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In North America the new SR400 is priced in line with other Yamaha models as it was the last time it was offered here nearly four decades ago.
My 1979 SR500 was left-over priced at $1750. (MSRP was just under $2000) At that time, there were several "middleweight" Yamaha models in the U.S. to choose from in the $2000-$2300 range including the SR500, XS650 standard & XS650 Special II. The SR500 was never considered an entry-level bike in the U.S. (ie SR250, XS400) Nor was the SR500 relatively cheap to begin with and neither is the new SR400. The 2016 SR400 $1000 less than the 2016 Yamaha (Star) 650 V-Twin while the 1978 SR400 was $200. less than the 1978 XS650 verticle-twin.

Comparing collectible values, most of us know the SR500 holds up better than most multi-cylinder bikes of the late 70s/80s. Rarity plays a factor, as many have been modified, which brings the value of the originals higher than other bikes. All the SR cafe-racers have driven up the value of the remaining stock SR500s. Indeed, the SR500 is the only one worth MORE than its original MSRP. According to Kelly Blue Book, a 1980 SR500s current retail value is $3030. A 1980 Yamaha XS 400 Special (twin) is worth $825. A 1980 Yamaha XJ650 Maxim (4-cyl) is worth $1,100, and ready for this..an SR500 is worth almost double the value of a 1980 Yamaha XS1100 Special (4-cyl) at $1.670. Even the popular venerable Yamaha XS650 Special at $1,901 is worth less.

The new SR400 will be worth more than the new cheaper Honda and Suzuki 500s down the road. In regard to the SR400's lack of an electric start, saving weight was Yamaha's main reason for leaving it off. The bike's character, handling and good looks more than make up for what it lacks. Yamaha has taken good care of the bike, not changing but refining it mainly to keep it emissions legal. And what hasn't tripled in price since. It's safe to assume, in the long run it will BE a very good investment and it is one of the lowest priced, if not the lowest priced motorcycles made in Japan, that alone making it worth the $5990 price tag.

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 06, 2015 3:43 pm 
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Good info. IMO these days, any bikes VIN # that starts with a J is worth a little more now and probably a lot more later.


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 23, 2015 7:10 am 
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bmonk wrote:
Good info. IMO these days, any bikes VIN # that starts with a J is worth a little more now and probably a lot more later.


SR400 my15 in Finland 7950 $!

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In 1978 my then new SR500 was $1895. Last time I checked an inflation calculator the $5990 was equal to $1646 in 1978 dollars. So the SR is cheaper now than it was then! I guess the spoke wheels are cheaper than the mags. :D

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VA27 wrote:
In 1978 my then new SR500 was $1895

Interesting , I paid $1500 oz in 1979 for a good S/H 78 E
But I'm sure that they were only around the $2000 mark (as I purchased a 82XT550 for $2200 in 82)
Now you guys are saying that they are $5900US & we pay $8900 oz (must be a massive wage difference these days)
Lots of things must have changed in 4 decades (not sure what the oz & US $ were back then but now $1 oz = 72c US)
What are the Canadian guys paying ?
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 24, 2015 8:38 am 
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The Sr400 is not available in Canada


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PostPosted: Sat Dec 26, 2015 3:54 pm 
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davedunsboro wrote:
(not sure what the oz & US $ were back then but now $1 oz = 72c US)...


Bing says $1 USD = $1.37 AUS (I think we're saying the same thing) so you're paying a few hundred$ more based on exchange rate. Some countries include certain taxes in the base retail price. Does oz? In this country taxes/fees etc can vary quite a bit depending on what state you live in and/or buy the bike in. Hard to make exact comparisons.

Re "back then" the US MSRP's being quoted don't mean a whole lot. You could get real discounts --phony internet prices weren't around before the internet-- on most Japanese bikes back then and I don't remember ever paying close to MSRP for one.


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