Sugs wrote:Great story and that bike seems to be in really great shape and nice starting point for a project.
Thanks, and yes, it is in very good shape. Which reminds me, I didn't really post a list of my first inspection, so here it is, as we picked it up...
Mechanical / rideability, good and bad:
14,677 miles on the clock.
Needed tires. Front was from 2008, rear, 2009.
Brakes function properly, rotors and pads show little wear, and brake fluid looked quite fresh.
The battery was from 2014 and had been sitting unused. It showed about 11 volts, but wouldn't hold a charge.
Had an older Dyna ignition with stock coils, plug wires, and caps.
The main fuse wiring was in poor condition, and the stator plug was toast.
The main wiring harness looks to be unmolested and in good shape.
Fork seals and rear shocks look to be in good shape, and function properly.
The neutral light stays on most of the time.
The bike won't crank unless the clutch lever is pulled in.
The headlight stays on even when cranking.
The carbs leak at the plenum seam.
The shifter shaft seal leaks a bit.
Fuel tank was professionally spit, media blasted, and sealed. Nearly spotless as far as old gas residue.
When we changed the fluids, they were like new, but we changed them anyway.
While the coolant was drained, we popped the water pump cover to find... a new matter pump!
Aside from the typical dust and road grime, everything looks good. No significant frame rust or evident damage.
The chrome (including the original grab bar YAY!) shows only some minor pitting.
The original paint is quite faded, mostly on the top and one side.
The right front directional is slightly bent, there's a good scuff on the engine guard, and a couple of good gouges in the faux tank side cover from Mac's (the p.o.) little detour into a ditch.
The rims and spokes need a good polishing.
The original seat cover has a split.