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post #1 of 6 Old 07-30-2007, 08:09 PM Thread Starter
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Sitting around 8 years

I'm looking at a 1996 KLR 650 that has been sitting for around 8 yrs or so. Only 2100 miles or so....but just want to make sure that I "check out" the appropriate items before I maybe buy it.

Any suggestions?

It hasn't been started and has had the old gas (assuming it would have evaporated by now) since it was stored. I'm not for sure about concerns/risks re: rust in cylinder...etc.

Any thoughts would be more than appreciated.

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post #2 of 6 Old 07-30-2007, 09:01 PM
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One thing to consider is how the bike was stored -indoors, heated building?? It is probably going to have some surface rust in the tank due to condensation if it wasn't stored in a controlled environment. I once bought a yam WR400 that was sitting for a while and the gas had turned to varnish. Nothing would even flow through the main jet. I put high pressure (probably not very safe) on some carb cleaner and clamped the outlet in the fuel intake line (coming out of the tank) and blew through the carb while tapping on it with a screwdriver ( a normal person would have probably taken the carb apart). It all finally broke loose and I finally got the tank cleaned out. The bike ran like a top with fresh oil and a little love. I really wouldnt think the cylinder would have any rust in it. Maybe take the spark plug out and see if the engine will turn over easily, that would be a good indication. As with anything, there are risk involved but with risk often times come rewards!!
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post #3 of 6 Old 07-30-2007, 10:53 PM
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Making sure it isn't locked up would be the first thing I would check. Where and how it was stored would be the second thing to think about like Raceral said. The carb can be cleaned up and the tank can too but if it does have a lot of rust inside I would think about a new/used one.

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post #4 of 6 Old 07-31-2007, 09:05 AM
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You can count on having bigtime fuel system problems. Plan on rebuilding the carb including full disassembly and cleaning in a nasty chemical dip and/or ultrasonic tank. I used to work as the sole mechanic in a small shop where the owner never met a neglected ratbike he would turn away, so I rebuilt many many carbs on bikes that had sat around. As previously noted the tank will be rusty too.

The cylinder may be rusty and the rings may be stuck. The brake calipers will probably need complete rebuilds too, because brake fluid that has sat that long will have collected a lot of water. Often, there is too much corrosion in the master cylinders to even allow rebuilding. The calipers can usually be rebuilt.

Personally, I would rather buy a bike that had higher mileage and had been ridden regularly and maintained than a low mileage garage queen. Motorcycles aren't designed to sit around unused unless you follow proper lay-up procedures, and almost nobody does.

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post #5 of 6 Old 08-06-2007, 08:17 PM Thread Starter
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for all the replies. I appreciate them.

Just found a 2000, well maintained with farkles and 11,000 miles.....rode it home 4.5 hours today....quite pleased.
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post #6 of 6 Old 08-06-2007, 08:22 PM
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Much better, rvman. You done good!
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