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Summer DD cycle project

well i finally got a motorcycle. picked up a yamaha 550 maxim for $200. Going to use it to get to work,gym,and other errands when its nice out. Should be nice and cheap on gas. I'm in the process of getting the wiring back on it and doing some custom **** along the way. still need a battery, seat, make some new un-gay bars, and finish some body work and paint. also change the exhaust a little and chop the front fender shorter


here is how is was stock,

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when i got it it had a rad lame paint chop and too much chrome
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And how it is now without a seat and the air filter pods. still deciding on what kind of seat and if i want to convert to hardtail. also threw on some flat black, need to fill some holes still though. also need to gut the mufflers.

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i'll keep this updated as more gets done. its my new winter project but i may be done before winter since its been fun working on it

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Nice bike! Looks like a fun ride. Bronco is lookin good as well.
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Nice looking bike.

I need to find me a bike for $200. If you see anything, let me know.
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Wow that looks almost identical to the Xj650 I went and picked up last night for my roomate. Now me and all my roomates have 82 XJ650's. I need to start working on mine again.
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thanks guys. yeah Andrew yours got me re-inspired to get one again. they can be made into some cool bikes
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Looks like damn cool project Andy. I'll have to come check that out sometime soon.
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nice bike, great price! just make it a bobber project, you've already flat blacked it, throw on a simple seat and go
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Sweet another xj owner. Check this forum out if you haven’t already :). There is a lot of guys who know a lot about the seca's and maxim's http://xjbikes.com/
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Looks like damn cool project Andy. I'll have to come check that out sometime soon.
yeah dude
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nice bike, great price! just make it a bobber project, you've already flat blacked it, throw on a simple seat and go
yeah i think thats the plan, i want to get it lower and find a simple but decent seat. still deciding if i want to keep it softtail or go hard
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Sweet another xj owner. Check this forum out if you havenít already :). There is a lot of guys who know a lot about the seca's and maxim's http://xjbikes.com/
yeah its a great forum for ideas, ive been browsen for a while but i need to join up now that im an owner
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Did a little more work and picked up some parts i needed.
I got my air filter pods,battery and i got a seat. I also got all the wiring connected to the right places i think. Still need to hide it all, but it wasnt too bad just needed to match up all the connecters etc. But it started out as a great rats nest.

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And the lovely pile of wires.not near as bad as a car harness though

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and the tooled leather seat i got. i'm hoping it looks good with my final look

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I'd ditch the whole rear footpegs and brackets, the little mini highway bars, the front fender, and those factory gauges.

Looks a lot better tho
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yeah, i said i was in the first post i think. there is alot im changing still. not sure on the footpegs yet, since the GF may ride on it from time to time. so i'll just have a small pillion pad behind my seat for that thats removable
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Oh, there were too many pictures that distracted me from reading lol. They sell pillion pads that stick on by like 6 suction cups so you don't have to mess up your fender, when we had our Harley store opened we sold a million of them. My dad uses one on his bike too for my mom, they don't move around at all either. Let me check my living room, there might still be some of them sitting here.
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that actually a real sweet looking bike
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nice, my friend had one of those when we where in high school. same bike, rebuilt it after it got laid down.
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Oh, there were too many pictures that distracted me from reading lol. They sell pillion pads that stick on by like 6 suction cups so you don't have to mess up your fender, when we had our Harley store opened we sold a million of them. My dad uses one on his bike too for my mom, they don't move around at all either. Let me check my living room, there might still be some of them sitting here.
yeah ive seen those thatd be sweet
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that actually a real sweet looking bike
thanks, working on it.



Going to get some tube this week for custom drag bars with a slight rise and some for the rear fram incase i decide to hardtail it
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got a few more things done this last week. Still alot of figuring out exactly how i wana build it. still not sure on keeping it softail and what to do for the seat.

got my filters and breather on. look past the zipties lol..temporary

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got my headers wrapped(all but one..need more). also got rid of the mufflers and painted the stubby section black and i think i'll rock it like this for a while

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my pile of stock parts is growing :twisted:

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built some new bars. just made a quick design and i like it. maybe make another set or two a little different with the extra 8' of 7/8"

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the rest of the pics are how it sits now and a simple mock-up of my seat. which i may swap with on of the simple black vinyl ones, might go better with my bikes style.

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i got lots more work to do including getting it to run. have it all ready just no spark now. i got some 1" tube for frame mods if i need it :D i got the wheels black now too i'll get pics of that soon.

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newest look..

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clean!!!! cant go wrong with flat black on those bikes
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I will have to send m y buddy redneckracer this he has the same bike but a different model.
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Man that thing looks great! Only thing I could see being changed. Is I think the forks and front wheel need to come out just a little farther from the frame at more of an angle. Looks BA though!
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i think you need to purchase or make a set of "Z" bars for it and itll be complete. what are you running for a stoplight or license plate holder?
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Man that thing looks great! Only thing I could see being changed. Is I think the forks and front wheel need to come out just a little farther from the frame at more of an angle. Looks BA though!
Rake would mean pulling the whole front end apart cutting the mount welded to the frame holding the tree in place and than cutting some frame off to make the rake. Defiantly NOT an easy thing to do.
That's almost like a cafe racer style.
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yeah def. not going through that work, i like it fine how it is. thanks for the comments guys! i still have to make the license plate mount and put my LED brake light on it kinda like this

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I still have some more 7/8 tube to make a couple more sets of bars. i'm going to try a couple styles out.
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Looks Great!, I have allways loved that style of bike.

I got a 1985 or 86 Honda Magna with the 700 V4. Id like to do something similar to what you have but the motor layout makes it hard.
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