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Big Hi from VietNam--- Yamaha 550 police

Discussion in 'Hangout Lounge' started by majmpd, Sep 27, 2010.

  1. majmpd

    majmpd New Member

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    hi all . live in Ho Chi Minh city , but now study in France. Sorry my english is bad.
    Bought an Xj550 ( i think ) retired police motorcycle. Now my projet is rebuild the police version. anyone have a suggestion for 550 police ? cause i never found the picture of xj550 police in internet

    i will install the rear bar , light + siren , next is the side box.
    there is a lot works to do, the engine is working fine, but the Electric System didn't work fine. the regulator is in bad condition. ( battery don't charge sometime )

    Look forward to keeping you updated


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    chacal Moderator Moderator Supporting Vendor Premium Member

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    wamaxim Active Member

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    majmpd, welcome to the site! Very nice looking bike and certainly should be worth making the necessary repairs needed to get it running perfectly.

    By the way, no need to apologize for your English writing skills. I don't know about the rest of the members on this forum but your skills in English sure are better than my Vietnamese or French skills.

    Again, welcome to the forum.

    Loren
     
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    Wow that is a great looking bike! I love the white on it. Painted forks, headlight, etc.

    Now onto the police bike issue.

    Your in for a lot of money if you want to restore it as a Police model. They typically come with a fairing, hard bags, rear radio box, and of course police equipment.

    It is important, before you begin, to know any restrictions you may have where you live as far as having any police lights, sirens, or markings. Right now, I dont see any markings or anything to give you a problem.

    The headlight looks like it might have had something mounted to it at one time.

    If its pretty hard to find pictures, imagine how hard it might be to find parts. You might just have to turn it into a retired model. Otherwise, I really do wish you luck in this venture.
     
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    Orange-n-Black Well-Known Member

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    Welcome to the site and good luck with your build.
     
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    schooter Active Member

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    that is a very different solo seat, never seen one on a 550

    nice bike
     
  7. MN-Maxims

    MN-Maxims St. Paul Minnesota

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    Super rare bike for sure. Dual front brakes, Solo seat, Painted fenders, Rack on the back. Looks like a cops bike to me. Thats what I like about this forum you get to see things you would never see.
    Good luck on you restoration.

    Fitz is the 550 guy I think he will agree that its a cop bike.


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  8. Ravenz07

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    Its easily a police bike. Are there any kind of service tags? On my KZP, there are tags on the frame, stating when the bike was in official use, and the date it was first issued. I think its supposed to be removed but I think it is often overlooked.
     
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    Fitz totally agrees, it's a cop bike alright.

    My first question: did you buy it in Viet Nam, or in France?

    How many miles (or KMs) are on it, and could you PLEASE post the model code (the first three digits of the serial number, ahead of the "dash") stamped on the upper right of the motor right by the clutch.

    It's definitely an ex-police bike; it's just that most of us who know about these things had no idea there WAS a 550 Police Special. Fascinating.
     
  10. chacal

    chacal Moderator Moderator Supporting Vendor Premium Member

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    Vietnam isn't on the official list:

     
  11. majmpd

    majmpd New Member

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    hi all
    thank's
    i will post the VIN n tomorrow (i don't remember exactly , i need to ask my brother in home . I buy it in Viet Nam ( 23000 kms )
    the date it was first issued 1990 ( in the registration document ) , there are no service tags in the bike ( in 1990 ) only a small flag in front (Ho Chi Minh city police departement )
    on the Speedometer Tachometer writing in Japanese. There are a little restrictions for having Police Light and Siren , but i can install without problem
     
  12. MN-Maxims

    MN-Maxims St. Paul Minnesota

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    Not sure but that sounds like low miles for a cop bike. Thats a great find. Please post more pics when you get it fixed up.

    MN
     
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    Welcome and WOW!!! I've never heard of a 550 police bike. You have a very rare piece of equipment on your hands my friend! Best of luck restoring it and please, please post plenty of pictures of your efforts.
     
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    Hey, if you live in Ho Chi Minh, then just go down to the Police Office and ask around if there are old photographs of officers and their motorcycles.

    Old newspapers too.

    Once you get a few shots of the correct Police equipment, then compare to pictures of the more popular 750 and it's equipment.

    You may have to fabricate the boxes and a fake radio.
    Good luck with your project !
     
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    MN-Maxims St. Paul Minnesota

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    Majmpd, Another Request.

    Could you get a photo of the instrument cluster (Speedo-Tach) so we can see what that looks like compaired to a stock 550.

    Thanks
    MN
     
  16. majmpd

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    hi
    the VIN number is : 24J-000145 (this is a XJ550 ? ). There only 23000 kms because it's was used in the police escort only.
    i ask the Police Office for the old photographs but they haven't . But i will try the equipment of the FZ750 P
    i will ask my brother to take some pics of the instrument cluster
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    I really like the police bike.my next bike will be FZ750P or CBX750P, after finish this yamaha 550
     
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    that is 1 cool looking bike.looking forward to seeing this 1 finished.good luck with it.
     
  18. MN-Maxims

    MN-Maxims St. Paul Minnesota

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    Calling chacal,

    Could that be the 145th bike to roll off of the assembly line in that series of bikes?

    Len Please let us know about this vin # looks interesting.


    MN
     
  19. chacal

    chacal Moderator Moderator Supporting Vendor Premium Member

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    According to info provided by majmpd, the bike he has is a:

    MODEL NAME: XJ550P (Police)
    STREET NAME: 1983 XJ550
    MODEL ID CODE: 24J
    FRAME ID: 24J
    SERIAL NUMBER STARTS AT: 000001

    His bike has a very low serial number.


    The gauge cluster looks to be a typical 550 Seca style meter unit, although pictures of the face would be nice.
     
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    Very cool I Love the white frame, and front and rear crash bars.
     

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