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Honda June 7, 2016 posted by

Under Pressure: 1983 Honda CX650 Turbo for Sale

1983 Honda CX650T R Front

With the other manufacturers building their exotic turbocharged 80s confections around more sophisticated four-cylinder designs, why did Honda base their CX650 Turbo on a bike that was so ugly, the British press dubbed it the “plastic maggot”? Well even though a simple, pushrod v-twin seems to go against the high-tech theme these motorcycles embodied, the reality is that to make big power with a turbo, it needs to be strong enough to handle the incredible pressures involved, especially in an era before electronics allowed high-boost engines to be more than just entertaining hand grenades. There’s a reason many turbocharged engines still use iron blocks instead of modern, all-aluminum construction…

1983 Honda CX650T L Side

The CX650’s engine specification may have seemed low-tech at a glance, but it was actually a very intelligent design, with thoughtful features like a transmission that rotated in the opposite direction compared to the crank to reduce the longitudinally-mounted engine’s torque-reaction, along with heads rotated to allow clearance for the rider’s knees, something Guzzi lovers would surely have appreciated. But most importantly for the Turbo, the 80° v-twin was built tough and the simple design left plenty of room for the complicated exhaust and intake plumbing required for a turbo, while liquid-cooling helped keep temperatures under control. The result was 19psi and 100hp from the 674cc engine, which was good enough for 140mph as tested, a pretty impressive number for a middleweight bike in the early 1980s.

1983 Honda CX650T R Rear

Wrapped in futuristic bodywork that disguised the bike’s plebeian origins pretty well. You’d never describe this or any of the other turbocharged motorcycles as “beautiful,” but they certainly look the part. Futuristic and sleek, they’re every bit the two-wheeled fantasy of young people who watched Battlestar Galactica and Buck Rodgers. The bike even included such forward-thinking elements as modular Comstar wheels and tubeless tires, an unusual thing to find on a street motorcycle at the time.

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Unfortunately, the dream of a middleweight bike with big-bike power was just that: a dream. The reality was that the turbo bikes added complexity and weight while offering power similar to big four-cylinder machines. And while the laggy boost of the era can be fun under the right circumstances, all of the Japanese turbo bikes make better quirky sport-touring bikes than they do back-road scratchers as a result of their unpredictable power delivery.

From the original eBay listing: 1983 Honda CX650 Turbo for Sale

ULTRA RARE!

…In 1983 only and back then only one thousend fifteen CX 650 TURBO-s found its way into USA… Even less went into private hands as many were designated for technical schools as an indication what future would bring. It was a very futuristic bike at the time.

This particular motorcycle of low, low mileage had only one owner before. It was stored indoors for many years. First titled in 1985 being sold as Honda dealership leftover since they were very expensive, costing more than a Civic hatchback! I have copy of original Title. It required a lot of attention, so after many hours of going thru details, we finally got this excellent engineering marvel back on the road. Having only 4,393 miles now, it is like barely broken in! Cosmetically, certainly not perfect (please see pictures), however for a 33 years old overall – presents itself as very nice and clean. Last thing I would like to point is that this CX650 T takes attention others even when is on the motion, not mention that every stop create people around.

The good: The engine runs smooth with no smoke, absolutely no issues or wrong sounds whatsoever (please see test drive You Tube Video) Clutch engages all 5 gears with no problem. Brakes are good, fuel pump, injectors are all in good working order as well as its electrical system. All plugs have factory white grease (no oxidation at all). Honda build quality back then was unbelievable and this shows three decades later. The turbo is nothing a like on the road today I had chance to ride on or to be able to compare to. Definitely very different experience. Lots of fun! Turbocharger starts whistling strong at approximately 4000 rpm, and will take off your front wheel up into the air if you open the throttle to hard…

The bad: This bike is not 100% complete. It is missing glove box door (we got the bike without it). RH side front turn directional blinker has broken lens (We rebuild it best we could, please see pictures).

Conclusion: A pure fun to drive, unique looks, quite rare now and therefore also likely to be valued as an investment and collectible. Depending on the local laws most likely eligible for low cost historic registration and insurance. It can be yours but for a realistic price only. Sorry I don’t have to sell it and low ball offers would not be considered as I rather keep it than give away at ¾ of an asking price!

