Yamaha SR400: 35th Anniversary Edition

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Single thumper motorcycles have always been popular due to their simplicity and good design. The Yamaha SR400 is one of those motorcycles. Would you believe it’s been around for 35 years now?

The Yamaha SR400.

The Yamaha SR400
In 1978, Yamaha released the SR400 in Japan — a 399cc, single-cylinder, air-cooled motorcycle that was designed with simplicity in mind. The thumper engine produces 26 horsepower and 21 foot pounds of torque. The SR400 quickly became popular for its British looks, robust design and reliability. The SR400 remained in production virtually unchanged except for the introduction of disc brakes until 2008 when Yamaha canceled its production. Due to popular demand, Yamaha resumed production and re-introduced the SR400 in 2010.

The 35th Anniversary Edition.

The 35th Anniversary Edition
Yamaha has released a 35th Anniversary Edition of the SR400 for 2013. Designed with throwbacks to the original SR400, there are many changes that remind you of the early SR400s. The tank and side covers have been painted in green with gold lettering. The seat has been upholstered in a two-tone brown and tan adding to the SR400′s classic looks. The frame has been painted entirely in silver, matching well with the green. The speedometer and tachometer have the words “35th Anniversary” on their faces. The Anniversary Edition will MSRP for 535,000 yen ($6,040 US) and has a release date of February 14, 2013.

  • http://www.facebook.com/scottrounds Scott Rounds

    But they won’t be selling it in the US, right?

    • http://www.facebook.com/daniel.joshua.silverman Daniel Silverman

      Correct, its Japan only.

  • Speedo007

    Can’t really see who would want this. Underpowered (even compared to a Bonneville), isnt sexy (compared to just about every new retro bike out there), ok so its not expensive…maybe that how they will sell a few.

    • http://www.facebook.com/stempere Sean Tempère

      People who want a bulleproof commuter. Added bonuses: low consumption, low insurance costs, and -very important in big european and i guess asian cities- invisible to the eye of thieves. Who would steal this when it’s parked between a Z750, a tmax and a burgman?

      • Speedo007

        An Honda NC700X would do that, have proper styling, offer more power, 3.9L/100km and be more practical with the tank trunk on top of that :) Sorry, for me this is just a boring bike. That said I do usually love retro, I’m a big fan of the CB1100.

        • http://www.facebook.com/davidabl.blankenhorn Davidabl Blankenhorn

          Since bigger bikes are way harder to get licenses for and insurance for I’d imagine that this will do quite well in the domestic JPN market, it’s intended home.

        • stever

          You might be the only person who thinks the NC700X has proper styling! When I look at it, I see the Hyundai Tuscon to the GS1200′s Ford Excursion.

          • Speedo007

            Not saying its “Panigale” sexy…but compared to this SR400 its a work of art lol!

            • yipY

              Ride an SR:Then you will know why they have had a fanatical following for decades.They are the most customised and modified particular model of Japanese motorcycle.

              • Speedo007

                For me a bike needs to do something to me esthetically. Sure this could look good if you put 5000$ on it…but just saying, its as boring of a bike as I’ve ever seen (even if the attention to detail seems very nice). I had 7 bikes in the past 6 years, from all brands and kinds. I love most bikes, just don’t get this one.

                • yipY

                  Ride a good SR one day.I have ridden just about everything and an SR is very satisfing sport bike on a twisty road.Even compared to such unique and awesome bikes like CBX1000′s and Vmaxes.You need to ride one and not just compare it to the maelstrom of follow fashion monkey bike images on a laptop.

                • Speedo007

                  I never said it wasnt a good or fun bike, just saying the styling is boring the crap out of me :) So many options out there, I just don’t understand how one would choose this one (except for those that had this bike when they were younger and have a nostalgic feeling for it).

                • yipY

                  I doubt you have ever seen an SR in the flesh.It may be an unfathomed mystery to you how simple old bikes like like 650 Triumphs,450 Ducati singles and even horrible old junk like Norton Commandos are such great bikes to ride:like an SR.More riding,less Deus t-shirt wearing and a smaller than full length mirror is a suggestion.”I don’t get it” and “I don’t understand” is your philosophy I guess.You do know bikes are not fashion accessories to be discussed ad infinitum like womens handbags?

                • Speedo007

                  Can you respect the fact that I simply find this bike boring? I’m 37 and have been riding since I was 5 years old. I’ve owned and/or ridden bikes from Yamaha, Suzuki, Honda, Kawasaki, Triumph, BMW, KTM, Aprillia, Ducati, Moto Guzzi, and I’m probably forgetting a few. I’ve ridden a CB750 from the 70s, dirt bikes from the 70s, 80s, 90s,00s, sportbikes from the 90s up to recent models, cruisers from old to modern ones, adventure bikes, scramblers,…so I’m not a sportbike riding power ranger. I don’t care about brand or race specs, I like a bike that makes me smile when I look at it, and grin from ear to ear when I ride it…I’m sure some will buy that SR and enjoy. All I’m saying is they could have updated it into something more interesting, FOR ME.


                  Here’s a good example for me of how you can update an old concept while giving it a new twist.

                • yipY

                  The reason Yamaha continues to make them is it is a lesson to their own young engineers that some bikes don’t need to be updated,as Yamaha stated a few years ago.I doubt they would be making any profit on them in such limited numbers and so much attention to detail and finish and handmade construction methods.Modern updates on old concepts is a flawed design strategy that never produces good results:I can’t think of one.

                • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=675291237 Changali Matewere

                  If you have to put $5000 into modifying the looks of a motorcycle like this, you’re just doing wrong.

    • http://www.facebook.com/andreas.alm.315 Andreas Alm

      This is real, not retro. I for one would chose this over a modern Bonnie everyday.

      The fake carbs makes me angry every time I think of them. And they aren’t even nice looking Amals!

      • Speedo007

        The fake carbs look right and most importantly works flawlessly and is super reliable. How can you miss having to adjust carburators everytime the season changes…

        • http://twitter.com/wilburmeinen wilburmeinen

          Fake carbs are like fake carbon fiber levers, crap.

    • http://www.facebook.com/alex.yum Alex Yum

      Well it seems pretty clear why they won’t sell this in the US if most you guys are focused on is power figures. If I didn’t already have a cheap basher as a commuter this bike would be on my shortlist.

      • Joseph Zarrella

        The standard SR400 is coming here next month.

  • http://www.facebook.com/thawatchai.wanprajit Thawatchai Wanprajit

    Is very beautiful.

  • http://www.facebook.com/nofacemonster Harsha Romain Vithanage

    I think it is worth to go over to japan, buy this and ship it to wherever we are…. If i had a lot of money and haven’t owned a SR4, i would have done that. Salute to all to SR’s and SR Riders through out the world.

  • Anders Barfod

    this 35th anniversary is a pretty bike.. The 26-27hp should be enough for daily commutes and should be really fuel efficient with its slow-rewing, fuel injection and single cylinder. The bike has character and as it is a completely naked bike with no fairing you probably want to avoid the motorway with cars going 65-75 mph as those speed are not nice without any fairing. Go for the country roads and cruise at a nice 50 mph speed and save fuel and money while enjoying the view.