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GP’s Classic Steel #8: The 1986 Honda CR500R

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  1. Awesome review! I had a 86 CR500 loved that bike and wish I still had it… I didn’t realize how good it was till it was gone….. I beat a Husaberg 601 (thumper) I think it was a 601 I could be wrong it could have been 604 big yellow bike with kicker on left side and sounded mean as hell… The ol cr 500 smoked that Husaberg….I would eat New 450’s all day lol see ya!!!! 86 CR 500 is the king!

  2. Had an 85 used to trail ride with it crack the throttle and leave a50ft trench. Didnt like to start when hot i can still remember kicking that pig over and over on a hot muggy day. Can still remember the severe arm pump and not being able to feel my hands from vibration after a ride.

  3. 1986 Cr 500, definitley the best bike i’ve ever owned!! I run Castor 927 oil with pump gas mixed at 50:1 and never had a problem. Still have the bike to this day! Have run the desert trails outside of Moab and Green River Utah to the 14000′ peaks and mountains of Colorado. Bike is a Rocket and not much will keep up with it…… I’m 56 and still it scares the crap out of me to this day!!

  4. I always wanted an 86 CR500. It was new when I was 15. It was a thing of beauty. So this August I found one in very nice condition with a fully rebuilt motor. Although I had to pay for it, I was happy to make the deal. I spent the next 2 months returning it back to factory AAA+ condition. It makes me proud to take it out and show the 450s that they can be beat. Most people love to come over and check out the beast. I’m not the best rider but I can drag race with the best of them. I love this thing.

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