Honda CB500 1973
This 1973 CB500 provides a great opportunity to acquire a classic for very little money. It doesn’t look brilliant right now but it has all the ingredients of a great bike and once done could then be finished in the new owners choice of either Candy Jade Green, Candy Garnet Brown or Candy Gold which were the colours for that year.
The bike has had new tyres recently and also a new chain, so some expense could be saved there. We think it could do with the front brake bleeding, the carbs cleaned and balanced and a good check over. Overall it's a great project bike at a sensible price for someone who knows what they’re doing.
We won’t see many at this price so this is a rare chance at this money.
The Honda CB500 four was produced from 1971 to 1978 but was replaced in the US market by the CB550 in 1974. It has a 498 cc single overhead cam four cylinder four stoke motor producing a claimed 50 bhp, though some tests suggested 48 bhp was nearer the mark.
It had a top speed of around 115 mph and was powerful enough to be a high-speed tourer for two people in its day. With a weight of around 450 lbs it fitted nicely into the middleweight category of bikes and was a success with critics and the public alike. Mile per gallon of between 40 and 50 was about par for the course back then.
In 1972 Motorcycle Mechanics referred to it as one of the ‘show stealers’. It even won the 1973 500cc production TT race meaning this was a successful bike in all senses.
The four into four style of exhaust mirrored the styling of the larger CB750 though the exhausts themselves featured a trumpet shaped final section (often referred to as ‘tulip pipes’) which was carried on with the CB550.
It had a single front hydraulic disc and a rear drum brake like its larger brother but also featured a wet sump instead of the dry sump of the earlier 750 motor.
CB500 fours are still in demand today and many are restored to provide a middleweight bike with a smooth, willing and reliable engine, no major handling vices and a not too heavy bike which makes owning and riding one a good choice for many classic bikers.