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A Japanese built motorcycle, the Yamaha SR500 was in production from 1978 to 2008. It has a 4 stroke, air cooled, 2 valve-single cylinders, 499 cc engine with a top speed of 81.4 mph (131.0 km/h).
The SR500 is a road version of Yamaha's popular XT500 bike. The XT500 proved its performance and reliability by winning the Paris to Dakar rally. The instant success of the XT500 leads to the design of a road version, the SR500. The SR500's reputation was so strong, Yamaha produced it for 30 years. The SR 500 was to become a legend as the most reliable and easiest maintenance motorcycles ever built. However it only sold in stores until 1999 worldwide and its sister bike the SR400 sold until 2008 in the Japanese market, both because or harsher noise and emission regulations. This signalled the end of this legend. Or did it.
Starting in 2010 Yamaha reintroduced a new SR400 with a fuel injection system replacing the carburetor. The SR400 is exact same bike as the SR500, but with a shorter stroke and heavier muffler to pass tighter noise and emission restrictions.