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My 1979 CX500 Standard, "Flash" (thread headline edited)

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Hi folks,
Been a member for awhile, just haven't had much time to participate. My 1979 CX500 Deluxe has been sitting for about 5 years and I'm looking to bring it back. Nothing was terribly wrong on the last ride. I was commuting long distances and the CX wasn't my first choice for that.
Now that I have more time and money, thought I'd burn both in one project ;)

Here's a list of initial tasks in no particular order. Please let me know if I'm missing anything critical.
1. new fluids & oil filter
2. new battery
3. new spark plugs
4. valve clearance check (using Murray's tool)
5. new battery
6. Murray's Carbs
7. check cam chain tensioner

Upcoming tasks. I live in Wisconsin. Winter will affect how long i can work in the garage.
8. new tires
9. change fork oil

The CDI was replaced about 12 years ago by a Honda shop. Haven't had any fluid leaks or electrical gremlins otherwise. I rebuilt the front caliber and replaced the brake reservoir about 7 years ago.

I'm looking forward to sharing more posts with my progress.


(Edit: model is standard, not Deluxe as originally posted)

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Nice bike and project efleschner!

In terms of reviving your bike again, it seems you have got most critical things already on your list.
I would maybe just add:
  • Check, Clean /replace the air filter
  • Bleed the front brakes and possibly replace the brake fluid entirely if possible / needed.
  • Double check rear brakes, adjust and or if your hands are real itchy, maybe open the drum and clean and regrease pins.
Have fun, good luck and keep showing us...we like pics!!:cool:
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O yeah...if it was me I would also replace the Final Drive oil (not sure if you included this in your plan to replace "fluids"- simple, easy and cheap ;)
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