2015 Yamaha SR400
Yamaha is going Retro, and the new SR400 is proof of that. If you are a fan of kickstarters, then this is the motorcycle for you. The SR400 has been popular in Japan, and now it’s coming over to the streets of America.
There are not many beginner bikes left for sale. Most of the OEM’s go from the 250cc mark right up to the 950 zone, and that doesn’t leave many options for those riders in the middle. The 31′” seat height, sub 400 lb curb weight, and the manageable power curve produced by the single cylinder engine should make the SR400 a great bike for both beginners and seasoned riders.
The SR400 has a 3.2 gallon fuel tank and the bike should be capable of traveling over 150 miles between fill-ups. Unlike other beginner bikes, the SR400 has a disc brake up front, and that will offer superior stopping compared to the drum brakes found on some of the other bikes in this class.
The new SR400 should be available starting in May of 2014, with a starting MSRP of $5990*.
This is a Japanese market SR400 video, so some of the text might be a little tough to read.
Yamaha first rolled out an SR model in 1978. Here is a link detailing the evolution of the series. http://www.yamahamotorsports.com/sport/2015_sr400_history.aspx
|399cc, air-cooled SOHC, 2-valve
|Bore x Stroke
|87.0 x 62.7mm
|TCI: Transistor Controlled Ignition
|5 speed; multiplate wet clutch
|Suspension / Front
|Telescopic; 5.9-in travel
|Suspension / Rear
|Swingarm; 4.1-in travel
|Brakes / Front
|Hydraulic disc brake, 268mm
|Brakes / Rear
|Tires / Front
|Tires / Rear
|Rake (Caster Angle)
|1 Year (Limited Factory Warranty)