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1982 Yamaha XJ750RJ

engine displacement (CC): 750
fuel: gas
odometer: 35000
paint color: white
title status: missing
transmission: manual

Selling my 1982 Yamaha XJ750 Seca; it hasn’t been ridden in over a year as I’ve been trying to cut down on my expenses so it’s finally time to get it out of my garage. It’s got approximately 35,000 miles (more on that in a bit) and I’ve owned it since 2014 and done a decent amount of work to it (listed below).

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About three years ago the mechanical speedometer/odometer failed (was chewing up cables, gears inside had stripped out after a bearing seized?) so I replaced it with a GPS alternative. That *also* failed about a year later, so it’s on its second GPS speedo/odo. The current odometer reading is 144 miles and the mileage on the bike when the original one failed was about 32,700 so, accounting for the failed GPS unit between now and then and a brief period with none at all, I’d estimate the mileage to be around 35,000 miles. I think it had around 30K when I got it 5 years ago, so it hasn’t really seen a ton of use.

Here’s just about everything I have (and have not) done:

Regular maintenance:
  • Yearly engine and final drive oil changes.

  • Battery kept on a maintainer during off-season.

  • Gas stabilized for winter.


Work done since owned:
  • 2 new Michelin tires installed in the past three years (front is practically new, see pictures).

  • Spin-on oil filter conversion kit installed (still have the stock parts if you want to change it back).

  • Front wheel bearings replaced.

  • Front brake hydraulics (master cylinder, lever, lines) replaced, caliper pistons resurfaced, pads still have plenty of meat.

  • Clutch friction plates & clutch cable replaced.

  • Valve check & adjustment.

  • Ammo can saddle bags (comes off with three bolts each if you want).

  • Gauge lights replaced with LED’s (should never need replacing again).

  • Fusebox replaced with modern blade-type fusebox (used to take glass tube fuses).

  • Valve cover gasket, rubber valve cover washers replaced (was leaking oil a bit when I first got it; this is why the engine is a bit grimy looking).

  • AGM battery <3 years old.

  • Minor wiring tweaks and fixes.


The good:
  • It runs and is in decent functional condition.

  • Ignition, gas cap, and seat/helmet lock are all keyed the same.

  • The tires and battery are in great shape.

  • Was inspected up until June 2018.

  • Replacement parts still readily available—xj4ever is a fantastic source and where many of the parts I’ve used on the bike have come from.


The not-so-good:
  • Because the speedometer has been replaced, odometer is obviously wrong.

  • Carbs have needed cleaning/tuning/syncing since I’ve owned the bike, more so now that it hasn’t been ridden in over a year. Bike likes to rev itself up on it’s own sometimes, either when warming up with too much choke or when sitting in traffic (hot).

  • Bike appears to have been painted over (poorly) multiple times before I got it. It certainly isn’t a show piece, as you can tell from the pictures.

  • Fuel level sender has not worked at least as long as I’ve owned the bike; you have to keep an eye on the mileage to know when to fill up.


The iffy:
  • Front brake pistons will likely need replacing soon; they’ve been turned on a lathe a couple of times to try to resurface them but that seems to last only a year or two each time.

  • This is a 37 year old motorcycle and it is quirky as you might expect.

  • The tag on which the VIN was printed was apparently not made to last as long as the bike has and wore off long ago. Bike has been registered and insured using the shorter frame VIN.


What you’ll get with your purchase:
  • A running 1982 XJ750 RJ Seca (& three keys).

  • Everything you should need to register in NH:

    • A bill of sale — I do not have a title.

    • A copy of my current registration (for proof of VIN).

    • An odometer disclosure statement (states that the odometer reading does not represent the actual mileage on the bike).

  • A Yamaha factory service manual (abused, but readable) as well as the bike’s owners manual.

  • A box of odds and ends including: the bike’s original speedometer/odometer, an extra front wheel complete with brake discs, original oil filter hardware, valve shim checking tool, gauge cluster parts, and an oil filter for your first oil change.


I’ve tried to list everything here that I could think of but if I come up with anything else, I’ll try to add it. Feel free to email me with any questions/offers.

Asking $900—I’ve probably put double that into this bike since I’ve owned it but need it gone.
Plan to bring a trailer when you want to come take it away.
  • do NOT contact me with unsolicited services or offers

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