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I'm a Thumper Convert!
"You know, I'll never buy another 2-stroke. I can't believe I said that! I grew up on Yamaha 2-stroke machines! The summer of 1969 my friend across the street got a brand-new Yamaha Mini Enduro. He let me ride it a few times and I was hooked! The next summer I saved up a whopping $175.00 and bought my first bike, a used 1969 Yamaha Enduro 90. It was a funny yellow-orange color, but I loved that bike! From there I rode other Yamaha 2-stroke machines and never considered a 4-stroke. That all changed last year when I rode my father-in-laws old Yamaha XT500C! After the first ride my brother-in-law said I had perm-a-grin! I loved the sound of the XT, the vibration, and I especially loved the low-end pull! The old XT just has a great feel to it. Ya know . . . that's when it hit me, size does matter! I'm talking pistons here and I'll never go back. Well, I acquired the old XT from my father-in-law last year and have had a lot of fun fixing it up. My wife thinks I'm obessing over it and maybe that's why I built this web site, but in reality I think I'm just enjoying my conversion to thumpers. In a couple years, when I look for a new bike, you can bet it will be a 4-stroke, but for now I'm having fun with this classic old thumper!
|"When you're 16 you do stupid things
like flying 30 feet through the air in the dead of winter, on a 1975 Yamaha DT175 Enduro
that has 2.5 inches of rear travel, with virtually no protective gear except for your
Adidas Superstars and open-faced helmet!"
(Picture taken in the field behind our house in Boise, Idaho in December of 1976.)
The XT500 Site by L. Jay Thompson * Last Updated 02/05/00