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Old 04-08-2011, 03:04 PM   #166
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mine starts on the first kick every time, you just have to know how to use the compression release right, that little lever under the clutch lever is your best friend ;)
That must be on the later models then? or maybe US spec models.
I cant recall any of the 79-81 twin shock Aussie spec (S/SA/SB) bikes having a handlebar mounted manual decomp- it was always a kickstart activated decomp?
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Old 04-08-2011, 04:05 PM   #167
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That must be on the later models then? or maybe US spec models.
I cant recall any of the 79-81 twin shock Aussie spec (S/SA/SB) bikes having a handlebar mounted manual decomp- it was always a kickstart activated decomp?
My 1979 US model has only the kicker operated decomp, no handlebar lever.

A bitch to start when new, it got better, but never really easy after it got broken in. Not too bad once I got used to it, but if I lay it down, it floods and reverts to bitch-hood.
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Old 06-23-2011, 04:34 PM   #168
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Question 1980 Honda XL500 dual sport , on/off road - $2400

Greetings Thumperers - I joined ADV to ask you-all's advices... There's a person local to me who "Bought the bike from original owner , its outstanding condition, all equipment is original , only 2,345 miles... So why am I selling it ? because its quite difficult for me to start it, dont get me wrong , is in GREAT mechanical condition, I forgot how good of compression this bikes have and its to hard for me to start it. My son (24) starts it with ONE kick. I keep looking at it just sitting in my garage, and it too great of a bike not be ridden and I dont want to be the "guy" who collects bikes and let them sit just to gather dust."

I haven't talked to the current owner nor have I seen the bike in person yet so, other than the description quoted above, I don't know anything more.

So, the advices I seek from you all is - is a "1980 Honda XL500 dual sport , on/off road - $2400" worth what the guy is asking for it or, is his price way too high?

Please answer by post reply AND at moakvik@comcast.net as I can check my email from work but cannot access this website.
Any and all advices would be appreciated before I make the possible mistake of drastically overspending!

Here's a picture of the bike that the current owner sent me...
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Old 06-23-2011, 04:42 PM   #169
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More like 700 to 1200, it is a fun bike but not worth 2400.
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Old 06-23-2011, 05:14 PM   #170
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I had a 83 XL600R that was in great condition. I bought it in 2000 and I loved it. Easy starting, silly fun, and well worth the $900.00 smackers I paid for it. I regret trading it for a decked out TRX250R quad. the XL was way more versatile and cheaper to operate.
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Old 06-23-2011, 07:03 PM   #171
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An XL500S in great cosmetic and mechanical shape could probably fetch $2k where I'm at (DC area).
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Old 06-23-2011, 08:06 PM   #172
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1980 Honda XL500 dual sport , on/off road - $2400

I'm in the Minneapolis, MN area if that makes any price difference...? (Shouldn't as we can only ride about 3 months out of the year here!)
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Old 06-23-2011, 08:27 PM   #173
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Just for perspective (Not my add)

2002 suzuki dr 650 - $2400 (Minneapolis)


I just looked this up.
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Old 06-24-2011, 08:35 PM   #174
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I am looking at a 1980 project xl 500,

lots cheaper then that 2400 one, but nowhere near as nice
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Old 07-19-2011, 10:09 PM   #175
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How are these for a taller rider? I'm 6'3 and don't plan on riding around the world or anything, but don't want it to be torture to do 100 miles.
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Old 07-21-2011, 10:39 PM   #176
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How are these for a taller rider? I'm 6'3 and don't plan on riding around the world or anything, but don't want it to be torture to do 100 miles.
Stock seat is not a an all day rider kinda thing. And will be a little short for the 6'3" rider. An XL600 would be better, or even betterer for you, the XR650.

The 500's are a ton of fun, wheelie popping machines, that will go fast. But they are 80's tech, smaller, and not designed to handle anything over 65 for long periods of time. Been through the XL500S, and the XL600. Wish I still had one for the weekends.
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Old 07-21-2011, 10:40 PM   #177
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2002 suzuki dr 650 - $2400 (Minneapolis)


I just looked this up.
Faster and with the magic button. Good point comparison.
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Old 03-02-2013, 09:32 PM   #178
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This thread has remained dormant for far too long (Assuming this is the official XL500 thread.......)

Just picked up this 1981 XL500S (12,000 miles) from a co-worker for $150. The good is it starts right up without any stress, idles well without any strange noises and it doesn't seem to burn oil. The bad so far is a major oil leak coming from what looks like the head or valve cover, blown forks and shocks, blown wheel bearings amongst other things. Planning on a major tune up and a lot of cleaning/repairs should be a fun project tough.

Anyway please school me on the cam chain tensioners. From what I've read it is very important to keep it adjusted properly but I have no idea where to start or what to look for...

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Old 03-02-2013, 09:48 PM   #179
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This thread has remained dormant for far too long (Assuming this is the official XL500 thread.......)

Just picked up this 1981 XL500S (12,000 miles) from a co-worker for $150. The good is it starts right up without any stress, idles well without any strange noises and it doesn't seem to burn oil. The bad so far is a major oil leak coming from what looks like the head or valve cover, blown forks and shocks, blown wheel bearings amongst other things. Planning on a major tune up and a lot of cleaning/repairs should be a fun project tough.

Anyway please school me on the cam chain tensioners. From what I've read it is very important to keep it adjusted properly but I have no idea where to start or what to look for...

This is the active thread. http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=424841
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Old 03-02-2013, 09:52 PM   #180
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