1. Daniel Moulton

    New XS500 member, I hope you'll accept me. Starting frustration

    I know the xs500 is a bit of a downer in the XS line but I cant find a forum for them, so I hope youll accept me. I am working on a 76 XS500 cafe. I picked up the bike up for $100. After a lot of work I tested to see if it would run and I got it running enough to give me the confidence to keep...
  2. Yolandamaha

    Where do I start?

    Hello! Brand new here. I'm not new to riding, but this is my first project bike. I've wrenched on my old 96 XJ for the last 8 years (anyone interested? she's for sale). I just scooped up an 82 and looking for a good place to start. She'll crank up but I know I need a clutch rebuild and rear...
  3. Bobo Martin

    New member new bike

    Hi peeps..thanks for letting me join. I thought I would share some pics of my xs400. Still a few bits n Bob's to do to it. I also own a new triumph bobber black but wanted an older project for my garage.. Cheers Bobo
  4. KylesCafe

    1980 Yamaha XS 400 Café Racer // M-Unit Basic Conversion Wiring Diagram

    Hey guys, I'm pretty new to this forum and this is my first resto project on a 1980 XS 400. I am ecstatic to find this collaborative site and thought I'd pick your brains regarding the wiring I'm planning to do on my bike. I see that there are other threads with the M-unit blue, but I'm...
  5. J

    Really struggling here...

    Hey guys, having trouble getting my bike to run smoothly, or at all. Some back story... Ive got a 77 xs360 with Mikuni BS38's. ive owned the bike for about two years and done fairly minor work on it, mostly just cafeing it. I usually commute about 10 minutes to work on it and never have any...
  6. B

    XS400 Seats

    I'd like to use the "Saddlemen Eliminator" tail section and seat for my '81 build and was wondering if anyone has used this seat on theirs before. I need to figure out if the seat frame hoop I'm looking at will work. What size seat frame hoops are you all using for cafe/brat builds?
  7. e30rob

    MotoHangar XS400 Cafe revival

    Greetings everyone, i'd like to introduce myself and my new bike as I will have many questions regarding finding parts and troubleshooting as i'm new to classic bikes. My name is Robert and I came from restoring and driving classic BMW's, mainly E30's! So to start with my new machine, I picked...
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    xs 400 cafe

    1980 xs400,
  9. D

    For Sale - 1981 xs400 Special Heritage

    I am selling my custom made 1981 Yamaha XS400 Special "Brat Style" cafe racer. I literally built this thing with blood sweat and tears. I love her dearly but it's time for me to get something bigger. Serious inquiries only. I'm not in any rush to sell her so no low ballers. $2,500 OBO. I am also...
  10. C

    81 XS400 Special - First Project

    Hello, My name is Ryan, I'm from Columbia, MD, and I am a Graphic Designer. I just wanted to make my first post as I am new to this forum. I picked up an 81 XS400 Special a couple days ago for $500. This is my first motorcycle (besides some dirt bikes growing up) and I cant help but modify...
  11. mmmboost

    MmmBoost's '78 XS400 Cafe Project

    Hey everyone! I've been a lurker here for a little while so I thought I'd finally chuck up an introduction as well as the project I'm working on. <insert obligatory long intro apology> I'm a gearhead and have been ever since I can remember. My father and I restored a 1969 Beetle when I was a...
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    1980 Xs400 custom finally finished
  13. G

    Only cable driven speedometers for front drum brake models?

    Hi everyone, I've been lurking around for about a year. I'll make a formal introduction at some point, but for now here's a picture of my bike in its current state. I have a front drum brake and was wondering if that means I need to get a cable driven speedometer. Something like this...
  14. user11206

    1984 XS400 SECA Cafesque Build

    Hello Everyone, long time no post, however I didn't want to post until I had a bike to actually contribute some information and pictures with. So my bike is a 1984 Yamaha XS400 Seca, my wife and in laws bought it for me for my birthday last year in 2015. Over the winter I had worked on it, and...
  15. N

    New guy seat question

    Hi guys. I've just signed up. I'm wondering if someone could please give me some guidance. Did a bit of searching but didn't come up with anything. I'm looking at the seat below for a '77 XS250 and wondering if it will fit the XS without too much drama. Is there anything else (mounting...
  16. R

    1982 XS400j Maxim - Cafe Build

    So my coworker was given a 1982 XS400j Maxim, and it's been sitting on the side of the building for as long as I've worked here. I finally mentioned something about it, and he offered to sell it to me. We settled on $100. So far, it's the cheapest motorcycle I've ever owned. It's also one of the...
  17. D

    My cafe/scrambler build.

    Hey everyone, been sneaking around this forum for a while now and I thought it was about time to get into it a bit more. My name's David and I live in Hawaii. I bought my xs for 350$ not running from a teacher who had the dream of making a cafe. Fortunately the bike was pretty much stock and...
  18. freiesss

    Cafe Racer Build

    So, I have a 1982 Maxim 400. My plan is to customize this bike to look like a cafe racer. I have access to welding equipment and just about everything I would need to customize this bike the way I want. The only problem is I don't have much experience working with motorcycles and this isn't...
  19. M

    XS400 Restration and Cafe Build

    Hi Everyone, I stumbled upon this forum while was researching Yamaha XS400's online an finally got my hands on one. It was quit a steal for the price and hopefully will turn into a great project. Overall condition of the bike is "ok" since I will be transforming it into a cafe style so...
  20. J

    xs400 cafe

    Hey everyone first let me say thanks I have spent a lot of time reading though this forum. I can't over state how much help everyone has provided for me on this build.