Honda XL500S (1981) accessories needed

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by fredtman, Jan 25, 2013.

  1. fredtman

    fredtman n00b

    Jan 23, 2013
    I recently purchased a 1981 Honda XL500S for doing some Colorado dual sport riding this summer. I'm looking for anything that will make it more durable and usable, ie. saddle bags, metal panniers, crash bars, large luggage rack, better seat, center stand, skid plate. Do any of you experts out there have some suggestions on what is even available for these older Hondas and where I might find it?

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  2. redprimo

    redprimo Been here awhile

    Jul 9, 2011
    central coast of California
    Not much is available that is made specific to your bike. The bike did come with a skid plate and there is a rear rack that I think was either an option or was an aftermarket part. If you do a google image search you'll see a couple of bikes with the same rear rack. I have one of these and it looks better in picks than in real life. It also weighs a ton.

    I'm leaning towards fabing up something custom and selling the one I have but I want to hang onto it for a couple of months untill I get a chance to weld something up. If you are interested I'll let you know when I sell it.

    As for side bags or crash bars it will have to be custom.