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Old 10-05-2017, 09:18 AM
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Thoughts on buying a 1989 Yamaha XJ600

So there is a very stupid good deal on a 1989 Yamaha XJ600 right by my house but it has a blown out spark plug on the head.
My girl wants a bike and I told her I'm not buying her one that runs so she has to learn how to fix it if something should ever go wrong.

I'm going to look at it this weekend the guy only wants $200.
It has 13k miles on it and once again yellow as yellow gets (great for her since that her favorite color)

Anyone owned one of these and would it be worth replacing the head or do you think I could get away with a helicoil?

OR should I part it out on ebay and just make a few bucks over time?
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Old 10-05-2017, 10:07 AM
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I think it's a perfect buy! You should def remove the head to do the heli-coil properly. Odds are, someone stripped the spark plug hole out overtightening/cross-threading the hole (lack of anti-seize). Give it a thorough inspection, as the bike is probs almost as old as our XS's. Perfect time to check the valve lash.
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Old 10-05-2017, 10:23 AM
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I think it's a perfect buy! You should def remove the head to do the heli-coil properly. Odds are, someone stripped the spark plug hole out overtightening/cross-threading the hole (lack of anti-seize). Give it a thorough inspection, as the bike is probs almost as old as our XS's. Perfect time to check the valve lash.
GREAT! That's what I wanted to hear, honestly if I'm going to remove the head I'm just going to spend the $80 and get another one from ebay that way I can clean it all up as well as do the rings and such while it's apart.
Will be a fun winter project for us.

Comparatively this thing is going to be like riding a friggin bicycle compared to the 600LB monster (which I throw around way too easy now for a 150lb dude).

Funny enough I still have more money than I thought I did when I checked my account today... So I might say F-it and go grab it today.
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Old 10-05-2017, 08:57 PM
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GREAT! That's what I wanted to hear, honestly if I'm going to remove the head I'm just going to spend the $80 and get another one from ebay that way I can clean it all up as well as do the rings and such while it's apart.
Will be a fun winter project for us.

Comparatively this thing is going to be like riding a friggin bicycle compared to the 600LB monster (which I throw around way too easy now for a 150lb dude).

Funny enough I still have more money than I thought I did when I checked my account today... So I might say F-it and go grab it today.
I rode a 1982 XJ650 for 4 years and rode it 5,000 miles over that time. After carb cleaning, valve clearance adjustment and a carb sync, it was a rocket.

The only down side is that the bike is kind of light for serious freeway driving. Wind gusts on a freeway are un-nerving on such a light bike where you sit upright.

If you want to discuss the bike with knowledgeable people, visit xjbikes.com
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Old 10-05-2017, 09:01 PM
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This will be my girls bike and my "dick around town" bike not really so much for freeway riding if it is is going to be in the slow lane.

I mean it's nearly 10yrs older than my XS so I'm expecting it to be a bit easier to work on LOL
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Old 10-06-2017, 09:33 AM
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Hey, you only took 12 hours to catch that! And no one here gave you any grief about it. win win
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Old 10-06-2017, 10:58 AM
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Hey, you only took 12 hours to catch that! And no one here gave you any grief about it. win win
Never using speech to text again... I just wish the edit button didn't hide after 30 minutes or whatever.
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Old 10-11-2017, 09:53 AM
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10 minutes... way to short...
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Sold! '80SG ("Old") Showa shocks, 750 FD, 25,220 miles 6/2/17, 7,200' elev, 107.5 mains, 2.25 turns, 39 mpg all around, auto CCT, Plexifairing III.
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'80SG ("New") 28,857 miles 5/31/17, original shocks, factory hard side cases, engine guard/highway pegs, throttle lock, stock jetting, K&N air filter, stock FD, hard top case, Slipstreamer windscreen, ME880 tires, stainless front lines, 36 mpg so far.
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Old 10-13-2017, 12:33 PM
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Did you get this bike?

I recently picked up a 1984 XJ750RL, mostly because it was close to me and seemed like a good deal I haven't ridden too many different bikes and I like the idea of trying out different styles just for the fun of it, getting good deals like this seems to be the way to go (for me, anyways).
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