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2015 Yamaha SR400 - Coolness Factor = 80.5%

Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Fri Mar 14, 2014 11:16 am

2015 Yamaha SR400 on the Total Motorcycle Cool Wall

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Everything old is new again...

The new SR400 is a legendary classic that’s a kick to ride. With it's retro 1970s styling and one of the best performing 399cc air-cooled engines, the SR400 embodies the true meaning of the saying “Everything old is new again.” Jump on, give the kickstarter a stab, and you will be on your way.

Unlike some retro bikes that are modern interpretations of older designs, the SR400 is an authentic living classic which has been
constructed to virtually the same specification as the original model. With its air-cooled engine and twin-shock chassis, this timeless big single represents a return to motorcycling's core values.

Start with a 399cc air-cooled 4-stroke single-cylinder engine with one intake valve, one exhaust valve, and one exhaust pipe – timeless simplicity. Add a slim chassis with a natural riding position that delivers sporty relaxed handling. What you get is an authentic design and pure mechanical beauty that makes the SR400 a true classic, from any angle.

The Yamaha SR400 has stood the test of time like no other model. It represents everything that is good about motorcycling. And the same core values that appealed to yesterday's motorcyclists are ready to inspire today's generation of riders who appreciate retro style with proven technology like fuel injection, high-tensile steel semi-double cradle frame that doubles up as an oil tank, plush suspension, and an easy-to-start air-cooled 4-stroke single-cylinder engine.

The big single has always held a special place in the hearts of motorcyclists but kick starting a big single can be a challenge. Yamaha engineers have made kick starting the SR400 a breeze using a decompressor and piston position indicator.

This timeless retro just oozes charm and authenticity wherever you look. And as the basis for creating your own café racer, bobber or street scrambler, the SR400 offers endless possibilities.

2015 Yamaha SR400 - Totalmotorcycle.com USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $5,990 (Liquid Graphite) Available from May 2014
UK/European MSRP Price: £9,795.00 GBP (On The Road).

Engine
Type 399cc, air-cooled SOHC, 2-valve
Bore x Stroke 87.0 x 62.7mm
Compression Ratio 8.5:1
Fuel Delivery Fuel Injection
Ignition TCI: Transistor Controlled Ignition
(totalmotorcycle.com) Transmission 5 speed; multiplate wet clutch
Final Drive Chain

Chassis
Suspension / Front Telescopic; 5.9-in travel
Suspension / Rear Swingarm; 4.1-in travel
Brakes / Front Hydraulic disc brake, 268mm
Brakes / Rear 150mm drum
Tires / Front 90/100-18M/C 54S
Tires / Rear 110/90-18M/C 61S

Dimensions (totalmotorcycle.com)
Length 82.1 in
Width 29.5 in
Height 43.1 in
Seat Height 30.9 in
Wheelbase 55.5 in
Rake (Caster Angle) 27.7º
Trail 4.4 in
Fuel Capacity 3.2 gal
Fuel Economy** 66.2 mpg (totalmotorcycle.com)
Wet Weight*** 384 lb

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Re: This Week: 2015 Yamaha SR400 - Vote Today

Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Fri Mar 14, 2014 11:18 am

A true time machine from 1978... the 2015 Yamaha SR400. (Also the 1st 2015 from Yamaha)

When you post your opinions about this model, I'd love to note what you think about the very interesting direction of introducing true retro's to a manufacturers line up. Would you be interested in owning an updated (but original) CBX? or maybe a Z900 or even some other bike from your past but with modern tires, ABS, suspension and EFI just like they did with the SR400?

For me, I always said I'd re-buy my 1982 Yamaha Seca XJ650R again they did to it what they did to this one. :revv:

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Re: This Week: 2015 Yamaha SR400 - Vote Today

Unread post by blues2cruise » Fri Mar 14, 2014 11:28 am

Very cool, indeed. I've never used a kickstart...so I can't comment on that aspect. I'd sure like to try this bike.
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Re: This Week: 2015 Yamaha SR400 - Vote Today

Unread post by BRUMBEAR » Fri Mar 14, 2014 5:13 pm

I had to go cool just because :mrgreen:
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Re: This Week: 2015 Yamaha SR400 - Vote Today

Unread post by Mithrandir » Sat Mar 15, 2014 1:18 am

Awesome!!! :kicking:

I am interested in this MC.

It looks great. (I like the classic UJM style)
Fuel economy and weight are good. (66mpg / 384lb. wet weight)

I assume that this MC could easily maintain 70mph for extended time periods. (2-3 hours )

I would have interest in some updated older designs. Depends on model and cost.
totalmotorcycle wrote:A true time machine from 1978... the 2015 Yamaha SR400. (Also the 1st 2015 from Yamaha)

When you post your opinions about this model, I'd love to note what you think about the very interesting direction of introducing true retro's to a manufacturers line up. Would you be interested in owning an updated (but original) CBX? or maybe a Z900 or even some other bike from your past but with modern tires, ABS, suspension and EFI just like they did with the SR400?

For me, I always said I'd re-buy my 1982 Yamaha Seca XJ650R again they did to it what they did to this one. :revv:

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Re: This Week: 2015 Yamaha SR400 - Vote Today

Unread post by ceemes » Sat Mar 15, 2014 10:04 am

Awesome, takes me back to what I started out on, love to see Honda do the same with the CB/CM400's of that period.

