2015 Yamaha SR400 Confirmed for US Market


2015 Yamaha SR400

Looking around at the new motorcycles that have been introduced since- oh, let’s say 2012- 2012, you could be forgiven for thinking you’d woken up in the latter half of Jimmy Carter’s malaise era. There’s been a renaissance of “small” displacement bikes returning to prominence, from the high mileage Suzuki TU250X to a new Honda CB500 and more sporting GoldWing power cruiser. If you’re a two wheeled enthusiast coming out of a coma that started in the early days of the Reagan Revolution, you’d be forgiven for thinking you hadn’t missed much- and that’ll be especially true at Yamaha dealers next year, when the company’s classic, 400 cc UJM returns.

Offered in the US between 1975 and 1981, Yamaha sold an SR500 model that was so similar to the new for 2015 Yamaha SR400 model that I thought, at first glance, that it was the same bike. This is, I think, a solid move. Today, as then, the economy sucks. Young people can’t find good jobs, they’re not buying homes in the suburbs like their parents did, etc. They need reliable, inexpensive transportation that gets great mileage.

Also, they’d like said transportation to not suck.

So, here we are. The 2015 Yamaha SR400 promises to be reliable. At $5990, it’ll be inexpensive enough that its payment should be on par with a mobile data plan. It gets 66 MPG, and shouldn’t require much in the way of maintenance. Finally, with a relatively low 383 lb. weight and torquey, single-cylinder engine …

2015 Yamaha SR400 Specs.

Engine Type 399cc, air-cooled SOHC, 2-valve
Bore x Stroke 97.0mm x 62.7mm
Compression Ratio 8.5:1
Fuel Delivery Fuel Injection
Ignition Transistor Controlled Ignition
Transmission 5 speed; multiplate wet clutch
Final Drive Chain
Suspension/Front Telescopic; 5.9-in travel
Suspension/Rear Swingarm; 4.1-in travel
Brake/Front Hydraulic disc; 268mm
Brake/Rear 150mm drum
Tire/Front 90/100-18M/C 54S
Tire/Rear 110/90-18M/C 61S
L x W x H 82.1 x 29.5 x 43.1 in
Seat Height 30.9 in
Wheelbase 55.5 in
Rake (Caster Angle) 27º
Trail 4.4 in
Fuel Capacity 3.2 gal
*Est. Fuel Economy 66.2 MPG
**Wet Weight 384 lb


… the little Yamaha should have no problem not sucking. The fact that it looks like a classic bike already, and packs a full Yamaha warranty is just icing on a very attractive cake as far as I’m concerned.

What do you think of the bike? You can check out a few more pictures of the upcoming 2015 Yamaha SR400, here, and let us know what you think of the bike in the comments section at the bottom of the page. Enjoy!


Source | Photos: Yamaha, via CycleNews and SwipeLife.

About the Author

I've been in the auto industry 1997, and write for a number of blogs in the IM network. You can also find me on Twitter, at my Volvo fansite, or chasing my kids around Oak Park, IL.
  • Robert Spinello

    I bought a new black ’79 SR500 leftover in 1980 for $1700. It was my first bike and something about it attracted me…probably its good looks and how it felt..nimble, light. I bought a Ruby Red ’80 SR500 used a couple of years later (missed my ’79 after selling it) and kept it 10 years. I sold it in 1990 for a mere $600. (couldn’t give it away then. I always toyed with going for an XS 650 or Maxim 650 but I always come back to the SR.
    I will be buying a new ’15 SR400 next month…The first one to arrive at the same dealer (and salesman) I bought the ’79 from. I don’t care if its $5000 or $6000. If you plan on keeping it for 10-20 years does it really matter? If it was $2000 35 years ago, $6000 isn’t unreasonable. I’m very excited I can buy my favorite bike all these years brand new. I might even buy another ’78-’81 SR500 eventually.(I was planning on that this year) But there is something about a new one. It is hard to resist despite the cost. You would have ever thought Yamaha would bring it back to the U.S. I heard they will be limited. Because of its limited availability and pricing, the new one might end up more rare than the original. I will not miss out on what could be the only chance to buy a brand new SR.

  • Robert Spinello

    The 2015 SR400 is virtually the same bike as the SR500 which was sold in the U.S from 1978-1981. The SR500 was discontinued in 1999 but the SR400 has been sold only in Japan since 1978. t didn’t take very long after stumbling upon the news of the bke’s upcoming availability in the U.S. for me to decide to buy one, and after one look I felt it was well worth its $5990 price tag. Why quibble. Vintage SR500s have increased in value $1000 above their original MSRP, unlike most multi-cylinder bikes of the era worth half as much. I picked up my new bike June 25th 2014 from the same salesman that sold me a new 1979 SR500. We were in our twenties then..Scott is 60 now and I turn 55 next month. I started it a few times on the first kick (one time in two kicks). It feels just like my old SR500…with a smoother engine and an easier clutch. It idles smoothly, and there’s no choke or hot start button to fiddle with thanks to the EFI. Power feels close to the 500. After all, it is the same engine while making 6 less hp. It feels less thumpy at slower speeds and the lower torque is evident, but it accelerates as well as the 500, and is more eager to rev through the gears. Brought it up to about 65. Kept altering the speed, following the break-in procedure. The ride comfort and handling is awesome, like I remember. The bike is well balanced and responsive, and the seat is noticeably more comfortable. It was very windy on that first ride home but the bike was unaffected. With the threat of bad weather I’d have to show it off another day. The quality is top-notch and the bike looks even pricier than it is. The engine finish is high and the paint and chrome are flawless. The exclusive U.S. Liquid Graphite metallic paint job with Yamaha black side covers is decidedly striking in person. The aluminum spoke wheels are nicely finished giving the bike a classy, vintage look lacking on the original, while Yamaha chose function over form regarding tires and brakes. In lieu of retro treads (Metzler Perfect Me77) on the ’14 European model, sticky Bridgestone Battlax BT-45s are fitted to the ’15 U.S. model, as is a modern drilled front disc brake rotor. The bike is produced in small numbers. According to Yamaha’s Japanese web-site, 1,300 units per year are being produced for Yamaha’s Japan home market, while its been announced that 500 units will be imported to the U.S this year. Yamaha must be very proud of this model, building it as long as they have, because although the bike has remained virtually the same in design for 36 years, much refinement is evident and it looks and feels like t’s built, not to a price, but with a lot of care and pride.