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1986 Honda CR500
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1986 Honda CR500

Date Added March 21, 2000

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Average Rating

96/100

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Specifications

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1986 Honda CR500 Specifications
  Engine

Engine Type

2-stroke

Displacement

491 cc

Bore x Stroke

89 mm x 79 mm

Compression Ratio

7.0:1:1

Engine Cooling

Liquid
  Carburetion

Carburetor

38mm Keihin
  Transmission

Transmission

5 - speed
  Chassis

Steering Rake (Castor)

27.5 degrees

Steering Trail

4.40 in

Wheelbase

59.1 in

Ground Clearance

13.0 in

Seat Height

37.4 in

Weight, dry

235 pounds

Fuel Tank Capacity

2.5 gallons
  Forks

Forks

43mm Showa Conv.

Fork Travel

12.6 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

$2698

Country of Origin

Japan

1986 Honda CR500 Reviews
captainfredbob

Joined: 05/08/2006
Posts: 1
Location: fayettville

Posted: May 8, 2006 12:39 PM   Back to Top
the captains bike (Score:1)
Power
the power of these bikes are amazing i weigh 250 pounds and it hauls me over anything that happens to be in my way.
Ergonomics
the controls are great, except the cluth is a bit stiff but you cant complain.
Suspension, Front
the suspension is a bit soft in front but I have found that it helps on tight trails.
Suspension, Rear
the rear suspension is hard enough to handle 15 ft jumps with me on it which is pretty good if you ask me.
Brakes
the brakes are nothing to brag about but they still get the job done thats all that really matters isnt it.
Comments
the trouble youve read about starting the beast is that they are trying too hard. I had the same problem for a long time with this bike but my 8 year old brother got onit while it was on the stand and started it on the second kick. so be gentle and give it a little gas and you'll have no trouble with this amazing bike.
Rating
100
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number35
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Reviews: 25


Location: Central California


Registered:
Dec 9, 2000

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Posted: Oct 4, 2004 4:22 PM   Back to Top
Legacy Review (Score:1)
Power
Fast enough. I never thought the bike had a crazy amount of power. I remember wanting more power, and yes the engine was fresh and not worn out. But not bad.
Suspension
Suspension was fair. For the weight of the bike it was'nt to bad I guess. good for it's age.
Brakes
Not up to todays standards but not bad.
Comments
Good for it's age. I raced this bike a few seasons way back when. It really was hard to start and that holds it back a lot for me.
Rating
95
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Posted: Sep 23, 2003 11:44 PM   Back to Top
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Power
In my opinion, the best CR 500 motor made. Power is a little more predictable than 85, but still a strong(and much stronger than newer models). Incredible over-rev capability for an open class bike. The clutches rock solid and takes huge amounts of abuse and never did fail or fade. Pull is light for a bike this big. Get rid of the aluminum plates and replace them with steel. I have heard the arguments about KX 500s pulling away from Hondas when they reach their top-end. I have rode three different KX 500s and tend to agree with just this one exception. With this particular motor, the question is not one of power, but of gearing. Increasing one tooth on the counter sprocket and decreasing to teeth on the rear sprocket, will let you run with KX on top-end. Unfortunately, it will lose its low to midrange advantage and run pretty even there as well. Only the desert guys should consider the above set up. Stict motocrossers will like the stock gearing. Novice and harescrambles(and occational moto) will enjoy increasing counter sprocket by one tooth. This makes the power easier to manage and first gear more usable.
Suspension
Front end: I loved the forks so much. I put them on my 89 to replace my Pro Circuit set up. These were great for motocross and harescrambles. Damping was very adjustable and predictable. One of the greatest forks I have ever rode on.

Rear end: I am unable to comment on the stock rear suspension as I had an Ohlins aftermarket rear shock which I hated. Try getting big air with Harley hard tail. User-unfriendly, spine-busting, P.O.S.
Brakes
Ehh... I don't think they were anything special. The front brake seemed to fade from time to time. Decent stopping power...I guess. I've had better. The rear drum...whatever. Bottom-line they serve the purpose, but they could have been better.
Comments
By far, the best CR 500 motor ever made. I would love to put this motor into a brand new bike. Some would say this is not a good woods or trail bike and I would disagree 110%. The bike is at home on open stretches or in the woods. Its great cornering can carve up tight trails if you learn throttle control and the handling characteristics. Fail to pay attention or act a fool, and you WILL find the most painful trees in the forest.
Rating
95
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fatboy
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Reviews: 1


Location: huntsville AR


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Jul 7, 2003

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Posted: Jul 8, 2003 10:30 AM   Back to Top
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Power
power is great if you have the space to run that much power it will climb anything if you have good tires on it.
Suspension
suspension is perfect for big jumps the front is a little soft
Brakes
I think it could use disk brakes on the rear also but other than that they're ok.
Comments
this is an awsome bike if you have enough space to ride it.
Rating
95
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dirtrider6969
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Reviews: 1


Location: huntsville AR


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Jan 31, 2003

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Posted: Feb 2, 2003 10:45 PM   Back to Top
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Power
crazy amount of power it delievered 60 hp at 7000 rpm and 50 lbs of torque at 6000 rpm great midrange and top end power
Suspension
pretty good for its age i do 20 foot jumps and land like its nothing its a little soft for me though
Brakes
disc brakes are good what can i say but the back brake on mine isnt to good right now
Comments
great bike one of my favourites ever i recomend it to the non amature riders
Rating
95
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