Honda XL500S: history, specs, pictures
|Production||1979 - 1981|
500cc single cylinder, four-stroke
|Bore / Stroke||89.0mm x 80.0mm|
|Top Speed||83 mph (134 km/h)|
|Horsepower||26.42 HP (19.7 KW) @ 5500RPM|
|Torque||27.29 ft/lbs (37.0 Nm) @ 5000RPM|
|Spark Plug||NGK D8EA '79-81|
|Battery||YUASA 6N4-2A-4 '79-81|
|Transmission||Gear box: 5-speed
Final Drive: chain
|Final Drive||Chain: 520 `79-81|
|Suspension||Front: Leading axle coil spring forks
Rear: Swing arm two dampers
|Brakes||Front: single disc
Rear: expanding brake
|Front Tire||3.00-23 '79-81|
|Rear Tire||4.60-18 '79-81|
|Weight||152.0 kg (wet)|
|Recommended Oil||Honda GN4 10W-40|
|Fuel Capacity||2.77 Gallon (10.50 Liters)|
The Honda XL500S was a single cylinder, four-stroke enduro motorcycle produced by Honda between 1979 and 1984. It could reach a top speed of 83 mph (134 km/h). Max torque was 27.29 ft/lbs (37.0 Nm) @ 5000 RPM. Claimed horsepower was 26.42 HP (19.7 KW) @ 5500 RPM.
The bike has a 5-speed transmission.
It came with a 3.00-21 front tire and a 4.60-17 rear tire. Stopping was achieved via single disc in the front and a expanding brake in the rear. The front suspension was a Leading axle coil spring forks while the rear was equipped with a Swing arm two dampers. The XL500R was fitted with a 2.77 Gallon (10.50 Liters) fuel tank.
1979 XL 500 S
The Honda XL500S'79 which sold in 1979 descended from a long line of Elsinores, although it was never called by that name. One color was available: Tahitian Red. The fuel tank and side cover stripes were black, red, and yellow. The control levers and kickstarter arm were silver (next year they would be black). The speedometer had a 100 mph (160 kph) limit. The front wheel was 23" while the back was 18". The exhaust was a 2-into-1 system. The engine was a 498cc OHC 4-valve single cylinder with one carburetor. The transmission was a 5-speed. The serial number began PD01-5000054.
1980 XL 500 S
The XL500S'80 was sold in 1980 in Helios Red. The gas tank and side cover stripes were red, orange, and white. The control levers and kickstarter arm were black. The bottom triple clamp was also black. The speedometer had a 85 mph (135 kph) limit. The front wheel was 23" while the back was 18". The exhaust was a 2-into-1 system. The engine was a 498cc OHC 4-valve single cylinder with one carburetor. The transmission was a 5-speed. The serial number began PD01-5100001.
1981 XL 500 S
The XL500S'81 was sold in 1981 in Monza Red with Black. The gas tank and side covers were 2-tone red and black. The "XL500S" side cover graphic was red and white. The speedometer and instrument light pod were separate. The front fender was longer. The box-section swingarm was silver painted steel. A manual compression release lever was added. The control levers and kickstarter arm were black. The bottom triple clamp was also black. The speedometer had a 85 mph (135 kph) limit. The front wheel was 23" while the back was 18". The exhaust was a 2-into-1 system. The engine was a 498cc OHC 4-valve single cylinder with one carburetor. The transmission was a 5-speed. The serial number began JH2PD010*BM200001.
1982 saw the rebranding of this model to the Honda XL500R
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