You’ve got some pretty goofy notions about how the world works, don’t you…

        • GuyLR says:

          You’re right about the SR400 having a battery but there are lots of current FI motocross bikes without batteries that drive the fuel pump and injector with a magneto.

        • jake says:

          Cause my SRX was carbed and I could kick it to life with no problems, even if I left it sitting for months at a time, something I could never do with bikes which depended on batts. Even if the fuel injection requires some juice, I doubt it could be much, and I suspect, you could still kick it to life after it has been left sitting for a time, which is all I care about anyway.

        • jake says:

          And before that the first women to cross the U.S. in a buckwagon was in the 1800’s. And before that the first to cross barefoot and pregnant was sometime in the stone age, an accomplishment which is quite a bit more masculine than merely riding a bike on paved roads cross country, so what’s your point?

          And what’s goofy is the thought of Scarlett J. beating up 40 highly trained security personnel all by herself and all at the same time. I doubt if Bruce Lee ever beat up that many men all at once. But those kind of ridiculous claims are placed in just about every dang movie coming out these days, just too numerous to even list. Let’s just stay with kiddie shows. Spongebob Squarepants – a female squirrel is the toughest character in the entire show and consistently out Karateez her male counterpart. Shrek – the princess single handedly beats up Robin Hood and all his merry men. The Smurf movie – Smurfette is the only female smurf, yet she is the one who beats up the big bad cat and saves the day.

          Christ, the boys in school these days must be afraid to raise their hands and answer for fear that the girl next to him might slap him around for being too talky talky, at least until the 5th grade or so, when it finally dawns on them that they can actually beat up a girl if they try.

  16. Tank says:

    I paid more than $6K for my 400 Burgman. I will definitely buy one of these.

  17. Sean says:

    Why yes my new bike does have only 29hp, drum brakes, and a kick starter but it’s perfect little bike to get me from my garage to the mail box.

  18. Paul Cypert says:

    I think I’m the expected target market for this bike. Visually it is appealing and it’s good to see a lower powered option out there.

    Seems like they’re almost actively trying to set this one up for failure. I’d gladly sacrifice power for modern breaks, improved suspensions, and other modern upgrades to an otherwise vintage looking bike. I mean the Honda 500 series is packing in modern features at this price. CB1100 is the only one for me currently getting the classic bike looks with modern performance, but I’d love something a bit lighter/lower powered

    • VLJ says:

      “CB1100 is the only one for me currently getting the classic bike looks with modern performance, but I’d love something a bit lighter/lower powered.”

      Paul Cypert, allow me to introduce you to the Triumph Bonneville. Paul…Bonnie. Bonnie…Paul.

      And if the Bonneville is still too heavy and/or powerful for you, take a look at the Moto Guzzi V7 series.

      • Jeremy in TX says:

        He said “modern” performance. I’d say the CB1100 is the only one that comes close unless Ducati reintroduces the Sport Classics.

  19. david says:

    Perfect little bike to run around city. Great gas mileage. Heck, I might take it to freeway commute on 15 mile one way if it doesn’t buzz above 65 mph. It will be sold like hot cakes if the price lower, ie. $4,500. Look so pretty!

  20. Lewellyn Mason says:

    This bike is about the same size as my 2011 Suzuki TU250 with more horsepower. I have almost 20,000 miles on my groovy little motorbike in less than 3 years, including road trips from NJ to Maine and all of New England. The Tux will ride all day at 75 without issue, it easily tops 90 mph and is quite comfortable for any distance. So the SR400, with at least 10 more horsepower, will in no way be limited to 65 mph.

    I, and many other Tux owners, have been anxiously waiting to see if Yamaha would bring the SR400 stateside. The price will turn some people off, not me.

