Pat Halstead’s 1983 Yamaha XJ900 Seca



Gone, but not lost

Of the more than 40 bikes I’ve owned there were several you could not give me today, even for display. But, yeah, one fondly remembers certain past bikes and would welcome them back if the reality weren’t that those have now most probably been recycled into patio furniture or Keurigs. My first Honda, a 1961 CA95 Benly, purchased in 1961, is such a nostalgia magnet. I’d had two bigger bikes (250 BSA, 500 AJS) but the Benly was as red as a valentine and just as welcome, making work trips of 50 miles each way twice every week that summer to and from the Olympic Peninsula. Much later, another fire engine red bike — this a 1978 Yamaha XS750E — proved pride-worthy in every way. I hesitate to mention two 1978 Kawasaki Z1-Rs owned in later years because they were resold reflecting their rather UJM ordinariness, except for styling that has caused the price to soar in recent years. OK, the bike I’d welcome back but don’t regret not having is another red roadster, Yamaha’s 1983 XJ900 Seca. I say “no regrets” because I donated it to the Barber Motorsports Museum one year ago. Not many were sold here (maybe a thousand?) and the machine was both well equipped for its year and still light and comfortable. With luck, Barber will choose to find a spot to display it and I will return there to see it yet again. 

Pat Halstead/via email

12/4/2020 10:17:28 PM

JoeJay - I have an 83 Seca 900, rode it 5 times, everytime over 100mph, put it in my mom’s garage and it’s still there, great bike but thought it would be the death of me if I kept riding it...

2/28/2020 10:09:09 AM

Randy80s2 - Have you tried the Kaplan New England Motorcycle Museum in Rockville, Connecticut? (That's NE USA right). Have never been (I live in BC , Canada) but I have seen them on You Tube all the time.

2/20/2020 11:44:50 AM

I have a friend with a few XJ900's.. including a multiple show winner. I also have a few but none on the road at this time. I would like to find a Seca 900 in the States, but don't believe any were actually sold here. I saw one in the Caribbean a few months ago... a police bike... I should have stopped and offered to buy it. I like the XJ series, my favorite being the 600S (Seca II). My son and I call it the "do everything" bike. We have quite a few of them. I also like the FJ series and have a few FJ1200's that I ride regularly. The Barber Mueum is great. I wish there was a similar one up in the North East. I've offered many times to donate bikes to a great car museum here with a small motorcycle display, but they don't seem interested in expanding in that direction. Nice write-up, memories, and picture. Keep riding!

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