ADVrider

Go Back   ADVrider > Bikes > Thumpers
User Name
Password
Register Inmates Photos Site Rules Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 03-29-2008, 09:42 AM   #1
TimberlineAdventure OP
Maine Thumpah
 
TimberlineAdventure's Avatar
 
Joined: Mar 2008
Location: Portland, ME
Oddometer: 380
Yamaha XT500

Anyone here have a XT500? My buddy and I have a few MINT MINT MINT xt500's and are about to switch over to a HUSKY 610TE. Still keeping the XT's, but am wondering if anyone else here has one
TimberlineAdventure is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-29-2008, 11:56 AM   #2
thumperbill
Adventurer
 
Joined: Mar 2008
Location: Scappoose Oregon
Oddometer: 11
I do

Love those old Thumpers. Have had a bunch of them with no real problems yet. Got my fist TT back around the mid 80s and have been hooked ever since. Almost always have several in the stable. Great bikes but they dont compare to the newer dual sports but are still quite capeable bikes when ridden within their limits.

Currently building a street legal flat track style bike using bits of a TT500 XT500 and SR500. Here is a pic of my XT and the project bike.

Congrats, nice ones are harder to find every year. Lets see a pic of yours.





thumperbill is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-29-2008, 02:33 PM   #3
sonic reducer
Gnarly Adventurer
 
Joined: Aug 2007
Location: Seattle WA
Oddometer: 205
the XT and TT aluminum tanks are bar none my favorite factory tank ever.
__________________
'06 FZ1 '03 525exc
sonic reducer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-29-2008, 03:25 PM   #4
scootertrash
Mobile Homie
 
scootertrash's Avatar
 
Joined: Aug 2003
Location: "My leg's tired, let's live here."
Oddometer: 2,072
Quote:
Originally Posted by TimberlineAdventure
Anyone here have a XT500? My buddy and I have a few MINT MINT MINT xt500's and are about to switch over to a HUSKY 610TE. Still keeping the XT's, but am wondering if anyone else here has one
Had three '78's, two XT's and a SR. LOVE that engine! Would love to get another XT 500..

EDIT: Here's my old SR:

__________________

TV-free for 7 years and counting
"The difference between Adventure and Adversity is Attitude"

scootertrash screwed with this post 03-29-2008 at 03:37 PM
scootertrash is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-29-2008, 04:46 PM   #5
Sycamore
d00b
 
Sycamore's Avatar
 
Joined: Mar 2006
Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Oddometer: 1,692
I also had 2 XT's and an SR, which I modified a bit. Same engine, basically.
The XT was was a great bike, IMO it was a kind of a legend. First Japanese big single, Yamaha took a chance and opened up a whole new market. Stone reliable.

Here's one of my XT's in South Africa at the start of an 800 mile road trip on Christmas day 1980 (girlfriend left me, and I was so pissed I left town for good - true story) and some pics of my modified SR which I still own.







and here's a TT500 (offroad cousin of the XT) I saw yesterday...

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=326172


and here's the XT again after the first few hundred miles - crazy high handlebars (what the hell was I thinking), army sleeping bag as backrest, seat cut down to an inch or 2 which was also pretty stupid in hindsight.


Sycamore screwed with this post 03-29-2008 at 05:02 PM
Sycamore is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-29-2008, 06:38 PM   #6
Hektoglider
One with Life
 
Hektoglider's Avatar
 
Joined: Jun 2006
Location: Lone Pine Ontario (or travelling)
Oddometer: 2,536
Xt500 1977


I picked this one up last fall with 7700km original nice shape..........super low price, had to buy it.
__________________
Ride Our World
Hektoglider is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-29-2008, 09:13 PM   #7
montesa_vr
Legend in his own mind
 
montesa_vr's Avatar
 
Joined: Mar 2006
Oddometer: 1,978
The old fashioned mechanical ignition points didn't have the moisture resistance that new solid state ignitions have. After four days on the ferry back from Alaska, the bike spent the night outside in the foothills of the Cascades, and the next morning I kicked for a long time without gettting a pop. Finally pulled the ignition cover and gave everything a shot of WD-40 and then it started right up.

We take a lot for granted today. The XT valves were very easy to adjust, but they loosened with miles and made a racket to let you know it was time to snug them down a little. Oil changes were a bit of a process with the oil in the frame and various filters. It really preferred premium gas. The starting process was pretty intricate until you learned where the piston was by feel and didn't need to stand on your head to look at the little window in the cam cover any more. No counterbalancer, so you knew what a big single felt like -- more shake than buzz.

I never again owned a bike that was as easy to ride long wheelies as my XT500. I'd own one again just for that.
__________________
Often wrong, but never in doubt.
montesa_vr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-30-2008, 07:36 AM   #8
Sycamore
d00b
 
Sycamore's Avatar
 
Joined: Mar 2006
Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Oddometer: 1,692
Sycamore is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-30-2008, 04:58 PM   #9
TimberlineAdventure OP
Maine Thumpah
 
TimberlineAdventure's Avatar
 
Joined: Mar 2008
Location: Portland, ME
Oddometer: 380
Quote:
Originally Posted by montesa_vr
The old fashioned mechanical ignition points didn't have the moisture resistance that new solid state ignitions have. After four days on the ferry back from Alaska, the bike spent the night outside in the foothills of the Cascades, and the next morning I kicked for a long time without gettting a pop. Finally pulled the ignition cover and gave everything a shot of WD-40 and then it started right up.

We take a lot for granted today. The XT valves were very easy to adjust, but they loosened with miles and made a racket to let you know it was time to snug them down a little. Oil changes were a bit of a process with the oil in the frame and various filters. It really preferred premium gas. The starting process was pretty intricate until you learned where the piston was by feel and didn't need to stand on your head to look at the little window in the cam cover any more. No counterbalancer, so you knew what a big single felt like -- more shake than buzz.



