Hogs in the ‘hood: Yamaha Cafe Racer XJ650?

A rare Yamaha shaft-drive cafe racer...

A rare Yamaha shaft-drive cafe racer…

ED. NOTE: One of our readers has corrected us, letting us know that this bike is in fact a Yamaha XS1100 Standard.

This is a tough one, but I think it may be a 1980-1983 Yamaha Cafe Racer Maxim.  The shaft-drive is the clue we’re looking at here, but the ‘cafe styling’ throws a wrench in the works, for identification…

Knee-dents give this a better look than the stock tank...

Knee-dents give this a better look than the stock tank…

At first glance, the knee-cutaways in the tank would suggest a Seca model, but the tank on a Seca was different shaped than this one.  The shaft-drive is confusing, because as far as we know, a Seca never came with shaft-drive..  If it is indeed a early ’80′s Maxim, it would have the air-cooled, 4 cylinder engine with [mentioned] shaft-drive.

A little cafe style thrown in for good measure...

A little cafe style thrown in for good measure…

This bad-boy has a [sorta] cafe style tank, as opposed to the teardrop style, which came stock on a Maxim.  Clubman bars, pod air filters, seat with rear-hump, as well as the stylish grips and single gauge, set this world’s apart from the stock cruiser stye that the Maxim helped usher in…

The KneeSlider site has a nice write up of a Maxim transformed.  Check it out HERE: