Suzuki DR500: review, history, specs

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Suzuki DR500
Manufacturer Suzuki
Production 81-83
Engine 500
Sparkplug D8EA '81-83
Front Tire 3.00-21 '81-83
Rear Tire 6705 '81-83
Manuals Service Manual
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The Suzuki DR500 is a motorcycle produced by Suzuki from 1981 to 1983.

1981 DR500X

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

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

1983 Suzuki DR500D


  • V.I.N. #: JS1DM41A D 100001
  • ENGINE PREFIX: DR500-
  • ENGINE TYPE: 498cc Four-stroke
  • MODEL CODE: 374
  • COLOR: White
  • Blue seat
Suzuki DR500
Manufacturer Suzuki
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)
Horse Power 26.42 HP (19.7 KW) @ 6500RPM
Torque 30.98 ft/lbs (42.0 Nm) @ 5000RPM
Fuel system Mikuni 35SS Carburetor
Battery 8.7:1
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  (dry), 146.0 kg (wet)
Fuel capacity 2.38 Gallon (9.00 Liters)
Manuals Service Manual
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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

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

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

Chassis

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

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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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