276 Miles – 1980 Yamaha XT500

In Dual-Sport, Japan by AbhiLeave a Comment

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Every time I feature a XT500, you guys and gals seem to love it. So I’m hoping you’re really going to enjoy this example, which has less than 300 miles on the odometer.

Yamaha’s XT500 was an instant sales success and it led to a full series of XT bikes. Thanks to the big thumper of an engine and the ample ground clearance, it was good for just about anything you could throw at it. This enduro bike was produced for 15 years, eventually leading to an entire range of “XT” bikes of varying displacements and cementing Yamaha’s reputation as a quality dual sport maker in the American and European markets. Sharing its very reliable engine with the SR500, the XT500 was capable of 90 miles per hour, as its 499 cc engine produced 31.5 horsepower and 27 pound feet of torque – more than sufficient considering it weighed just 310 pounds dry.

Immediately after its inception, the XT proved its mettle by winning the Paris-Nice and Paris-Dakar rallies, lending a tremendous amount of credibility to the bike. The only difference between the race bikes and production versions? A larger fuel tank, and a rear rack to carry tools and jerry cans for fuel. Want to learn more about the story of the revolutionary XT500? Check out Yamaha Europe’s page about this wonderful bike.

As you can tell from the title of this post, this example has just 276 miles during the care of just one owner. It’s claimed to have been always garaged. Find this XT for sale here on Craigslist in Estacada, Oregon for $6,900.

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