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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 6-18-2019, 11:41 PM Thread Starter
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About three weeks ago my 16 year old son and I went and looked at..... then a few days latter purchased a 07 500R. This bike was a little unique in that it had been sitting in a shop that the father of the owner kept his Corvettes in for 12 years. Yes I'm saying it was last ridden the same year it was bought, and believed to have been last started in early 08. A true barn find of sorts.
Now we all know sitting that long isn't good on a bike but with only 19.6 miles on the clock I took a chance. Going in I knew the fuel tank was in bad shape as we couldn't get the cap open but pulling the fuel line showed there was no fuel to the carbs which was good. You can see the oil that was in it in the picture and with the fact that it wasn't beat to hell I forked over the $1500 (firm as a rock) asking price.

All the work has been done by us as a father son project and un shamefully I'm using it as a way to spend time together. At 16 I figure this will be my last year / chance to leave a lasting impression on him for a few years and I'm going to take it.

So far we've rebuilt the carbs, drilled a hole in the bottom of the tank to get the cap open, filled the hole, cleaned and coated the tank, cleaned the mechanism of the latch, rebuilt the pitcock, changed all the fluids, added a new battery and tonight we fired it up off of the rebuilt original gas tank for the first time. I wont lie and say all went perfect because it didn't. Yet we learned alot and most importantly had did it together.
So after letting it warm up and setting the idle jets and RPM. Then on the stand he ran it though the gears and I saw it..... the smile... it was ear to ear on his face. Priceless for me. I wont say it was better then holding him for the first time but a close second for sure. Some where in there he asked to go around the block and at that moment I'd have said yes to anything. His mom came out as he road around the corner and yep you guessed it I was in trouble. LOL

For him I'm guessing that it was knowing we were nearing completion and a step closer to his perceived independence. I dont care though., it made the stench of bad gas and carb cleaner all week worth it.
Tomorrow we'll reinstall the upper fairing and new set of front blinkers and probably take it to the school parking lot just down the road to let him make a few laps on it. He'll get his car license next Monday and then we'll schedule his MC endorsement class after that. Hope to have my new street riding buddy by the end of the month as the wife and I are going to Nashville and Dale's gap in July. Would love to have him along.

Thanks to all for the time spent sharing your knowledge as I couldn't have done it with out you and also thanks for letting me ramble.
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 6-18-2019, 11:47 PM Thread Starter
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That's a freakin' AWESOME story!!! Good for you and your son.

As stated previously, I'm (currently) a 6th grade teacher and have been teaching elementary for 15 years. The lack of father's in the family today has (and continues to) destroy the guidance, discipline and self-confidence that ALL children need. For you to do this with your son is priceless! As you are a proud father, and he is a happy son, this project/experience will NEVER be forgotten on either of you!

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You found yourself a great project, made even better by spending time with your son and teaching him some life skills. Nicely done!

I too picked up an EX-500 a few months back with the view to bring it back to former glory and have my 16 year old son help me.
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We officially finished the project today and put it on the road, well if you count 3 miles to the gas station and back. I took it out for a quick test first and it reminds me so much of my ninja 250 from when I was 16 it's not even funny. The kiddo was all smiles till he stalled it for third time. Then I could see the frustration and embarrassment on his face. I think tomorrow I'll cover up the tach gauge and let him go just off sound. My guess is he is worried about the 4k break in RPM.
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Awesome and congrats for getting the project finished!

Good idea covering the tachometer. He will get it down soon enough! All part of the learning curve.



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I like the parts about introducing your kid to motorcycles @ 16.
In my case it was the other way round. I rode a BSA A 7 500 cc twin in the 50s but marriage and work and kids took precedent . The when my firstborn son brought home a Suzuki 400 4 cylinder bike I was astounded and had to get a bike again.
Good job your son will love you for it.

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i'd predict the bicycle will soon be gathering dust.

And seeing his pic sitting on the bike with the white sock exposed put an instant smile on my face.....similarities? History repeating itself?

I think I was 11,12 or 13 in this ancient pic from around '62? My neighbors Matchless 500 single IIRC.

Hope your youngster views this...hopefully put a smile on his face too
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i'd predict the bicycle will soon be gathering dust.
Probably a very safe wager. Especially seeing that we were able to schedule today for him to applie for his permanent driver's license. Lord help us all.

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Heres a pic of one of my proudest moments , just finished a race were I beat him. Made him admit that I actually was better than him , (at that moment) he went on to win three championships later.
Even now when he is younger that I was in that picture, he is still younger than I was when I got my race license .

You know you've do a good job tasing your kids when they say " Dad you were right" I said "about what?" He replied " Everything"

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You know you've do a good job raising your kids when they say " Dad you were right" I said "about what?" He replied " Everything"

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I can remember the conversation over the phone with my dad (stepfathet) as he was in California and I in Oklahoma. I told him I was grateful for everything he did, taught me..... and put up with.
(Him and my mother divorced when I was 14)
"He's reply was glad to see you've grown up son".
Hope I have the presence of mind to take the opportunity in such fashion when its presented to me.
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