Yamaha SR 400 Motorcycle test 2014

The Yamaha SR 400 is, a superb single cylinder born in the 70s roadster which ours almost unchanged in 2014.

First test of the observable fact, accompanied by an original SR 500.

Though we are doing our first  review of the Yamaha SR 400 2014 on the small roads of Creuse, I glue the wheel of Arno to remain focused in the lens of the camera. Then, in a turn that tightens, I observe my cameraman to the day out of the trajectory and bite the last few inches of tar… But a simple pressure on the footrest and rear brake pedal, our – road to its hours Crossman brings back my SR 500 am. 1978 in the right way, followed like his shadow by the new Yamaha SR 400 are  2014.

Hilarious under the helmet, I cannot help wondering how such a figure would be completed at the handlebars of a machine more heavy and powerful. All the magic and charm of our gleaming classic motorcycles of the day could be summarized here,  lightness, simplicity, for casual, easy steering, forgiving all or almost, but with an incomparable, even timeless allure. Because if historically not less than 36 years separating our two martyrs of the day, visually as much as technically, they are almost the same motorbikes

2014 Yamaha SR400 test

A authentic motorbike from the 70’s- new

intended for the record, since its inception on the technical basis of the mythical XT 500 in the mid-1970s so Yamaha SR 400 has never ceased to be produced in Japan due to a lower taxation of this displacement the SR 500 was arrested in 1999 and the success of this type of motorcycle in the land of the rising sun. Meanwhile, economic crisis, controls road and cycle of the modes helping, the consumption of the bike has drastically changed in Europe.

Long misunderstood General on our market, average displacements so return in the catalogues of manufacturers while the neo-retro trend continues, driven by talented preparers. What motivate Yamaha Motor France to retry the adventure of the SR 400 with us and set up partnerships with recognized props, including Kedo, the German specialist XT-400/500 and SR 400/500. For 2014, not less than 300 Yamaha SR 400 are imported into France, either as much (almost) unique opportunities to offer an authentic 1970s new motorbike.

Yamaha SR 400 test

Yamaha SR 400 test

Kick, back

Aspect the, linger on this airy and proportionate line, its many pieces of dressing in chromed steel, varnished painting emphasized misregistration  a matte grey color is also available, its single cylinder fins, its wheels or its classic handlebar control Kit aluminium SR 400 is the twin sister of the SR 500 of 1978 which accompanies us today. But above all, we love for the beauty of its strictly air cooled, engine lubrication by dry sump and limited the piston stroke allowed already in the 1970s to reduce the height to the great benefit of the ground clearance one of the priorities of the development of the XT 500 trail at the time.

However let’s get back to the basics, and in particular, for who knows older versions, the absence of electric starter… How many times, sweating under my jacket, I wanted to burn my SR 500 remained silent on the edge of a sidewalk despite all my efforts? And it is exactly the thinking that I have, a priori, by pressing the kick of this ‘new’ Yamaha SR 400 while respecting the usual Protocol: fetch the compression point, pass it in using the lever on the handlebar, bring the kick at the top and push it with a firm wide throughout its stroke motion… Miracle, it runs! Sure, you’ll love the new electronic fuel injection of the SR 400. More need to operate one of the two starters or convulsion on the kick by praying, start the SR 400 became a formality, to cold, a little less hot, and yet. In any case, nothing that really can constitute an obstacle to its purchase at the present.

SR 400 old

SR 400 old

Felted and linear

Therefore it remains more to enjoy the best of this almost forty single-cylinder roadster, starting of course with his moped template or almost. Engine cut, manipulate or so a Yamaha SR 400 on Central is within the reach of all, while she still shines in a Pocket handkerchief. Thin, light, with a narrow, enough soft saddle and reasonable height, the bike is still a formality to take in hand. Its handlebar narrower than on the SR 500. 78, its commands as conventional and a dash offering essentially, immediately put in the bath. Even the gearbox runs smoothly, so it rushes without even thinking about neither it, nor fear stall now.

At the beginning, the engine surprises by its very hushed music, its flexibility and its regime for the less linear mounted. In comparison, the 500 is more rustic in low but more round and muscular subsequently see transition to the bench. SR 400 requires him more to draw reports for effective acceleration, and so play with the five reports and a finally properly calibrated gear. Placide in the area of 3 000 rpm, should therefore further promote the 4 000 to 6 000 rpm aboard the Yamaha SR 400 to enjoy performance worthy of a good 250 modern. If pollution standards are passed by there, they have not erased the bulk on the Yamaha SR 400 2014: sensations that take less to the objective character of the engine on all of the motorcycle. Of course smirk at a good average 90

yamaha sr400 2014

yamaha sr400 2014

Preliminary with his demonic agility. With its narrow tires, its 174 kg measured with the full and its geometry à l’ancienne fork more inclined than on contemporary roadsters, the Yamaha SR 400 is a toy which forget the corners and to pilot the smile. Mono wise reminders will never undermine the stability of the cycle part, except on the estates of bumps than suspensions are sometimes hard to digest without shaking its crew. More reason to properly tighten the narrow tank between the knees, and appreciate finally braking at the height. The front caliper bites now the single disc with enough aggression to reassure the driver, while the rear drum can still ensure bend and release management.

Most of the time, we cross therefore around 100 to 110 km/h meter (a good 90 kph chrono) around the 5,000 rpm, rocked by the quiet hum of mechanics, swarming in the handles. Know that the days of madness on Highway, a small 140 km/h is possible after several kilometers of momentum, but what good? Yamaha SR 400 shines literally as figuratively in the city and on small roads, there where we rediscover often with surprise all the advantage of his 36 years of prime of life.

Yamaha SR400 2014 picture

Yamaha SR400 2014 picture

Equilibrium Yamaha SR 400 test not only for the bobos

Perceptibly, compare Yamaha SR 400 to the latest highlights of how blatant everything that separates them. Starting with a still very manual manufacturing mode, also doing the beautiful part of costly steel parts and old technologies. On this point, the highly automated production in two castings under pressure alu frames or plastic parts enables more comfortable margins for unparalleled performance on new models. If you add a limited production volume, so that explains much the €5,999 requested for this authentic old bike.

yamaha SR 400 2014

yamaha SR 400 2014

In particular – the Yamaha SR 400 2014. Here, it should read beyond the commercial card to enjoy the craft at its fair value: timeless aesthetic quality, a significant manufacturing quality, and above all a global character that speak more to lovers of classic, easy, authentic and finally original motorcycles. If you add a bloated accessories offer which allows to customize his bike exactly to his liking, there will be seized there whole essence of Yamaha SR 400, far from the intention criterion of the variety.

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