Yamaha TT500: history, specs, pictures

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Yamaha TT500
Also called TT 500
Production 1976 - 1981
Class Enduro
499cc Single Cylinder, four-stroke, air-cooled
Bore / Stroke 86.4mm x 86.4mm
Compression ratio 9.:1
Top Speed 90 mph
Horsepower 26.95 HP (20.1 KW) @ 5900RPM
Torque 28.03 ft/lbs (38.0 Nm) @ 5500RPM
Fuel System Carburetor
Air Filter K&N YA-1100 `76-81[1]
Spark Plug NGK BP7ES '77-81
Transmission Gear box: 5-Speed

Final Drive: Chain

Clutch: Wet multi-plate
Final Drive Chain: 520x100 ‘76[2]
Front Sprocket 15T ‘76[2]
Rear Sprocket 52T ‘76[2]
Suspension Front: Telescopic forks
Rear: Swing arm
Brakes Front: Drum
Rear: Drum
Front Tire 3.00-21
Rear Tire 4.60-18
Wheelbase 55.91 inches (1420 mm)
Length 83.11 inches (2111 mm)
Width 36.42 inches (925 mm)
Seat Height 33.19 inches (843 mm)
Weight 127.0 kg (wet)
Oil Filter K&N KN-145[1]
Recommended Oil Yamalube 10w-40
Related Yamaha TT225
Yamaha TT250
Yamaha TT350
Yamaha TT500
Yamaha TT600
Manuals Service Manual

The Yamaha TT 500 was a Single Cylinder, Four-stroke, air-cooled Enduro motorcycle produced by Yamaha in 1976. Max torque was 28.03 ft/lbs (38.0 Nm) @ 5500 RPM. Claimed horsepower was 26.95 HP (20.1 KW) @ 5900 RPM.

History[edit | edit source]

The Yamaha TT500 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.

Engine[edit | edit source]

A 86.4mm bore x 86.4mm stroke result in a displacement of just 499.0 cubic centimeters.

Drive[edit | edit source]

The bike has a 5-Speed transmission. Power was moderated via the Wet multi-plate.

Chassis[edit | edit source]

It came with a 3.00-21 front tire and a 4.60-18 rear tire. Stopping was achieved via Drum in the front and a Drum in the rear. The front suspension was a Telescopic forks while the rear was equipped with a Swing arm. The wheelbase was 55.91 inches (1420 mm) long.

1976 Yamaha TT 500[edit | edit source]

1976 Yamaha TT500 in White
1976 Yamaha TT500 in White

The TT 500 is a perfect mix of traditional engineering and modern racing technology. The classic overhead cam, four-stroke, single delivers smooth torque even at low rpm`s.

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 2019 K&L Supply Co Catalog. K&L Supply Co. 2019. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2019 Western Power Sports Catalog. Western Power Sports. 2019.