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The SR400 and SR500 series of motorcycles from Yamaha are
some of the simplest and most beloved motorcycles of the past
few decades. They have a single cylinder, a single cam, a single
valve for exhaust, and a single valve for inlet, and a single
carburetor, or fuel injector – making them as reliable as gravity
and much more fun.
Back in 1978 when Yamaha first created the SR500 it was
intended to be a Japanese replacement for British thumpers like
the Manx Norton – yet Yamaha also made it a bike for entry
level riders by building the SR series to be easy to ride and easy
The Yamaha SR400 and SR500 really begin with the engine
fitted to the Yamaha XT500 enduro/adventure motorcycle made
from 1975-1981. The XT500 was a bike built for lively
performance and had rugged, simple construction. It was a bike
that was successfully campaigned in the Paris–Abidjan-Nice and
then the Paris–Dakar Rallies establishing itself as a credible
At the time of its introduction it seems the motorcycle press and
public saw it as an entry level bike and it took them a while to
warm to it and discover the SR500’s personality. The Yamaha
SR500 stayed in production until 1999 with new bikes finally
disappearing from showroom floors in 2000 – this has been a
version of the bike that has been a natural for modern café
racer and scrambler custom builds.
This 1979 model was the start of a project that never left the
ground. Needs left side peg - accidentally broke when kick
starting the bike (need to fold prior starting). Other than that,
the bike runs great and ready to ride. All you need to do is pick
the build you want and start buying the parts. Pink slip in hand
just needs tags paid at DMV. Priced to sell!
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