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Bike has not been started/running for almost 4 years

I am thinking of buying a 1997 Honda Aspencade. This bike has not been started/running for almost 4 years. Besides replacing the gas/oil, tires and battery, what other services would be recommended to get this bike in safe working condition?

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If this is a carburetor model, then they will have to be removed and cleaned to get all of the varnish/old gas out of the orfices in the jets.

next i would change the coolant. drain all of the old antifreeze/water out of the system and replace it with the recommended type of coolant. while there, look at the hoses to see if they look worn/old. replace as necessary. also replace the thermostat since the system is flushed.

brake fluid. drain it all out and refill with new. bleed the brakes to get it all out.

take a peek at the brake pads to see if they need replacing. now is the time to do it as the brake fluid is being replaced.

airfilter. replace it as it is probably old and paper element might be deteriorating. not worth the chance of the filter failing.

fuel filter. replace it too as the gas in there is old.

if shaft driven, have the oil changed/rear end serviced.

check the spark plugs if they look fine, then its ok to reuse. but, if you have them out, might as well replace them and start from new.

and of course the stuff you mentioned (gas, oil, oil filter, battery) needs to be replaced.

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