Just got this bad boy in my garage yesterday. It's my father-in-law's but he has agreed to let me work on it and get it up and running again. Been sitting for almost 20 years now. But about 3 years ago he had someone work on the carb and actually had the engine running. But then it sat again.
I have some mechanical experience. Key word is some. I fixed up my '79 Jeep CJ7 from a rolling rust bucket to a pretty nice ride now. Tub swap, new fuel lines, brake lines, etc. etc.
This is my first experience with a motorcycle though. Very green to them.
As you can see from the pics, lots of rust. I've ready on this forum a number of tricks to try. Naval jelly, aluminum foil and coke, polish and polishing wheel (no dremels!).
I'm worried the rust is too severe to polish out, but we'll see.
Brake and clutch cables are frozen. as you can see from one of the pics the reservoir is completely dry and rusty. Yay.
But bike will turn over, so not frozen huh. Actual yay.
So, besides the obvious oil, fluid drains and refills, new tires, new cables, new battery, whatcha think? I've also read a lot on here as to the usual things to do after a bike sits for many years. But any other words of advise or things they see worth tackling first? Do I need to open her up and check all the engine components since it's been sitting this long? Or since it only has about 9800 actual miles, it should be ok? (Besides the pull the plugs and shoot some lubricant in there trick)
Would love to get 'er running and ridable and then work on the "restore" aspect of this deal slowly. It will be a slow process for me, 2 kids and a wife on my ass!
Thanks and will be hitting up the forum often I'm sure.