~500cc bike recommendation

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by SIKLR250, Feb 24, 2006.

  1. dungspreader

    dungspreader King of the Heap

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    How about a Royal Enfield Bullet ?
    Single cylinder 500 cc ,some of them have a disc brake , definitely an upright seating position ,kickstart as well .
    Ah but you mentioned reliable didn't you , mmn well you can't have everything !
    You might find a well sorted used one at a giveaway price though .
    And there's lots of help and information on line .

    Dungspreader
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  2. AusieRob

    AusieRob Just Gas It!!

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    I had an Yamaha XT500C - the first of bread for this engine (same engine as the SR). Great engine, bullet proof for me.

    After seeing a write up on doing the valves on Yamaha WR450 this becomes a criteria for my future bikes choice as well. Mann, what a pain in the ass.... Yeah you only have to check it a 4th the time and adjust even less but at sometime you have to do it.... Geez disassembling all the valve gear and shim kits - no thanks.. :flip

    Thankfully all my current bikes (2 KTM & BMW) have the ancient old screw valve adjustments. :bmwrider
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  3. Cactus Dave

    Cactus Dave Born to Argue

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    BSA B50.

    I can make you a deal . . . .
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  4. snowrider

    snowrider Long timer

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    What an awful list of consolation prizes to a guy who wants a 500cc SINGLE.
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  5. SIKLR250

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    That's O.K. I still appreciate everyone's responses. I must say that ADVrider is the most useful (and friendly) motorcycle discussion group that I've found so far.

    I must also say that I am quite enamored with the SR500. :norton Could it be my dream bike?

    There is a nice one on eBay...
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  6. HighwayChile

    HighwayChile greetings from Wa state

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    smart about the brake upgrade, all will need this for street.
    pads, SS lines, rotor, doesnt have to cost a lot if you shop & your cheap.

    the HD/armstrong is a cool bike but you do not want a left hand big bore kicker only. unless your a masocist, try it before you buy, its a MF
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  7. Mista Vern

    Mista Vern Knows all - tells some.

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    You can't go wrong with any of the Yammie 500s. I've had several SR500s and now have an XT500 and they are sweet!

    They are getting old though, so be sure to check any bike over for rust inside the tank and rubber grommets, seat, and brake line deterioration caused by weathering.

    You can get parts from this site http://www.thumperstuff.com/parts.html.
    Mark is a really nice guy and will help you out with questions.

    Best of luck!! :1drink
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  8. snowrider

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    Well, unless you meant dual sport when you said "streetbike", the SR500 is the ONLY bike that fits the description in your post. Brit singles aren't reliable enough for what you said you want, and I can't think of any other kick only 500cc single streetbikes. It better be your dream bike, 'cause I think it's all you got. If you include dual sports, then I suppose there's the XL500 Hondas too. I'm pretty sure the GB500 was electric start.
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  9. dirty dave

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    ive got a euro only smr570. needs a little tlc. head gasket leaks,and muffler needs re-packing. kick start only(on the left side) street legal with wisconsin title. the speedo is in km. fast as all hell. 6 speed. 5 inch rear rim. brembo brakes. $2000 the bike runs great just a little leak from the head. hell ill even buy the gasket.... oh yeah its scott russels old bike if that means anything to ya
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  10. tbirdsp

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    SR's are sweet. If you can do a dual sport, the XL600R Honda was kick only. Should be around your price range.
    '89 or '90 Honda GB500 is a sweet ride. Electric AND kick. They are rare and go for WAY more than you want to spend though.
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  11. SIKLR250

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    Do the XL500/600 Hondas have screw/locknut valve clearance adjusters or the bucket and shim type?
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  12. dirty dave

    dirty dave Banned

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    the husky has screw locknut valve adjustment. 10 minute valve adjustments.
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  13. Bad Hand

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    I know you want a single, but if you happen on a decent Yamaha XS650, give it good look. I have two 81 Specials and love em. E & kick start, fairly light and nimble, and owner friendly maintenance. Also Mikes XS has most any part you might need. Great around town, and with a little wind protection and a lot better seat, not a bad touring bike. Happy hunting............
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  14. snowrider

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    I have an '80 that I'm "un-specialing". They're great if you want a vintage type of motorcycle (i.e. something that shakes a lot). For touring it'll never be anywhere near as good as my DR650 no matter what I do, and it doesn't come with any dirt ability. I've never toured on an SR500 so maybe it's better than that. It feels a lot heavier than an SR500. On the plus side it does shake like an old single with it's 360 crank and no counterbalancer. The engine's got a good feel to me for a flattrack kind of bike, that's why I bought one. I think it will be a fun bike eventually.
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  16. Surly

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    The "fast" one
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    Saw one of these in SantaFe
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    I like this baby
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    I dont know if it gets any cheaper than this one...$3750
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  17. wickedsprint

    wickedsprint Banned

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    Oh my goodness those are awesome!!
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  18. goblin

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    They have screw type adjusters.
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  19. SIKLR250

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    I liked the idea of the Royal Enfield, but I checked out several at a local dealer and found the build quality/fit and finish to be quite poor. I rather take my chances on a solid, older bike than a new piece of crap.
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  20. snowrider

    snowrider Long timer

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    The Enfields I've ridden had decent fit/finish, but they are not reliable. One of them died inexplicably on a test ride with plenty of fuel and I had to push it back to the dealer. It may be brand new, but it's still a 1955 motorcycle. A 1955 BRITISH motorcycle. They are also very slow compared to a modern single. Even in 1955 I bet people probably laughed at the model name "bullet". I think maybe it was an ironic nickname, like calling a bald guy "curly".
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