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Knowledge hello & good day i wish to by a kawasaki motorbyke- en 500 model 1977, iwish to have your help about thus specific year,how many types are? what are the problems? what is to be aware before buy

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TOO OLD & too hard to get parts for them!
they stop making spare parts within about 3 to 5 years because they are constantly retooling for newer models!
dont get old bikes!! unless its a vintage or classic!
as even new ones are dangerous

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Hello Iwish to buy a motor byke -kawasaki 500en 1997. i have a feeling that are same problems with the year many types of the byke are? & if there are points that have to be carefull thank...

Know that most shops probably will refuse to do repairs on your bike if it is more than 10 years old. Most all shops use this same standard. Parts availability is the main problem. In any event, below are things to look for if getting a used bike.

Does the engine start easy and idle smoothly? Does it accelerate without hesitation?
Any smoke when it starts or when pulling away from stop light? > Bad valve guides.
Any smoke when riding at 30mph? > Piston rings worn or possible previous seize up.
Does the clutch engage and disengage smoothly? Clutch lever easy to pull?
Any oil or coolant fluids leaking after a ride?
Do all gages work? Lights, horn and flashers?
Any red lights on the gages lit up?
Do front and back brakes operate and stop smoothly?
Is the motor oil pretty clean or really dirty? > Sign of how well the owner has cared for the bike

Is the oil "white-ish"? > water in the oil. If water cooled it is usually bad water pump seals.
Any funny sounds from the gear box? Anywhere else?
Does it shift smoothly up and down the full range? Neutral light come on properly?
Sprockets still have rounded tips not pointed? Well lubricated chain?

Good tires? How old is the battery? All lights work properly?
Is the upholstery good? Plastics cracked or broken?
Gas tank badly rusted inside? Do the wheels run true or weave?

Do the forks look bent from a side view or front view?
Does it drive nice or is the bike squirrely to drive? How about around curves and corners?
Ever been wrecked? What service work has been done in the past?
With the handlebars driving straight ahead, is the front wheel pointing a slightly different direction?
Do all accessories work properly?
Ask what doesn't work on the bike. What known problems do exist?

These are things to look for. I hope this helps.

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