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Old 01-06-2011, 05:23 AM   #1
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I'm giddy with anticipation. Pickin' up an '81 XR500R today,,,or more accurately my buddy's picking it up for me. It looks to be fairly clean from the CL pics but it's not running. From what the owner told me, it's probably a fuel issue.

The reason for the giddyness for this particular bike? You see, I bought a new '82 model as a leftover in '83 when I was 18. The first new bike purchase ever. I eventually made it street legal and rode that thing everywhere,,,loved that bike. But, as usually happens, I sold it a couple years later.

Which brings us to now. I actually have tried to locate my old bike to possibly buy back, to no avail. So, the next best thing is to find another one. I didn't want one that needed a complete resto or a garage queen, plus these year models just don't seem to be for sale very often. So, as I was scanning CL this one popped up and I knew I had to make her mine.

I guess the reason I want it is to kinda re-live that time in my life. It was a very good time for me. I don't know. Maybe some of you can relate to this?

Anyhow, enough babbling. I'll post up some pics later.
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Old 01-06-2011, 05:38 AM   #2
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I know exactly where you are coming from. I bought a new 79 XT500 the year I graduated high school. Several of my high school buddies also had TT500's as well. We had the times of our lives on those bikes! I tried to find my old bike as well but had to settle for one just like it instead. But I can tell this, all I have to do is ride it down the street just a short way before the memories come flooding back to me. It is now my favorite bike to own. I can sometimes sit down in the garage and just look at it and I feel good all over. I'm glad you got another one and I know how excited you are to have it. Life is good man!
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Old 01-06-2011, 06:51 AM   #3
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My first was a 1980 Xt 500, I've thought about buying one.

Congratulations on your new/old bike. Have fun.
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Old 01-06-2011, 07:44 AM   #4
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Sweet, I loved my 1980 xl500s. I've been keeping an eye out for an xr
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Old 01-07-2011, 05:38 AM   #5
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Nice XL Alpina.

The bike finally showed up about 8:00 last night. It's a little rougher than it looked in the pics but I'm still happy.
With the exception of the tail light, it's all there. I happen to have the original tail light from my '82 so with that, it'll be 100%.
The PO even through in a pair of AXO boots,,score!





The first things I need to to is remove and clean the carb, the slide's stuck. Check/clean the air filter and change the oil. Then, see if she'll come to life!
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Old 01-07-2011, 05:41 AM   #6
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Pre Flight

Don't forget to check the valve adjustment.
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Old 01-07-2011, 05:46 AM   #7
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Don't forget to check the valve adjustment.
Absolutely.
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Old 01-07-2011, 06:02 AM   #8
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brings back memories....my first of 7 XR's was an '82 XR500R.

the most comfortable one too, that seat was plush
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Old 01-07-2011, 06:19 AM   #9
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brings back memories....my first of 7 XR's was an '82 XR500R.

the most comfortable one too, that seat was plush
You got that right regarding the seat, Blake. Very, very comfortable. That's something I REALLY miss on the new bikes. That, and how narrow these bikes are at the tank. Modern liquid-cooled bikes with the rads and shrouds jutting out can't match it.
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Old 01-07-2011, 09:08 AM   #10
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That bike looks like it's in great shape, can hardly see any surface rust on the steel swingarm. Good find.

I have a pair of XR500Rs, one 83 and one 84. I purchased a Honda service manual for my bikes and it came with the 81/2 XR500R manual as well. If you don't have this manual, I'd let you have it for the cost of shipping through the post office. I'll never use it, but I can see that you will. I'm keeping the binding however, you'll just get the pages.

You probably already know this, but look for scratches on the fork tubes under the boots. My old XR5s have scratches from the Teflon bushing wearing out. Those fork bushing are one of the few things I haven't replaced yet, still trying to figure out how it's done. I did find some other cheap forks used and I've been playing musical fork housings to get the least worn bushings on the bikes.

Here is a newer photo of my 84 with 83 behind:
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Old 01-07-2011, 11:10 AM   #11
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My old XR5s have scratches from the Teflon bushing wearing out. Those fork bushing are one of the few things I haven't replaced yet, still trying to figure out how it's done. I did find some other cheap forks used and I've been playing musical fork housings to get the least worn bushings on the bikes.


Replacing the bushings is a piece of cake. Just like replacing fork seals, pull the fork tubes out of the lower sliders and there are 2 bushings on the fork tube. One floats and the other sits in a notch. The one in the notch will require a slight pry to open it so you can slide it off the tube and the other one will slide off behind it. Duck soup.
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Old 01-07-2011, 12:13 PM   #12
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Does the 84 have a plastic tank? Damn i want an old XR
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Old 01-07-2011, 02:10 PM   #13
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Nice XL Alpina.

The bike finally showed up about 8:00 last night. It's a little rougher than it looked in the pics but I'm still happy.
With the exception of the tail light, it's all there. I happen to have the original tail light from my '82 so with that, it'll be 100%.
The PO even through in a pair of AXO boots,,score!





The first things I need to to is remove and clean the carb, the slide's stuck. Check/clean the air filter and change the oil. Then, see if she'll come to life!
Geeeezzzzzzzz Bruce,,don`t you have enough projects going

Do you plan on actually finishing this one....


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Old 01-07-2011, 04:05 PM   #14
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Geeeezzzzzzzz Bruce,,don`t you have enough projects going

Do you plan on actually finishing this one....


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Hey! That's enough out of you!

This ones not a project, at least not now. I'm just gonna make sure she's a runner, safe and reliable. Then I'm a gonna ride 'er!
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Old 01-07-2011, 04:10 PM   #15
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Ghost Mutant, nice RFVC bike.

Ahh man! I would have taken you up on the manual if I didn't buy one off ebay JUST THIS MORNING!
Thank you very much for the offer.

2wheelsgone and Garthe-- Thanks guys.
I have a soft spot for XT500s too.
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