View Full Version : Anyone with a Yamaha XJ550?

02-15-2011, 09:01 PM
I'm looking at a 81 XJ550 Maxim and was wondering if anyone had one or knew much about them. I'm wondering if they are decent bikes.

02-15-2011, 11:25 PM
Ive had 2 650 Maxims 81 & 82 and my buddy has an 84(?) 650. all have been great bikes with some basic maint. Good performers. Lots of them around. Never heard much bad about them. I think they came shaft or chain drive. 550 may be small for you on the X-way. I will own another one someday.

02-16-2011, 12:51 PM
I own a 650. The carbs on these bikes are a bitch! You have to be anal about cleaning them otherwise they run funny. Other than that they are awesome! The 550's are nice cause all of them are chain driven so its easier to swap wheels. The shaft driven bikes 650 and above have a hard time replacing wheels that aren't xj specific. Things to look for are rear brake shoe de-lamination and the starter clutch could be slipping. Check out xjbikes.com They have a couple guys there from MI with a ton of knowledge.

02-16-2011, 08:14 PM
Thanks guys!