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    Talking New SR500 owner rural Victoria, Australia

    Hi all, I have to say a huge thank you to the members and contributors of this forum, I love it. I'm new to the SR scene but I gotta say I'm very happy to be here. I finally got myself a 1979 SR500F. I have been keen on the SR for many many years,...my admiration developed in the early 90's when I used to ride a classic Triumph to Uni, a classmate swapped his Triumph for an SR and left me wondering what I was doing continually frustrated with my old Trumpy while he enjoyed the simple beauty of his SR.
    I found my little gem in central NSW having been laid up in a shearing shed for over a decade. Needed a fair bit of work cleaning it up...but I love it....it is now situated where it belongs, warm and cosy in my lounge room😁 where I can tinker away through winterClick image for larger version. 

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    I still have a bit of work to do before it's completely sorted, but gosh I'm having fun doing it...the joy is certainly enhanced by this forum....I felt compelled to register and say thanks .
    Cheers
    Dazza

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    hallo,

    welcome to this forum.
    enjoy your sr, nice bike!

    sjef

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    Welcome,

    They must be breeding in shed's in NSW, mine came from the Northern Rivers region.
    1978 SR500E 2U8

    Confused about your frame number?
    http://xt500.free.fr/technique/numerosr.html

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    We are having a shared experiance red dragin....they look like a matching pair....very similar condition having come out of prolonged storage.
    After changing all the fluids and filters I was stunned when mine came alive on the 3rd kick after not running for nearly 20 years...great bikes.

    I'm curious if all Australian delivered SR500's were black, and does anybody know how many 78-81SRs were actually sold in Aust?

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    I did find a page that explained the frame number ranges and colours per country.
    http://xt500.free.fr/technique/numerosr.html

    Says all where black

    Mine is in the first 500 into Australia, making it a 2U8 model on that chart.
    Last edited by red dragin; 06-07-2017 at 05:15 AM.
    1978 SR500E 2U8

    Confused about your frame number?
    http://xt500.free.fr/technique/numerosr.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by red dragin View Post
    I did find a page that explained the frame number ranges and colours per country.
    http://xt500.free.fr/technique/numerosr.html

    Says all where black

    Mine is in the first 500 into Australia, making it a 2U8 model on that chart.
    Interesting chart, thanks for sharing.

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    Welcome aboard. Very nice looking bike!

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    Great to see you here.

    Yes all the '78-'79 SRs sold here were black and gold.

    Other Countries did get other colours and some different specs such as wire spoked wheels and rear drums etc.

    The largest variety was the Japan market (as you'd expect)...but they didn't get the black ones...how it goes I guess.

    You might consider joining the SR500 Club and also coming along to the Annual Rally at Bethanga in November.

    SR
    ...'Any unnecessary items on the bike, that it doesn't really need, shouldn't be there!'. (Café racers creed). SR..

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    Quote Originally Posted by stewross View Post
    Great to see you here.

    Yes all the '78-'79 SRs sold here were black and gold.

    Other Countries did get other colours and some different specs such as wire spoked wheels and rear drums etc.

    The largest variety was the Japan market (as you'd expect)...but they didn't get the black ones...how it goes I guess.

    You might consider joining the SR500 Club and also coming along to the Annual Rally at Bethanga in November.

    SR
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    This was obviously one option here in NZ, 1980 500G that I had. It's for sale again actually on TradeMe, minus a side cover.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stewross View Post

    You might consider joining the SR500 Club and also coming along to the Annual Rally at Bethanga in November.

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    I've downloaded the forms Stew, and the Bethanga rally is definitely on the must do list.

    Dazz

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