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Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by Dirtgrain, Mar 31, 2006.
Cool looking bikes.
IMO, skip the pipe for now, grease all external bearings, yeah its some work,, but if somethings buggered, it could cause problems at speed.
next i'd keep an eye out for a used later model front end, w/ disc brake. prep the rear brake with grooved shoes, if you do it dont breath the asbestos ( hack, weeze, hhmm what's this growth?)
give me a bike that handles well and stops over 2 more hp, and more noise.
sounds like you have a real find. even if you find your not riding it after a while, bikes like this are great to stuff in a remote area, say the southwest and your in the crap weather, take a break in the winter and get out and ride .
I recently bought a front end off Ebay from an 83 XL600R thats a direct bolt on to the XL500R....trees and all! Both use the same head bearings, the new front end is set up for disc brake and makes stopping a two fingered affair now!! Very nice...
Just a thought here but has anyone found a bolt on front end swap for the XL500s? I see the suggestion for a direct swap on an XR500r swap.
It would sure be nice to swap a better set of forks and disc brake on old big red....
Had a XL350 back in '75. It was a rough ride but took me from San Deigo to Key West via many a back road just fine. I think my butt's still sore.
Awesome. I've got one and someday it'll look a lot more like that. Nice job!
23" front wheel. wow. buy it, i would.
Buy it for $500. Toss in another $1,000 to trick it out and repair what has been allowed to fail, and for $1,500 you have a brute of a dp bike. Plenty of power at a reasonable weight. A killer bike for $1,500 total cost . . . . how could you go wrong?
Those bikes are fun. I own an '87 XL600R I bought for 600 Euros which is essentially trouble-free, apart from a broken stator coil I had fixed. All PD03 do that sooner or later.
My friend's got a Xl500R PD02 pro-link he bought for 100,- that needed nothing more than a service. They like to weep oil from the head but don't bother, they all do that. Just wipe it off.
AFAIK the only proper forums are the german ones:
but don't be shy, ask questions. There are a lot of specialists and a german part supplier posting there (Erik from alttec-classics.de) and at least some of them write good english.
23" front wheel, crap brakes but amusing. With a bit of practice, I once managed a stand on the pegs in 3rd gear wheelie. Tried it again, thought I was in 3rd but was actually in 2nd, clocks nearly hit me in the face and came close to crashing, never tried it again - fond memories.
I also managed to start it by hand after the decomp cable snapped, it kicked back, foot slipped & the serrated pegs removed the skin from the entire length of my right shin through my jeans - not so fond memories.
Anybody know where I can get a luggage rack for one of these? I saw one on eBay a while ago, should've grabbed it but I didn't.
The way the rear frame loop meets the fender on an XL500 allows the creation of a cheap rack with a couple of u-bolts and a square of plywood. I padded the frame with inner tube where the u-bolts were clamped and countersunk the nuts into the plywood so the rack had a flat surface. Once you paint it black noone will notice it's made of wood. Put an eye-bolt on each of the corners -- makes it handy for bungy cords.
Sorry, no pictures -- that was a quarter century ago. But I did it in about an hour for about $5 worth of stuff I had lying around, and it worked as well as any of the factory or aftermarket racks I ever bought.
I had one for years----it was a great bike that will take you most anywhere.
Of course it's old school and newer offroad dualsports have better everything. It's still a great bike and the stock gearing will really let it motor down the road with ease.
It's 6 volt-----it has a battery but if it's dead the thing will still run and the headlight will work as the headlight is not powered by the battery---it runs right off the stator on it's own winding.----Pretty neat--why don't they still do that ???
When it's not running and you turn on the key---the headlight doesn't light.
I wish all bikes would run with a dead battery----my KLR, DRZ and Husky 610 will as with most offroad bikes. But the bigger bikes won't ----especially the fuel injected ones.
My first bike ever I got when I was about 13-14. It was an '82 XL100S. Mmmmm, what fun I had on that machine. I don't think I ever changed the oil, I don't think I ever tightened the bolts, no maintainence at all, etc. I just turned the kick, kicked it, and rode off.
If the bigger XL's are anything like the 100 I had, they're great little bikes. For $500, can't go wrong there.
That's not true. My uncle had an XL500R, first year of the monoshock. He lives in Iowa. He probably still has it, though I know he was looking at new bikes recently.
I've contemplated similar ideas. If I can't find an old purpose-built rack I've got an idea involving some 1/2 inch right angle steel and a pair of .50 caliber ammo cans.
Anyone looking for parts can email me. I've got one stripped down, just needs a new head and cam and a few other things. BTW the bike rocked when it ran, but the idiot who owned it before me never changed the oil enuf... got an XL600R now and is ridden daily, Honda still stocks parts for both.
I had two in the early 80's. Had a very bad run-in with a motor vehicle, end up 9 months in the hospital, bike was also a goner.
One of the things to look for or test is piston slack, and the more obvious wear on the sprockets, especially the front one. These were the things I remembered that went first.
My first bike was a '77 XL100 and I wanted to get an '80 or '81 XL500, but let my dad talk me into going with a 550 Maxim. Wish I'd bought the Honda and never sold it! I miss round headlights and dual-analog instrumentation...