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Lastest find 1986 CR500

Discussion in 'Old Guys & Old Bikes' started by evomx244, Feb 25, 2011.

  1. evomx244

    evomx244 PR Addict

    Racing Number:
    Original 241
    Found this the other day, besides the mouse eaten seat it's a very low hrs bike. Everything is Tight, Pegs, brake pedal, floating rear brake arm. It needs a few things like the correct length chain, correct kick starter and a few other things that I actually had left over from my 86 CR 250. Should be a fun bike to ride.

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  2. NQ1965

    NQ1965 PR Elite

    Location:
    Heath, Ohio
    Looking at those pic's, the bike doesn't look too awfully tall and could be a very manageable ride. At some point I will grab up a older open class bike, just haven't looked into a bike that I think would fit me and my girlish riding style.
    ( girlish being, like my wife rides, hee hee.)
     
  3. mx049

    mx049 PR Elite

    Location:
    Brunswick, Ohio
    Sweet Catch as Big Bores = Big Fun!

    Maybe not the fastest lap times on some track but the sheer fun factor is off the charts!!!

    The earlier years were beasts as Honda spent the next 15 years mellowing them out..

    Look like a few cans of paint, seat cover & moving the bars up a mile is about all it needs.

    I have a 81 Maico 490 that is under going a slow restoration but will be done one of these days.

    Maico Mark
     
  4. evomx244

    evomx244 PR Addict

    Racing Number:
    Original 241
    Right now rebuilding the forks (seals came today) I have the correct kick starter coming soon, foam came yesterday just waiting on the cover. Will go thru the linkage and rebuild the shock in the next few weeks. Need to take it a bit easy as I had cataract surgery earlier this week.
     
  5. TIMironi 121

    TIMironi 121 PR Member

    Location:
    eastern419
    This will be WAY fun bike to ride-nice find!
    I had the exact bike; way fast. Just make sure you got it pointed where you think you want to go before you wick the throttle!
    Oh yea, make sure you check the carb slide spring. If worn the throttle can stick-I found out the hard way...-TJ
     
  6. AHRMA361

    AHRMA361 PR Founding Father

    Location:
    York Twp.
    Racing Number:
    361
    Scott - I also bought that same bike in '86 off of Jeff Sanders who used to own Malvern. He then worked at All Seasons in Wooster as the Service Manager. He bought it new to try for Loretta's or some other big race at that time and busted his arm at a qualifier. I bought it and had some serious fun riding/racing it. That was a very tractor-like bike with some huge HP! Be careful....you ride it like you do your 125's and you will be recovering from more than cataract surgery!!!! :)
     
  7. TCracing

    TCracing PR Addict

    Nice old girl. Looks like she's mad with her ears pinned back like that. Don't walk behind her?
     
  8. evomx244

    evomx244 PR Addict

    Racing Number:
    Original 241
    Rebuilt forks are back on, layed down bars are gone (Renthals in there place). Got luck the water pump area had very little damage. New seals and bearing are on the way, with a little JBweld and a hair dryer to make it flow should it will be good as new.
     
  9. MarctheSharc

    MarctheSharc PR Founding Father

    What is the giant knob / proximity switch looking thing sticking out the back of the cylinder???
     
  10. evomx244

    evomx244 PR Addict

    Racing Number:
    Original 241
    good eye Sharc- Compression release
     
  11. k01

    k01 PR Elite

    Explains the 4th cable on those perfectly postioned bars.
     
  12. MXracn746

    MXracn746 PR Addict

    Location:
    Obetz, Ohio
    Racing Number:
    746
    My '86 didn't have one. The only bikes I've owned that had one were the Maicos. Hummm...?
     
  13. halffast

    halffast PR Elite

    Location:
    East Sparta , Ohio
    I'm planning on installing a compression release on my '84 CR500 Husky . If I can ever get the beast to start cold ( finally got it to where it will start warmed up ) I'd like to run a couple AHRMA races with it . At the very least it should make bump starting easier . That thing has a TON of compression . Funny how the CR450 I sold Hartney started great but I've seen guys have lots of trouble with the 480 and I'll bet the 500 isn't much better . Still love the big bores though !
     
  14. bmoto54

    bmoto54 PR Member

    I finally got the jetting on IT 490 to where it runs clean right off the bottom but ended up sitting on the starting line at Gainesville kicking it for a minute and a half before getting a push start. Love the feeling though when I twist the throttle and have to fight to regain control. Big bores are a little free spirited.
     
  15. k01

    k01 PR Elite

    Could be easier than installing a new ankle, knee or hip too!
     
  16. mjsvintage

    mjsvintage PR Addict

    Location:
    wadsworth,ohio
    I loved the big bores!!!!!!!!
     
  17. k01

    k01 PR Elite

  18. evomx244

    evomx244 PR Addict

    Racing Number:
    Original 241
  19. evomx244

    evomx244 PR Addict

    Racing Number:
    Original 241
    Forgot to mention the mess the previous owner made by moving up the rear wheel (I'm guessing to shorten the wheel base for woods riding) It was all good work but he resloted the swingarm, extended the axle adjusters, moved up the chain guide, ect.... On the plus side everything in the swingarm and linkage was well grease, so I only cleaned and repacked with fresh grease. Hoping to have completed in the next week or so.
     
  20. Tharrell

    Tharrell PR Member

    Thorpe was at Apex that day along with some other top riders.
    That yellow bike is an RMZ chassis with a CR500 engine.
    Number 2 is a 500 Maico.
    The guy that did that vid posted on a 500 group a while ago.
    I would love to ride my 500 on a track like that, it looks like it flows really well.
     

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