1977 Yamaha XT500 Frame no. 1U6-000261 Engine no. 1U6-000261
Lot 258
1977 Yamaha XT500 Frame no. 1U6-000261 Engine no. 1U6-000261
Sold for £2,760 (US$ 4,699) inc. premium
Lot Details
1977 Yamaha XT500
Registration no. TJT 421R
Frame no. 1U6-000261
Engine no. 1U6-000261
Introduced for 1976 and sold only in the US market at first, the Yamaha XT500 single-handedly made singles cool again thanks to its smart, functional styling and bullet-proof engine. An 'adventure bike' before the term was coined, the XT was soon proving its reliability and speed in desert races in North America and the gruelling Paris-Dakar Rally. Although marketed as a dirt bike, the XT500 was equally capable as an urban commuter, its upright riding position, wide handlebars and responsive engine making an ideal combination for carving through city traffic. Dispatchers loved them. Today the XT500 enjoys a cult following and original early models are highly prized. This early XT500 is believed to have been imported into the UK prior to its acquisition by the immediately preceding owner in 2008. It was then totally restored over the next two years and first registered in this country in February 2010. Works carried out included overhauling the engine and gearbox, rebuilding the wheels with heavy-duty spokes, powder-coating the frame, and fitting a new chain and sprockets. The current owner acquired the XT in June 2011. Described as in generally excellent condition, the machine is offered with VJMCC dating certificate, assorted DVLA correspondence, purchase receipt (2011), MoT to 29th May 2014, current road fund licence and Swansea V5C document.
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