Test Honda CR500R vs CR500RS

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After being disappeared a long time from the circuits, from now on acquired with the cause of 4-time, Honda 500 CR always makes dream the amateurs of Cross-country race. We could test a specimen of this legendary motorcycle, that some fear as much as they venerate it.

Test Honda CR500R vs CR500RS Pro governed Simon: Even not fear… or almost!

Honda CR500R 1996-2001 vs CR 500 RS Pro governed Simon: The special match large arm!

500 2-times some of the most beautiful pages of the history of the Motocross written. Then obviously, they needed motorcycles of the same hardening! Well, it is this kind of motorcycle of cross-country race which we will test today, even not fear! For the occasion, it is governed Simon who offered this opportunity to us, and for the occasion, it does not brought one but well two Honda 500CR: a model perfectly of origin and its motorcycle of entirely modified competition, history to judge the differences. And to remind itself how it was, the top motorcycles of cross-country race, before the invasion of the valves…

Test Honda CR500R vs CR500RS Pro governed Simon: Even not fear… or almost!

Motorcycle cross country race old school

Visually, we are well in front of a motorcycle whose design goes back to more than 15 years. Compared to our current standards, Honda 500 CR of origin challenges. The eye is posed instantaneously on the silencer without end, almost as long as the back mudguard. And then the muffler is also worth turning: there is a consequent length of tube too which is rolled up in front of the engine.
There was not more slap with the eye at the time than today at Honda. Admittedly, the handlebar steel makes a little smile, but except that, the completions are with goes. The clamps of Nissin brake are with little thing closely identical to those which equip the current models, the diameter of the front disc is the same one, but in the back it is smaller (220 mm). The arm already oscillating very out of aluminum makes serious… In short, quality is quite present on this “old” Honda CR500R of 1998.
Obviously, in comparison, the motorcycle prepared for the race by governed Simon does not have great a deal to see. The line is much more modern and the parts racing overflow of everywhere… By taking seat on the motorcycles one after the other, one feels already well the difference, the origin is rather low, one poses the feet per ground flat while the motorcycle of race is the higher – the saddle being more punt – just like cockpit besides.

Test Honda CR500R vs CR500RS Pro governed Simon: Even not fear… or almost!

Kicker Honda CR500R, instructions…

Good Ben… it is the hour, ‘is necessary to roll now. One attacks by Honda CR500R of origin. The motorcycle that we took in photograph being a part booked with the collection, it is on a third 500 CR – also of origin – which I will carry out this test of the motorcycle in configuration stock. But for rolling, it is necessary to start. Then, “2-time does that start always more easily than a 4-time”? They are people who never tried to bran the mechanics of a motorcycle of 500 Cm3 which say that…
Because without the instructions, one can find time long… But when that starts, attention! It is not as conclusive as one 125 2-times which resounds with each blow of trigger, but when the 500 decides to sing, its raucous and powerful singing exercises give shivers…

Test Honda CR500R vs CR500RS Pro governed Simon: Even not fear… or almost!

In advance!

On one Honda 500 CR, the first solo circuits are timid, because it is initially necessary to find its niche on board… The footrests, which appear higher to me than usually, disturb me, the more so as one has almost the feeling which the knees assemble higher than the saddle! And when one sits, one is rather low. It is a little destabilizing: one is in vain on one 500, this Honda makes all the same think of a small motorcycle in his gauge.
After one period of acclimatization, one appreciates real comfort, worthy of an armchair! The very accessible saddle and the flexible suspensions at the beginning of compression make it possible to swallow the small asperities of the ground as so of nothing was not.
Other made surprising, Honda CR500R shows a promptness and of a precision specimens. It is easily placed where one wants, one transfers in a space restricted without much difficulty… They were already well in the Honda blow at the time! When one raises the rhythm – finally, when one tests -, one realizes that the suspensions show some limiting.
One is not completely reassured when a large fast compression is taken. With regard to the jumps, balance remains particular. It is felt that Honda CR 500 is not cut to send the heavy one; one does not even dare to think of a whip… Here for the “feelings of origin”. Remain to return to the stand and to change machine.
While going up on Honda 500 CR for race of Governed, one feels the change as of the first turns. Base is much typified “settee” than on the model of origin, one is installed a little higher, just like the cockpit. One approaches more the current feelings of the motorcycle of Cross-country race. This 500 CR is more rigidly prepared as a whole than the standard version. One feels a little more at ease on the large shocks, one apprehends less the reactions of the motorcycle.
However, it is necessary to show authority to place the exactly prepared Honda CR500R where it is wished, the entries of turn are still not obvious with such a motorcycle. Then, that transfers with more facility, one feels besides who this CR 500 is lighter than the motorcycle of origin, of what to launch out more easily on the jumps…

Test Honda CR500R vs CR500RS Pro governed Simon: Even not fear… or almost!

