V-Strom sat unstarted for 5 1/2 years......

Discussion in 'Japanese polycylindered adventure bikes' started by Lomez, Oct 16, 2019.

  1. Lomez

    Lomez Been here awhile

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    Kept in a garage with 1/8 tank of fuel. 1 month turned into 3, turned into a year....turned into 5 1/2 years. Trailered it home yesterday. Was going to dump the fuel; but decided (being lazy) to just dump in 2 gallons of fresh gas to dilute the crap that had been sitting there. Pushed the ignition button, with little expectation of so much as a sputter.... and it fired instantly :clap. Idled fine. No problems. Let it run for 20 minutes and cut it off. Going to get a new battery and get this bike back on the road. :jack
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  2. Gustavo

    Gustavo Motociclista Errante

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    Not surprising really. V-Stroms are like anvils, very hard to break (yet, some people manage to anyway... :dunno). Don't forget to check tire pressure (could probably use new tires if they are that old), lube the cables, chain, etc. before you take it out too far.

    Gustavo
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  3. tntmo

    tntmo Oops, I did it again.

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    My buddy left his Harley sit about four years. Same thing, put in some fresh gas and a battery and it started and ran pretty good. I'd suggest some good fuel system cleaner of your choice for the first few tanks but FI bikes seem to be more forgiving.

    Enjoy the Strom!
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  4. Powerslave

    Powerslave n00by tires that would be

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    Im surprised the fuel lines under the tank didn’t leak from drying out. But other than that yes ANVIL.
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  5. RonKZ650

    RonKZ650 Been here awhile

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    Getting rid of carbs has fixed a lot of long sit problems thankfully. I had a 1993 Ford E350 van that sat 6 years and it started right up.
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  6. ag_streak

    ag_streak Tiene Ruta Cuarenta? Supporter

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  7. tntmo

    tntmo Oops, I did it again.

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    You mean car/truck? I don't know but it should be interesting.
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  8. swimmer

    swimmer armchair asshole

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    Suzuki Samurai?
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  9. ag_streak

    ag_streak Tiene Ruta Cuarenta? Supporter

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    Close! Another Japanese automaker that no longer sells vehicles in the US.
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  10. ag_streak

    ag_streak Tiene Ruta Cuarenta? Supporter

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    The year was 1994. :deal
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  11. Motor7

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    Get a good flashlight and inspect the inside of that tank for rust. If you see any, pull and drain it, then look in there again as a rust treatment might be in order. You don't want a clogged pump.
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  12. swimmer

    swimmer armchair asshole

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    Isuzu Trooper?
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  13. JeepDawg

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    Jeep Wrangler? i think they cut over the FI 4.0 liter (from the carb'd 258 4.2 liter) right about then?

    OH, Japanese. Nevermind.
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  14. ag_streak

    ag_streak Tiene Ruta Cuarenta? Supporter

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    SO close! :lol3

    Isuzu P'up Pickup!

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  15. MFP

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    Add some Stabil 360 or Star*Tron into the fuel tank so it works it’s way through the fuel lines, carbs and so on.
    Also make sure to check the air box, battery compartment and any other nooks & crannies for critters, critter nests and critter damage.
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  16. LexLeroy

    LexLeroy Socially Distant Supporter

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    They all do that.
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  17. Lomez

    Lomez Been here awhile

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    Didn't mention this is an '04 carb bike
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  18. MFP

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    Just curious, is that a pic of Marc Singer in your avatar?
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    The mighty DR650
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  20. timeOday

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    I am amazed the battery worked!

    I bought my 2004 VStrom 650 in about 2008, it had been sitting for a couple years. It started fine but when I went to fill it the cap was hard to open. When I got it open there was a white crust in there (ethanol presumably). I decided to just let it roll and I am still riding that bike to work nearly every day, over 10 years later, still loving that motor.
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