1983 Yamaha Vision 550 For Sale

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Vision 550
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Description 1983 Yamaha Vision 550

A cult fave, along with the 1982 variant, both nicknamed "THE JAPANESE BMW".  Stored in San Diego County.  Near new condition, probably one of the finest examples of this model left on the planet.  This may not matter to you, but it has the coolest sound of any motorcycle I have ever heard, and if you read the Wikipedia entry on this bike, they say its exhaust note has been likened to that of a Ferrari Testarossa - V-twins in general have great sounds, but this one almost makes listeners drool.  Shaft drive, with so many engineering tricks that it cost thirty percent more than other Japanese machines of the same displacement ... which led to it being discontinued, due to poor sales.  Downdraft carbs allow trickier jetting than the sidedraft carbs used in 99% of bikes.  Four valves per cylinder, with an exhaust pipe taking the charge from each valve, for low back pressure.  Monoshock.  the 83's all had fairings, one of the changes from 82.  the most power in its class back in the day, and noted for high torque down low, with the tricky Yamaha chamber in the intake track, yet high power up in the revs due to the multi valve advantage.  this one was kept in a garage always, and looks under a year old, to look at it.  the pix are from when i got it (i had to get it from Michigan, so rare are they, having it trucked to me), as i am too lazy to make new pix, but i put less than two hundred miles on it and it looks identical.  that is why I am selling it, having foolishly decided to put together a collection of vintage bikes now that I have retired.  But i never ride them, being somewhat agoraphobic, and with carbs you have to run them at least twice a month or you have trouble.  so, from seven motorcycles six months ago, I have thinned the herd down to two, and selling this one will leave me with a sensible ONE motorcycle (i am keeping the 82 Vision).  I have $5,500 into this bike over the last eighteen months, and just this month paid $900 to a great local bike shop, with a great mechanic, to get the starter and stator replaced, so it is ready to go for thousands more presumably trouble free miles.  Rcpts were kept for all.

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