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Old 12-31-2006, 06:17 AM   #61
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I need some help with my VIN. I'll be tagging my XL in a couple of weeks. The frame has the continuation of the VIN stamped into it starting with the letter P. However it's only 14 digits. On the tag of the neck theres a J at the beginning. The letters/numbers between are rubbed off it. I believe the first couple of characters in the VIN show manufacture, year, and model? Does anyone know what they'd be for my bike?
After a search I found out what it's missing.

http://www.angelfire.com/ca/TORONTO/VIN/hondacycle.html

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Old 01-02-2007, 05:25 PM   #62
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Wow I just came across this site. I've been riding around my yard for the past 2 weeks on a xl 500 s that i bought from a dude that inspected my truck. it was sitting in his garage and offered it to me said it hadnt run in years. I took it home soaked and rebuild the carb and the thing runs like a bear. I didnt know what it was or how popular it was. and I bought the bike for just 50 bucks. it needs a couple cosmetics but its now my favorite toy.

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Old 01-02-2007, 05:27 PM   #63
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Wow I just came across this site. I've been riding around my yard for the past 2 weeks on a xl 500 s that i bought from a dude that inspected my truck. it was sitting in his garage and offered it to me said it hadnt run in years. I took it home soaked and rebuild the carb and the thing runs like a bear. I didnt know what it was or how popular it was. and I bought the bike for just 50 bucks. it needs a couple cosmetics but its now my favorite toy.

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Sounds like you got an even better deal than mine!
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Old 01-06-2007, 06:52 PM   #64
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Does anyone one what other model header pipe will fit this xl500s? And also does anyone know where I can get some side covers and a front sprocket cover?
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Old 01-06-2007, 07:01 PM   #65
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Thanks for the replies. I'm going to have to buy that bike. Hoo-ah!

Your a good man.
XR ride all the same. Althrough I liked mine much better after I pushed the bars forward.

Twin carbs are a pain. If yours has that you might want to think again.

Some had 23 and 25" fronts. If yours has that you might consider changing back to a 21" rim.
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Old 01-06-2007, 08:24 PM   #66
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That's a tough one...

There are a couple of other sites you might be able to catch some info on your bike like www.xlintperformance.com for some compatible parts and http://xlboard.aimoo.com/ for general information. I picked up a BSM replacement exhaust (slip-on) to fit my existing header...I've seen a few headers for sale on eBay without the muffler as that's what rusts out first. My muffler is completely shot...that's why I bought the BSM. I picked it up online from David Silver Spares in England...they shipped it to me in Utah...got it in 4 days!

As for the other stuff...I've found most of my parts on eBay...be patient. There seems to be someone parting one out at least once per month. I've managed to find shocks, speedometer, headlight bucket, turn signals, perch and controls, and some misc stuff from eBay. Look for XL500s from '79 through '81...don't know of anything else that fits the "s" model.

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Does anyone one what other model header pipe will fit this xl500s? And also does anyone know where I can get some side covers and a front sprocket cover?
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Old 01-06-2007, 08:27 PM   #67
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so...what's the story on that one!!

I've never seen that tank before....any body know what years/models for that tank....doubt it would fit directly on my "s" but I want one!!


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Old 01-06-2007, 10:36 PM   #68
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Here I am on my 83 XL600R
I bought it brand new on my 16th birthday after saving for 4 years, it was my first street bike. I loved that bike. I put almost 50,000 miles on it. I guess I spent so much that I could not afford pants that were my proper length


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Old 01-06-2007, 10:51 PM   #69
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dont feel to bad about the highwaters... i looked pretty much the same at that age. I STILL have a hard time finding pants long enough. usually i just buy the closest i can get and low-ride 'em a bit. I wasnt allowed to have a bike until i was out of the house, but if i coulda i woulda done the same thing! awesome first bike!
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Old 01-07-2007, 04:43 AM   #70
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Thx for the info guys gonna try and get this bike ready for a daily rider for the spring.

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Old 01-07-2007, 02:02 PM   #71
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I had a XL500SA the first model 500 bought into Australia, had a 23" front wheel which limited the choice of rubber.Had no problems with it what so ever,it was a great bike , travelled a lot of dirt roads and often 2 up with my wife.
The only thing, it didn't like to slide on long sweeping corners and was a little twitchy,never worked out whether it was the front wheel, the rubber or the frame, this only showed up at 10/10ths and wasn't a problem if you kept it in mind.
The only mods I did to it was build a pipe, rejet and put a vesco tank on it, and gear it up a little to make it a little more comforatable on the road
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Old 03-20-2007, 10:51 AM   #72
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Harder to find these days?

Hi all - Fun thread. I suffer the affliction of wanting a 1981 or earlier XL500s but have not found anything yet.

So I've been looking at my local craigslist and eBay for XL500s. So far not many postings. Are there any other places that you'd suggest that I might try looking (I live in Northern CA)?

Thanks a bunch!
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Old 04-14-2007, 02:17 PM   #73
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the needle on my speedometer is stuck

Is it possible to remove the clear plastic cover without breaking it? looks like it is glued to the case.

thanks.. I bought a dremmel toolkit...:-)
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Old 04-18-2007, 12:02 AM   #74
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Hi Boys and Girls !!

I have restored a XL500s, see it here. http://www.bluemountain-guitars.de/xl500s.htm

Anybody needing me to source parts, send a Private message or email.
I live in Germany where there is a large group who lovingly rebuild these bikes, so parts (Some new, some Used) are available, even that hard-to-find 23" front tire.

It's a great Bike and a piece of Enduro history. There is also a way to practically eliminate the usual tappet cover oil leak too.
Nice to see so many entheusiasts out there!
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Old 05-02-2007, 09:52 AM   #75
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Does anyone know where to purchase a 23" tire and tube for the XL500 Honda?
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