1981 Yamaha XS650 Special

HIGH BID: $600

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Built between 1970 and 1983, the XS650 had a production run of approximately half a million. When released, it was Yamaha’s biggest production bike and it was advanced for the time with unit construction for the engine and transmission, as well as a horizontally-split crankcase. It aped the styling of classic British twins but these Yammies developed a solid reputation for reliability.

The model got several upgrades over its 13 year production run – 1972 was a notable year as that’s when the XS gained an electric start and disc brakes. This Motorcycle Classic story suggests that 1977 was the best year of them all: Five years later, after adjustments to the frame, engine components, exhaust system, carburetor and suspension, Yamaha created what some collectors consider the masterpiece of the line. “The ’77 has some mysterious quality about it where it seemed like everything came together,” says Don Lawson, former director of the Yamaha 650 Society. “It was fast, powerful, smooth, reliable, a lot of fun. I had four of them at one time.”

This example is VIN: 4N9014691. The seller purchased this example new from a Yamaha dealership in San Jose, California back in 1981.

The odometer shows 16,444 miles. The seller accounts for all miles.

Per the seller: “ Brand new: tires, all seals, shocks, chain & sprockets and battery. Lower cases & transmission all cleaned internally. All systems tested and functioning perfectly. Tank and carbs/jetting completely cleaned to new condition.

The seller states this example is completely stock.

Inside of the tank:

It is riding on Kenda tires that have aged out.

The sale includes one key.

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

Currently located in San Jose, California, this Yamaha is offered on a clean California title. Have any XS650 stories or questions about this listing? Let us know in the “Comments” tab!

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Total Bids Placed: 8

Auction has ended.

Auction expired without reaching reserve price.

Highest bidder was: Gearheadzone

Bidder Name Bidding Time Bid Auto
Gearheadzone June 13, 2023 8:55 am PDT $600 Auto
TopJimmy June 13, 2023 8:55 am PDT $500
Gearheadzone June 13, 2023 1:38 am PDT $400
TopJimmy June 12, 2023 7:19 pm PDT $300
Hectoke June 12, 2023 7:19 pm PDT $201 Auto
Hectoke June 12, 2023 6:32 pm PDT $101
TopJimmy June 12, 2023 6:32 pm PDT $100 Auto
TopJimmy June 6, 2023 1:47 pm PDT $1
Auction started June 6, 2023 10:23 am PDT
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