1976 Yamaha XS500C
1976 Yamaha XS500C in Marge Brown.
model summary
The C model represented the biggest update of the bike since its introduction with the 500 now sporting new, rectangular styling including a small seat cowling plus the distinctive "multi-block" paint scheme as used across the range for that year.
Model code: 1J3
bodywork
1 Reshaped tank & side panels with new paint and striping
2 Seat cowling with integrated rear mudguard added
3 New front mudguard with no stays same colour as bodywork
5 Colors: Marge Brown, Red
engine
1 New 38 mm Mikuni CV carbs with single throttle cable fitted
2 Cylinder and cambox now a single casting
3 Idle ignition advance altered from 5º to 10º
4 10% increase in flywheel weight
5 Compression ratio dropped to 8.5:1
6 Final drive gearing changed from 17/43 to 16/42
running gear
1 Showa front fork replaces previous Kayaba unit
2 Alloy wheels with disc brakes front and rear
3 New design front brake caliper now mounted behind forkleg