Bike unused for 8 years

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5/13/2018 6:19 AM
Edited Date/Time: 5/13/2018 6:24 AM

I'm possibly thinking of riding again after an 8 year break.

The bike has been in an unheated garage - so which parts in particular will need replacing (aside from the obvious, air filter, gearbox oil, radiator fluid). I assume the tyres and tubes won't be any good?

I am just concerned some of the engine seals may have perished in that time. Or maybe the piston ring could have developed some rust in the cylinder.

Thanks in advance.


5/13/2018 6:39 AM

I suggest actually looking at those parts you mentioned. Anything we say here is a guess. People have bikes from the 90s start up and go after sitting all those years. Others dont. Add a carb clean to your list.


5/13/2018 6:50 AM

I suppose the sensible thing to do would be go over as much as possible. Yeah, I forgot to write carb clean on the list!

It's the hidden things like the engine seals that will be playing on my mind.


5/13/2018 8:59 AM
Edited Date/Time: 5/13/2018 9:07 AM

Do as you plan...

After all fluids are changed (don't forget brake fluid!), get a buddy to help you lay it side to side, front to back, hell upside down if you can!

This will disperse the fluids throughout their given cavities and hit all seals, etc. Fresh fuel, petcock open, throttle WFO and gentle kicks with spark plug wire disconnected.

Do this a few times over the course of a week then give it a go! If it fires up, warm up gently/cool a few times, then a light ride or two. Change fluids again.

What bike is it?



5/13/2018 9:15 AM

Never gave much thought to the brake fluid, actually!

I'm not a fan of starting my bike at home, simply because you don't know who's around. Unfortunately there are some undesirables/inbred/scum around.


5/13/2018 9:41 AM
Edited Date/Time: 5/13/2018 9:42 AM

.kyle wrote:

Never gave much thought to the brake fluid, actually!

I'm not a fan of starting my bike at home, simply because you don't ...more

I have several CZ's for such rapscallions. I ain't talking motorcycles.

Anyhoo, do the fluid changes/gyrations, load her up and go to your "Safe Place". Do a bit of warm up/light riding, and head home to do all the fluids again. Seems reasonable.



5/13/2018 2:15 PM

Water pump seal stick to the water pump shaft and start leaking very quickly, so put that on your list.

Paw Paw


5/13/2018 9:10 PM

Anything other than above I need to watch out for on A 95 kx 500 that I bought that has sat for years??