Yamaha SR 500


The SR 500 from Yamaha is a motorcycle cult of the 80s and 90s.Then as the “largest of the Small”, the German market was held on the 27 hp single cylinder engine with throttled his classic tank drops a large following. The circle of the SR owner is still great, 32 years after its launch. Even more interestingly, 12 years after execution of your market.

One of the main reasons for the loyal following is the fact that the SR will be taken up by kick starter. For the experienced no difficulty. But not many masters fall from the sky.

It has cost many a beginner several liters of sweat before he had to bow out. But once the connection is made with this cult – Two-wheel all the greater.

Another reason for their popularity is incredibly robust and easy-to-service technology. Properly maintained and serviced the simple engine of the SR 500 is virtually indestructible. The Japanese designers have realized at that time an engine in which all components are directly essential to the function.Each technical sophistication and unnecessary bells and whistles have been omitted.

This engine really only summarizes the essence of what makes it as easy as durable.

The only technical novelty is the lack of an ignition breaker points, as they introduced a year earlier, the sister machine XT 500 had left. In the CCI SR tinkers a contactless ignition and that the stoic precision of a Swiss watch.

Amazingly, the handling of the machine. A simple one-loop tubular frame, a narrow 18-inch rear wheel, an even narrower 19-inch front wheel. The latter since 1986 by a 18-inch wheel replaced, coupled with a fairly broad, well laid by the hand handlebar ensure perfect driving pleasure.

Especially on winding country roads of classic cars still can easily compete with the modern touring bikes.

The single-cylinder petrol engine developed by his in just 155 kg live weight a brisk pace. The small hole at 2700 RPM performance is bearable, but the engine pulls over it quickly and flexibly.

The pulling power of the engine must not shy away from the comparison with the 27 hp machine of today’s technology.

The only downer is the quality of the braking system. The front brake disc with a heavy rigid Einkolbenbremssattel her, coupled with a historically sounding drum rear brakes require the driver had a very watchful eye on the traffic situation. Because the facelift of the 90′s changes toward a slotted disc front and very little variation.

The German market specifically for the 1996 to 1999 offered duplex drum instead of the front wheel, we can not look deeper. This funny gimmick, the weakness of the brake SR 500 is now not really improved.

The way in which modern motorcycles almost throw an anchor when the brakes are applied – including the SR-drivers can only dream anyway.

One or the other driver SR criticized the “swimming” of the machine for fast, long corners or freeway driving at speeds above 110 km / h. This twisting is not attributable to the old suspension technology, but in these cases, old, inadequately maintained damper springs. The replacement struts that have become soft and / or a fork oil change work wonders here.

Yamaha SR 500
Yamaha SR 500

However, the modern self-handling characteristics of today’s motorcycles would be asking too much to expect. This motorcycle shows that it is alive. The vibrations of the undamped single cylinder are ubiquitous, undistorted view of the rear-view mirror almost never the case.

Due to the wide handlebar geometry allows the drive to control well, but remembers the SR driving feel more like a bicycle.

Measured against the stoic straight touring today. The SR 500 is still one of the motorcycles, which assume that the driver is actively involved in the progress. Honestly, the way it should be.


The SR 500 is a wonderful old iron. Still a good choice for those of us who appreciate the straightforward technique to know a little bit “Screwdriver – Talent” and were going to bring anyway, never faster than 125 km / h from A to B.

Although this machine is to get something for the history of mobility and the store has long gone, but as a cheap entry-Used for still worth considering.

Moreover, the technique is still not out of date, but shows that in Japan it still rolls off the line. In a 400 cc version.

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