Restoring a 1980 Yamaha XS1100 Midnight Special

Follow Dale through his 1980 Yamaha XS1100 Midnight Special restoration.

| September/October 2020


  • Engine: 1,101cc DOHC air-cooled 4-stroke inline 4-cylinder, 71.5mm x 68.6mm bore and stroke, 9:1 compression ratio, 95hp @ 8,500rpm
  • Top speed: 129.4mph (period magazine estimate)
  • Carburetion: Four 34mm Mikuni CV carburetors
  • Transmission: 5-speed, left foot shift, shaft final drive
  • Electrics: 12v, mechanical centrifugal governor and vacuum advance, coil ignition
  • Frame/wheelbase: Double cradle tubular steel frame w/swingarm rear/60.8in (1,544mm)
  • Suspension: Air-adjustable oil-dampened telescopic forks front, dual oil-dampened shocks, adjustable for damping and spring preload
  • Brakes: Dual 11.7in (297mm) hydraulic discs front, single 11.7in (297mm) hydraulic disc rear
  • Tires: 3.5 x 19in front, 130/90 x 16in rear
  • Weight (wet, full tank): 588lb (267kg)
  • Seat height: 31.1in (790mm)
  • Fuel capacity/MPG: 4gal (15ltr)/42mpg
  • Price then/now: $3,699/$2,000-$5,500


“Let the Midnight Special shine a light on me

Let the Midnight Special shine a light on me

Let the Midnight Special shine a light on me

Let the Midnight Special shine a ever loving light on me.”

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