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Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Chandler, Arizona
Problem is, by the time it needs major repairs, there won't be any decent parts bikes left. Certain things obviously won't survive long term storage, like the battery, but It would be stored completely out of the sun, rain, dust, etc. I would completely drain the carbs, remove the gas tank and pour a quart of oil in it, and shake it around real good to coat the entire inside, probably fill the crankcase all the way full of oil, right up to the top, pull the plugs and fill the cylinders full of oil, soak all the plastic and rubber parts in Son of a Gun (my favorite protectant), and all the metal parts in WD40. I am confident all the external parts would survive, and the carbs could even be removed and stored in a box in the house. The final drive should be ok, there might be some deterioration in the front brake master cylinder and caliper seals, but those are cheap parts. The fork seals should also be ok, especially if you filled the forks all the way full. Again, the main concern would be internal engine parts. The only external seals I know of on the engine are the shift shaft and the output shaft on the front bevel gear case. Anyway, just thinking. I see all those really nice VN750s out there, and know they won't be there when I want one. Most of them will be worn out or trashed. And even if parts are still available, I don't consider it to be economically feasible to rebuild a worn out engine with all new oem Kawasaki parts. Jerry.
I am a motorcyclist, NOT a biker.
1997 Vulcan 750, purchased about a week ago
2006 Sportster 1200 Low
2013 Royal Enfield Bullet 500, converted to carb
2001 Yamaha XT225, heavily modified
2004 Honda Rebel 250
1979 Vespa P200E
2002 Vulcan 750 parts bike
1994 Yamaha XT225 parts bike