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Feb 3rd 2016, 08:05 PM   #1
 revrdmark's Avatar
 
  Feb 2016
  Spokane, WA

1978 Yamaha XS400 Cafe

I’m selling my 1978 Yamaha XS400 I affectionately named “Cranky”. Asking $1700 OBO

I have had this bike for several years and it has been a daily rider for me in Spring and Summer months. Those of you in the Vancouver and Spokane area are probably familiar with the bike since I have taken him on too many group rides to count from Cougar Carson loops to romping through the Palouse hills. It is a great little reliable bike that puts a smile on my face every time I ride.

I originally bought the bike from Thunder Mountain Motorcycle Salvage in Vancouver, WA after they towed it from a shed at an apartment building where it had sat since 1983. It has a clean title.

I went trough the engine (Crank up) and replaced gaskets and anything eaten away after sitting in a shed for 20+ years. Did some mods and turned it into a Café Racer.

You can see the build thread HERE (XS400.com) if you want to see what I did exactly and follow the process.

The bike runs great. It is a 38 year old bike and it is early 70’s technology, so it is pretty simple engine to work on. It’s a parallel twin engine so all it needs is Gas, Air, and Spark and it runs. The carbs have been cleaned and synced and run fine. The spark comes from an old points system that need to be gapped and adjusted every now and again to get maximum power (that little 392 Engine put out about 35 hp when new So hold on!!! Lol) It has a kick start AND an electric start so if you are lazy like me its nice to have the button but if you wanna show off he fires up on the first or second kick 99% of the time, unless it has been sitting all winter) SEE VIDEO BELOW

The paint scheme is pretty unique and was clear coated by my nephew in his Auto Body Shop class so it is durable and looks great. Its not a show bike (although I have parked it at a couple car shows next to a friends Chevelle he shows here in Spokane and it gets tons of attention. ) I didn’t polish the heads or covers and left most of the everyday bumps and wear marks to give it a certain … “bad assery” as my friends call it. I added some TechSpec tank grips just cause I was sliding around on that smooth tank. The bike is so narrow I wanted something for my knees to grip when I rode a little more aggressively ( never above the federally mandated speed limit of course!) So in some of the pics you will notice the grips are not there. They are on the bike now. The tires are at 85-90% ( the bike is so light I think they will rot before they ever wear out) Cranky also has a battery trickle charger connection and if you pay the full price I will throw in the trickle charger with it.

Cranky has only 3600 miles (because it sat in a shed for 30 years) gets great mileage and is a fun bike to ride. When ever I go to a local bike night or park it in a restaurant parking lot people will walk past bikes that are brand new and considerable more expensive to talk about “Cranky”

He is yours for $1700 OBO

The bike is located in Spokane, Wa I can deliver most places for an additional fee. I do travel to Seattle fairly regularly for work and could trailer it over.

Here are some pictures:

Engine is reliable and usually starts on the first or second kick:
http://vid37.photobucket.com/albums/...psngxjsfd9.mp4



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Feb 4th 2016, 06:38 AM   #2
 SilvieFox's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  welches, Oregon

  2008 Kawasaki Versys (Sylvester), 1972 Suzuki RV90 (vanvan), 1981 Honda TwinStar (Bobber),yamaha 225
very nicely done sir
GLWS
Feb 4th 2016, 12:32 PM   #3
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  Feb 2016
  Spokane, WA

Quote:
Originally Posted by SilvieFox
very nicely done sir
GLWS
Thanks
Feb 12th 2016, 08:27 PM   #4
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  Feb 2016
  Spokane, WA

Still for sale :-)
Feb 15th 2016, 09:06 AM   #5
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  Feb 2016
  Spokane, WA

- sold -

Edited by revrdmark on Feb 23rd 2016 at 10:13 PM
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