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Suzuki DR500 model history

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Suzuki 1981More Suzuki models from 1981
1981 Suzuki year code: X

Suzuki DR500 DR-500DR 500 1981
Overall Length:
Overall Width:
Overall Height:
Seat Height: 870 mm (34.3 in)
Wheelbase: 1470 mm (57.9 in)
Ground Clearance: 270 mm (10.6 in.)
Dry Weight: 128 kg (283 lbs)
Engine type: Air-cooled 498 cc single SOHC 4-stroke. 36 hp (26 kW)/ 6.500 rpm, 42 Nm (4,3 kpm)/ 5.000 rpm.

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Suzuki 1982More Suzuki models from 1982
1982 Suzuki year code: Z
Suzuki DR500S DR500 DR-500 DR-500SDR 500 S 1982
Overall Length:
Body Width:
Seat Height:
Wheelbase: 1456 mm (57.3 in)
Ground Clearance:
Dry Weight: 148 kg (326 lbs)
Engine type: Air-cooled 495 cc single SOHC 4-stroke. 32,5 hp/ 6.500 rpm, 3,81 kg-m/ 5.700 rpm.

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Suzuki DR500S DR500 DR-500 DR-500SDR 500 S 1982
Overall Length:
Overall Width:
Overall Height:
Seat Height: 870 mm (34.3 in)
Wheelbase: 1465 mm (57.7 in)
Ground Clearance: 270 mm (10.6 in.)
Dry Weight: 148 kg (326 lbs)
Engine type: Air-cooled 498 cc single SOHC 4-stroke. 32,5 hp/ 6.500 rpm, 3,81 kg-m/ 5.700 rpm.

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1982 Suzuki DR500S Specifications (Finland)

Overall length:

 

Overall width:

 

Overall height:

 

Seat height: 870 mm (34.3 in)

Wheelbase:

1465 mm (57.7 in) +-15 mm

Ground clearance:

270 mm (10.6 in.)

Dry mass (weight):

128 kg (282 lbs.)

Engine type: Air-cooled single cylinder 4-stroke, TSCC

Valve system :

SOHC, 4 valves per cylinder

Maximum power output: 36,5 hp (27 kW)/ 6.500 rpm
Maximum torque: 43 Nm (4,4 kpm)/ 5.700 rpm

Bore:

88,0 mm (3.465 in)

Stroke:

82,0 mm (3.228 in)

Piston displacement:

498 cc

Compression ratio:

8,9 :1

Carburetor :

Mikuni 35SS slingshot

Air cleaner type:

Polyurethan foam element

Generator: 6V 50W
Battery: None
Ignition: Suzuki PEI pointless
Head light: 15/15 W

Starter system:

Primary kick

Lubrication system:

Wet sump

Clutch type:

Wet multi-plate

Transmission type:

5-speed constant mesh

Gearshift pattern:

1-down, 5-up

Primary drive ratio: 2.39: 1
Gear ratios  
    1st gear: 2.42: 1
    2nd gear: 1.63: 1
    3rd gear: 1.63: 1
    4th gear: 1.00: 1
    5th gear: 0.83: 1
    6th gear: 22/23
Final drive ratio: 3.36: 1

Final drive:

0-ring chain

Front suspension:

Telescopic Showa 36mm, oil damped

Rear suspension:

Swinging arm , adjustable spring preload, gas/oil damped, adjustable compression damping

Front suspension stroke: 230 mm (9.1 in.)
Rear suspension travel: 220 mm (8.7 in.)

Front brake:

Drum brake, 150mm diameter

Rear brake:

Drum brake, 150mm diameter

Front tire size:

3.00-21

Rear tire size:

5.10-18 (4.60-18 in Japan)

Fuel tank capacity incl. reserve:

9 liter (2.4 US gal.)

Reserve: 2 liter (0.5 US gal.)
Recommended retail price in Finland: 17,200 FIM (November 1982)




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