Everything you said would be good to do. If it was in running condition when put in the garage, nothing has likely seized. But, it was also close to 20 years old when parked.csiamanis said:Whats up, Im Chris and am wanting to get my Grandpa's 1978 Yamaha 750 Sportbike up and running. He passed about 5 years ago and his bike is sitting in the garage rotting away. I need to do something with it.
What do you suggest for a bike that has been sitting for 10 years? Battery, tires, plugs, oil, carb rebuild? Is there a way to see if it is worth the money and not locked up? Throw in a battery and some oil with a bit in the plug holes and fire away? What kind of oil and how much do they take anyway?
Sorry guys, Im a car man. I just getting into the biking scene. Help me get this thing back on the road!
I'd recommend motorcycle specific 10-40 oil and it should take about 3 quarts. Add brakes to your list. The fluid should be flushed and changed, pads checked, lines checked for cracking, and caliper pistons checked. Not sure what kind of clutch it has (cable or hydraulic), but that should be checked over and fluid changed if hydraulic. Air or water cooled? If water, coolant should be flushed and changed.
All of this is likely to cost several hundred in parts and labor you may not be able to do. Check your local Cycle Trader and Craig's list to see what those bikes are selling for in your area. That will help determine if it's worthwhile. Remember though, it will never be a modern sportbike if you get it back on the road. Have fun!!