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post #16 of 24 Old 10-05-2011, 06:28 PM Thread Starter
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Nice little bikes. We had an older version for a bit...

A guy at work just gave me this:





A 1975 Honda 750. A maiden voyage across to the gas station...





...and then I was forced to launch it up and down the driveway:





Once I get it sorted I will have no choice but to slay 250 Ninja's with it.

Gotta love the classics!
Man that's an awesome looking bike for a freebie! I love the styling of those 70's... Japans cafe bikes so to speak.

We should do a 500 vs 750 challenge!

I love this little 500 so far, thing is a blast to ride. It handles awesome. I should be a fun/economic bike and a cheap project!
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Man that's an awesome looking bike for a freebie! I love the styling of those 70's... Japans cafe bikes so to speak.

We should do a 500 vs 750 challenge!

I love this little 500 so far, thing is a blast to ride. It handles awesome. I should be a fun/economic bike and a cheap project!
I think the 750 can go low 13's on motor, with a little work. I don't have the money to put in it right now, but it sure was fun to ride around.

The EX500 would absolutely destroy it right now, though!

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I think the EX500's are suppose to run like 12.7s stock..... but if we compared my time here at elevation, to your times, we might be pretty close!
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I think the EX500's are suppose to run like 12.7s stock..... but if we compared my time here at elevation, to your times, we might be pretty close!
Maybe...but right now it won't do a burnout...even on wet pavement.

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I bought it for $480. The only thing I really have planned is to replace some of the plastics, and then try my hand in doing some paint/body work on it. If I botch it up, I can just sand it down and try again. I mean, it's only a $480 bike so who cares right?

I also bought this bike for my wife to learn how to ride on. I'll probably use it to commute back and forth to work a few times as well. Even with the body panels I am going to replace, I don't plan on having more then $1000 total investment in this bike. It should look pretty good when I'm done though, and it rides great as is, had a bunch of new parts on it when I bought it.
First bike of mine was an 87 EX500 I bought for $300! It had been sitting in a garage for 10 years and my coworker wanted it gone. A friend with a truck helped me get it home, and after replacing the fluids and battery it was running. Never got less than 55 mpg out of it and it would beat any car off the line.
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So I'm thinking about throwing a set of dirtbike handlebars on this. Anyone have any experience doing so? Something like a Spiegler LSL kit, but without their $319 price tag. According to their website, this is what is included:

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Kit will include an aluminum billet one piece adapter plate top clamp that has a fully anodized finish, an aluminum Superbike handlebar, 1 front stainless steel brake line, and accessory mounting hardware.
I all ready have a longer stainless brake line laying around I could use. Figure all I need to do is drill/tap the top triple clamp, and install a set of handlebars (hopefully something cheap off ebay). Anyone have experience doing this?
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Ninja ex500 was my first street bike when I was 18. It was a blast!

Nice find!!

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So I'm thinking about throwing a set of dirtbike handlebars on this. Anyone have any experience doing so? Something like a Spiegler LSL kit, but without their $319 price tag. According to their website, this is what is included:



I all ready have a longer stainless brake line laying around I could use. Figure all I need to do is drill/tap the top triple clamp, and install a set of handlebars (hopefully something cheap off ebay). Anyone have experience doing this?

well I found someone else who did it to their EX500... 7/8" bars with 2" risers, he even told me what to search for on Ebay to duplicate it. Plan to try it soon....

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The bike.... the day she came home...

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