Honda Motosport XR500 Motorcycles


1979 XR500’79

  • It came in Tahitian Red
  • The “HONDA” tank decal was red
  • The top of the tank, side cover panels, and headlight cowl were black
  • The “XR500” side cover graphic was red and white
  • The front wheel was 23″ while the rear was 18″
  • The engine was a 498cc OHC 4-valve single cylinder with two head pipes
  • The transmission was a 5-speed
  • The serial number began PE01-5000001

1980 XR500’80

  • It came in Tahitian Red
  • The gas tank had a wing decal
  • The control levers and kickstarter arm were black
  • This year it had a smaller muffler
  • The front wheel was 23″ while the rear was 18″
  • The engine was a 498cc OHC 4-valve single cylinder with two head pipes
  • The transmission was a 5-speed
  • The serial number began PE01-5100001

1981 XR500’81

  • It came in Tahitian Red
  • The number plate panels were black
  • The “XR”side cover decal was black
  • The engine color was solid black
  • The rear suspension had a Pro-Link
  • The gas tank was plastic
  • The front wheel was 21″ while the rear was 17″
  • The engine had reed valve induction
  • The engine was a 498cc OHC 4-valve single cylinder with two head pipes
  • The transmission was a 5-speed
  • The serial number began JH2PE010*BM200013

1982 XR500’82

  • It came in Tahitian Red
  • The number plate panels were white
  • The “XR” side cover decal was white
  • The engine color was black with polished cylinder head fins
  • The rear suspension had a Pro-Link
  • The gas tank was plastic
  • The front wheel was 21″ while the rear was 17″
  • The engine had reed valve induction
  • The engine was a 498cc OHC 4-valve single cylinder with two head pipes
  • The transmission was a 5-speed
  • The serial number began JH2PE010*CM300003

1983 XR500’83

  • It came in Flash Red
  • The number plate panels were yellow
  • The seat and tool bag were blue
  • The fork boots were black
  • the “500R” swingarm decal was also black
  • The front brakes were hydraulic disc
  • The rear suspension had a Pro-Link
  • The gas tank was plastic
  • The engine was a 498cc OHC RFVC dry sump single cylinder fueled by two carburetors and had two head pipes
  • The transmission was a 5-speed
  • The serial number began JH2PE030*DM000022

1984 XR500’84

  • It came in Flash Red
  • It had plastic handguards
  • The “500R” swingarm decal was red and white
  • The front brakes were hydraulic disc
  • The rear suspension had a Pro-Link
  • The gas tank was plastic
  • The engine was a 498cc OHC RFVC dry sump single cylinder fueled by two carburetors and had two head pipes
  • The transmission was a 5-speed
  • Engine: RFVC radial valve, 498cc dual-carburetor dry sump
  • Suspension: Pro-LinkTM rear suspension
  • Brake: Disc front brake
  • Wheelbase: 1425mm (56.1 in.)
  • Dry weight: 121 kg (266.7 lb)
  • Seat height: 950mm (37.4 in.)
  • Front wheel travel: 280mm (11 in.)
  • Rear wheel travel: 280mm (11 in.)
  • The serial number began JH2PE030*EM100001

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