Yamaha Vintage Motorcycles

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1976 Yamaha TT500

The ‘Tuning Fork’ logo is important because Yamaha has in the piano business since motorcycles didn’t come until 1954…The YA-1 Dragonfly’, 125cc of two …

Post World War Two was a big time for displacement motorcycles around the and truthfully, other than in America, they still Small displacement bikes are by commuters, police, mail just about everyone, your Dominoes Pizza in gets delivered on a 125!

the 1950′s and into the 1960′s the business here in the U.S was dominated by the and Harley Davidson. I know some of you will disagree me and that’s Ok…but the Japanese coming and they were fast. It didn’t take long to go from ‘Jap to serious competition for the US buyers

I use the term ‘Jap Crap’ because it was a common feeling in some cases true, at the

Yamaha was the first to successfully to on the Brits with the XS650 it was also Yamaha’s first … motorcycle. Following the of the XS650 Yamaha went the big Brit singles. 1976 the TT500.

Big torque,big powerband, reliability and easy to start…by to the BSA B50 and Gold Star.

The TT500 its success in long off-road particularly the Paris-Dakar where in (the first of the Paris Rallys) Yamaha took the top two the second year of the rally took the top four! places.

The leant itself to heavy the best of which was the Dick chassis. I have ridden a with the DM frame and it did wonders for the The TT as it is was a bit slow handling, not bad, you had to plan ahead a bit more on a lighter bike, but it is still a bike.

Yamaha hit a home run the TT, it spawned the XT500 (the legal version which in my mind really created the Touring market that BMW perfected) and the SR500 (Yamaha’s Cafe Racer…which I still and lust after!).

I found a nice TT500 on ebay yeah it’s got some but hey…it’s old. It is a low hour to the seller…) runner. I would get it, give it a good through and riding it. Or…search around for a Mann frame (you can call Dick Mann and get one…$$$$) and turn it into a cool street bike.

a Champion frame for it and go vintage track racing. The TT will be you want and be happy doing it.

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1976 Yamaha

1977 Yamaha XS650

Is a motorcycle in your past you regret ‘not’ buying? of us have come home a bike that once it is in our we asked ourselves “what was I Worse yet is when your other asks you the same in a much different tone of And then even worse yet is you rationalize the purchase and start it all apart to ‘restore’ it or ‘customize’ it and to the realization that you made a

You DFU’d.

Next scenario…years ago you choosing between two new motorcycles, significant other had given for either one (he or she didn’t care one you bought they just you to stop asking them one you should get, asking all friends which one to get, they were getting by you at this point as well, flip a coin and buy one…”).

number three…you bought one of the two but in the of your mind you still thinking about the other Fast forward two, four decades and while home one day you see one parked in a driveway a ‘For Sale’ sign on it. the exact model you looked at all years ago, color and

You turn around, you write the phone number and hurry with your heart You run in the door, the S.O is there, you tell him or her the bike, the checkbook is looked at, you get the light and the phone call is bike was sold five ago.

This is a true mine. The bike was a Yamaha I have loved that since the first day I sat on one at International in Canoga Park.

Having years on Brit Bikes, I right at home on the Yamaha.

The was also a successful racer, it ‘King’ Kenny Roberts to the AMA National Championship, when it was a Grand National Championship but a whole ‘nother story. The XS is very popular in Vintage Track racing.

The XS650 is the platform for any customization…cafe racer, tracker, chopper, tourer, flat tracker… it just ol’ works. The motor is gorgeous, and easy to work on. The chassis itself to mods very and there are a lot of aftermarket suppliers can help you make an XS the bike of dreams.

Now you just have to get

I found a really nice model on ebay today. It is a that has been gone pretty well. It’s stock, which is always in my book, that way you can customize it any way you or just leave it as it is and enjoy it.

Oh, and did I it can be customized really well…

on the pics below for a lot more and more pictures. This is a nice bike for the price.

