Honda CRF500L Owners

Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by Scutty, Apr 16, 2017.

  1. J_B

    J_B Mid-life Crisis

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    just ordered one of those sexy ohlin shocks with a remote rservoiur and an Ohlin fork spring.
    I have every thing sitting in a box ( inc a cbr500r eng) but reluctant to get the hacksaw out on such a sweet little bike. Will wait until summer when it's too hot to ride and start the project
  2. Samtech79

    Samtech79 Two wheeled lunatic

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    Do it! You know you want to.
    Honestly, after you ride it with the 500 you will ask yourself why you ever resisted.
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  3. michaelkozera

    michaelkozera Been here awhile

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    totally agree.

    crf500L is probably the closest ive ever been to the perfect 50/50 bike.

    people always make fun of people that want "the magical unicorn bike", but jokes on them because the crf500l is that magical unicorn bike lol.
  4. flipflopdog

    flipflopdog Youth & Talent, no match 4 Old Age & Treachary

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    Gents, had her running and purring like a kitten today but the fan came on straight away and stayed on. Any quick fire idea's as to why before I dig out the wiring diagram again...??!!!
  5. michaelkozera

    michaelkozera Been here awhile

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    sounds like the relay for the fan is stuck on either mechanically ( broken) . or u have a false positive signal going to the relay from a bad connection, touching wires, etc, etc.
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  6. michaelkozera

    michaelkozera Been here awhile

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    my crf500L was built on a 2013 crf250l.
    the crf250l bits, so basically the entire bike minus the 500 twin mechanicals is approaching 250,000km.

    the brakes are getting very spongy, the brake rotors are close to replacement, the bearings in the swing arm and bearings in the head tube are gonna need servicing soon. my rims are so corroded (didnt take pictures, i will next time) the corrosion is getting so bad on the inside that im concerned about the structural integrity of the rim. the hub bearing seals (both hubs, both sides) have gouged into the hub spacers. the fork seals have been replaced 4 times ready. and a few other bits here and there.

    nothing serious really, just old bike, and its showing its age. it also does not help that i spend close to 50% of my riding off-pavement, and about 10% of that is hard core off road. so shes taken a beating.




    but as with all good things, they must come to an end.

    im gonna try and pick up a new (or used) CRF250L rally and make a crf500L 2.0, i would be keeping my ktm 990 front end and various other bits and transplanting the engine, 990 fairings, gas tank, twin pipes, seat, handle bar, etc etc. i want to make it with a removable engine this time round.

    the crf250l rally has better suspension, more aggressive rake angle, more ground clearance, longer swing arm, larger brakes, and the rims are powder coated black.....niceeeeee.



    as for my current crf500L.
    my wife needs a dual sport so ima take the new 250l bits out of the 250l rally and shove them back into my old 2013 frame, lower the piss out of it, relocate the engine 2" higher then stock 250l and make it fit her tiny 5ft /105lb frame lol.


    currently she can only fit on a dr200/crf230l and its really pissing her off. she wants fuel injection, and a bike she can really thrash around in the bush. but still be able to ride it home legally.
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  7. Scutty

    Scutty Been here awhile

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    That all sounds great Michael, #6 on the way then

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  8. totensiebush

    totensiebush re-tarded

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    You have 250,000km on the bike? 155,000 miles? Holy crap... how many of those miles were with the 250? That's an outrageous amount of riding for a bike that new, especially with half off pavement...
  9. Oyabun

    Oyabun 親分

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    6 times around the globe. ;-)
  10. michaelkozera

    michaelkozera Been here awhile

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    its about 55,000km a year. and yes that is high even considering i ride all winter. im putting way to many KM on my bike, hence why i own two bikes at a time normally.

    the crf250l i rode it for 130,000km when i made it into the crf500L, and ive put 110,000km on the 500L since.

    im pretty lucky because i have kananaski only 50km from my house here in calgary. tons of off pavement/ off-road to do in kananaski.
  11. flipflopdog

    flipflopdog Youth & Talent, no match 4 Old Age & Treachary

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    Guys, gone with 30mm extension on right side and 20mm on left, what you think..?? IMG_7526.JPG IMG_7527.JPG
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  12. flipflopdog

    flipflopdog Youth & Talent, no match 4 Old Age & Treachary

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    Test ridden mildly and sent to powder coaters but first impressions are ............ So glad I pushed on with this build...!!!! IMG_7519.JPG
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  13. nordicbiker

    nordicbiker Been here awhile

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    Wait a moment, please enlighten me: you mounted a cb500 twin in a crf250 chassis? VERY cool, bit here in Europe you would have a hard time to get that bike through technical inspection and licensed. Not impossible, if well done? Guess the inspectors main concern would be sufficient braking power.

    Very interesting bike, would Honda build it, then I would buy one right away. Whats the weight?
  14. Samtech79

    Samtech79 Two wheeled lunatic

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    With the M brakes and galfer lines the brakes are fantastic. You can drill them at 80mph (128kph) all day long and you won't get much if any fade.
    Mine is about 350lbs (158kg) minus fuel.
    You really only pick up about 30lbs (14kg) if you mind what you are doing.
    I think there's two in the U.K. granted it's not part of Europe but I don't think the regulations are all that different.
  15. Oyabun

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    IN fact the British regulations are the least restrictive on these. No wonder they are the homeland of kit-cars.
  16. flipflopdog

    flipflopdog Youth & Talent, no match 4 Old Age & Treachary

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    Not legal with mine just yet, in the UK we have the luxury of flexibility to a degree on 'specials', they still have to pass rigid tests with the authorities with engineers reports etc but an engine swop is less stringent. Life would be very dull without all the mad shit getting built....


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  17. Scutty

    Scutty Been here awhile

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    I had no problems with registering and insuring mine here in the UK. I did have to get an engineer's report and upgrade the front brake. Is still a pretty simple process.

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  18. flipflopdog

    flipflopdog Youth & Talent, no match 4 Old Age & Treachary

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    Scutty, to save me thread searching again please just briefly what was your upgrade again ??


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  19. Scutty

    Scutty Been here awhile

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  20. Scutty

    Scutty Been here awhile

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    The bike can now stop on a dime!

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