Yamaha XT500

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by TimberlineAdventure, Mar 29, 2008.

  1. TimberlineAdventure

    TimberlineAdventure Maine Thumpah

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    I am going to get some pictures of our XT's online today, and sure do love all the comments on these bikes, hopefully, we can keep this thread going, after all, wasn't the XT the first Thumpah !! I am about to buy a TE610, but was wondering about the 510, is it too much for a daily driver. I would be using the bike about 65% on the pavement and the rest on the dirt. I have heard that the 510 is a little too much for daily commuting. I do, however liked a hopped up piece of machinery. My other daily summer ride is a 1972 240z, old track car that doesn't like to be below 80mph... I would appreciate your comments on the 510 as I about to buy the 610 this week.
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  2. TimberlineAdventure

    TimberlineAdventure Maine Thumpah

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    DO you have any pictures of your TT?
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  3. Jolly705

    Jolly705 Long timer

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    From the sounds of this thread. I need to work on the points!
    Thanks advrider :evil
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  4. montesa_vr

    montesa_vr Legend in his own mind

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    I haven't ridden either one, so I'll limit my remarks to what I know. The 610 has one of the most wonderful wide ratio six-speed transmissions in all of motorcycling. All the other Husqvarnas, including the 510, have a very narrow competition gear spacing. The upshot is a 510 will be revving very high on the highway unless you change the sprockets, and then it will not have a low enough first gear for tight trails. The 610 has a gear for everything.
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  5. Sycamore

    Sycamore d00b

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    ... and keep the rear brake covered, touch it if your front goes too high.
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  6. Sycamore

    Sycamore d00b

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    Question: What do you do with an XT500 when it's getting old?

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  7. Sycamore

    Sycamore d00b

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    Ugly as sin but it worked - XT500, Paris - Dakar 1979

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  8. Jolly705

    Jolly705 Long timer

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    This is one of my favorite XT's

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  9. thumperbill

    thumperbill Adventurer

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    I would start with new points and condensor. Generally I set the gap at .016 them set the timing slightly advanced and back off untill the engine does not ping under load. When finished my bikes generally start with 1-2 kicks hot or cold. On these bikes 90% of what people think is a carb issue turns out to be in the points. Seems that setting points is becoming a lost art. Hope the info helps!

    Once I worked on one that the owner had replaced the clutch in but forgot to line up the gears for the points cam. Took a while to figure that one out.

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  10. thumperbill

    thumperbill Adventurer

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    Actually its a TT500 I made street leagal. Had a blast riding it all over the hills. Should never have sold it. Needed little to be perfect.

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  11. TimberlineAdventure

    TimberlineAdventure Maine Thumpah

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    I agree, although I had alot fewer problems with the addition of a 38mm flat side Mikuni.... But still, after sitting all winter long, she fired up with two kicks. Puuuurs like a kitten. I'll get the pictures loaded in the morning that I have been talking about...
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  12. Tiger_DFT

    Tiger_DFT West Aussie old fart

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    I ride my TE510 50/50....it is absolutely awesome offroad and just bearable on road. I too like performance orientated things (my road car is a Sunbeam Tiger Mk1A with a warmed up 330hp Windsor 302).

    I have geared my 2005 TE 510 15/45 as I don't ride too much gnarly tight stuff here in W.A. More open firetrail riding and the close ratios and 15/45 are an absolute hoot!!

    TE510 don't carry much fuel which is a good thing because by the time I get onto reserve I've got to have a little sit down anyway (58 and still growing up!). So I love my Husky, I also have a Ducati M900 (1st model - 1993) and just love riding that too if I need to go any distance on road.

    Hope this helps...I'll dig up a photo of my XT500 and scan and upload it.

    Cheers
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  13. TimberlineAdventure

    TimberlineAdventure Maine Thumpah

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    David,

    Thanks for the comments... Would you do the 510 again, or opt for the 610? I have heard from the 610 thread that the tranny is one of the best tranny's of any bike every made. Also heard that the 510 needs much more wrenching. It is a difficult decision for me as I like the most H.P. I can get under my legs. I had a M800 Dark, tweaked and sold it when my kids were born as I couldn't resist turning the throttle toooooo much. Plus, there is nothing better than gettig to a place here in Maine where other people cant get to on.... If I chose to have only one bike, it would be an Enduro, and certainly Husky seems to be the machine. I am 38, three torn discs in my back, and this is why I am going to get a new machine and put the XT's in the garage as eye candy. Have a great day !!
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  14. fleshpiston

    fleshpiston Been here awhile

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  15. TimberlineAdventure

    TimberlineAdventure Maine Thumpah

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    Yeh, I have been watching this... I wouldn't consider selling mine for less that 5k... But of course, she is Mint with the correct after market add-ons. This one looks like a Yamonda, and what a f'ed up color. I dont think it is right to combine 1970's classic metal with a modern light.... just my opinion
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  16. TUCKERS

    TUCKERS the famous james

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    great thread, I just love these old bikes, keep it coming.
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  17. Tiger_DFT

    Tiger_DFT West Aussie old fart

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    I would not hesitate in buying another TE510....it does everything on the dirt you could ever ask for. It is mild manner until you twist it and then HANG ON! It is reasonably mild mannered for such a powerful bike. The tranny on the 510 works a treat but the gearing isn't road friendly. Mine is tolerable with the 15/45 gearing but what the heck....this thing is the best hooligan bike when you get on the gas......it's great!! Very hard to keep yourself well behaved!

    Whilst TE510's need more wrenching than a 610...the valve checking couldn't be easier (and mine haven't changed!). All maintenance like filter/oil changes, aircleaner servicing etc is a breeze.

    Build and material quality is top class too....I'm definitely happy to give Husky's and TE510s my full endorsement.

    Hope this helps
    Cheers
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  18. Sycamore

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    The motor that started a lifelong love-affair with thumpers ...

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  19. TimberlineAdventure

    TimberlineAdventure Maine Thumpah

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    That is the best photo of the ole beast I have ever seen... I sure wish I could get my pictures loaded up here... Love the trumpet on this engine, must have been an SR, & what kind of carb is that?
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  20. B.Curvin

    B.Curvin Feral Chia tamer

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    My old girl.
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    Got it for 750.00 in about 1995.

    Was told it had a high comp piston, head work and a cam. Never confirmed this,

    but it was as quick as my friends 1997ish KTM Duke.

    Like everyone else, wish I hadn't sold it.
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