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Just bought a 2003 EX500, rode home, took forever, kept getting lost, and really not caring. Good thing I stopped for gas!

Bike's a little rough with 36,000 miles, low on maintenance and general care, but still runs pretty good. I plan to fix enough stuff
to ride reliable during the summer, then maybe do a full teardown before next year.

Such fun, cheers!
 

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They are simple bikes that are easy to strip down to bare basics. Enjoy the summer riding and learn some of the things you may need to do come winter. i.e. valves, carbs, new coolant, spark plugs, brakes, etc

Did a full strip and rebuild last year for a bike I gave to my son. 10 times easier than any of the other (street) bikes in my garage.
 

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Thanks for the welcome, everyone.

First order of business, shop for parts!

I'll be needing a fairing, headlight and bracket. Ha! Ha! Ha! very funny, not likely available too often!
That's okay, I also need stuff like h/bar, footpegs, rear fender, levers, carb springs.
Feel free to send PM if you have some parts available.

Meanwhile, is the "Wanted to Buy" forum a good place to start?
 

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Scored a 2005 parts bike with 19K; now I have too many parts!
Maybe work out a trade for a nice cowling?
 

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Bike was not presentable after I drove home, but now, even though
she's still a little rough, here are a few pictures; still need a blue cowl!

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Great bike! I very happy now!

Cheers!
 

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Nice! Great snag on a donor bike. Hopefully you can find a lower cowl. There are some on eBay, but they tend to be full size aftermarkets.
 

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Actually have a lower cowl, just showing off her legs!

Finally out riding now that the headlight is secured in the fairing. Not happy with the color clash, but cannot find Blue Upper Cowling.
Runs strong from 4,000 RPM, steering is very fast compared to 600cc and 750cc UJM's.

Horn inoperative, can I just yell "Beep, beep!"

I very happy now!
 

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Where abouts are you?
Just an interesting side note for those interested.
You can see a members location by hoovering your curser over their avatar. (Assuming the member has entered his/her location in their profile)
 

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Thanks @bpe, I always hovered over the flag. I think the avatar is easier to get.

@haybaler I assumed you meant lower cowl when you were talking about the trade, due to it not being on in the photos. Awesome that the only problem then is cosmetic.
 

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^ Well that's cool, I didn't know about the flag trick (y).
 

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Just an interesting side note for those interested.
You can see a members location by hoovering your curser over their avatar. (Assuming the member has entered his/her location in their profile)
Ah ok, I'm always on my phone, most of the members in here all I had seen was a generic USA but some I have seen at least a state which is helpful.
 

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Definitely easier on the desktop, but most of the time I peruse on my work computer. At home I use the laptop occasionally but it's easier to use the phone in my garage.
 
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