Anyone who watches those “barn find” TV shows understands how exciting it can be when you stumble across a truly great find. For any powersports enthusiast, a mint condition Honda CR500 still in the crate is something worth getting excited about.
2001 HONDA CR500
What it’s got
The CR500R is powered by a liquid-cooled, two-stroke 491.4cc, piston-port, reed valve, single cylinder engine with a Keihin 38mm flat-slide carburetor. Power runs through a five-speed constant mesh gearbox. The front suspension is a Kayaba 46mm telescopic USD fork with adjustable compression and rebound and 310mm of travel.
The rear has a Pro-Link Kayaba monoshock with 320mm of travel. Braking is by twin 240mm discs on the front wheel, and dual-piston calipers. The single 220mm disc at the rear is clamped by a single-piston caliper. Fuel tank holds 9 litres.
Power: 48.2kW @ 6000rpm Torque: 75.5Nm @ 6000rpm Compression Ratio: 6.8:1
Bore and stroke: 89mm x 79mm Noise: Ding-da-ding-da-ding-ding-ding
$9190 (+ ORC in 2001)
Unboxing a brand new CR500
The bike has never been taken out of the crate. It is one of the few remaining brand new Honda CR500 mx bikes left in the world.
Now the only question is: will they build it or leave it in the box and keep it as a piece of motorcycle history?