Maxims are a great old school bike
The bike had always been very reliable, never left me stranded. Enjoyed its ride & feel on the road, whether it was a dirt road or paved highway. I always felt the inline 4's rocked, so 4 years after I sold it to a friend, I recently purchased a XJ1100 Maxim to further my enjoyment of the Maxims. Now the wife can ride with me comfortably.
I did not have any mechanical problems with the 650; I just needed something a little bigger. I only replaced the tires & changed oil when needed, & put a little sport fairing on it to give it a little sportier look, plus I could get out of the wind when the weather turned nippy or rain.
The Maxim pulled smoothly throughout the RPM range.
The driver's seat could have been a little more padded; would sometimes slide back to the passenger section for variety.
Forwards would have been a nice addition for more leg room; just didn't add them.
The Maxim is way more fun to ride than my V-twin could ever think of being.
Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 3rd October, 2012