Yamaha XS650

1978 SR500E

One of my favorite bikes years gone by is the Yamaha Yamaha did a great job with bike, it worked well in the and on trail rides. It was easy to (sort of), easy to (as long as you weren’t expecting it to act a lighter European two-…), and to maintain.

Plenty of power for a big you could lug it down and it wouldn’t it would rev higher than the singles that it patterned it was easy to maintain and the thing I about a lot was that it was actually of smooth running for a big thumper. It was a good motorcycle and sold here in the USA.

The TT spawned the XT, was the road going / dual model of the time. It too was a good Yamaha had a hit on its hands.

There is about a big single that you ride one, that powerful feeling just with you and haunts you until you own a few thousand miles later you wondering “what was I thinking?”.

Big singles are not what you would fast. OK, before I start all the ranting about the Manx and the Matchless G50 and how fast they I’m talking about your production single not racers, you for not sending me nasty e-mails. The that big singles have is stump pulling power the rev range and the ability to get from 1 to corner 2 right now.

Big are nice and compact which them easy to hustle on tight twisty roads. On top of features, big singles are super fun to big wheelies with no effort.

was doing so well with the models that they to go for a somewhat retro styled, street going model on the XT. Enter the SR500. The SR had just of that classic ‘British’ to look the part, but enough touches that didn’t it look old. However, the SR the solid sales success in the west as it was else where in the and lasted just a short in this market.

Too bad really, it a good motorbike.

I found a SR today on ebay that if looking for a very cool of modern classic history, could a good choice. particular SR is completely stock, I like a lot. It is an unrestored that is not showing its age too much.

is good, chrome is good and (at 17K) is acceptable. It looks it may have tipped over at one as there is a small scuff on the and a corresponding dent in the tank. minor.

The seller says it and runs good so, so far so good.

here are my suggestions for this one…leave it completely stock and ride it around, two…do a cafe’ treatment (don’t go here, there is no need to) and a blast on Sunday mornings or a bike night, three…go all Find a Dick Mann someone out there has to have one want to sell. The DM frame is for dirt but I can tell you this, it is a platform for an incredible streetbike the Yamaha single.

The SR500 that fast, it doesn’t all that great but if you want a fun that with little and effort can be a faster, good vintage bike that is a to ride, an SR is a great choice. are many forums and sites on the web you can find like minded nuts with ton’s of that make owning a like this so much

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1978 SR500E

1986 Yamaha SRX 600

I always been attracted to motorcycles, yet another psychological I can attribute my step-father. Bultaco, any English bike and big thumpers. I’ve owned my fair of UJM’s, my favorite being my Honda CB750F, but I like a bike that you don’t see a of when you pull up to your Sunday morning breakfast

I also have to admit I have a few Honda CB350 that just happen to be the largest selling motorcycle of all but nowadays you really don’t see of those on the road.

The bikes really get me going are Thumpers. A big can be just about anything, and you need. Thumpers are generally narrow, low center of gravity and for quick handling. The motors are its only got one cylinder…and have a sound. A big single has a feel and that really does let you be, force you to be, one with your

Granted, when you’re out fun on a Sunday morning multi bikes will just up your single on the straightaways, but in the tight twisties and bigger bikes are going to be in your view mirrors.

Big singles, many other ‘cult’ generate passion in their but I think just because of how feel, that passion, love, is strongest…but that’s me. Well, I’m not really alone on one, there are so many and Yahoo groups dedicated to that you will never be for companionship and camaraderie. The support are out there for those that they need a twelve program to deal with the addiction’.

There is a classic on ebay today. The Yamaha SRX 600 is a that was only brought to the US one 1986. Yamaha had a minor with the SR500 some earlier and were having sales with the SRX400 in

Some true believers at corporate believed that the was right to bump up the SRX, it good components and send it out the world. Well, it pretty went over like a in church.

