1982 YAMAHA XJ550
Estimate 8000 – 11 000 PLN
Starting price – 6000 PLN
The XJ 550 was manufactured between 1980 and 1984. Its inline four-cylinder engine develops 50 BHP, which, combined with its agility and low weight, makes it incredibly fun to drive. Its engine is an interesting and reliable unit: cooled by oil and water, it was fitted with an innovative YICS system, which, thanks to a specially designed passageways within the cylinder head, provides an additional swirl of the fuel-air mixture, resulting in improved performance and reduced fuel consumption. When it debuted, it was one of the fastest motorbikes of its class: a top speed of 195 km/h from a 550 cc engine was quite an achievement. The XJ550 met requirements of various motorists – it was an ideal machine for moving around crowded cities and an outstanding touring motorcycle. An agile motorbike with good handling, powered by a light and relatively powerful engine impressed everyone with its build quality and functionality. Thanks to its outstanding durability, the XJ has stood the test of time well. Properly maintained examples are often reaching mileages of 130-150 000 kilometres without having to have their engines rebuilt. The engine is definitely a rev-happy unit and it was engineered to withstand such treatment. It provides decent comfort to both rider and the passenger. It also has a fairly complex instrument panel, including e.g. fuel or battery gauges and warning lights necessary for correct maintenance.
The motorcycle offered on the Winter Auction was originally purchased in 1982. It’s been preserved in an immaculate condition, without even the slightest modification of its structure. It has done 55 000 kilometres and was shipped over from Germany in 2014. In 2016 it underwent ultrasonic cleaning of carburettors, had its valve cover gasket replaced. Valves themselves were adjusted and carburettors synchronised. The motorbike has a few signs of wear and tear after 30 years of use, but actually it’s nothing more than just a patina that adds to its authenticity and proves its quality. None of the painted elements, including engine, frame or fuel tank have been repaired or mended in any way. The only non-original part is are the exhaust tips – the stock ones was replaced with one made by renowned company Laverda in the early 1980s. Original tire had a section width of 110 mm and was swapped for a 130 mm one, which resulted in an increased grip level. The motorbike meets all the requirements to classify it as an antique vehicle.