Michał Gajewski's Dakar Tribute XT500

A young man with a big goal

"Hi, my name is Michał Gajewski aka "Gajron", I live in Poland. I am a veterinarian and a volunteer mountain rescuer. I am a rescue dog handler. I have been passionate about motorcycles for over 30 years. Always offroad.

Pictures: Michał Gajewski

Together with my friend Paweł, we want to go on two navigation rallies this year on classic Yamaha motorcycles. Enduro Rally 24, this year it will take place on July 18-21, 2024 at one of the largest military training grounds in Europe, Drawsko Pomorskie in Poland.
The next big challenge for us and the motorcycles will be the Pionners Classic Rally in Morocco from September 28 to October 4. Paweł on XT600 Tenere 3aj and I on a modified XT500, which I called "Dakar Tribute".

The motorcycle is modeled on the rally one from 1982, which was used by SONAUTO YAMAHA team rider Serge Bacou in the Paris-Algiers-Dakar rally .

My yamaha, compared to the stock XT500, the motorcycle has undergone many modifications aimed at bringing it closer to the historical rally version, but above all to improve its performance and off-road properties.

Pictures: Michał Gajewski

Destination: Ulaanbaatar

The engine used has a 12v installation and electronic ignition, a sharper camshaft, a cylinder with a capacity increased to 600cc and comes from a Yamaha SR500, we used a Mikuni TM40 carburetor, improved lubrication with an oil cooler, a sponge air filter and a few other minor modifications.
Many parts for the renovation and construction of the motorcycle come from Kedo.

The front suspension with brakes and wheel hub comes from a Yamaha tt350, the rear suspension is new air-oil "twinschock" shock absorbers with YSS adjustments, the rear swing arm is stronger and longer than the stock one and comes from a Suzuki DR500.
I found the fuel tank characteristic of the motorcycle's appearance on eBay and imported it from Spain. It is made of aluminum and is probably a craft product from the era, it has a capacity of 17 liters. The seat is a DIY product on an aluminum frame. Plastics in the color of Yamaha IT from the era, I ordered in the USA from DC Plastics.


The leather trunk on the trunk was made by a craftswoman, a leatherworker. The navigation tower includes modern products: f2r+ico.

The motorcycle was built for me by my friend from Bielsko-Biała, Marcin.
let's see how Yamaha will cope in rallies this year..."

We were at the Scrambler Fever in Poland last weekend and it was really good again! 2 days of rattling through the woods with about 70 other enduro enthusiasts. Due to the extreme drought, many forest roads were a sandy hell. Everyone cursed about it, many crashed but everyone had a big grin on their face afterwards. More about this event soon....

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