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This is a discussion on Honda XL500S Cafe/Roadster article from 1980 within the General forums, part of the Caferacer.net Forums category; 32 years ago, as a senior in high school, I read an article in a magazine (for years couldn't remember which one) in which they ...

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    Honda XL500S Cafe/Roadster article from 1980

    32 years ago, as a senior in high school, I read an article in a magazine (for years couldn't remember which one) in which they converted a Honda XL500S into a cafe(-ish) road bike. Well, I've always remembered it, and a couple of weeks ago I finally tracked it down.



    It turns out that it was a two-part article in Custom Rider, which was a short-lived Cycle Guide spin-off.



    Looking at it after all these years, the spacy Tracy bodywork looks silly and dated, and since it was really an SR500 unit, it fits about as well as David Byrne's suit. The rear is way too long (and/or the swingarm needs to be longer). Furthermore, the functional mods are pretty simple, obvious and limited. I thought even back then that doing all that work to turn it into a dedicated "sport" street bike and leaving that tiny, weak front drum brake was lame.

    It's still an interesting time capsule, however, and I thought it might be of interest here, since so many people here have used enduro/dual-purpose/dual-sport* bikes as the basis for custom builds.

    Here's a link to the whole 2-part article as a PDF:
    http://www.tanshanomi.com/temp/XL500-roadster-1-2.pdf


    *I suppose the correct term just depends on the era
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    Thats cool!
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    Thats cool!
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    But......................... did they cut the seat rails off ?

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    But......................... did they cut the seat rails off ?

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