I have owned two, 79 Special, and a 78. The 78 was a custom maroon/black paint job and had a silver racing strip on the top of the tank and the top of the bags. If Yamaha did a remake of this bike I would buy one in an instant.
I've had a picture of a 1979 XS1100 Special in my room for at least 10 years. One of the most beautiful bikes ever built. Had a chance to buy one, but opted for the GS1000 Suzuki instead. It was cheaper. Imagine that. I could have bought a CBX; the Yamaha XS1100 Special, or the Zookie. And I had to go and save a few bucks. DUHHH. Wish I could go back and remake that decision.