1981 Yamaha Maxim 650
Great sport bike from the 80's
Brush in starter motor needed replacement.
Front brake pads and rotor at 54,000 miles.
Ignition module occasionally stops working - but comes back to life after a couple minutes of rest. I have a spare, but it does the same thing.
It has a slow oil leak - apparently from the gear shift lever.
A few times blinkers have failed to flash. Cleaning the light bulb contacts cleared up the problem.
This is a great bike, but it is starting to become unreliable due to its age. Maintenance has consisted of an oil change each year and new tires about 10000 miles ago.
The engine is rated at a peak power of 71 HP. In looking to replace this with a newer cruiser, I'll have to find something with near double the displacement to approach that power.
Fuel economy is good but not exceptional. I get 42 MPG around town, but that improves to 50 MPG when I get out in the country for steady cruising at 45-55 mph.
I don’t believe the seat is intended for more than about an hour’s worth of use at a time. I’ve done a few 200 mile days, and after the first 100, frequent breaks are needed to restore blood flow.
I'm not really happy with it on the highway above 65 mph. It develops a vibration and associated sound which, although it has not led to anything going wrong, just doesn't seem right.
I like the drive shaft. I also believe that a motorcycle should, in essence, be designed towards simplicity. That means air-cooled, as this is.
The bike is lacking ground clearance. Have to be very careful on speed bumps.
Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 21st May, 2013
I've had an 1981 XJ650 Maxim for a while. It was great riding, but now it's starting to have a few problems. Not real big ones yet; it's just spent a month in the garage and it still isn't working right. It starts fine now, but the blinkers and the regular starter button don't work. Don't know if they're bad or what? I wired a push button up to it. It starts fine, but it ain't right like that.