1978 XS650 Special
(1978 / Production Model)
This model featured the traditional vertical twin engine of the sport model TX650 as the base power unit. It had features like a teardrop tank, and chopper style handlebars along with a King & Queen seat and short megaphone type muffler, all mounted on 16-inch wheels. It achieved the horseback type riding feeling so popular in North America and would be the predecessor to the "Special" series of Yamaha American-style cruiser bikes.
- Overall length × width × height: 2,130mm × 930mm × 1,135mm
- Weight: 216kg
- Engine type: Air-cooled, 4-stroke, SOHC, 2-valve, in-line 2-cylinder, 653cm³
- Maximum power output: 37.5kW (51.0PS) / 7,500r/min
- Maximum torque: 53.0N･m (5.4kgf･m) / 5,500r/min
- Price: ¥435,000
*All figures, etc. in a model's description or specifications are from when the model was originally released.