1978 Yamaha XS 1100E


  • The ultimate 1970s tourer 
  • Original colour scheme 
  • Well presented


During the 1970s and 1980s, the new era sportbikes were gaining a lot of attention in the marketplace with their high performance and sleek looks, but there was still a huge demand from riders wanting something with comfort that still had large amounts of power. This is where Yamaha came along with the brute of a machine known as the XS1100 (XS Eleven). The massive 1100cc engine gave 95hp, which, coupled with the high riding position, made for the perfect straight-line touring bike. 

This 1978 Yamaha XS1100 came to the vendor several years ago to pay off an outstanding debt. Since then, the bike has been refurbished to its original condition with great attention to detail, ensuring everything is as it should be. Since the restoration was completed, the bike has yet to be started, leaving it ready for the new custodian to take over the reins of this 70s classic. 


  • V5 is present
  • Registered on the 8th August 1978
  • Restored over several years by the vendor 
  • Unused since the restoration was completed 
  • Some spare parts included 


  • Very well presented 
  • Original Silver colour scheme 
  • The chrome front mudguard is in good condition with a bright finish
  • Headlights and indicators are free from splits or cracks
  • High handlebars offer the perfect position for touring 
  • The grips and levers are in good condition 
  • The instruments look to be in good order
  • The odometer shows a reading of 74,447 miles
  • There are some light age-related scratches to the plastic covering the Turn, HighBeam, Oil and Neutral indicators
  • The switchgear is original and looks to be in good condition
  • Large 22 litre fuel tank is in good condition with no dings or dents
  • Front and rear foot-pegs look in good condition with no real signs of wear
  • There is a small scratch on the right-hand side panel 
  • The comfortable seat is in excellent condition, as is the grab handle
  • The rear light and indicators are free from damage
  • 3.5”x19” front and 4.5”x17 rear wheels are in excellent condition
  • Avon Roadrider tyres have been fitted and are in new condition


  • 1101cc four-stroke transverse four-cylinder engine 
  • Produces 95hp and 66.5lb-ft of torque
  • Five-speed gearbox 
  • Four Mikuni BS 34SS carburettors
  • Since the rebuild, the Yamaha hasn't been started
  • No leaks are coming from the telescopic forks
  • The exhausts look to be in excellent condition with no tarnishing 
  • Twin 298mm front discs and a 298mm single rear disc should bring the bike to a stop quickly. Again, these have not been tested on the road because the bike has not been run


It is probably one of the most comfortable touring bikes to come out of the 70s-80s. The Yamaha is a fantastic bike which, although quite weighty, soaks up the road with ease and is a pleasure to ride, bridging the gap between a sports bike and a tourer. 

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1978
  • Make Yamaha
  • Model XS 1100
  • Colour Silver
  • Odometer 74,447 Miles
  • Engine size 1101
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Hastings
  • Location Sussex
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
8 bids from 6 bidders
  • ondo.fa•••• £1,750 20/09/23
  • biggles•••• £1,500 20/09/23
  • george-•••• £1,000 19/09/23
  • JohnnyP•••• £850 19/09/23
  • JohnnyP•••• £650 19/09/23
  • JohnnyP•••• £500 19/09/23
  • Alastai•••• £200 18/09/23
  • Wesson £100 17/09/23

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