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Offline 998dave

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Hello from Blighty
« on: July 01, 2013, 01:09:15 PM »
Hi everyone,
Thought I'd introduce myself as I've just bought a 1976 TX500 (UK), and it's going to need a bit of work.
It's all there, but I want to rebuild and give it a good tidy up over the summer, luckily I've a Kawasaki Zephyr 750 to keep myself amused in the meantime.
Are there any other UK TX owners about on here?
Dave

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Re: Hello from Blighty
« Reply #1 on: July 02, 2013, 08:51:17 AM »
Hi Dave- welcome to the forum!  There's a few UK members- I'm near Brigg, Lincs.

Put your bike numbers up in the registry- I'm already interested to see if you have an early TX or the later XS bike.  76 registration year could be the XS500C or a late registered XS500B....    Not many UK registered bikes still running- our famous climate kills them off!
1975 Honda CB200T (2) - 1975 Yamaha XS500B (2) - 1976 Yamaha XS500C
1977 Yamaha RD400D - 1977 Yamaha XS500D - 1978 Honda CB550K - 1980 Honda CB400N
1980 Honda CB900FA - 2000 Kawasaki ZX6-RG2 - 2002 Suzuki GSX-R1000K2

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Re: Hello from Blighty
« Reply #2 on: July 02, 2013, 03:54:55 PM »
Hi Dave,

Another owner from blighty here (Midlands), although mine is a 1977 XS500C.

I took the bike for it's MOT on Saturday following working on her for 4 years to bring her back to her former glory.
I finally got the engine running 3 months ago after being a none runner for 20 years.

Unfortunatly the bike failed it's MOT however the good news was it failed on a couple of minor points which can be easily rectified  a binding rear brake (new seal to be fitted) and perished petrol filler cap seal.

So hopefully I will finally get her on the road in a couple of weeks following a 20 year layoff.

Desperado

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Re: Hello from Blighty
« Reply #3 on: July 09, 2013, 10:20:22 AM »
Interesting comment on the XS500 / TX500?
Mine is a 76 model year, I'll have to check the frame number as I can't remember it off hand.

My biggest issue at the moment is working out how to rebuild the wheels, (there don't seem to be many UK suppliers), and then making sure I've all the correct spacers for the axles.

Dave

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Re: Hello from Blighty
« Reply #4 on: July 09, 2013, 10:23:35 AM »
I 'think' it's definately a TX, currently looks like this...


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Re: Hello from Blighty
« Reply #5 on: July 09, 2013, 11:53:21 AM »
371-212930

If anybody can decode that for me, it'd be mightily appreciated!

Looking at the registry, it'd appear to be a late XS500B to everyone else...

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Re: Hello from Blighty
« Reply #6 on: July 09, 2013, 12:05:48 PM »
371-212930

If anybody can decode that for me, it'd be mightily appreciated!

Looking at the registry, it'd appear to be a late XS500B to everyone else...

But a bike with a story to tell!  It's got the twin disk/fork setup for the UK XS500B, 1975 model but a lot not registered until 76.

The engine is either a replacement or the cylinder head has been swapped for the later one-piece though- do the frame and engine numbers match?
1975 Honda CB200T (2) - 1975 Yamaha XS500B (2) - 1976 Yamaha XS500C
1977 Yamaha RD400D - 1977 Yamaha XS500D - 1978 Honda CB550K - 1980 Honda CB400N
1980 Honda CB900FA - 2000 Kawasaki ZX6-RG2 - 2002 Suzuki GSX-R1000K2

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Re: Hello from Blighty
« Reply #7 on: July 09, 2013, 12:27:32 PM »
No - the engine's definately been swapped, but I don't think that'll cause any major issues.

Seeing as it is a UK bike, (R plate for anyone interested), having the twin discs isn't a surprise, I'll have to just find two calipers to go on it - are they the same as some RD parts?

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Re: Hello from Blighty
« Reply #8 on: July 12, 2013, 10:23:39 AM »
More good news, found somewhere only 10 mile away that'll produce a set of stainless spokes for me, and rebuild the wheels with new nipples for 100 each end - seems reasonable enough!

Add on top of that powdercoating the rims and hubs, and they shall look awesome once more!

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Re: Hello from Blighty
« Reply #9 on: July 12, 2013, 02:35:09 PM »
It's a 1H2 engine.

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Re: Hello from Blighty
« Reply #10 on: July 12, 2013, 06:12:12 PM »
It's a 1H2 engine.

Makes sense and good news for you.  1H2 was the identifier for the new shape bikes sold into Europe.  USA and others got 1J3.  1H2-0xxxxx will be 76, 1H2-1xxxxx 77, and 1H2-2xxxxx would be the 78/79 XS500E engine.  If it's the later round port XS500E engine you will have the extra inspection/adjustment plug on the LH cover for the balancer chain.  But the numbers will tell you....
1975 Honda CB200T (2) - 1975 Yamaha XS500B (2) - 1976 Yamaha XS500C
1977 Yamaha RD400D - 1977 Yamaha XS500D - 1978 Honda CB550K - 1980 Honda CB400N
1980 Honda CB900FA - 2000 Kawasaki ZX6-RG2 - 2002 Suzuki GSX-R1000K2

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Re: Hello from Blighty
« Reply #11 on: July 13, 2013, 11:33:23 AM »
200598, so look like a much later engine, hopefully with a fair few of the early teething issues sorted!