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post #1 of 22 Old 03-05-2009, 09:49 PM Thread Starter
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'73 Yamaha TX500 (barn bike)

Well more like a shed bike.......

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We heard about this bike from a co-worker, she was going through a divorce and mentioned that "his old bike" was in a shed and she wanted it gone. I asked about it and if I could have a look, that weekend I went out and did just that.... on her acreage there was several outbuildings and in the first one was the bike. She pulled the door open and I started to drool, I could instantly see the potential. Notice the license plate, last time it was insured was 1978.

I should mention that he signed the papers, she didn't just get rid of it from under his nose, and he had no problems with anything. We got it for free.

The mileage, 4960 miles. It's still new! (at least in my mind)

Here's what it needs..
  • Carbs rebuilt, there is a bit of lead in them, but it was drained before storage.
    2 tires
    2 mirrors, although, there 90% of one stock one on it still
    Battery
    Left side engine crank cover thingy...
    The seat is a little hard, even though it doesnt have any holes or cracks in it.
    Various seals and things I get to find out when it fires up.
    Not going to paint, just gong to try and polish it first to see what happens.

The photos in the back of the truck is right after I washed it for the first time in many years, so it looks decent for sure.

It is HER bike, and she loves it, she'll be learning to ride on it.


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Great find SIB. Looks awesome for just being cleaned up. Good luck with it.

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Very cool! Great find, congrats!

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Awesome, love such finds and for free! Keep us updated as you work on it and bring her back to life.

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SWEET! I always hear of these finds, but it never happens to me?! Yes, that's jealousy seeping out of me.

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Beautiful find!

"Have you hugged your Yamaha today? "

We have had good luck getting parts from this business-
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If you call them, ask them for a "frequent buyer" discount and they will usually give you 10% off.
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Awesome find!

I've gotta start peeking in people sheds




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Wow, in truly great looking condition. Good luck getting it back on the road.

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Gotta love the vintage bikes... Nice find

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Nice work!

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Beautiful find!

"Have you hugged your Yamaha today? "

We have had good luck getting parts from this business-
http://www.speedandsportinc.com/

If you call them, ask them for a "frequent buyer" discount and they will usually give you 10% off.
PERFECT!!! They have a bunch of parts I definately need! Thanks for the link.



I pumped about getting this old thing on the road, although that snow out there.....

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PERFECT!!! They have a bunch of parts I definately need! Thanks for the link.



I pumped about getting this old thing on the road, although that snow out there.....
Let me know if you need any more part sources. I've got tons of them.
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I pumped about getting this old thing on the road, although that snow out there.....
All we have to do is push it from my shed to my heated garage and we can get started. Its not like I don't have 4 others in there already.

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All we have to do is push it from my shed to my heated garage and we can get started. Its not like I don't have 4 others in there already.
Ya my FZR lol, "Daves winter bike storage". no doubt.

Going to order the carb stuff and get it to run, then ill get the rest of the stuff.

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Let me know if you need any more part sources. I've got tons of them.
Sure! The more the merrier, although that one you gave me is awesome.

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These were very neat bikes. Ran very well back in the day.

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Awsome find SiB!

You might want to rebuild the front brake caliper & master cylinder to make sure the piston is working properly. Also check the wheel bearings, steering bearings and swingarm bushing for dried-out grease. I was given a '79 SR 500 some time ago and those turned out to be critical areas. Best of luck to you & your wife!

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Awsome find SiB!

You might want to rebuild the front brake caliper & master cylinder to make sure the piston is working properly. Also check the wheel bearings, steering bearings and swingarm bushing for dried-out grease. I was given a '79 SR 500 some time ago and those turned out to be critical areas. Best of luck to you & your wife!
Thanks for the advice! Certainly going to go over the bike with great detail, I am a auto mechanic so it shouldn't be too big of a deal. I am expecting to be replacing every rubber piece in the bike (gaskets/bushing) and so forth..

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Sure! The more the merrier, although that one you gave me is awesome.

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Sounds strange, but lots of hard to find OEM stuff-
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Good Luck!!
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More NOS-
http://www.nwvintagecycleparts.com/

Awesome company! Electrical-
http://www.vintageconnections.com/

Sounds strange, but lots of hard to find OEM stuff-
http://www.boats.net/

Good Luck!!
Thanks again Kristen!

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