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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 04-27-2008, 12:55 AM Thread Starter
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What needs to be done to a bike after it sits for a few years?

A friend of mine has a '91 katana with 20k miles sitting in his garage right now. A few years ago he used to ride a great deal and parked it in his garage to do some work on it. He took the fairings off, prepared them for paint and took off the carbs to sync them up. Life got in the way, and 3 years later its still sitting in his garage with primered fairings and the carbs sitting on the bench.

I've been wanting to get into sportbikes for quite some time, and last weekend he told me I could have it if I come and pick it up out of his garage. So my question is, what maintenance should I do to a bike that's been stored improperly for 3 years before its safe to ride?

I don't know a whole lot about working on bikes, but this is what I am thinking:

-Obviously put the fairings and carbs back on!....after painting the plastic in a bright color for visibility
-new tires
-new brake pads/fluid
-fresh oil
-new battery
-fuel/oil filter
-flush coolant
-new plugs?

Is there anything I am missing?


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change out ALL fluids, coolant, brake fluids, oil, fully clean out the fuel system, clean out the carbs, new tires, lube all needed areas, check chain and replace if needed.


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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 04-28-2008, 01:52 PM Thread Starter
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That's it? Shouldn't be too difficult. Thanks for the response.
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Yeah, that should be pretty much it. Tires might not need replacing as long as there isn't any cracking evident on the sidewalls. Battery might still be ok if your buddy left it on a charger. Brake pads, chain/sprockets, and spark plugs might all still be perfectly fine, depending on when your friend last replaced them. I'd check the wear on those items before replacing. No need to spend money that you don't have to. Although you do have a helluva deal there- a free sportbike! You have a good friend.

One other thing I would check is to have a peek inside the gas tank, if it wasn't properly stored (preferably with a full tank of gas + fuel stabilizer) there could be rust in there.

Anyway, good luck with your project. Hope you get it running and out on the road.

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