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1982 Honda XR500 R
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1982 Honda XR500 R

Date Added March 21, 2000

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1982 Honda XR500 RReviews

thevaughanster1800
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Posted: Feb 22, 2004 10:01 PM   Back to Top
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Power
for a older bike has vary good power
Suspension
the suspension could be beter
Brakes
o.k
Comments
is a good all round bike
Rating
90
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Posted: Feb 8, 2003 10:07 PM   Back to Top
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Power
Very pleased with power produced by this bike, especially at the low end. If I have any criticism it's that power does get a little flat as you approach top end. I've recently reduced my pilot and main jets by one size (i.e. 52, and 152 respectively) and it does appear to have improved performance.
Suspension
No complaints - so far I've had no problems.
Brakes
The one area where I'm a little disappointed, i.e. drum brakes ft and rear. Front disc brakes first appear in the 1983 and what an improvement they make!
Comments
Overall I'm very pleased with this bike and would not hesitate to recommend it. That said, if you can find an '83 or '84 (last year of this model) around the same price, you're certainly getting an improved package e.g. RFVC head, ft disc bk, larger fuel tank, etc.
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bjorn duncker
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Posted: Jan 8, 2002 1:25 AM   Back to Top
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Power
The 1982 XR500R in standard form has plenty of low down grunt, but it lacks top end. The air box needs to be opened up with a modern filter, and a twin 1.5" leading into a 2" exhaust. this needs to be connected to a straight through 3"silencer. the increase in hp is phenomenal. The reed valve must also be removed.I have recently fitted a wiseco 12.5: 1 comp ratio piston. it seems to have increased the torque.Compression is much higher on starting, but this could be due to the rebore. I have recently had to replace first gear. while the motor was apart, I fitted a 50mm slidevalve carburettor from a 1986 KTM 500 2 stroke. It is made of magnesium and very trick. I also polished the ports and fitted a 120 hp K&N air filter. With 105 octane gas the beast was dynoed at 75 hp at the back wheel!
Suspension
the rear shockie is prone to leaking after some use. the shock is fully rebuiladble- be sure to fit a new 14/16mm bush and 14/22mm oil seal before refilling with oil.
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The front shocks are good for age, keep the boots in good condition, use 15 wt oil.
When i rebuilt the bike for bush use, i took / ground off every little bracket, loom,fitting that is not absolutely necessary. Even the reed valve, auto decompressor mechanism (internal and external)etc.. has been removed. Weight sits at 115 kg without petrol but with oils. This is of course 5 kg lighter than a XR250. I have clocked a 0-100klm/hr time of 3.5 seconds on a regular basis (on bitumen).
Brakes
The brakes are ok- with a high compression piston fitted, compression braking looks after the rear- just make sure the front brakes are adjusted well.
Comments
I have had 30 motorcycles over the last 20 years;Including KTM 500 2-stroke motocross producing 72 hp,CR125 1989, Klx 250, XR 200, 2000 modYam YZ400F, Yam XT500, XR75,TTR250.
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IT 490, etc, and I still have the Honda XR500....
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PS Never, never, buy a Suzuki.
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THE "BEASTMASTER"
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100
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