Yamaha XT 500/550
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19 September 2006
XT500 suffers from poor carburation and chain snatch at low revs, reluctant starting, quick wear piston and magnesium crankcases that rot away. XT550 better at low revs with two-choke carb, four-valve head and engine balancer, but has a weak clutch. Ironically, the better 550 very rare (the four-valve head goes eventually), while many 500s survive.
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