Yamaha XJ Thread

Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by leakypetcock, Sep 7, 2011.

  1. gunnabuild1

    gunnabuild1 Been here awhile

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    One of mine has that small fairing on it and I've ridden others the same model and never had an issue up to 180kmh,but I do remember talk of the problem at the time of release.
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  2. kneusteun

    kneusteun n00b

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    Mine!
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  3. poppy

    poppy Slow and Steady

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    Wow kneusteun, that looks awesome. Very nice

    I just picked this up to play with.

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  4. bk brkr baker

    bk brkr baker Long timer

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    A class winner at the Kentucky KickDown ,XJ 600.
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  5. Highside>Lowside

    Highside>Lowside Hairier Than Thou

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    Pretty sure that isn't a 600.


    Here's my XJ650 :D

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  6. zap2504

    zap2504 Dave E.

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    That's a XJ650 Maxim. Single front disk, leading-front axle, "swirly" wheels, shaft drive, dual rear shocks. The XJ600 Seca II had a rear mono shock, chain drive, different wheels and no leading front axle.
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  7. k-moe

    k-moe Long timer

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    100% sure that it's a 650.
    The 600 has a very different frame, and is chain driven (Sold as the SECA II in the U.S.).

    His is also an '80 or '81 since it has a non-YICS engine. I really like the fact the frame was not hacked.
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  8. Desert2202

    Desert2202 Been here awhile

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    Hi Guy's, bought myself a 31 year old 1983 XJ900. It's 99% original and complete, un-restored, only 92,000km (roughly 3,000km a year since birth), the engine still sounds tight, doesn't burn oil, holds the road like it's on rails :evil

    The plan is to ride it for a year or so then do a ground up restoration :clap

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  9. MacMcMacmac

    MacMcMacmac Idiots Avant!

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    Good luck on the resto, When I did mine in 2000, most of the stuff was still available, except brake lines and exhausts. I toyed with the idea of a Staintune, but at $3000 to make and get it to Canada, it was a no-go. I shelled out for a brand new tank though. Don't know if you'd be as lucky 14 years on. It was a nice, classy, understated bike with enough performance. The 650 turbo i bought a few years later was probably as fast, top-end, but was a pile of poo in every other regard.
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  10. gunnabuild1

    gunnabuild1 Been here awhile

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    I'm guessing it wasn't a local bike?
    Can't imagine you would need the heated grips.
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  11. Desert2202

    Desert2202 Been here awhile

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    I bought it from the second owner, he was from New South Wales
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  12. Desert2202

    Desert2202 Been here awhile

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    Luckily, this one has Staintune pipes on it, they are shaped to match the original pipes, they sound nice. Also has the Ventura Rack plus Oxford heated grips. I bought the bike for $2,000 and still has 3 months rego too. The bike is in excellent shape, I wont need to buy any big ticket items
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  13. RedRocket

    RedRocket Yeah! I want Cheesy Poofs

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    Nice find on the 900.
    I always have an eye out for them, but they're very rare in the US
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  14. gunnabuild1

    gunnabuild1 Been here awhile

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    Reasonably common here in Australia and in Europe I'm told.
    I have an 83 and an 85 '900's and a 83 '750 which is pretty much a 900 chassis with a 750 motor.The 900's were made from 83 to 94 from memory but for some reason they weren't imported into the States for more than one year:loco
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  15. 850 Combat

    850 Combat Been here awhile

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    I have gone to look at a couple of those, but they were both thrashed. I have owned a couple XJ6650 Secas overthe years. I have a couple headlights left over, including one made up of 100 percent new old stock
    components. (Had a search on EBay for years). Found what I wanted, but kept searching. After about 5 years I had a NOS headlight...) The 900 was probably very nice.
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  16. ianboydsnr

    ianboydsnr Been here awhile

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    We had the XJ900F, for more than a few years, it was superseded by the XJ900 Diversion, which was completely new, though the engine looks similar, no parts are the same,

    the diversion is a great bike!

    I have had 4 in the past,

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  17. MacMcMacmac

    MacMcMacmac Idiots Avant!

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    Australia and Canada were the only countries to get the XJ750RL. It was a nice bike, and compared very favorably with the Nighthawk S, with a much better range courtesy of that big tank. I couldn't figure out why Yamaha would take away the 900 motor while giving it the updated frame mounted fairing. I think they didn't want another litre-class bike stripping away sales from the new FJ1100. The 900 was a bit of a sales dud in North America, so I guess they weren't to fussed with putting sales effort behind it. One bad report like a high speed wobble tends to get repeated to death in the press. Happened with the TL1000S as well. I loved my 900. Completely changed my opinion of Yamahas.
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  18. Desert2202

    Desert2202 Been here awhile

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  19. gunnabuild1

    gunnabuild1 Been here awhile

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    Nice shots,I think they are still a good looking bike but one of the young guys at work looked at mine and said "Geez, that's a real old fashioned looking moto"
    Took one look at my face and started to sputter and apologize,I laughed and figured it's what you grow up with:1drink to me 50's Brit bikes are the best looking bikes ever made but I'll never own one.
    One of my favourite shots of mine
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  20. limeymike

    limeymike Who Me?

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    As is the norm in the US the manufacturers chose not to import some of the best bikes they made. ie XJ900. They all thought we wanted fugly cruisers and wannabe choppers.
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