A bit of moaning about the RC45 being nice to look at, and The PS finds an XZ550 ‘fan’
While there have been quite a few occasions when I wanted to take an axe to my Yamaha XZ550 Vision à la Jack Torrance in The Shining, (PS, December 2018, 36 Years Ago This Month: Yamaha Wield the Axe x 30) cooler heads prevailed.
Thankfully they did, because this supposedly ‘tragic’ bike is what sparked a legitimate interest in motorcycles, a desire to demystify the mechanical workings and the drive to keep a 36-year-old cult item on the road. To anyone who has owned one: I fried two stators in just about as many
weeks, but it taught me the “how”
and “why” of my mid-ride misfortune. It also taught me to splice in a voltmeter above the speedometer. My dad let me get my bearings on his ‘82; year’s later, we picked up a $100 barn find that hadn’t been fired up since the year I was born – 1987. It was running later that night. The current plan is to merge them into a motorcycle that, you know... works.
Sure, it’s an admittedly ‘underdeveloped’ golden era bike, but it was saved from a cafe racer fate – and turned me into a PS fan.
XZ550 parked in a park, and soon to move under its own power. True