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.

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...

1986 Yamaha XJ700 Maxim X


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

1986 Yamaha XJ700 Maxim X


Great, highly versatile bike that's suited for any ride


Carburetors dirty easily - must be cleaned regularly.

Gas mileage is marginal ~25-30mpg. Could be the dirty carbs though.

Handling is "jumpy" in low gears - not made for parking-lot speeds. Once moving at 25+, it's a real joy to be on.

General Comments:

Great bike overall.

Very gentle power band on low end, will accelerate like a rocket past 2nd gear though. Hold on tight if you're in a hurry.

1/4 throttle goes a long way - nice power reserve in high gear.

Excellent handling at cruising speeds - 35+ mph. Quick response to weight shift and counter-steering - handles like a sport bike.

Very comfortable - seats nicely for 6', 200lb male.

Doesn't need a battery! Just roll about 6 feet and pop the clutch - fires right up! When the carbs are clean, fires on first turn-over. I only use the battery in parking lots!

Nice exhaust - not too loud for the neighbors, but sounds like a bike.

Wonderful bike. Would recommend it for anyone 180lbs plus. If you're small though, this is too much power to start on.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd August, 2007

31st Mar 2008, 21:05

The 86 Yamaha Maxim X is my first bike, and with a weight of 150 pounds is very easy to control. Power is definitely on tap and a blast to drive. A cruiser frame with a sport-bike motor makes for a sleeper bike.

I would definitely buy another one of these bikes, but be careful. The parts are getting extremely hard to find, so if looking to buy an X bike, look for one in better than average condition if possible.

3rd Apr 2008, 08:49

Hi, I am from Canada, and I have a 1985 XJ750. The bike works very well, but I need an exhaust from front to back. I have 99674km on the frame and 22000km on the engine. I love my bike and I do not want to get rid of it.