Honda XR500: history, specs, pictures

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Honda XR500
Manufacturer
Also called XR 500. XR500R
Production 1979 - 1980
Class Enduro
Successor Honda XR500R
Engine
single cylinder, four-stroke
Bore / Stroke 89.0mm x 80.0mm
Top Speed 70 mph
Horsepower 85.15 HP (63.5 KW) @ 6500RPM
Torque 30.61 ft/lbs (41.5 Nm) @ 5500RPM
Fuel System carburetor
Ignition cdi
Battery 8.6:1
Transmission Gear box: 5-speed

Final Drive: chain

Clutch: wet plate
Suspension Front: oil dumped telescopic
Rear: pivoted rear fork
Brakes Front: expanding brake (drum brake)
Rear: expanding brake (drum brake)
Wheelbase 55.12 inches (1400 mm)
Length 87.01 inches (2210 mm)
Width 34.45 inches (875 mm)
Height 47.83 inches (1215 mm)
Seat Height 34.65 inches (880 mm)
Weight 271.17 pounds (123.0 Kg) (dry), 135.0 kg (wet)
Oil Capacity 0.53 Gallon (2.00 Liters)
Fuel Capacity 5.28 Gallon (20.00 Liters)
Fuel Consumption 6.00 liters/100 km (16.7 km/l or 39.20 mpg)
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The Honda XR500 was a dirtbike produced by Honda between 1979 and 1984. It had a 498cc Air cooled engine. All XR500s after 1980 were XR500Rs. It could reach a top speed of 93 mph (150 km/h). Max torque was 30.61 ft/lbs (41.5 Nm) @ 5500 RPM. Claimed horsepower was 85.15 HP (63.5 KW) @ 6500 RPM.


Engine[edit]

The engine was a air cooled single cylinder, four-stroke. A 89.0mm bore x 80.0mm stroke result in a displacement of just 500.0 cubic centimeters. Fuel was supplied via a overhead cams (ohc).

Drive[edit]

The bike has a 5-speed transmission. Power was moderated via the wet plate.

Chassis[edit]

Stopping was achieved via expanding brake (drum brake) in the front and a expanding brake (drum brake) in the rear. The front suspension was a oil dumped telescopic while the rear was equipped with a pivoted rear fork. The XR500 was fitted with a 5.28 Gallon (20.00 Liters) fuel tank. The bike weighed just 271.17 pounds (123.0 Kg). The wheelbase was 55.12 inches (1400 mm) long.



1979[edit]

1979 Honda XR500



The XR500'79 was sold in 1979 in Tahitian Red. The "HONDA" tank decal was red. The top of the tank, side cover panels, and headlight cowl were black. The "XR500" side cover graphic was red and white. The front wheel was 23" while the rear was 18". The engine was a 498cc OHC 4-valve single cylinder with 2 head pipes. The transmission was a 5-speed. The serial number began PE01-5000001

1980[edit]

1980 Honda XR500



The XR500'80 was sold in 1980 in Tahitian Red. The gas tank had a wing decal. The control levers and kickstarter arm were black. This year it had a smaller muffler. The front wheel was 23" while the rear was 18". The engine was a 498cc OHC 4-valve single cylinder with 2 head pipes. The transmission was a 5-speed. The serial number began PE01-5100001



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