It took me a minute to figure out that I was looking at the left handlebar end on your ski. At first I thought it was a gopher standing up giving the "black power" fist.
Yep, very familiar with the early e500's. My brother in law just couldn't figure out why they were so much more than the E420's. I tried to tell him, but he bought the vanilla 420. Just as well, cause he neglects his car and it would have been one less E500 on this earth..