Category Archives: XR500 Project

XR500 Super Motard Plastics, Fenders and Lights, Oh My…!

Our next step is to acquire and mount some fenders, a modern looking headlight and a taillight.  On the fenders side, we can either go with Super Motard generic fenders, NOS parts (new old stock), or replicas of new.  I … Continue reading

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New wheels for the XR500 Super Motard

Besides the Showa front fork, the Super Motard wheels are the other important “custom” mod of this project.  I went through a long list of measurements before ordering the rims as I was not certain what rim width would fit.  … Continue reading

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Some more progress on the XR500 Super Motard

It has been a couple of months since my last post – I’ve been busy with other fun distractions which have kept me away from toying with the Basket Case project.  Still, I have been able to put a few … Continue reading

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Starting to put the XR500 Super Motard together

There is joy, enthusiasm and maybe even a hint of passion behind putting a bike back together, especially when it started as a Basket Case.  A large number of hours have been spent in research, taking components apart to their … Continue reading

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Back from the painter

The frame and swing arm are back from Premium Powder Coating where they have been media blasted to the metal and then powder coated.  The shop has done  a magnificent job not only in the quality of the craftsmanship but … Continue reading

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XR500 Super Motard gets a cartridge Showa fork

Forks have seen significant improvements over the last two decades and one of the first item I want to swap for the Super Motard transformation is the XR500’s fork which design and technology descends from the 70s .  Fortunately Honda … Continue reading

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Super Motard it will be!

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 … Continue reading

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