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Yamaha XT 500

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The Yamaha XT500 is a twin-valve single-cylinder enduro-adventure motorcycle made by Yamaha from 1975 until 1981. It shares its sturdy power plant with the street version SR500 and its off-road brother, the Yamaha TT500. All parts such as the transmission and chassis were produced in Japan.

The first XT 500 was shown at the US dealer convention in September 1975. Europeans had to wait till the summer of 1976.

The bike became an instant success and was produced until 1981 when it was replaced by four-valve engines. It laid the ground for the later range of XT bikes ranging from 125 cc (XT125) to the current 660 cc (Yamaha XT660Z Ténéré) and contributed largely to Yamaha’s image.

The XT proved its performance and reliability by winning the first big African rallies, which were on the rise in the late seventies. It started with Paris–Abidjan-Nice and then the Paris–Dakar Rally, which confirmed the supremacy of the XT 500. In France alone, 62,000 XT 500s were sold from 1976 to 1990.

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Yamaha XT500 Specifications

Make Model

Yamaha XT 500C

Year

1976

Engine

Air cooled, four stroke, single cylinder, SOHC, 2 valves per cylinder.

Capacity

499cc
Bore x Stroke 87 X 84 mm
Compression Ratio 8.3:1

Induction

32mm Mikuni carb

Ignition / Starting

– / kick

Max Power

30 hp @ 5800 rpm

Max Torque

3.9 kgf-m @ 5400 rpm

Transmission / Drive

5 Speed / chain

Front Suspension

Leading axle coil spring fork

Rear Suspension

Swing arm adjustable preload, 142mm wheel travel

Front Brakes

Single 160mm drum

Rear Brakes

Single 150mm drum

Front Tyre

3.00-21

Rear Tyre

4.00-18

Dry-Weight

139 kg

Fuel Capacity

2.3 gallons / 8.5 Litres

Consumption average

59 mp/g

Standing ¼ Mile

15.0 sec / 87.1 mp/h

Top Speed

100.8 mp/h

 

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