The Yamaha TT500

The big Yamaha single

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Gordon found our feature bike, a 1976 TT500 through a newspaper ad. The prior owner claimed it was the second TT500 sold in California, and while there’s no way to confirm the claim, it is a first year, low serial number — no. 42 — TT500. It was all correct except for the exhaust, which had been swapped for a more powerful aftermarket item. Gordon bought the bike, rode it around a little, and put it in his collection. Several weeks ago, he was idly trolling through Craigslist, and came across a beautiful, very lightly used stock exhaust. “This is a very rare item — it was one year only,” Gordon says. The pics here are the bike’s first outing with the correct exhaust.