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Honda Motorcycles
Motosport XR500

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XR500'79 The XR500'79 was sold in 1979 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 2 head pipes. The transmission was a 5-speed. The serial number began PE01-5000001
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Clymer Honda XL/XR 500 650 Singles 1979 - 1997
XR500'80 The XR500'80 was sold in 1980 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 2 head pipes. The transmission was a 5-speed. The serial number began PE01-5100001
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XR500'81 The XR500'81 was sold in 1981 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 2 head pipes. The transmission was a 5-speed. The serial number began JH2PE010*BM200013
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XR500'82 The XR500'82 was sold in 1982 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 2 head pipes. The transmission was a 5-speed. The serial number began JH2PE010*CM300003
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XR500'83 The XR500'83 was sold in 1983 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
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XR500'84

XR500'84
The XR500'84 was sold in 1984 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-Link™ 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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