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This 1989 Honda GB500 was reportedly purchased from its first owner 20 years ago by the seller, who has since ridden just 3500 of its 9k indicated miles. Power is from a SOHC 498cc single paired with a 5-speed transmission, and recent service included replacement of the battery, a carburetor cleaning, and an oil change. This GB500 is sold with a cover, factory tools, a service manual, records, and a clean California title in the seller’s name.
Designed as a tribute to English sportbikes of the 1950s and 1960s, the GB500 was available in the US for just two years and offered only in green-black with gold pinstripes. This example retains in stock drop bars, a solo seat with a rear cowl, and chrome accents. The fuel tank was cleaned and epoxy coated by GTL Advantage in North Hollywood CA. The aluminum wheels show corrosion on the front wheel spokes and wear Bridgestone tires.
Clip-on handlebars are mounted with stock mirrors and bar-end weights. Instrumentation consist of a 115-mph speedometer and tachometer with an 8k-rpm redline. Indicator lights are contained in the tachometer face, with a separate side stand warning light located below the speedometer. The 5-digit odometer shows just under 9k miles, 3500 of which have been added during the seller’s 20-year ownership.
The SOHC 4-valve 498cc single is a sleeved variant of the Honda XL600 and produced 33 horsepower when new. The dual-port cylinder head is fed by a single 42mm Keihin carburetor and features a chrome 2-into-1 exhaust with a faux megaphone pipe. The oil tank is located under the right side panel and equipped with braided steel lines. Recent work included fitment of a new battery, an oil change, and a carburetor cleaning.
A motorcycle cover, factory tool kit, owner’s books, and service manual are included in the sale along with partial service records.