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Yamaha September 20, 2022 posted by

Thump Supporter – 1986 Yamaha SRX 600

From the cheaper seats – but no less fun – comes a bit of a unicorn in the UJM world, the Yamaha SRX 600. Emulating a British single by heritage, offering Japanese performance and technology by design, and providing impossible fun in a narrow and lightweight package, the SRX was gone before we knew it. It turns out the buying public wanted Ninjas and Interceptors during the sport bike arms race of the mid 1980s, not English throwback bikes. But the ensuing years have been kind to the design and philosophy behind the joy of riding a slower bike fast, and the ultra-narrow and nimble single cylinder 600cc thumper ensures a bucket full of torque with which to play. Today these are relatively rare machines, but do not command the premium we come to expect with collector bikes.

1986 Yamaha SRX 600 for sale on eBay

The inception of the SRX 600 dates back to the XT600 – the dual purpose do everything bike in Yamaha’s lineup. With 4 valves per cylinder to aid in breathing and air cooling to keep things simple and light, the thumper in the SRX was good for approximately 45 horsepower with a redline of 7,000 RPM. That is not a whole lotta get up and go, but the dry weight of the SRX was down in the 350 pound range, making the bike very agile and easy to ride. The SRX makes due with a lighter flywheel to make it more responsive, as well as something that most modern riders have never used, let alone seen on the street: a kick starter (as in the starting device, not the new product investment website). That’s right kiddies, this one lunger is so throwback that it only offers kick starting. Now, foot bumping a big single four stroke can be daunting, but Yamaha did include an automatic decompression device to make things a little easier. Still, when the seller notes that this bike can be difficult to start the lack of an electric starter only complicates matters a bit.

From the seller:
Nice low mile original bike except for supertrapp and air filter pods. Physically very nice for its age.

Needs tuning. A bitch to start but when it does fire up sounds incredible. Could be an altitude issue (I’m at 7000 feet) or simply timing or it doesn’t like the pod filters(I heard the best set up is stock). I recently acquired the bike and it sat for years. I bought a stock airbox since the original was cut and it’s included.

Fresh oil and filter, the tank is pristine inside, new petcock and fuel lines and rebuilt carb.
Brakes all work and have fresh fluid. Fork seals do not leak (yet!).

A nice example that just a needs a bit more tweaking and I just need the space for another bike that’s on its way plus I’m a bit of a big guy for this machine. Tires have plenty of tread but are old. Comes with original brochure and model kit. Clear title in my name located in Santa Fe NM USA

I can hold bike for upwards of 6 weeks while you arrange to ship or pick up. Great time of year to visit our beautiful destination city!

More from the seller:
To answer a few questions: battery is new. Not sure why starting is difficult but from my experience on past bikes it could be a carb setting, timing issue or valve adjust. When it runs it’s on the rich side occasionally backfired so could be that the pilot air is still dirty but I’m very thorough when I clean. The bike has the original owners manual. Physically you’d be hard pressed to find another in such good physical shape. I’m 57 and done kicking bikes, my knees are already messed up so I can’t keep trouble shooting. It may run better at your altitude. I’d put the original airbox back on as most seem to support that it runs best stock.

The 600cc version of the SRX was a one year only bike in the United States (it lasted until the end of the decade in Europe). The buying public wanted sport bikes, and this would be soundly beaten by any of the 500cc or 550cc offerings from that category in the day. These bikes are getting harder to find in decent condition, which makes it RSBFS worthy. The Supertrapp muffler is a decent performance mod, and likely helps the big single from sounding like yet another suburban lawnmower, however the cut airbox and question about jetting definitely exacerbates the kick start issue. The bidding is in the basement at the moment, with the high bid under the $1,500 mark. Depending upon where this ends, this could be a ton of fun (and actually do the ton – barely) for not much cash. Check out all of the details here, and Good Luck!!

