Yamaha XT500

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

  1. JAB

    JAB Unsprung Weight

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    Looks pretty complete. Good luck with the refurb.
  2. tim777jet

    tim777jet Bored to 600cc

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    Hey riverratride, Ref the Dimecitycycles megaphone silencer and the Motolanna swept downpipe, love the look of that combination. I see Motolanna make a standard reversed megaphone, a short version and an Extra short one The Extra short one is supposed to be quiter. How load is your Dimeccity megaphone, just wondering why you went for that combination when Motolanna sell a matching Megaphone as well.
    Just joined the forum, I built my current XT around 24 years ago from parts, needs a strip and repaint now, looking at changing the exhaust set up now, mine is home made straight through, but im getting old now and need something throaty but less noisey. Many thanx Tim
  3. muztt500

    muztt500 Adventurer

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    there some really nice looking thumpers on this thread... good work guys.
    this is mine.....

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    and i'm just starting a new project xt500....will have to keep you all posted on it..
  4. JAB

    JAB Unsprung Weight

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    Nice bike. What year? Which forks? We need details, man! :D
  5. vudu

    vudu Been here awhile

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    I've been lovin' this one ^ long time.

    Deets here

    So wot are ya building Muz? Sellin' the old Banga? I might be able to throw a few bucks you way.
  6. MCM

    MCM Been here awhile

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    Made it a bit more streetable as its still a great time to ride here.
    Here it is a month into it. Temp wheels/ tires etc. The exhaust is pure heaven........:1drink

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    [​IMG] more to follow...

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    Sold this one over 20 yrs ago........ the little guy is 6' 3" 190lbs now. LOL LOL
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  7. brucifer

    brucifer Long timer

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    Matching Mustangs?!
  8. muztt500

    muztt500 Adventurer

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    hey brucifer loving your selection of tanks there...nice.

    and vudu sorry not selling the motard... couldn't stand seeing somebody else ride it away...

    and the next one is going to be a bit cafe/bobber ish sort of...still planning.
    and as i've just been made redundant at work... it may take a little while yet...

    and Jab it a 1977 xt500
    wr426 forks lowered 4"
    the motors a 540 with Carrillo rod
    ti valves and springs custom cam 11.1 piston
    ported to within a inch of it's life
    kevlar clutch etc etc....
    48RWHP and weighs in at 108kg
  9. JAB

    JAB Unsprung Weight

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    Somebody has been busy! Keep us posted on the swingarm. Is that from a Suzuki? They (kids) grow up quick don't they.
  10. MCM

    MCM Been here awhile

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    24&25 yrs old now...

    The swing arm is a profab, for the XT/TT 500. They made 'em for White brothers as well.
    The prev owner ran it on the street without a cain tensioner or guide.
    Thoughts on if I should run a tensioner? The bike will have about 4" of rear travel when it completd.

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  11. xtom125

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    update on my xt500 ,now finished,

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  12. MCM

    MCM Been here awhile

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    Looking good Tom! :thumb
  13. MCM

    MCM Been here awhile

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    "Keep us posted on the swingarm"

    Swing arm worked out great. Picking up my 3rd set of springs today for the Progressve susp 13 1/2" shocks.
    Like the three bears, this pair should be just right...
    Photo from last week before the orange rear fender & TT taillight installed.

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  14. xtom125

    xtom125 Adventurer

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    thanks mate your bike is looking good
  15. Sic Semper Tyrannis

    Sic Semper Tyrannis Plays with Banjos, Boats and Bikes...

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    What road gearing do you all like on your XT500?

    I have great off road gearing...but not good for much over 55.

    THanks!

    Ric
  16. plugeye

    plugeye unforgiven

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    stock is just right for me, 16-44. all street use, it'll do 80 ok
  17. MCM

    MCM Been here awhile

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    I went to a 44 from a 50 tooth rear. Front is a 16 or 17?

    Its great! 1st gear is now useful. LOL LOL
  18. D0dja

    D0dja Sandwurm

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    Jeez I'm itching to get another XT. My first ever bike, took it from Joburg to CT then up to Cairo in '97. Well, Uganda is as far as I got.

    Original:

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    After modding for trip and about 4000km of travelling later (standing on dock in Dar es Salam waiting for ferry to Zanzibar.

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    Loved that bike - although if I get another I do 12V electrics 'cause the headlights were kak, and disc brakes because those drums were just useless.
  19. dwthump

    dwthump Been here awhile

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    MCM,

    That is a sweet XT Supermoto, probably handles like a dream. One suggestion, get a lower supermoto front fender. I put one on my KLR and it's much quieter and shakes around less on the highway.
    I had a '79 XT and it was a blast, (and of course I was 20!). The XT was a great enduro, although stubborn some times. I used to ride single track with my cousin on his trials bike. The bike has a ton of low-end torque. I climbed some very gnarly hills and it just chugged away.

    Darren
  20. stteve

    stteve Been here awhile

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    Last saturday i attended the 17th Hennorit, an 170 km offroad trip trough Holland and mostly Belgium, for Yamaha XT500 riders and owners. The majoruty drags his/her XT out of the shed for this once, only 5 "strange" brands (one of which was mine), but the other 60 something had a onecilinder, aircooled, kickstart only.

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    One guy dragged his XT500 in the back of the formerly hearse, threw in the wheels and rode all day, to do the same thing to get back home, some 200 kms away

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    Various XT/TT/HL500/550/350/250 of all modelsyears. Not all of them in full original stock spottless condition, though.
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    There was even a very rare prototype TT400, that Yamaha keeps very secret. I happen to be the owner. PM me for details...
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    More pictures can be found in the clubs SmugMug account.

    http://xtsr500.smugmug.com/Other/2012-Hennorit-241112/26700365_2mTSFX#!i=2234160566&k=VN2TWdt

    The SmugMug clips are put together in one long YouTube clip here
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AvBJ7XwcJgA&feature=plcp

    And there was even a semi proffessional camera team
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8SQIGdZiZQ

    Enjoy!!