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Author Topic: 1983 Yamaha XJ Maxim 650 Cafe Racer build page  (Read 20913 times)

Offline silverdollar

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1983 Yamaha XJ Maxim 650 Cafe Racer build page
« on: Oct 27, 2011, 00:52:36 »
My build page.  I purchased a 1983 Yamaha XJ Maxim 650 from Craigslist for $500 clams, she was ridable and running when I got her but you can tell the previous just did no maintenance on the bike(poor girl).


I was going to bobber the bad boy but changed my mind like all builders do.  This is my first build and first bike, I have caught the mod bug and to be honest with you it has been a blast so far.  Before we embark on this build page I would like to thank my loving wife for all the times the house smelled like gasoline, oil, paint etc etc etc.....  Also I would like to thank my lil brother for helping me out put this sucker together, www.xjbikes.com, and of course DTT!!!!  Alright enough of that lets get this show on the road.

1st day I got her, I didn't even now how to ride a motorcycle.  Had to bring my brother with me to test drive it, lol.  Not the best picture in the world but it will do for now.





Front image:





Rear image:




Engine:




Current mods:


I have painted the forks, place fork gaitors which are Rancho rubber shocks, new head light bracket(custom), clubman handle bars, Seca instrument gauges, sanded and painted rims black with red reflective tape, new starter button, new front and rear brakes, front fender chopped and painted red, 4 in 1 exhaust painted flat black, pod filters, new dirt bike hand grips from flea bay, new Shinko tires front and rear and new ignition.


Future mods:

Install the set of Harley Davidson pegs I purchased, cafe seat in the progress, install turn signal, braided brake lines, a Yoshirmo exhaust I got  from Craigslist, maybe some rearset, maybe paint the frame in the future and new jets and pilots.
« Last Edit: Oct 27, 2011, 03:21:20 by silverdollar »
1983 XJ650 Maxiam

Build page:  http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=30767.0



GO STEELERS!

YAMMMAHAAAAAAA!

Offline silverdollar

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Re: 1983 Yamaha XJ Maxim 650 Cafe Racer build page
« Reply #1 on: Oct 27, 2011, 01:18:24 »
Here are some images of the bike in the stripping phase.





1983 XJ650 Maxiam

Build page:  http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=30767.0



GO STEELERS!

YAMMMAHAAAAAAA!

Offline silverdollar

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Re: 1983 Yamaha XJ Maxim 650 Cafe Racer build page
« Reply #2 on: Oct 27, 2011, 01:20:45 »
Rusty head light bucket



Exhaust removed

1983 XJ650 Maxiam

Build page:  http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=30767.0



GO STEELERS!

YAMMMAHAAAAAAA!

Offline silverdollar

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Re: 1983 Yamaha XJ Maxim 650 Cafe Racer build page
« Reply #3 on: Oct 27, 2011, 01:24:36 »
Dry rout tire



New tires (Shinko) $100 for both from www.bikebandit.com  They came to my house in 3 days, WOW!

1983 XJ650 Maxiam

Build page:  http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=30767.0



GO STEELERS!

YAMMMAHAAAAAAA!

Offline silverdollar

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Re: 1983 Yamaha XJ Maxim 650 Cafe Racer build page
« Reply #4 on: Oct 27, 2011, 01:30:45 »
Side bracket/reflector assembly



Side bracket/reflector assembly removed and primed.

1983 XJ650 Maxiam

Build page:  http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=30767.0



GO STEELERS!

YAMMMAHAAAAAAA!

Offline silverdollar

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Re: 1983 Yamaha XJ Maxim 650 Cafe Racer build page
« Reply #5 on: Oct 27, 2011, 01:32:42 »
Front forks primed and wheels







1983 XJ650 Maxiam

Build page:  http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=30767.0



GO STEELERS!

YAMMMAHAAAAAAA!

Offline silverdollar

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Re: 1983 Yamaha XJ Maxim 650 Cafe Racer build page
« Reply #6 on: Oct 27, 2011, 01:36:10 »
I had to purchase a motorcycle jack, every man sure have one.  Got it for $30 bucks from Craigslist.  It was basically brand new, the lady said they only used it for the lawn mover. 

« Last Edit: Oct 27, 2011, 03:14:53 by silverdollar »
1983 XJ650 Maxiam

Build page:  http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=30767.0



GO STEELERS!

YAMMMAHAAAAAAA!

Offline silverdollar

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Re: 1983 Yamaha XJ Maxim 650 Cafe Racer build page
« Reply #7 on: Oct 27, 2011, 01:42:54 »
4 in 2 exhaust removed.  These mufflers had the baffles remove and boy were they loud.  I like loud pipes, lol.  I don't think the neighbors would be to happy with me coming in around midnight with these bad boy screaming!  But anyway forget them, LOUD PIPES SAVE LIVES!!!



4 IN 1 exhaust:   Got these from my brother from Maryland, fellow XJ'er.  Shout out to www.xjbikes.com GREAT SITE for XJ'er, now back to my build page!




A good old Yoshimura exhaust for $70 bucks.




