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Hi Ninja Peeps!

Hi everyone, I'm new to the forum and thought I'd say hi!

I just picked up a 2003 500R that has been sitting for a decade or so. It's in good shape but needs some tlc to get it back street-able condition. The Wiki has already been immensely useful, and I'm looking forward to getting it all sorted out!

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welcome. sitting 10 years! wow, blasphemy

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Welcome, hope you can bring that thing back to life soon. So many of these bikes have been abused or neglected and it deserves better. It's an easy bike to work on, parts are plentiful, you've got good support here, and when you're done you'll find it's a blast to ride.
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2006 Ninja500R Purchased new July 2006, 0 miles. Miles as of January 2017 88652. It is a GO bike, not a SHOW bike.
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Thanks everyone - I'm super excited! I was able to ride my buddies 2006 when it was new, so I have an idea of what it can do. This one only has 960 miles on it, and I'm hoping to have it running this weekend
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one clean ma-cheen.

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Now I just need it to sing that sweet sweet siren song.

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Welcome.
Nice find and good luck with it...

And be sure to ditch those stock Bridgestones.
Just because they have plenty of tread doesn't mean squat.
They've hardened up and won't be sticky for s***.

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Now I just need it to sing that sweet sweet siren song.
and make sure you don't hear 'em behind you!

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Yeah, the tires are 15 years old and still have most of the nipples on them. They're hard as rocks too, lol, like some sort of molded plastic. I'll be swapping them out for some Pilots soon enough.
Also to be done:
-Coolant
-Brake fluid
-Throttle cable lubrication
-Chain service and adjustment
-Carb refurb (fresh set inbound from ducatiman)
-Fresh fuel line
-Debating a valve adjustment
Already done:
-New battery
-Fresh ethanol-free gasoline
-Fresh oil and filter
-Air filter
I'm open to suggestions for anything that I may be missing!

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The fact that you are most capable of performing, you've got the time before carbs arrive and tires find their way on the bike....
what the heck...I'd persuade you to capture the opportunity and do the valve clearance check.

Just some additional labor for piece of mind...and the distinction of knowing you're a rare owner, actually performing the oft disregarded 600 mile clearance check called for in the service manual.

An impressive entry into the bikes' service records going forward! You'll thank yourself someday in the future!

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Duc beat me to it.... haha

Yes, seriously, just go ahead and do the adjustment/check.
I almost bet I could count on one hand out of the how many of the hundreds of thousands EXs ever had that 600 mile valve check. LOL
I'm one of the rare few that actually did mine.
Bought it off the showroom in January '05 with 1/10th of a mile... took absolutely no time to run the clock up to 600 miles, tore it open and did the service... 12 years later and it's still going.

Be sure to keep following the break-in schedule.
At least close anyway... no long distance at constant speed... no revs over about 7k until after 1500 miles or so.

More or less... ride it almost like you normally would but a bit easier just to give everything a chance to seat in. But don't baby the crap out of it either. Then it should last you a long time.

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The fact that you are most capable of performing, you've got the time before carbs arrive and tires find their way on the bike....
what the heck...I'd persuade you to capture the opportunity and do the valve clearance check.

Just some additional labor for piece of mind...and the distinction of knowing you're a rare owner, actually performing the oft disregarded 600 mile clearance check called for in the service manual.

An impressive entry into the bikes' service records going forward! You'll thank yourself someday in the future!
Okay I'm convinced - it totally makes sense to go ahead and do the valve adjustment, especially since I'm already planning on doing the coolant.

It will make a mighty fine looking line item on the first page of my new service log.
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Duc beat me to it.... haha

Yes, seriously, just go ahead and do the adjustment/check.
I almost bet I could count on one hand out of the how many of the hundreds of thousands EXs ever had that 600 mile valve check. LOL
I'm one of the rare few that actually did mine.
Bought it off the showroom in January '05 with 1/10th of a mile... took absolutely no time to run the clock up to 600 miles, tore it open and did the service... 12 years later and it's still going.

Be sure to keep following the break-in schedule.
At least close anyway... no long distance at constant speed... no revs over about 7k until after 1500 miles or so.

More or less... ride it almost like you normally would but a bit easier just to give everything a chance to seat in. But don't baby the crap out of it either. Then it should last you a long time.

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Lol, it still has the break-in sticker on the tad. . .

I'm going to assume it wasn't really done right and still needs that 500 miles of varying rpm's/throttle.
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Since the bike sat for so long don't forget giving the brakes a good look, especially the calipers, service them per the Wiki guide.

Also inspect all rubber hoses, replacement if there's any doubt.

I've done a few bikes that came in boxes, sat a long time, or just plain neglected, abused. I go thru everything, after all it's your safety in the end.

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Lol, it still has the break-in sticker on the tad. . .

I'm going to assume it wasn't really done right and still needs that 500 miles of varying rpm's/throttle.
Haha, cool.

It may or may not have been....
And honestly I've never quite followed a break-in sticker.
Rebuilt my fair share of engines over the years and really what I do is after the initial fire up break-in is to ride/drive it.
Not hard, keepin the revs lower... for a few hundred miles... not maintaining any one ENGINE speed for long periods....
Then begin to up the revs on take off, about half of redline... keeping the engine speed varied... up to about 1500 miles.
Leading up to the 1500 mark I gradually increase the revs in lower gears and increase the amount of time the RPMs remain the same.
Changing the oil 2-3 times before a final change at end of break-in.

PITA but it works for me.
Last one I did was a 50cc bored to 100cc... revved and held consistantly to around 8-9k for extended periods on the road. Going on 10k miles so far.

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