Yamaha XJ650 Review from United States of America

1981 Yamaha XJ650

Model year1981
Year of manufacture1980
First year of ownership2010
Most recent year of ownership2013
Acceleration marks 8 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 8 / 10
Handling marks 8 / 10
Braking marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.1 / 10
Distance when acquired50000 miles
Most recent distance55000 miles
Previous motorcycleHonda CB650 Nighthawk

Summary:

Best in its class in its day, and still holds its own today against newer bikes

Faults:

Replaced front wheel bearings at 51k miles. $25.

Replaced front and back brakes at 52k miles. $85.

Replaced clutch, springs, clutch cable at 53k miles. $250.

New Metzler front and rear tires at 54k miles. $425.

Engine jumped time, locked up at 55k miles. November 2011.

Replace engine with a used 1982 Seca 650 engine in late 2012. $80!

New tach & speedo cable in Feb 2013. $35.

Seat was wore out when I bought it, hope to re-cover it soon.

General Comments:

I bought a real "diamond in the rough"and was too stupid or stubborn to give up. With a fresh engine it runs great, and I am slowly shortening the to do list.

Overall a great bike; much faster than my Honda.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th February, 2013

Average review marks: 8.1 / 10, based on 1 review