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Old 10-09-2014, 09:30 AM   #1
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Question Thinking of trading a DR350 Supermoto for an XT500. Need input.

So, I have this:




And I love it, most fun I've had on two wheels in a loooooong time. The problem is that I also have this:





And if I want to see him grow up I should probably sell the supermoto and stop riding like an idiot. Sure, I could put the dirt wheels back on the DR but...

I've always wanted an XT500. So I'm thinking about trying to trade it. I'm not afraid of kick starting a bike, wouldn't ride long distance with it, or two-up, or at night. Just around town, mild gravel/fire roads, stuff like that. I would probably swap the forks for something that would allow me to mount have a disk brake, and would mount a 19" front and some 70/30 tires.

So, what do the XT/TT/SR experts say? Would I be disappointed? Are parts getting too hard to find for those? Any years/models I should stay away from? And, most importantly, would I be able to find a decent XT in the $1700 range at which I value the DR?
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Old 10-09-2014, 03:19 PM   #2
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Xt500

The XT500 is a great bike, tons of parts, easy to work on..can be difficult to start when warm and brakes can be scary!
I have one, a 77, with a 540cc piston, Megacycle cam, double oil lines, TT tank, TT elongated alloy swing arm... I still have to mount a XT350 disc fork that I have.... but since I broke my leg 5 years ago I can't start it anymore $1500/$1700 is a normal-low price.

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Old 10-10-2014, 05:03 AM   #3
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i rode a stock '79 XT500 for 6 years & now on my 2nd DR350.

the bad
the seat will slide you continually into the tank/ but the dr seat also sucks.
vibration is a factor but at higher rpms.
somewhat noisier.
suspension and brakes are vintage.
6volt lighting

the good
simple 2-valve motor
simple controls & cables
simple electrics with a cheap 12volt conversion & battery elimination [ask me for details]
5-speed with a strong, broad torque band requires less shifting
affordable & tons of parts support

cheers & cute kid
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Old 10-10-2014, 05:41 AM   #4
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simple electrics with a cheap 12volt conversion & battery elimination [ask me for details]
Please do tell.

Last time I rode one was a "few" years ago, in traffic, in Paris. I was NOT impressed with the brakes, hence the fork swap idea. Power/weight wise I think I would be close to the DR (it's pretty strong with some goodies) but more relaxed, hopefully.

Prmurat, sorry about the leg. I love the bike, if you were closer I would probably make you an offer...
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Old 10-10-2014, 07:12 AM   #5
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i have a pdf sketch, cant figure how to attach
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Old 10-10-2014, 08:33 AM   #6
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Here and there there are solutions to get 12v:
http://www.powerdynamo.biz/eng/systems/7095/7095inst.ph

http://xt500.free.fr (In french but some in english in electricity).
I rode a later XT in 12v in Paris for 2 years... Did not feel a big difference!!
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Here and there there are solutions to get 12v:
http://www.powerdynamo.biz/eng/systems/7095/7095inst.ph

http://xt500.free.fr (In french but some in english in electricity).
I rode a later XT in 12v in Paris for 2 years... Did not feel a big difference!!
French is fine with me. Thanks!
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Old 10-11-2014, 05:20 PM   #8
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Is the electronic ignition on the SR worth going that route and building a scrambler? Or should I stick with the xt?
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Old 10-11-2014, 05:57 PM   #9
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Thinking of trading a DR350 Supermoto for an XT500. Need input.

SR ignition was already a problem on the SR and parts are difficult to come by. If you really want to spend a lot of money, the powerdynamo is the way to go. Points are ok and very resilent. A little electronic box replacing the condenser could help keep the points living longer (had one on a triple triumph: did not touch the ign for 20 years!). BTW A british company is making a nice 12v conversion: http://www.rexs-speedshop.com/epages...lt_Conversions

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Old 10-13-2014, 04:23 AM   #10
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i sold the xt500 with the same points set i put in it 6 years earlier.
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Old 10-13-2014, 06:34 AM   #11
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I have always had more condenser failures than points issues. Probably just because the condensers are all 20+ years at this point.
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Old 10-13-2014, 09:09 AM   #12
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I'd think about "vintage-ing" up (down?) the DR. Lower it a few inches, add some Preston Petty plastics, 21/18" wheels but enjoy the 6 gears, the brakes, ignition system, the already vintageness of it?

Maybe fit an old RM style tank on her?
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Old 10-13-2014, 10:41 AM   #13
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Not exactly but close to this.

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Old 10-13-2014, 10:42 AM   #14
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Old 10-13-2014, 11:08 AM   #15
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Nice. But it would have to have twin shocks.
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