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A little bit of custom work on 81 XJ650 Maxim

Discussion in 'XJ Modifications' started by cregoryjames, Jun 30, 2020.

  1. cregoryjames

    cregoryjames New Member

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    I recently bought an XJ650 Maxim from down in Ohio. Brought it up to Michigan and rode for a bit before making some adjustments.
    I had to replace the fork seals immediately.
    I put in a new 7" headlight (I believe for a Jeep, actually).
    Ended up chopping the mufflers off and welding on turndowns.
    Bondo over the logo mount for a more smooth looking tank (plus the guy I bought it from had some flaming skull metal decals). I blacked out the engine because I didn't think the original look could be salvaged. He had the bike painted orange (originally red based on my sanding) and I decided on a green.
    I'm happy with how it turned out considering I'm not a professional and I did everything myself (brother helped with welding the turndowns)

    Now I'm looking at what my options for storage are. It came with a tour pack and luggage rack, but I didn't like the look of those. Considering swingarm bag/throw over bags/ something else. Any ideas are much appreciated!
     

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    50gary Active Member

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    Welcome to the board, I am also from Saginaw Mi. how about that ha ha? Mine is an 1982 750 Maxim, not yet on the road.
    Cheers, 50gary
     
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    Ive just got Med sized slant Saddlemans on my modded Seca. You can kinda see them in my avatar pic. Work great. I have aftermarket turn signals mounted with brackets I fabbed up to move them back and out of the way but that was the worst of it. Still enough room for a passengers legs too. Thats what worked for me. Hope the extra pics help. New to forum still learning to navigate.
     
  4. cregoryjames

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    Thank you so much! That's basically exactly what I'm looking for! I didn't want to have to remove my bags to carry a passenger, but I need more storage than just my tool bag. I'll upload a picture when I get it done.


    Also, just an update. My bike is now Flat Black until I can pick a color. I can't make up my mind, so any suggestions are welcome!
     
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  5. cregoryjames

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    How loud is it with the pipes cut off? Need to do any re-jetting?
     
  7. cregoryjames

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    I will post a video. I'm getting the carbs rejetted soon because it isles rough with the baffles gone. I had the stuff to rebuild the carbs anyway so the timing kind of worked out
    Won't let me upload the video. Trying to find a way to get it on here. Won't let me post a link either
     
  8. Christopher Raison

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    Great work. Would you mind sharing the details of the head light?
     

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