1982 Yamaha XJ650 Maxim


None of today's flair, but solid nostalgic performance that still turns the eye!!!


Clutch cable snapped at 20,000 miles, but then, the bike is 23 years old.

The foot pegs have worn. I cannot reasonably complain, this is normal wear and tear, and this is a great bike!

Cold starting: If the bike sits for a couple weeks, it takes a bit longer to crank, but when I ride it a couple times a week, I can simply touch the start button and presto, a one second button push gets her rumbling. Takes a few minutes to smooth the engine out, then can cruise like a bee!

General Comments:

I bought this bike for $800, they go often for about $1500 on Ebay.

It has plenty of power for a mid size bike, and the direct drive transmission is awesome. It is fast, oh yeah, very fast, and has surprised many, many a friend at the power it offers even with two riders on it.

Gas mileage is about 60-65 mpg if you ride like a sane old granny and keep it at 55 mph. However, even at the near $3 gallon price of today, it will perk out at 45 mpg for the insane, throttle thrushing, middle-agers who like to hot dog the bike in the 80 to 80mph range (I personally know).

Maintenance, about minimal. It is very dependabe. I have only had to do the typical bare, minimal maintenance one would expect: oil change, spark plug change, new battery. Oh yeah, replaced the clutch cable and a worn tire (had the original tires on it).

I did also buy a small windshield, a definite plus, adds a sporty look, without all the bulk of a faring, and it adds three thousand percent enjoyment to riding.

If you are thinking about getting a used one, do it now. These bikes I believe in a few years will be vintage worthy of higher dollars. They are a nice collectible. Most people don't realize they are over a quarter century old.

Oh, if you plan long rides, invest in a larger seat, otherwise it is a great bike, nothing else to explain.

John, North East TN.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th May, 2006

29th May 2006, 19:53

Reliable, fun-to-ride, good=looking.

Yes, this sums up my '82 Maxim, as well.

Who makes a "larger seat" for the Maxim?

And what style are they?

11th May 2007, 07:02

Do you know the power to weight ratio for this bike? Also, where did you get the windshield?

13th Mar 2012, 17:51

I purchased mine, and it has a Corbin brand, King and Queen Throne style.

1982 Yamaha XJ650 Maxim


A real blast from the past!


Nothing thus far (which is why I gave it a score of 10 for reliability). However, I've only owned the bike for a week and a half, and have put on approx. 250 miles.

The seat upholstery is cracked along a seam, however the bike is 23 years old.

General Comments:

I just purchased this bike (a 1982 Yamaha XJ650 Maxim) from the original owner. He had purchased the bike as a new leftover in 1984, and had only ridden it approximately 3,900 miles.

He kept it garaged, and usually only rode it 100-200 miles per year.

The bike's acceleration is great, its handling and comfort are very good.

I love the fact that it is a 4 cylinder, shaft driven motorcycle.

As far as I know, the bike has been problem-free, and I just had it checked out at a local bike shop and they were amazed at its like-new condition.

My previous bike was a 1985 Yamaha 700 Maxim X, which was a wonderful bike.

The 650 came equipped with a Tracy fairing, which was great for weather protection, however I felt it detracted from the bike's stabilty on the highway (It seemed to act as a sail, and was vunerable to cross winds etc. - Has anyone else experienced this with a fairing on the highway?)

I'm really enjoying my new-old cruiser, and I love its "old school" style.

Hey, retro is in, isn't it?

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th June, 2005

20th Aug 2005, 01:42

I'm surprised to see these bike currently selling in the $1000 to $1400 range. Given what you get - an inline 4 cylinder engine, shaft drive, clean lines, and a bullet-proof design, I would think a clean example would fetch much more money. (Look at what you get for $4000 nowadays)

Perhaps in the not too distant future collectors will catch on to what a marvelous find a clean example is, and perhaps the price will rise accordingly.

I've seen the later model year (mid 80s 700 Maxims and Maxim X's) selling for as much as $3000 for a clean example.

I expect the older 650s might catch-up one day.