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    XR500 (and similar) legends and lies thread

    Page 1, let the lies begin

    Will contribute the stories and pics from my 2x 1979 XR500's as time permits.

    My Fav Shot, I wasn't big on safety back in 79 (not that an XR500 is every gona flip anyway )
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    Quote Originally Posted by 10bikekid View Post
    We need to get together and lie about the good old days of endless wheelies and legendary status
    Wheelies?










    Legendary status?

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    im loving this thread already
    'Good things come to those who wait'
    Bollocks, get of your arse and go get it

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    My old girl


    Playing up Ashburton lakes


    Mates at a race meeting at Woodford Glen 1980

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    Quote Originally Posted by T.W.R View Post
    Mates at a race meeting at Woodford Glen 1980
    Ouch!

    Talk about punishing the bikes!

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    Quote Originally Posted by NordieBoy View Post
    Ouch!

    Talk about punishing the bikes!
    Them were the days when a enduro race was just a mix of XRs, TTs, the odd DR400 and the rest were KDXs. That was the biggest jump on the whole circuit. Circuits like Ogg's Farm & Teddington were where it got interesting basically just a series of hill climbs one after the other the ground used to literally shake with a full field of 40+ bikes thundering around

    Here's another pic from Woodford Glen an old RM250 getting pushed around by a new KX...there's a river just 20m behind them, the back straight ran beside it with no barrier to stop anyone from going in
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    I loved it in the 70's when we got international riders at Teddington and Woodford Glen - Rahier, Wantanabe and the like when the Suzuki 2 strokes ruled the roost just like that photo above. When do we see world champions racing here these days not counting Shayne King and Ben Townley. Back to topic, shame those guys didn't throw a leg over an XR500.
    Cheers

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    xr500s rule. and i'd give both testicles for a tidy original A model right about now
    i test rode this one last year..should bought it..

    'the stickiest situation since sticky the stick insect got stuck on a sticky bun'

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    and yes it had the original pipe to go with it (new old stock)..and yes it wheelied beautifully!
    'the stickiest situation since sticky the stick insect got stuck on a sticky bun'

    Cpt Edmund Blackadder

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    Quote Originally Posted by merv View Post
    I loved it in the 70's when we got international riders at Teddington and Woodford Glen - Rahier, Wantanabe and the like when the Suzuki 2 strokes ruled the roost just like that photo above.
    Those photos were taken at the meeting when Suzuki NZ had Wantanabe there promoting the new RMs with Full Floater suspension seeing him barrelling down the rear straight where the whoop de doos were was unbelievable...absolutely smooth as silk
    John Woodley was there with some of the Malaysian GP team also as they were racing at Ruapuna the following weekend


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    Looks like we may have started something here, I'm finding it all a bit emotional all those memories flooding back
    (perhaps when I get a hold of myself will actually post something)

    Will also admit to an inner struggle to go and spend some money I do not have to go relive those good old days

    In the mean time

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    Funny how the old school bikes are becoming so popular now aday , good job there are still some tidy ones still left out there .... just have the XR 500A to go which is hopefully be in the shed very soon to keep the others company !
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    Now your just showing off

    Think this one might be for you http://www.trademe.co.nz/Browse/List...x?id=628022171

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    Great thread, will go and dig up some xr500 photos (you know papery/cardboardy ones in an envelope) from the box in the shed and post em up.
    I mentioned vegetables once, but I think I got away with it...........

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    Quote Originally Posted by Woodman View Post
    Great thread, will go and dig up some xr500 photos (you know papery/cardboardy ones in an envelope) from the box in the shed and post em up.
    eeeexcelent
    'the stickiest situation since sticky the stick insect got stuck on a sticky bun'

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