XT500....great ..but for one little thing!!
Back in the 80's I had a mint XT500, my first big bore!!
Loved riding and even liked starting it once I got the knack.
One very memorable ride had me sliding it like a 1/2 mile dirt tracker, I couldn't believe how long I held a feet up slide coming out of a side street onto a main road. I thought I should get off the throttle and straigthen up a bit but when I closed the throttle it started a new slide .... what the!!!!
Turns out the seal behind the countershaft sprocket popped out and engine oil (under pressure) sprayed out all over the back tire....the perfect additive for a huge slide!
Moral to this story is to center punch periphery of the seal to ensure it stays in!!
Have fun on those XT's those of you lucky enough to still own one.
My Husky TE 510 is a modern day equivalent!!
Daved from Perth, Western Australia