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Engine been stood in garage for 20 years , what do i do to use it

Bike dry stored 20 yrs, would like to restore but dont know where to start engine wise

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I would start by changing oil ,all filters,sparkplugs....settiing/checking valve lash....change /settting points,condendsor[if it has them instead of electronic]...clean all carburators [drying gas makes a varnish that will plug jets,ect] fresh battery and gas
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Where should I start on a motorcycle that has been sitting for 20 years?


Hi Nick:
What a great project.
- I'd start with a really thorough clean up.
- You've mentioned the gas. Definitely, drain the tank, hoses, carbs, and clean the carbs. If there's a filter I'd change it.
I wouldn't even try to run it without cleaning the carbs first.
- Replace the battery, oil, and spark plug.
- Engine coolant?
- Tires? I wouldn't worry until I had it running but definitely replace.
Patience & time. You'll have an excellent bike.

Jul 13, 2015 | Honda Motorcycles

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Storing your bike over winter!!!


when your motorcyle has been stood for a while like over winter..keep the battery charged up. if its got carbs..run them out of petrol befor storeing. has petrol goes off in the carbs & gums them up. whitch then when you come to use the bike you need to strip the carbs & clean the float bowls & clean the jets out..has with a lot of problems i have seen on here when bikes have been stood they wont rev or even start because the petrol carnt get threw...if the bikes been stood a long time you need fresh petrol anyway as it goes off!!...

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Hi just bought a BMW C R 1200, being standing for long , last had service 300km ago. Think could be petrol, how would i drain. thanks Len.


When you are going to leave any vehicle sitting or standing for extended periods of time you should always drain the gas, as gas gets very funky over time. Although this may not be the problem. If you just bought the bike and it hasnt run since you bought it, I would have a mechanic look at both the engine and all of the electrical work.

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If it was the ignitor unit (I assume you mean the ECU) it wouldn't start at all.
Did you check the fuel pump and it's relay?If the bike was garaged for 2 years you should recalibrate your carbs.If there was gas in them all that long they need to be cleaned.

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