1985 Yamaha XJ700 Maxim X
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.
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...