Built to handle enduro competition, the XT500 quickly became a favourite of road and offroad riders alike. If you enjoyed both then the XT was your dream machine.
The 499cc two-valve single was a road-legal version of the full-on TT500 enduro bike of 1975. Originally conceived for the US market, Europeans soon took to its slimline charms. Many riders preferred not to take their XTS off-road, put off perhaps by the weight. Nonetheless the XT retains a strong following. With easy torque out of nowhere the XT retained the character of far older machines while packaged to suit 1970s riders.