Rode a 500 today, for the first time

Well, I was at my local MX playground (half track, half free ride area) I stopped to fix my helmet, when this older guy that I saw couching his son on how to jump pulled up on his 1998 CR500 and said "hey, wanna trade for a bit?" So I said "ok! Why not!" :lol::smirk::lol:

So as he took off lika banshee on my 1986 CR250 jumping and all. I slowly and very carefully rode the 500 around for a bit, MUCH deeper and menacing sounding then my 250, felt much wider and more upright then the 250, and I didn't go above 3,500rpm because that was as fast as I could handle on the newly-rutted-by-redneck-mofos terrain.

Mostly, his setup was MUCH more different then mine, everything was so close, and my new boots were struggling to get in those positions to shift and brake.

After a bit of playing around and a little jumping I stopped by him again and we traded back.

Little did he know he let a 17 year old glasses-less n00b ride his CR500.:prof:

Quite good fun those 500s are, not something I would want to own and play with every week with it's "I want to kill you now" grunt it has, and it's stiff frame that says "I will bump you off it you make one mistake".

But I would consider owning one at least for the "I hav a fvckin CR500 homboi, wat cha got?":cool:

I wanted to ask him how mine felt, because I've been fixing it up from almost nothing, and have nothing to compare it to. But didn't have the chance, he did seem fine with it though. :smirk:

So what are your opinions on the CR500?

I had never seen a service honda cr500afx in person until this weekend and I saw 2 of them on the trails! I've never ridden that exact model, but I have ridden a 97(ish) cr500 in the dunes before and I think that is a place where it really shines. Although it has gobs of power, it actually seemed easier to ride because of it, mostly because the power came on much smoother than is typical of smaller 2t's, dare I say almost 4 stroke-ish? Miss a shift? No problem, just twist the throttle a little more! I don't know if I could justify owning one as I kinda already have my bases covered (although with separate bikes) in the HP (ktm 690) and 2t (cr250) departments.

I had never seen a service honda cr500afx in person until this weekend and I saw 2 of them on the trails! I've never ridden that exact model, but I have ridden a 97(ish) cr500 in the dunes before and I think that is a place where it really shines. Although it has gobs of power, it actually seemed easier to ride because of it, mostly because the power came on much smoother than is typical of smaller 2t's, dare I say almost 4 stroke-ish? Miss a shift? No problem, just twist the throttle a little more! I don't know if I could justify owning one as I kinda already have my bases covered (although with separate bikes) in the HP (ktm 690) and 2t (cr250) departments.

Yeah that's what I thought, my 250 seemed like a little, snappy, preppy 125 afterwards! Don't the pistons last longer because you just don't use that much RPM? That would be awesome....

Yeah that's what I thought, my 250 seemed like a little, snappy, preppy 125 afterwards! Don't the pistons last longer because you just don't use that much RPM? That would be awesome....

My older brother bought a 1985 cr500 brand new back in the day. I used to ride that thing when he wasn't riding. I loved it. Talk about a wheelie monster. That bike would stand up in 5th like a normal bike stands up in 3rd, plus my brother got clocked at over 100mph on it once. (guy next to him with a speedo).

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CR500 is the king of the sand dunes. I used to have a 2000 CR500 that I only rode at the Buttercup Dunes in Imperial California. I had more fun on that machine than anything else I ever rode out there. The CR500 engine will last longer. It doesn't rev as hard. Tons of power.

Here's a quick pic of it:

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That's a mean paddle on that thing.

That's a mean paddle on that thing.

That bike could throw some nasty roost!

I used to take off in 2nd gear. I had to be careful who was behind me. ( Proper "Dune etiquette" ya know. )

Nobody liked to follow me. So I always ended up at the back of the train.

I liked that anyway, I could kick back and read the lines people in front of me were taking. If someone picked a bad line.... I had time to go around.

The dunes are so much fun. You can just cruise around and have fun, or you can risk your life. Depends on how crazy ( or stupid ) you wanna get out there.

I seen alot of CRAZY stuff out there. Not me. I want me and my bike to go home in one-piece after a good day of riding!

( So we can come back and do it again! )

Safety FIRST.

