1986 Yamaha SRX400 from United Kingdom - Comments

11th Jul 2008, 19:50

I had a very ratty SRX400, but it cost me less than £200 to get on the road. Used for a year with minimal maintenance and I loved it!

Nice styling and enjoyed looking over that big headlamp when going along.

Seat was a bit hard but comfortable otherwise. Just make sure you carry a spare plug and spanner, a long one, as it did like to eat them up. Not too difficult to start.

Moved abroad so it had to go, otherwise I would have kept it for good.

5th Aug 2008, 15:14

Hi, I have just brought a 1986 SRX4. I think it is the nicest bike I have owned, and I love being on the motorbike. I ride it to work everyday, and I ride it at least 100 miles on Saturdays, and the same on Sundays, and it has not let me down.

The only thing I'm stuck on (if anyone can help) is the red light on the control panel, which has speed written under it and lights up at about 53mph. If anyone knows what this is, I would be very grateful to know.

Many thanks.

9th Aug 2008, 09:43

The red light was on the bikes destined for Japanese stores. It was a warning light that you were exceeding the maximum legal speed limit.

24th Feb 2009, 08:49

Hi, I am about to take my test, and if I pass, which I hopefully will, I would love to get hold of an SRX400, so I was just wondering if anyone could tell me what sort of price I would be looking at to get one in good nick??? Any reply will be highly appreciated...

9th Aug 2009, 17:11

I first saw one of these machines a couple of months ago and was most intrigued. A beautifully simple and elegant bike - really minimalist!

I'm convinced that the 400 is the model that our government used in its rule-changes on motorbike licenses a couple of years ago... "up to 25kW (33bhp) and a power-to-weight ratio not exceeding 0.16kW/kg" - 'cos it matches the Yam's parameters almost exactly.

I'd neither seen nor heard about these Yamahas, and I ended up buying a Beta Euro 350 after my Test. That and the Beta Jonathan 350 come close to the maximum permissible during this 2-year waiting period, but the 400 Yam is at the very pinnacle, however.

13th Sep 2010, 01:49

I bought an SRX400 about 3 months ago for just under $3000 Australian. My mechanic tells me it's in pretty good condition. So far I have had no problems with it at all. It's my first bike so I have very little to compare it to, but I am having a whole lot of fun riding it to work and along the coast on the weekend. It is a little hard to start on cold mornings. After reading your blog, I think I may be flooding it. So will try and turn it over a couple of times without any throttle or choke, then give it some choke on the third kick... see how that goes?

Is there anyone out there that has done some major work to an SRX4. ie: new pipes, different filters etc. If so, what did you do, and how difficult was it??

11th Sep 2011, 20:12

You replace the whole engine? Or did you just get the electric starter?

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