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What's a Better Sand Bike--CR500 or KX500

Discussion in '2 smokers' started by brucifer, Jul 18, 2013.

  1. BigPigDaddy

    BigPigDaddy ADV Dreamin'

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    I had a '91 KX500 and my brother had a '91 CR500. We are both well over 6' and 200 pounds. Both our bikes had paddle tires only (we live within 5 miles of the dunes). We both loved our bikes and wouldn't trade for anything, so I don't think you can go wrong with either machine.

    Sadly, my KX was stolen :cry and my brother sold his CR and got a CRF450 (which he regrets :rofl).
  2. dynodave

    dynodave Been here awhile

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  3. brucifer

    brucifer Long timer

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    ^^^^^^^
    I can vouch for this man not being a troll. He was very helpful over on TT in letting me know the nuances of the '84 CR500 I used to have.

    Thanks again for the information Andrew. :thumb
  4. brucifer

    brucifer Long timer

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    dynodave- that's a sweet CR500! Love the gold wheels.
  5. dynodave

    dynodave Been here awhile

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    Thanks brucifier. Titled/tagged for the street too. CR 500's are legendary!
  6. joexr

    joexr Banned

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    As the Maico 490 before it.
  7. 81cr450

    81cr450 Been here awhile

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    My license goes missing just thinking about that :D

    The rmx250 I'm working on street legalizing right now needs , KPRFG8 on the license plate cause I know the pigs'll be all up in my stink, even with a lil ol 2fiddy. A 500 on the road would be cuff's & appearing before the the judge
  8. brucifer

    brucifer Long timer

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    Back in my adult beverage consumption days, I used to frequent a certain lodge and a fairly well known rider, Darrel Shultz, :D and his brother were often times there. This was the late '90s---anyhow his bro had a street plated CR500 and used to ride it to the lodge.
    It was a trip hearing a CR500 fire up about 1 am and braaaap down the road---legally.
  9. Scootern29

    Scootern29 Long timer

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    Darrel Shultz is a name I haven't heard in a long time. He was a Maico rider back in the day. :clap
  10. Scootern29

    Scootern29 Long timer

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    And BTW, dynodave has some cool stuff lurking in that garage. I recognize most of them.
  11. brucifer

    brucifer Long timer

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    He was the 1982 500cc motocross champ riding for Honda. :D

    Funny thing is, I was unaware of him at the time (motocross wasn't really my thing) and he only lived about 25 miles from me.

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    * Trans-AMA championship
  12. brucifer

    brucifer Long timer

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    Well gentleman,.....after all that,........it looks like I may be getting my '84 CR500 back. :lol3
    I'll post up some pics when I get it home.
  13. Rot Box

    Rot Box Been here awhile

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    :clap:evil:freaky:thumb
  14. brucifer

    brucifer Long timer

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    Well, here's the pile. :lol3 This is by far the crappiest looking bike I have at the moment. It needs a complete resto.
    The number plates and rear fender are off of another bike I dismantled. Someone really spent some time installing the numbers, huh? lol.
    I have my work cut out for me............again.

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  15. Rot Box

    Rot Box Been here awhile

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    Cool! :evil

    If that carb has the stock needle in it throw it away before you do anything else lol. Sudco can hook you up with a DGL or better yet find a PWK Keihin.

    Keeps us posted can't wait to see it come together.
  16. Sp4rks

    Sp4rks Been here awhile

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    Get a KTM 550MXC(Ripped the dyno in an issue of Dirt Bike, at 61 Horsepower:eek2) and show those guys how it's done, assuming you can find one.
  17. Rockcat

    Rockcat LDA

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    I haven't ridden one of those since '84. My knee still hurts...
  18. FJ_Kevin

    FJ_Kevin Been here awhile

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    That bike is very cool. I love those big bore air-cooled Honda's

    I predict you will be just like these guys :deal in the not too distant future...

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  19. dynodave

    dynodave Been here awhile

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    YES!:clap
  20. dynodave

    dynodave Been here awhile

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    That's a good one.