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Author Topic: Yamaha XZ550  (Read 545 times)

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Yamaha XZ550
« on: Feb 07, 2017, 17:26:13 »
Have any members any experience with this bike.   I had a friend back in the day who bought one brand new and he loved it.  I know there were issues with them but I liked his, too bad Yamaha did not deep developing it.

Any imput on this bike people?  I never see one for sale.

Brian
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Re: Yamaha XZ550
« Reply #1 on: Feb 07, 2017, 20:26:21 »
Be true to yourself

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Re: Yamaha XZ550
« Reply #2 on: Feb 09, 2017, 18:06:54 »
Thanks Tripler!

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ZX-14, 900F x 2, 1100F, R100, CBR600, SR500, GT500, RZ350, KZ1000 x 2, Moto Guzzi Lemans lll, CBX550, RD 350, 750 SOHC police special, RG250, TL1000R, GT750, KTM Super Duke 1290 R, Harris/Z-1, Norton 750 Commando, Green 77 KZ650

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Re: Yamaha XZ550
« Reply #3 on: Feb 20, 2017, 15:41:55 »
This bike was a little ahead of it's time, there wasn't much like it in those days. They couldn't give them away, in the area I lived a dealer would blow them out for $1,100.00 u.s. This ended up being a way for a young man to buy his first NEW bike and they were everywhere. They were SLOW, but  handled well and actually made great touring rides. I rode with a fairly large group of these bikes for several years. The only issues were making sure the intake was seated properly and the carb. kept clean. I think a few guys had charging issues, but for the most part, we all loved them. They had a big tank and got real decent mileage, I think we could go over 250 miles on a tank. The shaft drive was basically maintenance free. Liquid cooled, one carb. if I remember right and just very stable. Once you got them to speed  (did I say they were slow?) They were a joy to ride. If you look at the bikes over those few years, the style and make up of the bike was unique. I think too much at once. Yes there were V twins, liquid cooling, shaft drive, but I can't remember a bike having all this. The original price was steep, I think $3,995 u.s. but they didn't move and the bikes just sat. Somehow a dealer in Granada Hills was able to sell them cheap, and they became quite popular in my area. I think I rode with about 14 of them and that's just the guys I knew. I think $200 down and about $40 a month and we all had new bikes. To be perfectly honest, it was one of my favorite bikes, and the guys still talk about them, it was almost a right of passage. We've all had many bikes since then, more powerful, better handling, etc. But these bikes are fondly remembered and they were probably better than we deserved in the day.
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Re: Yamaha XZ550
« Reply #4 on: Feb 20, 2017, 17:30:36 »
Liquid cooled, middleweight capacity, shaft drive, V twin... Honda beat 'em to it by several years with the wilfully unconventional CX.  The ingredients all mixed together were nothing new by then.
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Re: Yamaha XZ550
« Reply #5 on: Feb 20, 2017, 19:01:43 »
Liquid cooled, middleweight capacity, shaft drive, V twin... Honda beat 'em to it by several years with the wilfully unconventional CX.  The ingredients all mixed together were nothing new by then.

 You are correct, I forgot all about the plastic maggot. Most uncomfortable p.o.s. I ever rode. Probably in the long run a better bike, but just Gawd awful ergo's. I know a couple guys on here have turned them into something cool and the 650turbo was kinda neat...
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Re: Yamaha XZ550
« Reply #6 on: Mar 13, 2017, 23:07:42 »
Thanks for the local history  :)
I have been riding an XZ550 Vision for about 5 years now.  I used to ride and restore 1st gen Viragos exclusively until I picked up the Vision for $400.  Since then I have refurbished it and it is my overall favorite bike (the '83 XV920 is my favorite one-up cruiser).  I have refurbished and sold another Vision, and I currently have another one that was somebody's pet project until they gave up  :P 

All mine developed starter/flywheel problems (I think they all do) but they can be repaired/upgraded to last a long time. 
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