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Old 05-06-2011, 12:47 PM
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does anyone here ride a cr500? and if so, how is the power? i am pretty determined to buy one now, but i was wondering from real people how strong the motor is, is it rip-your-arms-off?

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I don't own one, however I rode one back in 1987 and it was a BEAST then again I was young and coming off a CR80 anything felt like a beast. I do know that the power is very liner and smooth, they also pull hard but power wise they produce about 10 ~ 20 HP more than my 450 does. So take a 450 and add 20 ~ 30% and you have a 500. The only thing is the handling is going to be outdated and you will want to do something with it. Look at dogger's post on his CR500AF and you will see what he has done to correct his suspension.

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thanks mate, i REALLY like the old 1985-86 cr5s, although i know the handling will be a little out... but i have an '01 cr125 and if the worst comes to the worst i could try and shoehorn the cr5 motor in the 125 frame lol
i dont plan to race the 500, just ride some offroad trails near me, so im thinking handling may not be a massive problem if i can get used to it.

everywhere on the internet people have 2 different opinions of it, that it is so powerful its unrideable, or that the hype is all for nothing, and im kinda hoping its the first one lol

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thanks mate, i REALLY like the old 1985-86 cr5s, although i know the handling will be a little out... but i have an '01 cr125 and if the worst comes to the worst i could try and shoehorn the cr5 motor in the 125 frame lol
i dont plan to race the 500, just ride some offroad trails near me, so im thinking handling may not be a massive problem if i can get used to it.

everywhere on the internet people have 2 different opinions of it, that it is so powerful its unrideable, or that the hype is all for nothing, and im kinda hoping its the first one lol

cheers for the info

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Hello hondarider60, Pls tell me that the 60 is no indictation of your age. Because if it is do not buy a CR500. Ya to much for ya.lol. I myself have had four of them. This is what I had 1990, 1998, and I still have a 2000 and finally I own a 2010 Service Honda CR500AF. Its the same thing that dogger315 claims to be building. First and foremost they all handled great!! The steel frame CR500 will hold any line you want. The main differents between the steel chassi and the AF (aluminium Frame) is the weight. The AF is a lot lighter but, it is also more finicky handleing.. My 2000 CR500 I sent the suspension out to Pro-Action. They did a great job with it. I am so much more used to the 2000 CR500 than I am the CR500AF. My 2010 Service Honda CR500AF is still stock. With the exeption of the V-Force Delta 2 reed cage. You can not go wrong with the reliabillity and power of the CR500 engine. It will do anything you want. It really does not surprize you like other's. The power is always there. If you do buy one I really suggest buying any one from 1996-2001. Those yrs have better suspension easier to upgrade.. Oh ya my 2000 Cr500 smokes my 2010 Service Honda CR500Af from third gear on. That motor is far from stock...lol
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haha no it is no indication of my age, but if it was, i would be very offended lol
but seriously... its nice to hear some of the things you have said about the bikes, and im very glad about what you said regarding the handling of the steel frame as that was one of my main concerns. as i said, i really like the 1985-86 bikes but as i go on, i am seeing more problems than is healthy... such as outdated handling, the water pump cover and shaft rotting through, and lack of availability of spares... coupled with the sheer age of the bike. so i might actually look at some of the newer years like you said. btw, whats the torque like compared to say, a crf 450? (dont worry, im not converting to 4 strokes )

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Ok well this is the way it is, If you ride a CRF250 or any 250F for that matter. You will feel a lot faster on that than you will on a CR500. I say feel a lot faster but in reallality you will not. The sound of the four stroke engine will also make you think you are faster. For instance find someone who has an 80 or and 85cc bike ride it. You will notice that you feel screaming fast on it. Because you can pin it everywhere and you know you are full throttle. Then ride a CR500 asap, you will not feel as fast because you will only be at 1/4 throttle with no rpm. Yes a four stroke will have better traction. Thats all.! I have four boys Three of which ride. My oldest has a 2004 CR250. and my Twins have a 2001 YZ80. So when I want to feel reel fast I ride their bikes. When I want to go faster than light I ride my CR500's. This is another way to explain this, just go to your local track and watch. You can hear how loud the four strokes are. That alone makes you think that they are faster than you. Until you go out there and ride with them and notice that they are not catching you. Then you notice that you are not pin everywhere you go. So you still think they are faster. Its all psychogical "in your head". Haveing said that lets see how many people respond to that. Giving to wright oppertunity if you are in any corner at the track. Then you and the person pin it at the same time you being on the CR500 will roost and pull away with a wheelly. Anybody who thinks that their four stroke is faster than a CR or KX500 is sadly mistaken.
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thanks for your help mate, i have taken it into consideration about all the different years... and i have been searching every corner of the internet and for the life of me cannot find one which has the neccessary combination of: a whole bike, reasonably priced, and anywhere close enough to me. how much would you expect to pay for say a 1990 model? and would a 1985 be cheaper?

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Insane, I just turned 60. I have owned large two strokes since the 70's. still have a cr500. Like you I have had multiple CR500's>kx500's, Maicos, CZs, Husqvarnas etc.

Sorry to hear about the genetics you must have inherited. Must really suck bad to be able to look forward to the time you can't handle the power. I feel for you bud!!
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Out here in NM there are plenty of +60 desert racers that are fast. All they ride out here in the desert are 500's.
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I own a 2001 CR500 and love riding it more than my 2005 CRF450R! If I want to go to a local track and enjoy jumping, I choose my 450 over the 500. BUT when I go to the sand dunes and trail riding, I choose the 500. there is nothing like the power of a 500 when you hit the powerband. I wouldn't say that it will pull your arms out of their sockets fast, but it will definately make you think for a split second when you crack the throttle! Gets REALLY squirly REALLY fast, unlike the predictablility of a 450 or any 4 stroke when you crack the throttle open. I say get it and don't turn back!
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thanks for your help mate, i have taken it into consideration about all the different years... and i have been searching every corner of the internet and for the life of me cannot find one which has the neccessary combination of: a whole bike, reasonably priced, and anywhere close enough to me. how much would you expect to pay for say a 1990 model? and would a 1985 be cheaper?

thanks in advance

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Hondarider60, Have you tried bikefinds.com.. Just google or type Honda CR500 For Sale. That should lead you to Bike Finds. They do have CR500's for sale and that will list them all.. They will also range in yrs.. Try it out you may get lucky.. Let me know what you find. Dennis

---------- Post added at 06:04 PM ---------- Previous post was at 06:01 PM ----------

Ok guys I was being sarcastic about the 60 thing ok.. GEES...I also know a few riders who are lets just say retirement age. Who still ride.. One is a lot faster than I am I'll tell ya that..
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