Yamaha XT500C Review

1976 Yamaha XT500C from Australia

Model year1976
Year of manufacture1976
First year of ownership1976
Most recent year of ownership2009
Acceleration marks 8 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 8 / 10
Handling marks 7 / 10
Braking marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance18576 kilometres


This would have to be the "Harley Davidson" of the trail bikes


Front fork seals blew.

Blinker unit failed.

Throttle cable broke.

Clutch cable broke.

Rear fender rusted out.

General Comments:

The thumper is one of the best bikes ever built, and will go all day, every day.

Starts no problem and is very comfortable to ride with a low seat height for short people like me.

Has a great sound to it after removing the muffler.

Seems dated now compared to all the new bikes around, but the problems I have had with it are just age related, the motor has never been opened up.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st January, 2009

Average review marks: 8.4 / 10, based on 1 review