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DKW's Midnight Maxim 750

Discussion in 'XJ Technical Chat' started by DKW, Sep 1, 2017.

  1. DKW

    DKW Member

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    This is my last acquisition, in fact a gift from my wife, an old Midnight Maxim '83. The bike actually is in a poor condition, but will be partially restored, partially customised.
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    The engine run fine, the exhaust is ok (but not stock), the rear shock absorbers are broker, the fork is rusted, and front ball bearings are broken too.
     
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    those forward controls terrify me.
     
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    DKW,
    Welcome to the camp!
    Looks like a really nice project.
    Let me be the first to say it: Keep the airbox! ;)
     
  4. DKW

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    Those forward controls will be replaced with a pair of Virago 535 modified forward controls, and everything will be painted in black, excepting the chromed parts.
    The airbox will not be changed or modified, i have more bikes and all of them have factory airbox.
     
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    MattiThundrrr Not a guru

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    Password accepted. You may enter the clubhouse.
     
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  6. hogfiddles

    hogfiddles XJ-Wizard, Host-Central NY Carb Clinic Moderator Premium Member

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    Not much Midnight stuff is there.......how do you know it's really a midnight?

    Looks like a regular 750 Maxim that some tried to start a MM clone project
     
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    All the things I know, the fenders are not original, the exhaust is not from Maxim model, the engine could be swapped. The bike was painted by the ex-owner after some little crashes and have some improvisation, like forward controls or electrical circuit

    I checked the VIN at dissingermoto,com, the identification number is 22T100506.
    VIN INFO:
    World Manufacturer Identifier:
    J = Japan, Y=Yamaha, A= Motorcycle
    Vehicle Characteristics
    22T00 = 1983 XJ750 Midnight Maxim Canada
    Check Digit:
    4
    Model Year:
    D = 1983
    Assembly Plant:
    A = Iwata City Production Facility
    Serial Number:
    100506 is the Serial Number.
     
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  8. hogfiddles

    hogfiddles XJ-Wizard, Host-Central NY Carb Clinic Moderator Premium Member

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    Ok, good! You did do your homework. 100 points for you :)

    Now- you have a LOT of homework to do. The Midnight Maxim had a lot of special pieces that you are going to need to find. In YOUR case, pretty much everything except the handlebars and the seat.

    Just about everything else on your bike is NOT Midnight Maxim.

    We're here to help you.....

    Dave f
     
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    I know, I found on ebay many parts, but the shipping to my country will ruin me. :(
    I wish I had the possibility to fully restore this motorcycle, but will took too much time, so, will become an custom project.
     
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    MattiThundrrr Not a guru

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    How the heck did a Canadian Max get all the way to Romania?
     
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    Thru Holland, where was registered in 1991. The biggest market for non-european models, imported from United States or Canada.
    If you are looking for something different, search on speurders.nl.
     
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    Back in early 90's containers full of bikes where being shipped out of Vancouver to points in Japan,Europe and the UK. As a parts guy then, I sold truckloads of parts going with them. And with export rules being sloppy many of those bikes were stolen.
     
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    Shame your so far away I have an 83 xj750k that was in nice shape until engine went Bang
     
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    So just to be clear T00 is midnight but he states serial number starts T100?
    I have 2 xj750's both start 22T-000
     
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    hogfiddles XJ-Wizard, Host-Central NY Carb Clinic Moderator Premium Member

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    22T
     
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    Looks like Len may need to clarify---
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    Hi Dave
    In dkw 's post after you asked if it was a clone ,he listed 22T-000 as midnight instead of 22T-100 that's what got me wondering what was what
     
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    Well, there's confusion on len's list, too, as I'm looking at it, so I sent him a message to check this forum.
    Also, in the breakdown, the op does show 22t100........so, Len can sort this out
     
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    Where I come from, midnight is 24h00.

    Sorry, bad attempt at humoring.
     
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    Apology accepted
     

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