Deus Ex Machina has something special to auction off for any of you collectors out there. An extremely rare find, regardless of the make or model, this single-cylinder Yamaha SR500 was plated in 1980 and has only 10 push miles on the odometer. Meaning, this is a bike that someone bought and loved, or bought and forgot for the past 33 years.
Everything on the bike is original, except the gas and oil in the tanks, and even the air in the tires is half-filled with air from the electric 80’s as well. In fact, the only imperfection that could be found on the bike was a tiny scratch on the gas tank that is more of a knick than a scratch, and takes a very fine eye to detect, even upon multiple viewings.
The bike turns over and has the potential to run and ride today, just as well as it did direct from the factory in 1980, mostly due to the way the bike was stored. There isn’t a hint of rust or decay anywhere on the engine, springs or other pieces of metal and chrome, and the paint job, while not our personal favorite color, is pristine.
While not likely to garner everyone’s attention, this bike is a wonderful example of why the American motorcycle industry struggled to sell their bikes as well as the invading Japanese companies. Bikes like this and the offerings from Honda in the mid-to-late 70’s and 80’s defined what a sport bike could be, and brought quality, speed and (mostly) exceptional handling to the everyman who was interested in getting out of the cage and onto something with two less wheels. Designed to look and feel like some of the better British and European bikes of the time, the SR500 was and is a classic motorcycle, who’s engine is still used in historic competitive racing, and is a starting point for many people interested in converting their bikes to bobber or cafe racer styles.