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Original Owner Xj550k

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    Purchased new in 1985. Unrestored - "survivor." I included a picture of me with it the day I brought it home.
  1. JCH
    Very nice,how many miles on it now ? so it sat on the showroom floor for two years before you brought it in 85 ?
    1. cgutz
      Yes, back then the market was flooded with import bikes . Paid $1900 including backrest, engine guards, windsheild and 2 helmets.
      cgutz, Jul 5, 2020
  2. GREGORY Williams
    Great looking original bike! How many miles on it? I saw the NGK plug caps on it. Did you find correct 10Kf Ohm ones, or did you go the route of 5K caps and 5K lower resistance plugs?
    1. cgutz
      I realize this is a late reply. I used 5k caps and 5k resister plugs. Made a note on plug type in the manual, inside the side cover, and on the back side of the plug cap with a sharpie, in case someone else ever replaces the plugs after I am gone.
      cgutz, Jun 24, 2020
  3. freire62
    My first bike was a red '83 XJ550K, purchased new when I was stationed in CA - held on to it for 11 years before selling it to a friend of mine and always thought about finding another one.
  4. Franz
    Smashing looking bike.
  5. wgul
    Nice to see those shiny chrome exhaust headers.
  6. wgul
    What a beauty. I'll be going back often to your pics for inspiration on cleaning and shining up my xj650 of same color. Thanks for posting these
  7. Christopher Batton
    Ive got a 1982 Yamaha xj650 maxim for sale if you need another one
  8. Mike Othmer
    Good looking bike
  9. Chance
    It is truly a great looking bike.
  10. cgutz
    24,000 miles. a few flaws when up close. seat has repaired crack and aluminum clearcoat peeling in places. 4 inch scratch on gas tank.
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    1. Ray
      Very nice shape. Maybe someone here can help you with touching up that scratch so at least it's less noticeable and easier to live with? I have two 1/2 scratches that I've touched up an hidden with a fine brush. They are much less noticeable now. Some day you'll have the bread to repaint the tank / side covers. As for the aluminum, I carefully used stripper on my 83, then buffed and polished with autosol. Then I touched up the block and valve cover with black engine enamel. Looks showroom now.
      Ray, Mar 31, 2016
    2. cgutz
      i mixed up some Testors on the scratch which is on the photo side of the tank below the emblem. You really cant see it from a distance. At the car show from which this photo was taken people asked how much restoration I had done so think I will leave it untouched!
      cgutz, Mar 31, 2016