Post Sale Update: This DR500 sold for $2,010 after 44 bids on eBay in Glenwood, Iowa.
Yamaha’s success with the XT500 was hard for competitors to ignore – Suzuki’s attempt at fighting back was the DR500. Many riders who sampled both bikes felt like Suzuki had a superior package, however Yamaha was much more commercially successful, and that’s what makes this a relatively rare find.
The 498cc motor produced 36 horsepower at 6,500 rpm to push 321 pounds of bike. THe 1981 model had a distinct square headlight, while 1982 got a circular headlight that completely changed the face. The DR500 only lasted between 1981-1983 – the first year was known as the DR500X and it featured white bodywork with red/orange stripes.
This example (VIN: JS1DM41A2B2100686) is said to be in “good running original condition” with no leaks. The only flaws seems to be a dent in the tank and non-functioning lights. The seller rebuilt the carb, installed new gaskets, changed the oil, adjusted the timing, and installed a new chain. Everything besides the lights are said to work.
Find this DR500 for sale in Glenwood, Iowa with bidding up to $1,325 here on eBay.