1980 Yamaha 499cc SR500
Lot 212
1980 Yamaha SR500 Frame no. 2J40 104250 Engine no. 2J4 104250
Sold for £805 (US$ 1,353) inc. premium
Lot Details
1980 Yamaha SR500
Registration no. FYH 287V
Frame no. 2J40 104250
Engine no. 2J4 104250
Among Japanese manufacturers, Yamaha pioneered the big-single dirt bike when it introduced the XT500 in the late 1970s. Its 500cc, four-stroke, single-overhead-cam motor was far too good to be restricted to the dirt however, and soon found its way into a roadster: the SR500. More civilised than the traditional British big single yet almost as characterful, the SR500 was neither sports bike nor tourer but nevertheless a competent lightweight all-rounder capable of bettering 90mph (rider flat on the tank) while 60-plus miles per gallon was achievable if ridden more sedately. This classic Japanese 'thumper' was purchased by the vendor in April 1998 and since then has been kept as part of his private collection. Not used since acquisition, 'FYH 287V' will require restoration before returning to the road and thus is sold strictly as viewed. A potentially most rewarding project, the machine is offered with purchase receipt, expired MoT (1991) and (part) old-style Swansea V5.
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