1984 Cr500

Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by treysmagna, Jun 11, 2010.

  1. treysmagna

    treysmagna Bald is beautiful

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    I am not sure why I wanted one so bad, but I ended up finding a nice 1984 CR500 from a guy in Abilene Tx. Went and picked it up Wed and got her home. She screams! Now all I have to do is complete the restoration.
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  2. RobbieO

    RobbieO Muskokatard

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    Those things are crazy!!!:huh

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  3. treysmagna

    treysmagna Bald is beautiful

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    Yeah, the bike has all the power I will ever need for sure!
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  4. Tim McKittrick

    Tim McKittrick Long timer

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    I ice raced an '85 for a number of years and my only issue with it was getting it started. It often took ether and a tow to get it to light when cold- afterwards it could usually be made to go with the kicker. It always seemed to me that the gear ratio from the starter was wrong, the lever was mounted too high, and it bottomed out against the footpeg too soon and folded your foot like a taco. Later versions had an improved ignition system and a redesigned starter lever- and I suspect different internal gearing for the starter mechanism. One of my competitors had a '93 or so machine that started as easy as pie, and I hated him for that. Well, that and being a much better rider than me.

    Yes my CR500 was fast- but I later discovered I could go a lot faster on my XR600. It could just find so much more traction.....
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  5. treysmagna

    treysmagna Bald is beautiful

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    I feel so much better now knowing that I will probably never be able to kick start this beast! :eek1 Ih well. It runs like a scalded ass ape and I guess that is all that counts in the end. Service Honda has an upgraded eletical system listed, but it is not available so I guess I will start looking at the stator and coil to make sure they are in good shape. Then I will start replacing plastic and other cosmetic stuff. This is going to be fun.
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  6. Tim McKittrick

    Tim McKittrick Long timer

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    There used to be all sorts of advice for starting the beast- I remember folks swearing all you needed to do was lean the bike waaaaay over until gas drooled out of the carb overflow- I think the idea was to spill raw gas into the intake to prime it. I spent a lot of time making sure the timing and electrical system on mine was up to par, which it was, and that it was jetted properly- the starting problems seemed to come down to poor spark energy at the engine speeds you could get when kicking it over. It may be possible to adapt a later kickstarter, and this might let you get a slightly better kick and keep from bottoming on the footpeg.

    FWIW, I never actually rode mine as a dirtbike- it was an ice racer only. I could start it reliably in the garage when doing maintenance and it was at 65F, so much of my issues with the machine could be temperature related.

    Have fun with it!
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  7. treysmagna

    treysmagna Bald is beautiful

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    I plan to have some fun tinkering with this thing and it was a blast to ride it! Never had a bike I didnt like, but I only keep the ones I love! We will see if I fall in love with it or not.
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  8. El Hombre

    El Hombre Banned

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    I got to ride one of those for about an hour, in the woods, tight trails. My brain was always about a half second behind what the bike was doing. I'd be in a corner and I was still thinking about the straight leading into it.


    My that hurt.

    The KDX 175 was better in the tight stuff.....
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  9. treysmagna

    treysmagna Bald is beautiful

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    After riding this monster down my street I get the sense that when I am in the woods riding I will long to be on my old 89 CR250 or my 98 CR125 again. I have wanted a CR500 for a very long time and I dont know why, but it may be sort lived or it may end up just being the bike that gets restored and sits at the truck only for an occasional ride across the pasture. But, I will resore it as best I can and I will ride it if only every once in a while. I am sure it will be good for some stories some day like the Can Am 400 Qualifier that my Brother n Law has that I ghosted in the woods more than once.
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  10. mattc

    mattc Been here awhile

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    Any news on this CR?

    My uncle just gifted me an 84, has not run in 10 years, and he only rode it once - on his test ride when he bought it. :rofl
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