Cover: Summer thunderstorms produce breathtaking cloud formations along Highway 287 between West Yellowstone and Ennis, Montana
Motorcycle Test: Yamaha Maxim I XJ650; Comparing the 400s – Honda CB400T Hawk, Suzuki GS450S, Yamaha Special XS400SG, Kawasaki LTD440-A1; Features: 10000 BMW Owners Build Image; Ten Faces of the Rock Store; Craig Vetter – living in the future; Across Canada on Three Wheels in 1930; How to be Conspicuous; The Perils of Top Heaviness; Fairings for the 400s; more
Cover: While touring California’s poppy fields on Suzuki’s highly refined and civilize GS1100EZ, Rider staffers happened upon cowboy Todd Patterson, his horse Chantilly and dog Blackjack, who patrol a 5000 acre spread in the Lancaster area on the fringe of the Mojave Desert. Test report begins on page 50 herein.
Road Tests: Suzuki GS1100EZ, Yamaha XS400RJ Seca; Features: A Harley tour up U.S. Highway One to the flat-track races; Personality: Charlie Thompson -the jovial Harley prexy is the epitome of an American chief; In search of the Brass Monkey – a wintertime jaunt in a sidecar sleeper to meet other eccentrics; Touring New York State Wineries; more
Vintage Yamaha Brochure from around 1978. Unfolds to a full size poster (approx. 34″ x 22″) of the Yamaha XS Eleven Special. Also inside the brochure are photos of the XS750 Special, XS650 Special & XS400
Introducing the Yamaha XS650 Special and XS400. Motorcycles with the customized comfort and styling you might add yourself if you had the time. And the money. And the patience. The riding position is low, laid back and about as comfortable as you can get. Because the stepped-down, contoured seat and pull-back handlebars sit you “in” these machines instead of “on” them. And both of these beauties come right out of the box with the sleek teardrop gas tank, chopped megaphone pipes, cast aluminum whels, trick paint, chrome, chrome and more chrome…
After more than 20 years of experience, we’ve go the basics of basic transportation down pat. And one thing we’ve learned is inexpensive doesn’t have to mean inadequate. We offer as proof the XS400-2E Special Value Edition. It’s powered by the same high-performance, 4-stroke, SOHC twin as our custom XS400. A torque-packed 391cc’s that won’t disappoint you…