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Old 07-31-2009, 01:36 PM   #121
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xt500

[Yea, hello there ,all the way from the emerald isle IRELAND, just joined the site last night, I have a nice silver tank on my 1981 baby picked it up in ITALY ,, all dry miles done on it,, will try post a photo of it,, great site , mad photos ,,,quote=TimberlineAdventure]Anyone here have a XT500? My buddy and I have a few MINT MINT MINT xt500's and are about to switch over to a HUSKY 610TE. Still keeping the XT's, but am wondering if anyone else here has one[/quote]
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Old 08-01-2009, 11:50 AM   #122
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where did the headlight on your TT come frome? looks good

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I am a member of the Dutch XT&SR500 Club, and we did a little tour round Utrecht last sunday. About half of the group were on different brands and models (a few BMW's, 2 enormous Triumph Cruisers), some trailered their XT and some had a different kind of Yamaha, like my little TT350 but who cares.

These XT's were participating






My little TT
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Old 08-01-2009, 02:31 PM   #123
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I've had 3 XT's, great bikes (except breakes)
I've put disk break on every XT's !!!
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Old 08-01-2009, 04:10 PM   #124
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I have a '77 with a faux finish that makes the tank and fenders look like they are wooden. It really works- I'll have to get you guys a pic. I've had that bike for about fifteen years and I love it. I upgraded the front brake with a twin leading shoe that came from a junkyard and came off a Honda 250 or something. You have to cut part of the tab on the fork leg a bit, but otherwise, it's a bolt on upgrade. Looks great and works way better than stock.
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Old 08-01-2009, 06:39 PM   #125
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Yea, hello there ,all the way from the emerald isle IRELAND, just joined the site last night, I have a nice silver tank on my 1981 baby picked it up in ITALY ,, all dry miles done on it,, will try post a photo of it,, great site , mad photos ,,,quote=TimberlineAdventure]Anyone here have a XT500? My buddy and I have a few MINT MINT MINT xt500's and are about to switch over to a HUSKY 610TE. Still keeping the XT's, but am wondering if anyone else here has one
My TE610:


My XT500:


Great minds think alike.
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Old 08-01-2009, 06:51 PM   #126
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My 79 XT500

I have 3 500 Yamahas including this 79.
There are not many left in stock condition.
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Old 08-02-2009, 04:02 AM   #127
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I've had 3 XT's, great bikes (except breakes)
I've put disk break on every XT's !!!
Smart move. I rode a (borrowed) XT during a little wet ride last year and ended in a ditch because the brakes just weren't there when i wanted them. No damage to me or the bike, so no harm done, but is was a bit of a shock .....
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Old 08-11-2009, 01:09 AM   #128
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where did the headlight on your TT come frome? looks good
It is an Acerbis "Dimension" headlight

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I got this picture in my mailbox yesterday, to help me remind that the off-road season is starting soon
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Old 08-11-2009, 06:07 AM   #129
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As a short introduction (finally managed to sign up, but I am an avid read for quite a bit by now), two pics of my XT500, which is used as an everyday hack

After the first overhaul (the whole XT was bought for 480 Euros):



Fitted some old ammo-boxes to work as panniers:



By now also an XT600-Frontend was fitted...

Currently I am trying to source some proper shocks for little money, preferably 390mm (that's +25 over stock) as the 600's fork is a reasonable bit longer.

Cheers,
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Old 08-18-2009, 08:57 AM   #130
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17 tooth front sprocket?

Hey guys, after 20 yrs off a moto, got my old man's 81' XT500 bike last year out of his barn. Cleaned it up, new K270 tires, put on new chain and stock 16/44 sprockets. Runs good, passed in inspection.

As a true 50/50 bike, love the stock gears on techincal off-road, but she's strained by 55mph. Generally cruise 50. Not looking to do interstate speeds, just bump it up 5 mph on top.

Would like to go cheap, 17 front if I can find one, didnt see anyone running one, any issues? Or is 41 or 42 rear the way to go for a little more hwy w/o killing off-road?
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Old 08-18-2009, 12:52 PM   #131
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Aluminium XT 1977...

http://img27.imageshack.us/gal.php?g=img0031nlo.jpg
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Old 08-18-2009, 07:01 PM   #132
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Hey guys, after 20 yrs off a moto, got my old man's 81' XT500 bike last year out of his barn. Cleaned it up, new K270 tires, put on new chain and stock 16/44 sprockets. Runs good, passed in inspection.

As a true 50/50 bike, love the stock gears on techincal off-road, but she's strained by 55mph. Generally cruise 50. Not looking to do interstate speeds, just bump it up 5 mph on top.

Would like to go cheap, 17 front if I can find one, didnt see anyone running one, any issues? Or is 41 or 42 rear the way to go for a little more hwy w/o killing off-road?
Mark at Thumperstuff can take care of this. Check it out at:

http://www.thumperstuff.com/SRXTTT.html
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Old 09-04-2009, 03:59 AM   #133
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Cry 1980 xt500 Misfires

Hey anyone have any ideas on this. After warmed up and at highway speed and during hard acceleration my XT starts to misfire. It idles fine and starts on the first kick. I have a new VM36 Carb and supertrap exhaust, from Thumperstuff. No airleaks, jetting is right on. What do I do now? Love this bike and want it to run right.

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Old 09-06-2009, 06:00 PM   #134
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This misfire beast 1980 XT500

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Old 09-07-2009, 02:55 AM   #135
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Howzit Don


You say the carb set up is correct,then the only thing I can think of is the your point gap is to big and at hi rev it is loosing it's memorry when closing.Maby replace the points and condensor.

I will get the gap and let you know.

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