1980 Yamaha XJ650 Maxim
What a machine!!!
This was a garage rescue bike... found it sitting in the back of a guy's garage, had been there 16 years, partially covered, but put a new battery in, drained the fuel tank, she started right up.
Have had the normal R&R events, fix one thing, find two more, LOL, but for the most part, WHAT A FIND!!!
I paid 150.00 bucks for her, I now have around 400.00 to include new tires, so, I have been hurt on this project. Nothing like restoring a 30 year old bike, but what a bike to restore...
I have been riding since my dad brought home this little Briggs and Straton 2.5hp mini, and the addition was on, LOL. The Maxims are a great platform, ride nice, they are very heavy for the size, but that makes them very road worthy.
All in all, the XJ series are one of Yamaha's better ideas...
Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 10th May, 2010