1982 Yamaha Seca 550 XJ550RJ

1982 Yamaha Seca 550

( XJ550RJ )

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I purchased this 1982 550 Seca XJ550RJ on October 30, 2010, number of previous owners unknown. This was my "project bike" for the northern-hemisphere winter of 2010-2011. Indicated mileage - 9603 (15461 km).

In relatively nice condition when purchased, the XJ550 was missing a small number of parts including the graphics and reflectors on the fairing. Also missing were the original turn signals (blinkers), the carburetor heat shield and several small trim pieces. I was able to replace all missing items with NOS Yamaha parts except for the carburetor heat shield which is a used part.

As I seldom purchase a machine unless it has the original factory exhaust system, I was lucky to find this example with the factory exhaust in such nice condition and rust-free.

I completed what I describe as a "semi-restoration" consisting of a thorough cleaning, comprehensive maintenance and detailing of the entire machine. For pictures from my restoration effort I invite you to visit my Seca 550 Rehab Page.

1982 Yamaha Seca 550

Essentially similar to the 1981 XJ550RH and 1983 XJ550RK models, the 1982 Seca 550 did not sell in large numbers, at least in the United States, and today is a rarely seen model. The XJ550R Seca, Yamaha's "forgotten middleweight," offers desirable features such as a 6-speed transmission, fuel gauge, self-canceling turnsignals, built-in voltmeter, relatively light weight, attractive styling, factory-supplied security chain and a narrow, fine-performing 4-cylinder engine.

Current mileage on the XJ550R is approximately 10500 (16905 km) and it seems to be performing better with each ride. It truly is a fine mid-size machine.

ronh.org Seca 550 video
This 5 minute, HD-quality video features a canyon ride west of Morrison, Colorado.
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Recorded on 2014-07-10 (July 10, 2014).
This 8 minute, HD-quality video starts west of Bergen Park, Colorado and features a ride to Echo Lake reaching an elevation of over 11000ft (3353 meters). It's a great ride with fine scenery!
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Recorded on 2014-07-10 (July 10, 2014).
This 7 minute, HD-quality video features a road ride on Colorado Route 103, a photo stop is included. Ride with me and enjoy the view!
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Recorded on 2014-07-10 (July 10, 2014).

The pics below are from various rides on the Seca 550.

1982 Yamaha Seca 550
1982 Yamaha Seca 550
1982 Yamaha Seca 550
1982 Yamaha Seca 550
1982 Yamaha Seca 550

For more information on the Yamaha XJ Seca/Maxim series of machines you may enjoy a visit to the XJBikes.com website. This fine site has a wealth of information as well as an active rider's forum.

I invite you to visit my 1982 Seca 650 page. A beautiful shaft-drive machine with many fine qualities, I purchased it new in 1985.

Are you searching for Seca 550 parts? If so, visit my Q&A page for a number of links and ideas for finding bikes and parts.

As with other machines in the collection, the 1982 Seca 550 XJ550RJ is not offered for sale at the present time. Looking for a 1982 Yamaha XJ550RJ Seca 550 for sale? Be sure and check online auction sites from time to time.
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Here's a shot of the Seca 550 with a like-size stablemate:

L-R: 1982 Yamaha Seca 550 - 1981 Kawasaki KZ550

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Here's a shot of the Seca 550 with its slightly larger cousin:

L-R: 1982 Yamaha Seca 550 XJ550RJ - 1982 Yamaha Seca 650 XJ650RJ

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