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Yamaha XS 1100

1980 Yamaha XS 1100 (SG)


I had already the XS 650 for a couple of years before I thinking about buying bike. Even at the time it was a passing thought, not something I actually act on; that is until I saw the XS This time around I had a bike to ride so I had plenty of to be picky, to make sure the was right for me and that I was getting the deal possible.

I decided on that I needed a bigger While the 650 is comfortable around a bike that small can be tiring on longer trips. I something with some behind, something that not feel like a feather in the every time a semi in the other lane.

I also wanted a 4-cylinder. The vertical twin design is a but like all classics, is a classic not a current design) for a reason, it like crazy. While piston fires at different both travel up or down in

This creates a noticable that is loveable and annoying at the time. My next bike have to be a balanced 4-cylinder, a premium put on a smooth ride.

The and possibly most important was that it be affordable. That is the tricky part.

After looking around for 2 weeks, I again found in the same bracket as I had when the 650; older non-harley One of my fears when buying an old is that it will be too much for me to handle maintaining it. That was one of the I stared looking at the XS 1100. I had passed the learning curve on smaller brother, the XS 650.

of the parts are interchangable between the and I had already found some resources for parts for the 650.

stats on the 1100 were to say the least. The one that was most for me was the shaft drive. From I had read, shaft drives supposed to be the ultimate in smoothness. again, I am not one to take some one opinion as my own.

With that in mind, I a road trip to the first most promising) of 3 XS1100’s for within driving distance.

Yamaha XS 1100
Yamaha XS 1100

I at the owner’s home after He was outside working on a motorcycle in his a Norton Commando. It was one of about 6 crammed in the two car garage. He told me he was the 1100 to make room for bikes. He had purchesed it from his who bought it brand new in 1980.

The brother-in-law had done some road trips with it had sworn off motorcycles when he put the down and suffered some The current owner had purchased the the year before and had fixed it up.

I was worried about buying a that had been sitting for over 15 years. I don’t to know everything about but I know that can’t be for a bike. That is why is was very when the owner said, Did you your helmet?. After all my concerns melted away. The ran great.

The owner is apparently a with bikes. He had replaced the tires, petcocks (dual), plugs, spark plug all the brake pads, balanced the and rebuilt the front break Over all the bike was in fanstastic despite it’s age.

I had to buy it, there was no way around it.

About a later I had a friend drive me out so I could drive the bike On the hour long highway I was delighted at how perfectly smooth the is at nearly all speeds. The only is the bike is faster than I was for.

Most people not call that a problem. on the 1100 I have to exercise to not speed, on the 650 it comes natural as I speed :)

Yamaha XS 1100
Yamaha XS 1100
Yamaha XS 1100
Yamaha XS 1100
Yamaha XS 1100
Yamaha XS 1100
Yamaha XS 1100
Yamaha XS 1100

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