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1983 Honda CR480
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1983 Honda CR480

Date Added March 21, 2000

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1983 Honda CR480 Reviews

teyblyy
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Nov 23, 2002

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Posted: Nov 23, 2002 10:41 AM   Back to Top
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Power
Excellent low to mid power. It really flatens out on top thought. Definatly need to short shift for best performance. It is as fast as my 2002 CRF450r. Grear motor!It does not even vibrate your hands to death like most open class 2-strokes. Shifting is way smoother than most other bikes of this era, especially Yamahas.Could use a flywheel weight though as the big CR is easy to stall.
Suspension
Way too soft for a modern motocross track.It eats up small whoops and stutter bumps well but don't try to pound anything to deep or go for any tricky doubles. If you come up even few inches short you will be sorry. Definatly needs stiffer springs and a re-valve for Motocross. Great for trail riding though, very soft and comfortable if you keep it away from any big jumps.
Brakes
For drums they work great.By modern standards they suck! You can lock the front with a big handful of brake but it takes a strong right hand. The back is a light swich. Considering how fast this bike is it could really use a disc brake. Just remember to brake early and you will be fine. These are as good as drums ever got.
Comments
The best open class bike of it's era. It has great ergo's, a powerful easy to ride powerband and sharp handling. Way ahead of it time
Rating
95
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Redrider55
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Posted: Sep 2, 2002 1:48 PM   Back to Top
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Power
Excellent power low to mid range.Drops off or gets flat as the RPMs reach the peak. Great low end grunt though, short shifting is the key to obtain optimum traction, you don't ride this like a 250 !
Suspension
I put stiffer springs in the front and a heavier one in the rear and was well pleased with the results. In 1983 this was a pretty good set of suspension componets compared to what was offered by other companies.
Brakes
I liked em ! Front and rear stopped excellent ! Remember they are not disc brakes ! For being what they are they get a thumbs up in my opinion !
Comments
Overall a great machine for it's time. It is still an excellent choice to play ride on or compete in the post-vintage class. A true classic from a bye gone era of air cooled/drum brakes big bore growlers.
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95
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Banshee3502
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Jun 25, 2001

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Posted: Jun 25, 2001 8:24 AM   Back to Top
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Power
Much better than the 450. Boatlods of low end flowed perfectly to a nice but controllable midrange hit.
Suspension
Hats off to Honda for thier improvement on this machine to the 450 of the prior year. The suspension was a little tight but could be fixed easily.
Brakes
Decent, considering the fact that they are drums.
Rating
90
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Kilborg
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Jun 6, 2001

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Posted: Jun 17, 2001 10:12 AM   Back to Top
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Power
The 480 made gobs of power in the low and flowed into a good strong midrange. The top was very mellow in comparison.
Suspension
The suspension on this bike was actually quite good, 100% better than Honda's last attempt at open class (the cr450). The damping seems to be too harsh even while set as light as possible. This can be fixed though with some dialing in.
Brakes
For drums, these werent bad at all. A little less predicatble and more maintenance prone, but all in all they stopped the bike farily well.
Comments
This was a great bike, loads better than Hondas earlier open classer (the 450). If you can find one of these, they make a good trail bike or even to race in a bomber type class.
Rating
90
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kade
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May 24, 2001

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Posted: May 31, 2001 5:08 AM   Back to Top
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Power
This motor had tons of bottom end, and flowed into a very strong mid-range hit. There was no top-end whatsoever. The best thing about the 480 motor was its mellow power! Not your typical arm-jerking open bike, the 480 oozed power in a manner that's completely unintimidating. Plus, it never pinged when jetted right, ran just fine on pump gas and went for years on a set of rings. The 5-speed trans was a fantastic idea and the shifting was super smooth, even though the shifter was positioned too close to the foot peg. A heavier flywheel was a good investment as the engine was a bit stall-prone.
Suspension
Honda never had the greatest suspension in the early 80's. The forks had too much compression damping and not enough rebound. This combination hurt the pilotís wrists on landings, while still acting like a pogo stick. Luckily, there was a fairly easy fix that can be made to the damping rod. (Ask your local shop or suspension service company.) The shock had adjustable compression and rebound; however, that didn't help the fact that it was an overdamped unit. Even with both clickers on the lightest position, the damping was too stiff, especially on rebound. It can be tolerated, though. If one raced this bike, the shock will fade after about 10 minutes. The best way to fight this is to change the shock oil periodically.
Brakes
Fairly strong! But compared to discs, they're less predictable, and grabbier. The rear brake pedal was really well tucked in, making it a bit hard to find in those panic situations.
Comments
Honda made big strides with the 1982 CR480. Then again, improving on the horrendous '81 CR450 was probably a very easy task. The '82 was a good bike that made some ground on the dominant Maico 490. In 1983, the new CR480R looked almost identical to the '82, but under the skin the bike added another gear, went on a diet and featured improved suspension components.Compared to most brands, Honda quality (fit and finish) was outstanding. In 1983, there wasn't much aluminium on other brands, but Honda made extensive use of it to reach their target weight. The kick-starter was placed very high on the left side. Add the compression factor in, and this old Honda takes some serious leg to start. Minor gripes aside, the CR480 was a great open-class bike! Far ahead of its time, the 480 brought finesse in a class where it didn't exist. Today, it is great bike for trail riding, with smooth power and gobs of torque. It's also an excellent mount for vintage racing as well, provided your local organization runs the "decade class".
If you're interested in buying an old Honda open bike, don't even think about the 1984 CR500...buy the 480. They're better in almost every respect, and the engine won't blow to smithereens every other ride! Honda sold gobs of 480's, making them a good bargain that can still be found fairly easily.
Rating
100
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privymas
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Aug 1, 2000

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Posted: Sep 1, 2000 9:00 AM   Back to Top
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Power
Exceptional power, very close to 2000 CR500. Seems to have more low end torque than the 2000, but less mid and upper RPM power. Enough there to keep most riders happy.
Suspension
Forks could be better.
Brakes
Drums, with fair stopping power.
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