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Well,

I've done it.

Gone from 0 - 3 bikes in the space of 2 years :grin:

I've bought a VFR400 that's been stood idle for 10 years as part project and part for the fairings to put on the Mrs's VFR400 to give her some more confidence on the track!

I pick it up in 2 weeks, it hasn't been started in 10 years, and the brakes are seized on, and I know jack $hit about motorcycle mechanics!

The aim is to get it running again and onto the track for my mrs. so she doesn't have to run the risk on her immaculate roadbike.

Now i've got to work out how the heck to get it going :eek:

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The VFR400 is a lovely bike, the engine is a lovely piece of engineering, a real gem.

If it's been idle for 10 years and wasn't preped for storage then it will need a complete strip down before it's ridden, hoses and seals will have perished and everything will have seized or be jammed with gunge (the carbs and tank will be full of goo if they weren't drained). The main thing is to take your time.

Or you could just stick some fresh fluids in it, hook up a nice strong battery and see what happens :)

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Well,

I've done it.

Gone from 0 - 3 bikes in the space of 2 years :grin:

That's nothing. In the 2 years I've been riding I've had:

Yamaha XT125X

BMW F800GS (*)

Yamaha Serow 225

AJP PR3 200MX

DRZ-400S (*)

Honda Hornet 600

Triumph Bonneville T100 (*)

(*) Still have these ones

Think that might change again soon as well :eek:

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Lovely bike and the new one is much more suited to road use than the previous one. Of course it's still a proper track tool and very pretty with it.

My mates has an F4 312R which he took to Portugal when we went. There was also a new one there so it was interesting to compare them (we were in the same garage).

Unfortunately we did have a proper look at it as it broke down. :( Thanks one of the points of "character" about buying Italian.

Gorgeous look all the same.

I hope it's not impolite to suggest that maybe it's a bit hardcore for your first road/track bike. :o

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Yeah wopps, you'd muller yourself on something like that :eek:

The Hornet still has way more ability than i do :o, but I did look closely at the new blade in the bike shop this morning (which they'll offer me at £200 a month 0% APR) plus the hornet :secret: :secret: :smashfreak: :rolleyes:;)+++++++++++++++:secret:

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Now i've got to work out how the heck to get it going :eek:

  • Flush tank and carbs with petrol- no need for V max at this stage :grin:
  • Clean air filter- sometimes removing it will rich up the air / fuel which can help with the initial 1st start up
  • New battery
  • New plugs
  • Clean fuel filter
  • Replace tubes / air breather and fuel lines
  • WD40 everything
  • Remove wheels, sort seized brakes and add new pads
  • Check front forks (pitted fails MOT) and seals
  • Check re suspension for movement and correct operation
  • Replace chain and cogs if required- de gunk with paraffin and once clean soak in the best quality high viscosity oil you can find
  • Tyres replace if cracked / perished / mis shappened

Find a long hill and bump until she fires.

If that doesn't work then a trip to an engine doctor will be required. Top end engine rebuild is quite complex on any pocket rocket and unfortunately unless you have 'spanner man' skill is beyond DIY due to 16v cams etc

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Yeah wopps, you'd muller yourself on something like that :eek:

The Hornet still has way more ability than i do :o, but I did look closely at the new blade in the bike shop this morning (which they'll offer me at £200 a month 0% APR) plus the hornet :secret: :secret: :smashfreak: :rolleyes:;)+++++++++++++++:secret:

lol dont worry i wont do it. im staying away from bikes! :ffs:

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  • Flush tank and carbs with petrol- no need for V max at this stage :grin:
  • Clean air filter- sometimes removing it will rich up the air / fuel which can help with the initial 1st start up
  • New battery
  • New plugs
  • Clean fuel filter
  • Replace tubes / air breather and fuel lines
  • WD40 everything
  • Remove wheels, sort seized brakes and add new pads
  • Check front forks (pitted fails MOT) and seals
  • Check re suspension for movement and correct operation
  • Replace chain and cogs if required- de gunk with paraffin and once clean soak in the best quality high viscosity oil you can find
  • Tyres replace if cracked / perished / mis shappened

Just one thing to add to that lot.... Fork Oil. It degrades a lot and its amazing the difference it makes when you replace it

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Just one thing to add to that lot.... Fork Oil. It degrades a lot and its amazing the difference it makes when you replace it

Engine oil & filter ? Wheel/swing arm/headraces will probably be shot too.

Get a Haynes manual & start at the beginning by the time it passes scruiteneering you will have good bike mechanic skills !

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