Long time Yamaha Rider, first time XJ rider

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Renegade
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Joined: Sat Aug 12, 2017 9:36 am
Region or State: NJ - New Jersey
Motorcycles Owned Currently: 1993 Yamaha XJ600S
Location: Cape May

Sat Aug 12, 2017 10:29 am

Oh how I have missed being part of a motorcycle community...

In 2006, I bought my first bike; a 1982 Yamaha XS400 Maxim. It was a fantastic bike, reworked motor to give it more power (which I only added to be regearing the sprockets), and I spend the next several years riding, working on it, and customizing it until I had the custom cafe racer-like machine that I loved so much. Then sadly, Thanksgiving of 2014, disaster stuck...

A 17 year old girl, driving Daddy's Explorer, "looked away from the road for just a second to changer the radio", and crashed into my beloved at (estimated) 60mph (on a 40pmh road) and sent it from where it was parked, bouncing the width of my yard until it hit my neighbor's fence.

So that's the back story... 8 years of riding, being part of online XS communities, and suddenly I was without a motorcycle. Fast forward 'til a couple months ago and you find me missing riding, but with no real big plans to shell out a bunch of money on a bike (other goals in mind) but still keeping my eyes open...just in case...never know.... Then I found it, a good looking motorcycle, a project bike that doesnt need a ton of work (needed more than I thought at first) for $400. SOLD! And now I was the owner of a 1993 Yamaha XJ600S.

I spend a bit of time working on her, fixing what needed to be fixed and repainting. I will do a build thread later. Im almost done, just working out some of the kinks after not running for the last 2 years, but I'm back in the game, and overjoyed about it.
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So hello all, Im very happy to here as now part of the XJ community. I hail from Cape May, NJ so if anyone else is around and sees me, feel free to say hi
Renegade
"In the day we sweat out on the streets of an runaway American dream,
At night we ride through mansions of glory in suicide machines..."

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radare
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Joined: Mon Nov 07, 2011 12:42 pm
Region or State: Rocky Mountains
Motorcycles Owned Currently: '92 XJR600, '92 Seca II
Location: Denver, CO
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Sat Aug 12, 2017 12:07 pm

Hey, Renegade. Welcome to the site. Interesting paint scheme on your XJ.

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Renegade
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Posts: 46
Joined: Sat Aug 12, 2017 9:36 am
Region or State: NJ - New Jersey
Motorcycles Owned Currently: 1993 Yamaha XJ600S
Location: Cape May

Sat Aug 12, 2017 1:05 pm

Thank you radare, glad to be here.

I was originally thinking flames, but they didnt fit the body right. So I took a little inspiration from the hotrods and went with a scallop idea. I just made it my own though. I do still need to put the decals on the tank though... another day; can't do it in the rain
Renegade
"In the day we sweat out on the streets of an runaway American dream,
At night we ride through mansions of glory in suicide machines..."

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mikee112
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Posts: 2076
Joined: Sun Mar 04, 2012 10:13 am
Region or State: UK
Motorcycles Owned Currently: '99 Yamaha XJ 600n
Location: Essex, England
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Sat Aug 12, 2017 1:15 pm

Hi Renagade, Welcome to the forum :)
Wow that sucks about the Maxim... just be thankful you wasn't on it at the time, and welcome back to a life on two wheels :thumbsup:

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Renegade
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Posts: 46
Joined: Sat Aug 12, 2017 9:36 am
Region or State: NJ - New Jersey
Motorcycles Owned Currently: 1993 Yamaha XJ600S
Location: Cape May

Sat Aug 12, 2017 11:23 pm

Hey Mike, thanks. Funny enough I stumbled across some of your videos hen I was first looking into the idea of buying the bike; good stuff man
Renegade
"In the day we sweat out on the streets of an runaway American dream,
At night we ride through mansions of glory in suicide machines..."

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TonyKZ1
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Joined: Tue Nov 12, 2013 12:15 pm
Region or State: Missouri, U.S.A.
Motorcycles Owned Currently: 1997 Yamaha XJ600s Seca II
Location: Marble Hill, MO. U.S.A.
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Mon Aug 14, 2017 8:52 am

Hello and welcome to the site!
1997 Yamaha Seca II - mostly stock, Racetech upgraded forks, FZ6R rear shock, Oxford Adventure Style Heated Grips, Barkbusters Blizzard Cold Weather Handguards, a Scottoiler vSystem chain oiler. My Mileage Tracker Page.

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