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Yamaha, led by successful new offerings such as the YZ motocrossers, the highly entertaining FZ-09 triple and the Star Bolt Sportster wannabe, had a solid 2013, with sales up 20 percent in a flat US market. But the tuning-fork company has by no means become complacent, a point proven by the new 2015 SR400, a classic-looking standard that goes on sale in June, powered by an air-cooled 399cc four-stroke single with a kickstarter. Yes, a kickstarter.
It takes chutzpah to introduce a kick-start-only streetbike in the US market, but that’s precisely what Yamaha has done with the narrow 384-pound SR400, which traces its lineage back to the SR500 that made its US debut in 1978. Why 399cc? Japan’s tiered license system has a 400cc limit, and the displacement is unchanged for the US market to help keep the cost down.
And speaking of price, the 2015 Yamaha SR400 has an MSRP of $5,990. Although the new SR400, available only in gray, looks like it could actually be 1978 model—even to the point of still having a little window on the cam cover to help the rider find top dead center—its sohc two-valve engine is now fuel-injected, enabling it to meet emissions regulations and be easier to start, aided by a compression release on the left side of the handlebar. Yamaha, in fact, says the new SR400 is so easy to start that it can be done by hand.

Read more here: 2015 Yamaha SR400- First Look Review- Photos- Specifications- Price
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