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First timer in Slovakia

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    zburke11 New Member

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    So I'm an American living in Slovakia :) Never had an older bike, and I've only owned one bike previously haha. I'll be learning how to do this all on my own, and with your help ;) I have a 1979 Lada 2101 that I've also been learning to work on myself. I had a Yamaha R6, but have always been out to make a cafe racer style, maybe not the "true" meaning of that but something along those lines. Just recently I was able to find a decent deal it seems on a Yamaha XJ500. It's been hard to find any info on the bike considering the XJ500 I guess wasn't everywhere and I can't find if it has same carb and stuff as the 550 or not and so on. So i'll be searching for that info :) It starts with spray, and then will start right back up, but the guy said he thinks the carb just needs cleaned up. Here are some pics of it. I have a video as well but not sure how to post that. So I'll probably be asking a lot of questions and for resources about it, since like I said I'm having a hard time finding info to be able to order parts. Specifically carburetor parts.
     

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    Timbox Active Member

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    Welcome to the site, lots of other will be chiming in soon. You look to have a nice looking bike there, in good shape for the year. I would start to read here :
    https://www.xjbikes.com/forums/threads/read-this-first.110898/
    I wish I knew how to make that a link for you, but copy and paste that in your browser and start to read....and read...and learn...and read more.

    Taking your carbs to "Church" will be a must...take your time when you do this and to it right the first time, will save a lot of nonsense work down the line.

    Good luck and keep on posting.

    Tim
     
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    XJ550H Well-Known Member Premium Member

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    looks just like a euro 550.

    cleaning the carbs is the same for the mikuni carbs


    XJ500 Models

    1981 XJ500 MODELS:

    COUNTRY: EUROPE

    MODEL NAME: XJ500
    STREET NAME: 1981 XJ500
    MODEL ID CODE: 5N4
    FRAME ID: 5N4
    SERIAL NUMBER STARTS AT: 000101


    1983 XJ500 MODELS:

    COUNTRY: EUROPE

    MODEL NAME: XJ500
    STREET NAME: 1983 XJ500
    MODEL ID CODE: 27E
    FRAME ID: 5N4
    SERIAL NUMBER STARTS AT: 005101
     
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    Thanks so much! I started reading the thing about taking carbs to church haha, so much going on there! Sounds like quite a bit, but that its the biggest issue with these bikes. So my biggest question at the moment is, are they the same carbs as the 550? Can i get the same repair kits and other parts for the carb as a 550? Or will I have to try and find the 500 somewhere? Also here is a video of the guy starting up the bike.
     
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    My worry is they will all be in German haha.
     
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    all indicate sprache englisch
     
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    So if the Serial Number on my Bike is 5N4-000843 then it is a 1981 and not a 1983 correct?
     
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    Correct.
     

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