Yamaha XJ900S Reviews

1999 Yamaha XJ900S from Australia

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2010
Acceleration marks 8 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 7 / 10
Handling marks 7 / 10
Braking marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired72000 kilometres
Most recent distance74600 kilometres
Previous motorcycleKawasaki GPZ900R

Faults:

Had it 2 months, CDI unit cooked at $1050 aus. Genuine part, not good. Maybe other electrical

problems too once I find a cheaper CDI. Yamaha mechanic said they had 5-6 different model Yams with similar problems that week (?).

Noisy cam chain, expensive repair.

General Comments:

Overall, a good all rounder.

65kw. Shaft drive is great.

Turns heads, mine is navy blue.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th May, 2010

1995 Yamaha XJ900S from United Kingdom

Model year1995
Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership1995
Most recent year of ownership2009
Acceleration marks 8 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 7 / 10
Handling marks 7 / 10
Braking marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance74850 miles
Previous motorcycleKawasaki Zephyr 750

Summary:

Great all rounder

Faults:

Front wheel bearing at 36,000 miles.

Front fork seals at 41942 miles.

Exhaust collector box 49100 and 74154 miles.

Silencers at 67028 miles.

Battery at 7230 miles.

General Comments:

Great for touring, managed the coastline of England and Wales 3100 miles from Leicester in 2 weeks.

Great fun on mountain passes (Scotland in January!)

Numb bum after 1-2 hours, so usually stop for a break.

Great for commuting.

No chain - so no mess, easy to clean!

With side boxes and top box, works well for holidays.

MPG around 50.

Factory tyres (Dunlop) were lumpy on cornering, so I have used Michelin ever since.

Accelerates effortlessly.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th March, 2009

1997 Yamaha XJ900S from Australia

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2008
Acceleration marks 7 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 8 / 10
Handling marks 7 / 10
Braking marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired27500 kilometres
Most recent distance45000 kilometres
Previous motorcycleSuzuki GT550

Summary:

Solid and reliable without being in any way spectacular

Faults:

Screen has started to "buzz" -- more annoying than a problem, I guess.

General Comments:

I reviewed this bike just after I bought -- now, it's a lot more km on!

The love affair has grown!!

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd July, 2008

1997 Yamaha XJ900S from Australia

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2006
Acceleration marks 8 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 7 / 10
Handling marks 8 / 10
Braking marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired27500 kilometres
Most recent distance30000 kilometres
Previous motorcycleSuzuki GT550

Summary:

An outstanding all-rounder that responds well to rider input

Faults:

The exhaust downpipes are the only area of real concern: they are showing surface rusting -- probably because they sit directly behind the (unprotected) front wheel, and get water and anything else on the road flung at them.

There is some dulling and minor pitting on the aluminium coating on the engine.

General Comments:

This bike is quick when needed. It rolls on in any gear, and is very forgiving if you're a gear too high.

The seating position is very relaxed and comfortable, with perhaps just a touch too much weight on my hands for really extended cruising.

The 24L tank is a real bonus. At ~5L per 100 km in the country, it lasts longer than my backside or bladder do!

"Bum fatigue" sets in after about 1.5 hours at a stretch; then about an hour after the first break.

Two-up riding alters the bike's general balance very little.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th March, 2006

1996 Yamaha XJ900S from United Kingdom

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership2002
Acceleration marks 7 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 6 / 10
Handling marks 5 / 10
Braking marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.3 / 10
Distance when acquired926 miles
Most recent distance36200 miles

Summary:

Great, solid, shaft driven bike

Faults:

Only problem was with luggage fitted. The front end tended to have a caster-wheel effect at about 40mph.

General Comments:

A great bike. Nearly bullet-proof. Put some Mac100s on it and it'll stick wet and dry. I even embarrassed racing snakes on it!!!

The weather protection was poor (got better waterproofs!!). Fit some luggage and it became a good tourer (see fault note).

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th November, 2005

1995 Yamaha XJ900S from United Kingdom

Model year1995
Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Acceleration marks 8 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 7 / 10
Handling marks 7 / 10
Braking marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired32000 miles
Most recent distance39000 miles
Previous motorcycleSuzuki GSX750F

Summary:

Comfy sports tourer

Faults:

Rusting around mirror mounts, mainly oxidising.

General Comments:

Comfy sports tourer.

Can be pushed in a straight line, but bit on the long side for tight cornering.

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

Review Date: 2nd August, 2005

Average review marks: 7.4 / 10, based on 6 reviews