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Young and Single: 1986 Yamaha SRX600


This post is in our archives. Links in this post have been updated to point to similar bikes available to bid on eBay.


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.


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.


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


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.


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!



  • already ended… love these thumpers!

  • Cool bike, sold quick

  • These are handsome, wonderful, beautifully made, fun thumpers. I had a modfied one as a daily rider for two years, and think they’re undervalued gems. This one seemed to be a no-brainer, lucky buyer will be getting a great bike at a great value.

  • I have one w/ a Super-Trapp exhaust, rejetted carbs w/ K&N air filters, Progrssive rear shocks. It gives me chuckles every time the road gets curvey & the tighter the better!

  • I cut my teeth on a 78′ SR500 back in 1985 . Mine had the discs front and rear . When I saw the SRX600 in 86″ it was like a Sportbike to me . Now imagine all these years later I ride a 1985 VF1000R ….the Superbike of the year I got my motorcycle lisence on my SR500 ! NO materr how much things change they still seem to stay the same !

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