I had this catalog too. I bought the GT Performer in this exact color scheme. If I remember correctly it…
Yamaha BYZ 501. 1982
Before I got my first BMX bike in 1983, the kids in the neighborhood talked about a BMX bike called “Yamaha BYZ 501” and they said it was the best BMX in the whole world. It cost a fortune even back then so no one in the neighborhood could afford to buy it. My best friend Jörgen got the cheaper version “Yamaha BYZ 301” and I was very jealous of him. My dream was to own a “501”, but it never happened…
…until almost 30 years later when I got in contact with Hedda and Berry in Malmö. They had just bought an old bike shop who used to be a distributor for Yamaha bikes in the 80´s. They had many NOS (new old stock) parts for the Yamaha BMX bikes, but no frames. I really wanted to get an Yamaha, but it is almost impossible to find a Yamaha frame. But only a couple of weeks later, I found a complete Yamaha BYZ 501 bike at the French Ebay. The parts was in bad shape, but the frame looked good. It was not cheap, but I bought it anyway. Then I bought most of the NOS parts from Hedda & Berry.
The Shimano DX cranks, sprocket and seat post has been refurbished. The cranks and sprocket was re-anodized in red. The decals for the frame, seat and cranks are reproductions made by me.
I couldn’t find any information about what tires to use for the 501, but I remembered my friend Jörgen got Michelin tires on his Yamaha BYZ 301 back in the days. I found a NOS red Michelin skinwall tire in 2.125¨ to put in front and a red Knarler Knobby skinwall in 1.75¨ for the rear.
Yamaha BMX bikes was made by Motobecane in France.
A big thanks to Hedda & Berry for selling the Yamaha parts to me!
|FRAME||1982 Yamaha BYZ 501. Made by Tange. Chrome.|
|FORK||Tange TRX. Chrome. (NOS)|
|STEM||SR MX-420. Silver/red. (NOS)|
|HANDLEBAR||WIN aluminum V-bar. Red anodized. (NOS)|
|HEADSET||Hatta MX-2. 1¨ threaded. Pearl cherry red.|
|GRIPS||Yamaha/Motobecane. Red. (NOS)|
|CRANKS||Shimano DX 3-piece. Variable lenght. Red anodized. Custom decals.|
|CHAINRING||Shimano DX 44T. Red anodized.|
|SPIDER||Shimano DX. Red anodized.|
|CHAINRING BOLTS||Shimano. Chrome|
|PEDALS||Shimano DX 1/2¨. Red anodized. (NOS)|
|CHAIN||Sedis 1/8¨. Black. (NOS)|
|SEAT||Selle Italia. Red with white Yamaha decals. (NOS)|
|SEAT POST||Shimano DX 22.2mm. Polished with red decals.|
|SEAT POST CLAMP||SR Japan. Red anodized. (NOS)|
|REAR BRAKE||Lee Chi MX-1000 with Weinmann semi automatic adjuster. Red.|
|BRAKE LEVER||Chang Star Tech-2. Red anodized. (NOS)|
|BRAKE CABLE||Red. (NOS)|
|RIMS||Weinmann 36H. Gold anodized. (NOS)|
|HUBS||Maillard Helicomatic. Red anodized. (NOS)|
|SPOKES/NIPPLES||Chrome 194mm spokes. Chrome brass nipples (NOS).|
|FREEWHEEL||Maillard Helicomatic 16T. Chrome/black. (NOS)|
|FRONT TIRE||Michelin skinwall 2.125¨. Red. (NOS)|
|REAR TIRE||Knarler Knobby skinwall 1.75¨. Red.|
|DECALS||Homemade decals for the frame.|
|PADS||Yamaha BYZ vinyl pad set. White/red. (NOS)|