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Motoduc1 06-20-2012 03:03 PM

Yamaha SC 500
 
I didn't see many of these. Wish I could justify buying this one...

http://lincoln.craigslist.org/mcy/3077188223.html

dpforth 06-20-2012 08:05 PM

Are you sure?

From Super Hunky:
"No doubt about it, the single worst bike Yamaha ever made was the SC500 Scrambler. This four-speed slug seized with regularity, shook its steering head like a hooked trout, hopped around like a rabbit on diet pills and stalled when the rider least expected it. Some kind of fun machine, eh?"

MightyChosen1 06-20-2012 09:21 PM

I have heard the SC500 was a pig but in the hands of a seasoned rider it performed well. I think the trick was to keep the throttle pretty much full on and it was happiest. My 360 is enough of an animal with its limited suspension and poor brakes. Any more power would be be insane.

Rumor is that Chuck Norris rode one all the way to Hell , Roosted the devil, Then rode all the way back performing a one handed wheelie. :D

willis 2000 06-21-2012 01:13 AM

forget it
 
The ignition advance portion of the CDI always went bad. It translates to difficult starting, who wants a machine that won't start?

Motoduc1 06-21-2012 09:14 AM

Well, it looks like this one is still in pretty good shape. Maybe that's because all of the above is true and it didn't get ridden very much.

Still, kinda fun to see something this old still in pretty much its original condition. Even has the thermal flow shocks!

JeffS77 06-21-2012 10:15 PM

if it where on my coast it would be in the back of my truck right now..plus it has a factory yamaha headlight somebody added..looks like from a TY175..pretty cool and a total killer deal so a relatively clean complete bike

willis 2000 06-21-2012 11:43 PM

You'll regret it
 
These are seriously bad bikes. Thermal Flow shocks are not an asset, either. I had one kick back while starting and it split the sole of my shoe. In a previous post, I explained it. The CDI had a built-in advance, it was quite the innovation back then, but they ALL failed, resulting in starting/seizure problems. Stay away from the thing.

decafe 06-22-2012 10:40 PM

sc 500
 
I love mine there some pictures posted on the mexican 1000 thread i have tons of spares if needed pm me

JeffS77 06-22-2012 11:36 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by decafe (Post 18973792)
I love mine there some pictures posted on the mexican 1000 thread i have tons of spares if needed pm me


you are the man...mexican 1000 on an SC500 :clap


I am glad to see someone else post something positive about this bike... I think sometimes like the TM400 the bikes faults and or weaknesses where blown out of proportion back in the day...or maybe people where just too scared of this big bore fire breathing beasts :lol3

willis 2000 06-23-2012 01:29 AM

nothing blown out of proportion here
 
The TM400 Cyclone is another one to stay away from, unless ya just want to wheelie in a stocking cap.

JeffS77 06-24-2012 09:42 AM

my buddy had a SC500 never had a problem riding it

ADK 06-24-2012 04:23 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by JeffS77 (Post 18981467)
my buddy had a SC500 never had a problem riding it

You know Chuck Norris? Cool!

JeffS77 06-24-2012 06:41 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ADK (Post 18983494)
You know Chuck Norris? Cool!


something like that :lol3 I just dont like to throw names around.

Valleyrider 06-25-2012 07:36 PM

Been "Lurking" on this one...
Time to jump in with both feet!!!
"Most" of the younger people posting on ADV just know what they have read about the early MX type motorcycles.
They were a handful to ride, but that's all we had and didn't know any better.
That said, we just got used to what the bikes did and rode accordingly.
If you know that if you slap a bull, it's gonna come after you, you kinda know how to get away with it....
Sometimes the Bull surprises us....
I survived the TM400!!

brucifer 06-30-2012 06:50 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Valleyrider (Post 18992834)
Been "Lurking" on this one...
Time to jump in with both feet!!!
"Most" of the younger people posting on ADV just know what they have read about the early MX type motorcycles.
They were a handful to ride, but that's all we had and didn't know any better.
That said, we just got used to what the bikes did and rode accordingly.
If you know that if you slap a bull, it's gonna come after you, you kinda know how to get away with it....
Sometimes the Bull surprises us....
I survived the TM400!!

Absolutely! Also some other fun things (common among all makes back in the day) like brakes going away after a creek crossing, fouled plugs, dirty or water intruded points, throwing or breaking chains and my all time favorite, throttle stuck wide open. :lol3


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