My 1982 Yamaha XV920RJ. This was the only colour offerred in the ‘82 US Market. It was discontinued the next year, so these are very rare ducks. I was unable to convince the licence bureau of this, and they refused it classic plates -
Brakes were very lack lustre, and it had a few issues in higher altitudes, but this was a very able canyon carver. I made a mistake getting piping on the seat seams when it was rebuilt, and these cut off circulation and left welts.
These photos are rendered from film prints. California, on a trip with brothers Larry and Bruce. Lar is the roadkill.
Bruce Hayton bought this bike, being an aficionado of the odd duck. It wasn’t pretty, but it was a damn good bike. Tank styling emulated the MotoGuzzi. In fact, as an owner I saw enough similarities to believe that’s just what they were going for, minus the transverse engine. The tank was a tad small for long range exploration, and I was always the first guy needing gas. I added basic vinyl soft bags, and a fairing from Rifle. It was the only one that would accept the enormous train headlamp the RJ boasted. Brakes were hydraulic all around, and the bike sounded quite good -
Suspension offered only an air pre-