  21. Paul says:

    Have two SR500.Both 1980 and got both real low miles cheap.One over 80,000 and the other about same when junked.One was a total but looks only.Rode it a hour after unload at home.They did not like high speed and was doing 97 miles round trip to work every day but ice/snow because was getting lots of tickets on my GS1100.Loved them but both now are torn apart and sold head off one two years ago.They were really cheap left overs.1978-1981 was four year sale in U.S..Thought I would get another for my stable and just use it on back roads were they were more fun than my GS Suzuki fours.They went and got high like the XS650 only not near as many of them.They started real good.Just line the pointer up.XT and TT wasall most same motor but SR was street and not made for U.S.sale near as many years.

  22. Bob says:

    In Canada, based on the TU250X price difference, we’d be paying $7500!!!! Fail!!

    • lynchenstein says:

      Exactly. What the heck are they thinking? I know retro is in, but jeez…

    • lynchenstein says:

      Just found out that the Royal Enfield Continental GT will come to Canada for only $6,800 MSRP. Not bad…

    • GearDrivenCam says:

      But the TU250X was insanely priced in Canada. Definitely one of the most overpriced small-displacement bikes I’ve seen recently. Hopefully – if we get the SR400 it’ll be priced around $6499 or something like that in Canada. Granted – that would still be expensive – but I DO think it’s a beautiful looking bike. It should very very easy and cheap to work on. Nice and simple. And I love kicking-over a bike. Apparently Yamaha claims with the decompression release the SR400 can be started by hand with the kickstarter.

      • Ronbob says:

        My old 550 4-cyl Honda often got cranked by hand when I was riding with my Harley friends in the 70s.

  23. MarkT says:

    For a bike that has essentially been in production since 1978, the price seems about $1200 too high. As they made it a 400 by shortening the stroke, building a bigger engine will not be easy. Also, the bore/stroke reported is wrong. It is 87 X 67.2 I’d like one anyway.

  24. Mark says:

    What goes around comes around. I bought a 1980 SR500 in June of that year for $1800 Out the door. In 1988 my wife surprised me with a leftover 1986 SRX600 for my birthday that she paid $2000 for.(Still love that girl!) Then in 1990 I bought a leftover GB500 for $2800.
    I know about inflation and all that but almost 6k for some really old technology, where the tooling was paid for eons ago, is a bit much. I just don’t get it. If history repeats itself I should be able to pick one up in a few years relatively cheap.

    • Gabe says:

      $1800 in 1979=$5900 in 2014 purchasing power according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

      • Mark says:

        Gabe, I agree. The numbers do match up using that calculator. In my mind though I don’t see the value today. I guess that is part of what makes up the difference between being 18 years of age then and 52 now.

        I still have a SR500 with 10k on it sitting in the garage that I picked up about 8 years ago for $800. It is slowly getting morphed into what I wanted to do to my original 1980 SR but could not afford to do at the time.

      • Jeremy in TX says:

        Purchasing Power does not equate to value.

  25. Charlie says:

    As happy as I am to see this, I fear it will be a sales disaster. Hope I’m wrong, the US needs more “real” motorcycles. I rode a cousin’s SR500 back in the ’80s and the vibration was a bit much. Considering I was riding a ’72 XS2 650 at the time, that’s saying something. In ’09 I bought a ’77 XT500 and it’s been my main dual-sport mount since. Longest day so far was 340 miles and it seemed like my hands were numb for an hour after I got home. :-) I’ll definitely test ride one when they finally show up in showrooms, but I doubt it will be any smoother than the XT.

    I recently sold a Guzzi Centauro and had a few thousand bucks to play with. I thought about an SR, but remembering the vibes and already owning the XT, I decided to find something different. Definitely accomplished that – I bought a ’94 MZ Silver Star Classic 500 from a friend for $2200 and absolutely love it. “Retro” styling, electric and kickstarting, 34 hp stock from the Rotax mill (with plenty more available), enclosed chain final drive and the most important feature: a counterbalancer! Extremely smooth at any engine speed. I plan to use it as my “touring” bike this year.

    I don’t need some 1000 or 1100 cc barge to have fun and go places.

