I found a great deal locally on a '91 VN750a... First bike I've had in 30 years, and look forward to riding again.
So... It had been sitting for 2yrs, but it still ran (sorta ). Just over 28K miles. Needs tires and some TLC.. As my friend drove it home, he ran it up to 80mph and said it seemed strong and quiet.. shifted smooth. When he got caught by a stop light, it was hard to keep running and stalled. After it sat a couple minutes it started up again, and he rode it back to my place... I caught up a few minutes later
It seems an old leak developed during the ride ... his left pant leg was saturated, as was the left side of the bike from the middle of the fuel tank to the side cover. The seller seemed "surprised " by that news, but hey... What would I expect him to say, right? I really hope it's a simple fix and not a head gasket.. time will tell. I have begun tearing it down, and have found other little problems in the process. Lots of vacuum lines that need replacement, some electrical stuff too. I should say too, that it has what I believe is a Vetter faring along with hard bags.
I'm not convinced the prior owner had very much mechanical ability, but had some. I hope when he decided to "top off" all the fluids, maybe he over-filled the crankcase? I have not torn it down far enough to inspect oil lines or head gaskets... The tank had a bit of crap in it, so there's all that goes along with that and cleaning carbs.
I ordered a Clymer manual, bought some better metric sockets / wrenches. I've been watching a few videos on YouTube, etc,etc. At what point is enough enough? I'd sure like to ride it to the Leesburg Bikefest in April... Wondering if I should put my efforts elsewhere..