Things I'm Doing Before I Attempt to Start Her

Discussion in 'Airheads' started by LanceR75, Oct 30, 2012.

  1. squish

    squish Out of the office.

    Dec 4, 2003
    Where the Ghetto meets the sea.
    Pull the oil pan, clean it out make sure the pick up is in good condition and that the screws have not backed out.

    After ten years there will be some nasty a$$ stuff that settles out onto the pan.
  2. Cogswell

    Cogswell Spudly Adventurer

    Jan 3, 2005
    Riding with my pal Richard Cranium
    Looks like you have a good handle and lots of help on the pre-flight prep.

    You will want to ride the bike for 20-30 minutes before attempting carb adjustment or balancing. "Fully warmed up"

    We do need to see some pictures while you're waiting on parts.

  3. Geeto67

    Geeto67 Adventurer

    Nov 8, 2012
    New Yawk Friggin City (and wadda YOU lookin' at?)
    here is a debate for you you change the oil prior to first startup after a prolonged nap or after?

    I have always started the bike on the oil it had in it, then once hot, drained and replaced with fresh stuff. I have done this on at least a dozen aircooled honda fours in my life and some of them had been sitting for almost 20 years. Every mechanical based job I ever worked in I was always told to change the engine oil hot not cold on stored vehicles. Of course I was always told to prime the oil pump before start up, even if it meant just turning the engine over with the starter (most 60's GM cars you can prime the oil pump by pulling the distributor and turning the pump gear with an electric drill - on the SOHC cb750s I always kicked it over about a dozen times and usually the red oil pressure light would go off).

    However, a friend of mine recently ruined an R65 engine when he did it because there was water in the crankcase that did not show on the dipstick and he spun a bearing.

    so, hot oil change or not?
  4. Rinty

    Rinty Been here awhile

    Jun 3, 2011
    Calgary, Alberta
    I think you answered your own question, with the anecdote about your friend.

    If I was about to start a long stored machine, I would drain the oil first, then fill with an inexpensive brand of 10W-30 automobile oil, then run the bike until hot, but not at high rpms, and then drain it and fill with a quality motorcycle oil.