1982 Yamaha Maxim 650


Super handling with big bike comfort


Bought this bike from a nice old lady who used it for her display model. She decided to retire, sold her bike accessories store, her collection of Indian Chiefs, some Harleys, and this bike.

It has a full wind jammer fairing, coffee cup holder, built in stereo, leather handle grips with 2 ft leather whips. All needed for our cold Alberta weather.

Lots of smooth inline 4 power, not any of that shake and rock and roll V configuration. A lot smoother ride than my newer Honda 500 Shadow. Miss having 6th gear though.

General Comments:

The brakes need some work. My 6 speed Honda 500 shifts smoother.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th June, 2011

1981 Yamaha Maxim 650

General Comments:

Just bought an 81 Maxim 650 and have been having a blast cruisin' around Canada's capital.

One minor problem continues to plague my otherwise happy experience though. My signal lights work fine when I have the switch held to either left or right, however they won't stay on if I release the button.

I have replaced the switch assembly on the handle bar, but the problem persists. I suspect it's the relay for some reason, and hope someone on this forum has experienced the same problem and can offer some advice.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 17th August, 2008

21st Jan 2010, 15:08

Under the tank is an auto cancel module; that is the likely target for your signal lights not staying on when you let the signal light switch go to the neutral position.

8th Sep 2011, 21:34

Same issue. I'm thinking it's the location of the relay and the associated heat. Seems to work unless I'm riding in stop and go traffic. No solution as of yet.