The Achievable Dream 5-part series - the definitive guide on DVD for planning your motorcycle adventure. Get Ready! covers planning, paperwork, medical and many other topics! "Inspirational and Awesome!" See the trailer here!
Gear Up! is a 2-DVD set, 6 hours! Which bike is right for me? How do I prepare the bike? What stuff do I need - riding gear, clothing, camping gear, first aid kit, tires, maps and GPS? What don't I need? How do I pack it all in? Lots of opinions from over 150 travellers! "This DVD will save you a fortune!"See the trailer here!
So you've done it - got inspired, planned your trip, packed your stuff and you're on the road! This section is about staying healthy, happy and secure on your motorcycle adventure. And crossing borders, war zones or oceans!
On the Road! is 5.5 hours of the tips and advice you need to cross borders, break down language barriers, overcome culture shock, ship the bike and deal with breakdowns and emergencies."Just makes me want to pack up and go!" See the trailer here!
Tire Changing!Grant demystifies the black art of Tire Changing and Repair to help you STAY on the road! "Very informative and practical." See the trailer here!
Ladies on the Loose! For the first time ever, a motorcycle travel DVD made for women, by women! These intrepid women share their tips to help you plan your own motorcycle adventure. They also answer the women-only questions, and entertain you with amazing tales from the road! Presented by Lois Pryce, veteran solo traveller through South America and Africa and author of 'Lois on the Loose', and 'Red Tape and White Knuckles.'
"It has me all fired up to go out on my own adventure!" See the trailer here!
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Achievable Dream The definitive guide to planning your motorcycle adventure! This insanely ambitious 2-year project has produced an informative and entertaining 5-part, 18 hour DVD series. "The ultimate round the world rider's how-to DVD!" MCN UK.
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Depends on many things. When the motorcycle is total original and in good condition, a collecter may pay 1500 to 1800 euros. But for a non-collecter who wants to have a good ride, I think a price near 1000 euros is reasenable.
they were worth far more than that 3 years ago. in original condition, they were about 2000 pounds or 3000 euro in 2002. with Hubert setting up his nostalgia Dakar, they'll soar!! if they're only 1500 euro, can you get me a couple?
Its a 25yr old XT 500..about 50 dollars! no really the ones with the chromed tank in really excellent or restored condition go between 1500-2500 AUD. The rough ones are free. The TT looks better but is unregisterable here.
I thought the same, Simmo, but a friend asked me what his was worth with rust, ripped seat, lots of smoke. I said 300 quid, but he got 1000 pounds from someone planning to restore it and sell it for 2000!
Check on ebay and craigslist.com. If you are buying a bike to ride around, great bike. But remember the XT weighs a lot for actual trail riding. Check the motor to see that it does not smoke when starting or after it is started when you blip the throttle. If you see smoke this usaly indicates worn cylinder bore. We just did one and the bill was $600US by the time we got done. We have a low mileage Xl350 about 76 vintage and it will be sold for about $1500US.
These have always been very popular, very poorly treated motorcycles, so the condition determines the price. Not the mileage. I have one and I think it is great. They have enough ‘personality’ to be your favorite bike. They cost more than the same technically capable bikes go for and can even fetch a lot more money than a much better bike.
Excellent as new shape: $5000 to $8000.
Good running and maybe one very small ding in the tank: $1800 to $3000.
Beaten and battered that runs well: $600 to $1200.
Not running, modified, parts missing: $350 to $600.
The best bikes tend to be from places where they are garaged in winter (Illinois, Ohio, etc.) The ‘sun states’ –Texas, California, and especially Arizona is where the cheap bikes are that have been left outside for 20 years, in the hot summer sun and rust creating winter rain.
The condition of the tank tells all. The tanks are polished aluminum with decals, and some painted parts. The tanks alone are worth $500 to $1000 in as new condition. I have seen one go for $1400 on ebay. Unreal. Since it was very popular to replace the very small stock tank with a larger aftermarket tank, there are quite a few, very good condition tanks people find on their shelves that end up for sale on ebay.
The (steel) rear fender also expensive $50 for a dented and rusted one, and $200 for a perfect one.
Engines are cheap. A whole engine goes for $100 to $200, and weighs about 100 pounds so shipping it is about $100 USD around the USA.
The weak link for the 1981 models (6 V alternator/ CDI versions) is the CDI coil epoxied into the alternator coils. These ‘stators’ go for $200, which is coincidently the cost of having them rewound by RM Stator in Canada.
A crankshaft, with rod, goes for about $100.
Gears and gear sets are cheap, they rarely break.
Frames are about $100 to $200 plus shipping. Pretty cheap.
Forks including top and bottom triple clamps are about $20. Cheap.
Original wheels with aluminum rims are about $40 to $80 each (front or rear).
The engine drive-chain guard seems to be increasing in price daily. A year ago you could get one for $20. Today it would more likely $50 or $70.
Carburetors are about $40 to $80. Since tuning the carbs was/is very popular, you will not probably have the stock jets. The complete carb-kit, except the accelerator pump diaphragms is about $24. And this will fix your leaking overflow carb bowl too, since about half of these leak at this age. They leak only with the engine running, from the vibration causing the seal bounce off its seat.
Seat covers that staple on the plastic seat pan (will not rust with age) are about $30.
One of the most sought after parts is the guard for the off-road only, TT500, headlight. This one little part goes for $150 and up.
The XT500 was manufactured from 1976 to 1989. It was sold in the US from 1976 to 1981 (1980 – 1981 US models are CDI), and it was sold in France and Germany until 1989. Its street version, the SR500 is still manufactured and sold in Japan in 2008 (as a smaller SR400 –for tax reasons), and celebrates 30 years of production.
For any level of wear and tear, used XT500 have starting to stop falling in price and starting to rise in price as a ‘classic’.
Expect to pay about $2500 for a (good condition for a 20 to 30 year old) bike. They were about $1500 new in 1978.
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