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Old 04-10-2013, 09:57 PM   #16
OK lets GO!
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Location: N.W. Montana
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Originally Posted by Gadget Man View Post
I once owned a 1979 XR 500. I bought it brand new in 1980.
It was never meant to be street legal. But "back in the day" I went to the license bureau and just told them it was a Honda 500 and they gave me a plate.
I bolted it right on the rear fender and rode that bike all over northern Minnesota for several years. I called it my two wheeled tractor. It was a great bike.

I also had a 1972 Honda CT 90. Another awesome bike. It had the high/low gear box with the automatic 4 speed.

I would love to find either one of those bikes for sale today.

Good luck.
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Gadget Man.
You might talk me out of my 1979 XR500. Im in the process of fixing her up now. The 23 in front tire on them is kinda odd.
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Old 04-10-2013, 11:53 PM   #17
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I love those older Hondas
'83 Honda XL600R 618cc 11:1 Wiseco, XR's Only Exhaust + over sized header
Originally Posted by Carter Pewterschmidt View Post
He's the XL600 Jesus, his bike dies for our sins.
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Old 04-11-2013, 12:37 AM   #18
Got some screws loose!
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Originally Posted by woahblackbetty View Post
Yeah, I've already rotated the tubes back around the right way and swapped them left to right. That puts the axle back in front and moves the drum mounting lug outboard & clear of any interference.
It may not handle badly at all, some bikes were designed that way. The Yamaha Vision comes to mind. I never had a problem with the way it handled.

But of course that's no guarantee THIS bike will handle correctly. I guess it's a moot point since you swapped the tubes left to right to solve your interference issue.

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Old 04-20-2014, 08:51 AM   #19
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Hey hows your bike progressing?
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Old 05-25-2014, 08:31 PM   #20
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Originally Posted by geomerc View Post
Hey hows your bike progressing?
Like all things in life with 4 kids, VERY SLOWLY!!
I gave up on trying to adapt the stock front shocks to squeeze the GS wheel & disc in as well as hooch a caliper bracket. Instead I'm swapping front ends with an '84 CR500. That's on it's way from Tampa thanks to eBay.
Front wheel for offroad has changed to one off an RMZ450, working on machining some bearing spacers to adapt the 22mm ID of the bearing down to the 15mm front axle.
'79 XR500 -*-'74 MT125
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