Thread: I think I just bought a motorcycle

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    Default I think I just bought a motorcycle

    A few weeks ago, I had the brainwave to buy an old clunker bike and fix it up as a winter project (I'm a small engine mechanic). My plan was to keep my eyes open for the next 6 months and find something.

    Fast forward to a few days ago, my friend is complaining about how he has no money, and will have to sell his bike. So $750 CAD (About $600 US) later I have a 1982 Yamaha XJ 750 Maxim. Apparently it works great, but I'm planning on getting new shocks on it, rebuilding the forks, tires, and basically all the other maintenance things that I am sure have not been done in years.

    Now I have to learn to ride it.

    VE6FTR
    2011 Nissan Frontier SV 4x4

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    Take a safety class, get some decent gear, and ride, ride, ride. Congrats - try not to smile too much while you're riding.
    Marc

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    I had a Maxim 750 from 1998 - 2001. It was a great bike. I love those old UJMs, they need almost no maintenance and they have features that most modern bikes lack (center stands, full instrumentation, self-cancelling turn signals, etc.)
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    The 82's were a little wonky with the adjustable square handlebars and the rectangular headlight - a very "80's" look. My '83 was more conventional with a round headlight and round handlebars. Same engine, though. Great starter bike IMO. Shaft drive means no chain to oil or adjust. Can't remember if the Maxim's had self-adjusting valves or not.
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    Take a course and learn to ride, you'll be glad you did.
    Martin
    2004 Chevy Suburban 1500 LT in "Expedition White"

    Having a Suburban means never being able to say "We don't have room for that."

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    Just for fun, here are some pics:
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    I had the sissy bar built for me by a guy who had a business card at a local motorcycle shop. Photos were taken in September 1999 somewhere along Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park.
    Martin
    2004 Chevy Suburban 1500 LT in "Expedition White"

    Having a Suburban means never being able to say "We don't have room for that."

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    Thanks for the kind words, I'm signed up for a safety course (that was actually a condition of the sale) and I am in the process of picking up gear. Negative on the self adjusting valves.
    VE6FTR
    2011 Nissan Frontier SV 4x4

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    Congrats! Yeah, it's better to sign up for a safety course. I've bought a bike but have never driven it. I'll go out for my first ride ever in few days...
    Last edited by Dave Romney; 11-22-2017 at 12:09 PM.

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