Yamaha XJ650 Review

1981 Yamaha XJ650 from United States of America

Model year1981
Year of manufacture1980
First year of ownership2010
Most recent year of ownership2013
Acceleration marks 8 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 8 / 10
Handling marks 8 / 10
Braking marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.1 / 10
Distance when acquired50000 miles
Most recent distance55000 miles
Previous motorcycleHonda CB650 Nighthawk


Best in its class in its day, and still holds its own today against newer bikes


Replaced front wheel bearings at 51k miles. $25.

Replaced front and back brakes at 52k miles. $85.

Replaced clutch, springs, clutch cable at 53k miles. $250.

New Metzler front and rear tires at 54k miles. $425.

Engine jumped time, locked up at 55k miles. November 2011.

Replace engine with a used 1982 Seca 650 engine in late 2012. $80!

New tach & speedo cable in Feb 2013. $35.

Seat was wore out when I bought it, hope to re-cover it soon.

General Comments:

I bought a real "diamond in the rough"and was too stupid or stubborn to give up. With a fresh engine it runs great, and I am slowly shortening the to do list.

Overall a great bike; much faster than my Honda.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th February, 2013

Average review marks: 8.1 / 10, based on 1 review