MI

Thump Supporter – 1986 Yamaha SRX 600
Yamaha August 24, 2022 posted by

Super Rare & Single: 1986 Yamaha SRX600

In the world of Yamaha, this is not really a sport bike. It is not mega powerful. It does nothing extraordinary. Yet somehow the SRX – this retro British single – is a lost gem in the models offered by the Yamaha Motor Co. Lightweight, impossibly narrow, and ultimately flickable, the SRX represents all the elements that make motorcycling FUN, without the unnecessary baggage of plastic bodywork, extreme riding position or uncontrollable horsepower.

1986 Yamaha SRX600 for sale on eBay

In the US, the SRX came in two sizes: small (250cc) and large (600cc). We seem to be able to the find the 250 models much more readily than the bigger bike, which does make some sense; the 250 was viewed as an entry level machine, whereas more experienced riders were looking for bigger bore multis and the like. Thus the 250 was relatively popular, while the 600 gained a quiet, but ardent following.

From the seller:
Open to offers, Im negotiable. . 1986 Yamaha SRX600S (not SC), bored out to 635cc, new valve seats, guides, seals machine work performed by Boyko Racing in October 2021 (https://boykoracing.com/). So it is practically a new engine with 0 miles on it. Clean and clear title. US production model purchased February 2003. VIN JYA2EF003GA000247. 10,503 miles and does not have the “5th gear” characteristics. Never raced. If you are familiar with these bikes, you know how hard these are to find, and find a good example. These were only available in the U.S. in 1986 only and are Kick-start only. In the picture, fuel tank is from a 1991 European Spec model. Original tank is included in this auction. Both are POR15 lined and solid. For what it is worth, I am a certified motorcycle technician who also repairs, rebuilds and modifies vintage motorcycles for a hobby, though not so much anymore. Previously on display at the 2015 Progressive International Motorcycle Show in Chicago (pictured) and 2014 Motorcycle Dealer Expo (Chicago).Continental ContiGo! Tires (Maybe 1,000 miles on them, 100/90-18, 120/90-18. Both tires are 8 years old based on the manufactured dates on the sidewall) rubber not cracked, look great. Let me know if you want specific pictures taken. Honda Automotive Green Tea Metallic, LED brake light, Accel 8.8 spark plug wire, All Balls tapered steering bearings, Progressive springs with RaceTech cartridge emulators installed, Rear Ohlin’s piggy-pack shocks, K&N air filter installed (air box lid listed in Spares list), Supertrapp exhaust (I have the OE exhaust in great shape!), Tank from a 91 SRX mono-shock model (I have the original tank), Stainless steel brake lines, DynoJet Stage 2 kit installed (original jets and needle included)New oil pump (improvement over the stock oil pump) $307 recent upgrade, Steering damper. 2 copies of shop manuals.

More from the seller:
Long list of other ORIGINAL PARTS come with it. (Some of these are obsolete and very hard to find. Sorry, will not sell individually) Original brake lines, Inner rear fender, Ricambi-Weiss Rear solo seat, Raask rear sets, Ignition Coil, Adjustable brake and clutch levers. Additional Supertrapp baffle discs, Petcock assembly (frame mounted), Extra petcock vacuum diaphragms, Extra pair of mirrors (black), Pair of bar end mirrors, Original piggyback shocks, Spare springs for the rear Ohlin’s, Original fork springs, 3 aluminum side covers, Air box side cover, Original steering bearings and races, Misc. turn signals and lenses, Oil cooler (foreign market, never installed), Flasher cancel unit, Rectifier/regulator, Extra rear brake caliper (piston seized)Kick stand switch (removed from bike), Rubber engine grommets (anti vibration), Service manual signed by the LaRocco family, dealer (Mike LaRocco, famous motocross and supercross racer), Owner’s manual, Spare frame JYA2EF005GA000525 (bill of sale only for spare frame) If interested, please reach out and I would be happy to provide this list and substantiate my asking price. I also have a video of the bike running, if you would like to hear it!

Today’s example is not exactly stock. The seller has put a lot of work into modernizing and upgrading the basic package. That includes a bigger bore on the single slug, along with some head work. Intake and exhaust are both updated, as are the cosmetics. But rather go big and gaudy, this SRX still retains a lot of the basic feel that was the SRX. Think of it as an SRX+. Regardless, if you are in the market for the rare, one-year-only bigger capacity SRX, you could be looking a long time to find one in this condition. It may not be an NOS museum piece, but does look to be one fun rider. Check out all of the details here, and Good Luck!!

