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Thanks for the add to the forum. I purchased a 1978 CX500A 6 years ago to refurbish. It was running back then. It has been of the road since. I am about to start the strip down, it has been sitting on the bike lift for the past two years and I have just noticed oil everywhere oil seals probably, we will see over the next few months.
 

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Welcome and enjoy the restoration!
 

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Welcome to the forum. Please add your location to your profile and your bike's model and model year (NOT year first registered) to your signature (see Forum Settings link in my signature) so that you don't have to remember to tell us every time and we don't have to keep asking when you forget.

And welcome to the world of antique vehicle ownership (they own us, not the other way around). Your bike has had XX years of Previous Owners who may or may not have done the maintenance necessary to keep it safe & reliable so it is highly recommended to download the Factory Shop Manual for your model (available through the CX Wiki - link in my signature) and go through all of the service procedures, regardless of whether your bike has reached the specified mileage. I also recommend looking on all rubber parts with suspicion because rubber does not age gracefully. Check the date codes on your tires and replace them if they are over 5 years old no matter how good they look & feel because old rubber simply cannot flow around the irregularities in the asphalt well enough to grip, especially if it is cool or wet. If your bike still has the original rubber brake line(s) (should be replaced every 2 or 3 fluid changes = 5 or 6 years) I recommend shopping for modern stainless braided ones (they last practically forever and double the life of the fluid).

BTW: :vs_pics:
 

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Personally I think I would just do the basics to try to get it running again before doing anything major (?). (Hopefully the pistons are free to move and the cooling system is OK.)
 
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