We have not changed any parts on this motorcycle other than clutch cable and all fluids, filters, trying to keep it as original as possible. I do strongly recommend for the buyer to inspect this bike in person. Besides the bike we will include original Honda toolkit, owner’s manual, Honda tire pressure gauge, copy of original title and as the bonus: an official Honda Dealer Shop Manual for any future technical references. Tank bag seen on the picture NOT included.

1983 Honda CX650T Dash

The seller also includes a nice walk-around video of the bike running here. Turbo bikes are more complex and less reliable than their normally-aspirated counterparts, and the CX is no exception: starters and alternators can cause problems, although fixes are easily available and affordable if you can do the labor yourself, as both are engine-out jobs. But increased maintenance costs aside, the Turbo is still a pretty quick motorcycle, and can certainly surprise other riders out on a sweeping road. They’re also still pretty affordable considering how rare and exotic they are, although the seller is looking for pretty premium money: the Buy It Now is set at $10,200.00 for this particular bike. That’s on the high end for a CX650 Turbo, but the bike appears to be in good cosmetic condition and miles are very low, considering they make such interesting and relatively comfortable mounts.

-tad

1983 Honda CX650T R Side

Kawasaki June 6, 2015 posted by

How bizzare, how bizzare: 1980 Kawasaki Mystery Ship

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While at first glance this appears to be a customization run amock, it is actually something a bit more than that, a 1980 Mystery Ship.  The Mystery Ship was the brainstorm of Craig Vetter, founder of the aftermarket Windjammer motorcycle fairing company.  After Vetter sold Windjammer in 1978, he embarked on a new effort..a “streetable road racer, with all the right parts.”  And what did Vetter decide to use as the basis of his bike?  Just one of the most powerful bikes of the day, a Kawasaki KZ1000 Turbo.

The KZ1000 turbo is by itself already a rare bike; a more expensive illegitimate brother of the standard KZ1000.  Interestingly, the KZ1000 turbo was not actually an official Kawasaki model; it was offered as an “official” bolt-on turbo kit that Kawasaki would install for buyers.   The turbo kit was developed by ATP with input from Kawasaki engineers but was not warrantied by Kawasaki so any engine blow ups were the responsibility of the owner.  And engine blow ups were apparently not unheard of, since the kit offered the ability to quickly adjust the turbo boost from 5-10 psi.

Price for the turbo equipped KZ1000 edition was almost 50% significantly higher than the non-turbo version and the original frame struggled to keep up with the power so its not really surprising that only 1600 were sold during the Turbo’s two year life cycle.

Anyone wishing to read more about the KZ1000 turbo can click here.

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original KZ1000 turbo

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mystery ship with the turbo still visible

1980 Kawasaki Mystery Ship on ebay (New Zealand)

Vetter launched his new effort with a stated target goal of producing 200 units. The plan was to take the already powerful KZ1000 turbo and upgrade/modify the chassis, add magnesium racing wheels and Yoshimura exhausts and, of course, drastically restyle the bike with a new Vetter designed fairing/bodywork.

So what happened?  1st of all, the asking price for a Vedder was $10,000 USD, which was about three times the price of the unmodified non-turbo KZ1000.   More significantly, this price was still not enough to cover production costs.  The result was only 10 Mystery Ships are recorded as having been actually produced.

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Here is a summary of what the seller has to say:

  • #6 of 10 Vedder Mystery Ships produced
  • Has not been ridden since new, only 2 original miles on the clock but some slight dis-coloration at the headers
  • Otherwise condition is exactly as it left the  factory.
  • Age has added some patina to paint work and switch blocks
  • Cracked sidewalls of the Tires/TT 100’s (probably due to age)

 

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So is this bike worth the $23,500 USD asking price?  Well it meets all 4 major criteria to be considered a rare sport bike; limited production, condition, location and technology but it just doesn’t appeal to my collector instinct as anything more that an oddity.  I think it will take a very serious collector or perhaps a curator of a museum like the Solvang or Barber museum for this one to find a new home.

