Talk about Rare!
Only 10,300 XS1B's were built world wide in 1971 - Do
you have one?
The following is an
excerpt from the August 1971 "Cycle" Magazine:
YAMAHA 650 XS-1B
Forty Cubic Inches of Japanese balance, reason, and pizzazz.
In the realm of motorcycling, there are machines that grip your
solar plexus and squeeze it; these motorcycles give the rider an
immediate, spontaneous, visceral experience. Such machines may
have drawbacks - they may have truculent starters, service headaches,
chronic leakers, or whatever - but the machines remain exciting because
they give the owner cloud-level highs as well as basement-level blues.
Your marriage to one of these motorcycles might not be long, but the
days will never be dull and the hours will always be eventful. They
Yamaha XS-1B falls into a different class, a category in which balance
and reason prevail.
The big 650 doesn't wring your solar plexus - but pats it. The
forty-inch Yamaha is a reasonable sort of machine; it starts pretty
easily, doesn't leak oil, carries a good set of brakes, is reasonably
comfortable, has ample power, displays a modish style, and handles well
within reasonable limits. Yamaha's 650 is a machine that hits no
highs and snags no lows. It strikes you that a committee of twenty
good men and true, applying modern ideas to the very traditional 650
vertical twin concept, designed the XS-1B as a balanced, compromised
Yamaha didn't introduce their forty-incher in late '69 and
then go napping..........