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    SR500, whose got one?

    Hi folks,

    Well, I finally took a step up...300 steps up to be exact. Picked up a nice '81 SR500H. This bike will be the basis for my next build. It's overall in pretty nice shape, but looks can be deceiving. It's got some electrical problems and some rust in a few spots that will require sorting.

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    Anyone out there have one of these old bikes? I am looking for a little tuning help.

    Thanks - Bart

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    Nice! I don't have one but I hope to one of these days. It'll be a fun project.
    Only a fool would attempt it, and God help me, I am that fool!

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    I bought a new one in 1981, put 37,000 miles on it, then sold it. Still regretting that decision! Put a 2mm larger mikuni carb, K&N filter, and a SuperTrapp exhaust on it, really woke it up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scotti158 View Post
    I bought a new one in 1981, put 37,000 miles on it, then sold it. Still regretting that decision! Put a 2mm larger mikuni carb, K&N filter, and a SuperTrapp exhaust on it, really woke it up.
    That's my plan already! I ordered a new muffler and a K&N today. Now, 2mm larger, so I think that would be a VM36 Mikuni. I would imagine I will need to mess with the jetting quite a bit too, huh?

    Thanks - Bart

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    That's one fun ride right there! Congrats!

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    Quote Originally Posted by nfpgasmask View Post
    That's my plan already! I ordered a new muffler and a K&N today. Now, 2mm larger, so I think that would be a VM36 Mikuni. I would imagine I will need to mess with the jetting quite a bit too, huh?

    Thanks - Bart
    I think I bought mine from White Bros. with the exhaust. Came pre-jetted, just bolt on and go. I don't know if White Bros. is around anymore.
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    What a nice looking bike! Perfect.
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    Congrats Bart. Great looking, fun and reliable bike. A modern classic!!!
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    I had two of them back in the day when they were new. Great handling in the paved twisties. I even used one of them off road a lot down by Klamath Falls Oregon in 78.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nfpgasmask View Post
    Hi folks,

    Well, I finally took a step up...300 steps up to be exact. Picked up a nice '81 SR500H. This bike will be the basis for my next build. It's overall in pretty nice shape, but looks can be deceiving. It's got some electrical problems and some rust in a few spots that will require sorting.

    001.jpg

    Anyone out there have one of these old bikes? I am looking for a little tuning help.

    Thanks - Bart
    That could have been mine from 30 years ago.

    Could have been. It's not; a cager had brain flatulence and from him I contracted road-rash. The SR...went on to the scrap pile.

    I was close to pulling the trigger on an SR 400; but it was too much money for what I'd want it for (second bike) and now, in my late 50s, the idea of working that VERY SAME kickstarter with that VERY SAME elaborate starting recipe, just doesn't do it.

    If I were younger though, and could afford it...I'd be right there.

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