Engine….

You go wait this moment as much as us… Thus let us start with Honda 500 of origin, and it is already the heavy one! The behavior of this 500 2-time is really particular. Power there is in has – not concern on this level – but still should it be known when it arrives… One can think that one will not touch with the clutch on such a monster, and yet it is necessary to be ready to play of the left lever.
The “roundness” is not the strong point of this subsidiary shell, so that Honda 500 CR of origin can be close to choking itself in a slow turn, just like it can return you in the cords on an unfortunate gas blow! The definition of Governed thus seems to me to stick perfectly to the behavior felt on the 500 CR: “it is a binary engine, it is all or nothing”.
You suspect it, this character ON/OFF does not put particularly at ease with the access of a jump: one can be short a turn and find oneself much further the turn without following really to have changed something. It is also necessary to anticipate the blow of piston which can easily take you along on another trajectory as starter of turn. Not so simple 500 CR! But there are nevertheless good sides, you reassure! When one is on the good beach of use, the force of the mill is phenomenal; one has the feeling to be unstoppable.
Besides it is sometimes the case! The mid–modes, it is what it is necessary to aim to appreciate large Honda CR 500 fully. Moreover, the motorcycle does not really take turns. Lastly, perhaps it is that before going up in mode, one goes already very quickly, the reports being rather long. For all to tell you, I should not have used the 4 and the 5 during this test…
After this setting in leg, I attack the Honda 500 CR version “factory”. Well, the latter is much nicer. The little “aseptic zed” engine – finally, one always speaks about one 500, eh! – shows itself much more flexible and linear, one can allow oneself to accelerate earlier in a curve without fearing a sudden arrival of the horses and an uncontrolled skid.
It is easier to roll up, one worries less clutch, but it is all the same necessary to remain on the positive ratio, the more so as there is no more first on the 500 CR of Governed. What changes a little is the principle of operation? The engine pushes much less with braking, inertia and the blow of piston is much less important than on the motorcycle of origin. In short, one will not say that this 500 CR prepared is of any rest, but it is nevertheless more accessible than her sister entirely from origin.

Test Honda CR500R vs CR500RS Pro governed Simon: Even not fear… or almost!

Assessment Honda CR500R: It is not piloting, it is art!

With final of this test it appeared very enriching – since it was for me a first one on 500 2-times – one can note that Honda at the time already proposed a motorcycle led in term of frame. Although it is not made for “gas-scrubbing apparatus”, balance, the handiness and the promptness of the 500 CR are not as distant as that from the current standards. On their side, the suspensions are not very reassuring when that thrashes, but they are not to do any more with the street.
The engine, is to him is a little “too much” for an ordinary human being. I am not sure that the motorcycle felt my 65 kilos very wet… For one 500 2-times, it is necessary to be able to improvise at any moment not to be made surprise by mechanics. It is already not simple physically to contain the monster, but moreover, there is necessary to remain concentrated.
Honda CR500RS Pro, it is still another history, one feels advantage on a modern motorcycle of cross-country race. The engine is easier and especially less cheating than its homologous stock. But when one was accustomed to the comfort of the version of origin, CR 500 prepared appears more rigid to us and much healthier in its reactions.
Despite everything, it also remains physical to control, while getting more pleasure with its handlebar. In short, piloting 500 2-times, it is a whole art, that is not addressed to the sensitive souls and that is not learned in a few minutes. And even if that hurt with the arms are worth the blow to test, at least once…

Honda CR 500 R standard

 

Honda CR 500 RS Pro governed Simon

Test Honda CR500R vs CR500RS Pro governed Simon: Even not fear… or almost!

The engine, is to him is a little “too much” for an ordinary human being. I am not sure that the motorcycle felt my 65 kilos very wet… For one 500 2-times, it is necessary to be able to improvise at any moment not to be made surprise by mechanics. It is already not simple physically to contain the monster, but moreover, there is necessary to remain concentrated.
Honda CR500RS Pro, it is still another history, one feels advantage on a modern motorcycle of cross-country race. The engine is easier and especially less cheating than its homologous stock. But when one was accustomed to the comfort of the version of origin, CR 500 prepared appears more rigid to us and much healthier in its reactions.
Despite everything, it also remains physical to control, while getting more pleasure with its handlebar. In short, piloting 500 2-times, it is a whole art, that is not addressed to the sensitive souls and that is not learned in a few minutes. And even if that hurt with the arms are worth the blow to test, at least once…

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