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Post by MattB on Wed 10 Jul 2019, 12:18 pm

Hi All,

I have acquired a 2002 CB500S that has been sat idle for about 10 years.
It needs some TLC to say the least.
Engine needs painting, carbs are knackered and need rebuilding etc.

Having ordered loads of carb parts (and spent a fortune at fowlers) I thought I had best come here and see if there are hints and tips I can get before I go into full on strip and rebuild mode.
I will probably make a few cosmetic mods in time as this is project rather than my main bike (CBR600 F4)

I did own a 2003 CB500S years ago (bought new) to commute a 120 miles round trip a few times a week, but sold it after about 3 years.
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Post by teamster1975 on Wed 10 Jul 2019, 5:52 pm

Welcome Matt, you'll have to get a photo of it on here!
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Post by wrighty on Wed 10 Jul 2019, 6:57 pm

Welcome Matt. Look at my post from today under Articles and Blogs, title "almost there". It started as a 2002 cb500s  (black) which had sat festering in a ladies garage for 6 years.
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Post by MattB on Wed 10 Jul 2019, 7:08 pm

Thanks Gents.
I will post a pic when I am next in the garage. 
Wrighty - that looks very nice!! Good Job.
Flat Track seat unit?
Did you consider losing the air box at any point?
(Apparently they can rough without them)
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Post by wrighty on Wed 10 Jul 2019, 7:25 pm

Yes I did Matt but advice from dyno shop was as you say, it will definately run better with standard box. Anyway I just wanted to create an empty space in that frame triangle and its the battery box which sits there so i ditched it and fitted a small lithium battery laying flat under the seat.
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Post by trevor machine on Sun 28 Jul 2019, 5:38 pm

Eh up Matt - where abouts in the Pots are you? I'm born and bred Stoke, but moved 15 years ago - up to York. But I go back every week at the moment to look after me dum and mad.

My fave local roads are currently Rough Close to Uttoxeter (B5066 -> B5027). Then I sometimes go B5030, B5031, B5032 then left for Ellaston, Wootton, Ramshorn. Then I probably go left on to the A52, down to Froghall, then right up to Ipstones via the B5053 and stay on that bastard all the way to Longnor. Time for a well-earned stretch, slash and caffeine break there. Then it's out of Longnor on Leek Road i.e. passed Hardings Booth up to Bareleg Hill. Then back to town on the A53.

What roads would you recommend?

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