Need help with a Honda Shadow 700
Hey I know this is a vn750 forum, and members on here are great, I own a 2001 vn750 and everyone is always so helpful. So i wana come here first about this other bike:
My girlfriends brother wants a bike, a co-worker of mine has one for sell. a 1984 Honda shadow 700.
The good: all new blinkers, new tires, seat is good, and the usual. 28K miles.
The bad: Hard to start, backfires, was flooding it easily, he says the carbs need cleaning.
He also didnt have much gas in the tank when he stored it for winter, and he put in alot of seafoam, and thats why i think its not starting easily. I was able to replace two of the 4 spark plugs, the other two i didnt have the special thin wall plug tool.
The engine seems to be oily dirty up front, like maybe a leaky gasket, he thinks its just from the front fork seals, which were replaced a while ago but the mess never got clean up.
Once we got it started with full choke and giving her gas, it really wouldnt just idle, wanted to die. Again gas/seafoam and carbs i think.
I was able to ride it down the road, went thru all the gears, got it up to about 65.
Also the right side exhaust, it smokes at the motor, like maybe the exhaust was taken off and somethings wrong with the gasket in there, if there is one.
I am going to go back with the right tools to do the other two plugs and do a compression test.
Does anyone know what a good compression reading should be??
Any other advice????? Tips, anything??
He only wants $800 for the bike.
He tank isnt dented, but scratched up, its re-paintable tho. Has a nice big windshield.
Also, this guy bought this bike from another co-worker, who had it for like 6 years, it was his wife's but she lost interest and it just sat, then he sold it to the guy who has it now, last year. He rode it some last summer, but then stored it for winter, and is now buying a bigger 1300 from his brother-in-law.
Last edited by gcextreme; 05-10-2011 at 10:39 PM.