Spoked wheels on vintage Yamahas are more sturdy than any of the mag wheels often seen on these bikes, and they’re beautiful as well. In the modern age, spokes are making a comeback and feature prominently in many ADVs and scramblers, and the strength of this classic wheel design is the reason why. Mikes XS has brand-new SR500 shouldered aluminum rims to help you complete your vintage thumper restoration. We also stock new SR500 drive chains, as well as front and rear sprockets.
If your SR500’s steering is vague, or the wheel is beginning to shimmy at speed, perform a wheel bearing check. With the front wheel off the ground, grasp it on opposite sides and attempt to shake it. If there is any lateral or front-to-back movement, renew the bearings. Mikes XS has SR500 front wheel bearings and front wheel oil seals to help you arrest the problem before it worsens. Whatever the issue, when you need to keep your vintage SR500 thumper rolling, look to Mikes XS.