Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Heart of the Genesee Valley, New York
Greetings from WNY
I am an old HD rider, for 35+ years. When an old friend asked me to help her son dispose of his motorcycle, I agreed. Apparently the bike was bought new for his girlfriend in 2004, and had become a point of contention with his new wife over the last year, she wanted it gone. I figured it could be parted out or scrapped, how good could a free bike actually be? My son and I arrived to find a really dust covered, but near mint 2004 750 with 1360 miles on the clock that had been parked since '06. The only issues are a broken turn signal and slightly bent clutch handle from a collision with the lawnmower in the garage, and one of the little reflectors along the neck has popped out.
When we got it home, we flushed the 6 year old varnish from the fuel tank, filled it with non-ethanol 91 octane, swapped out the oil, and put in a new battery. I was fully expecting it not to run, and would need a carb rebuild. We hit the starter, and after a few fits and spurts it started, sort of. It would barely idle, and wouldn't throttle up, and it stank! But, as it idled, it sort of began to smooth out, and you could hear it begin to fire on both tubes. After 10 minutes, it is running like a new bike.
The front brakes were free when we picked it up, but seem to have frozen now, I am guessing that the first order will be a fluid flush/change, and possible a little grease on the caliper pistons to make sure they move freely. I think this will be a good little commuter bomb, and also a good ride for my son to get licensed up with before he climbs onto a bigger bike. I am in the process of getting the title straightened out ( he lost it, along with the lien release from HRSI kawasaki, which i understand is no longer around and has been sold). It took a bit to get papers signed since he is deployed in Kandahaar at present, but it looks like we are getting close.