Buy a CR500 or a new XR650R and pickle it?

Hello,

I currently have an CBR1100XX and a XR650R. I have been searching for a clean CR500. My goal was to plate it, making a motard and do some desert trail riding.

What I have been finding is either clapped out CR500s for modest money or clean very high dollar CRs. I just find it hard to spend $4000 on a used 2001 CR500.

Now considering Honda dropped the XR650R for 2008, I can pick up a new XR650R with warranty for $4500. I'm envisioning people searching for clean XR650R in a few years. I would just pickle the extra XRR for a later date. The CRF450s don't hold up as long as the XR650R.

Then I would pick up a used Service Honda and hopefully, at a later date, plate it for the street.

Does the steel frame CR500 have any advantages over a Service Honda?

So, I was just looking for advise or thinking out loud or both.:thumbsup:

The steel frame CRs don't transfer as much vibration to the rider as the twin-spar aluminums, but I do think they are lighter by a few pounds. Personally, I like the steel frame pre-'97 CRs. EDIT: I meant pre-'97 125s and 250s, I know all the 500s were steel frame.

I guess it all depends on what Honda have up their sleeves, if anything to replace the 650. If they bring out a mental replacement, let's say CR670AF, then the 'old' 650 may be not that much in demand. Who knows?

I've spent just enough time on the highway with my CR to know I really despise riding it on the road. On a road course it might be a different story, but with with regular road riding the vibration gets old really quick.

I've spent just enough time on the highway with my CR to know I really despise riding it on the road. On a road course it might be a different story, but with with regular road riding the vibration gets old really quick.

Are you running Knobbies or some sort of dual purpose street tires?

I was running knobbies, but I have knobbies on my XR too and the vibes from the CR on the road are much worse.

I was running knobbies, but I have knobbies on my XR too and the vibes from the CR on the road are much worse.

An 02 CR500AF...better in a 250 or 450 frame? Is there a difference in seat height?

I cant tell you which AF chassis works better, mine's a steelie. The seat height should be pretty much the same.

An 02 CR500AF...better in a 250 or 450 frame? Is there a difference in seat height?

There is a reason they put it in the 450 frame and not the 250 frame anymore. Its because the 450 frame is a slight bit beefier and will not break as easy. It isn't much of a weight difference.....probably ounces but those ounces are in the right places to keep the 500/450 motors from tearing the frame apart.

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