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New Free Bike (sitting for 4 years) – where to start…

Yesterday, my next door neighbor gave me a ’98 750 that was his brothers, but had been sitting for 4 years.

When Parked it was running poorly and he was about to “Tune Up” and never got past pulling Air Covers, and replacing one spark plug.

Current Conditions, been sitting for 4 year, gas cap was open when I looked at it, and shock mounts look bad.

There is a SMALL dent in one side of the tank, and both left blinkers are broken off.

There was a battery, but dead.

All the Keys are in the bike.

Clean title (we have not filled anything out at this point)

Seat is solid but has some spits in the pad and cover.

All chrome has rust spots on it and looks like crap.

Looks to have just over 10K on it.

THIS IS WHAT MY PLAN IS…
1. I have put the battery on the charger to see if it will take a charge, I can test it on my JetSki or mower when charging is done.

2. Plan to pull the gas Tank and check for RUST, Flanks, or dirt.
a. WHAT SHOULD I USE TO CLEAN IT OUT? Start with WATER? Or ….?

3. Pull the Carbs and take them to get rebuilt.
a. Local Shop will Rebuild them off the bike and sync them after at a discount.

4. Replace the Gas lines and filter (if there is one).

5. Drain and Fill the oil.

6. Replace the Plugs
a. Should I shot some Spray Oil in the holes before Starting?

7. Then Try to get it started….


What am I missing….
I know there could be an issue with the Tank, It will have to be cleaned well.

If there is only Dirt in the First Clean out, I think I am safe; if there is Rust Flakes and Rusty Water, then might be looking at a new tank.

AFTER IT IS RUNNING
If it get it running
New Brakes
New Shock mounts
Single Seat Set up.
Might Repaint it all FLAT BACK.

Then I will deal with the lights, rust on speedo, RPM, exhaust, and bars.


What do you all think???
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sounds like you've got a pretty good idea for how to start it all off. I might recommend putting some Berryman's B12 in the tank to loosen any sludge. I can vouch for the stuff, it works WONDERS on dirty gas systems just don't leave it in your carburetors for too long.

Pouring a bunch of Seafoam into the carburetor bowls might bring them back to life enough to get it cranked over, but you will probably need to rebuild them like you're saying.

Once you get it running you'll have a LOT of recommendations for preventative maintenenace/modifications from people here. This bike might be more of a headache than you will anticipate it to be because of the complicated design of these engines. That said, if you're patient and don't mind tossing a lot of time and a bit of money at this bike you've got a steal of a deal, and you've come to the right place for help. Just stay patient!
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If the battery has been sitting for four years, I'd be surprised if it charges ....but either way do yourself a favor and buy a new AGM battery...

The bike doesn't come with an inline filter, but there are "screen" filters on the fuel tubes of the petcock inside the tank.

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I would add - Flush the cooling system and replace coolant.

Also take a look at the color of the brake fluid, strong color indicates high water content which is not good, careful when changing as system LOVES to trap bubbles.

Good Luck, sounds like you have a nice project

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I would add - Flush the cooling system and replace coolant.

Also take a look at the color of the brake fluid, strong color indicates high water content which is not good, careful when changing as system LOVES to trap bubbles.

Good Luck, sounds like you have a nice project
I wouldn't even bother looking at the brake fluid. Just make it one of the checklist items to flush and replace after that much sitting. It really should be replaced every couple of years anyway.
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I wouldn't even bother looking at the brake fluid. Just make it one of the checklist items to flush and replace after that much sitting. It really should be replaced every couple of years anyway.
I just noticed in your sig "1999 EN500", as in Vulcan 500?

if it goes vroom or boom, I LIKE IT!
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Yes. Sitting next to the 750 in the garage. 500 just needs basic troubleshooting, last time I tried to get it going it was only getting spark on one cylinder. The 750 needs the engine to be reassembled. Too many projects, not enough time.
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