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Offline kylewalk

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First Bike - 74 TX500
« on: May 08, 2017, 12:25:12 AM »
Hey folks! Call me crazy, but I wanted a vintage bike as my first motorcycle. Here's my 74 TX500 with only 16,000 miles on it. Ran fine to get it home. It's in the shop getting caught up on some delayed maintenance, but should be back on the road this week!

Cheers

I'll post more pics below so as not to exceed the size limits

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Re: First Bike - 74 TX500
« Reply #1 on: May 08, 2017, 12:27:23 AM »
Front

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Re: First Bike - 74 TX500
« Reply #2 on: May 08, 2017, 12:27:57 AM »
Right side

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Re: First Bike - 74 TX500
« Reply #3 on: May 08, 2017, 12:32:46 AM »
The day I picked it up

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Re: First Bike - 74 TX500
« Reply #4 on: May 08, 2017, 12:34:02 AM »
In the shop

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Re: First Bike - 74 TX500
« Reply #5 on: May 13, 2017, 10:25:34 AM »
Nice one Kylewalk, Welcome to the forum!
Tell me any oil leaks?
Has the mufflers started to swell up towards the end (about 4 inches from the widest part of the megaphone)?

Their the only problems I had with my 73 Tx500 (same colour.. Bird blue).. 6000 miles.
Oh! A worthy addition was a modified starter clutch see in my posts about a year ago.

RegardZ ~ Garn
« Last Edit: May 13, 2017, 10:27:38 AM by Garn »
Kawasaki Z1, Z1A, Z1B, Z900-A4 and TX500A
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Re: First Bike - 74 TX500
« Reply #6 on: May 15, 2017, 04:39:35 AM »
Leaks a little oil. Can't tell from where. And ya, the mufflers do have funny bumps/dents abot four inches from the end. Wow spot on. I assumed they were dings from a PO tipping it over or something... what causes that? what's the starter clutch mod supposed to do?

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Re: First Bike - 74 TX500
« Reply #7 on: July 24, 2018, 05:10:56 PM »
Great bike Kyle, mine is very similar



Good for you riding a classic as your first motorcycle, they do make a great first bike, the riding position is very easy going and thereís just enough power to make it interesting.

Iím really enjoying mine, it has its idiosyncratic features, but nothing takes the smile off my face when riding it with an open face helmet through the local villages.
1973 TX 500A
1994 GPZ 500