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post #1 of 2 Old 08-26-2016, 02:42 PM Thread Starter
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Anyone own an XJ650?

Howdy.. just got my KLR a few weeks back, but my first bike was an 82 yamajammer xj650.. Ive had my XJ for about 3 years.. For a first bike it's a little complicated, 4cyl w/ 4 carbs, lots of wiring bugs and several black box compnents that youll never be able to replace if they cook.. a tad cumbersome to work on and lots of headaches for a motorbike newb.. Truth be told, though, it's a decent bike and runs really well for its age/condition.

Finding that I love my KLR, and my XJ is just kindof a on again off again fling... I have a pile of parts to install, so maybe this winter i'll get that stuff done and sell her.


THe only new yamaha of interest to me is the Super Tenere, but heavy and expensive... I'd prly land on an AT or KTM before one of those!


Interested to hear if others are riding XJs, or any other yamaha..

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post #2 of 2 Old 10-01-2016, 07:23 PM
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wow xj650's...dont here about those every day! back in 1981 i bought a yamaha (maxim) xj650 because--since i was 14 years old--my kz650 was too tall and top heavy, and i ended up wrecking it badly going very fast! the yammie wasnt as torquey but had more power and was smoother. i put nearly flat, gs450s bars on it, stripped off the center stand like we all did, put on the best tires of the day, and spent the next year and a half racing around the ne oklahoma hill country with my dad and his riding buddies. what a great bike it was in its time, pretty good handling, almost the same power as the 750s, lightweight, and decent brakes. it sat lower, but with yamaha moving the alternator to behind the cylinders (a big deal back then) the engine was about as narrow as the average parallel twin so cornering clearance was alright. it was always in the top third of bikes in our group on fast rides through curvy roads. boy did i want the seca 650 when it came out!!

anyway, enjoy your sweet old yamaha!
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