XR500?

I bought a 83 xr500 for my first bike back from a 25 year hiatus. It ran great and had that blue seat with lots of cussion to it. When I upgraded to the 650R I felt the XR500 did everything the 650R did with the exception of top end speeds . Long story short, I sold the bike and wish I would of held onto it. The 500R was loud (Cobra exhaust) but did get 45 -50 (dual carb) mpg. My 650R gets 35mpg with the same style of riding. I really did love that bike and yes it did have a nasty kickback if you didn't follow the starting drill correctly.

This thread is not just the epitome of old, but dead also. Most of the original posters haven't posted anything in six months or more and the thread starter hasn't been back here since.....SEVEN YEARS AGO!

When this post started I owned an '83 XR500! Does that count?

When this post started I owned an '83 XR500! Does that count?

Since your first post in this thread came seven years after the thread's first death.....no.

:thumbsup:

I have an 83 body in the garage which I'm throwing an XL600 motor into..Its been an ongoing project for a while but I just collected a half decent XL600 with a good engine in it yesterday so I'm foregoing the reco of the other 600 motor I have and chucking the good and complete one in it..Should be go in about a week or so or when I get motivated to finish it.

I'm thinking about buying an xr500 for woods exploring, Already have a Ktm 525sx, I'm thinking it might be a fun contrast.

I'm thinking about buying an xr500 for woods exploring, Already have a Ktm 525sx, I'm thinking it might be a fun contrast.

Wow, this thread is old. :banghead: I had an '81 XR500 and it was brutally tough. It started easily first kick and had really good power for an old beast. I could really depend on it. Sadly, I lent it to a guy to take elk hunting and he ran it out of oil (it had a leak which I cautioned him about). The cam journals don't ride on a bearing on the old XR's (pre RFVC), and if they get starved for oil, the cam will chew itself right into the head. So, keeping the oil level topped up is a must on the oldies. Great bikes though! :banghead:

<<<< 83 XR500, 83 XL600/617 11+ to 1 with small chamber 500 head, HRC cam, RD springs, 500 carbs, XL600 header, IDS Trapp, 91 CR500 cartridge USDs with Progressive Susp Springs, CR500 front wheel and brake parts, 86 XR600 aluminum swingarm, 90s XRL front fender, Maier rear. Coming up 10.5 c.r. 641cc XR600, revalved 88 XR600 shock with Progressive Susp spring, 18" rear rim and CR hi bend fat bars.

i have a 1984 xr500 and a 1985 xr350 i love and will keep till im gone

i love the old xr's

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