Yamaha TX500 Review

1973 Yamaha TX500 from Australia

Model year1973
Year of manufacture1973
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2011
Acceleration marks 8 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 8 / 10
Handling marks 10 / 10
Braking marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.7 / 10
Distance when acquired18619 miles
Most recent distance21036 miles
Previous motorcycleTriumph Bonneville


A very good dependable machine


I had to replace the mufflers.

General Comments:

I bought this motorcycle after not having one for many years. I was a bit apprehensive about buying it as they do not have a very good reputation.

Upon buying this bike, I was pleasantly surprised by how well it did perform. It has no real go compared with motorcycles of this day and age, but it has taken me around wherever I want to go with no fuss at all. It has never broken down or let me down in any way.

I find it fairly easy to service and maintain. This bike has points which need attention and the timing has to be set every time that the points are done. The timing chain is very easy to adjust, and so is the harmonic balance chain. This bike is timed at 180 degrees, which means that one piston is up while the other piston is down. Most other twin cylinder bikes have both pistons up or down together.

I am retired now, and this bike suits my needs perfectly. It's reliable and dependable.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th February, 2011

Average review marks: 8.7 / 10, based on 1 review