The XL500 thread

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by mtn500, May 20, 2008.

  1. mtn500

    mtn500 bush jumper

    Joined:
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    Oddometer:
    301
    Location:
    Floyd, VA, Edenton, NC
    Who's got them?
    Let's see some pics of your bike with or without mods.

    Let's make this the thread where all questions pertaining to this thumper can be directed.

    I love mine and its big ass front wheel.
    It will take me anywhere I want to go as long as I can hold on.

    here are a few pics of my 1980 model
    with turn signals and old shocks
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    without turn signals and with fresh new shocks...and clean!
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    close up of the new shocks
    [​IMG]
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  2. FXRocket

    FXRocket Phoneticide Squad

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    Oddometer:
    5,315
    Location:
    Hoosier
    Wow, nice bike. I had a 1980 XR and a 81 XL...sold em both. I ended up getting $150 for the XR and it was ridable (but it was 1/2 heli-coil)

    [​IMG]
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  3. Airguitar

    Airguitar Thumpin'!!

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    Oddometer:
    425
    Location:
    Johannesburg, South Africa
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  4. grizzzly

    grizzzly The Pre-Banned Version

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    Oddometer:
    3,821
    Location:
    socorro NM 505-five five zero-2583
    This is my old girl taking a break after pounding Adams 07 L

    Attached Files:

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  5. DRconvertible

    DRconvertible Lurking in SoCal

    Joined:
    Oct 13, 2004
    Oddometer:
    322
    Location:
    Westminster, CA
    Not in it's natural environment, and way too clean....

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  6. mtn500

    mtn500 bush jumper

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    damn...that thing is clean.....and nice
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  7. Reposado1800

    Reposado1800 Juicy J fan!

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    Oddometer:
    5,815
    Location:
    5th and Main
    I found a thread about a year ago about a South African army platoon who all rode XL500's. It was freakin awesome. It disappeared for some reason. There was a pic of everybody riding through fields doing wheelies in unison. Epic thread.
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  8. mtn500

    mtn500 bush jumper

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    Oddometer:
    301
    Location:
    Floyd, VA, Edenton, NC
    Has anyone converted their 6V to a 12V system?
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  9. Airguitar

    Airguitar Thumpin'!!

    Joined:
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    Oddometer:
    425
    Location:
    Johannesburg, South Africa
    That was the South African Defence Force Bike Squad. They patrolled the Desert areas in and around Namibia (Then called South West Africa). Formidable riders who were chosen from the country's top motocross and enduro riders who got drafted. They used to do displays as well.
    They were trained in tactical riding, learned to fire a weapon while riding, ditch the bike at high speed and go into combat mode.. thrilling stuff !!

    #9
  10. Airguitar

    Airguitar Thumpin'!!

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    Oddometer:
    425
    Location:
    Johannesburg, South Africa
    My bike has a 12V kit that was fitted when I bought it. I've tried to find out who made it and it was either the French or the Germans.. Maybe both..
    If I find out more I'll post it here..

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  11. grizzzly

    grizzzly The Pre-Banned Version

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    linky?????:ear
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  12. Airguitar

    Airguitar Thumpin'!!

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    Oddometer:
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    Location:
    Johannesburg, South Africa
    I finally found the link to this RR. I am working on a "Translated Version" as there is a lot of South African military slang in the text..
    This is up there with MetalJockey's celebrated RR about Angola.

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  13. mtn500

    mtn500 bush jumper

    Joined:
    Sep 13, 2006
    Oddometer:
    301
    Location:
    Floyd, VA, Edenton, NC
    cool thread.
    #13
  14. slabm7

    slabm7 Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Feb 16, 2009
    Oddometer:
    320
    Location:
    Cochrane, AB
    I picked up a 79 XL500 that has turned into a project. It used a lot of oil and the electrical system was the shits so it is now in pieces in my garage and will be my winter project. I hope some knowlegdable people check in on this thread as I am going to need some help but I plan on putting this thing back to its former glory.

    But I did get to ride it before I tore it apart and what a torque monster! Going through a mud hole at 50mph in 4th with a bald back tire. Tire spun going through the mud hole but as soon as it regained the slightest bit of traction the head light was pointed to the sky at 50mph. Scared the shit out of me as it was totally unexpected.
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  15. OLDschool1

    OLDschool1 Adventurer

    Joined:
    Feb 6, 2011
    Oddometer:
    14
    Location:
    Riverbank, Ca.
    Cool, another xl thread. Well, here is my thoroughbred to add to the list.

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    Since I converted it back to street I have been riding this alot. Have to say I have gain much self decipline riding a 500 again. Haven't been on a 500 in 25 years. I'm use to riding 1000cc+ on the street. In some cases, almost 3 times the weight. This 500 is just plain fun in town, in the dirt and can handle freeway duty. I'm pretty happy with the little beast.

    Each time I take her out somebody is always asking if she is for sale. Not now, not later. I'm enjoying it way too much to even think about selling it.
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  16. jtwind

    jtwind Wisconsin Airhead

    Joined:
    Nov 19, 2004
    Oddometer:
    3,474
    Location:
    Madison WI
    Anyone know what the steerer stem diameter on a 81 xl 500 is? Thanks
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  17. Peke

    Peke Kloothommel

    Joined:
    Sep 14, 2007
    Oddometer:
    131
    Location:
    The Netherlands
    Nice, a XL thread.
    Bought my XL few days ago, its not the cleanest but she's pretty original except for the headlightplastics.

    My first kickstart single so I have to learn the kickstartprocedure a bit better.

    Its a XL500R from 1982.

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  18. seth0941

    seth0941 NW Adventure Rider

    Joined:
    Jun 20, 2011
    Oddometer:
    483
    Location:
    Western WA.
    I just picked up a basket case xr500... anyone know where I can get a service manual for it in PDF form? I think mine is a 79

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  19. peeweesthumper

    peeweesthumper 500 Thumper

    Joined:
    Mar 19, 2011
    Oddometer:
    5
    Location:
    Salida, California
    just over 6000 miles.

    Attached Files:

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  20. troutwhisperer

    troutwhisperer Adventurer

    Joined:
    May 20, 2009
    Oddometer:
    93
    Location:
    Amherst, VA
    Here's my new to me 1982 XL500R I just picked up for $150.


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    It's in pretty poor shape. The exhaust needs attention, brakes do not work, and lots of missing parts, but I have spark at the plug and was able to kickstart it. Looks to be a good project.
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