I never again owned a bike that was as easy to ride long wheelies as my XT500. I'd own one again just for that.
I must be inept at pulling wheelies, even with you are saying is the best Wheelie machine around... What is your method, I have ridden for twenty years, have a modified bike, but certainly suck at the wheelies...
TimberlineAdventure is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-29-2008, 07:47 PM   #10
Snowbound
Studly Adventurer
 
Joined: Jan 2007
Location: Crystola ,Colorado
Oddometer: 873
XT-500 air filter

The filter media is disentigrading on my filter.I hate to spend $32 for a new assembly.I 'll buy a new filter if neccessary but the rest of the unit looks OK .
Snowbound is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-01-2008, 02:50 PM   #11
haydenslides
K.Flotto
 
haydenslides's Avatar
 
Joined: Apr 2006
Location: Port Angeles, Washington USA
Oddometer: 94
Cool2 points/condenser part #'s

thought i'd post these part number, as i just got a new set... for z 1977 XT500D
yamaha part #'s:
points: 583-81621-50
condenser: 583-81625-50
might be interesting if anybody had a yamaha parts cross reference disc to see what other bikes run this setup...
__________________
haydenslides
'00 ZRX1100
'77 Yamaha XT500
'02 Kawasaki KL250 Super Sherpa
'74 Honda CT70 - the original adv bike
port angeles, washington, usa
haydenslides is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-01-2008, 02:57 PM   #12
cbmma1969
Studly Adventurer
 
Joined: Feb 2007
Location: Meridian, ID
Oddometer: 672
Quote:
Originally Posted by haydenslides
thought i'd post these part number, as i just got a new set... for z 1977 XT500D
yamaha part #'s:
points: 583-81621-50
condenser: 583-81625-50
might be interesting if anybody had a yamaha parts cross reference disc to see what other bikes run this setup...
Just as an FYI the points are also Honda 107's. Used on small bore singles as I recall. Many years ago they were cheaper than the Yamaha set.

The 583 in the Yamaha part number says they were first used on the TT/XT bikes so I'd say very few others would use them as Yamaha quit using points in '79.
__________________
The traveler is active; he goes strenuously in search of people, of adventure, or experience. The tourist is passive; he expects interesting things to happen to him. DANIEL J. BOORSTIN, attributed, Voyages of Discover
cbmma1969 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-17-2008, 02:08 PM   #13
haydenslides
K.Flotto
 
haydenslides's Avatar
 
Joined: Apr 2006
Location: Port Angeles, Washington USA
Oddometer: 94
Wicked

I'm trying to come up with some cross reference info for XT/TT/SR 500's. The XT's had steel swingarms, did the TT's have aluminum? Will SR 500 wheels fit on an XT? Can you run a TT front wheel on a XT and still retain speedometer function? Are XT/TT seats interchangeable? Do XT's/TT's use different carb's? Am i correct in assuming that that the TT didn't have a lighting coil?

I'd like to possibly run a SR front rim on my XT for more street riding with my pop. Also, i'm trying to locate a replacement seat, and am wondering if a TT seat would work.

This bike is a kick in the ass. Rode 700 miles in 4 days last week and the bike ran perfect. started first kick every time. It barrelled up the north cascades highway passes and then tackled 2 foot deep snow covered logging road passes. i'm in love!
__________________
haydenslides
'00 ZRX1100
'77 Yamaha XT500
'02 Kawasaki KL250 Super Sherpa
'74 Honda CT70 - the original adv bike
port angeles, washington, usa
haydenslides is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-17-2008, 05:30 PM   #14
plugeye
mc caregiver
 
plugeye's Avatar
 
Joined: May 2007
Location: Garland, Texas
Oddometer: 3,321
Quote:
Originally Posted by haydenslides
I'm trying to come up with some cross reference info for XT/TT/SR 500's. The XT's had steel swingarms, did the TT's have aluminum?

no, steel


Will SR 500 wheels fit on an XT?

the front has disc brake

Can you run a TT front wheel on a XT and still retain speedometer function?

no.

Are XT/TT seats interchangeable?

yes.

Do XT's/TT's use different carb's

yes

Am i correct in assuming that that the TT didn't have a lighting coil?

dont know

I'd like to possibly run a SR front rim on my XT for more street riding with my pop. Also, i'm trying to locate a replacement seat, and am wondering if a TT seat would work.

tt seat will fit, but it sucks like the xt

This bike is a kick in the ass. Rode 700 miles in 4 days last week and the bike ran perfect. started first kick every time. It barrelled up the north cascades highway passes and then tackled 2 foot deep snow covered logging road passes. i'm in love!
good luck
plugeye is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-16-2008, 10:23 PM   #15
fatherof4
Gnarly Adventurer
 
Joined: Jun 2008
Location: Sunnyside Wa
Oddometer: 184
1977 XT500 project

I just picked up a 1977 XT500 with 7300 miles for $200. It had been sitting for 8 yrs.

Cleaned the carb and put a tube in the back tire and it fired right up. I took it out last weekend for a short in-town ride and seems to run alright and it didn't smoke. The tires are to dry rotted to risk any distance or speed.

I should have new tires for it in a couple days.

What I am looking for is any suggestion on gearing this bike. I have to buy chain and sprockets so I only want to buy one set.

This wil be my primary form of transportation to work so it will see some highway riding. Mostly it will be rode to work and some forest service roads.

I have had bikes from a z50 to a kz1100 but this is my first XT.

Any suggestions will be appreciated.
Attached Images
 
fatherof4 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Share

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

.
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Forum Jump


Times are GMT -7.   It's 12:15 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright ADVrider 2011-2014