View Full Version : Yamaha XS1100 Midnight Special

04-24-2010, 11:17 AM
Hey all,
My son is looking at a '79 Yamaha XS1100 Midnight Special, for a chopper project. I haven't seen the bike yet. It's supposed to run and drive good and they're asking $650 for it. I don't know anything about them, I see alot of XS650 chopper projects. Anybody know anything good or bad about the 1100s? The price sounds right, as long as they aren't a POS from the start.

04-24-2010, 01:11 PM
there a good bike, shaft drive so no chain maintenance. i've been thinking of getting one for long hauls.

04-24-2010, 09:26 PM
Solid bike, ran like raped apes, and if in good shape, well worth the price, some might say better to clean up and restore?

04-27-2010, 12:29 AM
Transmissions are junk. I've had 2 of them. Both had 1st and 2nd gear issues. BUT! You don't have to pull the engine or split the case to pull the problematic countershaft. just pull it outta the oil pan, and dremel the dogs on the gears flat again, and you're ready to rock for another 12,000 to 25,000 miles. The dogs round off, and you can lose 1st or 2nd gear. Sometimes 5th. The final drive is a bit tight too. On XS11.com, they have a write-up on how to change out to a much more cruising friendly Seca 750 rear end.

04-27-2010, 12:58 AM
Sounds like an easy fix. Both the 83 and 87 Yamaha Viragos I owned had starter clutch problems (expensive fix!)...think they FINALLY got that straightened out in 89-90. I want to say I've heard of other Yamaha models in the same vintage with gear related issues of some sort. Seems like there are a LOT of support websites though, so that's a definite bonus.

04-27-2010, 09:42 PM
Thanks guys.