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Author Topic: 1980 SR500  (Read 138 times)

Offline scott s

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1980 SR500
« on: Aug 04, 2018, 20:41:27 »
 Picked up this one owner 1980 SR500 today. I've wanted one of these FOREVER! It was parked eons ago and the tank and carb was drained and the oil was changed just before parking it. The oil looks brand new and the tank, which is extremely straight and solid, is spotless inside. Kicks over with excellent compression. Showing 8611 miles from new.
 
 While the engine was stored properly, it's resting place must have been very humid or something. The chrome has all seen better days. The seat and bodywork are solid and I'll probably even keep the patina.
 Plans are to get it running again and do only bolt-on mods. Brakes and suspension upgrades are at the top of the list.



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Re: 1980 SR500
« Reply #1 on: Aug 04, 2018, 20:43:49 »
Low miles.



 Tank is perfect other than the fading and a BB size ding at the right rear.



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Re: 1980 SR500
« Reply #2 on: Aug 04, 2018, 20:46:43 »
Lots of oxidation and surface rust, but it's a solid bike.




 The header is particularly crusty on the outside (man, I hate header wrap, but it may be a temporary solution on this one) but the stock muffler is solid.


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Re: 1980 SR500
« Reply #3 on: Aug 04, 2018, 20:50:17 »
And it came with lots of paperwork, including the original title, bill of sale, receipt, warrant folder, owners manual...even a genuine factory Yamaha service manual. And the tool kit is there, too!



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Re: 1980 SR500
« Reply #4 on: Aug 04, 2018, 20:56:39 »
 Plans are to keep the patina on the seat and tank. I originally planned on keeping the chrome but I think some of it is just too crusty. MotoLana makes some nice aluminum fenders.
 I want to get it running, obviously, and then focus on suspension and brake upgrades.

 I'm VERY interested in hearing about modern caliper and rotor options. I know the XS650 forks are pretty much a direct swap, and I've built a bunch of XS650's, so I'm a little familiar with making the stock forks better. I'm not opposed to a fork/triple swap, but I don't want to get into USD forks, wheel/axle spacers, etc. I'll be happy with optimized 35mm forks (or the 38mm if I can do it without too much work fitting the front wheel) and some really nice rear shocks. A good fork brace, sticky tires, etc.
 
 Maybe down the line I'll look into a header/exhaust/muffler and a Mikuni carb swap, too.