1981 Honda XL500S

C2R #7 - Honda XL500S

Bike:
1981 Honda XL500 S – PD01

Specs / Spezifikationen:
ENG: As fans of „On any Sunday“ we asked ourselves, if we are able to build a scrambler that looks like it was made for racing in the 60’s.
Well, this Honda XL500S was our guinea pig ;)
Now you have to tell us, if we achieved the goal ?

The bike was completely torn apart, because it sat in a barn for 23-years covered in rust, oil, grease and dust.
So there was alot of work to do, but on the otherhand, the donor wasn’t super expensive :)
The frame got shortened in the rear and we fitted a sweet stainless-steel rearhoop.
Frame, swingarm, kickstarter, footpegs, triple-tree, and lots of other stuff got powdercoated.
The other parts got painted or atleast polished, to look as shiny-new as possible.
To guarantee the bikes 60’s look, we fitted aluminum-fenders and kept everything as minimal as possible.
The XL500S fuel-tank was replaced with the smaller one from the XL250 to give the whole bike a smaller line.
The seat got shortened and turned into a solo-seat, but mounting the original seat for 2-people still is possible.
Lots of different additions followed, like the BSM-Enduro exhaust, aluminum-numberplates, bates-style headlight, bear-claw footpegs, and and and…

There was a point during this build, where we thought of changing the original 23″-front-wheel with the 21″-front-wheel from the XL600R to get some more options in tyre choices, but than decided to stay with the original one just because of „rarity„.
You don’t see bikes that often these days, with these wheel dimensions (well except for unridable chopper customs ;) )

Now that the valves have been adjusted, the fuels have been changed, new brake shoes have been fitted and everything else has been maintained, the bike runs and drives superb and has lots of Powerrrr… to play with.

More pics soon, stay tuned !
PS: There are going to be some minor changes to the bike soon, like redoing the seat one more time (not 100% satisfied right now), maybe adding a stainless-steel manifold or atleast some heat-wrap and repainting the fuel-tank,…because I (Sven) dropped it :-(


DE: Als Fans von „On any Sunday“ haben wir uns gefragt, ob wir uns nicht auch einen richtig schönen Scrambler bauen können im Stile der 60er Jahre.
Nun ja, diese Honda XL500S war unser Versuchskaninchen bei diesem Unterfangen.
Genaue Beschreibung über den Umbau, demnächst !
Oben stehts aber schonmal auf englisch ;)

C2R #7 - Honda XL500S
C2R #7 - Honda XL500S
C2R #7 - Honda XL500S
C2R #7 - Honda XL500S
C2R #7 - Honda XL500S

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