Here’s what did, they took the from popular XT series sports, stuffed into the chassis, gave it good from the FZ600 (so it would and stop well), created a body work but…gave it class by making it kick only. When most think of having to kick a 600 single they would choose a root canal but, the SRX with its built in release mechanism is really to start…get the piston up to top … set the choke, turn the key and give it a swift kick.

The beautiful of a big thumper fills the air. is one little thing I have to you about these bikes…during the ritual, don’t even about touching the throttle! even look at it, with the two this bike is way too easy to and then all you can do is have another ice tea and a bit or hope you’re on a downhill so you can start it.

The SRX is a true enthusiasts I love ‘em.

There is one on today that needs a new According to the seller the bike a good portion of its life (under a cover) and shows the amount of corrosion that with that life. He did the project but then went on to

Before abandoning the SRX he had the carbs bought new tires, chain,brake and more. It was a runner before it was so maybe the few new parts and a good up, you could have yourself a unique and fun motorcycle. Click on the below for more info and

I have seen really SRX’s go for as much a $4000, so far I this will sell at a value.

1986 Yamaha SRX 600

Yamaha TT500

Thumpers, one lungers…I love ‘em. A big … single is a great and a small single is just as fun really. There is something the power pulses, the sound and the delivery that make so wonderful to ride. I don’t what it is, but when you start single cylinder motorcycles, view of riding changes a

THe high speed may not be there but speed that can leave a bike in the rear view least for a few seconds, will put a big smile on your face.

I been racing singles the early ’90′s and yes, the may a bit slower than let’s say a 600 four cylinder but the fun factor and the of the single cylinder lovers is a bit special.

I have written about the Yamaha TT500 my father in-law owned and I had the privilege to ride a few times. At time I was riding a Husqvarna so jumping on a big, kinda 4 … was interesting. I had ridden and BSA ‘desert sleds’ and raced a BSA 441 but to get on a modern big single was, life changing.

Jay’s was no ordinary TT500. He bought the new, and rode in the New Mexico for about a year before he it could be better…next thing I I was invited to ride a Dick framed TT500. The stock TT was but this motorcycle was truly The handling improvement brought out all the the motor had to offer. Since time I have been a fan of the big singles.

I have owned a (I bought a basket case, put it together, rode it for a couple of and realized it needed more than I thought…it was sold there after). Next on the was an SR500, what a motorcycle, it did I wanted it to do. The SR was light, quick, handling and most importantly…it was fun to

The SR too, was short lived in my the desire for a Honda Hawk was too and so the SR was sold. I still have the My love of Yamaha singles back to life a while with the purchase of an SRX600, but it all with that TT500 in New

While looking for parts for my SRX on today, I found a really TT500 for sale at a somewhat price. This 1980 TT is stock…a good thing! I bikes that are unmolested you can either leave it that way or it to your own tastes without someone else’s work. A tidbit about the TT500 for it came out it actually took the top two in the first Paris-Dakar Rally!

The weighed only 282 lbs and put out a modest but it was the torque of the motor that it so much fun to ride. Now, owned a TT500 I can tell you even though it has a compression lever and a little sighting to tell when the piston is at top center, turn the handlebars to the before you try to start it…that way knee won’t hit the bars the bike kicks you back…which it will at some time.

TT on ebay is a great bike to it is already a great trail can be lightened up to be a good vintage / enduro bike or just as it is for a perfect do anything, go anywhere Turn it into a cafe Nah, if you want that sell you my SRX…just kidding.

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1980 TT500

1988 Yamaha Big 80

Dear Santa,

I have a really good boy this I quit wetting the bed, I up my toys when I was done with them (most of the and I always ate my vegetables (I still like peas). I didn’t back to my mom or dad (or my teacher), I didn’t them when they on the phone (my mom is always on the phone), and I my prayers every night.

I was nice to my big sister, even I think her new boyfriend is a jerk, I call him something else but my mom my mouth out with soap I use bad language.

