1982 Yamaha XJ650 Maxim Reviews - Page 3 of 4

1982 Yamaha XJ650 Maxim from United States of America

Model year1982
Year of manufacture1981
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2006
Acceleration marks 10 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 10 / 10
Handling marks 10 / 10
Braking marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired54000 miles
Most recent distance63000 miles
Previous motorcycleHonda CB500

Summary:

This bike is a power house

Faults:

The battery had to be replaced.

General Comments:

This motorcycle is fast and dependable.

It fires up after sitting in extreme cold for weeks at a time.

The design is beautiful.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st August, 2006

1982 Yamaha XJ650 Maxim from United States of America

Model year1982
Year of manufacture1981
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2006
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired17000 miles
Most recent distance20700 miles

Summary:

For free, this thing rocks!! Great bike

Faults:

Petcock is needing a rebuild.

Carbs had a stuck float.

Right hand Yamaha gas tank label has come off.

General Comments:

I was given this bike and am having a lot of fun with it. It is my first real bike, and aside from needing the carbs worked on, it has been great.

I did notice the seat tends to make you lean forward, but not so much I hate it... yet.

Wind is an issue on the highway, but am too lazy and cheap to buy a windscreen; not to mention, I think it detracts from the coolness just a bit...

This thing has a lot of power, I think. I am 6.1" 185lbs, and it moves me around with no difficulty.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 5th July, 2006

6th Jul 2006, 20:29

"Wind is an issue on the highway"???!!!

You are aware that you are riding a motorcycle and not a closed car, aren't you?

"Wind" is no more an issue on a Maxim 650 than it is on any other motorcycle with a fairing or a windshield.

By the way, there are many windshields that look "cool" on the Maxim.

1982 Yamaha XJ650 Maxim from United States of America

Model year1982
Year of manufacture1982
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2006
Acceleration marks 8 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 8 / 10
Handling marks 9 / 10
Braking marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.1 / 10
Distance when acquired18000 miles
Most recent distance23000 miles
Previous motorcycleHonda 250

Summary:

None of today's flair, but solid nostalgic performance that still turns the eye!!!

Faults:

Clutch cable snapped at 20,000 miles, but then, the bike is 23 years old.

The foot pegs have worn. I cannot reasonably complain, this is normal wear and tear, and this is a great bike!

Cold starting: If the bike sits for a couple weeks, it takes a bit longer to crank, but when I ride it a couple times a week, I can simply touch the start button and presto, a one second button push gets her rumbling. Takes a few minutes to smooth the engine out, then can cruise like a bee!

General Comments:

I bought this bike for $800, they go often for about $1500 on Ebay.

It has plenty of power for a mid size bike, and the direct drive transmission is awesome. It is fast, oh yeah, very fast, and has surprised many, many a friend at the power it offers even with two riders on it.

Gas mileage is about 60-65 mpg if you ride like a sane old granny and keep it at 55 mph. However, even at the near $3 gallon price of today, it will perk out at 45 mpg for the insane, throttle thrushing, middle-agers who like to hot dog the bike in the 80 to 80mph range (I personally know).

Maintenance, about minimal. It is very dependabe. I have only had to do the typical bare, minimal maintenance one would expect: oil change, spark plug change, new battery. Oh yeah, replaced the clutch cable and a worn tire (had the original tires on it).

I did also buy a small windshield, a definite plus, adds a sporty look, without all the bulk of a faring, and it adds three thousand percent enjoyment to riding.

If you are thinking about getting a used one, do it now. These bikes I believe in a few years will be vintage worthy of higher dollars. They are a nice collectible. Most people don't realize they are over a quarter century old.

Oh, if you plan long rides, invest in a larger seat, otherwise it is a great bike, nothing else to explain.

John, North East TN.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th May, 2006

29th May 2006, 19:53

Reliable, fun-to-ride, good=looking.

Yes, this sums up my '82 Maxim, as well.

Who makes a "larger seat" for the Maxim?

And what style are they?

11th May 2007, 07:02

Do you know the power to weight ratio for this bike? Also, where did you get the windshield?

13th Mar 2012, 17:51

I purchased mine, and it has a Corbin brand, King and Queen Throne style.

Average review marks: 8.5 / 10, based on 20 reviews