MI

Super Rare & Single: 1986 Yamaha SRX600
Yamaha January 5, 2022 posted by

1993 Yamaha SRX400 For Sale!

1993 Yamaha SRX400 For Sale on eBay!

In 1993, an almost liter bike sized machine with a funny sized front tire was all the rave and blah, blah, blah #BeenThereDoneThat
While Baba was doing his thing, Yamaha was off to the side tinkering on their own niche machine- the SRX 400 Thumper!

I normally frown upon rare machines with a complete overhaul and modern updates, but I also realize I’m almost as old as dirt and my favorite 90’s machines are starting to require some freshening up.
I’m not a fan of the muscle car term they use for such overhauls and I literally hate to say it, but in this case it fits . . . I can’t even type it.

93 Yamaha SRX400
Beautiful Showroom condition
Fully restored sparing no expense
Complete Frame off restoration with all new components
New tires, wheel bearings, brakes with SS lines and upgraded calipers
Upgraded front forks with springs and emulators, Ohlins rear shock
Beautiful high end Titanium exhaust, Billet rearsets
Fresh paint, Led lighting, new Speedometer to match Tach
Motor runs great, fresh oil and new clutch pack

Whew! The seller didn’t use the muscle car term, but they did mention a beautiful high end titanium exhaust! Let’s have a look- shall we?

That my friends is a dime piece! Lets look at that again-

The SRX was already a welter weight at 374#’s and we all know the 5# stock exhaust is best used as a boat anchor. So that sweet ass Ti exhaust drops it down to 370’ish#’s and definitely adds a few ponies. Now, it’s a given that SRX ponies are almost as hard to find as frogs hair, but rest assured, they are there. How many you ask? Let’s be generous and call it 35’ish with the Ti exhaust and one cylinder.

The Olhins is a nice touch and I’m sure the stock unit was worn out and FUBAR.

Do I have any company in liking this SRX? If so, you can check it out here!

Make: Yamaha
Model: SRX400
Location: Jupiter, Florida
Mileage: 8
Price: $5,000

Cheers!

Doug

1993 Yamaha SRX400 For Sale!
Yamaha November 9, 2020 posted by

Featured Listing – 1986 Yamaha SRX600

Update 11.9.2020: This bike has SOLD to an RSBFS reader in just 5 days! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

Practically looking like a custom from the factory, Yamaha’s SRX600 has been the basis for club racers, knobblied flat-track lookalikes, and some cafe racers that make the showroom version look cushy.  RSBFS fan Lee’s survivor is a great starting point for Yamaha’s original ideas or maybe yours.

1986 Yamaha SRX600 for sale on Bend, OR Craigslist

Almost looking to out-simplify the 1960’s British singles, the SRX came to the U.S. with just a kickstarter, and a 96mm bore thump which ran smoothly to 6,500 rpm ( and 45 hp ) thanks to its balance shaft.  Dual front disks and alloy wheels were up to date, the 5-speed relied on a generous torque curve, but dual rear shocks seemed more for show than go.  The very visible chassis and poured-in-place tank and sidecovers show a clear adherence to the design mission.

Lee’s SRX has 13,250 miles, looking good despite the years.  Helping the four-valve 600 breathe freely is almost a requirement, and this one has the Supertrapp exhaust.  Some patina, but nothing unexpected makes it look like a great resto-rider with a good collection of spare parts.  Lee’s comments from his – Craiglist post –

The ultimate cafe bike. Only imported into the US in 1986. Single cylinder 600cc kick start only. All original 13,250 miles with Supertrapp exhaust. Just serviced with new petcock, valve adjustment and oil change. Shorai lithium battery, new seat cover. Spares include unique 2-1 intake manifold for Mikuni carb. Great platform for making yourself a rare cafe bike. If you know motorcycles then you know you don’t see a bike like this.