Anyway Santa, I want one thing for Christmas year, a motorcycle. See, my dad riding on his motorcycle with his almost every weekend and I’m at home with my mom. I I love my mom but, after a mean, you know, I’d rather out with my dad and his friends cuz they do stuff.

Santa, if you bring me a for Christmas I promise to be even next year, I’ll let my grandma kiss me…yuck kisses are weird.



ps, I know a motorcycle be hard to fit in your sleigh but Santa, you can do anything!

Well there you have it, you know you need to do. Little Throckmorton a motorcycle so he can be just like Scary thought huh?

So, you go to the dealer and buying the kid a ‘new’ means you don’t get one this never a good plan. One of riding buddies has a friend has a cousin that wants to his kids old bike, which you has been ridden to …, bad idea. And, on top of all that, mom Throckmorton is too young to have a What do mom’s know

By the way, the picture to the right is how son sees you…the coolest of the

Well, I have found the to your dilemma right on was so easy. I found this Yamaha BW80, the BIG WHEEL 80. bikes are so easy to ride. and foremost it has a nice easy to use speed transmission with an clutch, so simple even can use it.

Next, those big fat tires…stability my friend. Third, these bikes are so durable even daughters boyfriend couldn’t it. Yeah, these bikes are but that is how you convince the wife to let bring it.

The BW80 I found is in to go, will look great the Christmas tree and you don’t to do anything but figure out how to add one more in the garage. Hey, it’s and you will have a best for life…’Santa’.

Click on the pic’s for more info and more This little bike is sweet and I would venture as or better than new for a lot less

1988 Yamaha Big Wheel 80

YM1 305

I really do enjoy early to mid motorcycles no matter what they came from. To me what is great about time period is the Japanese and the had the most unique styling…odd in people’s view, and they the most mechanically inventive.

I’m sure that many disagree with me about but think about it…in you had / have Harley Davidson…nothing has much in nearly 100 years and they did want to have a image, where did they go? In Britain, motorcycles from side of the pond also changed hardly, hence the of the British motorbike industry John Bloor came on the And Germany was, well…Germany.

didn’t change after the war and BMW didn’t change much for four decades.

So,back to my statement about the Italians and the The Italians were about and did design some truly motorcycles (remember, beauty is in the eye of the but mechanically they were using older designs Ducati Desmo notwithstanding). The however, were using a of older Euro styling with some more styles of their own.

they were playing up to the Europeans but also being adventurous, especially with the two and multi cylinder designs.

the way in the two-… world was Yamaha. went on to multi cylinder strokes. Yamaha’s history is a one and there is all of it on the net…how it went being (and still a music company and the founder something to fill up the time and they had for manufacturing, into a business.

From small cylinder bikes to world twins, Yamaha led the way.

the development of the race bikes, street bikes and you and I, were the recipients of the technological advancements. advancements came fast and most importantly for the time was the system. Prior to Yamaha’s of the system, oil had to be pre-mixed with the to lubricate the engine internals. Yamaha’s invention, now the rider put gas in a separate tank and let the motor do the itself.

Pretty soon had a variation of Yamaha’s auto-lube

As Yamaha was growing, the theory of ‘if is good, 250cc must be And if 250cc is better, then must be much better’. American don’t you think? We always believed ‘bigger is Hence, the street going YM1

The 305 came in two versions, the standard model and the more popular Bear Scrambler’. The Scrambler was a one model however. Within years the YM1 305′s were by much more advanced but the 305 really did move Yamaha in the American street bike

I found a really nice YM1 on today that really be wonderful to have and ride. It is in condition it appears and is ready (?) to I imagine that because it has sitting for 10 years that it need the standard stuff…carb new tires, battery, etc but hey, you can up a very clean little for not too much money.

Now, is one of those bikes that I tell you to buy a plane ticket, go get it and it home but, if you’re not too far hop in your truck and go get it. If you live a couple of hundred miles call Forward Air and have ‘em it up. This is a very fun little that you can ride almost now.

