What would you think if tomorrow, you could find in dealership a Renault 4L, a Peugeot 205, a VCR … new and from the factory?!? Yamaha offers us a little that with the return of a famous model of the end of the 70s. It has not aged this SR 400, and as the revival remains in fashion, no reason to deprive it.
Be careful, this is not a neo-retro interpretation like the BMW 1200 Nine T or a Vintage like the Guzzi V7 or Triumph Thuxton. No, the 2014 SR 400 is almost the same as its 1978 ancestor. And for good reason, it is not a real novelty but a re-introduction on the French market. The SR 400 has never ceased to be sold in Japan, where it is a star, especially since it readily lends itself to any type of preparation. Only a few essential changes have been added to its course for decades. The injection replaced the carbs and a catalyst installed in the muffler. But the main thing is summed up as follows: it is not a modern motorcycle with a retro style … it is a retro motorcycle sold today as it was 10, 20 years ago, 35 years ago !
The mono derivative of the 500 XT engine is therefore almost the same as at its beginnings. With dimensions of 87 x 67.2 mm, it favors torque and responsiveness at low speeds. The technical sheet seems to come from a yellowed catalog that we would have unearthed in the treasure chest of a great uncle. 2 valves, 1 ACT, 8.5: 1 compression ratio; technology with Giscard d’Estaing sauce. An effort was still made to improve its torque with a larger airbox and a larger 47mm intake valve. The end of the day is the start that takes place as before: with a kick. Nostalgic people will love it. The young people will have to learn to give hocks, find the compression point (there is a witness on the breech to facilitate the job), use the decompressor or taste the happiness of taking a kick kick in the calf.
Yes, yes, it is a completely original chassis (not to be confused with original) that holds the SR 400 to you. A semi-split steel cradle frame, with the engine oil as a special feature. passes through the main vertical tube. The suspension elements consist of a classic fork and 2 side shock absorbers. The SR 400 also retained its 18-inch spoked rims, a front brake disc and a rear drum..
At the time, the SR 400 was considered a utility. With vintage fashion, chrome and retro charm, the SR 400 becomes a Sport Heritage and will make a comeback … while it’s still the same type of bike, with a ridiculous power of 23 horses, a technology forgotten in the boxes and whose design has not changed. a bit since the disappearance of Claude François. And that’s why it will please, and all those who strive to vocalize that "it was better before" will have a perfect example available. In fact, with the SR 400, it’s not really a bike you treat yourself to, it’s its soul, and the fun of simple things.
At the end of October 2018, Yamaha initiated a recall campaign for its SR 400s for a problem with the oil return hose. Due to insufficient tightening torque of the fixing nut of this hose, there was a possibility of engine oil leaking from the clamping nut..
• SR400 models 2014 – 2016 (2RD1 / 2RDB) with serial numbers between RH051 0000301 and RH051 0002787.
That is to say, a total of 464 machines concerned for the French market.
Customers who own these machines have been notified by registered mail in order to have this intervention carried out free of charge..
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The technical aspect
Yamaha SR 400 2014
- Tank: 12 liters
- Width: 750 mm
- Height: 1,095 mm
- Wheelbase: 1,410 mm
- Dry weight: 152 kg
- Operating weight: 174 kg
- Train before
- secondary by chain
- Rear axle
(87 x 67.2 mm)
at 6500 rpm
at 3000 rpm