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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 1-23-2020, 12:38 AM Thread Starter
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Hey! New owner, new rider!

Howdy! I'm Rex, 21 y/o from SoCal. Took my MSF/CMSP course last November, got my license in December, and just got my first bike, a 2001 500R.

Real excited to get out on the road (after a few days of parking lot practice), and to get working on making the bike look pretty (it was very well mechanically repaired and maintained by the guy i bought it from, but it's still very clearly been dropped on both sides).

Looking forward to hanging out on this forum more!

My bike w/ my dad's R3 in the background
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Welcome! That bike may have been dropped but it still looks pretty good from the pic. So, you and your dad going to be riding together? Hard to beat that.
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Welcome! That bike may have been dropped but it still looks pretty good from the pic. So, you and your dad going to be riding together? Hard to beat that.
Thank you! Other side is a little more rough, a bit scraped on the brake lever and pedal, and the exhaust is pretty gnarly. Nothing I can't deal with though. I'd definitely like to ride with my dad sometime, he doesn't ride very often (maybe once every week or two), but I think he's looking at trading in the R3 for a cruiser and might get back into it a little more.

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2006 Ninja500R Purchased new July 2006; 0 miles. Miles as of January 2020; 108,827 . It's a GO bike, not a SHOW bike.
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Welcome! I like the color of bike..gray! Good looking..


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Welcome, have fun, ride safe!

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Welcome! The bike looks awesome. I have a similar 2003 - also with cosmetic issues. If you have any rust stains on the right exhaust you should try a little 'prep and etch' phosphoric acid. It's like magic on the stainless steel after 1-2 hours. Have fun!
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post #9 of 12 (permalink) Old 1-27-2020, 4:07 AM
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Welcome! I am fairly new to the 500, but it sure is a sweet ride! Glad you will get to ride with your Dad! My Pops is 89, and in shady condition, never a cyclist (moto or bicycle)...
Enjoy that bike! It looks pretty already! I remember trying to keep my bikes scratch free. Like the day I installed a new fairing piece on my VFR, only to have it fall over in the parking lot at the movie theater later in the day...Have fun!
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Thanks everyone!

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Enjoy that bike! It looks pretty already! I remember trying to keep my bikes scratch free. Like the day I installed a new fairing piece on my VFR, only to have it fall over in the parking lot at the movie theater later in the day...Have fun!
That's unfortunate, haha. The bike's already got quite a bit of damage so luckily it means I'm not too concerned with dropping it in the state it's in, although I definitely still want to avoid it lol.

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a personalized welcome just for @littleprince
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that's fantastic, thank you haha

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