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In the same ownership for the last 15 years
1987 Yamaha XT500
Frame no. 00206028

"Considering the Japanese preoccupation with technology, the appearance from the Orient of a motorcycle so traditionally British in concept as a 500cc four-stroke single seemed nothing short of amazing," – Bill Haylock, Bike magazine.

Introduced for 1976 and sold only in the United States market at first, the Yamaha XT500 single-handedly made singles cool again thanks to its smart, functional styling and bullet proof engine. An 'adventure bike' before the term was coined, the XT was soon proving its reliability and speed in desert races in North America and the gruelling Paris-Dakar Rally. Although marketed as a dirt bike, the XT500 was equally capable as an urban commuter, its upright riding position, wide handlebars and responsive engine making an ideal combination for carving through city traffic. Dispatchers loved them. Production ceased in 1989. Today the XT500 enjoys a cult following and original early models are highly prized.

This Yamaha XT500 was sold new in France and has had three owners in total: the first up to 2005; the second from then up to 2008; and the current vendor since then. The machine has covered only 23,600 kilometres from new and is presented in beautiful original condition. Routine maintenance and recommissioning were carried out in 2021. Accompanying documentation consists of the original purchase order; sales invoice; a French registration document; and Barré Rouge (manufacturer's specification listing).

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