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Sweet 89 CR 500

Discussion in 'Old Guys & Old Bikes' started by evomx244, Mar 15, 2011.

  1. evomx244

    evomx244 PR Addict

    Racing Number:
    Original 241
    Anybody else sport wood hearing this thing run ? Heck maybe this just me !

     
  2. baxterj787

    baxterj787 PR Addict

    Location:
    Xenia, OH
    Ahhhh the memories. Last time I raced my old (1995) CR500 was at DMC in 2004. I got a LOT of weird looks as that thing shook it's way down to the starting line.

    That bike was also fun in the college boy (16-24) class in the mid to late 1990s. Most everyone else was on 125s. Holeshots fell like rain.

    Why in the #$% did I sell that bike?
     
  3. dmx153

    dmx153 PR Founding Father

    Location:
    Paris, Ohio, United States
    Racing Number:
    153
    It's the wood that makes it good! Wow, that thing is a beast! Back in the day I got to race Bill Rose's '89CR500 at Malvern. Bill also had a '92 that he rode that day. Great times for sure and that bike was crazy fast!
     
  4. baxterj787

    baxterj787 PR Addict

    Location:
    Xenia, OH
    Thinking back, what made the 89s so fun on a track is that they had a 15+ HP gain in only 1000 RPM at the steepest part of their dyno curve. The bikes were nearly 50 HP at half max RPM, and they peaked over 60 HP (stock). 89 was the first year for the lowboy layout and those bikes actually turned really well once the forks were set up. They started worlds easier than the older CRs thanks to a small change above the exhaust ports. Funny thing was Pro Circuit did all of the cylinder work for Honda's CR500 National motors.

    I have no doubt Rose's CR was a rocket.
     
  5. PitRacer

    PitRacer PR Founding Father

    Location:
    Medina, Ohio
    I would love to try a real 500. I rode a KX500 once back in the 80's and was terrified of it, never rode one again. Of course I now have an RM465 but those bikes are pussycats and only make about 40hp.

    Great, I want one now....
     
  6. RocketRobin

    RocketRobin PR Founding Father

    Lucky for you that Suzuki didn't keep up in the OPEN Class and make RM500's into the late 80's and 90's so you are off the hook! Or you could get a CR 500 and get yellow plastic for it and put some suzuki stickers on it!

    Or just stay away from the 500's altogether, there is a reason they died out without any 4 stroke influence on that........ they were too much motor for regular people to actually ride and control! Powervalved 250's killed the OPEN Bike back in the day with their big HP numbers and more usable friendly power.
     
  7. MXracn746

    MXracn746 PR Addict

    Location:
    Obetz, Ohio
    Racing Number:
    746
    How about this RM 500:
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  8. evomx244

    evomx244 PR Addict

    Racing Number:
    Original 241
    What is it ? A quad 500 motor in a 450 frame ?

    Thanks for the photo now I want a 87 RM 125 !
     
  9. k01

    k01 PR Elite



    Well of course you do. Is there any old bike that you don't want? :D


    I rode Open B because it was the easiest class, easier than the 30+. And riding a light '89 ATK 406, even with it's old Rotax 399 motor and weird design was kind of like cheating.

    Scan071, January 26, 2005.jpg
     
  10. MXracn746

    MXracn746 PR Addict

    Location:
    Obetz, Ohio
    Racing Number:
    746
    Its an 05 RMZ250 framed CR500.
     
  11. MXracn746

    MXracn746 PR Addict

    Location:
    Obetz, Ohio
    Racing Number:
    746
    Here's some more:
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  12. k01

    k01 PR Elite

    What do those aluminum frame 500 conversions weigh?
     
  13. MXracn746

    MXracn746 PR Addict

    Location:
    Obetz, Ohio
    Racing Number:
    746
    less than a 450F
     

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