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Yamaha XS 1100


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The was Yamaha’s conception of the ideal motor cycle. It was large and at home on the highway but uneasy bends. It was intended for the USA, it persuaded would-be and current of 750-1,000cc BMWs that were offering a value-for-money that had the German flat-twin hands down.

The XS provided cylinders against the BMW’s dohc versus primitive three disc brakes of sometimes no more than up-to-the-minute transmission with gear-changing, 20 per cent more all this, and its price was approximately certainly not more than that of the BMW. Hitherto to be the ultimate tourer, the BMW slipped to place behind the Yamaha in western States.

In Europe, and especially in the UK, the Yamaha had a enthusiastic reception. ‘Dry’ of the XS1100 was 600lb, which it 1001b heavier than the CB750 Honda; this the long (61 in) wheelbase gave the slow cornering reactions dismayed riders reared on the of a 110mph Triumph Bonneville or, accustomed to the behaviour of the fast but lighter Suzuki 1000.

the XS1100 offered was sheer Not the lightning-response, high-rpm variety by apparent rivals, judged on such as Honda’s CBX; but — more precisely torque — to this 600lb motor plus say 500lb of rider, and luggage from 30 to 125mph in top in under 20 seconds.

Less than a year than the XS750, the big four of showed significant differences the three, apart from the one of the extra cylinder. Where the drive of the smaller engine was off one end of the crankshaft, the 1100’s Hy-Vo came from the middle of the Other unspecified modifications to the broadly similar transmission carried out in deference to the 1100’s 30 bhp

The engines differed in the reduced allowed for the four’s cylinder which was more than for by an oil cooler, carried in front of the down tubes. Combustion-chamber were different, too, the four’s designed to take kindly to low-octane fuel.

A preload-adjustable front fork was to help owners with a for experiment and some patience tools; but, however set, it did nothing to improve the mediocre handling.


Yamaha announced their three-cylinder four-…, it was acclaimed as an tourer with the best drive of any machine available. If one was lacking it was outright performance although quick, it could not the top-of-the-range models of the other manufacturers. The obvious idea have been to graft an cylinder on the 750 to make it a 1000, but Machinery decided to go one better and so the was born.

Yamaha XS 1100
Yamaha XS 1100

The engine of the bike is an unit of just a shade H02cc and, with its actuated by twin overhead •produces 95bhp at 8ooorpm and ft of torque at 65oorpm. The whole is canted forward a few degrees and an oil just under the steering helps keep the motor cool. Chain and gear drive goes to a wet-multi-plate and thence to a five-speed gearbox and the drive which runs the left side of the bike.

The gear lever pedal is at the front so that it looks but it does work in the normal sequence.

Top speed of the big Yamaha is while it will accelerate to a mile from a standing in just under i2secs; consumption is 4impg.

The most thing about the XS1100 is its and mass, for it dwarfs just everything apart from Once travelling at a few mph and the weight is but it does affect the high-speed of the bike and the braking. Even the Yamaha uses three diameter discs, they are not up to the 5641b bike repeatedly high speed, although the front and 4.5m wide tyres keep their

Although the Yamaha has a sprint-like of speed, it is primarily intended for as its high bars and 5.28gal tank prove. Not having to the chain every 150 miles or so is a for long-distance travel, too.

The of the XS1100 is rectangular, with instruments, indicators and reflectors all rather odd-looking shape.

Standard equipment on the bike fuel gauge, a cut off switch for the should the bike fall self-cancelling indicators and sockets for fog lamps or other accessories could be fitted.

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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