Yamaha XJ900S Reviews from Australia

1999 Yamaha XJ900S

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2010
Acceleration marks 8 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 7 / 10
Handling marks 7 / 10
Braking marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired72000 kilometres
Most recent distance74600 kilometres
Previous motorcycleKawasaki GPZ900R

Faults:

Had it 2 months, CDI unit cooked at $1050 aus. Genuine part, not good. Maybe other electrical

problems too once I find a cheaper CDI. Yamaha mechanic said they had 5-6 different model Yams with similar problems that week (?).

Noisy cam chain, expensive repair.

General Comments:

Overall, a good all rounder.

65kw. Shaft drive is great.

Turns heads, mine is navy blue.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th May, 2010

1997 Yamaha XJ900S

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2008
Acceleration marks 7 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 8 / 10
Handling marks 7 / 10
Braking marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired27500 kilometres
Most recent distance45000 kilometres
Previous motorcycleSuzuki GT550

Summary:

Solid and reliable without being in any way spectacular

Faults:

Screen has started to "buzz" -- more annoying than a problem, I guess.

General Comments:

I reviewed this bike just after I bought -- now, it's a lot more km on!

The love affair has grown!!

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd July, 2008

1997 Yamaha XJ900S

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2006
Acceleration marks 8 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 7 / 10
Handling marks 8 / 10
Braking marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired27500 kilometres
Most recent distance30000 kilometres
Previous motorcycleSuzuki GT550

Summary:

An outstanding all-rounder that responds well to rider input

Faults:

The exhaust downpipes are the only area of real concern: they are showing surface rusting -- probably because they sit directly behind the (unprotected) front wheel, and get water and anything else on the road flung at them.

There is some dulling and minor pitting on the aluminium coating on the engine.

General Comments:

This bike is quick when needed. It rolls on in any gear, and is very forgiving if you're a gear too high.

The seating position is very relaxed and comfortable, with perhaps just a touch too much weight on my hands for really extended cruising.

The 24L tank is a real bonus. At ~5L per 100 km in the country, it lasts longer than my backside or bladder do!

"Bum fatigue" sets in after about 1.5 hours at a stretch; then about an hour after the first break.

Two-up riding alters the bike's general balance very little.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th March, 2006

Average review marks: 7.8 / 10, based on 3 reviews