Yamaha XT500 (1977)

The Yamaha XT 500 motorcycle was produced in 1977 with a capacity of 499 cc and a four-stroke, single-cylinder, SOHC, two-valve engine. It had a compression ratio of 9.0:1 and was equipped with a 32mm Mikuni VM32SS carburetor and magneto, CB/coil ignition. The bike had a maximum power of 32 hp at 6500 rpm and a maximum torque of 4.0 kgf-m at 5500 rpm. The transmission was a five-speed with a wet multi-plate clutch and a final drive chain. The bike had a half-duplex cradle frame and a front suspension of a leading axle coil spring fork with a front wheel travel of 195 mm. The rear suspension was a swing arm adjustable preload with a rear wheel travel of 142 mm. The front brake was a single 160mm drum and the rear brake was a single 150mm drum. The dimensions of the bike were 2185 mm in length, 875 mm in width, and 1165 mm in height with a wheelbase of 1415 mm and a ground clearance of 215 mm. The dry weight of the bike was 140 kg and it had a fuel capacity of 8.8 litres. The average fuel consumption was 59 mpg and it could reach a top speed of 162.2 km/h. Road tests were conducted by Bike magazine in 1977, Motorcycling Monthly in 1976, and Moto Journal in 1982, among others.

Technical specifications:

Make Model: Yamaha XT 500

Year: 1977

Engine: Four stroke, single cylinder, SOHC, 2 valve
Capacity: 499 cc / 30.5 cuin
Bore x Stroke: 87 84 mm
Cooling System: Air cooled
Compression Ratio: 9.0:1
Induction: 32mm Mikuni VM32SS carburetor
Ignition: Magneto, CB/coil
Starting: Kick
Max Power: 32 hp / 23.5 kW @ 6500 rpm
Max Torque: 4.0 kgf-m / 39.2 Nm @ 5500 rpm
Clutch: Wet multiplate
Transmission: 5 Speed
Final Drive: Chain
Frame: Half-duplex cradle
Front Suspension: Leading axle coil spring fork

Front Wheel Travel: 195 mm / 7.6 in
Rear Suspension: Swing arm adjustable preload
Rear Wheel Travel: 142 mm / 5.5 in
Front Brakes: Single 160mm drum
Rear Brakes: Single 150mm drum
Front Tyre: 3.00-21
Rear Tyre: 4.00-18
Dimensions: Length 2185 mm / 86.0 in Width 875 mm / 34.4 in Height 1165 mm / 45.8 in
Wheelbase: 1415 mm / 55.7 in
Seat Height: 840 mm / 33.0 in
Ground Clearance: 215 mm / 8.4 in
Dry Weight: 140 kg / 308.6 lbs
Fuel Capacity: 8.8 Litres / 2.3 US gal
Consumption Average: 59 mpg
Standing 1/4 Mile: 15.0 sec / 87.1 mph
Top Speed: 162.2 km/h / 100.8 mph
Road Test: Bike magazine 1977 Bike magazine Group Test 1978 Motorcycling Monthly 1976 Moto Journal 1982

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