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Old 05-20-2008, 07:58 AM   #1
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The XL500 thread

Who's got them?
Let's see some pics of your bike with or without mods.

Let's make this the thread where all questions pertaining to this thumper can be directed.

I love mine and its big ass front wheel.
It will take me anywhere I want to go as long as I can hold on.

here are a few pics of my 1980 model
with turn signals and old shocks


without turn signals and with fresh new shocks...and clean!


close up of the new shocks
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Old 05-20-2008, 01:53 PM   #2
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Wow, nice bike. I had a 1980 XR and a 81 XL...sold em both. I ended up getting $150 for the XR and it was ridable (but it was 1/2 heli-coil)

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Old 07-25-2008, 08:00 AM   #3
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Here's mine.. Still love it!


It's a 1981 XL500s which I rebuilt. More info at http://www.bluemountain-guitars.de/xl500s.htm
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Old 07-25-2008, 09:31 PM   #4
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This is my old girl taking a break after pounding Adams 07 L
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Old 07-28-2008, 10:56 PM   #5
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1982 Xl500r

Not in it's natural environment, and way too clean....



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Old 07-29-2008, 10:21 AM   #6
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Not in it's natural environment, and way too clean....



damn...that thing is clean.....and nice
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Old 07-30-2008, 10:47 AM   #7
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I found a thread about a year ago about a South African army platoon who all rode XL500's. It was freakin awesome. It disappeared for some reason. There was a pic of everybody riding through fields doing wheelies in unison. Epic thread.
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Old 07-30-2008, 04:51 PM   #8
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Has anyone converted their 6V to a 12V system?
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Old 08-01-2008, 11:50 AM   #9
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That was the South African Defence Force Bike Squad. They patrolled the Desert areas in and around Namibia (Then called South West Africa). Formidable riders who were chosen from the country's top motocross and enduro riders who got drafted. They used to do displays as well.
They were trained in tactical riding, learned to fire a weapon while riding, ditch the bike at high speed and go into combat mode.. thrilling stuff !!

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I found a thread about a year ago about a South African army platoon who all rode XL500's. It was freakin awesome. It disappeared for some reason. There was a pic of everybody riding through fields doing wheelies in unison. Epic thread.
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Old 08-01-2008, 11:52 AM   #10
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My bike has a 12V kit that was fitted when I bought it. I've tried to find out who made it and it was either the French or the Germans.. Maybe both..
If I find out more I'll post it here..

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Old 08-01-2008, 04:15 PM   #11
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That was the South African Defence Force Bike Squad. They patrolled the Desert areas in and around Namibia (Then called South West Africa). Formidable riders who were chosen from the country's top motocross and enduro riders who got drafted. They used to do displays as well.
They were trained in tactical riding, learned to fire a weapon while riding, ditch the bike at high speed and go into combat mode.. thrilling stuff !!

linky?????
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Old 10-25-2010, 01:27 AM   #12
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I finally found the link to this RR. I am working on a "Translated Version" as there is a lot of South African military slang in the text..
This is up there with MetalJockey's celebrated RR about Angola.

http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=3986.0
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Old 10-27-2010, 04:55 PM   #13
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I finally found the link to this RR. I am working on a "Translated Version" as there is a lot of South African military slang in the text..
This is up there with MetalJockey's celebrated RR about Angola.

http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=3986.0
cool thread.
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Old 11-11-2010, 07:14 PM   #14
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I picked up a 79 XL500 that has turned into a project. It used a lot of oil and the electrical system was the shits so it is now in pieces in my garage and will be my winter project. I hope some knowlegdable people check in on this thread as I am going to need some help but I plan on putting this thing back to its former glory.

But I did get to ride it before I tore it apart and what a torque monster! Going through a mud hole at 50mph in 4th with a bald back tire. Tire spun going through the mud hole but as soon as it regained the slightest bit of traction the head light was pointed to the sky at 50mph. Scared the shit out of me as it was totally unexpected.
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Old 03-05-2011, 09:06 PM   #15
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1982 xl500r

Cool, another xl thread. Well, here is my thoroughbred to add to the list.








Since I converted it back to street I have been riding this alot. Have to say I have gain much self decipline riding a 500 again. Haven't been on a 500 in 25 years. I'm use to riding 1000cc+ on the street. In some cases, almost 3 times the weight. This 500 is just plain fun in town, in the dirt and can handle freeway duty. I'm pretty happy with the little beast.

Each time I take her out somebody is always asking if she is for sale. Not now, not later. I'm enjoying it way too much to even think about selling it.
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