Seaside Bum: A laid-back Honda XL 500 scrambler by AMP Bikes


Honda XL 500 scrambler by AMP Motorcycles
Nothing cures boredom fairly like bikes—and that goes not only for using them, however wrenching on them too. That is why the father-and-son workforce behind AMP Bikes, Michael and Allen Posenauer, are by no means bored.

Primarily based in Offenbach, Germany, the Posenauers began AMP Bikes as a approach to spend time collectively after hours. They by no means meant for it to be something past a passion, however their work resonated with others and orders quickly trickled in. That hasn’t stopped them from sneaking in private tasks at any time when they will although—like this lighthearted Honda XL 500 scrambler.

Honda XL 500 scrambler by AMP Motorcycles
“My father purchased the 1983 Honda XL 500 R virtually three years in the past,” says Allen. “He wished to construct it for himself.”

“We had a whole lot of buyer work to do, so we labored on the bike simply when there was time and we felt prefer it. We had no deadline. It was nearly having enjoyable, whereas constructing the bike to our personal expectations as father and son.”

Honda XL 500 scrambler by AMP Motorcycles
The overly abbreviated tail, small gasoline tank, and lack of entrance fender may appear foolish to some, however AMP didn’t customise this Honda scrambler for critical souls. All they wished was a light-footed seaside runner—stripped down and prepared for shenanigans.

“Our intention was to solely have the necessities on the bike,” Allen provides. “We reduce off the whole lot we didn’t want, shortened the rear, and eliminated the passenger foot pegs. The bike is kickstart-only, with a tiny battery underneath the tank.”

Honda XL 500 scrambler by AMP Motorcycles
The XL 500’s massive entrance wheel and tall suspension had been nice for pinning it throughout the desert within the 80s, however they had been whole overkill for AMP’s wants. So the fellows took the OEM drum brake hubs, and laced them to shiny new aluminum rims with stainless-steel spokes. The brand new wheels measure 18” back and front, with Heidenau tires providing all-terrain grip and an appropriately chunky aesthetic.

The forks had been lowered to fine-tune the scrambler’s stance earlier than being fitted with contemporary gaiters. A brand new shock props up the Honda Professional-Hyperlink rear suspension system.

Honda XL 500 scrambler by AMP Motorcycles
AMP tossed the entire XL 500’s bodywork, then redressed it with a mixture of salvaged and custom-made components. The gasoline tank got here from a pal; it’s an outdated Honda unit of an undetermined mannequin. Michael and Allen cleaned it up, tailored it to the bike, painted it, and re-fitted its authentic badges.

A 3-quarter size seat sits atop the cut-and-shut subframe, upholstered in two-tone leather-based. Handmade aluminum quantity boards flank the bike, with an aftermarket alloy fender ending off the tail.

Honda XL 500 scrambler by AMP Motorcycles
There’s an aluminum quantity board up entrance too, with an LED headlight poking out of it. A set of chromed scrambler bars sit simply behind it, together with a Motogadget speedo, Motone switches, and a brand new throttle. The flip indicators come from Highsider, with the rear items doubling up as taillights.

The XL’s single-cylinder engine was handled to a full service after which painted black with all-new stainless-steel {hardware}. The carb was ultrasonically cleaned and fitted with a foam air filter.

Honda XL 500 scrambler by AMP Motorcycles
The Honda wears a black and white paint job that performs with stars and jagged stripes. AMP went for a glittery vivid silver end on the body (similar to the end on the Kawasaki Z400 that they constructed some time in the past). There’s not an inch on this bike that hasn’t been refurbished and refinished.

A {custom} exhaust system provides a final touch, snaking its means via the body and terminating in an aftermarket muffler underneath the seat. Oh, and there’s a surfboard on the right-hand facet of the bike.

Honda XL 500 scrambler by AMP Motorcycles
“The bike is strictly what we wished,” Allen concludes. “It’s the right scrambler-slash-tracker for the town—tremendous mild, tremendous agile, tremendous good wanting. It’s an actual head-turner and everybody on the road desires to take photos of it.”

“It will even be nice to trip it to the seaside and log on—however, sadly, we don’t have any waves close to us.”

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Honda XL 500 scrambler by AMP Motorcycles