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advice needed - what to do with this.

Discussion in 'Biker's Cafe' started by dr_volki, Oct 24, 2018.

  1. dr_volki

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Jan 19, 2010

    Posts: 2,001

    Location: Reading

    Hey bikers,

    father in law has basically given me his bike, since he's too lazy to sort it out.
    Now i know pretty much nothing about bikes (do a bit about cars, if that helps).

    as far as i know it's been standing around for the good part of the last 10 years and i know he's taken out the battery. Now would it be worthwile getting it up to scratch again and then selling it or literally just scrap it.

    keeping it and driving myself is no option as i don't have a licence nor a storage space for it :(

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  2. tom_e

    Man of Honour

    Joined: Dec 26, 2003

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    Location: West mids

    Put a battery and some fresh fuel in it and see if it starts then go from there. If it passes that test someone will take it off your hands even just for a few hundred quid.
    Looks in good nick so would be a shame to scrap it.
     
  3. The_Abyss

    Capodecina

    Joined: May 15, 2007

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    Location: Ipswich / Bodham

    Deffo too good to scrap. Sell it intact as a barn find or clean up the individual parts and sell it bit by bit.
     
  4. dr_volki

    Wise Guy

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    Location: Reading

    cheers guys, will give it a nice clean, battery and fuel some time next week then and go from there.
     
  5. Fireskull

    Sgarrista

    Joined: Oct 31, 2006

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    Location: Eastleigh / Winchester

    Far too good to scrap, but they're carbed, you could try and put fresh fuel in but more than likely the carbs will be gummed up with old fuel and would need a good clean....
     
  6. Semple

    Soldato

    Joined: Mar 5, 2010

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    off topic: the tyre on that VW looks a little low!
     
  7. dr_volki

    Wise Guy

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    don't know who it belongs to. it's a big garage for part of the appartment block.
     
  8. BUDFORCE

    Wise Guy

    Joined: May 3, 2012

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    Damn, dont scrap it!!!!! I'll give you £100 for it, even come and pick it up!
     
  9. TripleT

    Sgarrista

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    Posts: 9,399

    Location: Manchester City Centre

    Not my type of bike but still that is pretty cool. Definitely don't scrap that!
     
  10. BUDFORCE

    Wise Guy

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    I been thinink a lot about this bike.

    Honestly mate, firstly you got a carbed honda = invincible.

    Depends if the fuel was drained before it was stored/left.

    If not, as per the above post, carbs may be gummed up. Be worth whacking a new battery, drain whatever fuel out of it you can, put new fuel, see if it'll fire up. If it does you've got a winner straight away.

    If not, you can remove the throttle body/carbs, try and clean them, its possible. If you can get it running, it'll need a whole list of stuff:

    • Pull apart front brake caliper, dissasemble it completely, clean everything, new seals, rebuild.

    • New brake lines and brake fluid.

    • New Tires.

    • Replace coolant (maybe the hoses also)

    • Check tank for rust - this may be one of the worst problems - if the petrol was left in there, it'll turn to water then in turn rust the inside of the tank, that can be a problem

    • Fuel lines may need replacing.

    • Rest of the stuff is pretty standard, may need chain/sprockets/brake pads etc as necessary. Obviously new oil/oil filter/air filter.

    Then, once you done all that, give it a thorough(good) clean, replace those U G L Y standard exhaust pipes with some chrome straight through, remove all the Honda badges, repaint the tank matt black. Chrome up the engine block.

    Install a 12v sound system that only plays Def Leppard and Guns n' Roses.

    Grow a beard.

    Win at life.
     
  11. Diddums

    Capodecina

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    Location: London

    That is such a cool bike. Fix it, lock it up, get licence, win. I'd LOVE a bike like that. The fact it's yo pappa's also adds to the specialness of it.
     
  12. BUDFORCE

    Wise Guy

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    Literally this.

    It's an awesome thing. Please do it proud. If not, I WILL :)
     
  13. MowyTone

    Mobster

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    If its been sat for a long time there will be parts of the engine that no longer have oil on them. I know in cars its recommended to hand crank the engine first to recoat the engine parts...not sure how to go about this on a bike apart from sticking it in 3rd or 4th and slipping the clutch while being pushed
     
  14. dr_volki

    Wise Guy

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    thanks a lot for the detailed post.
    i was kind of hoping for people to say to not scrap it, since i was looking forward to actually fixing it, but wasn't sure if it's worthwile.

    so after payday i shall get some bit and start the work and also hope i find the bugger that put a load of fag butts and packet wrapping down the exhausts :mad:
     
  15. tom_e

    Man of Honour

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    There's normally a cover on one of the engine covers that you remove to set TDC, take the plugs out squirt some oil down into the barrels and turn it using that should be good enough to get it slippery again.
     
  16. BUDFORCE

    Wise Guy

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    Yea good shout on that.

    Looking at wiki it's a V4, seem to be all the rage these days in the latest ducati's.

    I'm not 100% sure how it rotates on that Honda, but in the ducati's it fires each set of two just slightly apart from each other, so it's "almost" a twin, but you get slightly smoother throttle response. I'm guessing it's similar on that.

    Edit: the photo on wiki is something I'd be aiming for:

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  17. Fireskull

    Sgarrista

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    Brilliant! :D

    Can't you remove the fuel line and crank it, does that spin up the oil pump also to get some oil circulating?
     
  18. BUDFORCE

    Wise Guy

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    Wow....

    Ok looking at wiki Vs those images you posted, I'm pretty sure that is the 1988 VF750C Magna, which means, according to wiki, only 3500 were built....

    Edit: actually I'm not certain, the part about the tank decal seems to suggest it might be the 87 version - vf700c, reported 16,000 made

    It's definitely one of the two.
     
  19. Resistance

    Gangster

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    its not the first one you said https://www.motorcyclespecs.co.za/model/Honda/honda_vf750c_magna 82.htm
     
  20. Fireskull

    Sgarrista

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    Well this one was registered in 1989 so possibly the rarer one....

    *Edit, is that link above the rarer one? that link says only made in 82/83.