I like a standard bike -- not one with a forward seating position and sport bike farings. And perhaps, in terms of motorcycle per dollar, the best buy in quite a few years. Ask questions Join the group or the general group. Prices depend on country, taxes, accessories, etc. Before being slipped into the Radian, however, the six-speed, dohc engine was mildly retuned for more low-end and mid-range power. I jump started it and ran it for a while. The bike itself only weighs about 425 lbs dry, and the seat is relatively low.
Altogether, the Radian handles far better than its chassis specifications might indicate. Especially if you do the simple shit yourself. The Radian represents a more-rational approach to building and marketing new models, and a timely one, as well. The characteristic clunk of some older gearboxes was non existent. I don't have a mechanic friend or even a fellow motorcyclist to go with me to check it out.
The Radian is an excellent motorcycle, one that's versatile enough to perform superbly in just about any kind of street-riding scenarios, and able lo excel in many of them, it has the most exciting engine performance of any current motorcycle of its size and type, and it'll outhandle most anything but pure sportbikes. I would rather have a 30-year-old bike with a bunch of miles on it than one with ten; none of that stuff is any better for sitting after decades. I rode it up and down the street for a while. You also have to wait a week or so until the correct shims arrive. Still, it was necessary for my bike as I found the transmission output shaft to be completely destroyed when I split the crank case.
It has to be the best buy of the year. It sounds like an Indy car, it really has a ferocious roar. Ridden 2 seasons and sent to the shed for the past 3 years. Getting through the turns quickly is an almost effortless affair, as the steering is light and precise, and the bike is quite stable. The clutch has a light pull and the engine comes on reasonably strong off idle, making the bike easy to get moving.
Tires look good, but it looks to me like the guy has painted the rims and valve cover fairly recently. The other reason is there's a very good chance you'll drop it or worse. But this one has 22,000 miles. It's a parts-room special, you see, a new model that Yamaha fabricated by merely bolting together a collection of relatively low-tech components borrowed from several of its existing models. Slightly smaller carburetors and a recalibrated exhaust system were what did the trick, along with revised intake-cam timing. They guy wanted 1900 and will take no less than 1500 after a couple of rounds of negotiating. No machine is ever perfect, of course, and the Radian was singled out for a few faults.
Category - Engine - Posted Over 1 Month I have a 1986 Yamaha Radian 600 cc. Ran great for the first year but sat in my garage a year after that. . Stock airbox is probably still on, which is good for tuning but not so much for working on the carbs. Outside of its bodywork, the only parts unique to the Radian were the front forks and rear shocks. With an older bike you really don't know what will break next.
You are also welcome to read and submit motorcycle reviews. But you don't, so stay away anything older than 2000, and stay away from private sellers. It has to be the best buy of the year. The low-speed handling is exceptional, due to the bike's light feel and responsiveness. Clear title, comes with owners manual and maintenance manual. On backroads, the bike is not only a blast to ride, it's easy to ride. After years of double-digit growth, motorcycle manufacturers everywhere found themselves fighting a steep slide in sales, with little hope of a quick rebound.
The front tire has a slow leak. Get back on the open road and stop your street warrior like it did when it came from the factory. It is like they are charging that kind of money for the privilege of keeping it in one piece for 20something years. I had this bike for and rode it for 8 years with no problems. Around town, the Radian is equally delightful. But I'm a little uncomfortable with such an old bike -- I'm not very knowledgable about maintenance yet, so it's easier for me to stick with the maintenance schedule of a new bike. If you keep it for some time, Honda products tend to hold their value very well so you could probably sell it for minimal money loss.
The bike was light in the corners and provided good feedback, although the shocks on this particular bike were a bit worn. Good rear tire, new front tire, new battery, new clutch cable. I went into this post learning towards taking the 1990 Radian, and now I'm leaning towards going with the new bike. It has been sitting for a while. So the seller is saying it only depreciated a few hundred dollars in all that time? Pipes have scuffs from tip overs,the front fender has a few small scrapes too. Comes with original owner's manual, tool box, key and service repair manual.