ICONIC PROJECTS: if you follow us on Instagram (and you should!), you know that we’ve recently partnered up with Kamikaze Motorsports in Glenwood, Iowa. One of the many new services that will be coming from our partnership is a series of project bikes for those of you that like to tinker or are looking for a lower entry price to a bike you’ve always wanted for our White Glove service to fix up on your behalf.
Additional photos of this Yamaha Seca XJ 900RK available here for your perusal.
Offered in the US for just one year, the XJ900RK Seca is now a rare find. You might be asking, why was the bike only produced for one year? Two reasons: First, in ’84, Yamaha released the FJ1100, which was much better suited for the needs of the American market – faster and sportier. Second, European riders felt the handlebar-mounted fairing created instability at high speeds, so the next year Yamaha moved the fairing mount to the frame and then bumped up displacement, to boot. Then they decided to only continue offering it in Europe.
Despite sporty looks, the bike had a 5.8 gallon fuel tank, enough to cruise over 200 miles before needing to stop at a gas station. Yamaha claimed an adequate 97 horsepower out of the 900cc motor. The bike featured shaft drive and a relaxed riding position that garnered a lot of fans for this one year only oddity.
This Seca shows well with just minor flaws considering its age. The windscreen shows a small crack and missing mounting hardware, and there’s a small flaw in decal on upper fairing.
Currently located at our facility in Glenwood, Iowa (please make an appointment for an inspection), this Yamaha is offered on a clean Illinois title. Have any Seca stories or questions about this listing? Let us know in the comments!