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100k The history of 1 EX

Bought new in July of 2006.
Retail price at the time was $5700.
Using an add from a dealer 90 miles away that was selling for $5000 along with paying in full with cash, managed to get them to drop the price to $5000. I went to the dealer that was 90 miles away a couple of weeks earlier. They either sold out on their EX stock, or was pulling a classic "bait & switch" . At this time I'm in the market for an EX500, and not just some random bike that is in stock . The dealer I bought from was 20 miles away, as none of the closer dealers had an EX in stock. At the time of purchase, the salesman tried to confirm the $5000 price from the other dealer. As luck would have it, all their salesmen were out to lunch ( because I knew that they were not offering this deal any more [if ever]) . So they could not confirm one way or the other .


September 2018 I roll the odometer.




States ridden in, in no particular order:
Georgia
Alabama
Florida
North Carolina
South Carolina
Tennessee
Kentucky
Virginia
West Virginia


Routine maintenance done (approximate numbers):
Oil & filter change 52 times
Valve adjustment 15 times
Coolant change 16 times
Spark plug replacement 30 times
Air filter change 7 times
Air filter cleaning 20 times
Brake pad replacement (front & rear) 13 times
Fork oil change 4 times
Front tire replacement 7 times
Rear tire replacement 14 times
Clutch cable lube 50 times
Other cable lube 5 times (each)
Battery replacement 2 times
Valve cover gasket replaced 2 times
Drive chain lubed 250+ times
Drive chain replaced 12 times
Sprockets replaced 5 times
Fuel & vacuum lines replaced 6 times



Other non-routine maintenance done:
Clutch cable replaced 1 time
Throttle cables replaced 1 time
Fork seals replaced 1 time
Unitrack rebuilt (all new bushings, seals, and pins) 1 time
Pressure plate, clutch springs, throw out bearing, clutch cover gasket replaced 1 time
Starter motor replaced 1 time
Clutch switch replaced 1 time
Starter clutch replaced (wasn't necessary) 1 time
Water pump mechanical seal and oil seal replaced 1 time
Carbs rebuilt 2 times
Carb boots and clamps replaced 1 time
All coolant hoses replaced 1 time
Radiator leak repaired with epoxy 1 time
Fairing cracks (including headlight housing) repaired with epoxy 15 times (never the same crack twice)
Exhaust gaskets replaced 1 time
A few hose clamps replaced 1 time
Headlight bulb replaced 2 times
Tail/brake light bulbs replaced 5 times
Dash light bulbs replaced 8 times
Front turn signal bracket replaced 2 times
Speedometer cable replaced 1 time
Front brake line replaced (ss) 1 time
Rear caliper rebuilt 2 times
Front caliper rebuilt 1 time
Pair system air valve replaced 1 time
Right front mirror replaced 1 time (someone backed into it and knocked it over)
Cams replaced 1 time
Front brake rotor replaced 1 time
Rear brake rotor replaced 1 time
Coils replaced 1 time
Spark plug wires replaced 3 times
Horn bracket replaced (due to speedometer cable guide breaking off) 1 time (after the 2nd one broke off, decided it was unnecessary)
Petcock rebuilt 1 time (rebuild failed)
Petcock replaced 1 time
Turn signal relay replaced 1 time ( wasn't necessary, bad diagnostics)
Total cost for maintenance over $10,000. Not as bad as it sounds divided over 146 months.






An important note:
Oil pump failure at 10,000 miles leads to complete engine rebuild at this time.
At no cost as the bike was still under warranty.

2006 Ninja500R Purchased new July 2006; 0 miles. Miles as of January 2019; 102,137. It's a GO bike, not a SHOW bike.
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WOW! Kudos and congratulations - thanks for sharing!

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yeah kudos indeed I admire your record keeping and maintenance records. it's a pity more members don't write if only briefly a history of their bikes. to give some pointers to new owners as to what they can expect from their bikes and roughly how much it costs to keep the bike in good running order. I may start a thread on this very subject so as to not hijack this one. well done @bpe you deserve a medal.
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