As for the kick start, can't count the number of time when I wish I had that option, especially when I allowed the battery to die.
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Re: This Week: 2015 Yamaha SR400 - Vote Today

Unread post by jstark47 » Sat Mar 15, 2014 1:02 pm

A 400cc standard is Cool. If they'd updated it a tad more and offered an electric start option (while keeping the kick starter) and a disc rear brake, that would have been awesome. Wonder how performance stacks up against an Enfield Bullet?
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Re: This Week: 2015 Yamaha SR400 - Vote Today

Unread post by ZRex » Sat Mar 15, 2014 3:32 pm

Awesome, I love simple motorcycles.

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Re: This Week: 2015 Yamaha SR400 - Vote Today

Unread post by bakemono36 » Sat Mar 15, 2014 8:54 pm

Its a cool bike. Its a bit overpriced, IMO but its still cool for Yammie to bring back something retro.

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Unread post by montanalifter » Sun Mar 16, 2014 2:14 am

Cool except for the rear drum brake.

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Re: This Week: 2015 Yamaha SR400 - Vote Today

Unread post by Grey Thumper » Mon Mar 17, 2014 10:16 pm

Cool. Even cooler once the café racer crowd go nuts on this thing. Price is weird though. How can something that's 6k in the US cost almost 10k British pounds? For comparison, a Triumph Speed Triple is less than 9k pounds.
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Re: This Week: 2015 Yamaha SR400 - Vote Today

Unread post by JackoftheGreen » Thu Mar 20, 2014 3:01 pm

Yeah...

Again, being new to our sport means that the retro thing just doesn't do it for me. I totally get how this would appeal to a particular crowd though, and that crowd includes my lovely wife. She actually teared up a bit looking at this.

So, for that reason, I guess I have to hand out a Cool vote. But this seems almost predatory to me -- $6,000 for a piece of nostalgia. Given what else may be available at this price point, they're clearly banking on an emotional response rather than a practical one.

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Re: This Week: 2015 Yamaha SR400 - Vote Today

Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Thu Mar 20, 2014 5:58 pm

I voted: Awesome

A true time machine from 1978... the 2015 Yamaha SR400. People always say "why don't they make things like they did back in the day" and now, you can truly have a bike from that era but with modern parts. I really like how it still offers a kick start (that is SOOOOOOOOOO Cool!) and with 35 years of parts (Yamaha never stopped making this bike worldwide) you have as many parts for a SR400 as a Harley-Davidson and all the custom kits too. :D

I've been wanting to see the manufacturers release more "cool starter bikes" and a 400cc is the PERFECT engine size for new riders and if you can make it cool as well, you have a real winner. I can see this model as a good base for extreme customation at a budget price.

For me, I always said I'd re-buy my 1982 Yamaha Seca XJ650R again they did to it what they did to this one. :revv:

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Re: This Week: 2015 Yamaha SR400 - Vote Today

Unread post by Rubiadiabla » Thu Mar 20, 2014 6:59 pm

It's no joke I prefer the new design trends vs the retros but because it made me feel nostalgic I had to vote COOL. I learned on an almost indestructible early '70s Kawy 175cc that looked an awful lot like this bike. And look awful it did! Lol from tearing up and down country roads all Summer to daring acts of taking wicked jumps constructed of concrete blocks under a sheet of plywood this bike was bad@ss. I had to call my dad to reminiscent and our conversation left us both smiling and wondering whatever happened to that old tank??? It deserves a cool just for the kick start. However due to the price tag, if get a hankering to have one in our garage I have to say I'd be looking for another 1970s sonething out of the classified ads. A nice weekender project with my husband and the kids.
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Unread post by sunshine229 » Fri Mar 21, 2014 5:00 pm

How can this not be awesome?!?! It's a wonderful starter bike and one that is so desparately needed! When I started 10 years ago I could pick up a >500cc bike from the '80s but today those '80s bikes are less desirable for new riders because they are too old and may require too much maintenance for a newbie. So I say, bring it on! This is exactly what we need right now!!!
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Re: This Week: 2015 Yamaha SR400 - Vote Today

Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Fri Mar 21, 2014 5:08 pm

2015 Yamaha SR400 - Coolness Factor = 80.5%
Featured: February 14th, 2014 - March 21st, 2014
Most popular vote category: Awesome

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Your Coolness Factor of the 2015 Yamaha SR400 is:

Awesome (3 points) 54% [ 22 ]
Cool (2 points) 37% [ 15 ]
Uncool (1 point) 7% [ 3 ]
Fail (0 point) 2% [ 1 ]

Total votes : 41


= a Coolwall Factor of 80.5%

NOTES: When Yamaha announced the "new" 2014 SR400 I knew they could very well have a real winning idea on their hands, but a cool wall result of 80.5% really puts it solidly into the Awesome range. I hope Yamaha sees the results here on Total Motorcycle and on the sales floor as I'm sure we would like to seem a few more of our beloved classics come back again!

Next 2014 TMW Cool Wall bike is now up for voting on, have fun!!
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Re: 2015 Yamaha SR400 - Coolness Factor = 80.5%

Unread post by Shriker » Fri Mar 28, 2014 9:58 am

Definitely cool......the SR's were/are great bikes. I do agree though that a bit of updating sure would be nice though while still keeping it simple. Rear disc brake and a bit of styling help. Maybe they will offer a cafe version if it does well.....that would be nice.

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