You mention the word fun. The Yamaha SR500 was in this class. In 1976 Yamaha developed the XT500 a single cylinder 500cc OHC dirt bike. With its success, Yamaha engineers were challenged to produce the street version SR500 with the styling image of its predecessor the XS650 which was inspired by British design. It was one that would not come easy. The prototype version of the SR500 produced a twisted angle to Yamahas Tech director. Easy starting became a priority and the development of the internal compression release and TDC sight window was developed.
If you would like a definition of this “THUMPER” it would have to be defined as a powerful, sure footed, light on its feet pleasure to ride motorcycle. The motorcycle was small due to the narrow, dry sump, SOHC and 84mm long stroke motor. The oil tank reservoir was incorporated into the upper back bone tube of the frame. The SR500 was delivered with alloy rims along with front and rear disc brakes. This achieved a superior braking force due to the smaller frame size and total weight.
One of the emerging trends over the last several years has been the ease in which the SR500 can be customized into a chopper, bobber, brat, cafe racer or you can just do a complete restoration. MikesXS has a very experienced team of professionals that can help answer any questions you might have on your custom project.
Mikesxs.net was started in 2001 with the Yamaha rider in mind and has continuously been one of the largest and most comprehensive supplier of vintage Yamaha parts. MikesXS carries everything you need to service your motorcycle, including: high output charging systems (PMA kit), hard tail frames, big bore kits, petcocks, oem type oil filters, carburetor (carb) kits, brake calipers, clutch repair kits, master cylinders, gasket sets, 7/8 inch handlebars, cam chain guides and many other items! All of the inventory listed on our site is in stock and usually ships within 24 hours. We ship all over the world from the United States to Australia, New Zealand, Japan, UK, France, Germany and over 50 other countries
We are proud to have many of our parts manufactured for us by the very same factories that made the original OEM parts and we also support and carry parts from custom parts builders like Hugh's Handbuilt, Monster Craftsman, TC Bros, Pamco, XS Charge, Analog Cycles, Moto Gadget and many other custom motorcycle fabrication parts.
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