  26. Joe Sixpack says:

    Just pick up a used Honda GB500.

    • Dave says:

      Would love one of those but they are pretty rare and priced appropriately.

      • mickey says:

        One just went on ebay for around $ 12,000.

        • kjazz says:

          Seriously???! I have a pristine GB that I’ve toyed with selling. Damn!!! $12,000!!! Damn!!!!

        • jake says:

          Geez, makes me wish I had kept mine. Due to a chick in need, I let mine go for less than 3K 7 years ago, and it was in pristine condition. Yea, I know, I basically gave her away, but when a chick starts to tear up, what’s a guy supposed to do?

          Don’t know what the obsession is about. The GB was a nice bike, but I preferred the SRX over it. The GB was higher quality and smoother, but the SRX was more fun to ride and I loved the kick starting.

  27. Tony in Texas says:

    As a Yamaha dealer I can’t begin to say how disappointed I am with this offering! This is the same price or more than any of the new 500cc offerings from Honda and only a couple of thousand less than a FZ09! I am afraid the majority of their target audience for this bike has had most of their joints replaced and are using service animals at this point!!!

  28. nickst4 says:

    Sexy it isn’t! If the exact same thing came with a Chinese brand name on it, you’d all scoff even though the price would be halved. Bike market history is full of machines far more competent than this that riders praised but never quite got round to buying. Unless there’s a new class of riders emerging, I see this being no different.

  29. turnergande says:

    (1) Cut the weight to 350 lbs; should be do-able even with an electric starter. (2) Include electric starter (3) Find a way to punch it out to 500cc and (4) Add another half gallon capacity to the gas tank. All that may = a more marketable bike!

    Styling is okay in most respects although the slanted angle between the back end of tank and front of seat would look better if it were straightened (my opinion). Yamaha seems to like such odd droopy angles; the Virago was a lot more angled and it failed to garner much of the retro crowd for that very reason(again my opinion). Maybe that droop angle is how they are able to lower the seat height a bit for a vertically challenged driver?

    I had a 1967 650cc Triumph TR-6R twin and I’m pretty sure it did not weigh much more than 385 lbs but even at 400 to 425 lbs why do these modern much smaller capacity bikes have to weigh so much? Now that TR-6R was a classically styled bike – complete with oil drips, a bit of vibration, less than inspiring brakes.

  30. Gpokluda says:

    I love it! Had a 78 SR500 and a SRX6 as well. Both were a blast to ride and would start first or second kick all year round. If you couldn’t start one one of those, you probably should be riding a sedan.

    Can’t wait to see one in person.

    • Yoyodyne says:

      The SR400 looks like a Nighthawk 250, not at all like a GB500 to me. Now if Yamaha brought back the SRX600 at this $5990 price I would be much more interested.

  31. Jim says:

    You really want to go retro? Buy an Enfield. Way cooler, and has electric start (though a kick start is there for back-up). I wouldn’t trade my Enfield for this, and I don’t think my wife would trade hers either.

  32. BOSCOE says:

    For cryin’ out loud.
    Let’s all join Cher in singing, If I Could Turn Back Time…
    I’m looking to the future, not the past

  33. Don Fraser says:

    Interesting, 27 times as many comments about this than the Super T. Did I see a centerstand? An electric starter would be nice, and a $5,000 price tag.

  34. Allen says:

    Its almost like they read the letter I mailed to them (yes, mailed with a STAMP). If I can find one, I will buy one.

  35. John says:

    This bike will do just fine. It is not too expensive, its a good size for the vertically challenged or for gals, and it would not need too many mods to be a cool little café special. This bike in its 500 cc guise is reliable as an anvil.

  36. motowarrior says:

    It will sell in very limited numbers, and dealers will begin discounting them. Then, Yamaha will stop importing them. Next, on the used bike market it will plunge to bargain basement prices. Later, it will be in short supply, thought to be cool, and prices will rise. See GB500, W650…

    • Jeremy in TX says:

      That is my take as well. I think you nailed it.

