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Old 04-01-2006, 02:14 PM   #16
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This is my 82 XL500 it took plenty of time and money.

Well worth it

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Old 04-01-2006, 02:17 PM   #17
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Honda did have the XL500R here in 1982. I have one and you're right, it is an orphan bike....uses some XL500 parts and some XL600 parts....still a very nice riding bike!
one on EBay right now.
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Old 04-01-2006, 03:54 PM   #18
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one on EBay right now.
how much??
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Old 04-01-2006, 10:52 PM   #19
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It's kind of strange how North America never got the XL500R,
but went straight to the XL600R.
Well I could be wrong.
I can't see the motor, but this looks like a XL500R in the Illinois.
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/1982-...QQcmdZViewItem

And p.s., look how clean this '83 XL250R is:
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Vinta...QQcmdZViewItem
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Old 04-03-2006, 12:22 PM   #20
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Rebuilding my '80 right now

I have an '80 XL500s that I'm rebuilding right now. I have been collecting parts for about a year to get it back on the road. I bought it from an uncle who couldn't kick start it anymore for $150. I rode the heck out of it in years gone by but it's only got 3,300 miles. I kept a watch on ebay and was patient and picked up shocks, tailight, turn signals, speedometer headlight bucket and bracket, and front wheel all cheap from bikes being parted out. I also found a new replacement BSM muffler from David Silver Spares in the UK. All told i'm into it less than $500 and it will be like new condition...even if it doesn't quite look like it. Note that the front wheel is 23" and there aren't many tire choices (can you say log-hopper!!).

This all comes down the the age old question of which bike. Most of the miles i've ridden on this bike were dirt and gravel roads and mild to moderate trails. I also had an '81 XR500r at the time and I could go anywhere on the XL that the XR would go...perhaps more because I could ride it to the trails too!

The only thing I'm really missing is a replacement seat foam but I've about given up on that and may just build my own. I did find a new seat cover though. Have fun...it's a great old bike! This one will have to be my adventure bike until I get my new KTM 950 or GS12 Adventure or Vstrom or whatever...haven't decided yet...too many cool choices.

Oh...one other thing. This one was a cold blodded bastard for many years. I dropped it off at Carl's in Boise last year when it pulled it from storage and they managed to tune/adjust it to make it start on the first kick...it wouldn't do that when it was new!! I have no idea how they managed it.
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Old 04-03-2006, 01:19 PM   #21
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Cool looking bikes.

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Old 04-03-2006, 02:03 PM   #22
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nice bikes,

IMO, skip the pipe for now, grease all external bearings, yeah its some work,, but if somethings buggered, it could cause problems at speed.

next i'd keep an eye out for a used later model front end, w/ disc brake. prep the rear brake with grooved shoes, if you do it dont breath the asbestos ( hack, weeze, hhmm what's this growth?)

give me a bike that handles well and stops over 2 more hp, and more noise.

sounds like you have a real find. even if you find your not riding it after a while, bikes like this are great to stuff in a remote area, say the southwest and your in the crap weather, take a break in the winter and get out and ride .
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Old 04-03-2006, 02:43 PM   #23
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http://www.dakardantan.com/voir-equi...82-d170fb.html
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Old 04-03-2006, 05:18 PM   #24
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I recently bought a front end off Ebay from an 83 XL600R thats a direct bolt on to the XL500R....trees and all! Both use the same head bearings, the new front end is set up for disc brake and makes stopping a two fingered affair now!! Very nice...
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Old 04-05-2006, 10:20 PM   #25
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Front End for an XL500s

Just a thought here but has anyone found a bolt on front end swap for the XL500s? I see the suggestion for a direct swap on an XR500r swap.

It would sure be nice to swap a better set of forks and disc brake on old big red....
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Old 04-12-2006, 04:58 PM   #26
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Had a XL350 back in '75. It was a rough ride but took me from San Deigo to Key West via many a back road just fine. I think my butt's still sore.
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Old 04-29-2006, 05:46 AM   #27
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This is my 82 XL500 it took plenty of time and money.

Well worth it


Awesome. I've got one and someday it'll look a lot more like that. Nice job!
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Old 04-29-2006, 09:19 PM   #28
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23" front wheel. wow. buy it, i would.
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Old 04-30-2006, 10:47 AM   #29
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Buy it for $500. Toss in another $1,000 to trick it out and repair what has been allowed to fail, and for $1,500 you have a brute of a dp bike. Plenty of power at a reasonable weight. A killer bike for $1,500 total cost . . . . how could you go wrong?
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Old 04-30-2006, 03:34 PM   #30
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Those bikes are fun. I own an '87 XL600R I bought for 600 Euros which is essentially trouble-free, apart from a broken stator coil I had fixed. All PD03 do that sooner or later.

My friend's got a Xl500R PD02 pro-link he bought for 100,- that needed nothing more than a service. They like to weep oil from the head but don't bother, they all do that. Just wipe it off.

AFAIK the only proper forums are the german ones:
xl500r.de and
xl600r.de

but don't be shy, ask questions. There are a lot of specialists and a german part supplier posting there (Erik from alttec-classics.de) and at least some of them write good english.
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