We ride the KTR500 Two-Stroke, the second bike in our fully-custom 500cc project bike shootout
This is the ultimate two-stroke project bike that was built in 1998
The complexity of the job demands a hodgepodge of Honda parts from various CRs and CRFs for the rest of the bike. On paper, the 2008 Service Honda CR500AF may look like Frankenstein’s bike, but on the stand it looks like it was meant to be.
First, let’s get one myth out of the way up front. It is common for modern critics of the 450cc four-stroke to claim that the AMA 500cc National Championship was terminated because bikes like the CR500 and KX500 were too powerful. Not true. Not even close to true. The reality is that the AMA dropped the 500 National Championships after the 1993 season under political pressure from Suzuki and Yamaha. No surprise there; neither Suzuki nor Yamaha built a competitive 500cc motocross bike. In fact, Suzuki ha…