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1985 Honda CR500
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1985 Honda CR500

Date Added March 21, 2000

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78/100

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1985 Honda CR500 Specifications
  Engine

Engine Type

2-stroke

Displacement

489 cc

Bore x Stroke

89 mm x 79 mm

Engine Cooling

Liquid
  Carburetion

Carburetor

38mm Keihin
  Transmission

Transmission

5 - speed
  Chassis

Wheelbase

59.1 in

Ground Clearance

13.4 in

Seat Height

37.8 in

Weight, dry

232 pounds

Fuel Tank Capacity

2.3 gallons
  Forks

Forks

43mm Showa

Fork Travel

12.0 in
  Shock

Shock(s)

Showa, Pro-link

Shock Travel

12.6 in
  Wheels and Tires

Front Wheel

21 in

Rear Wheel

18 in

Brakes

disk/drum
  Other Information

Intended Use

Motocross

Color Scheme

Red-orange/blue

Cost when new

$2598

Country of Origin

Japan

1985 Honda CR500 Reviews

avje
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Reviews: 2

Registered:
Oct 2, 2001

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Posted: Oct 2, 2001 4:01 PM   Back to Top
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Power

Most people in motorcross reconize the 85-87 bikes as the fastest
open class bikes ever produced and with good reason. The power
will, pull your arms off, a works 250 is slow when compaired to these bikes.

Jetting is normally way too rich from the factory in both the pilot and the main jet. A flywheel weight (14oz) greatly enhances the
rideability of the bike especially in technical areas or woods.

When you get it jetted correctly the bike is very crisp off of idle and has incredible low to midrange power and then flattens out on top.
However there is an enough top end to satisfy if not scare most
riders.

Suspension
The rear shock is a little stiff and the front forts a little soft and this comment is based on riders over 200 pounds so take it for what it's worth. New springs in the front forks corrects the problem for heavier riders and the rear just takes time for adjustment.

The bike handles very well (for an open class bike) in turns and tight areas but if the forks are left with soft springs headshake can be very bad coming down from high-speed.

Overall if you spend time adjusting the rear shock and change the oil level in the front forks the suspension works well even without spending money on aftermarket parts.
Brakes
As with all Honda brakes, they are excellent even with a disk drum
set up.

Comments
With the right modifications this is probably my favorite motorcross bike for hard riding in various conditions and that's with 29 years of motorcross/riding experience. These bikes are also a bargain on today's market going from a few hundred dollars for a ragged example, to under 2 thousand dollars for an excellent example.

Warning, this bike is not for a beginner and almost all big bore bikes are very hard to start with the CR500 being notoriously hard. In fact I think that the reason the factory jetted these bikes so rich was to make them easier to start. Having raced big bore bikes for many years here's a procedure for cold bikes:

Turrn the fuel on, open the throttle all the way, tilt the bike over
until gas runs out the overflow then stand the bike up, release the
throttle, kick it over slowly a few times to prime the chamber then
bring the kick starter all the way forward and get the bike on compression stroke then kick it all the way through. If you kick it like a 250 you will never start it....

A trick that I use to avoid the above is:

Carry a little squirt oil can with pre-mix in it, pull the plug and squirt
one good shot of fuel in the cylinder, and then kick hard on the
compression stroke. Good news is, if the bike is in good condition/tune it will start first good kick when warm.
Rating
90
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demon_dy
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Sep 11, 2001

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Posted: Sep 11, 2001 11:32 AM   Back to Top
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Power
Good, It is smooth through the entire rpm range yet it seems more powerful in the middle range than it should be, it pulls a lot and has easily used power!
Suspension
The suspension is soft for a big bike, yet it isnt too soft, any one with bike wont be racing so it is ok!
Brakes
brakes are good, they are important as anythin else so they have to be
Comments
One of the best bikes for it's age (if u know what i mean), my mate got this for 500 pounds(english) in mint condition for the age! This isnt my bike i have a '86 cr125,, but we me and others go 2 a track evry sat and sun!, therefore we all go on each others bikes, i have also reviwed my mates bikes: 2001 cr80, 1998 cr250, 1986 cr125, 1995 cr500, 1991 kx125!
Rating
80
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twilson
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Apr 19, 2001

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Posted: Apr 19, 2001 11:17 PM   Back to Top
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Power
Power was very strong. bike had good low end power, awesome mid and topped out very well. A scary fast bike. My friend clocked me at 110 mph on his street bike!!!
Suspension
Forks were a little soft. Rear shock was a tad stiff, which was typical of the showa shocks that Honda used. Either too soft or too stiff. Never the best, by far.
Brakes
Brakes were much better than average. A typical Honda trait. Never any problems here. Would stop on a dime.
Comments
Due to my personal experience with this bike I strongly discourage anyone thinking of purchasing one. This was, by far, the worst bike that I have ever seen, myself or my friends.
Rating
50
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jkopinga
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Aug 1, 2000

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Posted: Sep 2, 2000 12:29 PM   Back to Top
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Power
This is a rocket....on/off switch-type power. Has good low-end, awesome mid-range and some top, but the sweetspot is in the middle. Loads of torque !!
Suspension
OK, the forks ofcourse are mediocre compared to brand new bikes, but with some work it will be raceable. As for the shock I thought was way to stiff for me, so I replaced this with a unit of a '86 bike, this works great !!
Brakes
Good, the frontdisc works well and the drumbrake in the rear works decent..a bit of an on/off situation, but when getting used to the feeling it can also be used to brake, not to slide.
Comments
I really like this bike. However it tires me out in only 15 minutes, because of the immense brutal power. Also a thing to notice is the vibration. This is different from bike to bike ( I had 3 '85 CR500's so far and every bike vibrated differently, more or less vibration) maybe balancing the crank gets rid of most vibration, but I've never done this.
Overall is this bike a cheap and fun big-bore with LOADS of power.
Rating
90
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