Yamaha is still building the SR400 single cylinder motorcycle after 30 years in production. The 500cc version sold in Europe and North America was my first Japanese motorcycle after several "exotic" Italian machines and I bought it in 1979 principally for a trip across North and Central Africa, a trip that foundered when I reached Yaounde, Cameroon, where I got hospitalized with hepatitis, but the Yamaha rolled on and on without effort. Lightweight, comfortable and a total nostalgia trip it was the bike that taught me how to kick start a big four stroke single.
The Italian magazine Motociclismo says the SR400 for the home market, reduced in cubic capacity to fit into Japanese tax and licensing laws, remains firmly in production and has a solid future as it is now equipped with fuel injection. I would love a test ride to see if my pink tinted nostalgia were real or phony. Perhaps I am better off not knowing and just playing the happy memories in my head. Perhaps not.