Yamaha XJ700 Maxim X Reviews from United States of America - Page 3 of 6

1985 Yamaha XJ700 Maxim X

Model year1985
Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership1987
Most recent year of ownership2009
Acceleration marks 10 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 9 / 10
Handling marks 9 / 10
Braking marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired1 miles
Most recent distance13812 miles
Previous motorcycleYamaha 250cc


The 700 Maxim has been a reliable bike, fun to ride and excellent value


The carburetors are somewhat difficult to keep clean and tuned. It could be because I don't put a lot of miles on it. It's best to add some carb cleaner to the fuel regularly and fuel stabilizer in the winter. The bike is a little difficult to start when it's cold. It will start firing on 2 then 3 and finally the 4th cylinder. Other than that, this has been a very reliable bike.

General Comments:

I bought this bike new in 1987, although it is a year model 1985. The dealer had this 'factory surplus' bike on sale for only $2,000. I have certainly gotten my money's worth of fun over the years!

The maxim is fast and responsive. I was surprised at how well it performed in the high elevations while visiting Colorado. It zipped over the mountain passes at 70mph with no problem. It climbed to the top of Pike's Peak with power to spare.

I've kept this bike in my garage the whole time I've owned it and it still looks great. When I bought it, I never dreamed I'd keep it for 22 years. My son is proud to ride it, even though it was 'born' before he was!

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th January, 2009

19th Mar 2009, 18:15

Thanks for the great review, I couldn't have read it on a better day!.. I bought my 1985 Yamaha Maxim XJ700 5 years ago for $250 and it has 3,624 original miles. It's always been garaged. The original owner dumped it with minimal damage and garaged it so long he couldn't find the parts for it. Been looking for a replacement radiator since 2004 and today I bought it!!! I've read so many good reviews about this bike, I'll let you know...

5th Feb 2012, 19:23

At $250, you didn't "buy" it, you "stole" it! Got to be the buy of the century! Buying one tomorrow -- $1650.

17th Apr 2012, 00:36

I just bought my first bike - 1985 Yamaha Maxim-X 700cc, 45,600 miles on it for 1200.00.

I have been riding this bike every day. Since this is my first bike, I am not really sure what to expect from it.

The bike seems to have some front brake issues - which I am taking to a technician.

I have had the opportunity to ride the Maxim for a little over three hundred miles in a week. 45 MPG I have been getting, and am so far very pleased.

Looking forward to having a great summer on this bike, and riding it until the roads freeze over.

13th May 2012, 13:35

Wow, that is awesome!! I am looking to buy one tomorrow for $1000.00, trading with work. I can't believe the reviews on this thing!

I need to go check it out and see what future repairs I might expect, but for the price, it might be worth it.

When I look at it and test ride it, what is the most important things to look for... as in, what are the costly weaknesses on the XJ700 I don't wanna get entangled with?

Thanks for all the reviews, it helps a lot.


1986 Yamaha XJ700 Maxim X

Model year1986
Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership1986
Most recent year of ownership1993
Distance when acquired14 miles
Most recent distance4500 miles
Previous motorcycleYamaha RD 350


I loved my XJ700


Exhaust crossover pipe rusted through.

That was the only problem I had in the 5 or so years I had it.

General Comments:

I bought mine new after owning a RD350 (two-stroke). Since I rode it year round, I wanted a 4-stroke that was more reliable than the RD350. I was not disappointed.

I loved the look and the power of it.

It was not nearly as fast as the RD350 was (that thing was scary), but plenty fast enough for my daily commute.

It also handled well enough that, even at 100 mph, it wasn't hard to control.

My wife made me get rid of it after the kids were born.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd October, 2007

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