1984 Armstrong MT500 from United States of America


Solid no glamour transportation


Problems early on in ownership: Broken cam belt, faulty ignition coil, badly tuned Mikuni conversion.

The former early in my ownership experience. I did a thousand mile weekend trip and experienced poor fuel economy - less than 30 mpg's. re jetted Mikuni that came with the bike with good results in starting and fuel economy.

The bike was always easy to start - even on winter nights in Chicago 10 degree F.!!

General Comments:

I use the MT 500 to cope with the terrible Chicago streets. I like the look and no nonsense attitude of the bike and the great luggage rack/cargo carrying ability.

The handling in tight traffic - with a good view of the road ahead is also a useful attribute.

Not really a fast motorcycle, but quick enough for an urban application. Runs out of steam on the highway, but can easily cruise 65 mph all day with out compliant.

Seat becomes uncomfortable after a bit - I might switch to an old style solo saddle with springs and expand the luggage rack.

With NO dealer - but parts from the UK available and Rotax USA for engine bits - YOU must become your own service person - get the manual on CD - once you are oriented it is a great bike.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st August, 2009

1982 Armstrong MT500 from United Kingdom


Grrrr!!! You're FIRED! But I like you, sort of



General Comments:

Didn't have this machine long.

Why, because.. because.. because, I don't know why.

Reliable? Oh yes!

Stonking stonkability, stonking stonk! My son! Great bike, but what a pig to start! Little window down on the engine to see if a little something was in the right position. If not kick around until it was. Then apply some magic herbs and an incantation and boot the kick start.. Voila! Nothing! Wrong magic spell... cast another VVVrrrommm thud thud thud. Bomb proof! Start proof too sometimes.

What a horrid little warthog. An ex army bike with a bad attitude problem. It didn't obey orders, namely 'START!' Armstrong, you're fired! Great ped though! Unless you own one and have friends, no pillion pegs! Boo hoo! PIG!

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 14th June, 2008

31st May 2014, 16:25

Love this review... I want one! Don't know why?

8th Jun 2015, 21:34

Sometimes we need to 'tease' or 'torture' ourselves a bit... To be 'politically correct'... To 'Challenge' ourselves. If you fancy a little dose of 'annoyance' and 'frustration', the MT500 could be right up your street. Or if it's 'playing up' just outside your house, depending on its mood. Definitely a 'love hate' Bike. Hahaha.