1985 Yamaha XJ700 Maxim X
This bike is an excellent bike, but not for beginners
This bike is a strong runner.
The only problem that I have seen is cosmetic. The seat is worn and the seam is starting to let go, but for a bike that is 22 years old, I am happy with it.
I am also looking at replacing the shock seals this year, one is starting to leak. I believe it is time to check all seals, since they could be original.
Overall the bike is in good reasonable condition for its age.
It is FAST and very quick on the start. It handles extremely well and is comfortable to ride. I find it more comfortable the the V-Star.
I just purchased a second Maxim-X yesterday to keep around for parts, since they are so rare to find.
Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 25th March, 2007
14th Apr 2007, 23:48
I learned to ride motorcycles on a 1982 Maxim XJ750J. It did have a little too much power for a beginner, and it was a little hard for me to handle in sharp turns, but it was an amazingly fun bike to ride! I wish I owned one again!
14th Jun 2007, 20:10
I started riding on a 92 Kawasaki 100cc dirt bike in the Spring of 2006, then I traded it for a pickup. I didn't ride again until the Spring of 2007 when I bought a 1986 XJ700XS. I thought wow, it was a dream come true. But now I found out that rare bikes are hard to find parts for. But never the less, I don't think I'll be selling her any time soon.
I just love the power and performance; like someone said, she'll rip your arms out of their sockets..
23rd Oct 2008, 14:10
I've owned my 1985 Yamaha Maxim X for 23 years. I bought mine right off the showroom floor! The only motorcycle that ever outrun me was the Vmax. I have 55,000 miles on her and it still surprises people. If you can get your hands on one, buy it!
12th Dec 2008, 22:51
I own two Yamaha 700 Maxim X's and I love them. One has over 75,000 miles on the clock and the other one has 30,000. Both have been very reliable.
26th May 2009, 19:45
I'm looking to buy a local 1985 Maxim X, but it does not have a Minnesota title. Is their anywhere I can get one?