Lee asks $3,200 for his SRX600. Lee is the US Importer for the Austrian glove brand RACER and can be found here, – racerglovesusa.com –

Yamaha followed their fans back to the basics of motorcycling, but it didn’t result in many sales outside of the home market, where there were 400 and 250cc variants.  The 600 didn’t show up on 1987 U.S. line cards, but soldiered on in Europe for a few more years.  Reviewers and owners praised the honest engine, light weight and crisp handing – and took the kickstarter and single cylinder as badges of motorcycling honor. 

-donn

Featured Listing – 1986 Yamaha SRX600
Bimota April 16, 2017 posted by

The Joy of SRX: 1987 Yamaha SRX250

Today we find a fun rare model that is – for once on RSBFS – totally affordable. The Yamaha SRX series included multiple displacements, although in the US we only received the XT-derived 250cc model and the XT-based 250cc machine. Home markets also included a 400cc variant. Based around a nimble, single cylinder air-cooled engine, the SRX models were extremely narrow and light, focusing on nimble handling and flick-ability rather than oodles of HP and straight line speed. The design was neo-British old school, and the overall package was unique and usable. Unfortunately for Yamaha, these were not great sellers, and the US models were limited to only a few editions over the 12-year global run. The 250 suffered the worst fate; a single year availability in the US over a 2-year model span. Then it was gone like it was never there at all….

1987 Yamaha SRX250 for sale on eBay

From the seller:
Up for sale is my 1987 Yamaha SRX250. This bike is super rare and only imported the the US for one year. The motorcycle is super clean for being 30 years old. The bike is all stock and runs, drives, stops and idles very well. It has 10,708 miles. The bike is missing the side mirrors. The engine is 249cc with a 6 speed transmission. The engine shares many parts with the Yamaha XT250 enduro which was produced for many years. The tires will need replacing at some point. Inside of the fuel tank is pristine. The bike has a brand new battery. All controls work as they should, turn signals, horn, kill switch, ect….

I have yet to see another one on the road. The bike gets comments everywhere it goes. The bike is a blast to ride and has plenty of power.

The antithesis of the Ninja 250R and as far away from the Honda 250 Rebel as it could get, the SRX250 looked to have carved out its own niche. But the 1980s were not about small displacement bikes, and although attractive and utterly practical, the smallest SRX lost out to lack of interest. It was a practical bike that held the promise of a lot of fun (as much fun as 17 HP will get you), but small displacement and wild introductions of Hurricanes, Ninjas, Turbos and GSX-Rs ultimately buried that fun in a sea of noisy performance.

Today the SRX is a loved model (the 600 version much more so, since we are all capacity bigots). Honda has come closest to recreating the magic with the CBR250, and with a different era upon us is actually moving a fair number of units. The little CBR will never reach the rarity or novelty of the SRX250, but then again a marketing failure is an expensive way to create a future rare model. Check it out here. Sure it’s more of a toy than a true canyon tool for many – but it’s very rare, very cool, and very, very affordable. What’s not to like?

MI

The Joy of SRX:  1987 Yamaha SRX250
Yamaha July 4, 2013 posted by

Young and Single: 1986 Yamaha SRX600

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When Yamaha introduced the SRX600 to America, it was the second coming of the British invasion. Modelled after stripped down thumpers, the SRX was unlike anything seen in the US. It was basic and raw. It lacked the tons of plastic and tons of cylinders required by sportbikes of the day, yet had an unmistakable sporty characteristic to it. Impossibly narrow and very flickable, the SRX was a commercial “miss” in the Big Four’s game of sportbike battleship.

SRX600_16

Fast forward nearly 30 years and the SRX comes back to life as a refreshing return to minimalism. This bike looks like it has purpose, if only because it is not trying to hide behind bold graphics and boy racer fairings or compensate for something by offering an engine big enough to power a small bus. No, the SRX is about simplicity and balance. And what might otherwise come across as boring does quite the opposite in this package.

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From the seller:
SUPER CLEAN AND RARE. Includes everything pictured & Yamaha OE owners manual.

