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Re: FREE XZ550 and XZ400 resources
« Reply #40 on: June 01, 2014, 09:50:47 PM »
Thanks for the Fork Brace Info.

Tried to access 'For Visions Only'  &  'Leathers Excellent Ignition FAQ'  but got the web page shown in the photo.

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Re: FREE XZ550 and XZ400 resources
« Reply #41 on: June 02, 2014, 12:03:12 AM »
Thanks cvincer.  I think they should be good now, I had the permissions set incorrectly on those two

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Re: FREE XZ550 and XZ400 resources
« Reply #42 on: September 30, 2014, 07:58:39 PM »
Added - The History of Yamaha Technology.    You will find it on post #1 of this thread

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Re: FREE XZ550 and XZ400 resources
« Reply #43 on: April 06, 2015, 09:30:48 AM »
Added - Unlikely Relations - Tour Bike Test Aug 1982 A comparison of XZ550, CX500 and Moto Guzzy V50 Monza

This was published in 1982, and reprinted in 2010 (Australian)

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Re: XZ550 and XZ400 resources
« Reply #44 on: April 06, 2015, 02:56:25 PM »
Interesting read and a fun romp through nostalgia.  :) It's funny to see references to older bikes like the Titan and Yamaha TX models.  I wasn't aware of the complaint regarding knees being driven apart by wind due to the tank's shape. I guess I'm too short to experience that particular peculiarity. While not the overall favorite it was nice to see some of it's finer points being appreciated.
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Re: XZ550 and XZ400 resources
« Reply #45 on: May 08, 2016, 07:53:59 AM »
Added - A 550cc Performance Dream Based On An Engine Layout As Old As Motorcycling -  Motorcycle Buyer's Guide 1982


Thanks to red66tempest who sent me 4 items - 3 were duplicates but this one not in the collection.

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Re: XZ550 and XZ400 resources
« Reply #46 on: May 08, 2016, 04:56:26 PM »
Nice little article if not a bit optimistic. Surprising how expensive it was.

Thanks for sharing guys.
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Re: XZ550 and XZ400 resources
« Reply #47 on: February 28, 2017, 04:36:00 AM »
Two new resources today.


The first is a scan of the Yamaha Service Manual for the 16R (Australasian market model)  PinholeNZ very kindly sent me the manual to scan for the good of all and I've been sitting on it for a while because it's quite  job scanning 500+ pages.  It's worth a look even if you have a US model - if only for the jetting differences between 16R and US models.  Thanks PinholeNZ


XZ550 (11R) Service Manual EN,FR,SP


The second is an XZ550 article from classic & motorcycle mechanics as late as 2004


Neither Fish Nor Fowl - Classic & Motorcycle Mechanics No 202 Aug 2004


They are both on the first post also.  Enjoy
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Re: XZ550 and XZ400 resources
« Reply #48 on: February 28, 2017, 04:03:29 PM »
Well that review wasn't the best?????

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Re: XZ550 and XZ400 resources
« Reply #49 on: February 28, 2017, 06:18:38 PM »
Yup. There was one or two flattering comments in there if you read carefully.
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Re: XZ550 and XZ400 resources
« Reply #50 on: March 01, 2017, 01:18:04 PM »
WOW !!!   513 pages is a shit-load of scanning it must have taken you about 8 hours.  You are amazing POD !  Thanks.

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Re: XZ550 and XZ400 resources
« Reply #51 on: March 01, 2017, 11:55:02 PM »
Yes, THANK YOU POD!  You have made a rather important compilation of information to the world of the Yamaha XZ550/400.  Rather historical in scope, and a masterful effort!  BRAVO! :police: 8) :angel: :D
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Re: XZ550 and XZ400 resources
« Reply #52 on: March 04, 2017, 03:39:10 PM »
Good work POD, you'll be rewarded in the afterlife - if it exists.

I'm sure the Australian members are very grateful. Are there any more active Australians still out there!?

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Re: XZ550 and XZ400 resources
« Reply #53 on: May 16, 2017, 03:35:26 AM »
Yes, I'm still actively riding my XZ550!

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Re: XZ550 and XZ400 resources
« Reply #54 on: May 17, 2017, 03:46:03 AM »

Yep still got mine.

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Re: XZ550 and XZ400 resources
« Reply #55 on: July 10, 2017, 02:29:20 AM »
Another "new" review
This time a comparison of the XZ550 and Honda's CX500 from Bike Magazine November 1982.  No flattering comments in this one.


A Pair of Boilers - Bike November 1982

See the first post of this thread for a full index
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Re: XZ550 and XZ400 resources
« Reply #56 on: July 13, 2017, 10:51:22 AM »
Well, maybe one or two flattering remarks. You might not have noticed them at the end after being bludgeoned throughout the article with all the faults. I was surprised they praised the bars despite many on this site (or a very vocal minority?) seeming to hate them.

This review picked up on something I haven't seen in many other reviews that being the proclivity of the engine temp gage to flirt with the red zone.
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Re: XZ550 and XZ400 resources
« Reply #57 on: November 01, 2017, 04:19:35 AM »
Another new resource today.

This time a scan of the Yamaha Owners Manual for the 16R (Australasian market model).  Picked this up from the Vintage Car Club swapmeet along with a sidecover gasket.

Listed on the first post also.  Enjoy

(16R) XZ550 Owners Manual - EN, FR, SP



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Re: XZ550 and XZ400 resources
« Reply #58 on: November 04, 2017, 11:20:37 AM »
Thanks POD, I don't have this model but like having these different manuals just because.  I like the addition of "Prophet Scan" at the top.
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Re: XZ550 and XZ400 resources
« Reply #59 on: April 11, 2019, 04:49:52 AM »
Just when we thought we had everything here's a nice advertising brochure from Yamaha - Courtesy of the facebook site that unfortunately seems to be taking over RoV

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