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Old 10-17-2007, 01:49 PM   #1
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More retro bikes from the big four:
Yamaha XS-V1 Sakura for Tokyo Motor Show - The Kneeslider

I'll take this and the two retro Hondas. Anyone got 30 grand they can loan me to get this done?
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Old 10-17-2007, 02:04 PM   #2
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More retro bikes from the big four:
Yamaha XS-V1 Sakura for Tokyo Motor Show - The Kneeslider

I'll take this and the two retro Hondas. Anyone got 30 grand they can loan me to get this done?
Nice to see Yamaha jump on the Sport Classic band wagon with an antiquated Vtwin.
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Old 10-17-2007, 02:09 PM   #3
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It's great for me. Retro designs without the need of a wrench! Ignorance IS bliss!
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Old 10-17-2007, 02:54 PM   #4
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I had the misfortune of making a friend's 1973 XS650 road worthy 4 years ago. So my nostalgia level is still pretty low after actually riding one of those primitive creaking contraptions. Such things are best left RIP.
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Old 10-17-2007, 02:57 PM   #5
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"We display the “XS-V1 Sakura” (special exhibition model / prototype) as a symbol of our long-nurtured corporate philosophy. This is a V-twin sport model with a look of “Japanese style” in the image of Yamaha’s first 4-stroke model, the XS-1 (650cc), released in 1970. Its design is full of XS-1 DNA, in its simplicity and functional beauty and finds new refinement in a retro-modern aesthetic. It is a model that proposes a very Yamaha and very Japanese vision of premium motorcycling life, bringing together the unique characteristics of a 1,000cc air-cooled, V-twin model with its strong pulse feeling and easy-going running performance in a finely crafted body that is lightweight and slim and defined by a low seat height"


I thought the XS-650 came out in '68?
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Old 10-17-2007, 04:26 PM   #6
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The seat, tailpipe, and rotors look a little weird, but this bike looks like it'd be a lot of fun to ride. And a 1000cc V-Twin is gonna have some get up and go. 'Course, I'm one of those who really likes the looks of the Harleys in the 1940's; much better aesthetics than the new bikes, in my opinion.
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Old 10-17-2007, 04:26 PM   #7
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Excuse me: IT'S FREAKING PINK!!!!
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Old 10-17-2007, 06:07 PM   #8
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"We display the “XS-V1 Sakura” (special exhibition model / prototype) as a symbol of our long-nurtured corporate philosophy. This is a V-twin sport model with a look of “Japanese style” in the image of Yamaha’s first 4-stroke model, the XS-1 (650cc), released in 1970. Its design is full of XS-1 DNA, in its simplicity and functional beauty and finds new refinement in a retro-modern aesthetic. It is a model that proposes a very Yamaha and very Japanese vision of premium motorcycling life, bringing together the unique characteristics of a 1,000cc air-cooled, V-twin model with its strong pulse feeling and easy-going running performance in a finely crafted body that is lightweight and slim and defined by a low seat height"


I thought the XS-650 came out in '68?
That "Japanese Style" they are so proud of is ripped off Brit style. And after all these decades they STILL can't find a native English speaker to do their press releases.
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Yeah, so! I happen to enjoy pink things!
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Old 10-18-2007, 07:29 AM   #10
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Yeah, so! I happen to enjoy pink things!
Me too, if they're ON the bike and not the bike itself. I guess they're trying to crack into the Mattel Barbie demographic or something.
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