Well, I was at my local MX playground (half track, half free ride area) I stopped to fix my helmet, when this older guy that I saw couching his son on how to jump pulled up on his 1998 CR500 and said "hey, wanna trade for a bit?" So I said "ok! Why not!" :lol::smirk::lol:

So as he took off lika banshee on my 1986 CR250 jumping and all. I slowly and very carefully rode the 500 around for a bit, MUCH deeper and menacing sounding then my 250, felt much wider and more upright then the 250, and I didn't go above 3,500rpm because that was as fast as I could handle on the newly-rutted-by-redneck-mofos terrain.

Mostly, his setup was MUCH more different then mine, everything was so close, and my new boots were struggling to get in those positions to shift and brake.

After a bit of playing around and a little jumping I stopped by him again and we traded back.

Little did he know he let a 17 year old glasses-less n00b ride his CR500.:prof:

Quite good fun those 500s are, not something I would want to own and play with every week with it's "I want to kill you now" grunt it has, and it's stiff frame that says "I will bump you off it you make one mistake".

But I would consider owning one at least for the "I hav a fvckin CR500 homboi, wat cha got?":cool:

I wanted to ask him how mine felt, because I've been fixing it up from almost nothing, and have nothing to compare it to. But didn't have the chance, he did seem fine with it though. :smirk:

So what are your opinions on the CR500?

How bout some more pic's of your 86. Done any more work to it?

CR500 is the king of the sand dunes. I used to have a 2000 CR500 that I only rode at the Buttercup Dunes in Imperial California. I had more fun on that machine than anything else I ever rode out there. The CR500 engine will last longer. It doesn't rev as hard. Tons of power.

Here's a quick pic of it:

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the pic's of your 2000 are bike porn. Don't know what could have possesed you to sell that thing.... :smirk:

I love my SH 500AF! :smirk:

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too much power?

i have one ported ktm 550 2stroke with 4 speed gearbox.

with 16/45 gearing i can cover modern 450 4strokes from my first 2 gears sometimes i really think 4th gear is just for reducing fuel consumption :smirk:

CR500 is the king of the sand dunes. I used to have a 2000 CR500 that I only rode at the Buttercup Dunes in Imperial California. I had more fun on that machine than anything else I ever rode out there. The CR500 engine will last longer. It doesn't rev as hard. Tons of power.

Here's a quick pic of it:

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VERY NICE.........:smirk::smirk:

How bout some more pic's of your 86. Done any more work to it?

Put on some stickers. It fell over in the driveway and broke a bunch of *new* stuff, so that kinda set me back...:smirk:

But once I get the lawn mowed I'll take some pictures, dad: "IF YOU SPEND ONE MORE MINUTE RIDING THAT BIKE AND NOT DOING ANY OF YOUR CHORES, I WILL SELL IT FOR $5 AND SPEND THE MONEY ON A BROOM!(or whatever)". :prof:

So as you can probably tell, I've been having some hella fun on the bike lately:smirk::smirk::lol:

I love my SH 500AF! :smirk:

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:smirk::worthy::prof:

I sold my '01 CR500 to a guy in Pittsburgh. I got the bug again and picked up a CR250, then a CRF450X. I love the X's e-start and smooth power, but a couple weekends ago I traded bikes with a friend who has an '87 CR500 when we rode at St. Helen. In the wide open stuff I forgot how much fun a 500 is. Like others have mentioned... wrong gear, no problem, it'll pull it without hesitation. Everything else seems bland in comparison after riding one for awhile. :smirk:

I'll probably have another one eventually.

I love my SH 500AF! :smirk:

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NICE!! :smirk:

:prof::worthy::lol:
NICE!! :smirk:

Thanks guys. :smirk:

I'm like the CR500's especially the older ones :smirk: That said they (meaning all CR500's up to 01) have their place but I really prefer the 02-07 CR250s for 95% of the riding I do. The chassis, ergos, suspension and handling of the later AF 250's really fit me well in comparison to the somewhat dated 500 chassis and as good as the 500 is there is just more to a bike than the motor imo. I think that if I could have a 3rd gen AF chassis and a 87 motor that would be my ultimate bike :smirk:

Here's my 84. It received some much needed suspension reworking along with an Eric Gorr 520cc topend with port & head work.

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Rot Box, nice '84!!!

Here is mine....

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My AF

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Rot Box, nice '84!!!

Here is mine....

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My AF

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They were air cooled? LOL! That' friggin awesome! :smirk:

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