5 Facts About The Yamaha XS400 Bobber
The world of motorcycles is witnessing new and improved models each day. This comes as no surprise as the riding community expects it too. They keep craving for new models with better performance. The expectations on the style of these motorcycles reach the sky as the big brands keep competing for one another in this segment. Though there are new versions which are on the verge of release, there are some old classics which should never be forgotten. Some classic motorcycles have become part of history and will always stay in the hearts of motorcycle enthusiasts.
One such bike is the XS400 Bobber from Yamaha. The XS400 Bobber otherwise known as Yamaha XS400 was part of the motorcycle segment, which came around the years from 1976 to 1982. The versions XS250 along with XS360 are other versions which popped up containing similar features of the XS400 Bobber. They were actually denoted as the identical versions of the XS400 Bobber platform. The models which fell into the category of Special, Heritage badges and Special II even denoted ‘factory custom’ trim lines.
The mentioned XS400 Bobber from Yamaha came up with a straight twin engine. This engine had a 180-degree crank angle. This angle was particularly set as it will reduce linear vibrations, although it will happen at the cost of partial axial vibration. This engine of XS400 Bobber is a four stroke one with the air-cooled option along with overhead-cam. This engine is also capable of producing 36 bhp which happens to be 27 kW at the rate of 8100 rpm. This is possible because it is a 392 cc engine.
Talking about the transmission of the XS00 it does have a 6-speed transmission. Along with this, it comes with a 6 friction disk clutch combined with wet plate and chain drive. Also including these features is the self-canceling turn signals and tachometer. There are also electric and kick-starting options to this vehicle. The XS400 is even equipped with adjustable rear shock absorbers apart from an automatic fuel petcock in addition to the center stand option.
When taken into consideration the prior models and the economic models they came with drum brakes and spoke wheels. This, however, did not seem to last as the later models seemed to have considerable changes. The upgraded models even carried cast alloy wheels along with hydraulic disc brake options. The even further models were found with upgrades where the initial mechanical points ignition system was changed to a modern solid state electronic system.
The engine displacement can be spotted with the number mentioned in the model name. Apart from the displacement talks, the models inclusive of the 250 cc, 360 cc, and the 400 cc versions were considered to be similar. There were some changes in the economy section which were seen in XS250s, XS360s, and Xs400s where the electric starter along with the self-canceling turn signals was removed. However, models such as the Heritage trim levels and the upgraded Special did include some styling changes like sweptback handlebars and stepped seats.