In stock now at Specialist Cars Of Malton, we have this beautiful Yamaha XT500 from 1977.
Imported from the USA this bike has undergone an exacting show standard restoration, It is truly beautiful and highly detailed another 70’s icon and of its day a superb trials bike. The XT500 has a twin-valve single-cylinder enduro-adventure motorcycle made by Yamaha from 1975 until 1981. It shares its power plant with the street version SR500 and its off-road brother, the Yamaha TT500. All parts such as the transmission and chassis were produced in Japan.
The first XT 500 was shown at the US dealer convention in September 1975, and in Europe in the summer of 1976. The bike became an instant success and was produced until 1981 when it was replaced by four-valve engines. It laid the ground for the later range of XT bikes ranging from 125cc (XT125) to the current 660cc (Yamaha XT660Z Ténéré) and contributed largely to Yamaha’s image. In France alone, 62,000 XT 500s were sold from 1976 to 1990.
The XT won the first big African rallies, which were on the rise in the late seventies. It started with Paris–Abidjan-Nice and then the Paris–Dakar Rally, which confirmed the supremacy of the XT 500. Bengt Åbergcompeted in the 1977 500cc Motocross World Championship on a highly modified Yamaha XT500 built in collaboration with former world champions Torsten Hallman and Sten Lundin. Åberg rode the bike to a victory in the first moto of the 1977 500cc Luxembourg Grand Prix and ended the season ranked 9th in the final world championship standings.
If it is an XT500 you are looking you won’t find a better example than this.
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