There is quite a history with this bike. The last owner of 24 years had a replacement engine rebuilt by Eric Cheney around 1993/4 and Eric's invoice for the work (undated but the accompanying parts invoices date it) is included in the significant collection of documents on file. The MOTs on tell us that the odometer read 35k miles in 1996 so let's say the engine was rebuilt at around 30k miles and the reading is now almost 65k miles so it's 35k since the rebuild. As you can see and hear on the video it's mechanically good, starts easily and performs well, so Eric did a good job (no surprises there) and the last owner has ridden it with care and maintained it well although it is a little tired and could probably do with a rebuild again sooner or later. Condition is a bit scruffy to be honest and that's part of the charm; homemade paintwork on the tank looks great but it's not factory finish and although everything was covered in grease the frame paint is showing it's age in places. The rest is a mix of original, like the exhaust, and some new replacement parts like the front mudguard. Clocks are clearly original and showing their age but absolutely everything works as you would expect on a bike that has been ridden regularly. Since these pictures and video were taken the bike has had new adventure tyres fitted more suitable for road work and it's MOT and Tax free now of course. It has also recently been re-wired, electronic ignition fitted and various improvements made by Classic Bike Workshop for the last owner. Invoices for this work are now with the document file; it's probably had around £2,000 spent on it since these pictures were taken and as a consequence it starts easily without any drama; really it's so well set up that almost anyone can start this XT500!
It's not the original matching numbers engine but it has a lovley history and still performs well. The original matching numbers engine is available and could come with the bike for a price to be negotiated, depending on whether you want it as it is matching engine rebuilt as a spare or rebuilt and fitted (with or without the Cheney engine as a spare). Price advertised is for the bike as it is now, which is better than shown in these pictures. I will take some new pictures soon. We haven't the workshop capacity to change the engine for the rebuilt original for the sake of matching numbers but call now and talk to us about how you might like it, as we are keen to see it find a new home. Could be a bargain matching numbers XT500 and a spare engine for a project for anyone with some time to make the most of it!