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Old 08-10-2018, 12:25 PM   #1
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Yamaha SR400

So ever since owning a 40 year old Honda CB400, I've been wanting a cool looking ~400cc for around town riding. I just found out that Yamaha brought back the SR400 couple years ago. Almost exactly the same as it was many years ago but fuel injected. Kickstart only. Not having to deal with 40 year old bike problems while enjoying a light round-towner seems very appealing right now, made me almost regret buying the Concours.

https://www.yamahamotorsports.com/sp...e/models/sr400
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Old 08-10-2018, 12:33 PM   #2
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Old 08-10-2018, 12:35 PM   #3
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May be the best time in motorcycling history for someone who is looking for a light small displacement bike. So many great options out there.
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Old 08-10-2018, 01:02 PM   #4
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Suzuki van van!
I'm going to try to test ride one of those tomorrow at a dealership. But I think I'll get bored with 200cc pretty fast whereas 400cc is a very sweet spot imho
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Old 08-10-2018, 01:49 PM   #5
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I remember a lot of bikes that looked just like this when I was a kid. Back then, this would have been a good-sized bike. Classic styling.
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Old 08-10-2018, 02:13 PM   #6
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$6000 for a 40 year old look. That’s some pricey nostalgia.
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Old 08-10-2018, 02:22 PM   #7
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$6000 for a 40 year old look. That’s some pricey nostalgia.
Plus one. Think you should take a look at the Kawasaki 400 ZXwhatever thingy. Small sportbike that has bite. Unless you just gotta have that retro look.
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Old 08-10-2018, 02:41 PM   #8
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Old 08-10-2018, 02:48 PM   #9
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Back in college days, I bought my '80-81 Yamaha XS400 in 1986 for $200. All it needed was a battery. Electric start and self-canceling turn signals. Love to find another of those with low miles and in semi-decent shape. If that bike could tell stories.....Dear Penthouse.....
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Old 08-11-2018, 05:13 AM   #10
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$6000 for a 40 year old look. That’s some pricey nostalgia.
Yep. Get used to it - as we age the bastards try to take us for everything we have!
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Old 08-11-2018, 05:54 AM   #11
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I wouldn't pay that money for that bike, but considering this: https://atlanta.craigslist.org/atl/m...653403907.html

It's not that big of a deal, considering how ridiculous the "retro/cafe racer" market is.
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Old 08-11-2018, 05:57 AM   #12
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I've seen those go used for some tempting prices; here's an example:

Craigslist SR400 in Chicago

5K miles and a couple scratches is worth $3K in my book, though...


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That's what I'm talking about. They'll be out for ~3k in bulk pretty shortly. I'll probably get my hands on one next year
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Old 08-31-2018, 02:49 PM   #14
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For a similar price, I think a Husqvarna Vitpilen or KTM 390 Duke looks better and would be more fun to ride.

I came close to buying a 390 Duke, but decided to keep my 'old' FZ for now.
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Old 08-31-2018, 09:42 PM   #15
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For cheap fun, find an FZ-07, then try to keep the front end down

Finally rode one, it was a fun punchy compact little troublemaker of a bike - this in thin air land Colorado. Clearly would be a mental little bike closer to sea level. They sound great too...
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Old 09-01-2018, 07:28 AM   #16
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Goal is to have something the girlfriend would want to ride around on in town as well. Her FZ6 is comfy, but she doesn't like riding it in town. She would prefer to ride something lighter. So the goal is to have something you can rev the nuts off and still not go super fast and get in trouble. FZ07 is pretty much the opposite.

Plus I really like the way SR400 looks.
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Kickstart only. I'm old that would suck.
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Goal is to have something the girlfriend would want to ride around on in town as well. Her FZ6 is comfy, but she doesn't like riding it in town. She would prefer to ride something lighter. So the goal is to have something you can rev the nuts off and still not go super fast and get in trouble. FZ07 is pretty much the opposite.

Plus I really like the way SR400 looks.
The 07 is compact and light, but ya, that motor will get ya in trouble. Rode a sweet lazy hanging fat wheelie past my buddy on his son's '07 while riding in town. Fortunately he was amused instead of pissed

The SR400 does sound good, or, maybe if looks are not too much of a consideration, a dual sport like a DR-Z 400. The DR-Z is cheap, indestructible and not that tall really.
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