THE YAMAHA XT FAM­ILY TREE

1976 YAMAHA XT500

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The first XT made its de­but at the 21st Tokyo Mo­tor Show in ’75 as the first of the big four-stroke en­duro sin­gles. The orig­i­nal brief was to build a big sin­gle-cylin­der in a light­weight frame, make it durable and ca­pa­ble for rough ter­rain. And it proved it­self by win­ning the ’79 and ’80 Dakar Rally. It was the start of a huge XT line-up.

XT500 spec­i­fi­ca­tions 499cc 2v air-cooled four-stroke sin­gle, power 29bhp@5800rpm, 28ftlb@5400rpm, weight 139kg.

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