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Talk me out of buying a SR500
06/30/19 at 11:43:04
 
There's one nearby I'm going to look at in person tomorrow.
I really love these old thumpers. Where my Thumpy is my little hotrod bike the SR500 would become my restoration project.
Owner says it smokes and likely needs work on its head.

Do I really need another project or bike?

Speaking of bikes I've decided that my Ducati is going bye bye. I'll be putting the big Duck up for sale later this year.
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Re: Talk me out of buying a SR500
Reply #1 - 06/30/19 at 12:12:44
 
I had to look up the SR500. No, I will not try to talk you out of it. It's a beautiful and practical bike.
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Re: Talk me out of buying a SR500
Reply #2 - 06/30/19 at 12:21:52
 
Enabler  Wink
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Re: Talk me out of buying a SR500
Reply #3 - 06/30/19 at 12:48:24
 
Sorry, I can't... :'(
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Re: Talk me out of buying a SR500
Reply #4 - 06/30/19 at 13:13:13
 
SR is a tried & true thumper. With a carb,pipe,piston it will be a kickas$ little bike. Stock they whoop on a Savage. I've owned like six of them.
And they just look cool ! What year,What color ? Super easy to build and maintain.
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Re: Talk me out of buying a SR500
Reply #5 - 06/30/19 at 13:44:56
 
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That's like an alcoholic asking his buddy to convince him he shouldn't have another drink. You seriously think you're gonna get any of us to talk you out of buying an SR500?????
But, you're gonna hate it. So, go ahead and buy it and I'll be there tomorrow morning to pick it up and give you what you paid for it.

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Re: Talk me out of buying a SR500
Reply #6 - 06/30/19 at 14:49:51
 
I hated the kick start but forgot why.
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Re: Talk me out of buying a SR500
Reply #7 - 06/30/19 at 15:03:25
 
I suppose my main concern is the smoking and what it'll take to make it right. Is it hard to find parts?

The one I'm going to see is actually a 78 - black.
The chrome looks ok in the pictures.
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Re: Talk me out of buying a SR500
Reply #8 - 06/30/19 at 15:18:37
 
philthymike wrote on 06/30/19 at 15:03:25:
I suppose my main concern is the smoking and what it'll take to make it right. Is it hard to find parts?

The one I'm going to see is actually a 78 - black.
The chrome looks ok in the pictures.


I hear there are lots of parts, Yamaha keep the bike in production as of 2018? As the sr400.
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Re: Talk me out of buying a SR500
Reply #9 - 06/30/19 at 15:45:53
 
Looks like a really nice little ride to me.
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Re: Talk me out of buying a SR500
Reply #10 - 06/30/19 at 15:50:37
 
Matchless G11 wrote on 06/30/19 at 15:18:37:
philthymike wrote on 06/30/19 at 15:03:25:
I suppose my main concern is the smoking and what it'll take to make it right. Is it hard to find parts?

The one I'm going to see is actually a 78 - black.
The chrome looks ok in the pictures.


I hear there are lots of parts, Yamaha keep the bike in production as of 2018? As the sr400.


Seriously? That's great then. No unobtaineum parts woes!
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Re: Talk me out of buying a SR500
Reply #11 - 06/30/19 at 23:27:42
 
A savage with a kickstart and mid controls. Looks like a cool little bike. These woop on savages?
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Re: Talk me out of buying a SR500
Reply #12 - 07/01/19 at 03:08:19
 
I had a black 78 SR500; sold it in Hawaii when I got orders to Washington state.  I planned on sending my Goldstar off for replacing some magneto drive gears and adding a generator for a mag/dyno unit so did not think I would need it.  Should have kept it.
One of many vehicles I should have kept.
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Re: Talk me out of buying a SR500
Reply #13 - 07/01/19 at 06:06:32
 
Did someone say SR500???  

What Ruttly and DieselBob said.

Plus you can do stuff like this with it...

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Re: Talk me out of buying a SR500
Reply #14 - 07/01/19 at 07:28:49
 
That's so sexy!
With the intention of restoration I can predict many forbidden donut moments.
Appointment is set, going to eyeball it at 7 tonight..
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