 

-Marty/Dallaslavowner

 

Note:  This bike is located in Auckland, New Zealand

 

How bizzare, how bizzare:  1980 Kawasaki Mystery Ship
Kawasaki May 13, 2015 posted by

Featured Listing: 1978 Kawasaki Z1R-TC Turbo for Sale

Update 5.13.2015: First listing was a no sale at $20,800 reserve not met. Relisted now with a buy-it-now of $21,500. Good luck to buyers and seller! -dc

1978 Kawasaki Z1R-TC L Side

Kawasaki’s Z1R-TC is the kind of bike they just don’t make anymore, mainly because repeat customers are so important and dead customers generally can’t buy anything. It was the product of a far less litigious age, when “DO NOT TAMPER WITH BOOST CONTROL” stickers and a “we’re not responsible if you die” forms signed before riders howled off in clouds of tire smoke, wastegates whistling were considered sufficient protection from lawsuits brought by widows and orphaned children.

1978 Kawasaki Z1R-TC R Side Engine

Conceived as a way to move moribund Z1R’s before the introduction of the far more modern GPz, Kawasaki worked with the Turbo Cycle Company to slap a simple turbo and plumbing onto otherwise stock bikes. Oh sure, they recommended you install upgraded internals to handle the additional power, but it’s not like you could force anyone to do something like that. And I’m sure most wild-eyed horsepower junkies buying turbocharged hand grenades knew well enough to go easy on their new rides…

1978 Kawasaki Z1R-TC L Side Rear Suspension

But while the crude technology employed and the minimal changes made to prepare the otherwise stock bike for 10psi of boost, because of course you haven’t messed with that wastegate like that sticker told you may have meant headaches when the bike was new, they only serve to increase the entertainment value today. The Z1R-TC was never going to be any good on the track, and no one expects a 35 year old motorcycle to be fast away from a stoplight, so you’ve got nothing to prove anymore. And mastering that laggy turbo and scary handling just makes things more interesting: apparently, the lag was so bad that a fast pass required the rider to drag the rear brake to control speed while holding the throttle cracked to build boost…

Obviously not ideal, but sometimes it’s fun to work around a bike’s limitations.

1978 Kawasaki Z1R-TC Turbo Detail

Today’s bike looks to be in exceptional condition, and includes an engine built to remain intact for a long time to come and some uprated suspension bits to hopefully allow you to effectively use that newfound reliability.

From the original eBay listing: 1979 Kawasaki Z1R-TC Turbo for Sale

Here is your chance to own a rare vintage Japanese sports bike. There were only approximately 250 of these bikes in this particular color combo made. This bike has less than 6,300 miles on body / original engine. Currently has a rebuilt (1250cc) motor has very few, if any miles on it. I have owned this bike since 1980 when it had only 50 miles on it! This bike is in great condition for its vintage. It has been stored indoors for many years and fired right up when it was taken out of storage. Minor modifications were made to make this bike safer to ride, which includes an extended swing arm and upgraded rear shocks.

1978 Kawasaki Z1R-TC Engine

Most of the turbocharged bikes of the period suffer in one way or another from lag that makes them less practical than a normally-aspirated machine. But their quirks and on-boost performance, combined with rarity and a hairy-chested reputation make them increasingly desirable to collectors, and the TC is at the top of that list.

-tad 

1978 Kawasaki Z1R-TC L Side Engine

Featured Listing: 1978 Kawasaki Z1R-TC Turbo for Sale
Honda May 8, 2015 posted by

Spool Me Up – 1983 Honda CX650 Turbo

1983 Honda CX650 Turbo on eBay

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In the 80s, turbos were supposed to be the future of motorcycling.  The technology had been around for a little while, but was just starting to trickle into cars and motorcycles.  They promised liter bike power in a more compact package, so what’s not to love?  Honda’s 1982 CX500 Turbo was one of the flagbearers of the influx of turbo bikes and it was clear there were some issues.  While it was impressively fast on boost, it was tricky to control just when that boost happened as they suffered from serious turbo lag.  Honda addressed the issue with a bump in displacement, better computer tuning and gearing changes for the 1983 model, now known as the CX650 Turbo.

This is a machine that collectors go nuts for, so expect to see a lot of action on this one.  The CX650 Turbo was produced for just one year and they made less than 2,000 of them (rumored production numbers vary from 1500-1800).   The seller’s eBay ad leaves a bit to be desired, with just a few words and fewer pictures, but you can check it out here:  1983 Honda CX650 Turbo on eBay.  Somehow I think it will sell just fine regardless.

this bike is in unreal beautiful condition restored by a factory  certified Honda mechanic everything totally redone in mint condition has been in personal collection for many years has been in heated display garage. won several 1st pace trophies at high end classic motorcycle shows. bike is 100% complete and ready to ride or display. looks like it just rolled onto the showroom floor.

