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Yamaha XS1100 Gallery

When Yamaha announced their XS750 three-cylinder four-stroke, it was acclaimed as an excellent tourer with the best shaft drive of any machine available. If one thing was lacking it was outright performance for, although quick, it could not match the top-of-the-range models of the other Japanese manufacturers. The obvious idea would have been to graft an extra cylinder on the 750 to make it a 1000, but Mitsui Machinery decided to go one better and so the XS1100 was born.

The engine of the bike is an air-cooled unit of just a shade under H02cc and, with its valves actuated by twin overhead camshafts, produces 95bhp at 8000rpm and 66.51b ft of torque at 6500rpm. The whole unit is canted forward a few degrees and an oil cooler just under the steering head helps keep the motor running cool. Chain and gear primary drive goes to a wet-multi-plate gearbox and then to a five-speed gearbox and the shaft drive which runs along the left side of the bike. The gear lever pedal is pivotted at the front so that it looks back-to-front but it does work in the normal one-downfour-up sequence.

Top speed of the big Yamaha is 138mph, while it will accelerate to a quarter mile from a standing start in just under 12secs; fuel consumption is 41mpg.

The most awe-inspiring thing about the XS1100 is its size and mass, for it dwarfs just about everything apart from Harley-Davidsons. Once travelling at a few mph and the weight is forgotten, but it does affect the high-speed handling of the bike and the braking. Even though the Yamaha uses three 11.23m diameter discs, they are not up to stopping the 5641b bike repeatedly from high speed, although the 3.5m front and 4.5m wide rear tyres keep their grip.

Although the Yamaha has a sprint-like turn of speed, it is primarily intended for touring as its high bars and 5.28gallon fuel tank prove. Not having to adjust the chain every 150 miles or so is a boon for long-distance travel, too. The styling of the XS1100 is rectangular, with headlight, instruments, indicators and reflectors all this rather odd-looking shape.

Standard equipment on the bike includes fuel gauge, a cut off switch for the ignition should the bike fall over, self-cancelling indicators and sockets for intercom, fog lamps or other accessories that could be fitted.

Bike Image Description
1978 Yamaha XS1100E Yamaha XS1100E Air cooled, four stroke transverse four cylinder, DOHC, 2 valves per cylinder.
1979 Yamaha XS1100 Martini Yamaha XS1100 Martini  
1979 Yamaha XS100SF Special Yamaha XS1100SF Special  
1980 Yamaha XS1100G Yamaha XS1100SG  
1981 Yamaha XS1100 Sport Yamaha XS1100 Sport  
1981 Yamaha XS1100G 1981 Yamaha XS1100SG  
1981 Yamaha XS1100 Yamaha XS1100 Japanese import, 95bhp. An export-only model that ushered in the over-one-liter era. The DOHC in-line 4-cylinder 1102cc engine’s awesome power created new excitement among European and American enthusiasts. The rear wheel was shaft-driven. A European version with continental handlebars and an oil cooler as well as an American version with up-slanted handlebars were available.
1981 Yamaha XS 1100S Yamaha XS 1100S Italian import.
1982 Yamaha XS1100 1982 Yamaha XS1100  
1982 Yamaha XS1100LG Midnight Special Yamaha XS1100LG Midnight Special  

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