As I discovered at the beginning of this project that the Basket Case parts belonged to XR500 bikes of various model years, it was clear that this would not be a high-fidelity-restoration-back-to-concours-quality project. As I already have a Yamaha YZ250 to take to motocross tracks, Hare Scramble events, Enduros and to ride the wonderful mining roads of Colorado, I’ve decided to make the XR500 a fun road bike: a Super Motard edition.
A Super Motard (or Supermoto) is a modified off-road or motocross motorcycle intended for use in a cross between motocross and road racing. They are very light and thus incredibly fun to ride on the road. The main modifications include wider rims and performance road tires, larger front disk and (sometimes) lowered, and slightly stiffened suspensions.
How much fun? Play this video of David Checa and Dani Ribalta chasing each other on their Supermoto bikes to get an idea (and nop, I have nowhere the talent of either of these two riders, but I might compete in the “having the most fun” race):
Now the XR500 is no modern 450 dirt bike as seen in the picture and movie above (power or handling) but it can be transformed into a fun toy nonetheless, and this is what I intend to do with this project. The main modifications will include:
- Inverted larger/modern front fork.
- Wider 17” rim at the front with performance tire.
- Wider 17” rim at the back with performance tire.
- Disk brake at the front instead of the original drum.
I’ll elaborate further on each element of this “XR500 Super Motard” transformation as the project progresses.