1978 Yamaha TT500 Flattrack Project

Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by Valleyrider, Mar 22, 2013.

  1. Xcuvator

    Xcuvator Justa Venturer

    Joined:
    Jul 23, 2007
    Oddometer:
    1,373
    Location:
    Skolls Or
    Deal.
    You know the other thing after looking at your pictures again is how close the surrounding houses are.
    That is what spelled the end to our Sidewinders track.:cry Every season you could see they were getting closer.
    In our case it was apartments, but they were not near as close as those houses.
  2. Valleyrider

    Valleyrider I Survived The '60s

    Joined:
    Apr 12, 2007
    Oddometer:
    1,883
    Location:
    Idaho Panhandler
    Gary Davis uses a really long lense. They are close, but not nearly as close as the appear (stolen from my right side view mirror).
    Spokane County owns the property and leases it out to Joe Kopp. There are MX tracks, a go kart track, a dragstrip, paved 3/8 oval....
    I hope noise and development don't become an issue like you noted.
  3. Valleyrider

    Valleyrider I Survived The '60s

    Joined:
    Apr 12, 2007
    Oddometer:
    1,883
    Location:
    Idaho Panhandler
    The "Team"... My '68 and '78

    [​IMG]
  4. BIG ED XT FAN

    BIG ED XT FAN Long timer

    Joined:
    Feb 18, 2006
    Oddometer:
    1,257
    Location:
    Finger Lakes Western New York
    Nice shot of your bikes. Wheres the 2nd TT500??:lol3:clap:freaky
  5. Valleyrider

    Valleyrider I Survived The '60s

    Joined:
    Apr 12, 2007
    Oddometer:
    1,883
    Location:
    Idaho Panhandler
    Went to pick it up and my racing buddy wanted it too...
    He needed one, I have one, so...
    Rock, Paper, Scissors.... I lose.

    It was a great deal for $500. !!
  6. Scootern29

    Scootern29 Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Sep 4, 2012
    Oddometer:
    540
    Location:
    In the hot, hot, dezert
    I really like the 68, superb job.
  7. Valleyrider

    Valleyrider I Survived The '60s

    Joined:
    Apr 12, 2007
    Oddometer:
    1,883
    Location:
    Idaho Panhandler
    Thank You!! Found it on Craigslist and paid $100. for it.... Not in this condition though.
  8. motomike14

    motomike14 Thumper Crusader

    Joined:
    Jan 2, 2010
    Oddometer:
    1,778
    Location:
    Florida
    You got me itching to build another tracker...but don't want to hack up my original 81. Damn you!
  9. Valleyrider

    Valleyrider I Survived The '60s

    Joined:
    Apr 12, 2007
    Oddometer:
    1,883
    Location:
    Idaho Panhandler
    That's exactly why when I walk into the old power shop in McCall Idaho the owner says "Oh no, It's Bad Willie".
    I have that affect on people.... :lol3
  10. BIG ED XT FAN

    BIG ED XT FAN Long timer

    Joined:
    Feb 18, 2006
    Oddometer:
    1,257
    Location:
    Finger Lakes Western New York
    I was looking last weekend at CL, and theres a TT600 for $600.00. Oh boy thats danger for me. And it only the next town over too!! And do i need 3 TT600s???? But this one has the yamaha disc brake!! I know not very good but its a start!!! Stay Tune!!!! BIG ED XT&TT 600 FAN!!!!:lol3:lol3:lol3
  11. Valleyrider

    Valleyrider I Survived The '60s

    Joined:
    Apr 12, 2007
    Oddometer:
    1,883
    Location:
    Idaho Panhandler
    Make sure you post up a link for me when you have your project goin!!
  12. Valleyrider

    Valleyrider I Survived The '60s

    Joined:
    Apr 12, 2007
    Oddometer:
    1,883
    Location:
    Idaho Panhandler
    Last nights event... The Vintage Amateur guys seem to only want to ride shorttrack. Not complaining!! After going thru the forks, I didn't find anything wrong with the exception of way too much oil in the left leg. Filled both with the proper amount and got this much travel without going over a jump!! (See post #112 for the before) Much happier. A couple days after the TT race on April 21, I was so sore, I felt like I was coming down with the flu.

    Oh, and the young guys in the Vintage Amateur class go much faster than this "Old Fart"!!! I finished 5th.

    [​IMG]
  13. teledan

    teledan Adventurer

    Joined:
    Apr 9, 2013
    Oddometer:
    85
    Location:
    Utah, USA
    I apologize if you mentioned it already but are you running the tt500 triple trees with those fork tubes?
  14. Valleyrider

    Valleyrider I Survived The '60s

    Joined:
    Apr 12, 2007
    Oddometer:
    1,883
    Location:
    Idaho Panhandler
    No problem! Yes, using the stock '78 clamps. The Radian forks fit right in!!
  15. teledan

    teledan Adventurer

    Joined:
    Apr 9, 2013
    Oddometer:
    85
    Location:
    Utah, USA
    Awesome! I bought a pair of xs750 fork tubes and they are also 36mm so they should slide right in, I should be able to use a wheel from an xs650 and have everything bolt right up. We'll see though.
  16. Valleyrider

    Valleyrider I Survived The '60s

    Joined:
    Apr 12, 2007
    Oddometer:
    1,883
    Location:
    Idaho Panhandler
    The only thing that was a little tough was cutting spacers to properly center the front wheel. Salvage yards are really handy for finding that sort of thing. Then it's just a matter of trimming them down to the right length.
  17. Schlivitz

    Schlivitz Mercury Freefall

    Joined:
    Sep 12, 2010
    Oddometer:
    66
    Location:
    East 10EC
    Just caught your thread. Make sure that swing arm bolt is going in from the correct side. I don't remember which way it goes in, but I had an '80 model XT and mine came out twice before I figured out the problem. It even had Loctite on it the second time. I never went down but that is a scairy way to end your ride. Put it in from the other side and no more worries (though it still took me a while to loosen my grip).
    You might have noticed that those things vibrate a bit.
    Great bikes. Yours looks awesome.
  18. Valleyrider

    Valleyrider I Survived The '60s

    Joined:
    Apr 12, 2007
    Oddometer:
    1,883
    Location:
    Idaho Panhandler
    Well.... Dennis bought it, rode it and now he wants to do something else :eek1
    Soooo.... I'm buying it from him today. Pictures when possible.

    Practice day at the track. Riding mine is becoming a lot more fun as I get things to work right!!
  19. Valleyrider

    Valleyrider I Survived The '60s

    Joined:
    Apr 12, 2007
    Oddometer:
    1,883
    Location:
    Idaho Panhandler
    Here T'is... My $500. TT500
    Dennis raced it and did change tires and front wheel. Fenders, carby and all the stock stuff is in a box in the garage.
    This one has a title. Going to de-rake the steering head and build a proper shorttracker while I hone my skills on the '78

    [​IMG]
  20. JonW

    JonW Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Apr 15, 2009
    Oddometer:
    159
    Location:
    Sydney, Australia
    WOW! fantastic pickup for 500 notes! Worth it just for the tank... or the motor... or the... well, anyway, its a great pick up!

    Interested to see how this one comes out :clap