Honda CR500 Top Speed: All You Should Know

The Honda CR500 is known for being a beast on the road, but it’s a lovely machine. As a 500cc two-stroke, it knows how to get a conversation going.

If you’re a dirt bike enthusiast, you’ll agree with me that CR500 is very tractable, something most people overlook. Even with the insane specifications and powerful engine performance, you’ll be able to calm and slow it down from a high speed effortlessly, as long as you’re focused.

Moreover, where there are hills and deep sand, CR500 will make you fly through the challenges. In other words, the Honda CR500 is for power fanatics who thirst more for the thrill of acceleration.

The CR500 is a modern Honda bike on or off-road. So, what’s it like? Let’s find out!

Honda CR500 Top Speed, Horsepower, Specifications, & Review

Honda CR500 Review

CR500 is a machine that’s both detested and loved in equal measures but what matters is as long as it’s a Honda, rest assured of agility, speed, durability, and top performance.

 While you must ensure you arrive at the destination first, fast and safe, it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the commute. See what CR500 has to offer as you ride it.

Honda CR500 Top Speed: 92mph (150 Km)

Easy Operation

The CR500 is not hard work to start. Though it requires a one-time full-travel, energetic kick to start, the response is quick and enthusiastic.

Sometimes, the speed can be tricky to control on a quick jump, but thanks to the throttle control, it becomes light in the air without the risk of a fall. Besides, the throttle is ideal for the young and inexperienced rider, regulating the high speed when necessary.


The close competitors of CR500 were Kawasaki KX500, KTM450, and Yamaha YZ490.

Sadly, the 2001 CR500 was the last production of this model. But even with the passing of many years, Honda CR500 remains the most potent Honda dirt bike and a top-speed motocross racer ever sold. That’s why there’s still a high demand for the used product.

Honda CR500 Key Specifications

Displacement491.4 cc
Power67.6 hp
Seat Height38.0 inches
Curb Weight247 lbs
Fuel Tank Capacity2.4 Gallons

Top Features

  • Sturdy steel tube frame
  • 45 mm Showa inverted front forks
  • Show Pro-Link rear suspension
  • Adjustable compression and rebound damping
  • Single 240 mm hydraulic front disc brake with 2-piston caliper
  • Single 220 mm hydraulic rear disc brake with 1-piston caliper
  • 21 Inch spoke rim front wheel
  • 18 Inch spoke rim rear wheel
  • Dunlop K490G 80/100-21 51M front tires
  • Dunlop K695 110/100-18 64M rear tires
  • Single-cylinder, two-stroke engine
  • Liquid cooling system
  • Membrane and power valve assembly
  • 38 mm Flat-slide Keihin carburetor
  • 5-Speed constant mesh transmission
  • Capacitor discharge ignition
  • Manual kick-the-starter only

Honda CR500 Specifications

Engine & Transmission

Engine Type1-Cylinder, 2-stroke, SOHC,
Engine Displacement491.4 cc
No. of Cylinders1
Fuel TypePetrol
Fuel SupplyFlat-slide keihin carburetor
Cooling SystemLiquid Cooling
Bore89.0 mm
Stroke79.0 mm
Compression Ratio6.8:1
Valves Per Cylinder2
Transmission5-Speed, constant mesh
ClutchWet-type, multi-disc
Final DriveChain

Top Speed, Performance, & Mileage

Power67.6 hp @ 8,500 rpm
Torque72.2 Nm @ 6,000 rpm
Top SpeedHonda CR500’s top speed is 92 mph
Mileage23.5 mpg
0-60 mph6-7 seconds Approximate

Chassis & Suspension

Body TypeDirt bike
ChassisSteel tube frame
Front Suspension45 mm Showa leading-axle inverted forks
Rear SuspensionShowa pro-link shock absorber
Front Wheel Travel12.2 inches
Rear Wheel Travel12.6 inches

Brakes, Wheels, & Tires

Front BrakeSingle hydraulic 2-piston caliper disc
Rear BrakeSingle hydraulic 1-piston caliper disc
Front Brake Diameter240 mm
Rear Brake Diameter220 mm
Front Wheel21-inch Spoke rims
Rear Wheel18 inch Spoke rims
Tire TypeTube type
Front Tire Size80/100-21 51M
Rear Tire Size110/100-18 64M

Dimension & Capacity

Wheelbase58.6 inches
Length85.9 inches
Width32.5 inches
Height48.8 inches
Seat Height38.0 inches
Ground Clearance13.5 inches
Curb Weight247 lbs
Fuel Tank Capacity2.4 gallons
Seating Capacity1

Electricals & Lighting

Battery TypeNo battery
Battery Capacity0
Pilot LightsNo
Turn SignalsNo
Pass LightNo

Instrument Console & Speedometer

Console TypeNo instrument console
Trip MeterNo
No. of Trip Meters0
Fuel GaugeNo
Gear Shift LightNo
Gear Position IndicatorNo
Low Fuel IndicatorNo
Engine Temperature IndicatorNo
Service IndicatorNo

Other Features

Electric StarterNo
Engine kill SwitchNo
Stand AlarmNo
Stepped SeatNo
Pillion SeatNo
Pillion GrabrailsNo
Pillion FootrestNo
Underseat StorageNo
Additional FeaturesAdjustable front and rear suspension

See also: Kawasaki KX100 Top Speed


For apparent reasons, the CR500 has engraved its name in the history of the best off-road machines ever built. It boasts a furious single-cylinder 2-stroke engine that offers powerful performance. The build is sturdy and rigid, allowing it to tackle the most challenging terrains for a prolonged time.

Furthermore, the operation is not only easy but also very responsive. For the right guy, who knows how to handle it, Honda CR500 is a great bike. I took a ride in the deep dunes, and I can say that the experience was a perfect match.

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