Date registered: Mar 2005
Vehicle: '01-E320 & 02-ST2
Location: John 15:18-19
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That is a true classic; nice thing is that you shouln't have much trouble finding parts.
Given that it's a motorcycle, I don't think I'd be as light-hearted about it as some of the other posts. If something fails on it that could mean life or limb, not just waiting for a tow truck. Thus, if it's been sitting, in addition to the other things mentioned, here's a few more things to look at.
While you're pulling off the carbs closely inspect the rubber that mounts them to the airbox and manifolds. They're probably all cracked and will need to be replaced. Probably also worth pulling the tank, disassembling the fuel tap and dumping and cleaning the tank and tap.
Once you get the engine running cleanly, before actually riding it these are other things I'd take care of.
Older tube-type tires were typically nylon corded and easily developed flat spots. That and given the probable age of the tires I'd be spooning new tires and tubes on before I rode it.
When you pull off the wheels to do the tires I'd re-grease the hub bearings and inspect the brakes. These old drum brakes didn't work too great when new, and after sitting the moisture in the drums can create a rusty mess. Plus you'll see if the shoes need to be replaced.
I'd also clean and lube all of the control cables (throttle, clutch, brake) which will give you the chance to pull them and inspect them in case they need to be replaced.
I'd pump grease into the zerk fittings on the rear swingarm, too.
While you have the front wheel off, I certainly would at least change the fork oil and probably would actually tear the forks down to inspect for rust, replace the seals, etc.
Last but not least I'd re-grease the head bearings. Loosen up the adjustment on them first so the grease can flow around a little easier, and I think these older ones actually had zerk fittings to make it very easy. If they feel okay after you pump in some grease -- lots of it, push out the old stuff -- and readust them, you probably don't need to dissassemble for inspection.
It's a nice project for a few weekends, but worth it, I think. Other than the tires/tubes and some of those little misc. parts you won't be looking at much expense beyond your time.
Take care and enjoy the ride![:)]