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 Motorcycle Classics site has a nice write up of the Yamaha XS1100.  Check it out HERE:

4 thoughts on “Hogs in the ‘hood: Yamaha Cafe Racer XJ650?

  1. You really need to flush out your headgear there my man. That bike is a 1978 xs1100 and the gas tank with the “knee dents” in not custom. In fact, it is a factory stock 6gal. Tank. It was only available in 1978 for a short time, it is the preferred tank for the cafe build (you did get that rite) but the rest of your information is so far off … this model was one of if not the fastest production bike in 1978 it made the cycling world stand up and take a look at what yamaha was doing (again) I have a suggestion for you, get off the O.C.C. channel and take some time to look up some of these things your interested in … you know the kings English, now put it to use…

    1. Thanks for the friendly criticism. 🙂

      I did in fact put a question mark in the title for the very reason you point out here – I saw the bike, thought it was interesting, but did not have the details. I’ll try harder next time.

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