RUNS IN THE BLOOD. 1977 Yamaha XT500

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All of us have household heirlooms which have been handed down from era to era. Like costly silverware, bone china plates, vintage furnishings and essentially the most treasured of all – bikes. We love a superb story a couple of bike being within the household for many years and that is a type of tales. From as younger as 5 years previous, Jerrett Bellamy from Ontario, Canada, has been driving this actual Yamaha XT500 together with his dad. “He made up some foot pegs that may clamp onto the body so I may journey in entrance of him,” remembers Jerrett. “I can keep in mind driving with him hanging onto the handlebar and us popping little wheelies.”

Jerrett and his mum together with his dad’s XT500.

Jerrett’s dad ended up promoting the bike to an area man the place it sat for 20 years in his shed. As luck would have it, his dad began working with the man that had the bike. “We requested to purchase it again a number of occasions however the proprietor wished to revive it. A few years later the proprietor advised my dad and I to cease by and test it out. We pulled it out of his again shed the place it had sat for 20 years or so. He pulled out the possession, signed it, and gave the bike again to us at no cost!”

As quickly because the XT500 made its manner again into the household, Jerrett’s dad rebuilt the engine, then Jerrett tore into it to make it his personal. The construct was named ‘Challenge X-Tracker’ and was impressed by his historical past of driving and racing Flat Observe, Supermoto, Off-road and BMX. “The aim was to combine fashionable efficiency with the unique classic styling to keep up the bike’s historical past,” he tells us. “My day job is a mechanical engineer. The rear brake & drive configuration was a private engineering problem to suit each on the identical dimension of wheel. It might not be essentially the most sensible setup but it surely seems cool and was enjoyable to construct.”

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So with the trendy efficiency and classic styling in thoughts, they swapped out the inventory entrance forks with a 1996 Suzuki GXSR 750 – shaving off all the additional mounting brackets. To provide it that flat monitor look, Jerrett went with a easy aluminum quantity board with an LED gentle bar recessed into it.

Preserving it clear and minimal on the bars, Jerrett used Motogadget bar finish indicators. Mini push button switches & Motogadget relay have been used for indicators. All wiring was routed by means of the ProTaper handlebars, which he rescued off a YZF250 filth bike.

To extend the stopping energy, a Brembo radial grasp cylinder was used – which was left over from a Supermoto race bike. Additionally used was a 6 piston caliper from a ZX6R and a 310mm rotor off a Triumph Trophy 1200. As for the rear braking, a GSXR grasp cylinder was chosen with a Brembo caliper from a Ducati Monster – making the final word bitsa braking.

The 19” entrance and rear wheels have been one of many largest challenges of the construct. “The solid Yamaha entrance wheels had a customized machined hub for the disc brake and the rear wheel has included the drive sprocket and brake rotor on the identical aspect of the wheel. The rear wheel setup was considered one of my engineering challenges for the construct. I had modelled all the things in Solidworks 3D CAD to make all of it work.”

When it got here to the seat, Jerrett’s dad had fortunately been a little bit of a hoarder of bike elements and nonetheless had the unique Knight fashion fibreglass seat pan he used a long time in the past. “I made a fiberglass base to match the seat pan contour proper to the rear of the gasoline tank, then Haversack did the froth and leather-based seat.”

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Challenge X-Tracker turned out higher than Jerrett may have imagined. After spending three years constructing this bike in his spare time, utilizing funds from his aspect hustle, this XT500 goes to remain within the household for the following era to take pleasure in – his son already loves sitting on the bike together with his dad, similar to he did as a child.

 

[ Jerrett Bellamy | Instagram | Side hustle | Photography by David Levitt ]

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