Yamaha XJ700 Maxim X Reviews from United States of America - Page 2 of 6

1986 Yamaha XJ700 Maxim X

Model year1986
Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership1992
Most recent year of ownership2010
Most recent distance24512 miles
Previous motorcycleKawasaki Ninja ZX-10R

Summary:

Beside the V-Max, this is the best muscle bike/cruiser Yamaha ever made

Faults:

I had to have a majority of gaskets replaced after being in Military storage for most of 1997.

I had to have a stopcock installed to the fuel line, because a replacement for the original could not be found.

General Comments:

I was very surprised when I first bought it at how powerful this bike is. I brought the front tire off the ground a few times coming off red lights without meaning to.

I love the handling, and have kept up with a few crotch rockets that were 750cc and below. It rides very comfortably and has a great point of balance. You can put your feet up on the back pegs and lay down on it when you need to go just a little faster.

I bought it in St. Petersburg Florida in 1992, and have had the engine rebuilt just in the last couple of years as preventive maintenance. Unfortunately my wife does not like it because it is too quick, and wants me to sell it. She bought me a 2009 Yamaha Royalstar Classic for my birthday in February, because she wants us to have a bike we can both go for rides on.

If anyone ever buys it from me, I am definitely going to miss it. I enjoyed it more than my Ninja, and it is definitely a different ride from my new bike.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th July, 2010

1986 Yamaha XJ700 Maxim X

Model year1986
Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2009
Acceleration marks 8 / 10
Handling marks 7 / 10
Braking marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired8600 miles
Most recent distance10800 miles
Previous motorcycleYamaha XJ650 Maxim

Summary:

It's pretty tough to beat the dependability of a Yamaha

Faults:

The clutch cable snapped at 10,600 miles.

Seat cushion is breaking down.

General Comments:

Starts first time, every time.

Quick off the line with more top end than required for the average cyclist.

Long rides would require a leg stretch about every 60 miles.

Perfect commuter bike for less than 30 miles or for just running errands.

Light enough to pick up if it tips over on the kick stand.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th August, 2009

1985 Yamaha XJ700 Maxim X

Model year1985
Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2009
Acceleration marks 10 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 10 / 10
Handling marks 8 / 10
Braking marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired37000 miles
Most recent distance41000 miles
Previous motorcycleKawasaki Z440 LTD

Summary:

This bike is Awesome!

General Comments:

Very fast and quick.

Very reliable, always starts.

The powerband on this bike is at about 6200rpm, and once you hit it, you better be holding on.

Absolutely love it!

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th April, 2009

1985 Yamaha XJ700 Maxim X

Model year1985
Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2009
Acceleration marks 10 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 10 / 10
Handling marks 9 / 10
Braking marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.4 / 10
Distance when acquired5000 miles
Most recent distance6500 miles

Summary:

Fast, smooth, and reliable!

Faults:

The gas cap broke.

Really hard to start in cold weather.

The petcock leaks.

The speedometer quits from time to time.

Those are the only four things that have gone wrong with the actual factory parts of the bike since I've had it.

The previous owner had made some modifications that have failed and didn't really take good care of the bike.

General Comments:

Although I haven't had this bike long, I love it.

This bike is great for cruising and has plenty of power to get out of a potentially dangerous situation. Most of its power lies in the higher range of 8,000 rpm.

The gas mileage has been in the range of 20-38 mpg. I have found that if you're cruising and shift around 3500 to 4000 rpm, you will get the higher mileage of 38. But if you like to race around (like me), you will get the lower mileage of about 20 mpg. The tank holds about 3.5 gallons, and at 1.59 per gallon it costs me about $5 to fill up.

The seat on my bike isn't quite as padded as on others, so when I first started riding it I got a sore backside if I rode for too long. However, I have gotten used to it and I can ride for hours before having to stop.

This bike is impossible to start in cold weather. I keep it in my garage. When winter came around, I made the mistake of letting it sit for two days without starting it. It wouldn't start for the rest of the winter. One day it was 50 degrees out and I opened the garage door to let it sit in the sun. When I came home, it fired up after about 3 or 4 tries. Now I start it at least once a day and let it warm up when the weather is below 50 degrees.

Overall, I love this bike. Considering how old it is, and how hard the previous owner was on it, it still runs good, rides good, and beats most other bikes on the road.

This is a great bike!

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th February, 2009

8th Apr 2009, 08:44

If you are getting 20mpg, then you have something wrong. Mine gets 45mpg whether I'm on the throttle (which happens a lot) or not.

17th Feb 2010, 12:18

I have had my 1995 MAXIM-X 750 with ~45,000 KM for about three years, and it is just great. It ALWAYS starts in the winter, even if I leave it unattended for a month or more. There is a slight delay in power at the low RPM, but after that... watch out! I have almost been left behind by this bike on several occasions.

This has been my first bike, and it was intended as a "starter" bike until I got some more riding experience, but I just cannot get myself excited to buy a new bike because this one is SO MUCH FUN! To evoke this type of reaction from someone in their mid-forties, proves what a great bike this is.

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