1983 Yamaha XS1100 from Canada
Best road bike of the era, and still one of the best
Short in brake light.
Broken fuse panel.
Lots of highway riding and road trips across the western USA and Canada, such as from Canada's west coast to Colorado, etc.
A heavy machine, but rock-solid at 120 mph and comfortable to ride for 16 hours at a time.
I'm large, at 6'3" and 270 lbs and always felt like part of the machine.
The bike is somewhat top-heavy, and riding at speed (always) through the Rockies, I sometimes wondered what a pure sport bike would feel like. Loads of sun, though, and always enough reserve power to get out of trouble.
I owned two of these bikes and rode them mercilessly. People told me that I rode it "like a dirt bike".
One of the best cruiser-tourers ever.
Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 8th June, 2017
14th Jul 2018, 07:51
I still own a 1980 Yamaha XS Eleven Special, and have put over 50,000 miles on it in past years. Love it, incredible machine, fast and powerful, ahead of its time.
I've ridden throughout BC as well. Love the Rockies, but the East and West Kootenays have some of the best cycle roads in the world. I recommend heading north from Kelowna BC on Hwy 97, and just before Revelstoke turn East onto Hwy 23 to upper Arrow Lake and the free Shelter/Galena Bay Ferry. Once across, continue south on the eastern shore of Arrow Lake to Nakusp, then south-east on Hwy 6 riding along the East shore of Slocan Lake to New Denver. Then turn East onto Hwy 31A and head to Kaslo over a sweet mountain pass, then south on Hwy 31 and the western shore of Kootenay Lake until you reach the Balfor/Crawford Bay Ferry (longest free ferry ride in North America). Once landed, savor a slow ride south on the East shore of Kootenay Lake on Hwy 3A, magnificent scenery, mind blowing all the way to Creston. After a good night's sleep, head East then north on Hwy 95 past Moyie Lake and enjoy some sushi in Cranbook.
The XS1100's big four cylinder has loads of horsepower and torque and carves cleanly and progressively through corners. The XS1100 was such a rewarding ride that I recently purchased a new 2017 Yamaha Raider (1900 v-twin), and love it as well. It just doesn't get any better, thanks Yamaha for your commitment to motorcycling and incredible engineering!