Yamaha XT500

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  1. plugeye

    plugeye mc caregiver

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    good luck
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  2. Snowbound

    Snowbound Been here awhile

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    I like my XT-500 but the seat is anything but comfortable.I emailed Frank at Spencer seats ,he would likk to see a picture of the bottom of the seat .
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  3. msGizmo67

    msGizmo67 g@@ber

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    Yamaha XT500 an Ill handling POS... I have a plate with four screws thats been in my right arm for 30 years.. evrytime I look at an XT my arm aches. :puke1
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  4. fatherof4

    fatherof4 Been here awhile

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    I just picked up a 1977 XT500 with 7300 miles for $200. It had been sitting for 8 yrs.

    Cleaned the carb and put a tube in the back tire and it fired right up. :clap I took it out last weekend for a short in-town ride and seems to run alright and it didn't smoke. The tires are to dry rotted to risk any distance or speed.

    I should have new tires for it in a couple days.

    What I am looking for is any suggestion on gearing this bike. I have to buy chain and sprockets so I only want to buy one set.

    This wil be my primary form of transportation to work so it will see some highway riding. Mostly it will be rode to work and some forest service roads.

    I have had bikes from a z50 to a kz1100 but this is my first XT.

    Any suggestions will be appreciated.

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  5. crash n bern

    crash n bern Long timer

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    The first model TT (white/red tank) ran a steel swingarm. '77 and on (orange/alloy, yellow/alloy) ran an alloy swingarm.

    Yes TT's had a lighting coil, so you can run lights.

    XT/TT's have a massive steering rake, so don't handle that great. (They do in a straight line.) White Bros made offset triple trees for them in the '70's or you can cut the rake back to 26,27 degrees if your handy with a torch.

    Sand riding, get it up to 60-70 mph to stay on top of the sand. Any less and your just ploughing. Beach sand is harder than desert sand to ride in.

    XT/TT 500's do awsome wheelstands.

    Bought a 76 TT500 when I was 16. Only bike I ever cried over when I sold it. Bought a few XT's years later, sold them and regretted it. Finnaly after 23 years of searching, stumbled across a 76 TT500 in original unmolested saftey stickers still on tank, condition at a swap meet and fell over myself to get it. One of the sexiest dirt bikes ever built. Have been collecting period after market bits for it on ebay.

    A fully restored white, orange or yellow TT in Australia pulls about $5-6,000 au.
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  6. plugeye

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    been riding my 79 on streets. i chose 42/16 gearing, stock is 44/16
    its still pretty short, dont know if you can fit a 17, but if possible, thats the ticket. mine will run at 65+ without working too hard, but feels better under that. another tip, move the forks up (drop the front of the bike) for better steering. i'll be making mine back into an enduro this summer, miss the trails
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  7. Marcelovich

    Marcelovich n00b

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  8. montesa_vr

    montesa_vr Legend in his own mind

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    Congratulations. That's the exact same model I had. I rode it to Alaska and back with stock gearing, but that was in the day of the 55mph speed limit. Stock gearing is already pretty high for technical off-road riding, but if you stick to easier trails you could drop some teeth on the rear to make the engine less busy on the freeway.
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  9. fatherof4

    fatherof4 Been here awhile

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    Well I got the new tires on and have put a 100 miles on it. I don't have any major complaints. I kind of like the old school nostalgia of it. Once I learned the starting routine I can usually start it in one or two kicks even after sitting for a couple days.

    I have mounted a set of soft bags off my XL250R for the planned trips.
    I am looking for a front fender mounted bag if anyone has any suggestions.

    I have a couple more tweaks to do and I am planning a couple day trips into the blues with my brother on his KLR.

    He lives 125 miles away and I plan on riding the XT to his place and then into the mountains from there.

    Thanks for the help on the gearing.
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  10. haydenslides

    haydenslides K Flotto-Myers

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    i'm trying to compile a list of BOLT ON suspension mods that will work on my 77 xt500...
    here's what i've gathered so far:
    1979/1980 aluminum swingarm from a RM250/400
    1979-1981 YZ250/400/465 triple clamp, forks, wheel, disc brake
    Radian YX600 aluminum swingarm
    XS650 aluminum swingarm
    1977-and on TT500 aluminum swingarm

    here's what i'm trying to achieve:
    reduced weight
    improved suspension (travel/damping/rebound)
    better braking
    i love the bike, great power, but i'd like to get a little better handling and performance out of it.

    for you adv'ers in the xt500 know, what would you suggest? i don't want to mess around w/ machining, etc.... i want to bolt on and go!
    any suggestions for rear shocks brand, length, etc?
    here's sum xt shots i pulled off the web to drool over...
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  11. DenialDeath

    DenialDeath Been here awhile

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    You could add the gs1000 aluminum swingarm, it doesn't require much work to fit the XT frame. It is around 21-22" from swingarm pivot to axle long.

    Is the XS650 swingarm longer than the XT swingarm? I can't remember. Also the RD400 swingarm can be made to fit, might even bolt on.
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  12. scootertrash

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    Congrats on your new low-cost steed. I LOVE these bikes, I have owned three '78's in the past (2 XT's and 1 SR). Gear it as tall as you can for the hwy. I rode mine on the freeways of Dallas, TX back in the early 80's. Also, waterproof the points cover or you will learn some new curse words trying to kick some life in the scoot after a rain, don't ask me how I know!
    Make sure it has the high volume oil line to the exhaust tappets or you will learn how to do a top end like I did on one of my XT's.

    Good luck, you are going to love that scoot once you dial it in..

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  13. scrminbanshee

    scrminbanshee Awsome

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    Just curious if anyones if the iring harness from a tt will fit on the xt....also wondering if anyone knows of a better front fork that is more capable offroad i would like for it to be a direct swap or a little work i have never rebuilt a fork but im willing to learn.
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  14. scrminbanshee

    scrminbanshee Awsome

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    my new xt500!!!!

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  15. scootertrash

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  16. Snowbound

    Snowbound Been here awhile

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    I like the flyscreen on the white and blue XT-500.Anybody know where I could find somthing like it .
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  17. georgej

    georgej Been here awhile

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    I'm picking up a '79 xt500 for $1900 tomorrow,Looks nice,hope it is when I see it.
    George
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  18. MoxNix

    MoxNix Ex-ExPat

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    Is this the going rate?

    I have a line on an '85 which has been garaged for 10 years former commuter bike. What insanely low-ball offer should I make and what is a fair price- assuming average condition?

    Thanks
    Chris
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  19. Zecatfish

    Zecatfish XTique Rider

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    There was one on CL not long ago in Little Rock for $375, I wanted to go get it but I need another vintage bike like I need another wife. :lol3
    I'm a recovering stuffitus addict. :deal
    To much stuff around now.
    I made a quick CL search and XT500 range from $500 to $2k for a pristine model. So don't jump on that high dollar 500 unless it just tugs at you.
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  20. MoxNix

    MoxNix Ex-ExPat

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    Thanks for the quick reply.

    Don't know the condition, thinking it needs work how much I don't know.

    I'll show the owner your post and hope for the best.

    Chris