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Old 05-02-2007, 05:10 PM   #76
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any motorcycle store or any place that sells motorcycle tires. cheng shin makes a knobby for it and i think briidgestone has a more streetable 23'' tire for it.
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Old 05-06-2007, 11:28 AM   #77
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Does anyone know where to purchase a 23" tire and tube for the XL500 Honda?
Dennis Kirk lists them.
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Old 05-06-2007, 09:40 PM   #78
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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...:-)
Is it stuck at zero? Does the odometer work? Your spedo drive cable is probably broken. Its WAY more likely that its a broken cable than it is a stuck needle. Please don't go Dremmeling away on the plastic before you check the cable.
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Old 05-08-2007, 01:49 PM   #79
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I just got one

I just purchased a xl500 that had been sitting for 5 years and I can't get it to start. I did get it to fire up once with some starter fluid, but nothing after that. Changed the plugs and new battery. Plugs are getting gas because I took it out and it was damp. Got a good blue spark, new gas. Can anyone help me on this.
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Old 05-08-2007, 02:04 PM   #80
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I just purchased a xl500 that had been sitting for 5 years and I can't get it to start. I did get it to fire up once with some starter fluid, but nothing after that. Changed the plugs and new battery. Plugs are getting gas because I took it out and it was damp. Got a good blue spark, new gas. Can anyone help me on this.
You covered 2 of the 3 essentials, number 3 being compression.. have you done a compression check? This can be misleading because there is an automatic decompression when kicking the bike over. This needs to be disabled before an accurate compression test.
My guess is the compressions ok, but check it anyway.

The wet plug is a better clue. It seems your bike is flooding.

Check that the choke is going to the full open position when pushed fully in. Once again a difficult task but best checked visually by removing the seat, and probably the tank too. It could be that the choke is stuck closed and causing flooding.

Is your carb in good condition? Old XL's have a needle type carburettor. As the throttle is opened, a tapered needle is pulled out of a hole in the venturi, which meters the amount of fuel sucked into the venturi from the float chamber. This tapered needle is made from brass, and wears down with time, due to the high vibration of the thumper. If it wears down excessively it will meter too much fuel to the combustion chamber, causing flooding.

Failing that look for other things which may cause too much fuel to flow. eg. the float chamber, etc.

The carb on this bike is a pain to work on, but I'm sure you can get this baby going.

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Old 10-16-2007, 07:34 AM   #81
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I'm setting up my '81 XL500 for a Baja trip next fall. Anyone know of a big (gas) tank option for the XL500?
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Old 10-16-2007, 08:08 AM   #82
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I'm setting up my '81 XL500 for a Baja trip next fall. Anyone know of a big (gas) tank option for the XL500?
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Old 10-16-2007, 11:50 AM   #83
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Old 01-21-2008, 10:25 PM   #84
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Hey guys, I just recently built an 82 Honda XL500, same bike. I got it locally for $550. It runs like a champion.

My problem is starting this thing. I've kicked it the day I bought it and it started in 2-3 kicks from cold no problem.

The last 2 times I've started it, its kicked back and nearly broke my ankle.
It does not have a decompression lever on the bars, just the auto decomp operated off the kickstarter.

What is the correct starting procedure for this bike? Please help! It runs great, I've just gotta figure out how to start it reliably without breaking my ankle. I already made the mistake of starting it in tennis shoes the other night, and it took most of the skin off of my heel. Its better in boots, but my ankle can't take much more of those kick backs!

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Old 01-21-2008, 10:42 PM   #85
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What is the correct starting procedure for this bike?
Roll over the engine with easy strokes until you feel it come up on the compression stroke, then give it a good jump. It takes some practice to get the feel of it. Make sure the carb is in good working order and properly jetted.
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Old 01-22-2008, 05:11 AM   #86
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Roll over the engine with easy strokes until you feel it come up on the compression stroke, then give it a good jump. It takes some practice to get the feel of it. Make sure the carb is in good working order and properly jetted.
also, make sure that the choke is used when the engine is cold; sorry if that is obvious.
I have a 1980 xl500s and you definately have to watch those bikes because they will snap back and bite you hard. another thing, do you have a clymer manual for the bike? it could be possible that the auto decompression isn't adjusted properly; its worth checking out if all else fails.

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Old 01-22-2008, 09:14 AM   #87
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... they will snap back and bite you hard.
Also, watch out with wet boots on that chrome kicker. (Slip, jab, Ouch! Two days off work. )



Edit: Oh, your's isn't chrome- probably still slick though.
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Old 03-12-2008, 07:43 PM   #88
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so, for those xl500s owners who have put aftermarket shocks on their bikes, which ones worked the best?
im looking at the progressive series 13, but they are cheaply priced compared to worx shocks. are the progressives crap or are they a good compromise between cost and effectiveness?

anybody care to give a review of the progressives or any other available rear shock for the xl500?

also, anybody ever rebuilt the factory shocks? are the new aftermarkets better than rebuilding?

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Old 03-12-2008, 09:46 PM   #89
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so, for those xl500s owners who have put aftermarket shocks on their bikes, which ones worked the best?
im looking at the progressive series 13, but they are cheaply priced compared to worx shocks. are the progressives crap or are they a good compromise between cost and effectiveness?

anybody care to give a review of the progressives or any other available rear shock for the xl500?

also, anybody ever rebuilt the factory shocks? are the new aftermarkets better than rebuilding?

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You can still get shocks for them? Wow!

My Works Performance have worked pretty well for a long time. But, they are a hundred
years old now, and getting a little boingy. Maybe I'll get around to rebuilding them someday.
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Old 03-13-2008, 07:32 AM   #90
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yeah a few places sell progressive shocks and springs for it. dennis kirk sells springs for ~$75 a set. they have xr500 shocks for $174; don't know if they will work on the xl500.


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