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Old 10-20-2009, 07:39 PM   #166
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Man that is good news! I was on vacation last week and have not had time to get to mine yet. But you inspire the hell out of me! Thanks for the number on that battery. I have got a problem with a bad connection at the inline fuse coming from the battery. The fuse is good it just loses connection while I'm riding. I may wind up splicing a newer version inline to fix it. Anyway I'm glad to here that your floggin the beast.
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Old 10-21-2009, 01:03 PM   #167
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The 6CE8 battery has "F1" terminals (spade terminals), so I made short adapter wires with a spade connector on one end and a ring terminal on the other. Connected the ring terminals of the harness to those of my adapter wire with a M6 screw and nut, good to go.

Had my first road test of the bike just before lunch - super fun bike. Don't have to shift nearly as much as I did with my old MZ or my brother's Pegaso, it just torques it's way along. Brakes work very well, suspension soaks up most of the backroad bumpiness, the seat does the rest. 55-60 mph is about as fast as I'm likely to go - the vibes set in above that.

Only three things I really need to do yet - balance the wheels, lube the clutch cable and replace the stock thin grips with something larger diameter so my hand doesn't cramp.

Thinking about some handguards and small windscreen for the upcoming cold weather and maybe a luggage rack. Would be nice to have more fuel capacity, so maybe a Clarke 3.5 gal. tank and carrying capacity, so maybe some "Sport Utility Dry Boxes" on custom mounts. Then I'll want taller gearing so I can go farther faster...
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Old 10-23-2009, 11:40 AM   #168
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hi -

like it, an xt threat and those sneaky srs pop up everywhere ;)

i reckon they're tough enough to take a bit of abuse...

this is #1:





and this is #2:





all built from bits and bobs, total recycling, so many kilometres and so much fun :)

g max ~:)

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Old 10-23-2009, 01:23 PM   #169
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Ayeup Max...

You know you've got one helluva nice SR...

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Old 10-23-2009, 05:07 PM   #170
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Nice post on the SR pictures. Do you have any side shots of the first one. The more pics of that the better! The 500 has got to be one of the great thumpers of all time.
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Old 10-23-2009, 06:34 PM   #171
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aye!

1995:



around 2000:


and last year:





and now:


hohum, that should do :)

btw.: this is the first bike i ever bought, and it still is my preferred means of transport, short distance as well as long distance. love it :)

more pix and stories on tracks.dysfunction.de

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Old 10-23-2009, 07:55 PM   #172
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That's what I'm talkin about! Great shots of vintage bikes doing what they do best. Cool bike for sure. Thanks


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Old 10-31-2009, 07:06 PM   #173
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'76 Tt 500

This one will be in the woods tomorrow after Church!!!



Riders on "modern" bikes have to be SERIOUS if they want to run off and hide...I stay off of new bikes, so I don't lose touch with my old stuff. This photo was taken right after I bought it, I've replaced the cherry "one year only" exhaust with an after market piece off a flat tracker. If it gets wadded up or crushed it won't matter.

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Old 10-31-2009, 07:49 PM   #174
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Eek New old guy

Had a new 1983GS11OOES..Was getting way too many tickets on my 97 mile round trip ride to work on 3rd shift machine floor at IBM..Got a like new 1980 SR500 1,500 miles for $750.Geared it up two in front and all was well .Got a call and deal on a totaled 1980 SR500.Front fender,speed-o,mashed and big dent in tank.$150.Got two shop manuals and a cover with it.Was riding it one hour after the unload.
They did not like the high speed everyday.1980&81 have a liger flywheel I think than the 78&79.Even two up it took the same bearing out behind the clutch and second one took part of the case at around 80,000 miles.The second one had around 50,000 when it cracked the frame were the oil is .It started knocking so bad I parked it and was waiting for another real cheap one to use all my parts on.Mean while they became popular and went way up .The little rat GS400 twin I replaced them with as a work bike took the wide open good till I traded it with 52,000.Love the SRs but will use them as they are the most fun if I find another or made one from my two.Allso broke a valve spring clip and bent a valve and had a inner pipe give way.Still they were as much fun solo,short trips as any of my 30 bikes in my 63 years.
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Old 11-01-2009, 07:38 PM   #175
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Had a good weekend!

Howdy folks. I got to spend some time working on and riding my XT500 this weekend. I finally got my carb jetted right. I went from a 27.5 pilot to a 25. I did some polishing and dremmel work on the slide. The notch were the idle screw seats against the slide was slightly buggerd up a bit and I smoothed that out. Got my front end adjusted and tightend up just right. Got the points cleaned and set a perfect gap on them. I put in a new condensor. I lube all the right places and generally went over the whole bike. This morning it was chilly outside but I was up and out early eager to see if my work was going to pay off. On the 3rd kick it roared to life! I road for about 30 min and then had to adjust the throttle cable. It started on the 1st or 2nd kick the rest of the day. I spent the whole day riding this great bike. This next week I will be putting on a new rear tire, new chain and sprockets and lots of miles! I hope you all have a good week, cause I'm sure as hell going to!

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Old 11-03-2009, 04:14 PM   #176
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Heroes Legend XT500

A friend of mine rode the XT500 in the 2007 Heroes Legend Rally. He hadn't started it for some time, but it took him no more then 5 kicks
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Old 11-03-2009, 06:36 PM   #177
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Whoa yea! That's a tricked out ride alright. Even though the 500's are old, man they are still functional in so many ways. I love the potential these rides have.
I got home from work early today so I went to work. I put on 2 new sprocket's and new brake pads on the rear. I thought I was real short on gearing once I got on the road earlier this week and I was right. The rear sprocket was a 48. The front was a 16. I'm back to stock 16/44 now. I also have a 17 for the front I may try at some point. I have the clutch adjusted per the manual and it works. It just don't feel right to me. You know how it is when your getting one going again, you want it better all the time. So this weekend I may take a peek inside and see what it looks like. The good news is, I'm on it everyday and it is consistant and reliable. It's fun as hell to ride!

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Old 11-03-2009, 09:25 PM   #178
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Fooling Around in the Forest

Rode mine just over 205 miles (only about 40 off-pavement) two Sundays ago, the first long ride since I got it roadworthy again. Was delighted to find it was quite capable off-road and on. First tank returned 52 mpg.

Did another 170 miles this past Sunday, approx. 80 of it off-pavement. The Frederick (MD) Watershed was fun and Michaux St. Forest (PA) even more so. Rode Michaux the whole way from Blue Ridge Summit to Mt. Holly Springs and part of the way back - the most fun I've had in quite a while!

The XT ran flawlessly - started first kick every time and never skipped a beat. Last fill-up returned 61 mpg too! I arrived home just before dark, mud splattered and satisfied. Can't wait to do it again!

A few photos from last Sunday here: http://www.antietamclassiccycle.com/...in_the_forest/

My favorite shot:
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Old 11-04-2009, 05:50 AM   #179
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Nice post MZRider. I don't care what anybody says, I love that old brown color. If a person likes the 70's styling of the XT, what better way to top it off than with that unique color? If that doesn't say 70's I don't know what does. Nice bike!

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Old 11-04-2009, 06:26 AM   #180
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man no foolin.
real envious of that area. keep the old iron hot.
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