Minichamps MIN122163401 1978 Yamaha SR500 Street Motorcycle - Blue (1:12 Scale)
"Now I can confess that developing this first big single was a real nightmare. It was only the second four-stroke designed by Yamaha. We tested many different configurations including DOHC and even cylinder head oil cooling, but the XT was supposed to be simple and reliable and we turned away from all these complicated solutions."
- Shiro Nakamura, Lead Developer of the SR500 Motorcycle
The Yamaha SR500 is a popular thumper. It first started production in 1978, as a road-going version of the popular Yamaha XT500. It experienced good sales throughout the US, Europe and Australia and continues to be manufactured in Japan today as the SR400. This is the same as the SR500, but with a shorter stroke and heavier muffler to pass tight emission restrictions.
The SR500 was well received on conception, largely due to its contemporary styling and reliable 500cc powerplant. The chassis and engine has served as a popular basis for many faux cafe racers, 'street trackers' and even bobbers. SR500's are raced competitively in the historic class across the world.
Pictured here is a beautiful 1:12 scale diecast replica of a 1978 Yamaha SR500 motorcycle in blue. Comes in a handsome presentation case. Pre-order! Ship Date: 2014.
Length: 7.5 inches
Height: 3 inches
Release Date: ?
Historical Account: "Dream Machine" - Released in 1978, the SR500 was Yamaha's attempt to cash in on nostalgia for the period when 500 singles were the preferred mount of serious riders. The SR500 eventually led to the SRX600 and Yamaha now produces a 660 road single. Although, the reputation of the SR500 remains so strong, that Yamaha has continued to produce it both for the Japanese domestic market (in 400cc form to take advantage of registration laws) and for the European market where its popularity has never diminished.
The roaring seventies saw a breathtaking development: faster, bigger and heavier, the motorcycle world seemed to turn around. The dream was made of multi-cylinders with constantly increasing horse power. It was a fascinating development and most manufacturers did everything to boost this mainstream fashion, when Yamaha turned around and seemed to go backwards. Forgotten were the times in the sixties where big singles touched the heart of enthusiasts. The famous British 4-stroke singles, such as Norton, Velocette, or BSA had died, smoother and faster bikes, replaced them. They were less vibrating and so much easier to ride and the breed of big thumpers seemed to share the fate of the good old dinosaurs. No wonder the world was kind of shocked when the forgotten came back: the XT500 brought back the steam hammer sound of a big single four stoke- and the world was prepared to listen.