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Yamaha XS850 Gallery

The XS850 was a development of the XS750 and was a far superior model, with numerous enhancements designed to make it more reliable and powerful with better handling qualities due to a strengthened frame. The Midnight Special was the US only limited edition, with everything on the bike finished in black and some minor gold trim.

Bike Image Description
1978 Yamaha XS850G Yamaha XS850G Air cooled, four stroke, transverse three cylinder, DOHC, 2 valves per cylinder.
1979 Yamaha XS850 1979 Yamaha XS850
1980 Yamaha XS850 Special Yamaha XS850 American model.
1980 Yamaha XS850 XS850


1980 Yamaha XS850 SG Special Yamaha XS850 SG Special Yamaha's XS850 Special is, in most respects, an excellent motorcycle. If it is not terrifically fast, then it definitely is fast enough, and it's smooth, good-handling and has powerful brakes and most of the comforts of home. However, the Special's seat is too restrictive to be broadly useful and its handlebar is, in functional terms, an abomination. These features are functional concessions to style; as time and mileage accumulate, we would judge that Special owners will find the bar and seat less and less appealing. There's no denying that the 850 Special has showroom pizzazz, and people like what they like, so that point is beyond argument.

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