I purchased this 1982 550 Seca XJ550RJ on October 30, 2010, number of previous owners unknown. This was my "project bike" for the northern-hemisphere winter of 2010-2011. Indicated mileage - 9603 (15461 km).
In relatively nice condition when purchased, the XJ550 was missing a small number of parts including the graphics and reflectors on the fairing. Also missing were the original turn signals (blinkers), the carburetor heat shield and several small trim pieces. I was able to replace all missing items with NOS Yamaha parts except for the carburetor heat shield which is a used part.
As I seldom purchase a machine unless it has the original factory exhaust system, I was lucky to find this example with the factory exhaust in such nice condition and rust-free.
I completed what I describe as a "semi-restoration" consisting of a thorough cleaning, comprehensive maintenance and detailing of the entire machine. For pictures from my restoration effort I invite you to visit my Seca 550 Rehab Page.
Essentially similar to the 1981 XJ550RH and 1983 XJ550RK models, the 1982 Seca 550 did not sell in large numbers, at least in the United States, and today is a rarely seen model. The XJ550R Seca, Yamaha's "forgotten middleweight," offers desirable features such as a 6-speed transmission, fuel gauge, self-canceling turnsignals, built-in voltmeter, relatively light weight, attractive styling, factory-supplied security chain and a narrow, fine-performing 4-cylinder engine.
Current mileage on the XJ550R is approximately 10500 (16905 km) and it seems to be performing better with each ride. It truly is a fine mid-size machine. The Seca 550 will eventually transfer to its next owner in the condition pictured.
The pics below are from various rides on the Seca 550.
For more information on the Yamaha XJ Seca/Maxim series of machines you may enjoy a visit to the XJBikes.com website. This fine site has a wealth of information as well as an active rider's forum.
Are you searching for Seca 550 parts? If so, visit my Q&A page for a number of links and ideas for finding bikes and parts.