I'm new here. Just bought an '85 GL1200 from the 2nd owner. He had been a regular tour rider so ran up to 104k on the odometer, but kept it in he garage and kept it up until about 4 years ago when he parked it. No prep for storage, just parked it.
My own wrenching history is open: The last bike I had was a CB750 I rebuilt from the basket it came in, so I'm willing to tackle almost anything.....depending.
Okay. What I got was everything looking sharp. I have redone some of the light sockets that had rusted out, checked the wires etc. as suggested in other threads here for the stator safety (a new stator was put on about5 years ago -- call it 6,000 mi). It ran rough as a washing machine but it looks like pulling down the entire fuel system and cleaning/rebuilding/tuning may have solved that one (90% -- still has a hickup at 1500rpm).
I know I need to replace the timing belts, still need to change the oil and fluids etc.
BUT, Clymer and Honda talk about replacing all flex lines at 24, miles. These look solid but according to the PO have never been replaced. How serious a threat is that? Are they going to blow or leak soon as I replace the hydraulic fluid?
What else is liable to cause a headache (or worse
) on a bike of this vintage with this history? I haven't the money or time to take it all the way down and restore, so I'm looking for triage to keep it rolling for about 6 months of commuting before I can get to the big pieces?
Oh, yeah. New battery, all lights work (finally!), tires are good -- just replaced about 5k miles ago and garaged (and they look it), shocks hold air at the rated pressures until I let it out, compression is about 145 with and without oil in the cylinders, timing is on the mark judging by static timing, no vibrations or etc. giving fits.
Appreciate any tips or suggestions.