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Author Topic: The 1976 Yamaha XS500 ground up build  (Read 33259 times)

Offline saywhat

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The 1976 Yamaha XS500 ground up build
« on: May 01, 2009, 13:55:57 »
Hello All,

    My name is Matt, new to the site, have been lurking for a few weeks reading, learning, and admiring others projects/work. Now that my bike is starting to take shape I am starting a build thread.  This is my second bike,  I formerly had an '81 SR250 that was less of a project, and sold a few years ago.


I picked up this basket case 1976 XS500 a few weeks ago, engine had been removed and half disassembled, and came with another spare 'good' engine and a few boxes of new and used parts.

In my excitement I failed to take before pictures, and we all know what happens with idle hands... sorry.

So far, anything that can fit in the oven has been powdercoated with a satin texture black. The bike came with new fork seals, so those were replaced before reassembly. I am just trying to tackle one thing at a time. New NOS oversized pistons, gaskets, and much more have been slowly showing up at my front door.


Parts and more parts.



Stripped down the frame and painted with the black epoxy spray paint.



The carbs were extremely gummed up (throttle would not budge) disassembled and cleaned with carb cleaner.



I managed to find a nicely shaped gas tank at the local graveyard for the rear seat.



Narrowed and reinforced the stock seat pan.

I am hoping to have this bike done this summer, but I don't want to rush anything.

Comments and criticisms are welcome, let me know how I am doing.


Thanks!



« Last Edit: Mar 23, 2011, 18:33:13 by saywhat »

Offline Tim

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Re: The 1976 Yamaha XS500 ground up build
« Reply #1 on: May 01, 2009, 13:57:57 »
Looks great so far!
"Quality . . . you know what it is, yet you don't know what it is. But that's self-contradictory. But some things are better than others, that is, they have more quality. But when you try to say what the quality is, apart from the things that have it, it all goes poof! There's nothing to talk about. But if you can't say what Quality is, how do you know what it is, or how do you know that it even exists? If no one knows what it is, then for all practical purposes it doesn't exist at all. But for all practical purposes it really does exist."

Offline saywhat

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Re: The 1976 Yamaha XS500 ground up build
« Reply #2 on: May 01, 2009, 14:06:38 »
Looks great so far!

Thanks Tim! I've been following your 650, it has been a great motivator/inspiration.

Offline manchestermichael

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Re: The 1976 Yamaha XS500 ground up build
« Reply #3 on: May 01, 2009, 14:13:54 »

nice  rear  hump looks nice gr8 shape flows well

Offline Tim

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Re: The 1976 Yamaha XS500 ground up build
« Reply #4 on: May 01, 2009, 14:43:09 »
Hope it motivates you to move faster than I have!  25 months and counting!
"Quality . . . you know what it is, yet you don't know what it is. But that's self-contradictory. But some things are better than others, that is, they have more quality. But when you try to say what the quality is, apart from the things that have it, it all goes poof! There's nothing to talk about. But if you can't say what Quality is, how do you know what it is, or how do you know that it even exists? If no one knows what it is, then for all practical purposes it doesn't exist at all. But for all practical purposes it really does exist."

Offline valvesprung

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Re: The 1976 Yamaha XS500 ground up build
« Reply #5 on: May 01, 2009, 14:55:21 »
Great start man. Those are probably the only vintage mags I've ever liked. The seat cowl flows great with the tank too. Looking forward to the progress.
'79 KZ650SR (the show pony)
'97 Buell S3
1980 XS850

Offline Darmstro

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Re: The 1976 Yamaha XS500 ground up build
« Reply #6 on: May 01, 2009, 14:56:52 »
Let me know if you need any parts.  I have all kinds of spares that came with my '77.
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Offline jeckel30

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Re: The 1976 Yamaha XS500 ground up build
« Reply #7 on: May 01, 2009, 17:44:12 »
Nice lines.  Your build is looking really good. 

Offline saywhat

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Re: The 1976 Yamaha XS500 ground up build
« Reply #8 on: May 01, 2009, 17:49:11 »
Thanks for all the positive comments guys! I will try to keep this thread updated pretty regularly.

Offline JRK5892

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Re: The 1976 Yamaha XS500 ground up build
« Reply #9 on: May 01, 2009, 17:55:36 »
nice! i have a TX500 build going!
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