Well I have been enjoying many hobbies over the years, and now it's time to get back into the one that started them all as a kid, motorcycling! Right now I have a 1986 Yamaha Radian in my garage in sad shape. It's all dirty and dusty and not running. It only has about 5000 miles on it. It was my dad's and he gave it to me. I rode it and put many batteries in it, but I'm sure now it won't start with a new one. I haven't tried though. I need to get this thing running this spring. It needs a mechanic to go over it thoroughly to make sure it's safe. The tires are original from 1986, and while I think if I get it running I can safely get to the shop at low speeds, they gotta be replaced even though they have plenty of tread left. Talking to a mechanic, he says DON'T JUST START IT! He says remove the plugs and then try just in case there is fuel or fluid in the cylinders. Good advice. Pretty sure the carbs need a rebuild and sync. It leaks oil, but I'm not going to rebuild the engine just cause it leaks a bit of oil. It's a beautiful standard style motorcycle with red metallic paint and the optional roll bars and mini fairing which are rare and sought after options on this model. When I did ride it years ago it caught attention everywhere it went. What else should I do before trying to start and ride it? I feel bad about neglecting the bike. My dad bought it when he turned 40 and I turned 40 a couple years ago and thought I would ride in on my birthday. It never happened.. Now is time to make it happen. My wife says I should sell it, but it was a gift from dad and I could never justify another motorcycle purchase at this time and a non-running bike is worthless. Help me get it running!