2015 Yamaha SR400 First Look ReviewArriving stateside this May as an early-2015 release, the SR400 brings back Yamaha’s classic SR motorcycle design.
From its standard styling to its 399cc single-cylinder thumper, the SR400 offers a retro look that is popular here in the US, especially to the hipster demographic.The SR400, which was previously only offered in Japan, is a smaller-bore version of the SR500, a standard that was offered in North America from 1978-1999.But the 2015 Yamaha SR400 arrives with modern technology such as electronic fuel injection and, hmmm, a single-disc brake up front. What’s not modern is the starting system – you won’t find an electric starter here. The SR400 arrives with a kick start, though it features a compression-release valve for easy kicking.The SR400 weighs a mere 384 lb. wet, and offers a 31-inch seat height, providing a platform for both experienced and entry-level riders. And the bike will cater to those on a budget with its price tag of under $6,000, and an ability to achieve 66 mpg from its air-cooled SOHC 2-valve engine.Following are the features, specs, color option and MSRP for the 2014 Yamaha SR500 standard motorcycle (courtesy of Yamaha).2015 Yamaha SR400 Features:Engine:
The 399cc, single-cylinder, air-cooled, 4-stroke, SOHC, 2-valve power plant with electronic fuel injection combined with the SR’s 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.
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 96 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 offers optimum stopping power.
Chain final drive provides excellent power transfer to the rear wheel.
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This week, in the first segment Editor Don Williams talks to us about the new Kawasaki Versys 650 LT. It’s the middleweight ADV style machine that uses the same 650 parallel twin motor as the Ninja 650, so it’s an excellent performer in a user-friendly, good looking package.
In the second segment, I chat with one of my dearest industry friends—now retired Honda PR executive, Jon Seidel. Jon’s fascinating career spans some 30 years with Big Red, and gave him some great experiences with some incredible machines. I was fortunate enough to be invited on many of the press launches that he organized. His new project is documenting and saving many of the old archives from years gone by—and incidentally, if you have anything that may be of value to the project, please contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll pass it all on to Jon.
So on that note, from all of us here at Ultimate Motorcycling, we hope you enjoy this episode!