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Old 08-01-2013, 10:57 PM   #1
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New Yamaha 500 dual-sport - a modern XT500???

http://www.motorcyclenews.com/MCN/Ne...would-you-buy/

...so is this the WR450R kinda bike everyone has been waiting for?

surely this can't be building up the old bike again.
dirt technology has progressed a ton and there are not that many hipsters who want new old dirt bikes.
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Old 08-01-2013, 11:53 PM   #2
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Why, they have the XT660 models still available? Except in the USA again I suppose.
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Old 08-02-2013, 12:21 AM   #3
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Hmm, I can't decide, modern XT500 or RD350. BOTH of them!
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Old 08-02-2013, 02:46 AM   #4
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Since I am not a hipster, and spent many years on and around TT / XT 500's, Thats not the bike I would want them to revive.

But, If they were to revive the 1st generation TZR 250, and somehow import it into the states, then I sure would be happy to replace my worn and tired 1KT !
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Old 08-02-2013, 03:31 AM   #5
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Hard to imagine "Yamaha have confirmed that they're planning to revive some of their most iconic bikes" means old tech, and emissions regs means EFI. If they go for old-school looks, i.e. bring back the XT500, hopefully they would do what Honda did with their CB1100, Suzuki with the TU250. Old-school looks with modern build (well except the rear drum on the TU).

Modern would suit me. I would swap the WR250R in a heartbeat for the same bike with some nice, fat, lazy torque, as long as it doesn't gain weight in the process. A WR400R sounds perfect.
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Old 08-02-2013, 04:43 AM   #6
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i'd dig a 250 2-stroke
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Old 08-02-2013, 06:00 AM   #7
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IT425 with longer legs. All the power you need, comfy seat...
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Old 08-02-2013, 06:05 AM   #8
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Old 08-02-2013, 06:17 AM   #9
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I've read their revived RZ350LC is a single cylinder 4t. Might be a decent bike, but it isn't a RD350LC by any stretch!
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Old 08-02-2013, 06:40 AM   #10
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i'd dig a 250 2-stroke
Yes, a 2 stroke with direct injection!
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Old 08-02-2013, 08:36 AM   #11
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A modern SR500 would be nice, if they kept it simple, light, and fast. Electric start and fuel injection is just what the original needed.
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Old 08-02-2013, 08:42 AM   #12
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It wouldn't make much sense IMO, to bring back the XT500 in any form remotely close to the original. You can have a retro streetbike ala Honda CB1100a that still works well, but not with the XT as there is no way to keep that look and have any remotely decent performance...heck, it makes a KLR look like a hoverbike!

...and I agree: the RD350 would need to be a 2 cyl, 2 stroke or it's just a badging exercise.

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Old 08-02-2013, 09:58 AM   #13
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If there is a new bike, I'm thinking the bike will a modern 500cc dual-sport (much lighter than the xt660) and will use the XT500 name. Yamaha has alot of history with the XT dual-sport line of bikes. They also have a hole in the their line between the 250 class and the 650 class of dual-sports.
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Old 08-02-2013, 10:08 AM   #14
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SRX600 would be a good 4-stroke old yammer
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Old 08-02-2013, 11:20 AM   #15
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Yamaha will have a fail on their hands if they bring back these old bikes. I would love to see a 87 XT600 come back but I am dreaming. It will never happen.
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