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Just took delivery of a 1981 Yamaha Xj650 (Maxim). Dude had plans to bobber it out, but got in a pinch and needed to sell it. Luckily he hadn't done any major modifications yet. Just took a bunch of shit off of it. Scored it for $150.00 with 25k Miles on the clock. It came with a few new bits that need to be installed. Probably needs a front tire, needs the Kill Switch / Throttle assembly, a battery, needs the rear drum replaced (replacement came with the bike) and couple other things. Its go one rotor up front, but there is a second caliper in the box of parts so Im going to hunt down a manual and try to get it back as close to stock as possible. It DOES have a yoshimura 4>1 exhaust on it though. :yumyum
 

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Hey cool. :cheers

My first-ever streetbike back in the day was the 'sporty' version of your 650 (seca) Same motor / tranny / shaft drive.

Here it is not too long before my brother wadded it up on my 19th bday. Happy birthday to meeeeee :(
 

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Haha nice. Vintage Jap bikes hold a place in my heart. I'll be looking forward to repairing it and getting it running nice. I'll probably ride it around a few times, and sell it for a profit. I've always wanted to get into flipping bikes as a hobby and maybe even some extra cash. I'll see what I can get this thing looking like, and what I get for it, then I might just buy another one to flip!

For $150.00 delivered, well, you can't beat that.
 

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Funny, I never noticed before but yours only has a single front rotor. I googled and yep, that's how the maxims came.

Funny when you think about it. The maxims and secas came in 400, 550, 650, 750 and 1100 :eek:hmy (1100 maxim only) On the maxim side, they were all pretty similar. On the Seca side, none of them had any similarity whatsoever. 4 totally different bikes.

80s jap-scrap history lesson concluded :cool
 

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That's crazy. I didn't know that about the seca's. I've turned wrenches on alot of maxims over the years and they do all seem alot like the same bike. Big glad I don't have to source a new rotor though. I'm trying to keep the investment to a minimum since there's a good chance this thing may only go for $400-600

I see them go all day on Craigslist for about 1000 those all are pretty clean and have their side cover plastics. Those did not come with this bike and the PO to po tried to do some "custom work" on the tank and it to me it just looks like an eye sore, which will probably lower the value a bit too.
 

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I've been duped! it's a 550. Not a 650 :facepalm

But for $150... Still cant complain.







Too much.
 

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I should have had this done a while ago, but I took my time with it. Carb and petcock have been cleaned and rebuilt, new battery, new headlilght, new front master cylinder, new valve cover and oil cleaner cover gaskets, oil change, tank painted, blinkers/headlight/taillight wiring fixed, front tire bead fixed so it holds air, cleaned, polished, side covers purchased and fabricated on since i have been unable to find an airbox for months, so obvious;y it has air pods. Jet needle shimmed and fuel air screws turned out to 3.5 turns. No jetkit. I'm just under $400.00 into it including the purchase price. not bad.
 

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Thank goodness you saved it before it was bobbed. I hate when guys molest these bikes like that. Especially 60s model Triumphs.
If it’s a rusted heap, sure, have at it. But if it can be restored to its factory glory, I’d definitely prefer that!

Nice score!
 

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Thanks! It turned out really nice actually. I was definitely pleased with the final outcome. It's a hoot to ride too. I'm sure it has alot to do with the fact that I resurrected it, but the first couple times I rode it, I was all smiles. I've even mustered up a handful of compliments while it sat parked outside my local watering hole. There were a couple Harley guys there one time and this dude musta walked 4 circles around it, saying "man, that's a real nice bike..."

I just wish it was bigger than a 550.
 

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Well ladies and gentlemen, I got a bead on another bije. I'm going to go look at it today after work. I'm about 90% sure I'll be leaving with it. It's a 1980 KZ 1300 touring. It either needs the ignition swapped but its supplied or it has already been swapped. Sounds like it's just going to need a new wire harness. Previous owner fabbed multiple horns, a CB and some other electronics in it. Hacked the wires all up. Motor turns over but the guy never got it to fire. The electrical mess overwhelmed him. Looks like its all there plus extras. Battery included. The front fairing is currently off and the bolts are shot but the fairing is in decent to good condition. No cracks. 23k miles. Inline 6. 120 bhp, 140 top speed Old timer is asking 750 or best. He bought it 2 years ago from a dealer in Detroit for 1200 basically in the same condition it is in now. He said the seats are in excellent condition, no rips, no tears. I'm gunna offer him 650, but really, I'll probably just pay the 750 if he won't break.
 

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Well I got the bike home friday!Spent some time in the garage yesterday (saturday) and started pulling off the extra shit. There was a shit ton of wires cut off and some extra gauges, a CB antenna. As I stripped off the wires that went to nowhere, I was pleasantly surprised to see that the main harness does not appear to be fucked up at all. I turned the key on the replacement ignition and there were no lights, no signs of power. After a little digging, I found there is a second ignition switch that requires the key to be turned to the on position. It was broken. After looking through the pile of parts, I found the replacement, it must have came with the replacement ignition the guy bought because the key matched. I took the old broken one off, plugged the replacement in, and used a voltmeter to find the ON position. Clutch cable is bound up so I jumped the clutch safety switch, put the key in the actual ignition, and BOOM! Power! And it cranked. So I hooked a reserve tank to the carbs and they flooded before it had a chance to fire. I got the carbs out and dipped them last night. I put new orings on the float bowls drain screws, and cut new float bowl gaskets for it. I have to install them today and Im hoping to hear it run!!

I went through all the boxes, and the saddle bags, there is a wealth of parts. It looks like everything is there, guy said he has a manual. I am probably going to shoot out there today and pick up the manual and any other parts he has.
 

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Pictures! First pic in my posession, broken main switch (secondary ignition thing), all the parts, work in progress, and the carbys
 

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Theres a part of me that wants a big touring bike but then I'm like that's a lot of weight/parts/extra cylinders. Awhile ago I told myself all my project bikes were going to be no more than 2 cylinders to keep things simple to work on.
 

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Haha yeah this fucker is a behemeth! They say getting these carbs to run well is a bit of an art form, not to mention it has 3 coil packs which are notorious for failure. Either way, I see it as a good investment, an opportunity to say Ive ridden and wrenched on a sixxer and with any luck a nice profit when I sell it!
 
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