Suzuki DR500: review, history, specs

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Suzuki DR500
Manufacturer
Production 81-83
Class Enduro
Engine
498cc Four-stroke single cylinder
Top Speed 84.5 mph
Spark Plug NGK D8EA '81-83
Front Tire 3.00-21 '81-83
Rear Tire 6705 '81-83
Weight
Oil Filter K&N KN-137
Recommended Oil Suzuki ECSTAR 10w40
Manuals Service Manual


The Suzuki DR500 is a motorcycle produced by Suzuki from 1981 to 1983.

1981 DR500X[edit]

1981 Suzuki DR500X


  • V.I.N. #: JS1DM41A B 100001
  • ENGINE PREFIX: DR500-
  • ENGINE TYPE: 498cc Four-stroke
  • MODEL CODE: 374
  • COLOR: White
  • Red and two tone orange tank stripes
  • Aluminum swing arm


1982 DR500Z[edit]

1982 Suzuki DR500Z


  • V.I.N. #: JS1DM41A C 100001
  • ENGINE PREFIX: DR500-
  • ENGINE TYPE: 498cc Four-stroke
  • MODEL CODE: 374
  • COLOR: White
  • Three tone blue tank stripes


1983 DR500D[edit]

1983 Suzuki DR500D


  • V.I.N. #: JS1DM41A D 100001
  • ENGINE PREFIX: DR500-
  • ENGINE TYPE: 498cc Four-stroke
  • MODEL CODE: 374
  • COLOR: White
  • Blue seat
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Suzuki DR500
Manufacturer
Also called DR500S, DR 500 S, DR 500
Production 1981 - 1983
Class Enduro
Engine
single cylinder, four-stroke
Bore / Stroke 88.0mm x 82.0mm
Compression ratio 8.9:1
Top Speed 85 mph (136 km/h)
Horsepower 26.42 HP (19.7 KW) @ 6500RPM
Torque 30.98 ft/lbs (42.0 Nm) @ 5000RPM
Fuel System Mikuni 35SS Carburetor
Transmission Gear box: 5-speed

Final Drive: chain

Clutch: Wet multi-plate
Suspension Front: Telescopic Showa Fork
Rear: Swinging Arm
Brakes Front: expanding brake
Rear: expanding brake
Front Tire 3.00-21
Rear Tire 4.60-18
Wheelbase 57.91 inches (1471 mm)
Seat Height 34.29 inches (871 mm)
Weight 146.0 kg (wet)
Recommended Oil Suzuki ECSTAR 10w40
Fuel Capacity 2.38 Gallon (9.00 Liters)
Manuals Service Manual


The Suzuki DR500S was a single cylinder, four-stroke Enduro motorcycle produced by Suzuki between 1981 and 1983. It could reach a top speed of 85 mph (136 km/h). Max torque was 30.98 ft/lbs (42.0 Nm) @ 5000 RPM. Claimed horsepower was 26.42 HP (19.7 KW) @ 6500 RPM.

Engine[edit]

The engine was a air cooled single cylinder, four-stroke. A 88.0mm bore x 82.0mm stroke result in a displacement of just 498.0 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 multi-plate.

Chassis[edit]

It came with a 3.00-21 front tire and a 4.60-18 rear tire. Stopping was achieved via expanding brake in the front and a expanding brake in the rear. The front suspension was a Telescopic Showa Fork while the rear was equipped with a Swinging Arm. The DR500S was fitted with a 2.38 Gallon (9.00 Liters) fuel tank. The wheelbase was 57.91 inches (1471 mm) long.

1982 Suzuki DR 500 S[edit]

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For 1981 there was an entirely new engine, the single remnant of the old being the bore staying at 88 mm, with the stroke now growing to 82 mm for a grand total of 498 cc. A pair of counterbalancers was added to the crankshaft, one fore, one aft, as vibration did become an issue with the half-liter size. This air-cooled, wet-sump engine had a chain-driven single overhead camshaft, four valves and a compression ratio of 8.7 to 1.


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