Flogged it Friday! Yamaha XJ650 Turbo clocks.

Flogged it Friday! Yamaha XJ650 Turbo clocks.

‘Some things are rare for a reason.’Yamaha XJ650 Turbo clocks

Quite often rare parts can command a decent premium over more readily available parts. To maintain a yin and yang to my daily eBay sales, I chucked this clock set up for grabs.

Yamaha XJ650 Turbo clocks‘What the ‘eck is a Yamaha XJ650 Turbo anyway?’

Back in the early to mid 80s, the Japanese manufacturers each wheeled out a turbo charged motorcycle for us to marvel and gawp at. The best one was the Kawasaki 750 Turbo, the worst one is still a debate that can start a bar brawl down at your local VJMC meet. I can’t split them myself, and despite the nerdy technology that they boasted, I have no desire to own any of the Honda, Yamaha or Suzuki offerings!

The XJ650 Turbo looked like a cross between a James Bond motorcycle and StreetHawk. They never sold in any large numbers, I think we all know why.

‘Why would anyone want this set of tick tocks then?’Yamaha XJ650 Turbo clocks

The only reason I went with these to market was the fact that they contain a UK MPH speedo. Quite a few of the XJ Turbos still out there making boost are imports that wear a KMH speedo.

I knew I had a narrow market so pitched them at a sensible ‘buy it now’ price of £25. This still left some room to slash the asking price if it looked like I was going to be wedged with them. I needn’t have worried, they sold within a few days!

Article provided by Scottie Redmond

of NTS Bike Breakers.