Thanks to a combination of light weight and a torquey, simple motor, Yamaha SR500s are popular fodder for custom builders. The 499cc single is a call back to the legendary thumpers from BSA, Matchless, Velocette, Norton, and Triumph, and the bike’s svelte curb weight makes for big fun factor despite its humble top speed. (We’ve actually featured quite a few …
I wish I had more details on this, but it’s too good not to share. Someone’s built a NSR500 replica with a Honda RC51 frame and a Yamaha RD500cc 2-stroke engine, and it’s up for sale!
Featuring an aluminum gas tank and seat cowl built by Evan Wilcox, this Yamaha SR500 looks the part and has a few more modifications to back up the style.
Post Sale Update: This SR500 sold for $4,500 after 18 bids on eBay in Camano Island, Washington. The SR500 had a strong British vibe, and this custom takes it even further.
Thanks to the end of the WWII and the development of a globalized motorcycle market, more and more British motorcycles started to cross the Atlantic and reach the US. One type of motorcycle in particular was quite successful, the big single-cylinder bike. This is something the American market didn’t really have, but Americans started to like it. So, we started …
Considering that you can buy a brand new SR400 from Yamaha for $5,999, how do you feel about a classic SR500 for $4,500?
The seller doesn’t give much information about this bike, but he/she says it “starts, runs, and handles beautifully.” For $1,950 or best offer, I think it’s a winner. Or more three times as much you can get a new SR400 with a smaller motor, a drum in the rear, and other downgrades.
Built by Iron Cobras Fabrication of Long Beach, California, this SR500 has been chopped and given larger wheels – 21″ in the rear and 23″ in the front. What do you think about it?
The English Electric Lightning was a Cold War era jet fighter known for having an incredible rate of climb – pilots said flying it was like “being saddled to a skyrocket.” That plane was the inspiration for this Yamaha custom built by Old Empire Motorcycles – a SR500 dubbed “Lightning.”
Here’s a nice example of Yamaha’s classic SR500. It spent years in a collection and the seller bought it hopes that he could replicate a SR500 from his youth. After he cleaned it up, he decided it was too nice to modify, so now it’s your chance to pick up a well-preserved, original bike.
First – I feel obligated to remind you that this bike sort of lives on as the new SR400. But if you’re looking for the OG (and you like having a third wheel), check out this ’81 with a Velorex 562 sidecar. This example has 12,000 miles and is claimed to run great. The seller built the rig when his …
AHRMA Racer – 1979 Yamaha SR500View Post
Every time I see one of the “new” Yamaha SR400s, it makes me long for seat time on the original. If you’re the same way, here’s your chance to snap up the 550th SR500 ever built.
The Yamaha SR500 has been a popular bike for decades, due to clean styling and a reliable single-cylinder engine. These traits have also led this bike to be the base for thousands of custom works, including choppers, dirt-trackers, and cafe racers. Here’s one in “truly outstanding condition”, which is one of the nicer ones I’ve seen in a while.
Post-Sale Update: After 13 bids on eBay, this Yamaha SR500 sold for a very reasonable $2,801. The Yamaha SR500 has been a popular bike for decades, due to clean styling and a reliable single-cylinder engine. These traits have also led this bike to be the base for thousands of custom works, including choppers, dirt-trackers, and cafe racers. Here’s one that’s …