Honda XR500: history, specs, pictures

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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.

1979

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

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


1981

1981 Honda XR500



The XR500R'81 was sold in 1981 in Tahitian Red. The number plate panels were black. The "XR"side cover decal was black. The engine color was solid black. The rear suspension had a Pro-Link. The gas tank was plastic. The front wheel was 21" while the rear was 17". The engine had reed valve induction. The engine was a 498cc OHC 4-valve single cylinder with 2 head pipes. The transmission was a 5-speed. The serial number began JH2PE010*BM200013

1981 Honda Motorcycle Full-Line Brochure

1982

1982 Honda XR500



The XR500R'82 was sold in 1982 in Tahitian Red. The number plate panels were white. The "XR" side cover decal was white. The engine color was black with polished cylinder head fins. The rear suspension had a Pro-Link. The gas tank was plastic. The front wheel was 21" while the rear was 17". The engine had reed valve induction. The engine was a 498cc OHC 4-valve single cylinder with 2 head pipes. The transmission was a 5-speed. The serial number began JH2PE010*CM300003

1983

1983 Honda XR500
1983 Honda XR500 in Red
1983 Honda XR500R in Flash Red
1983 Honda XR500R in Orange
1983 Honda XR500R in Orange
1983 Honda XR500R in Orange



The XR500R'83 was sold in 1983 in Flash Red. The number plate panels were yellow. The seat and tool bag were blue. The fork boots were black. the "500R" swingarm decal was also black. The front brakes were hydraulic disc. The rear suspension had a Pro-Link. The gas tank was plastic. The engine was a 498cc OHC RFVC dry sump single cylinder fueled by two carburetors and had two head pipes. The transmission was a 5-speed. The serial number began JH2PE030*DM000022

1984

1984 Honda XR500
1984 Honda XR500



The XR500R'84 was sold in 1984 in Flash Red. It had plastic handguards. The "500R" swingarm decal was red and white. The front brakes were hydraulic disc. The rear suspension had a Pro-Link. The gas tank was plastic. The engine was a 498cc OHC RFVC dry sump single cylinder fueled by two carburetors and had two head pipes. The transmission was a 5-speed.

  • Engine: RFVC radial valve, 498cc dual-carburetor dry sump
  • Suspension: Pro-Link™ rear suspension
  • Brake: Disc front brake
  • Wheelbase: 1425mm (56.1 in.)
  • Dry weight: 121 kg (266.7 lb)
  • Seat height: 950mm (37.4 in.)
  • Front wheel travel: 280mm (11 in.)
  • Rear wheel travel: 280mm (11 in.)
  • The serial number began JH2PE030*EM100001


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Honda XR500
Manufacturer Honda
Also called XR 500
Production 1980 - 1983
Class Misc
Engine single cylinder, four-stroke
Bore / Stroke 89.0mm x 80.0mm
Top speed 93 mph (150 km/h)
Horse Power 85.15 HP (63.5 KW) @ 6500RPM
Torque 30.61 ft/lbs (41.5 Nm) @ 5500RPM
Fuel system carburettor
Ignition type 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)
Dimensions L 87.01 inches (2210 mm)
W 34.45 inches (875 mm)
H 47.83 inches (1215 mm)
Seat height 34.65 inches (880 mm)
Weight 271.17 pounds (123.0 Kg) (dry), 135.0 kg (wet)
Fuel capacity 5.28 Gallon (20.00 Liters)
Oil capacity 0.53 Gallon (2.00 Liters)
Fuel consumption 6.00 litres/100 km (16.7 km/l or 39.20 mpg)
Manuals Service Manual
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The Honda XR500 was a single cylinder, four-stroke Misc motorcycle produced by Honda between 1980 and 1983. 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

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

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

Chassis

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.

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