    • GuyLR says:

      One nice side benefit to owners of older SRs and a bunch of other Yamahas of the late 70’s is that it will renew the OE parts pipeline for parts that still fit the originals like fenders, instruments, lights etc. This is a bike that will sell to people who have been wanting a new SR instead of a ratted out one that has already been “built”.

      • clasqm says:

        The scuttlebutt has it that a suprising number of internal parts can be moved across the two as well. The main difference is the crank assembly and in Australia SR500 owners have been rumouredto be fitting SR400 cranks to their old bikes, giving up a little capacity to get a slightly higher-revving, smoother-running engine. See http://contemplativemotorcycling.blogspot.com/2011/11/yamaha-sr500-sr400-review.html

        • Guylr says:

          Thanks for the link. That’s a good read a nails what the bike is all about. I think a lot of. Co me ters here don’t understand that the bike is an updated classic of the 70’s that was a more modern (livable and reliable) copy of classic singles of the 50’s. It is what it’s supposed to be and does a darn good job of it. Can’t wait to see comaprison tests with the Enfield.

    • Don S. says:

      I was too dumb to buy a GB500 when I had the chance. I won’t make that mistake this time.

      • jake says:

        Ha, ha. If you have found the fountain of youth, please let the rest of us know about it. By the time this bike becomes a collectible, assuming it ever does, are you sure you will be still around to enjoy being so right this time around?

  37. Martin B says:

    I think I had more fun on my Honda XL350 than with any other bike I’ve ever had. And yes, I did take it on a long 800 mile tour one time. It was excellent on the minor roads we travelled. I could tackle tight mountain roads staying in third gear all the time, great engine braking, and good torque from the simple SOHC two valve motor.

    Admittedly 800cc + of power is very much fun in a straight line, but for carving up narrow roads, simple singles are amazingly adept.

    And our open road limit is 60 mph, so a comfortable 65mph cruise could well save licenses. My only doubt is whether this model is too compact – my XL gave me some leg room. I’m not as flexible as I once was, and small bikes leave me cramped (this includes a Kawasaki W650).

  38. jimjim says:

    Uh $5,990 is way over priced IMO. I had an ’80 SR500 that I sold awhile back, fun bike to ride close to home.

  39. Gham says:

    6K for a bike with what? 28hp? Good luck,I had a 79 SR500 and it was a bear to start.I like the idea but there’s a lot more bike to be had for that kind of money.If I could pick one up in a year or two with low miles for say $3200-3500,yeah maybe.

    • Jeremy in TX says:

      Since it is fuel injected, I suspect starting won’t be an issue. I agree that it seems pricey for what it is.

    • bikerrandy says:

      This 400 will have more than 28 hp. Somewhere in the upper 30s at least, tho they don’t post it yet.

      • Gham says:

        We’ll see Randy,I hope your right but I think I’ll be closer than you with the hp #’s.

      • GearDrivenCam says:

        The same bike is sold in Japan and I believe it produces 27 hp.

        • Andrew Mai says:

          Yamaha’s Japanese web site:

          http://www.yamaha-motor.co.jp/mc/sportsbike/sr400/pdf/sr400.pdf

          says 19 kW at 6500 r/min and 29 Nm at 5500 r/min. There are 746 watts in one horsepower so the engine produces 25.4 hp. 29 Nm is equivalent to 21.4 lb-ft of torque. The bike weighs 384 lbs.

          The KTM 390 Duke weighs 330 lbs. and the 373cc single produces a claimed 44 hp. I know which bike I’d rather be riding. (Yes, the KTM costs more.)

  40. Lloyd says:

    Very Cool Bike! I love it! Thanks Yamaha

  41. Dan says:

    Exactly what I’ve been waiting for. Please have a CA model.

