Hi all - new 500r
Hi Everyone - Glad to find this forum and all the valuable knowledge here! I've been away from riding for many years but got the bug again. I've always liked the EX500 but never had one - reliable, easy to work on, efficient, quiet, not too fast, fairly upright riding position.
I recently bought a 2003 500r. It's blue/gray with dark gray rims, 5,900 miles, totally stock. I think it was babied for most of its life but then neglected and left outdoors the past year.
The bike was able to start and sounded fine, but only with the choke on. It's kind of a miracle it could run at all with amber colored fuel in freezing temps. Plus, I noticed later that a mud-wasp had built a nest in the little drain hole for the right spark plug, so at some point that area filled with water and rusted the plug to oblivion. The inner plug cap retaining ring had turned to dust so it was just flopping around on top of the plug.
Anyway, I've had a lot of fun stripping everything off the bike for a total restoration this winter. I took the airbox out - the original air filter was vaporizing into a fine yellow dust. And I just cleaned the carbs, which were in good shape except of course for the pilot jets and idle circuit.
Right now I plan to keep everything stock except I picked up a pair of OEM 650r mirrors so I can see past my elbows. Can't wait for Spring!