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Old 07-11-2006, 08:21 AM   #21
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I just train rookie fleecers out here. The FL market is too easy for the head of the ECOC. It's like taking candy from a baby.



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Old 07-11-2006, 09:21 AM   #22
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Something occurred to me while reading your post; Why do so many people want to do their own engine work? I have no desire to be a mechanic. "do the valves yourself....blah, blah" If my hobby was to rebuild engines, great. I don't know why it took me years to figure out I don't like to work on bikes.
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Old 07-11-2006, 09:48 AM   #23
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What a bunch of negative comments posted here.



Here's what I'd do. First, see if you can have the bike for the weekend before you buy it from him.



1) Install a new battery.

2) Pull the bottom float bowl plugs out of the carbs and drain what ever is in there. Check for water.

3) Drain the gas tank.

4) Pour fresh gas through the gas tank, slosh it around and let it pour out through the gas tap until it's clean.

4) Connect the gas tank back to the carbs and pour gas into the gas tank and let it drain through the carb float bowls and out. do this until it comes out clean.

5) Drain the engine/tranny oil. Pour a little fresh oil into the engine and let it drain out of the drain plug until it looks clean.

6) Pull the spark plugs and again check for rust and water. Squirt about a thimble full of engine oil into each plug hole.

7) Fill the engine with fresh oil.

I think this bike is liquid cooled, so you will need to drain and refill the coolant.

9) With a fresh battery and the plugs out start the bike and let it spin around a couple of minutes to circulate the oil.

10) Drain and refill the oil again.



If everything looks good up to this point put the plugs back in add gas and try to start the bike. I bet you it starts and runs just fine. If not split the costs with your friend and give the bike back.



As for tires, I wouldn't worry about them too much at this point. Make sure they hold pressure and ride the bike a bit before you decide to replace them.



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Old 07-11-2006, 10:34 AM   #24
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Both....my oldest one is 12 years younger than me. Whats worrisome is my current project(to be debuted(sp?) in two weeks at Mid Ohio ) is 34 years younger than me;but it runs in the post vintage class so i dont feel TOO bad. when a bike that new is considered "Vintage" is when i worry.

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I recently sold my 82 yammy YZ125 and a 74 CZ400-----Im learning my limits.

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Old 07-11-2006, 10:39 AM   #25
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best post yet...its what I would do......but I didnt think his plan to buy it and "tow it to the dealer" was a good idea. My cosmetically pristine/low hours trail riding 82 Yammy YZ125 had sat in a neighbor's basement for over 20 years.....two evenings work doing basically what you describe and that weekend my son raced it...on the original tires.
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Old 07-11-2006, 11:07 AM   #26
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A stored bike is not a lost cause. However, the "negative" posters are correct that you need to be aware of the costs of inheriting a used bike. This applies to any used bike though, and I'll bet a lot of posters would agree that a used Ninja 500 is a great first bike, and would suggest against buying new when it's your first bike. That said, this is perhaps one of the cleanest, lowest mileage Ninja 500s you're going to find, right? So it's a reasonable purchase as long as you approach the pricing (and your friend) appropriately.



One suggestion I've not heard is to let a dealer handle everything. This bike will need brake fluid and most novice mechanics are not comfortable handling corrosive brake fluid and learning about brake bleeding, not when brakes are so critical. You could come to some sort of nice agreement with your friend and the dealer to look it over and estimate the refresh.



If you buy new from a dealer you'll pay for the set-up, too.



Another factor to consider in pricing is tax. In California, people often forget when comparing prices to include the substantial tax and registration fees, which you will have to pay even for a used bike at the time you register it for your new title.



Some have suggested changing your own tires. This is in fact easy to do but not if you've never done it! (I used to work in a shop and have changed hundreds, maybe thousands, of tires.) And while you can spoon them on easily enough if you know how, balancing the tires requires a balance stand and weight kit, which is going to run you a bit of change. Even now I take my wheels into the shop to mount up new rubber so I can use the electonic balancer. I'm such a grifter, I tell ya.



Finally, you can't always agonize over every $50 in your quest to be on the "best" side of a deal. Come to a reasonable agreement and then accept that you have a new baby that will cost you money for all kinds of things down the road.
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Old 07-11-2006, 01:21 PM   #27
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Different strokes. I LOVE to work on my stuff. But only on MY stuff.
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Old 07-11-2006, 01:35 PM   #28
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Default Different strokes.

I agree. The "newer" bikes are just a PITA to screw around with my limited wrenching abilities. Pull a 1966 Ford motor? No problem. Mess around with the ecu on a new lexus? Not a chance. Same with bikes for me.
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Old 07-11-2006, 05:24 PM   #29
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Before you decide to tackle this, check out the following for help and ideas:



http://www.micapeak.com/mailinglistroundup

or:

http://www.micapeak.com/lists

for the EX500 Mailing List



http://mfes.com/wade/ex500.html

http://www.keycruncher.com/ex500/

http://www.classicbikes.com/ex500racing.html

a few websites devoted to the EX



You are not the first to attempt a resurrection of an EX500. If you join the List, read carefully and follow anything the nice FOG tells you..........
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Old 07-12-2006, 07:21 AM   #30
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Yes! if you are game to do it yourself try:

www.ex500riders.com



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