  42. Crug says:

    Eh, 6 grand…400cc…junk brakes, suspension….eh

    • Yoyodyne says:

      And 384 pounds for a single-cylinder bike with no radiator, no electric starter and a tiny tank…highly underwhelming.

      • Guy Reynolds says:

        384 pounds wet isn’t a real problem in my eyes. if you’ve ever ridden an SR500 you’ll know that it’s a solid bike but also very nimble. So it’s mostly steel instead of mostly plastic and the tank is probably about large enough for as long as you’d want to ride it in a stretch. Not having a radiator and no starter are a couple of reasons the people who will buy this bike will want to buy it. For those that need a radiator, electric starting, plastic fenders and 100hp there are plenty of other bikes that do that too.

        • Yoyodyne says:

          My point was that the lack of a liquid cooling system, lack of electric starter and a small tank should have enabled a lower wet weight.

          The Yamaha FZ-09 has a liquid-cooled three-cylinder engine with over twice the displacement and over triple the horsepower an electric starter, triple disk brakes and a larger fuel tank, yet its wet weight is only 30 pounds more and the bike costs only $2000 more than the SR400.

          That makes the SR400 pretty weak in my view. I own a Hawk GT, I love agile bikes with less-than-stellar power but the SR400 just doesn’t look good enough for the money to me.

          • johnny ro says:

            But but, Yamaha already offers you the FZ9. This is in addition to that. Lets be happy with choices.

            I am looking at an FZR400 in two days. This is not an FZR, its an SR.

            Last year I told my Yamaha dealer, I want an SR400 and I won’t pay 10k for a gray market OEM. He may remind me of that when I pick up my cash from him selling my CBR250RA for me also in two days.

            If you really want to complain ask why they don’t bring in the SRV250. That is even sweeter than this.

          • johnny ro says:

            I should add, 6k does seem a bit steep.

          • 70's Kid says:

            Regardless of the stellar performance/price ratio, to my eyes, the design of the FZ-09 is ugly as sin. I’ve seen just one FZ-09 out on the street thus far. Sometimes people are more interested in looks than performance so it will be interesting to see how well the SR400 sells.

  43. Jeremy in TX says:

    It is cool and all, but am I the only person that thinks $6K is a little expensive for this bike? You’d think that with a kickstart, drum brake and 40 years worth of amortization that they could sell it at a decent profit for under $5K. Granted, I am not in the target market for this kind of bike, so $6K may sound like a good deal to hipsters and purists alike.

    • Gabe says:

      This price, adjusted for inflation is almost identical, and I mean to within $40 of the price in 1979. So if it’s too much now, it was too much in 1979, and they sold plenty of them.

      • Montana says:

        I paid $400 for a 25″ TV in 1979 and got a 42″ for that price last Christmas.
        I got a better computer for $600 last year than I did for $2000 in the 90s.
        The car I recently bought cost only 80% of it’s inflation adjusted price of the one I bought in 1994, but it’s infinitely superior.
        The only things that cost more and are worth less are government services.
        Has Yamaha been nationalized?

      • mpolans says:

        Yeah, but 40 years ago they had to pay for R&D and tooling up for production. Those costs have long since been paid for. Heck, I think that bike retails for less than $6k over here in Japan!

      • Jeremy in TX says:

        How many SRs would they have sold in 1979 if customers could have also bought a CB500F or Ninja 300 for less money? If I’m not mistaken, US availability only lasted three years (and that was the 500cc variant), so it may very well have cost too much back then, too.

        Inflation is not the only gauge of value, nor is it the only determining factor when comparing production costs from different periods. Fully amortized R&D and tooling can take a good chuck out of the unit cost of the bikes as do the mild steel frame, budget everything (as in budget for 1980s everything), and zero frills.

        It may have been market relevant in 1979 at that price. It will have to find a place as a nostaglia/fashion item to be relevant today, IMO. Yamaha clearly believes that, too.