Click on the pic’s for a little more info and pictures. Oh, and one more thing…the lists it as 1969, the 305 stopped made in 1966 though were still being new and titled as late as 1968.

YM1 305

1981 Yamaha XV920 RH Model

There are a lot of motorcycles out that were either of their time, behind the or just didn’t click the motorcycle buying public at moment. Some of these now sell used for way more they did when new, one of my examples is the Honda GB500 When it first showed up in showrooms, Honda couldn’t ‘em away, you could still buy new three years after stopped building them for away prices.

Today, a used one goes for almost the ‘new then’ price. Then are the bikes that didn’t click.

One of my favorite (and one of my favorite motorcycles) the XV920RH Euro Model.

is not the Virago, which continued on for this was Yamaha’s attempt at European ‘Sport Touring’ to the USA. The motors in the Virago and the ‘R’ are the same but there are many In 1982 Paul Dean of magazine did a great comparison and came to the conclusion that the ‘R’ was the better of the two but still needed help.

The ‘R’ model had beautiful styling what with the sculpted gas tank, that in face, or eyes as the case may be, 8″ the slightly rearset foot the lower Euro style and the enclosed rear chain You know, to this day, I why the enclosed chain system become more mainstream? It was the chain lasted longer, it was than a shaft drive, and rob as much power as a shaft.

to ponder another time. held the 920 RH back was really a couple of things. First, the uncomfortable. To go ‘sport touring’ tour had to be about an hour or before your backside complaining.

Second, the rear of the designer of that part of the had a good idea (luggage and storage compartment) but, one or two too many sake’s for lunch, the design didn’t work so was changed the next year.

aimed this bike at the of the day and actually did a pretty good The bike handled well, not as precise as the Italian Stallion, had a fit and finish, and a reliability factor was hard to beat. Still, the didn’t sell and lasted two years in the US market.

It continue in until 1986.

Today cruising ebay I found a nice 920 that I wish was a to my California home. The owner has some mild mods in the style but kept the basics stock. The bike has only 32K on the clock, which if it has been routinely, is not too much.

All in all it looks to be a bike in nice ‘ride it condition and the price seems inline with the market.

The XV is a motorcycle and one that you won’t see a lot of on Sunday morning rid e through favorite twisty roads. on the pics below for more and more pictures. It is a bike worth looking at.

1981 Yamaha XV920 RH

1970 Yamaha YDS6B

you need this bike. you need it if you’re the type likes vintage two-strokes have a racing pedigree. I spent a good amount of with Yamaha RD series and have wrung the daylights out of a trying to keep up with an R5

The Yamaha street going two of that era were truly bred.

These little were fast for their out handled anything else the ‘Land of the Rising Sun’ and give bikes twice size fits on a tight road. Early styling was a bit but by time YDS6 model up, you wouldn’t be embarrassed to ride one to or to your local Sunday

And now for a quick little ‘Motoworld’ lesson…what would one these be without that. “Sherman, set the Machine’ for Japan 1957″. “Ok Mr. but what’s back there?” early stages of a great racing dynasty Sherman”. that mean I’ll get to a motorcycle Mr. Peabody?” “No Sherman, you a tough enough time on the pony ride outside the

The YDS was actually based on the YD racers of the 1950′s, over the years the TD series and eventually the all-conquering Through the 1960′s Yamaha sold over the counter you could go to your dealer and if you had the (you didn’t really a good resume’ back just the $$$ and a good relationship the owner).

Buy the bike, stock it had 28hp and was good for about (remember we are talking about a 250 then you bought the race kit brought up the HP but there was still one problem…these bikes were not you would call reliable. is lot’s of info available on the net if you to know more of the details but is was lower end bearing failures and Yamaha did a good job of addressing the and like I said came out the TZ’s which are still to day fantastic motorcycles.

