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I am thinking about trading my crappy chinese pitbike for a 1985 CR500 in pieces?

How are the 1985 CR500s?

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Thats one heck of a step from a pit bike to a cr500. They are the king but it depends on the price. If it in pieces and you are handy maybe but not running could cost quite a bit to get ridable!!! Suspention is outdated and will also need work I would imagine. Also depends what type of riding you do they are made to haul the mail will not be a good tree dodger. But thats just my opinion

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I am just looking for a side project. The bike needs all electrical. The motor needs a piston and rings, which is a good thing cause I can get a look at the crank. I had a 1984 cr500 which i regret parting out.

I am capable of doing all the motor work etc. I dont use the pitbike and I would love a motor to tinker with and eventually build up little by little when I have the spare cash.

I was just curious about the 85's if they had any problems being it was the first water cooled cr500.

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Most 500 owners that you ask.........there is no bad year for the 500, any are good to have.

It all comes down to prive-vs-condition.

If it's cheap, then get it and start tinkering. They are quite easy to rebuild.

I don't know of any cooling problems, even w/the early ones. The cylinder went through some changes, but the water punp in general stayed the same.

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Parts availability will be limited, but you can get the parts made by a local machine shop. I restored my uncles' 1985 RM80 when I was about 9-10ish' (2003) and had a cylinder sleeve made for $125.

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If you want a project and you're not in a hurry, it would be a great bike to rebuild. Parts are all over EBAY, hit and miss of course. Take a look inside the water pump for the standard corrosion problem. Let's see some pics if you decide to go through with it!!:banana:

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I enjoyed my '85 back in the day. The power was totally bottom-end and it had absolutely no over-rev so you had to short-shift it even more than other CR500's. Today, I'd rate it as a great play bike but not one I'd want to race.

I hate the Chinese bikes so my vote would be to trade for the 500.

Best of luck. :banana:

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