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Offline Garn

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Alloy Rims
« on: December 07, 2018, 02:32:12 AM »
Did Yamaha TX500 ever come out with alloy rims?
Mine is a USA model and definitely has chrome steel rims!

Also, what is the availability of alloy rims, don't mind if they are the mud catcher type!

Another query... Where do I get a new set of megaphone type muffler (pipes)? (TX500A 1973)

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Re: Alloy Rims
« Reply #1 on: December 07, 2018, 04:01:11 AM »
The Japanese domestic models came with shouldered alloys just like those on the XS650 we got here.
To my knowledge nobody is reproducing the original style mufflers.

The XS650 rims and wheel assemblies come up often on eBay and Mike's XS has inexpensive Chinese rims in the same and wider sizes.

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Re: Alloy Rims
« Reply #2 on: December 10, 2018, 05:14:06 AM »
Guyir, thanks for your answer.
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Re: Alloy Rims
« Reply #3 on: December 12, 2018, 01:35:36 PM »
I always wondered why they do that kind of stuff for different markets. What's the logic behind that?

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Re: Alloy Rims
« Reply #4 on: December 12, 2018, 04:57:16 PM »
Production cost and profit margins. Every Yen you can take out of cost is one that may be added to profit and the Japanese are very careful with that to this day. The 500 was actually more expensive to build than the XS650. Both were premium large displacement motorcycles in the Japanese home market at the time when any bike over 400cc was rare and required a higher level license to operate. So buyers there expected the lighter rims. For our market the 500 was a mid sized bike and had to be sold for less than the 650 hence the cost saving on the alloys.

I've seen a JDM version at the Barber Vintage Festval and it looks really premium with the shouldered alloy rims.

There was actually a prototype 350cc version of the 500 that was SOHC but did not make it to production because of cost of the balancer system. Instead Yamaha came out with the XS360 in its place which was a much cheaper bike to make.

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