Which Yamaha do you consider a classic ?

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Which Yamaha do you consider a classic ?

#1 Unread post by xsyamahadg » Sat Mar 10, 2007 7:24 am

So if you guys are Yamaha fans, which Yamaha do you consider a classic or collectable from the past or a current bike that is destined to be a classic or collectable in the future? My choice from the past is the XS650 Vertical twin, and for future collectors, I think the mighty V-Max will be highly sought after. How about it, any favorite Yamahas ?
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#2 Unread post by noodlenoggin » Sat Mar 10, 2007 10:13 am

Good idea...I hafta agree with you on the XS650's.

I also think the 2-stroke RD- roadbikes are classics, and sought after.
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#3 Unread post by xsyamahadg » Sat Mar 10, 2007 11:20 am

Yep the RD would certainly be on that list.
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#4 Unread post by dr_bar » Sat Mar 10, 2007 6:41 pm

I think Yamaha's first foray into the North American V-Twin market should also be considered for this list.


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#5 Unread post by noodlenoggin » Sat Mar 10, 2007 8:37 pm

Mmmmm....I don't know about the Virago. (sorry, Dr_) When I see a Virago, I just see Yamaha's first paltry attempt to emulate a Harley. Sure, the XS's are trying to be a Triumph Bonneville but they a) are a LOT like the real thing and b) are great on their own merits. The Virago may have point b), but never had point a).

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#6 Unread post by storysunfolding » Sat Mar 10, 2007 10:23 pm

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#7 Unread post by xsyamahadg » Sat Mar 10, 2007 10:24 pm

What about the FZ1, do you think 20 years from now the collectors will be beating the bushes for a prime example of one ?
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#8 Unread post by BuzZz » Sun Mar 11, 2007 1:18 am

+1 for the RD's. I cut my road teeth and a fair bit of skin on 'em, back when. 2-strokes still make me tingly 'down there'. :mrgreen:

And you have to list the RZ-500 on that list. The proto-typical racebike with lights Joe Blow could go out and buy.

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#9 Unread post by blues2cruise » Sun Mar 11, 2007 1:45 am

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#10 Unread post by noodlenoggin » Sun Mar 11, 2007 2:11 am

xsyamahadg wrote:What about the FZ1, do you think 20 years from now the collectors will be beating the bushes for a prime example of one ?
I dunno...what's an FZ1?

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Meh...I dunno 'bout modern sportbikes. The ones I think of as "classics" now aren't Yammers -- Kawasaki GPz/Ninja is the forefather -- heck, "Ninja" is synonymous with "sportbike." Of the modern crop, I'd think the Gixxers, if anything.


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#11 Unread post by MrShake » Thu Aug 30, 2007 4:47 pm

Amen on the maxim!!!

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#12 Unread post by xsyamahadg » Thu Aug 30, 2007 5:57 pm

This is my 1981 XS650H Yamaha vertical twin. I have owned for about 15 years. A bike I think is a classic.

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#13 Unread post by blues2cruise » Fri Aug 31, 2007 1:31 am

You want a classic...here it is...the V-Star 650 Classic. :mrgreen:

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#14 Unread post by xsyamahadg » Fri Aug 31, 2007 6:03 am

Blues, nice bike !! I'm partial to the Yamaha V-Star. Can you tell me who's aftermarket shield, backrest and luggage rack your bike has on it ? Here is a photo of my 07 Silverado, I love the bike.
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#15 Unread post by blues2cruise » Fri Aug 31, 2007 11:32 am

The windshield is a Memphis Shades. A bit less expensive than the Yamaha one.

The back rest and back luggage rack are Yamaha...but I bought them second hand. The fender rack is the Yamaha brand.

My bike now has saddlebag supports (Yamaha) and some second hand saddlebags as well.

The beautiful blue machine is my first ever bike....650cc... I plan to upgrade for next season.

Your all burgundy looks good. How many miles on your 07 so far?
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#16 Unread post by xsyamahadg » Fri Aug 31, 2007 3:22 pm

I have about 1,600 miles on the Silverado, but should have more, I share riding miles with my other bike. I have had some 250 and 300 mile days on the Silverado and I love it so far. I traded in my 03 650 V-star classic on the Silverado, and was sort of sad to see it go.
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#18 Unread post by WolfeRules » Fri Apr 25, 2008 8:11 pm

Well I think the FZR series is a classic.
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#19 Unread post by unclebunkel » Tue May 06, 2008 9:07 am

The V-Max is truly a timeless classic. It hasnt changed other than minor changes in 20+ years
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