Yamaha XZ 550R Vision

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Make ModelYamaha XZ 550R Vision
Year: 1983
Engine: Liquid cooled, four stroke. V4 cylinder. DOHC,
Capacity: 552
Bore x Stroke: 80 ? 55 mm
Compression Ratio: 10.4:1
Induction: 2x 36mm Mikuni
Ignition / Starting: Battery powered inductive / electric
Max Power: 62 hp @ 9500 rpm
Max Torque: 4.8 kg-m @ 8500 rpm
Transmission / Drive: 5 Speed / shaft
Front Suspension: Telescopic oil damped forks
Rear Suspension: Gas filled monoshock, 2-way adjustable.
Front Brakes: 2x 266mm discs
Rear Brakes: Single 177mm drum
Front Tire: : 100/90-18
Rear Tire: : 110/90-18
Dry-Weight: 201 kg
Fuel Capacity: 19 Litres
Consumption average42 mp/g
Standing ΒΌ Mile 13.2 sec / 99 mp/h

Fast-forward to the present. Initially, looks didn’t disappoint. The transverse-mounted motor (think Harley-Davidson) keeps the cycle slender. Its broad, flat, metal tank is friendly to a variety of tank bags. Equally inviting is the wide bench seat, which easily permits my 32″ inseam legs to find the ground at stops. While current bike styling is rounder and more organic, the boxier Vision has aged very well.

The cockpit is kind of dated, with its chunky styling and 55 mph redlined speedo; a remnant of the “speed kills!” ’70s. The tach redlines at 10K. A slow Engine: speed compared to today’s zipper bikes, but plenty zesty enough to provide fun. A convenient choke/enrichener is mounted below the standard push-to-cancel turn signal switch. As a plus, the idiot lights are noticeable, even in direct sun. Coolant temp warrants its own gauge, and rubber-mounted blinkers on all corners are welcome for garage and parking lot blunders.

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