In the hands of Sarrinen, Kel Carruthers, ‘King’ Roberts, and many more, the little two strokes were, and in racing today, awesome

Now onto this really little bike I found on this weekend. It’s a 250 in really good condition it does need a little just some elbow and the bonus here…it’s comes a pee-load of parts. The owner has a deal of info regarding the that has been done and a lot of showing what comes the bike. This IS a great for a conversion to a proper Cafe’Racer.

all you would need would be a set of maybe move the foot back, upgrade the suspension at end, some nice rubber and you will have a vintage ride.

Click on the below for a lot more info and pictures. Hurry up, this is a great deal.

1970 YDS6B

1978 Yamaha

Single cylinder motorcycles the world…really, they do. I’m not saying because I love singles, a simple truth. India, Mexico, Europe, all of Asia and you’ll see more small than anything else.

medical supplies, your from Amazon, divorce even the pizza for dinner on a small single cylinder in many parts of the world. Inexpensive to buy, cheap and to maintain, fuel efficient and in traffic conditions, you can still get pizza in 30 minutes.

Single motorbikes are truly the kings the

Not all singles have to be little or 250′s being service but it is fun to see how they are used.

As we look racing history, the greats are the Matchless G50, AJS 7R and of course, the Norton, these are the motorcycles set the standards by which all others are Built for reliability, speed and handling single cylinder

Over the years Yamaha, and Honda have all tried to the magic and the mystique of the race singles. But, the American just wasn’t all that The off-road and dual sports did well, the Yamaha TT/XT500′s the best examples I can think of at moment…and I have a soft in my heart for the TT500, but the XL 350′s Honda were good as well.

Honda came out the GB500, a very ‘British’ which diodn’t sell a damn,ironically, they are now fetching 2-3 what they sold for Yamaha decided to test the going single waters the SR500. An off-shoot of its successful the Yammie had more modern and was designed to be easy to start…there’s an story about the original getting a sprained ankle trying to kick start the model, hence, the directive to this model an easy

The SR500 grew into the and later the 660 and MZ motorcycles of Germany the 660 motor as the base for their line of motorbikes. It seems to me Yamaha has made the best use of the cylinder engine in a sporting over the years…which brings us to the I found on ebay this

This Yamaha SR500 is to need a good amount of or not, depending on your of picky-ness. I’ll say this, the SRX I in my barn is needing a lot more than this SR500…maybe. off, the owner comes out and says this bike is and looking at the pictures, maybe…but not too so.

He has taken care of some of the bits, yes it needs to have the re-done, new tyres would be a thing and the electrical system probably use some attention (I going through electrical more than anything when it comes to rehabilitating

The SR500 was a fairly quick for a 500 single but this particular SR has given the Lance Armstrong, Bonds and Roger Clemens injection of a new bigger piston 540cc steroid kit), and a cam. All that is well and (until you have to go to court…or in of the US Senate…) but remember, this is a start only motorcycle, and with the really slick valve actuation’ this is a bit tougher to start than a Man up…and wear really boots!!

This SR500 with a really good of spare parts including gas side panels, carbs and So, here’s the deal…this bike is a like I said before but a worth it project. The SR500 is a motorcycle and this particular one on has a lot going for it right now.

Keep it a stocker, make a cafe’ racer out of it, maybe a rat bike…whatever you choose this is a good value all the way around. on the pics below for more and a lot more pictures of the bike and all comes with it.

’78 Yamaha

1979 Yamaha XS650 Racer

I just can’t myself, I love the Yamaha and I especially love it as a Cafe and one that is done well gets my heart going. the XS650 and it’s TX brother out to be the almost perfect platform for type of motorcycle. With an you could leave it stock and a great daily and weekend you could throw a set of saddlebags the back and travel cross-country, it into a street tracker (or a flat track racer for matter), very cool choppers and bobbers, and of course…cafe

Yamaha built the XS650 to with the British twins of the and because of a few designs differences importantly the horizontal split vs, the vertical split of the British…which to leak oil all over your floor and the Yamaha wouldn’t). twins of the time used for valve accuation Yamaha the XS with overhead cams, and the Yamaha wasn’t really any than the Brit’s it rode All in all Yamaha ‘outbritted’ (is that a the brits with the XS.

