1985 Yamaha XJ700N Maxim from United States of America

Summary:

For $700 bucks, the bike is awesome

Faults:

Thumb operated blinker switch replaced.

Carb's can be a bit touchy.

General Comments:

Purchased my XJ700n for $700 on August 18th, 2012 and have since put on about 1000 miles. Was never a Yamaha guy, but really have come to like this bike. Purchased the bike with saddle bags, fork bag and spare rear fender. Have put new battery, new spark plugs, UNI air filter, and changed out all fluids. Starts and runs pretty good, but need to clean out the carbs a bit better, as the idle jets seem to be clogged some.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd August, 2012

1985 Yamaha XJ700N Maxim from United States of America

Summary:

"Stealth" cruiser that has power to spare and is easy to handle

Faults:

So far, I've not had the bike long, and just had to get some things done to it that the previous owner(s) neglected to take care of:

Fork seals.

Carb clean/tune.

New plugs.

Change oil and rear diff fluid.

New gel cell battery.

But it starts great, and runs great!

General Comments:

Fun bike! Just bought it about a week ago. This is my first bike, and I only bought something after taking the Motorcycle Safety Foundation safety course, and highly recommend it. The course was a blast and super helpful.

Anyway, I test rode a number of different bikes, all standards, no cruisers or crotch rockets. This thing is kind of in between a standard and a cruiser. Though the motor is very "un-cruiser"! It's got plenty of power for a newbie like me, but is very easy to handle, and will just as easily cruise mellowly around town. When I test rode it, I just got this big grin on my face, if that tells you anything.

Love that it's got shaft drive; it shifts crisply, seems to brake okay, but then I'm still learning.

The seating is comfy, if maybe a touch cramped for someone my height (5' 11"). And with a pretty much upright seating posture, it seems good for long rides. Just need a small windshield and some bags.

And it MOVES. Hit the gas and you will go somewhere quickly. It pulls easily from 65-70 mph, and will keep right on going. The peak of the power band is somewhere around 9K, and it loves to go there. Fun in the twists, and can't wait till I'm more comfortable to push it a bit harder.

Downsides: Small tank! Non adjustable forks (other than changing oil weight -- if anyone knows any other ways to adjust them, let me know) and kinda mediocre rear shocks -- or I just don't know how to adjust them properly.

And should be cheap to own with shaft drive, air-cooled and a gel battery, plus new tires and the tune up; should be good to go for many years.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd July, 2012