1983 Yamaha XJ650 Maxim Reviews

1983 Yamaha XJ650 Maxim from United States of America

Model year1983
Year of manufacture1982
First year of ownership1984
Most recent year of ownership2009
Acceleration marks 8 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 8 / 10
Handling marks 8 / 10
Braking marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance11000 miles

Summary:

This is a great bike!

Faults:

I have replaced the fuse box unit, the front shocks, and I have replaced both the front and rear tires.

General Comments:

This was my first and only motorcycle. I have owned it since 1984 and have not ridden it a lot. It has plenty of power and seems to start every year without hesitation. I like it for its low center of gravity and its ease of handling, not to mention the gas mileage.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th June, 2009

1983 Yamaha XJ650 Maxim from United States of America

Year of manufacture1983
Distance when acquired17000 miles
Previous motorcycleYamaha DT125E

Summary:

Awesome

Faults:

Oil blowing out of the crankcase.

General Comments:

Runs great, but oil blows into the breather.

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

Review Date: 29th March, 2009

14th Dec 2009, 21:34

You must have the crankcase too full!

1983 Yamaha XJ650 Maxim from Canada

Year of manufacture1983
First year of ownership2003
Acceleration marks 8 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 6 / 10
Handling marks 6 / 10
Braking marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.7 / 10
Distance when acquired24000 miles
Most recent distance40000 miles
Previous motorcycleTriumph Daytona

Summary:

A well-maintained used XJ has a high fun-cost ratio

Faults:

The Yamaha XJ series are generally very reliable (thanks in part to shaft drive and electronic ignition, as well as an excellent engine design).

Many of these are still rolling happily at 25+ years, long after lesser bikes have bit the dust. Common problems: corrosion in the fuse block (replace it with in-line fuses); corrosion in electrical connectors; weak coils (replace with Dynas). If the bike has been stored a while, disassembling and cleaning the carbs may be necessary, or at least a few good shots of SeaFoam.

General Comments:

There is an active owners' listserv, xj-owners, at micapeak.com of riders who fix their own and are very supportive, trading parts and advice, and even producing an inexpensive CD/DVD set full of technical info and tips.

I highly recommend these bikes for inexpensive touring and commuting, and they're still fast enough to blow off most Harleys and sports cars!

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th March, 2007

1983 Yamaha XJ650 Maxim from Philippines

Model year1983
Year of manufacture1983
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2006
Acceleration marks 8 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 9 / 10
Handling marks 8 / 10
Braking marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired21325 kilometres
Most recent distance32548 kilometres
Previous motorcycleHonda CB750

Summary:

Great for Philippines road conditions and trips

Faults:

Only problem encountered is a bad coil. Luckily I found a used set here in PI, and now she is back to her old performance.

The seat was modified and split into two, similar to the Venture, and it is a delight to ride.

It's perfect for the road conditions here in PI. It might be a bad choice in the states where I had my Harley, but here it is excellent.

General Comments:

I got the 650 Special, which is the japanese model of the XJ650, and it has been a fabulous experience to ride a retro bike.

I just changed and rebuilt the carbs with a dynajet set, and opened the pipes. I tested it on a dynamo and it clocked 85hp.

I had Harleys, Suzuki's, and owned a CB 750 plus a Chinese bike known as Skygo 250cc, modified with a Harley style side car, which is perfect for taking the whole family on bike trips, but my 650 is my preferred bike.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th July, 2006

28th May 2008, 14:34

Why has the XJ650 Special (Japanese) got a silly 180kph speedo if it is so powerful and fun to ride?

8th Dec 2011, 10:48

Because Japanese LAW restricts bikes to 180kph. You just need to have a Japanese spec BIKE de-restricted, and it will go faster than 180kph.

Average review marks: 7.6 / 10, based on 4 reviews