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1976 XT500

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(1976 / Production Model)


This “big single” trail model was outfitted to be street-legal and it was developed with the TT500 endurance competition machine as its base model. It incorporated epoch-making innovations in all areas, including – in a first for off-road vehicles – a forward inclined upside-down rear suspension. It became the machine used by many teams in the early years of the Paris-Dakar Rally. Yamaha also prepared a factory machine based on it that Cyril Neveu won the first two Dakar rallies on.

  • Overall length × width × height: 2,170mm × 875mm × 1,180mm
  • Weight: 139kg
  • Engine type: Air-cooled, 4-stroke, OHC, 2-valve, single-cylinder, 499cm³
  • Maximum power output: 22.0kW (30.0PS) / 5,800r/min
  • Maximum torque: 38.2N・m (3.9kgf・m) / 5,400r/min
  • Price: ¥370,000

*All figures, etc. in a model's description or specifications are from when the model was originally released.

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