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what does seca stand for?

PostAuthor: oprater47 » Thu May 12, 2016 9:58 pm

hi I was trying to find out what seca means on the end of my1981 xv920r seca.

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Re: what does seca stand for?

PostAuthor: Hellgate » Fri May 13, 2016 3:32 am

Seca, as in Laguna Seca. Yamaha used the term in the US in the early '80's, to indicate a sporting bike vs. a cruiser. It only lasted a few years before the FJ's and later, the FZ's arrived. The exception at the time was the RZ350.
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Re: what does seca stand for?

PostAuthor: faffi » Fri May 13, 2016 4:16 am

AFAIK, the Seca designation was never officially made to the 920? Or am I wrong? Anyway, the explanation is correct, it was a name meant to lead the mind towards track and performance.

There was a 400, 550, 650, 750 and 900 Seca made, all but the 400 were inline fours. The 400 was a twin, named XJ400 Seca in USA, but XS400 DOHC elsewhere. Some countries got a 400 version of the 550 four, but IIRC the Seca designation was for USA only. In other parts of the world they were simply named XJ400, XJ550, XJ650 and XJ900. The exception was the 1981-83 750, which I believe was named Seca also in Europe. The last of these old XJ fours to be produced was the 900 in 1994. Introduction came in 1980. The 650, 750 and 900 shared engine and shaft final drive configuration, whereas the 400/550 fours were chain driven. Oh, and you didn't ask about this, did you :ops:
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Re: what does seca stand for?

PostAuthor: chrismalm » Fri May 13, 2016 2:23 pm

It means "dry" in Spanish. Laguna Seca = Dry Lagoon
It sounds faster in Spanish :bg:
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Re: what does seca stand for?

PostAuthor: Octania » Sat May 14, 2016 8:27 am

So, not Single Overhead Cam, eh?

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Re: what does seca stand for?

PostAuthor: pastot » Fri May 25, 2018 11:34 pm

There was also a Turbo Seca 700 right around 1984, when tariffs were put on imported bikes larger than 700cc. It like many 700s were actually 699cc to avoid falling prey to the new tariff. It was a hot little number back then.

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Re: what does seca stand for?

PostAuthor: faffi » Sat May 26, 2018 3:31 pm

Never heard of it, do you have more info? There was a 650 Turbo and also a 750 that looked identical to the Turbo sold in Japan, but it didn't have a turbo.
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