The Yamaha SR400 is an elusive bike to many Indians. But if Yamaha India only wants to focus on the performance and enthusiasts of our buyer market they should bring this bike. While no big manufacturer (barring Suzuki) including Yamaha is planning to participate in the upcoming Auto Expo.We think launching this bike later in the year could be a good time for Yamaha to expand their line up and at the same time rise above the budget quarter-litre class of bikes it has for commuters on sale today. So check out below why this bike is important, what is it and why Yamaha should get it to India.
Yamaha SR400 What is it?
The SR400 is styled after the design of bikes from the early 1970s. It has a comfortable riding position, large seat, rased handlebars and a round headlight. The bike was interestingly made with more details tuned and designed for convenience when the Technical Director of Yamaha in Japan injured his ankle when testing a prototype. The bike gets a 14 litre fuel tank and a anologue instrument cluster.
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The Yamaha SR400 has an air-cooled 4-stroke single cylinder SOHC 2-valve engine that produces 22bhp and 27Nm of torque. Along with the a dry sump and the downtubes of the motorcycle’s frame serving as the engine’s oil reservoir and cooling system, thereby eliminating the need for an external oil cooler, reducing engine pumping losses, and allowing increased ground clearance as well as reduced overall width.
Price and competition
The bike is going to need modifications like adding a electric start and making sure the bike is BS6 compliant. But apart from that Yamaha could make sure that it is the first of the Japanese makers to enter the segment where Benelli, Royal Enfield and Jawa are competing. This is the segment where the buyer is not only looking for a commuter but something stylish and really capable of going the distance. We think the Yamaha SR400 fits the bill for those criteria and should be bought here.