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1985 Husqvarna XC500
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1985 Husqvarna XC500

Date Added March 21, 2000

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Average Rating

83/100

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1985 Husqvarna XC500 Specifications
  Engine

Engine Type

2-stroke

Displacement

500 cc

Bore x Stroke

86 mm x 84 mm

Engine Cooling

Liquid
  Ignition

Spark Plug

Bosch W4c
  Carburetion

Carburetor

40mm Mikuni
  Transmission

Transmission

6 - speed
  Chassis

Steering Rake (Castor)

27 degrees

Steering Trail

4.72 in

Wheelbase

59.5 in

Ground Clearance

15.4 in

Seat Height

38.4 in

Weight, dry

235 pounds

Fuel Tank Capacity

3.2 gallons
  Forks

Forks

40mm Husqvarna

Fork Travel

11.8 in
  Shock

Shock(s)

Ohlins, Single

Shock Travel

13.8 in
  Wheels and Tires

Front Wheel

21 in

Rear Wheel

18 in

Brakes

disk/drum
  Other Information

Intended Use

Desert, Hare & Hound

Color Scheme

White/blue

Cost when new

$3245

1985 Husqvarna XC500 Reviews
MX3_237

Joined: 06/08/2006
Posts: 14
Location: Canada!

Posted: Apr 9, 2007 3:20 PM   Back to Top
Xtreme Cross (Score: +1, Interesting)
Power
This thing flat hauls. It stood it up in all six gears with a sharp Metzler tire on the back and a quick whack of the throttle. It would claw it's way skyward with sheer torque, then hang it there until you get scared on sheer juice.
UPDATE:
Now has a Kehin FCR41 carb feedin the retro Pro Circuit- pushed reed cage (Mossensomething?) it's the absolute fastest thing in the single track of BC
Ergonomics
I thought that everything was the same as my Maico 490, with the noticable exeption of my aftermarket Gunnar Gasser knockoff throttle and Scott Hurricane grips.
UPDATE:
Renthal Fat bars in CR double high are mounted in a customized set of highrise bar mounts make long rides more comfortable
Suspension, Front
It's not that much worse than "my" CRF250's fronts. The only difficulty has been getting the dampening rods modified for serious use. When ridder like it was meant to be (Sixth gear flat out over rolling ground with few jumps) it's stellar. Not as harsh as the CRF but not as soft as the more tuned DS
UPDATE:
Now with a set of 98 Suzuki RM250 Showas (Hey, they had to go somewhere) it's plusher than a store full of stuffed animals
Suspension, Rear
This truly is the pinnacle of twin shock.
It didn't kick, bottom or anything else in the sixth gear runout, but when faced with a motocross track, it swallowed it all with ease.
After revalving, it still felt nice when flying low or just flying period.
Brakes
Use SBS shoes and you're good to go!
Now with the Nissan front brake, It can haul the ass end skywards with a quick flick of the fingers
Comments
If you wanna go fast, this bikes for you.
anything else, learn about physics, mechanics, and god, because you'll need all three!
Rating
95
Rider Height / Weight / Skill
180 / 6'5 / Expert
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lord_of_two_strokes

Joined: 06/01/2006
Posts: 49
Location: Going Sideways somewhere in California

Posted: Jun 18, 2006 6:47 PM   Back to Top
The Wrongness (Score:1)
Power
Way too much power to even explain! So much torq than in any gear it just spinns the rear tire. Then you catch the pipe. The bike has a flat spot right before the tuned pipe comes on. The powerband is unpredictable. Using the cluch on this bike is a good way to get hurt. This is a dessert bike. It does not climb hills very well. It spins out! Big Time. The six speed MONSTER in wrong!!! This bike outran my first generation RX7 for all out top speed topping over 120 mph.
Ergonomics
Has a strange feel to it. Overall a big bike. Controls feel smooth although the frame geometry is kinda....European.
Suspension, Front
Stiff. Going slow the forks like to jump and shake. Crank the throttle and hold on. You will fly over rough terrain so fast you dont have time to notice.
Suspension, Rear
Works well over just about anything. You are usually going so fast you dont feel a thing while doing a wheele over some of the roughest trails in north california. Not set up for trail riding. The shock is stiff at slow speeds and jumps kinda like a monocross YZ.
Brakes
Work well under all conditions.
Comments
Get the saftey wire and locktight out cause your gonna need it. Not recomended for anyone who doesnt know what they are doing. This bike will HURT you. Its Hard to start and having the kick starter on the wrong side does not help the cause any. Sucks down gas and falls apart. The XC500 is uncontrolably fast and digs a 6 inch trench everywhere it goes. As a dessert bike the only thing that can rival it is a KX500 Mabey...
Rating
85
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OldFart
Legacy Account

Reviews: 6

Registered:
Mar 18, 2001

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Posted: Mar 18, 2001 1:46 PM   Back to Top
Legacy Review (Score:1)
Power
Gobs and gobs. Massive amounts. Makes my '01 KX-500 seem weak.
Suspension
Not too bad at speed. This bike had a mile of suspension.
Brakes
Horrid awful Husky brakes.
Comments
I put a new piston in one I owned a year or two ago and took it out in the desert. This is the only bike I have ever ridden that scared me just accelerating down a sand wash. The hit this bike had was INCREDIBLE.

I am pretty sure you could still do ok on this bike in a desert race today.

Mine was called FRANKENBIKE.
Rating
70
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