1978 yamaha xs850g
air cooled, four stroke, transverse three cylinder, dohc, 2 valves per cylinder.
1979 yamaha xs850
1980 yamaha xs850
1980 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
Only 630 of the UK spec. XS850's were imported.