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Author Topic: 1984 Honda XR500R "off-road rider wanna be"  (Read 494 times)

Offline Hurco550

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1984 Honda XR500R "off-road rider wanna be"
« on: Jul 16, 2018, 21:35:13 »
I've been having a blast trying to fit in with a group of "cool kids" that have transitioned in one form or another from cafe bikes into dual sport riders. My dr650 has proven to be a great steed, and I have yet to out ride it's ability, but even so, it proves to be a bit heavy (it's getting close to 400lbs with a full tank of fuel) and taxing to ride on rough single track.

Enter this xr500r. It's a good bit lighter at 265 lbs. (Dry, cannot find wet weight anywhere) and has better suspension suited for off-road than the dr650 does. The bike came to me loosely bolted together from a basket case, so I will have to go though everything, and it also needs a sleeve and a piston, and I'm also swapping frames (more on that later)

This thread will hopefully be two part, documenting the rebuild which may be a bit boring, but also to document the adventures that I hope to take the bike on. Here is the bike as I got it. Is really solid and straight for the year.


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2006 Suzuki DR650 Adventure monowheel trailer build: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=75033.0
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Full Custom Pit Bike: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=66954.new#new
1971 Yamaha 90cc twin HS1: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=70498.0
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Re: 1984 Honda XR500R "off-road rider wanna be"
« Reply #1 on: Jul 16, 2018, 21:38:13 »
I bought this 1986 xr600r frame to transfer my 1984 xr500r "everything else" onto. Guy i got it from pulled a good one over on me, in that it was supposed to have forks with it and it was supposed to be straight. The forks were sold a while back and the cradle has bashed it's share of rocks.... but I drove over 2 hours one way to get it, so I guess the tweaker wins this one. My 500 frame has a number of things cut and broken, nothing major, but I figured a complete, unmolested frame would be easier than fixing all the little bits on the 500 frame.


 

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~ bradj
1988 tw200, the swamp donkey: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=75455.0
2006 Suzuki DR650 Adventure monowheel trailer build: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=75033.0
1976 BMW R90/6 farkilitious: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=74349.msg882477#msg882477
1975 RD350 Road Racer: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=70652.msg833688#msg833688
1976 GT250 Rebuild: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=64973.new#new
Full Custom Pit Bike: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=66954.new#new
1971 Yamaha 90cc twin HS1: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=70498.0
"much ingenuity with a little money is more profitable and amusing than much money without ingenuity" - Arnold Bennet


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Re: 1984 Honda XR500R "off-road rider wanna be"
« Reply #3 on: Jul 17, 2018, 06:47:50 »
Exactly the circumstances I started down a similar path with my basket case Yamaha XT500. Ill be following along!

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Re: 1984 Honda XR500R "off-road rider wanna be"
« Reply #4 on: Jul 17, 2018, 09:12:41 »
Sign me up for the RFVC cool kids club
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Re: 1984 Honda XR500R "off-road rider wanna be"
« Reply #5 on: Jul 17, 2018, 09:20:49 »
Signing up!
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Re: 1984 Honda XR500R "off-road rider wanna be"
« Reply #6 on: Sep 08, 2018, 18:48:44 »
You know I'm following...  but it's been a long time since any reports.  where is this puppy at, dood?
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Re: 1984 Honda XR500R "off-road rider wanna be"
« Reply #7 on: Sep 08, 2018, 19:29:57 »
You know I'm following...  but it's been a long time since any reports.  where is this puppy at, dood?
Just waiting on the tw to get wrapped up. This one is next on the list

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1988 tw200, the swamp donkey: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=75455.0
2006 Suzuki DR650 Adventure monowheel trailer build: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=75033.0
1976 BMW R90/6 farkilitious: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=74349.msg882477#msg882477
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1976 GT250 Rebuild: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=64973.new#new
Full Custom Pit Bike: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=66954.new#new
1971 Yamaha 90cc twin HS1: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=70498.0
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Re: 1984 Honda XR500R "off-road rider wanna be"
« Reply #8 on: Oct 07, 2018, 19:08:14 »
Little (yet exciting) update for the project. Though i was not able to be at barber this year, I'm lucky enough to have friends that'll keep an eye peeled for me. Thanks to Mr.E I have a 1987 (I think) xr600 lump heading my way. This kinda changes the direction of this project if only slightly, in that it'll likely go in the xr600 frame that I picked up and the xr500 suspension and plastics will be installed onto it. I will collect the engine from kanticoy this Christmas while visiting family in the dirty south. Thanks fellas!



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"If you just picked up a drug habbit instead of a kawasaki triple at least you could get high while you waste money"
~ bradj
1988 tw200, the swamp donkey: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=75455.0
2006 Suzuki DR650 Adventure monowheel trailer build: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=75033.0
1976 BMW R90/6 farkilitious: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=74349.msg882477#msg882477
1975 RD350 Road Racer: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=70652.msg833688#msg833688
1976 GT250 Rebuild: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=64973.new#new
Full Custom Pit Bike: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=66954.new#new
1971 Yamaha 90cc twin HS1: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=70498.0
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Re: 1984 Honda XR500R "off-road rider wanna be"
« Reply #9 on: Oct 09, 2018, 19:11:22 »
I need to do a bit of machining and swap stems, but im planning on running my 2005 Suzuki rmz450 forks on this bike. The reasoning is 33% because I already have them, 33% because they will be a big upgrade over stock and 33% because it will tick off the purists. The last 1% ill use up with "because I can".


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"If you just picked up a drug habbit instead of a kawasaki triple at least you could get high while you waste money"
~ bradj
1988 tw200, the swamp donkey: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=75455.0
2006 Suzuki DR650 Adventure monowheel trailer build: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=75033.0
1976 BMW R90/6 farkilitious: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=74349.msg882477#msg882477
1975 RD350 Road Racer: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=70652.msg833688#msg833688
1976 GT250 Rebuild: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=64973.new#new
Full Custom Pit Bike: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=66954.new#new
1971 Yamaha 90cc twin HS1: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=70498.0
"much ingenuity with a little money is more profitable and amusing than much money without ingenuity" - Arnold Bennet