2001 HONDA CR500R


Nov. 01, 2000 By ORC STAFF
Open-class motocross bikes mean incredible power, Honda's CR500R has plenty of that.





2001 HONDA CR500R

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Features & Benefits

New for 2001

  • Team Honda-inspired colors and graphics.


  • 491cc liquid-cooled reed-valve two-stroke engine produces tremendous horsepower over a broad rpm-range.
  • Lightweight, low-route exhaust system offers superb performance and a slim mid-section.
  • 38mm flat-slide carburetor offers crisp throttle response throughout the rpm range.
  • Maintenance-free solid-state CD ignition.
  • Primary kickstarting allows starting in any gear.
  • Light clutch-lever action.
  • Easy-access clutch cover for simple maintenance.
  • Lightweight, high-capacity cooling system for consistent performance.


  • Lightweight steel frame with removable rear subframe offers excellent mass centralization and a low center of gravity for superb handling.
  • Fully adjustable 46mm inverted Kayaba cartridge front fork offers 12.2 inches of responsive, compliant suspension travel. Separate low-speed and high-speed compression damping adjusters are located together in a concentric fashion, with a screw inside a nut.
  • Wide triple-clamps mount fork tubes far apart for good strength and rigidity.
  • Fork features Teflon-coated outer-tube inner surface.
  • Pro-Link? rear suspension system and lightweight aluminum swingarm offer minimal unsprung weight and 12.6 inches of wheel travel.
  • Fully adjustable piggyback-reservoir Kayaba shock with large, 16mm shaft offers superb compliance and wheel control.
  • One-piece spherical bearings and collars at top and bottom of rear shock stay in place to ease maintenance.
  • Lightweight front and rear disc brakes provide crisp, powerful braking.
  • Front disc brake cover helps protect rotor and caliper from dirt.
  • Lightweight Takasago Excell extruded-aluminum wheel rims.
  • Strong, rigid front wheel features large-diameter front axle and wide wheel-bearing span.
  • Lightweight rear wheel hub with 32-spoke design is strong and offers low unsprung weight.
  • Double-clamped front axle for added rigidity.

Additional Features

  • Comfortable, durable high-quality controls.
  • Lightweight front brake hose and all-nylon cable guides.
  • Dual aluminum radiators are lightweight and compact.
  • Lightweight, ultra-strong chain guide.
  • Rubber-mounted radiator shrouds.
  • Rubber-mounted handlebar for reduced vibration.


2001 CR500R
Engine Type: 491cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder two-stroke
Bore and Stroke: 89.0mm x 79.0mm
Compression Ratio: 6.8:1
Induction: Eight-petal reed-valve
Carburetion: 38mm flat-slide
Ignition: Solid-state CD with electronic advance
Transmission: Five-speed
Final Drive: #520 sealed chain; 14T/49T
Front Suspension: 46mm inverted Kayaba cartridge fork with 18-position rebound and 20-position compression damping adjustability; 12.2-inch travel
Rear Suspension: Pro-Link? Kayaba single shock with spring preload, 20-position rebound damping and 8-position (low-speed) and 2-turn (high-speed) compression damping adjustability; 12.6-inch travel
Front Brake: Single disc with twin-piston caliper
Rear Brake: Single disc
Front Tire: 80/100-21
Rear Tire: 110/100-18
Wheelbase: 58.5 inches
Rake (Caster Angle): 27.8 degrees
Trail: 114mm (4.5 inches)
Seat Height: 36.9 inches
Ground Clearance: 12.9 inches
Dry Weight: 222.7 pounds
Fuel Capacity: 2.4 gallons
Color: Red
Specifications and availability subject to change without notice. Dealers

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