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Not a whole lot to say from the seller here, but we like to let the bikes do the talking on RSBFS. This one has fewer than 2,500 miles on the clock – which averages out to less than 100 miles per year. The motor is based on the tried and true XT dual purpose unit; not exactly a high RPM screamer, but certainly adequate for the torque needs of this particular bike.

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This bike is located in Iowa, and is available via auction right now. When we last checked, the auction was up to $3,050 in very light bidding. There is a reserve in place, and a BIN set at a surprising $4,500. SRX600s are rare machines, and finding one with so few miles is a real score. Unfortunately, these bikes do not seem to demand high dollars today. Sounds like a fair price might still exist between the reserve and the BIN – click the link to jump to the auction and check it out!

MI

Yamaha February 22, 2013 posted by

One Year Wonder? 1986 Yamaha SRX600

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This wonderful survivor – a 1986 Yamaha SRX600 single – was offered for only one short year in the United States. Utilizing a single cylinder, air cooled motor, the SRX was impossibly narrow, and very nimble and flickable. Ultimately it lost out to the multis of the day; light weight and great handling were no match for serious RPM and horsepower (think GSX-R, Ninja, FZR, VF-R, etc) – at least in the US.

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The SRX actually spanned about a dozen years in various markets outside of the US, including a 400cc variant for Japan. That is a pretty good shelf life for a bike derived from the humble and lowly XT600 DP offering. This model lineup even spawned a 250cc version, which lasted just as long as its bigger brother in the States. The timing was not right, and the SRX became one of the forgotten.

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From the seller:
Offered here is a VERY RARE ONE-YEAR-ONLY 1986 Yamaha SRX-6 Super Single, in VERY GOOD, VERY ORIGINAL RUNNING condition! Made for one year ONLY in 1986, the SRX-600 was Yamaha’s entry in the “retro-pseudo-British-single-cylinder-revival-market”, which apparently both Yamaha and Honda (with their GB500) had high hopes for, unfortunately it did not work out that well for either manufacturer, motorcycle buyers in 1986 were apparently not impressed, and production ceased after only one model year. Fast forward some 27 years, and now both of these minimalist, light & lean super-FUN singles are now Cult Classics and highly sought after the world over… Funny how that works! In my opinion the Yamaha SRX-6 is a better motorcycle than the GB500 – lighter, more power, better handling, plus a huge selection of after-market go-fast goodies – and it is definitely a much better value, as nice clean GB500s are regularly offered at $5-6K or more, but you can get a clean good-running SRX-6 (like this one!) for around half that amount…

This one is remarkably original and in EXCELLENT running condition – Original frame & engine, cosmetics are very nice with original bodywork in factory candy red with silver side covers, original seat cover in great shape with NO holes or tears, it even has the STOCK airbox with built-in battery tray and COMPLETE STOCK EXHAUST system with original stainless steel header pipes and HUGE factory can & heat shield, which is pretty much unheard of since almost all of these stock cans were immediately tossed in the dumpster and replaced by a lightweight Super Trapp or something similar. As far as I can tell, the only things on this bike that are not original are the mirrors, the bar ends and the very tasty Progressive Suspension rear shocks!

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The seller has also shared the good, the bad and the ugly.

From the seller:
There is a short list of issues that need to be pointed out, so I will get them out of the way: The tank had some rust and a few pinholes (shown in the photos below) when I got it, so it has been thoroughly cleaned and lined with POR-15; there is some light pitting on the top part of the fork tubes, between the two triple clamps – the seal travel area of both tubes is flawless, with NO pitting, scoring or wear in the chrome; the previous owner shot some rattle-can silver on the engine covers (his attempt to “deal with” the usual discoloration and clear coat peeling); there is no “SRX-6” sticker on the right side cover; the left front turn signal body is cracked; there are some dings on the speedo bezel; the rear seat cowl has some sun fading; and lastly the only mechanical issue that I am aware of is some clutch slip under very heavy throttle (this is a simple adjustment, just requires removal of the outer cover, I have not gotten to this but I do have the cover gaskets, which will go to the winning bidder)…