« Last Edit: Oct 29, 2011, 15:01:02 by silverdollar »
1983 XJ650 Maxiam

Build page:  http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=30767.0



GO STEELERS!

YAMMMAHAAAAAAA!

Offline silverdollar

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Re: 1983 Yamaha XJ Maxim 650 Cafe Racer build page
« Reply #8 on: Oct 27, 2011, 01:56:24 »
The orginial gas tank(650), with the dent and all.  This will be my bump stop, yes sir!







My new gas tank a (Yamaha 750 Seca) got to love the knee dents already there.  Got the tank for $20 bucks, CL where else.  The tank had a bit of rust inside it but the Mercuric Acid from Home Depot did the treat, thanks to a thread I read on here.  Also if you are going to purchase some Mercuric Acid from Home Deopt, get it from the Gardening Section!!!  This stuff was $10 for 2 Gallons of that stuff vic the 1 Gallon for $8 buck which was not the industrial strength. 

I know not the best of photos......




« Last Edit: Oct 27, 2011, 19:41:56 by silverdollar »
1983 XJ650 Maxiam

Build page:  http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=30767.0



GO STEELERS!

YAMMMAHAAAAAAA!

Offline silverdollar

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Re: 1983 Yamaha XJ Maxim 650 Cafe Racer build page
« Reply #9 on: Oct 27, 2011, 02:03:42 »
New wheels painted(rattle can paint job) with reflective red tape(Flea Bay), new tires installed and rear drum brakes rebuilt as well as the front brakes rebuilt.



Head light bracket chopped.  It was chrome, I'm not much into the chrome,  I'm not a chromisexual, lol!



Ahhhhhh a nice coat of semi black! Refreshing!



Headlight bracket installed with headlight painted black. Tank mocked up with chopped fender painted red and yes that is the 650 tank that came with the bike as the bump stop.  The clubman handle bars really change the look of the bike by far.  New pod filters, emgos, and 750 Seca gauges rewired.  Also purchased some rubber Rancho shocks, which is cheaper than purchasing fork gaitors online.  It was like 8 dollars difference, money save to spend on something else for the bike. 







« Last Edit: Oct 27, 2011, 02:13:12 by silverdollar »
1983 XJ650 Maxiam

Build page:  http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=30767.0



GO STEELERS!

YAMMMAHAAAAAAA!

Offline silverdollar

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Re: 1983 Yamaha XJ Maxim 650 Cafe Racer build page
« Reply #10 on: Oct 27, 2011, 02:16:51 »
Front disc drill, thank DTT members for the templet.  My first time drilling out rotors so its not the best but it will do.  I think it turned out pretty good.  Front tire on with fresh drilled disc.  Does anyone see the black screen in the front fender???  Its a rain gutter screen I got from Taylor Do it Center.





« Last Edit: Oct 27, 2011, 02:56:26 by silverdollar »
1983 XJ650 Maxiam

Build page:  http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=30767.0



GO STEELERS!

YAMMMAHAAAAAAA!

Offline silverdollar

  • Posts: 32
Re: 1983 Yamaha XJ Maxim 650 Cafe Racer build page
« Reply #11 on: Oct 27, 2011, 02:21:14 »
Rear tire on.  Tank and bump stop mocked up just to get an idea.  With the clubman installed I lowered the front end about an 1". 


Man this has come along way but I still have to work on the engine.  Get some new jets and main pilots for the carbs since I am running a 4 in 1 exhaust set up with pod filters.


Again this would not be possible without the help my brother(Cub). 












I still need to mod a seat pan and the rear bump to up and then paint and prime.  I was thinking about painting the tank and seat pan RED with maybe a flat or semi gloss black paint racing stripes. At first I was going to do the tank and bump stop in black with a 2 1/2 inch red strip down the center with white racing stripes and black on the sides but I can't make up my mind!!!
What do you guys suggest??? 
« Last Edit: Oct 27, 2011, 02:58:06 by silverdollar »
1983 XJ650 Maxiam

Build page:  http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=30767.0



GO STEELERS!

YAMMMAHAAAAAAA!

Offline silverdollar

  • Posts: 32
Re: 1983 Yamaha XJ Maxim 650 Cafe Racer build page
« Reply #12 on: Oct 27, 2011, 02:24:34 »
My new battery box that will fit nice and neat under the bump stop.  Still along way to go but she coming along very well.

1983 XJ650 Maxiam

Build page:  http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=30767.0



GO STEELERS!

YAMMMAHAAAAAAA!

Offline silverdollar

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Re: 1983 Yamaha XJ Maxim 650 Cafe Racer build page
« Reply #13 on: Oct 29, 2011, 15:20:06 »

I was looking at getting a battery charger, does anyone have this brand of charger?




Also some funny stuff, lol.







Gooooooooooo JOE!!!!
1983 XJ650 Maxiam

Build page:  http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=30767.0



GO STEELERS!

YAMMMAHAAAAAAA!

Offline Motorheaddad

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Re: 1983 Yamaha XJ Maxim 650 Cafe Racer build page
« Reply #14 on: Nov 12, 2011, 11:02:37 »
Any updates? I love the way it's turning out