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There are other factors involved besides displacement and HP. Gearing, weight and more importantly, torque.

An EX500 is not a drag bike. It makes power higher on the tach and is more or less about getting around corners quicker. Call it sportbike lite.

The Africa Twin is more about sport touring with off-road pretenses. It will do pretty much everything well, but won’t excel at anything.

It isn’t a drag bike either so 0-60 times aren’t relevant in evaluating it either. Call that one adventure lite.

Which one wins in a drag? Couldn’t say. Not a match up anyone has considered until now I imagine.

Part of me thinks the Africa Twin but if the EX got a good launch at the right RPM with the right gearing it would be close. The EX might even eke out a win.

I just don’t think it’s a clear cut situation
Ok thanks we will see how good i am lol
 

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Hey guy i just came up with a idea for the tank, its most likely rusted inside and i would use a gas tank sealer or use toil washer to eat away at the rust and then put a filter on the gas line just incase some pieces of rust didnt come out. For the outside rust i was thing using my sanding power tool or grinder on the bubble parts. Then sand the resto of the tank and either spray paint it and try to match the color or powder coat the tank. What should i do? Powder coat or paint? Im afraid the powder coat will come out to glossy. But the paint is not as durable.
 

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Hey guy i just came up with a idea for the tank, its most likely rusted inside and i would use a gas tank sealer or use toil washer to eat away at the rust and then put a filter on the gas line just incase some pieces of rust didnt come out. For the outside rust i was thing using my sanding power tool or grinder on the bubble parts. Then sand the resto of the tank and either spray paint it and try to match the color or powder coat the tank. What should i do? Powder coat or paint? Im afraid the powder coat will come out to glossy. But the paint is not as durable.
The very real issue here is that the rust might be all the way through, and you will create holes in the tank when you remove all the rust in certain sections. You'll only know for sure when you attack the job and see what you're dealing with....
 

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Yes i see ur point. But assuming the tank is in good condition or i get a new tank, would powder coating it be better than painting it?
 

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Paint. Powder coat is not for fuel tanks. Seriously, once you get the tank off the bike it may just crumble in your hands.

Not only the rust bubbles you see but the tank bottom is likely in the worst shape imaginable.

The rust bubbles you see is the metal delaminating under the paint. It’s gonna be real, real ugly when you take a wire wheel or whatever you plan on to remove the visible bubbling.

Even worse, I google searched for pictures of delaminated sheet metal on motorcycle fuel tanks.....and none of them looked remotely close to how bad yours is.

I’ve honestly only seen delamination like that in tropical environments. Seen close to it in places like Germany and the UK.....Canada too but that was from road salt in the winter.

Seriously, I’ve seen cars left to rot in South Georgia for 40 years that didn’t have that kind of rust on them.

Hence the advice to just find a new tank. There are some tank specialists online. It could be saved, but at great expense and would still require paint. Start with a good tank, a red one if you can find it. Tank coating....it’s gonna take far more than that to save that tank....sean
 

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Paint. Powder coat is not for fuel tanks. Seriously, once you get the tank off the bike it may just crumble in your hands.

Not only the rust bubbles you see but the tank bottom is likely in the worst shape imaginable.

The rust bubbles you see is the metal delaminating under the paint. It’s gonna be real, real ugly when you take a wire wheel or whatever you plan on to remove the visible bubbling.

Even worse, I google searched for pictures of delaminated sheet metal on motorcycle fuel tanks.....and none of them looked remotely close to how bad yours is.

I’ve honestly only seen delamination like that in tropical environments. Seen close to it in places like Germany and the UK.....Canada too but that was from road salt in the winter.

Seriously, I’ve seen cars left to rot in South Georgia for 40 years that didn’t have that kind of rust on them.

Hence the advice to just find a new tank. There are some tank specialists online. It could be saved, but at great expense and would still require paint. Start with a good tank, a red one if you can find it. Tank coating....it’s gonna take far more than that to save that tank....sean
That really sucks lol, i gues ill update u when i inspect the tank in a couple weeks. Thanks for your help tho! Appreciate it 👌
 

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Hey guys its been a while and i finally got home! So the biggest problem im facing is the keys. And i heard for someone early on that i can use the numbers and bring it to a locks smith. Thay would honeslty be the best since removing the lock cylinder i would need to drill out the security bolts. Just wanted to confirm that its possible to just use the numbers without having to bring the lock cylinders. Eventually i could un bolt the whole gas cap assembly and bring that lock cylinder instead so i wouldent have to drill out the lock on the dash. Ill update u guys alot since im literally working on it rn. Thanks for the help!
 

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Here are some pictures. I found a number on the cylinder us someone can tell me if its the right one

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51808
 

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just remove one of the helmet holders and take that to the locksmith

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Yea i saw those. Their is one on each side but the actually bar on the lock is blocking the philips screw

Here is a pic

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Hey does anyone know how long a key code is on the ex500. I found a 6 digit one on the ignition but i just wanted to make sure its the one
 

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Heyyy guys whats up? I just got the bike started today. I brought the ignition key and the helmet lock key to the Locksmiths and was able to get it jump started. Took off the tank and ran a bottle of gas to the carb. And it fired up. Im so happy and now that i know the bike run ill be buying a boatload of parts for it.

Thanks for ur help!
 

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I was going through my cables on my ex500 and i saw that their are 2 throttle cables. I was wondering if its ok just to have one since with further inspection they connect to the same mechanism just on opposite sides. My guess is their are 2 cables to help turn it on both sides but i think one cable by itself would work fine
 

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Push and pull cables...the pull to open throttle plates, the push a fail safe to aid in closing the throttle. IF you choose to "mod" in removing the push cable and run only the pull...you are fully on your own. You must assure unimpeded, faultless carb return spring and throttle shaft open/close motion, correct cable routeing, freeplay adjustment, perfect snapback, throttle "setup". Needless to say, an error here could result in catastrophic results. The liability is entirely on YOU.
 

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Ok thanks for the detailed response, ill just use the pull cable to make sure the bike moves and buy the push cable later on, thanks
 
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