  44. mickey says:

    There you go all you who have been screaming for a simple, light weight single. Doesn’t get much simpler than this…. kick start, single plug, single disc front brake, drum rear brake, spoke wheels…and NO beak!

    To each his own, but I would never give up my CB 1100 for one of those. What would you do, if you actually want to go someplace? May add one to the stable for running around the neighborhood though.

    • bikerrandy says:

      “What would you do if you actually want to go some place.”

      FYI, mickey, I go wherever I want to on my 400 MP3, thank you very much. Places like Colorado, Wash. St., Oregon, New Mexico from Arizona. Heck, I used to tour on a RD350 side saddle(uncomfortable narrow seat).

      • mickey says:

        Really. I have a Majesty 400 and have talked about riding it down the Blue Ridge Parkway, but I think I’d tow it there from Ohio. If you ride your MP3 to all the places you mentioned you are tougher than me. For hauls like that I’d rather take the CB 1100 or my ST 1300.

        I had an RD 350 in 73. Rode it to Tennessee once , that was enough for me.

        • bikerrandy says:

          If it’s seat is comfortable, just do it.

          Out here in the West I carry 1 gal. of extra gas ’cause there’s no guarantee you will get to the next gas station when you need fuel. I get 65 mpg touring and am comfortable with better weather protection than most bikes. I have a 750 Guzzi and 800 Suzuki, but they don’t get ridden much any more. Maxi-scooters are so much more convenient !

        • Hot Dog says:

          I have a Majesty too. I love the damned thing. I took it on a poker run with my girlfriend on the back and my dog on the floor between my legs. I ran at 90 mph and many a pirate asked me what the hell was in that thing. Oh the shame but oh the fun!

  45. bikerrandy says:

    Back to the future! Now this is a do all utility bike that is actually economical in every way, including inexpensive tires, as long as you are OK with riding 65 mph most the time. A good beginner, intermediate, oldster bike. Even has a centerstand like bikes used to! Hope the kickstart doesn’t break any legs.

  46. Blackcayman says:

    my 1979 SR500 was the most fun for 500 bucks motorcycle ever!

    why isn’t it a 500cc???

    SuperTrapp Megaphone is a must! Brap Brap

    • clasqm says:

      They kept building them for the Japanese market all these years. In Japan there is a BIG tax advantage to staying under 400cc. The power output between the two is identical, althought the 400 makes that at slightly higher revs.

  47. red says:

    .. uh oh, does that make me a hiptster?

    I’d prefer this hands down over cb1100, although a little dicey on the kicker only “feature”.

  48. tuskerdu says:

    pretty cool

  49. Jon says:

    Darn it!! Why can’t we get this THIS YEAR YAMAHA?? I’m in the market, and, at 60, I don’t have forever to wait. I’ve always wanted an SR500. I may get something like a TU250.

    • Blackcayman says:

      John, there are perfectly restored SR500s out there and you should just get one

      • Bob L. says:

        I bought an extra clean, original, one-owner, stock SR500, with 3,500mi.on it for less than $3,000 off E-Bay last summer. Only mods so far are: lower, flat bar (not cafe), dual oil line to top end and bar-end mirrors.
        Not my only bike but the one I love for those 1-2 hour rides through the forest preserves around the S.W. suburbs of Chicago.
        Jon, they are out there, if you’re willing to search. If I had the extra cash, I wouldn’t hesitate to grab the new SR400. And, around 30 H.P. is plenty for a bike like this. BTW, I’m 63 and so I ask you….what are you waiting for?
        Oh yeah, Blackcaymen and I are waiting for the FJR9!

    • bikerrandy says:

      Take a time out, Jon, it’s supposed to be available here this June.

    • Jeremy in TX says:

      Check your calendar, Jon. It IS 2014! :-)

    • Kawatwo says:

      It does say June this year in the copy :) This bike looks like a blast. 384 pound 400 should be pretty quick. I think they should have had an electric start option though.

  50. Bob says:

    Finally!