1982 Yamaha XS400 Special
Reliable old Yammy
As soon as I bought it, I had the front tire replaced, put new carb holders on, and a new complete exhaust 2-1 as the other was rusted, all to pass the safety. There was an oil leak, which required a new gasket in the engine.
The choke became stuck, making it very difficult to start.
Main fuse blew, and melted the plastic around the fuse clips, so I had to modify it using a fuse holder for that connection.
Replaced chain and sprockets this year.
Replaced spark plug wires this year.
I can ride this bike all day, and often do without becoming too sore.
It began to run rough this summer, and would backfire on engine braking. I ran some higher grade fuel in it for a few tanks and it fixed itself, runs better than ever actually.
It does get blown around pretty good at higher speeds, and anything over 100 km/h gets the RPMs up pretty high.
Kick start is very handy to have, and it will be missed on future bikes I'm sure.
Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 5th September, 2009