Yamaha XJ700 Maxim X Reviews from United States of America

1985 Yamaha XJ700 Maxim X

Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2012
Distance when acquired9500 miles
Most recent distance10700 miles
Previous motorcycleYamaha XV750 Virago


The bike is solid and well made; I like it


The bike was stored outside for a year or more before I got it.

The seat has a tear, but this item could be repaired easily.

I had to have the carburetors cleaned, due to the long period of disuse.

It is hard to start when the weather is cold.

I tipped the bike over while pushing it; put a smooth dent in one side of the gas tank; otherwise no damage.

Several times, early on, it stopped suddenly while cranking it over to start. Took out number four spark plug to check whether the head gasket was leaking and had filled the cylinders with antifreeze. Whoosh! Out came gasoline! Lucky I didn't burn the garage down. This must occur due both to a leaky vacuum valve on the petcock and a bad carburetor float valve. I have done nothing to correct this, and the problem has not recurred, recently.

General Comments:

The bike is very quick.

I like the sound of a four cylinder engine. This engine purrs with a very pleasant sound.

I use the bike for around town travel. I have put about 1200 miles on it since getting it.

The seat is not comfortable for a long ride. I have ridden about fifty or sixty miles at a stretch. Seat gets sore, but I am 81 years old; maybe that is the problem!

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th October, 2012

21st Dec 2012, 15:40

Hi, my Dad has the same bike. We love it; the power band and stuff, but I got into an accident and the bike slammed down on one side. No real cosmetic damage, but now it doesn't have the same smooth feel when you rev from 6,000 RPM and up, but it sounds fine; just not as much of a power band either; more doggy in the high range power band. Idles fine though; you wouldn't know the difference unless you rode it. But anyway, we took the plugs out and tested the compression, and all the cylinders come up 10-15 compression. Is it a blown head gasket from the sudden stop in the accident?

6th Oct 2013, 10:44

Sell these junkers while they are running. Engine overhaul parts are either obsolete or way over priced. I have been customizing and restoring bikes since the 70s, and have never had so hard a time finding engine parts. If anyone out there knows without doubt where I can get head gaskets and standard rings, let me know. Please don't tell me Bike Bandit or Parts-n-more or Partzilla etc. If you are not an actual mechanic or shop, then please don't waste my time or yours sending me on a wild goose chase.



1985 Yamaha XJ700 Maxim X

Model year1985
Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2011
Most recent year of ownership2011
Distance when acquired11450 miles
Most recent distance11450 miles
Previous motorcycleHonda VF1100C


As perfect as one can get!!


Drivetrain became loose, had a new transmission put in, but didn't seem to effect or help the situation any, but the bike is fine, and fun to ride.

General Comments:

The V65 is an awesome bike to ride, handles like a larger bike would handle, and super quick all the way through, and just doesn't want to stop. I have put 45000 miles on this one, and wouldn't sell at all.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th May, 2011

1986 Yamaha XJ700 Maxim X

Model year1986
Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership1986
Most recent year of ownership2010
Acceleration marks 9 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 10 / 10
Handling marks 10 / 10
Braking marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired12 miles
Most recent distance49964 miles
Previous motorcycleYamaha XJ600


I love it


Carbs had problems, requiring a rebuild because jets were clogged. This happened because the bike had been idle for almost two years, and the jets became gummed up, so it would start missing on a cylinder.

Disk brakes required a complete rebuild because they got hung up. The dealership said people just replace them at over $235.00 a piece. I did not, but instead separated them into halves and cleaned out all the built up crud from hardened old oil. I used a rebuild kit, which includes the gaskets and seals. Cleaning and flushing, and they work great.

Misfires caused by the plastic casing on the coil developing age cracks would let moisture in. I bit the bullet and replaced it, and put in new spark plug caps. Now runs great. It was cheaper, and fit fine when I used straight plug caps instead of the 45 degree angle caps.

One other trouble I had was instruments failing from time to time. It turns out the ground for them is a wire that is held by the same bolt that holds the thermostat to the frame. The bolt can't fall off, but it can come loose. Put on a lock washer and tightened it up.

Always check the battery water level a minimum of once a month. Always pull the battery out and give it a slap to get the air bubbles out of it. Recently after a hot month of summer driving with a new battery, the slap made it go from the top of the low water mark to less than a 1/3 full. If the battery is full to spec and properly charged, you will not have trouble starting it right away.

Remember my troubles were over 24 years of single person ownership. It had been stored outside in New England weather. Only in the last 4 winters has it been garage stored. I had the seats redone, and since I was in no rush, the guy charged me $125.00 for both seats and the sissy bar.

General Comments:

I love it because I'm now 64, and it is nimble to handle and light enough to be comfortable. I can sit on it and put my feet flat on the ground with no troubles. You can get out into traffic fast with no worries.

I do need to always put the bike on the center stand when I fill it with gas, otherwise it has a habit of leaking back out of the tank in a slosh over, which can startle you.

I love riding it, and have often done 200+ mile days, just making sure I take breaks about every 60 miles. Because of the area I ride in, that is good because my tank will be about half empty, so if I fill it, then I don't need to start getting nervous at 130 miles waiting for the low gas warning indicator to come on while looking for a station.

Several years ago, I put highway pegs on the case savers, and placing my legs level really helps unload my back, so I have no back problems, but like all rides, I do get a case of "buttitis" from sitting so long.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th September, 2010

Average review marks: 8.6 / 10, based on 15 reviews