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Looking for an MT500.

Posted: Thu Jun 27, 2019 6:11 pm
by AK-47
I currently own three bikes, but am looking for an MT500 to commute to work. Grey hair and advancing years mean that it won’t be used for ‘off-road’. Rode them in the Army in various places, and was directed to the site by the British Legion Bikers and two friend who have them.
ps. Never registered on-line to something like this, so old dog, new tricks.

Re: Looking for an MT500.

Posted: Thu Jun 27, 2019 6:46 pm
by twmtomos1
welcome to the club ,theres plenty of info on here,the 500 is kick start only and the 350 is kick start and electric start and a few more diffrences

Re: Looking for an MT500.

Posted: Thu Jun 27, 2019 6:57 pm
by MTBrown
The H-D MT350 is probably a much better commuter bike and will be 10 years younger than an MT500 with electric start and decent brakes. The only slight disadvantage is an engine that might have to be revved bit more but it depends on what sort of commuting you will be doing.

Re: Looking for an MT500.

Posted: Thu Jun 27, 2019 9:03 pm
by Wirralman
Welcome to the forum

As mentioned a kick start only, drum brake, crusty wiring is not the most user friendly. The MT350 with electric start, disc brakes and newer wiring is far more user friendly but has less power

MTs are 'do-anything' bikes, doing no one thing particularly well.

If you want a reliable commuter bike, buy a Honda. It'll run forever, have enough power to commute, can be fixed and serviced anywhere, parts readily available, comfortable, designed for road use, good lights, tubless

The only BUT is that they are on every street corner. The MT is not designed for commuting, traffic light Grand Prix etc but it is DIFFERENT

Ask around on the forum to see if there is anyone in your area who could let you have a look at his bike

Re: Looking for an MT500.

Posted: Thu Jun 27, 2019 10:26 pm
by lardmarc
MTBrown wrote:
Thu Jun 27, 2019 6:57 pm
The only slight disadvantage is an engine that might have to be revved bit more.
The biggest disadvantage it has is having side panels with Harley Davidson on.

Re: Looking for an MT500.

Posted: Fri Jun 28, 2019 11:03 pm
by mt bandit
lardmarc wrote:
Thu Jun 27, 2019 10:26 pm
MTBrown wrote:
Thu Jun 27, 2019 6:57 pm
The only slight disadvantage is an engine that might have to be revved bit more.
The biggest disadvantage it has is having side panels with Harley Davidson on.
Hello mate what you up to .

Re: Looking for an MT500.

Posted: Sat Jun 29, 2019 4:36 pm
by Minter
Welcome to the forum AK..

I rode them a few Km in the Army too!

I now rebuild the engines for a living and repair the odd MT now and again - just like being back in the Bike Bay 34 years ago!

Good luck with your search

Gary
Sportax Racing

Re: Looking for an MT500.

Posted: Tue Jul 02, 2019 9:18 pm
by P.I.STAKER
Hi and welcome to the forum

good luck with your search






https://sites.google.com/site/gvsparts/

Re: Looking for an MT500.

Posted: Sat Oct 12, 2019 4:08 pm
by AK-47
Hello Gents,

Thanks for the warm welcomes and replies. Never having been on a site, I didn't reply due to finger trouble (and work taking me away). Apologies for that, but now back on and hoping to contribute something along the way.

Re: Looking for an MT500.

Posted: Sat Oct 12, 2019 4:16 pm
by AK-47
Ah, pressed button B and didn't get my money back...

I am now the owner of an MT500 that is in need of TLC (as I suspect most are when they have been in not-so-careful hands). The oil and biblical filter (plus primary), being the first port of call.

I have posted a question re the use of these by the Post Office as it seems to have Pillar box Red under the poor black paint and crud.

As I come across problems and issues I'll post them, and once I've gained some knowledge, might be able to pass on anything.

Thanks again gents.