Yamaha XV1000/TR1 Reviews from Australia

1981 Yamaha XV1000/TR1

Year of manufacture1981
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2010
Acceleration marks 7 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 7 / 10
Handling marks 7 / 10
Braking marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.6 / 10
Distance when acquired50000 kilometres
Most recent distance175000 kilometres
Previous motorcycleYamaha RD 350

Summary:

The Volatile Vibrator

Faults:

Enclosed chain drive was not that good of an idea, hard to check for correct chain tension and wear etc. so I removed it and modified it back to normal.

Starter motor will always be a problem, so get a good one; you can replace the pins in the centrifugal clutch part of the starter if you can find some, and cut them down to the right size, as I have done in the past.

Rear pot will wear quicker than the front due to heat and low oil pressure. I suggest putting an oil pressure gauge on and keeping an eye on it.

General Comments:

I have owned and ridden this bike over 100,000km, and it still keeps me very satisfied as far as great torque, fantastic in those big sweeping corners, and can keep up with the best of them in the tight stuff.

This bike was nicknamed The Volatile Vibrator, and rightfully so, but once you get used to its vibes, it's not a problem.

These bikes are getting on now, and if you were to want to keep one, then I suggest you collect spares as there are not many good ones left, and you will need them for future engine rebuilds and so on.

Carbie diaphragm is no longer available, nor is the starter motor through Yamaha.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st May, 2010

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1981 Yamaha XV1000/TR1

Model year1981
Year of manufacture1981
First year of ownership1985
Most recent year of ownership1990
Acceleration marks 7 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 8 / 10
Handling marks 6 / 10
Braking marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.1 / 10
Most recent distance40000 kilometres
Previous motorcycleKawasaki Z250

Summary:

Quirky classic

Faults:

Head gaskets, fork seals.

General Comments:

I bought my 81 XV1000 (no 920s here in Australia) in 1985 - smooth ride, powerful bike.

Problems included head gaskets blowing and enclosed chain seal failing.

I converted it to a cafe racer - Ducati 900SS replica fairing, custom made 2 into 1 stainless steel exhaust, 38mm mikuni slider carbies. This greatly increased performance (and fuel consumption).

Great bike to ride through twisty mountain roads. They are hard to find now, but I think they will acquire a cult status of sorts.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th February, 2008

1981 Yamaha XV1000/TR1

Model year1981
Year of manufacture1981
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2007
Acceleration marks 6 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 7 / 10
Handling marks 6 / 10
Braking marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.1 / 10
Distance when acquired116000 kilometres
Most recent distance117000 kilometres
Previous motorcycleYamaha XT250 TN

Summary:

The first of the Japanese cruisers- a real classic v-twin

Faults:

Don't know, but it does need some TLC (tender loving care)

General Comments:

I have replaced a lot of bits since I bought it, but what would you expect with a 26-year old bike? - Brake pads, fork seals, chain and sprockets, exhausts (Mufflers), float valves (both) and numerous minor fittings.

I've had to re-coil a number of threads that had been stripped by previous owners and glued up (probably the same owner) including one of the main rear engine mounting bolts.

The fully enclosed drive chain is a good idea; supposed to give 50K+ chain life, although it is a pain to change chain and sprockets.

Very comfortable to ride, even at slow speed around town and through traffic, but the steering feels a bit heavy as it really wants to fall into corners, and significant counter-pressure needs to be applied to maintain a constant radius corner. The narrow handle bars are a real bonus when moving between stationary traffic.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 26th October, 2007

12th Feb 2008, 21:55

You mentioned it 'falls' into corners - that was why I could out ride most other people through twisty roads on my XV1000 - it turns into corners very well, and with its bottom end torque pulls out of them quicker than a top-endy 4. Those old XV1000s handle like a dream.

19th Feb 2009, 13:02

Fortunately it doesn't handle like a Honda Dream... I've just bought my third XV100 (TR1) in as many decades. It could well be the best all-rounder ever to come out of Japan - as long as you don't want your all-rounder to come with no pillion accommodation worth talking about, or to be covered with plastic, or cursed with a head down, bum up riding position, like most 'all-rounders' seem to be nowadays. No, the XV1000 (TR1)'s a proper motorcycle with a characterful motor, plenty of comfort and if you have the later, restyled version, it's even good to look at.

Average review marks: 6.6 / 10, based on 3 reviews