Like I before, I am a sucker for a good racer and when it’s on the XS platform I get even more lustful is more the word. I I should feel guilty saying that having into cafe racers the British twins, but I just help myself.

Today I a really nicely done Cafe Racer that is and a very reasonable price is to it. It is very cleanly done, not too and not too stripped. The body work good and the little mini (nowadays called a flyscreen) up looks nice, the exhaust has the look and hopefully the right Everything about the bike right, but…the seller no information other than rebuilt’.

OK, there is a contact if you want to ask questions but…come on, us some details. Anyway, the does look really done and like I said, the seems really good if the is as good as it looks.

Click on the below for no more details but pictures.

1979 Yamaha Cafe Racer

1980 SR 500

There is nothing like a big to stir your soul. The the sound, the way the motor just away from a corner. a big single cylinder four is addicting. But not for everyone.

I happen to be one of the ones. I have ridden big BSA in the desert, Honda singles on the race track and tortured my father-in-law’s Yamaha in the mountains of New I love ‘em.

Yamaha, the XS650, figured out that were in love with bikes but wanted the Japanese reliability and price. The big singles the UK were the benchmark; Matchless AJS, Norton Manx and the BSA Star. The most accessible of all was the Gold Star and that is Yamaha started.

First the TT/XT 500′s. We Americans getting into the big singles, off but still hadn’t found the for them on the street. We were loving the big twins. Yamaha was with the success of the XT series in the US and that Europe was ready for a going model, enter the SR This is a bike that the didn’t really want to

A couple of years of success in and the SR was brought stateside.

The SR was born the XT but there were a lot of differences. The XT was for reliability and simplicity; the SR was designed to be and more importantly, easy to for the daily rider. The SR was given an ignition vs. points and condenser and a lever at the handlebar.

Why not just put an starter on the bike? Well, wanted a lightweight road single with good and plenty of torque so an easy to use starter was the the only way to go in their

The kick starting of an SR500 is quite easy, you hold in the lever, move the kickstarter enough to bring the piston up to which is indicated by a little line in a window on the top of the motor, give a good solid through and the bike fires up…a whole lot easier the Goldie. Trust me on that

SR’s are a blast to ride, it did Yamaha wanted it to do…except well here in the US. It did good in and Asia and in the homeland. They developed a 400cc version for to meet the demands.

The SR only in our market for a few short years.

Now you that I’m going to say that it is the platform for a great cafe and it really is but, it can also be a custom. Check out this

So, while looking for parts on for my own Yamaha single project, an I found this really SR500. Low miles, stock and in generally really good I gotta tell ya, for the money I’m into my SRX, I could fly to Arizona, buy this SR, ride it stopping to gamble a bit in Laughlin a big single…I’m not crazy enough to try and it all the way home in one trip…) and still money in the bank!

This is a buy for someone looking for a unique and motorcycle that is ready to now.

From the March Cycle World review, those that accept the for what it is, the rewards are worth the For them, this is the most bike on the market”

Click on the below for more pictures and And another cool thing this particular bike is it comes with the manuals and the bill of sale. It’s a great deal.

1980 SR500

’71 Yamaha G6 S

Here we are thinking about a neat bike to put on the front of the motorhome for summer vacation, or stuff the trailer full of camping Maybe you just want a little bike to bop around on. And…you don’t want to a lot of money and it would be nice if it But at the same time you want a little classic. Not your run of the Honda Trail 90 or something that, no…you want a that has a cool factor.

I think I have the bike for

Yamaha has always had cafe in their blood, from bikes ( I mean little) all the way and especially, the RD series two strokes. One of my favorites is the G6 S model. This 60cc two stoke has very styling and scoots better most 75 and 90cc models other manufacturers.

