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Offline derenzo1

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So Far, So Good ... 1973 TX500
« on: October 28, 2012, 11:06:23 PM »
I've been on this board for awhile and finally got around to posting my project.  I don't have any before photos but this is my work in progress. Paint work is finished, new shorty mufflers to be put on as well as chrome headlight and ears. I'd like to put new headers on her but I can't find anyone that sells them so far.  Also contemplating new type of tail light.

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Re: So Far, So Good ... 1973 TX500
« Reply #1 on: October 28, 2012, 11:07:07 PM »
Hey nice bike! It just struck me that the styling of the TX500 was strongly influenced by Norton .

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Re: So Far, So Good ... 1973 TX500
« Reply #2 on: October 28, 2012, 11:07:41 PM »
Thanks Berniebee.  You're right, the Yamaha TX and XS models shared a lot of the same lines as the early Triumphs, BSA's and Nortons at about half the price.  I just noticed that I must have skewed my photo a bit because my bike looks a lot leaner than that in reality.  Looks like a water buffalo in this photo !

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Re: So Far, So Good ... 1973 TX500
« Reply #3 on: October 28, 2012, 11:09:57 PM »
Photo after new shorty pipes, tank and side emblems (home made). Pipes are a bit loud but no complaints from neighbors yet !  Not bad so far for a total investment of about $600.00.

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Re: So Far, So Good ... 1973 TX500
« Reply #4 on: October 28, 2012, 11:11:54 PM »
A closer view showing Marine Corps emblems and tank and side cover badges.

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Re: So Far, So Good ... 1973 TX500
« Reply #5 on: October 28, 2012, 11:13:21 PM »
Pretty darn clean!

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Re: So Far, So Good ... 1973 TX500
« Reply #6 on: October 28, 2012, 11:14:38 PM »
That engine side cover looks better than new. Nice work.
And you have the good sense to live south enough to NOT have snow.
It just snowed here again yesterday..sigh.

Two questions: How does it run?

How do you get your photos to "click and enlarge" ?


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Re: So Far, So Good ... 1973 TX500
« Reply #7 on: October 28, 2012, 11:15:22 PM »
First off, as for you that live in the snow:  rather you than me !!
Actually I lived in a snow belt state most of my life until I couldn't take it anymore.  That was 13 years ago and I've never regretted it.

The bike runs fine although after putting different pipes and pod filters on it I really should re-jet it to get peak performance out of it.  When I first got the bike ( I didn't take any "before" pictures) it was a rusty, dirty piece of junk, or so I thought.  It's amazing what a little (actually a whole lot !) of cleaning and polishing will do.  Next comes some front end work and maybe a cafe seat.

As for the photos:  I just attached my photos and this is how they appeared on the posting.