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Old 03-18-2015, 10:46 AM   #1
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1978 XT500 to street bike conversion


I built this for my friend Taylor. It is a 1978 Yamaha XT500 with a 1977/later Yamaha XS650 front end. How to swap the stems so that the XS650 front can be used is described in this thread:
www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?p=26386376


Before. It looks okay, but what you can't see is that left-side engine frame cradle tube is completely cracked in two. The right-side engine frame cradle tube had also cracked in two, but it had already been repaired when Taylor bought the bike. Additionally, there were three cracked engine mount tabs on the frame. This motor is hanging on by a thread.
We later learned that this bike had t-boned a car.


A couple more pics.


I also converted the 6 volt system to 12 volts. That thread can be seen here:
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showt...php?p=26386392


And one more before picture.

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Old 03-19-2015, 06:09 AM   #2
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Great looking bike. Color is excellent
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Old 03-19-2015, 06:23 AM   #3
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Great Job on the xt

Soon you'll have another one to do! Kelye aka Belgradian
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Old 03-19-2015, 06:26 AM   #4
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Thank you. The color scheme is totally the work of the owner, Taylor.
Those aluminum tanks go for $5-600 in the condition we got it. Taylor, an art director, designed the tank paint. It strategically covers a couple of small dents that were Bondo'ed by the painter as part of his $600 paint job.
The seat is for a SR500, and it started out $235, shipped. Then Taylor decided to darken the brown, but it didn't come out right. So he had it custom covered with real leather in a diamond tuck pattern to match the diamond pattern of the grips.
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Old 03-19-2015, 06:34 AM   #5
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Yes, I enjoyed working on this one so much that I bought one for myself from Belgradian. WITH a title. So, something good came from my thread that got me put On Probation -- I assume that's what the OP next to my user name means...

BTW, Taylor's donor bike cost $800, running, with title, but like I said had a cracked frame and engine mount tabs.
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Old 03-23-2015, 11:08 AM   #6
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