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Lot 346: 1979 Yamaha SR500

Collectors' Motorcycles, Bonhams (16 October 2005)

Among Japanese manufacturers, Yamaha pioneered the big-single dirt bike when it introduced the XT500 in the late 1970s. Its 500cc four-stroke single-overhead-cam motor was far too good to be restricted to the dirt however, and soon found its way into a roadster the SR500. More civilised than the traditional British big single yet almost as characterful, the SR500 was neither sports bike nor tourer but nevertheless a competent lightweight all-rounder capable of bettering 90mph (rider flat on the tank) while 60-plus miles per gallon was achievable if ridded more sedately. An official UK model described as in good working order, this example is offered with Swansea V5. No reserve.

Lot Details
Auction Collectors' Motorcycles
Bonhams, Classic & Motorcycle Mechanics Show, Stafford
TypeMotorcycle
Lot Number346
Estimate£600-£800
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£900
Hammer Price (inc premium)£1035
Year1979
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Engine number2J47619
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