It’s light so you can put it up on the bumper of the motorhome, you can it next to the door of the local and nobody is going to get mad…”oh, it cute…”. The only thing about the G6 model…you can’t it on the freeway, and why would you want to? too much fun just being a buzz … with of style.

I found one on ebay that needs some but has great potential. The owner it ran when it was parked, cosmetically not too bad (the seat needs and I’d go through the carbs, slip in a new and put some newer / better on it. Then my friend you have a little all arounder.

Probably about 80-90 mpg to boot.

For a bit more info and a contact click on the pic’s below. Oh, the are pretty low quality but you can get a feel for the

1971 Yamaha G6 S

’78 Yamaha

I love single cylinder I have raced one for years and one all around the Southern California and deserts just for fun. are simple to ride and simple to However, some can be a bit difficult to you learn the secret.

The secret (or depending on how many people you to) to kick starting a big single is a combination of getting the piston as big a coffee can) in just the position, tickling the carb the right amount (tickling the is a British bike thing, tell you later?), or setting the just right and then, holding the throttle open enough, a big (and I mean stab on the kick start If you’re lucky, the big thumper right up.

If you’re like of us, it takes two or three times on that kick starter to get the to fire. On the other hand, if you mastered the secret starting you get tossed over the handlebars, the telling you it didn’t like technique. Much like a or two in your romantic history. Ah, worry about it, you’ll get the of it at some point…starting the bike I

The woman, you’re on your

When I first wanted to racing a single cylinder, I cruising the pits at Willow to see what was the most successful, or at the most popular. The class was by the Honda FT500 Ascot, but the was the SR500 Yamaha. So my search for an started. The search was tougher I thought it would be.

The Yamaha wasn’t a big seller for the tuning company so there weren’t all many on the used market and very few there were out were commanding ‘out of my dollars. I settled on a $500 then promptly put $3000 it?!

The SR500 actually life as the dual sport A terrific big single and quite for it’s size and time in riding. Yamaha was having sales success with the XT and to dip their toes into the street going waters.

of that decision was based on the Cafe Racer movement in the states but mostly over in

The tuning forks gave the new an electronic ignition, added a in compression release mechanism, designed to make the bike to start. We street guys are wimps. The styling was right on to fit the

But, sales of the SR here in just didn’t meet so the SR only stayed a couple of on dealers floors. In Europe the SR going on into the 1990′s.

cruising ebay, like I do morning, I found the SR500 I twenty years ago. particular bike has 22,000 on the clock, not really too many for age, and has been well according to the owner. He did however out the body work for the 1979 he liked silver better i or did something happen to the original

A paint job would have cheaper I imagine? It does newer Progressive rear does Flo come with the and all in all looks pretty good. The SR 500 is a bike for someone who wants a yet classic big single.

So click on the below for more pictures and a bit info.

With all that I’m going out to the barn and continue on my big single,the SRX…the SR500′s big

’78 Yamaha SR500

’71 Yamaha CS3 200

Do you purple? Do like small 2 strokes? Do you love having fun on tight twisty canyon Do you love easily motoring by big through a tight corner and them a little ‘see ya wave as you pass them?

If you yes to at least three out of four I have found the bike for

This little bike is a candidate for the cafe treatment you think? A set of lower handlebars, a upgrade, some fresh oil and new springs in the front end and, if the will allow, get rid of the spongy they passed for shock at the time. Now, regarding particular bike, I have a of questions. Number one, why was the rebuilt at only 2070 had it been abused or just it had sat around for decades?

Number pretty steep opening Reality check here, bike is worth maybe a but not a starting price of $1450. Not to the bike or the owner but just to put a of reality in here.

I think a very cool little that would be a lot of fun to ride Click on the pics below for pictures and a bit more info.

Big Bear Choppers Sled 100 Smooth Carb


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