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Spool Me Up – 1983 Honda CX650 Turbo
Kawasaki July 16, 2014 posted by

Sweet Ride, Man: 1978 Kawasaki Z1R-TC for Sale

Here’s one I’d normally post up over at our sister site classicsportbikesforsale.com, but it’s rare and it’s a sportbike, so I thought this crowd could use a formal introduction to the Kawasaki Z1R-TC. If you’re one of those folks who equate “sportbikes” with “handling”, you may not be familiar with this hulking brute of a machine with a hand grenade for an engine and power to severely overwhelm the limited frame and suspension technology of the day. What’s more exciting than that? I mean, Russian Roulette counts as a sport, right?

In the car world of the 1980’s, turbos seemed like the perfect way to increase power and performance in a world suddenly obsessed with efficiency and air quality, and they were getting slapped onto just about everything, so it was only a matter of time before the obsession with boost spilled over into the two-wheeled scene, and Kawasaki was way ahead of the curve on this particular trend.

1978 Kawasaki Z1R TC L Side

The TC was conceived as a quick way to move some lame-duck stock out of showrooms and give Kawasaki a performance feather in their cap. Collaborating with the Turbo Cycle Company, Kawasaki simply converted complete bikes with a bolt-on kit running 8-10psi of boost. Upgraded internals were available for purchase separately but were generally not installed.

In what would be an almost comical nightmare of liability today, buyers simply signed off on powertrain warranty waivers before whooshing off into the nearest wall, or blew themselves up when they ignored the sticker clearly warning them not to tamper with the wastegate to increase boost. Now who’d wanna do something like that?

1978 Kawasaki Z1R TC L Side Low

And even if you didn’t detonate your engine or wheelie into a tree, the very crude turbocharging technology led to wild, on/off boost delivery and made riding this a bit more terrifying than exciting: bendy 1970’s frame and suspension technology combined with an engine that was already plenty powerful before you stuck a honking big turbo on it to give you the worst of both worlds, and a challenge fit for the manliest of motorcyclists…

This particular machine is technically not one of the original bikes and is, according to the seller, a “tribute” built up from a regular Z1R. But honestly this probably feels pretty authentic, since the original bikes were mostly cobbled-together from completed stock bikes.

1978 Kawasaki Z1R TC Dash

I really do wish these people would roll their bikes out of the garage to take some of these pictures, though. It will probably help if you imagine Matthew McConaughey reading this out loud as his character from Dazed and Confused.

From the original eBay listing: 1978 Kawasaki Z1R-TC for Sale

Truly awesome looking Z1R turbo with custom Molly graphics and recently painted black bodywork updates,powdercoated frame, many chrome parts on engine,kickstand,etc…very nice Z1R mag wheels,1 of a kind custom seat,early ATP turbo kit with log header pipe + “F” flow high volume compressor complimenting the 1200cc big bore motor  This is not a bike for the timid or in-experienced pilot….even with only 8-10 lbs. boost ,its very VERY fast!(of course you can ride it all day long without getting on boost,its all in your right wrist you know) This is a one of a kind bike with many tasteful updates + cool improvements…tires are in great shape..bike is very stable at high speed with  front steering dampner,fork brace and fully adjustable Marzocchi rear shocks keeping things under control…

Look, let’s be clear here: I’m sure those rear shocks are an improvement, but there’s no way they actually tamed this beast. You think you’re all slick, using trail-braking out there, or using a bit of rear brake to settle the suspension? Try this for some fancy footwork: the power delivery for the TC was so laggy that fast passing on the road called for you to hold the throttle open to keep boost up, while dragging the brakes to keep the speed under control, waiting for an opening in traffic. Sort of like a rolling drag-strip launch…

1978 Kawasaki Z1R TC R Side Front

An exciting, hugely flawed stopgap before the much more modern GPz that followed, the Z1R-TC and the other turbo bikes of the era were an interesting footnote in motorcycling history. While not necessarily all that fast on a winding road, these are massively entertaining on the boost and could be a fun, point-and-hang-on-for-dear-life machine for scaring unsuspecting riders of modern bikes.

Ultimately, the turbo craze was a dead-end for motorcycles: they significantly increased complexity with no real upside: their power delivery was not really suitable bikes of the period and, in most cases, a simple displacement boost proved to be a more effective, reliable way of increasing performance. But whatever, man. Maybe people were just too square to get it.

