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Blood Sweat Tears and Grease => Projects => Enduro / Dirt / Scramblers => Topic started by: irk miller on Jul 08, 2019, 12:10:42

Title: 1982 Honda FT500 Cruel Sport Hellride
Post by: irk miller on Jul 08, 2019, 12:10:42
One of the bikes I brought back from Mid-Ohio was this titled FT500. JustinLonghorn and I are developing a semi-annual tradition of horse trading, with this yearís trade being the FT for a titled 76 GL1000 roller. I think we both did alright, though I think Justin shouldíve brought a spare set of wheels and kept the Henry Abes the GL I brought had. He sold the GL at Mid-O with the HA wheels.

After 4 years of looking for the right deal on an FT500, I think I have my ride.

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190708/beab9dbdfb61a40a92bcf12db6b14cd3.jpg)

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190708/7109c12886c90722e229ebf030bd1068.jpg)

After a purple power soak and hose down, the bike cleaned up reasonably well. It leaned up  against a building for a while under an eave, which preserved it a bit, but also encouraged much lichen growth.

So far, it seems mechanically sound. Brakes are frozen and need rebuilt if I want to keep them. The motor has 155psi compression and the starter and gear work flawlessly. Next up is a test for spark.


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Title: Re: 1982 Honda FT500 Cruel Sport Track Hellride
Post by: canyoncarver on Jul 08, 2019, 12:57:18
Track?
Title: Re: 1982 Honda FT500 Cruel Sport Track Hellride
Post by: JustinLonghorn on Jul 08, 2019, 13:23:19
Agreed about the HA wheels, man. For sure.

Title: Re: 1982 Honda FT500 Cruel Sport Track Hellride
Post by: irk miller on Jul 08, 2019, 19:06:14
We have a runner. Popped an FCR38 on it and it fired up after a few tries. I canít consistently get the starter solenoid to engage the starter, so I need to look into that.


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Title: Re: 1982 Honda FT500 Cruel Sport Track Hellride
Post by: irk miller on Jul 08, 2019, 19:25:23
It's lean and pops, so obviously nowhere near tune, but I think this is enough to prove it's a good runner.  And it's straight header, since the pipes literally rusted in half between the header and muffler.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0HGiEaxC9C8
Title: Re: 1982 Honda FT500 Cruel Sport Hellride
Post by: Pete12 on Jul 09, 2019, 10:11:45
Good score, very nice, I can see a tracker coming up here.
Title: 1982 Honda FT500 Cruel Sport Hellride
Post by: irk miller on Jul 09, 2019, 21:00:43
Maybe too much effort just for an FCR, but I cut out the inside of the frame tube and welded in a curved slice to fill the hole so I could make room for the throttle linkage...

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190709/45dad047333831dc196dc1fa2d5aa0fb.jpg)

Once Iím confident in the setup, Iíll weld the bracing back in, if necessary.


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Title: Re: 1982 Honda FT500 Cruel Sport Hellride
Post by: CCRider on Jul 10, 2019, 10:34:33
Awesome!!!
Title: Re: 1982 Honda FT500 Cruel Sport Hellride
Post by: spotty on Jul 10, 2019, 22:19:35
that carb is totally un-necessary and over the top...keep it up
Title: Re: 1982 Honda FT500 Cruel Sport Hellride
Post by: ridesolo on Jul 10, 2019, 22:47:46
Following along. I'll be interested to see how this works out for you, I had one just like this several years ago,  The beast was an absolute bear to get started.  Once running it got down the road pretty well and was fun to ride.  When I left AK it stayed w/ a friend who was going to sell it for me but it was stolen.  (Hope they couldn't get it started.   >:(  )  When I left there I had a three rail trailer and four bikes. the FT is the one that got left behind, largely because if the difficulty getting it to start.  Of course now I wish I had left the untitled CB350 instead  Oh youth...
Title: Re: 1982 Honda FT500 Cruel Sport Hellride
Post by: Kanticoy on Jul 10, 2019, 22:53:58
This project is hosed now. Youíve cut the frame and itís ruined.
Title: Re: 1982 Honda FT500 Cruel Sport Hellride
Post by: ex119x on Jul 10, 2019, 23:32:31
I have built a bunch of these over the past 30+ years. I have some parts laying around if you need something, I may have it. I have a complete front end and wheels, for sure.
(https://ibb.co/xLxG9w2) Here is my current one. It has a VF750F front end, CBR600F2 wheels and CB700SC shocks (I use these shocks on most of my singles, as they are longer than stock, have adjustable damping, stiffer springs and are cheap on e-bay) My motor on this one is stock with the no name pipe and a VM38. (https://i.ibb.co/SRdj5ZG/IMAG0441.jpg)
Title: Re: 1982 Honda FT500 Cruel Sport Hellride
Post by: irk miller on Jul 10, 2019, 23:48:48
I have built a bunch of these over the past 30+ years. I have some parts laying around if you need something, I may have it. I have a complete front end and wheels, for sure.
(https://ibb.co/xLxG9w2) Here is my current one. It has a VF750F front end, CBR600F2 wheels and CB700SC shocks (I use these shocks on most of my singles, as they are longer than stock, have adjustable damping, stiffer springs and are cheap on e-bay) My motor on this one is stock with the no name pipe and a VM38. (https://i.ibb.co/SRdj5ZG/IMAG0441.jpg)
Very cool! Hoping the FCR38 works well enough, considering stock is a VB39
Title: Re: 1982 Honda FT500 Cruel Sport Hellride
Post by: ex119x on Jul 11, 2019, 00:24:38
Very cool! Hoping the FCR38 works well enough, considering stock is a VB39
I think it will work fine, once you get a decent pipe on there. I had a 38 flat slide on mine before the VM, but some of the rules for some of the race orgs don't allow flat slides and I had the vm sitting around. The Jemco flattrack pipe I had on one of my bikes seemed to make the best power. I think I am going to try to make a headpipe from an XR600 fit and try to run up pipes.
 
I am thinking about sticking my stock carb on my ironhead sportster to replace the Bendix that is on there.