All valid reasons to service. In addition, depending on mileage consider a valve clearance check. Tight exhaust valves could very well be contributory to your hard starting condition.
Whats the year and mileage?
And re carb clean...drill and pull the anti tamper caps over the pilot screws, remove screw/spring/washer/oring. That orifice is important part of the pilot circuit (but you knew that) and needs "attention".....the replacement tiny orings will be in your kit.
Reassemble at 2.5 turn starting point....when bike is running and full op temp...set each side finding the "sweet spot", but sych first if you can (bench or manometer).
Valve adjust, carb clean, synch, proper pilot screw set......and with all the other tuning crap (spark plugs, air filter, blah blah)
you'll have yourself a fine running 500. BTW...disassemble and clean the insides of the spark plug caps (lug, springs, resister inside each) and "trim" the wires if need be. You understand what I'm referring to here?
Goal...instant start at touch of button, smooth unwavering idle set to your chosen RPM, good response to throttle input, prompt return to idle after releasing throttle. Good time to lube throttle and clutch cables...setting freeplay on each.
I'm beat after all this...whew! All the rest up to you now....have fun.
“Being shot out of a cannon will always be better than being squeezed out of a tube. That is why God made fast motorcycles, Bubba....” quote Hunter S Thompson
Custom Carb Service
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