-tad

1978 Kawasaki Z1R TC R Side

Sweet Ride, Man: 1978 Kawasaki Z1R-TC for Sale
Honda April 29, 2014 posted by

Turbo Triple Play: 3 Honda CX500 Turbos for sale

It seems that just as soon as you call something rare and relatively hard to find you start to see them everywhere. Such is the case with factory Turbo bikes. One year only models which languished on showroom floors due to complexity and price, the Turbo era never really lasted. That is a shame, as the factory Turbo bikes are all unique in their own ways. Here are three examples of Honda’s technology showcase, the 1982 Honda CX500T. If you are in the market for one of these rarities now is a good time for a closer look. Prices are continuing to rise on these boosted machines.


#1. 1982 CX500T with complete restoration

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From the seller:
A 3-year ground-up restoration was completed on this beautiful bike in 2010. Every part, grommet, nut and bolt was removed from this bike. Every part on this bike has been either plated, powder coated, painted, polished, restored or replaced. There are countless hours and thousands of dollars spent on this very complicated restoration. This is no doubt one of the finest CX500 Turbos on the planet.

This beautiful first generation Honda Turbo is priced at $9,500 OBO.


#2. 1982 Honda CX500T with only 600 miles

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From the seller:
Purchased last year from a private collection. Clear CA title (license plate included, removed for pictures). 600.9 original miles (six hundred miles and 9/10) Likely one of the nicest low mileage CX500 Turbo motorcycles available. Stunning condition. Original. Clean. Near Mint.

This is a NO RESERVE auction, with the current bid sitting at a mere $3k. This might be a bargain in the making….


#3. Brand New 1982 Honda CX500T

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From the seller:
100% All original brand new true survivor in mint showroom condition never been registered fully documented flawless time capsule. Includes original Dealer Packet, original Certificate of Origin, original Owner’s Manual, original Owner’s Card, (2) original Keys & spare, original Tool Kit w/ Air Pressure Gauge still sealed, & OEM factory Turbo Cover. This bike has never been down, scratched, rebuilt, or repainted. All original decals & gauges with no fading whatsoever. Kept in my climate controlled storage facility year round & hasn’t moved since the day I brought it home from the previous owner / dealership. 1.9 factory miles.

The reserve has come off on this bike, and the auction is winding down. Current bid is at $8k, and I suspect it will move up before the auction ends.


So there you have it. Three excellent examples of Honda’s technical mastery. These rare beasts are not easy to find in this condition, and any one of these would make a fine addition to any collection. Good Luck!

MI

Turbo Triple Play:  3 Honda CX500 Turbos for sale
Suzuki March 10, 2014 posted by

How rare are these things?! 1983 Suzuki XN85 Turbo

Update 3.10.2014: This bike was first spotted in May of last year in Arizona and has now reappeared in Texas. I’m not clear if it’s the same seller but not many more miles have been accumulated. The new listing also has better pictures so make sure to check those out. Links updated. -dc

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Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. These things are rare. No, really – they are. These are, in fact, the most rare of the factory Turbo bikes of the 1980s, although you wouldn’t know it lately if you run a search of the RSBFS archives.

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From the seller:
Here is a two owner,1983 Suzuki XN85 Turbo. All original, unmodfied. Been stored for the last 20 years.Looks like it did in the 80’s. These were very limited production. Original license plate from California with the 1984 Sticker: MYXN85.Arizona titled,Box A original mileage.Tool kit is still in the padded XN85 marked tool pouch in the fairing storage compartment. Original Ignition and Fork Lock Keys. May be your last chance to find one as nice as this.

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This bike has not really racked up that many miles. These XN85s are very robust motorcycles, and the engines are quite beefy. Boost in stock form is relatively low, and provided oil changes are done on schedule there is really not that much to go wrong. You might have to do some research to find a suitable tire for that 16″ front wheel, but that is all part of the fun. I just love the personalized license plate on this one!

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This former California bike is available in the warm and sunny climate of Tucson, Arizona. No nibbles yet, but the open ask is a very fair $2,900. Click the link to jump over to the auction. As the saying goes, make hay while the sun shines. In this case, grab a Turbo when you can find it – you never know when this windfall of boosted bikes is going to dry up. Good Luck!

