Review Yamaha XJR 1200 SP Sarron replica

Review Yamaha XJR 1200 SP Sarron replica

Special case

What was yellow last year is blue this year. What King Kenny was called is now called Sarron: a limited edition of 500 pieces of the XJR 1200 SP pressure generator.

Yamaha XJR 1200? Every child knows them now. This is the one with a lot of engine and very few side effects. I agree. Only: Who the ?? peep ?? is Sarron? Christian Sarron. Frenchman. Gauloises. N / A? Is it ringing? Right: In 1984 the little blonde became world champion in the 250 cc class. On a Yamaha ?? understood ?? Painted in the colors of the aforementioned cigarette giant. And this Sarron was the inspiration for the new XJR 1200 SP. And that’s why it’s blue. And that is precisely the difference to last year’s SP, which came in yellow, named after Kenny Roberts and was also limited to 500 pieces.
The special model also stands out from the conventional XJR 1200, which is available in black or silver for 500 marks less, with a differently upholstered seat and modified chassis components. The fork is adjustable in the spring base and the two rear spring struts come from none other than Öhlins. Sounds pretty good, doesn’t it? Also looks pretty important. But that’s about it. The supposedly higher quality equipment does not offer any advantages over the basic XJR: While the hindquarters are rock solid, does the fork ?? Bias or not? full of softie. Diagnosis: fork springs that are too soft.
Even with the mere load change, in other words: open the gas, close the gas, the front section pumps up and down tremendously. If potholes cross the path, it pops completely through. This seriously disrupts trust in the machine. And everything could be so beautiful. Because this engine … So, the engine … I mean ?? We have already written countless odes to the 1200 four-cylinder. This time let’s forego the puffy words and say it as it is: This engine is a bomb, takes off like a rocket, generates incredible pressure. All over. On top of that, he is characterized by highly cultivated manners.
W.Another exquisite: The 130 front tire. In tightly meshed curves, he messes up both the inherently good handling and the line fidelity of the 255 kilogram Yamaha. Especially when it says Bridgestone BT 54 ?? one of the XJR series tires. If the tire is named Dunlop D 202, also available ex works, the problems are far less significant. Straight-line stability also benefits from the Dunlop soles. However, if you want to convert, you should opt for an uncomplicated 120 front tire right away. Enough have been released by now. Then put a set of harder springs in the fork, and you are completely king on the Sarron replica as well as with the “normal” Yamaha XJR 1200 ?? though not Kenny.

Now I’m helping myself – XJR fork springs

XJR fork springs: Everything is better than the original

Whether conventional XJR or XJR 1200 SP: The progressively wound fork springs are too soft (spring rate: 4.8 / 9.5 kg per cm). But this problem is not given to God. A number of specialist dealers offer harder replacement springs, and the conversion campaign is not rocket science: relieve the front wheel, remove the handlebars, unscrew the spring preload completely (SP only), loosen the clamping screws of the upper triple clamp, remove the plugs (caution: tension), remove the spacers, remove the springs, remove the oil . This is where it gets a bit hairy as the XJR has no drain plugs. 100 percent screwdrivers therefore remove the fork legs, 45 percent pull the oil off with a large syringe. Put in fresh oil, pump through several times (bleed), load the fork so that it is fully immersed, measure the air cushion (upper edge of the standpipe / oil). If it fits: insert new springs, screw them together, done. MOTORRAD drilled the matter through four times, on an SPlosen XJR, as it is in circulation more often. Hyperpro, Wilbers Products, phone 05921/6057: sporty and firm. Very stable driving behavior. No penetration. Responsiveness rather insensitive. Fork oil SAE 20, air cushion 190 mm 2. Technoflex, Wilbers Products: good mix of comfort and stability. Better responsiveness than Hyperpro. More movement when changing loads, resulting in a more “original” driving experience. Fork only hits with very rough holes. Fork oil SAE 10, air cushion 160 mm 3. Wirth, phone 04189/811020: rigid. However, this is not due to the springs (spring rate in the soft range 6.4 kg / cm, Technoflex 6.6) but rather the insufficient air cushion. Wirth is customer-friendly – recommends keeping the original oil (SAE 10) and air cushion (121 mm). The catch: The Wirth springs (without using sleeves) are longer than the standard parts and displace much more oil. Tip: Increase the air cushion to at least 160 mm, then it works. But hits early 4. WP, Baehr, Telefon 06335/5004: same spring rate as Technoflex, same oil viscosity, same air cushion, same driving behavior.

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