On the upside, the following work has been done within the past 6 months: New drive chain along with new countershaft & rear wheel sprockets; new steering head bearings; new fork seals & fork oil; valves adjusted; carbs cleaned & adjusted; engine oil & filter changed… Mechanically, this bike is in great shape – actual mileage on odometer shows 21,260 miles (and counting), relatively low mileage for a 27 year old bike, and with regular oil changes these engines (also used in the XT600 dual sport Yammies) are known to be pretty much indestructible. The SRX-6 is kick-start only – as you surely know – and this one is an easy starter when hot or cold, once you master the thumper starting drill… NO unusual engine noises, NO smoke, engine performs flawlessly up & down the rev range and wow does this engine love to REV! Clutch, transmission, suspension, brakes and all electrics work great, this bike is WAAAAYYYYYY FUN, no doubt about it! Both tires are very good – bottom line is this bike needs nothing other than the clutch adjustment in order to be ridden, and ridden HARD if you are so inclined!

Sold with clean California title in previous owner’s name, last registered in 2001, no longer in the DMV system here in California… As a bonus the winning bidder will also get a genuine Yamaha Factory Workshop Manual and a stack of NOS gaskets!!!

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The SRX was noted as a ton of fun to ride – and I would imagine that is the same today as it was 27 years ago. The British look is back in style, and here you have a cafe racer of sorts that doesn’t need to be modified or hacked to achieve the look. Who knowns – something like this might even appreciate in the coming years. The current bid on this one is only $999 with reserve still in place. This one just might turn out to be lots of fun for not too much cash. Check it out here!

MI

Sport Bikes For Sale October 8, 2011 posted by

Old School 250: 1987 Yamaha SRX250 For Sale

Location: Greenville, NY

Miles: 2,139

Price: $2,498 ($3,000 BIN)

The SRX250 wasn’t a bike that made everyone one stand up and take notice when it arrived on the scene. In fact, we only saw it here for one model year in 1987. All that aside, I still think these are cool little bikes that can offer up some serious fun in the twisties or just ripping around town with it only weighing 270lbs.

There isn’t much to gripe about with this particular SRX. It has very low miles for its age. It hasn’t been dropped or downed. There are no ‘stories’ and the only imperfection with it is a small crack on the underside of the chin fairing.

From the seller

1987 Yamaha SRX 250. With the exception of a new battery,
this SRX 250 is ALL ORIGINAL! Truly, “One-of-a- Kind!” It always turns heads
and attracts attention. I am the second owner. Those familiar with the SRX 250
know this motorcycle was only offered in the USA once, in 1987. Extremely rare.
Extremely collectable. The uniqueness of the SRX 250 is its single cylinder,
double overhead cam, dual header, dual carburetor, 6 speed engine. The bike was registered from 1987 to 1995, then stored until I purchased it and registered
it. Highlights: original tool kit, all rubber original including Dunlop tires,
original body work, 2193 original miles. No damage, no dents, no scraped paint.
The only item not perfect is the underside of the chin fairing which had a
crack and was not perfectly repaired. I have tried to show this in the photos.
It has a Clear Title and is currently licensed and inspected. Starts easily,
runs flawlessly. Although, it is a little cold blooded until completely warmed
up. A real pleasure to ride. Weighs only 273 pounds. Also included: Yamaha
SRX250 Factory Service Manual, Original October, 1987 RIDER Magazine with the cover story article on the SRX, YSR50 and FZR1000, and a copy of the 1987 CYCLE Magazine SRX 250 Road Test. In 2012 this bike can be registered as historical using the “Liberty Plate” in NYS.

If you’re a big fan of the SRX250 or have been in the market for one, then give this one a serious look. We have seen a handful of these on the site over the last few months, and this one looks to be the cleanest and low-mileage one so far. The BIN price of $3,000 is definitely on the upper range if not a little above where I have seen these go for before. But, for a bike that didn’t sell big and was only produced for one model year, I can’t imagine finding more of these in this condition. If you think this bike would look better in your possession, then take a look at the auction here and place your bid!

-JS