1982 Yamaha XJ650 Seca Turbo Project

HIGH BID: $850

Reserve price has not been met.

This auction has ended.

Next Auction Ending >


Additional photos are available here for your perusal.

The Yamaha XJ650 Turbo was one of the quintessential examples of the 1980s Japanese movement to bring turbochargers to motorcycles. Right after Honda brought out the CX Turbo, Yamaha brought out a turbocharged variant of their 650 Seca, and it took 80s styling to a whole new level.

Interestingly enough, the engine only put exhaust through one of the dual pipes – the other pipe was designed only to exhaust overboost coming from the turbocharger.

The Turbo ended up being more successful on paper than in reality, and it didn’t last very long in the market. On the flip side, it’s become an interesting piece of Yamaha’s history that makes for a great collectible. As Cycle magazine put it, “As they now exist, turbocharged bikes are rolling platforms for expressing new, advanced ideas. The name Turbo immediately lends validity to other new ideas (such as a truly functional seating position) that might otherwise have been overlooked by an image-conscious public. We welcome these new Turbo bikes for the functional advantages they bring to sport bikes. We remain less than enthusiastic about turbocharging for the sake of increased engine performance.

Manufactured in February of 1982, this example is VIN: JYA16G004CA001271. The seller purchased this motorcycle 16 years ago from a lifelong friend.

The odometer shows 26,709 miles.

In preparation for long-term storage, the seller states they drained the carb, fogged the tank, and removed the battery. Per the seller: “The bike will start and run on starter fluid but the fuel pump is not working so the carbs are not getting fuel. There is no battery in the bike.

The seller states this example is stock.

Inside of the tank:

It is riding on Messa Metronic tires that have aged out.

The sale includes two keys.

Cosmetic Blemishes: please see the album up top for all known cosmetic blemishes. Here is a selection:

Currently located in Lincoln, Nebraska, this Yamaha is offered on a Bill of Sale only. Have any XJ650 stories or questions about this listing? Let us know in the “Comments” tab!

Additional Information


Lincoln, Nebraska






XJ650 Seca Turbo






Bill of Sale Only

Title State/Country


Private Party/Dealership

Private Party

Additional Charges


Total Bids Placed: 10

Auction has ended.

Auction expired without reaching reserve price.

Highest bidder was: JB

Bidder Name Bidding Time Bid Auto
JB June 8, 2023 6:33 pm PDT $850
Thesweepman June 8, 2023 6:33 pm PDT $750 Auto
JB June 8, 2023 6:33 pm PDT $701
Thesweepman June 6, 2023 2:03 pm PDT $601 Auto
wyobrit June 6, 2023 2:03 pm PDT $501
Thesweepman June 4, 2023 8:33 pm PDT $401 Auto
BIDRIDER June 4, 2023 8:33 pm PDT $301
Thesweepman June 4, 2023 8:33 pm PDT $201 Auto
BIDRIDER June 4, 2023 8:33 pm PDT $101
Thesweepman June 2, 2023 10:38 pm PDT $1
Auction started June 2, 2023 9:36 am PDT
Notify of
Oldest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments

Shipping Information

Continental US:
Haul Bikes will ship anything sold through Iconic for a starting rate of $750 in the Continental US (prices may increase in rural markets), and Iconic will handle the paperwork on your behalf. You do not need to crate your bike or drain the gas/disconnect the battery if you go with Haul Bikes. We are glad to work with the shipper of your choice as well, but you will have to arrange it.

Please note:

  • spares/extras will have to be shipped separately via FedEx or similar.
  • the fee includes $15,000 of insurance with a $500 deductible. Additional insurance can be purchased at a cost of $50 per additional $5,000 of value.
  • additional details can be found here

Southern California
On a case-by-case basis, we can transport motorcycles in our van.

We are located in Santa Monica, California 90405.
Local Rates (one way):
0-50 miles: $150
50-150 miles: $300

Please contact concierge@iconicmotorbikes.com for a quote.

We recommend TFX

$1,500 for Los Angeles, CA to Canada is a ROUGH ballpark, please contact TFX for an exact quote including shipping and customs.

Europe and Asia:
We recommend Shippio

$5,000 for US to Europe/Asia is a VERY ROUGH ballpark which includes transport as well as customs fees and duties. Please contact Shippio for an exact quote.

Australia/New Zealand:
We recommend Bikes Abroad

$1,500 for US to Australia is a ROUGH ballpark, please contact Bikes Abroad for an exact quote including shipping and customs.

Sorry, CycleVIN report not available.

Iconic Motorbike Auctions