2008 Honda CR500

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2/11/2012 8:53 AM

A few months ago, I finished my Aluminum framed CR500 project. My goal was to try to create a
CR500 like Team Honda would field if the open class was still around today. I started work about
a year ago with the engine build. I decided to go with a 2000 for the cases and cylinder. Here are
some of the details:

Close ratio transmission
Crankworks balanced crankshaft
REM Isotropic finish on all bottom end internals
Hinson clutch basket
Eric Gorr Mo-Betta cylinder and head work
Wiseco piston
VForce 3 reed
Keihin 38mm quad vent air striker PWK
2000 CR250 ignition stator and flywheel
Vortex programmable multi map digital ignition controller

Here are a few pictures:
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For the frame, I settled on a 2008 CRF250R. IMO, the 08-09 were/are the best balanced and best handling
of the CRFs. I purchased a frame and swingarm from a Honda dealer that was parting the bike right out of
the crate.
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I sent the frame out to have the modifications needed (cradle and downtube) to fit the 500 engine.
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For suspension, I went with Pro Circuit works Showas
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Pro Circuit also supplied the triple clamps and steering dampner modifications.
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For wheels, I laced Takasago Excel rims to OE hubs I turned down with a lathe to eliminate the casting
grain, then powdercoated with a base coat clear coat process. For spokes, I used Excel spline drives.
Tires are Dunlop 756 RRs with Dunlop heavy duty tubes.

The bike was put on a Titanium diet to make up for the weight gains from the works suspension and
billet cradle. Dry weight is in the ballpark of a stock CRF250R.

The bike is an arm stretcher - but it's a hoot to ride.

Here are some pictures of it finished. Thanks for looking.

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2/11/2012 9:02 AM

Beautiful! Any idea how much you have invested?

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2/11/2012 9:03 AM

One of the coolest project 500s I have ever seen. Great job, that bike is saaawwweeeettt haha. How does it handle with the 500 motor in the CRF250R frame?

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MOTOvation

2/11/2012 9:04 AM
Edited Date/Time: 2/11/2012 9:05 AM

Pimp!!! (insert jealousy here!)

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2/11/2012 9:05 AM

that is one sweet honda! nice job op

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2/11/2012 9:09 AM

Buck nasty.
Very clean and understated...businesslike.
I'm sure that some will start calling for black rims, but I think that Honda's are the one of the few that can look equally good with polished rims.

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2/11/2012 9:10 AM

Absolutely stunning.

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2/11/2012 9:11 AM

Bravo, not much else to say!

More details on the handling please!

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2/11/2012 9:11 AM

WOW! Nice!

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2/11/2012 9:11 AM

Great job.

In a perfect world, RC would come back, do a marine bootcamp thing, get 2 of those,
and win the outdoors.

As a privateer.smile

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2/11/2012 9:27 AM

Great job. Really sick. Perfect.

Who did the frame mods for you?

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2/11/2012 9:32 AM

Whoa baby!

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2/11/2012 9:33 AM

Wow ...... I am simple speechless ....that is a thing of beauty and by far the trickest CR500af I have EVER saw

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2/11/2012 9:37 AM

SICK!!!!!!!!

Don't these 500's wear you out quick though?

I'd imagine with some massaging these bikes could be 450 killers (detuned properly)

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KEEP WORKING, MILLIONS ON WELFARE DEPEND ON YOU!

2/11/2012 9:37 AM

Good God golly wow, that thing is ill like the flu. I'll give you my first born son for that thing.

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2/11/2012 9:38 AM

Never money wasted if you enjoy it. I love seeing high end builds from regular people. If I had a spare 10 to 15 grand most of it would go into a bike project like that.

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2/11/2012 9:39 AM

very nice, looks great! How's the ride?

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2/11/2012 9:49 AM

Immaculate as usual Don.

If you haven't seen Don's other work:

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2/11/2012 9:56 AM

BEE YOO TEE FULL!

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2/11/2012 10:09 AM

Beyond words. Incredible work. Thanks for sharing.

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2/11/2012 10:11 AM

awesome job!!! There's a guy running an 06 RMZ 450 with a CR500 engine at our track. Not nearly as nice but the thing rips. I can only imagine how this goes. Thanks for sharing.

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2/11/2012 10:30 AM

very cool!

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2/11/2012 10:33 AM

Perfect. That thing simply stunning. Question though... I've noticed a lot of people switch to the CR250 ignition. What is the advantage of this?

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2/11/2012 10:42 AM

Holy Smokes! That is nice.

Same with the older Elsinores.

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2/11/2012 10:44 AM

Wow. A work of art. Love the color combination you chose.

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2/11/2012 11:46 AM

Bike is sick, I am not fast enough to appreciate the A kit, but dam i would love to have one on my bike.!

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2/11/2012 11:54 AM

Flippin awesome man that bike is sano

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2/11/2012 11:56 AM
Edited Date/Time: 2/11/2012 11:58 AM

Holy cow! Even the pics was top notch... One reason why I love this sport/hobby is that anyone can build an amazing bike without selling their house...

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2/11/2012 11:57 AM
Edited Date/Time: 2/11/2012 11:58 AM

Broner

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2/11/2012 12:03 PM

Beautiful work. It looks like it should be on a showroom floor with a "Factory" sign on it.

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