the 400 dollar bike is a 1983 shaft-drive Honda V45 Magna 750. did i pick something a little harder to work on? maybe so. i don't expect to have a bike until next riding season anyway if i had saved up and bought something for a few thousand dollars. i want to be able to take the time and do a great job and i think $400 is a great starting investment to help me learn about bikes.
when i went to look at the bike i actually expected it to be in worse shape than it really is. it hasn't been started in over a year, so i realize the carbs will have to be worked over. i also did some research on common problems with this specific bike and i found a few things: a cam issue, cam chain tensioners, an oil pressure issue at idle (can be fixed with aftermarket oil pump), and that's all i can seem to find. beyond the fact that the bike is 26 years old and i will have to deal with 26 year old fuel lines and electrical wiring, etc., this doesn't seem to be too bad. seeing as how i plan on tearing it down anyway none of this is really too horrifying.
i don't know if the bike starts due to a lack of battery. the way i came to this bike is weird. guy got it from a neighbor, it was her husbands and he basically got it for free, he died and no one in the family wanted it so she just gave it to him, title and all. he pulled the battery, because he didn't expect to ride it since he had a bike and two other project bikes he was working on. they used to ride together until the guy got hurt at work. he knew that he bought the bike new and did regular maint. on it. i have the purchase receipt for the bike with the original owners address on it and he isn't lying, it's right down the street.
so i checked what i could. no grease rings on the forks that would indicate that they were leaking, no foul gas smell from the tank or any reservoirs. tires need replacing do to dry rotting, not a suprise, wheels didn't have any cracks or bends when i spun them. the paint was in great shape and the chrome and aluminum wasn't too bad, some pitting and a little rust.
so basically what i want to ask is should i even bother trying to get it to run before i tear it down? from a diagnostic standpoint i suppose it would be beneficial to listen to it run, but if i plan on dumping $1000 in parts, a lot of elbow grease and a ton of man hours into it over the next year, is it really worth it?
i'm going to get the bike next weekend because it won't fit into the bed on my s10, so i'm just getting ready for it's arrival, prepping my garage and trying to relocate things from a vehicle standpoint to a smaller bike format. thinking about picking up a bike stand before the week is out.
thanks for reading if you did, sorry it was so long!