Yamaha XT500

Practical Sportsbikes (UK) - - Buy A Trail Bike -

Yamaha’s first big four-stroke sin­gle, and a cult ma­chine in its own right. Win­ner of the Paris-dakar Rally. In fact Yamaha got it so right from the off with the XT that it re­mained in pro­duc­tion, largely un­changed, for well over a decade. Early XTS, with their low-slung ex­haust, look best, but for off-road a later high-pipe model is best.

XTS were a huge hit across the world, and Eu­rope in par­tic­u­lar, so spares are not a prob­lem.there’s a wealth of knowl­edge out there, too. Be­ing a child of the 1970s the XT sits lower than later dual pur­pose bikes, so if you’re short in stature you’ll fit on one as well. Plus they’re re­ally easy and en­joy­able to ride.

Start­ing – kicker only – re­quires prac­tice and tech­nique, es­pe­cially if the mo­tor is warm.the XT en­joyed sub­tle changes through its run, so it’s im­por­tant to un­der­stand ex­actly which model you have when buy­ing parts. Bat­tle scars are a dis­tinct pos­si­bil­ity. Prices are get­ting silly, too.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.