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I have a friend thats has what I think is a 1979 Yamaha TT500. (It has the orange tank with the polished alum sides.)

He saw the show Pickers which found one in a barn and they said it had a fairly high value because of its vintage status.

Any thoughts on the potential value?

He's a single dad who's wife past away (At 38) due to cancer last year and he could really use the money. Please help if you can.

Jim

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It sounds like a '77 model.

Value? It's hard to say without knowing the condition. Based on his circumstances it sounds like you should offer him double what it's worth regardless.

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it could be a 79' look to see if it has a aluminum swing arm and leading axle forks.if it is complete ,meaning all cosmetics are present and in decent shape.I sold one about a year ago that was a 7 on a scale of 1-10.I got 750 for it and it ran good .had some mods done.the new owner turned around and sold it to a friend who really wanted it bad for 1100.00

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Thank you for the information. The Pickers show said about $1000 too.

Jim

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Thank you but I'm just trying to help him sell it. Its in fairly good condition as I recall but will try to learn more about it.

It looks like this which according to this website says its a 1979 model.

http://www.bikepics.com/pictures/1087500/

Thanks again,

Jim

You can't really trust that sight. All of the pictures are posted by users and there are a lot of misposts.

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78's were yellow (had 1), 80's were black...orange was before 78 I'm pretty sure...76/77 maybe???

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78's were yellow (had 1), 80's were black...orange was before 78 I'm pretty sure...76/77 maybe???

Yep, I think the yellow '78 was the best looking one of the bunch.

The '76 model was white with a low pipe.....same color scheme as the '76 MX125C.

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I'll just have to check with him. Im just 90% sure it looked like the one in that pic. But he'll know. either way would there be much difference in value? Its "more vintage"... :banana:

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it could be a 79' look to see if it has a aluminum swing arm and leading axle forks.if it is complete ,meaning all cosmetics are present and in decent shape.I sold one about a year ago that was a 7 on a scale of 1-10.I got 750 for it and it ran good .had some mods done.the new owner turned around and sold it to a friend who really wanted it bad for 1100.00

Don't be fooled by colours and leading and not leading front forks etc etc, The frame number is the only way to correctly identify what model the bike is and then the next would be the engine number.

The frame and engine numbers should be matching if the engine has not been replaced.

1976 TT500C Starts 583-000101 and so on

1977 TT500D Starts 1T1-000101 and ends 1T1-100100

1978 TT500E Starts 1T1-100101 and ends 1T1-200100

1979 TT500F Starts 1T1-200101 and ends 1T1-230100

1980 TT500G Starts 1T1-230101 and so on

1981 TT500H Starts 2Y0-000101 and so on

The value can vary quite a lot depending on the condition and the originality of the bike.

Hope this has been helpfull, yours 5831t12y0

Here is a picture of a D

77_TT5001.jpg

Here is a picture of a F

DSCN3831.jpg

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77 & 79 were both orange. 76 was white and 78 was yellow. Although both 77 & 79 were orange, they were both a slightly different shade of orange.

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