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How rare are these things?! 1983 Suzuki XN85 Turbo
Honda January 11, 2014 posted by

Turbo City: 1983 Honda CX650 Turbo

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Why don’t the Big Four (or any other manufacturer out there, for that matter) build boosted bikes anymore? The turbo bikes of the 80s made a terrific splash – and some very impressive horsepower – before dying an early death. 30+ years on, technology must have caught up enough to give it another go, right? So why not? Until then, we must be content to bask in the glory of what was, such as this 1983 Honda CX650 Turbo.

1983 Honda CX650 Turbo for sale on eBay

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From the seller:
One of only around 1800 built, it is not known how many are still around and indeed how many are in this condition. This bike has some CX500 turbo parts, the rear axle and swingarm that give it higher gearing and therefore reduced revs on the freeway which makes for a more relaxing cruise. It has a fibreglass fairing and CX500T mirrors which look more sturdy than the original CX650T mirrors.

Please inspect the photographs of the actual bike I am selling, it is in truly excellent condition to be expected after only so few miles after restoration. Everything functions as it should, the brakes, electrics, suspension, everything is 100%. Bike starts and runs flawlessly and can be ridden anywhere.

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Factory Turbo bikes can be wonderful and unique riding machines. They can also be a headache and a nightmare when it comes to repairs and spare parts. Fortunately, these CX650T models are practically bulletproof. There is a known issue with weak stators (around the 20k mark), but otherwise they are just fun to ride. This particular bike has the title of “restored” but the seller does note some non-standard changes. Click here to see all the pictures and details. Do your homework if interested. And don’t forget to tell ’em you found it on RSBFS!

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Turbo City: 1983 Honda CX650 Turbo
Yamaha August 18, 2013 posted by

Rare Bird: 1982 Yamaha XJ650LJ Seca Turbo

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If Rodney Dangerfield comes back to us reincarnated as a motorcycle, this would be his gig. All the right pieces, no respect. Built in the early 1980s and riding the fad wave of boosted power, the Seca Turbo simply never had a serious mission. Based off of the namesake Secas of the Yamaha lineup, these bikes were the poster children of the UJM. Whereas Honda followed the sport tourer route, Suzuki went for the sportbike and Kawasaki sought to own the strip with performance, Yamaha went the bland route and built the Seca. With the lowest boost and least performance of all the factory Turbo bikes, the Seca was a bit unloved.

1982 Yamaha XJ650 Turbo for sale on eBay

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None of the factory Turbo bikes sold well in the showroom. Expensive and complicated, heavy and lacking performance, the Turbo hype could not match reality. Yamaha stayed in the game longer than any other manufacturer, and as such produced more bikes than the others. Unfortunately, finding a clean Seca Turbo is rare; these are all too often trashed and discarded as oddities. That makes this 1,250 mile example pretty special. Because once the hype of the Turbo era was over, the reality was that the Seca made for a reasonable mount. If you don’t expect Hyabusa power or Panigale handling, the Seca will offer a unique experience in its own right.

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From the seller:
This is one of the nicest all original extremely low mileage Yamaha Seca Turbo motorcycles you may ever come across in excellent overall condition 9 of 10. Everything works as it should mechanically & electrically functioning 100% & is cosmetically as nice as I’ve seen outside the showroom in the 80’s. It has always been stored in a climate controlled environment. I am an avid car & motorcycle collector. This is the nicest riding of all the Turbo era bikes I have (all but the Suzuki XN85). It has never been down or damaged. The previous owner replaced the fork seals & tires due to age. Oil & filter recently changed and a battery tender plug-in has been added for ease of keeping on the tender in my building as I do all my bikes & cars. It has been tuned with new plugs, valve adjustment, needles & seals. The only issue I am aware of whatsoever is that if I don’t ride it on occasion, the check valve may stick which forces oil into the turbo and gets dumped out the wastegate left-hand side exhaust slight drips. Bike is always stored on the center stand with gas petcock turned off as recommended by the Yamaha Turbo Forums.

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This bike is available via auction with a starting price of $3,495. Seca Turbos have not significantly risen in value over the years, and we have seen clean examples change hands in the $5-6k region. This particular bike looks to be in great shape, and the low miles and collector storage has certainly helped to preserve this example. Click the link to jump over to the auction and check it out. While you’re there, take a gander at some of the other cool stuff this seller has in his stable!

MI