Yamaha XT 500


Make Model

Yamaha XT 500




Four stroke, single cylinder, SOHC, 2 valve


499 cc / 30.5 cuin
Bore x Stroke 87 х 84 mm
Cooling System Air cooled
Compression Ratio 9.0 :1


32mm Mikuni VM32SS carburetor


Magneto, CB/coil
Starting Kick

Max Power

32 hp / 23.5 kW @ 6500 rpm

Max Torque

4.0 kgf-m / 39.2 Nm @ 5500 rpm
Clutch Wet multiplate


5 Speed 
Final Drive Chain
Frame Half-duplex cradle

Front Suspension

Leading axle coil spring fork
Front Wheel Travel 195 mm / 7.6 in

Rear Suspension

Swing arm adjustable preload
Rear Wheel Travel 142 mm / 5.5 in

Front Brakes

Single 160mm drum

Rear Brakes

Single 150mm drum

Front Tyre


Rear Tyre

Dimensions Length  2185 mm / 86.0 in
Width      875 mm / 34.4 in
Height   1165 mm / 45.8 in
Wheelbase 1415 mm /  55.7 in
Seat Height 840 mm / 33.0 in
Ground Clearance 215 mm / 8.4 in

Dry Weight

140 kg / 308.6 lbs

Fuel Capacity 

8.8 Litres / 2.3 US gal

Consumption Average

59 mpg

Standing ¼ Mile  

15.0 sec  /  87.1 mph

Top Speed

162.2 km/h / 100.8 mph
Road Test Bike magazine 1977

Bike magazine Group Test 1978

Motorcycling Monthly 1976

Moto Journal 1982

This is the original XT500 made for the U.S. that started the rich XT heritage of reliable 4-stroke enduros. The original XT500 was produced for the USA only and imported into Europe on a limited basis.

This model was developed as a desert race enduro machine. Released as a street-legal version of the TT500 enduro machine launched the year before, this model became the pioneer of the big single off-road genre. It was the focus of attention also for the bold adoption for the first time ever of a forward inclining upside-down rear suspension on a trail model. It was on an XT500 that the Sonauto Yamaha team’s Cyril Neveu won the motorcycle division of the 1st Paris Dakar Rally in 1979.

The XT500 is a bike with great resources and it is very fun to ride. The bike handles very well and it also has a satisfying acceleration and great suspension. This is the kind of bike that you would encounter at the entering of a ranch and believe me: it belongs there. The bike was created to be exploited and it will give a very exciting off road experience.

The Yamaha XT500 is an icon and a very enjoyable bike to ride. Many people still put some real miles into their XT500’s and they have a big smile on their faces.