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Hello Folks, I got a 1980 bike with 2700 miles but hasn't been used in 30 years. It is in pretty good shape but need to put oil in and maybe another chemical to clean it before cranking it up. If you are a Honda specialist,
please share your genius.

Thanks.

Rotorhead NY,NY
 

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Welcome to the Forum. Depending on how it has been stored you might need to clean the gas tank and carbs. Hopefully some of the real mechanics can help you. Good Luck with the bike.
 

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Drain & replace all the fluids. Check the tank for rust. I would add a filter to the gas line. Check all the rubber, especially carb mounts ("manifolds") for cracks. I'd pull the float bowl on the left side and check for crud and corrosion. If the carbs were drained, you might be in good shape. If not (more likely!) you'll have to go through the carbs. Hose down the linkage with WD40 or penetrating oil. Don't touch any of the adjustments in the linkage--- just make sure everything moves like it oughta.

Turn the carbs upside down after you take them off, and take off the float bowls. Unscrew the jets and make sure they're clear--- you should be able to see through the tiny holes. If not, soak them in Berryman's B12 (get it @ WalMart) until the crud is gone. Don't try to use a wire to clear them. Replace them and the bowls. Check the slides--- they should lift easily and drop back down quickly. If they're stuck, you might have to take off the covers on the tops. That will let you clean the slides and needles, if they have crud on them. You can buff them lightly with fine steel wool. Replace the slides and covers--- don't damage the thin rubber diaphragms on top of the slides. Put the carbs back on the bike, making sure you don't have air leaks or open vacuum lines.

Assuming you have fuel flowing to the carbs, and assuming all the indicator lights light up, as well as the headlight, tail, and stop light, (You'll need a new battery.) You can try to start it. If you're lucky, and you haven't moved any adjustments, and if it was "running when it was parked," It'll probably start. It should take throttle and rev easily--- not too much.

Flush and drain the brakes. 30 year old brake fluid is garbage. Make sure they work. Get new tires. Drain and replace the oil in the forks--- make sure the springs are not rusted, and the front turns smoothly lock to lock. Make sure the clutch releases- the plates might be stuck.

This sounds like a lot, but it's the MINIMUM for a pristine garage find. If it wants to run, put 4 oz of the Berryman's in the first tank of gas. Now you can ride it slowly, maybe around the block or down the street and back. Gradually increase your ride time; be alert for problems: noises, smells, anything that feels funny. If you know a good bike mechanic, have them look it over, and maybe ride it around. At 2700 miles, a Honda shouldn't have any major mechanical problems. It's all the other stuff you have to watch.
 

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Thanks Moni, hopefully they will. Are you the forum owner?
:coffeescreen: I've been called a Forum resident because I'm on here so much but no, I'm definitely not the owner. Dodsfal and Rexmitchell are the administrators and if you look on the front page toward the bottom you will find a tab to click that will bring up a list of Moderators. I find the Forum's members interesting and just like corresponding with them.
 

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You can't go wrong living around bikes, or you could but it's a lot of fun.
Will keep tinkering with the forums tabs, just like you. Take care.
 

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Needles, thanks for your time sharing your expertise. Already ordered the service manual and will follow along including your directions. You will hear from me again, that's a given.

Thanks again.
 

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If you need help finding your way around the Forum give a shout out. I'm sure someone will jump in and help you.
 
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