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Discussion in 'Hangout Lounge' started by SnoSheriff, Jun 1, 2006.

  1. Glen Botterbrodt

    Glen Botterbrodt New Member

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    My last motorcycle was stolen, then recovered, then totaled. I accepted the insurance payout and tried to just wait.... Everyday I ended up searching for motorcycles, something smaller and less scary (I'm a conservative rider) than my 2012 Triumph Speed Triple R 1050 (124rwhp) to fill my recent void in life. My wife has a 1980 xs400 at her apartment in Mississippi where she is stationed; 1k miles is a bit far for a project to wrench on. I looked into older motorcycles due to the lower up front cost, and I like a project. A RD200 caught my attention (always been drawn towards Yamahas) but without a title, I lost interest; then I found an ad for a 1982 xj650 seca..... I was hooked!

    Of course I had to research a bit and found the site and all the information. I held off joining until I actually got the bike. And now I have it and it needs a good amount of work to get on the road again. But at least I own a motorcycle again.

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  2. hogfiddles

    hogfiddles XJ-Wizard, Host-Central NY Carb Clinic Moderator Premium Member

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  3. Wordman

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    Was in the process of buying an XJ550 Seca, did a web search for "XJ550 Seca forum," found the group and joined. If you want, join up at my Facebook group, www.facebook.com/groups/697824790419933/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel (dedicated to the chain drive models based around the XJ550 engine) and let everyone know about the group. I'll post up about it too, but it would be great if others joined and talked the forum up.
     
  4. Glen Botterbrodt

    Glen Botterbrodt New Member

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    I plan to get it on the road and enjoy a bit; then one day do a full nut and bolt restoration.
     
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    Hmm. Long story short. A few years ago I had purchased a 82 seca which was utterly disgusting in appearance. Lime green and purple. I stripped it all down and then winter came and I completely lost interest. Sold it for a song.

    2 years ago I started missing the look of that bike with the scalloped tank and all. Found another in Indianapolis for 500$ with 11k miles on it. Right. Another project at that price although it did run and drive. Was on the look out for a parts bike a few months ago and found one. 320$. Done. Til I got it home and had it fixed in 15 minutes. Well. I now have 2 and an extra motor to boot. Happy to be here with all the good ppl and knowledge base available

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  6. Artyusmc

    Artyusmc New Member

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    Had a new 85 xj 700x bought in 29palms
    Looking for another in California
     
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    Insomniskull New Member

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    Found through Ixquick searching up XJ650r exhaust, valves, synch carbs... Been peeking for years before finally registering.
     
  8. bollard

    bollard New Member

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    googled xj 600 - no clubs/forums for my model in the UK, it's the early version called first generation seca in the US or the FJ600 1984 -91
     
  9. dowski68

    dowski68 Active Member

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    Congrats I happen to have the 86 xj700x here in Medford Oregon.
    Welcome to the site.
    Got any pics ?
     
  10. CactusJack578

    CactusJack578 New Member

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    Nice bike. Every time I see one I kick myself for selling the one I had before I tried to get it running. It had been sitting a few years and looked just like yours. No damage just ignored. Maybe one day I'll find another. Good Luck with yours. Keep us in touch and keep us up to date with your progress. Jack
     
  11. apotheon

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    I got a Midnight Maxim as my first XJ650 from an acquaintance around 2001, $400 or so, running smoothly. It was great, until stuff started falling apart a few months later. The funnest part was when I grabbed the front brake lever and it did nothing but squirt brake fluid across my glove. I Flintstone-stopped it, dragging my boots on the pavement until the whole bike was just inside the intersection, then walked it back out of traffic. Luckily I was only doing about 20MPH before I started coming up to the intersection. I didn't get around to fixing that deathtrap before I had to move across the country (family stuff), though I sure as hell did get the brakes fixed within a few days. When I moved, I sold the bike to a friend with full "this thing needs work, don't get yourself killed" warnings for forty bucks.

    Last year, I traded a broken car for my second XJ650. It's a 1981 Maxim with a dented tank and non-operational turn signals. I got a relay (the , and tested it by bridging contacts with a screwdriver to get the lights blinking, but the switch in the left-side controls had disintegrated, so my next step is replacing that. I have some other changes in mind, including getting a different tank (the current tank is dented, and I want a Seca tank anyway) and different handlebars.

    I found this site by looking for information I'll need while working on my "new" Maxim. I used a DuckDuckGo web search to find it, and specifically searched for an XJ650-friendly forum because I have found that forums seem to be the places to go for communities that know about specific bike models.

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    Those handlebars are twisted back because when they're upright I can't see past my shoulders in the mirrors. That's pretty sad, considering I don't have the world's broadest shoulders.
     
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