Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Galesburg, Illinois, USA
Welcome to the board.
I would think twice about that long of a trip on an un-tested and as you stated un-documented machine. You say it smokes after being on the center stand? Is it an oily smell or does it smell like anti-freeze? Either could indicate engine problems that could worsen with mileage.
If you insist on going the timing belts would be a must. Not only because of the potential for catastrophic engine failure but if the motor locks up while you're tooling down the road, the rear wheel stops suddenly and down you go unless you're quick on the the clutch.
I can understand your eagerness in wanting to ride your new "toy" but if you have a bad enough break-down on the road you're going to have to figure how to: 1.Find someone to work on it, not knowing their track record and how much they're going to charge you to fix it. This would scare me as you would be open to being taken advantage of by an crooked mechanic/shop Not only that, but from what I've read, most Honda dealerships refuse to work on that old of a bike. Plus, getting parts is also part of this equation.
2.Ship it back home for a sizeable fee and the hassle of finding a shipping company that would do this. 3. Leave it home and use another mode of transportation.
I know this isn't what you wanted to hear but I'd like you to be able to enjoy your wing down the road,sort to speak.
Whatever your final decision, I wish you good luck and great riding experiences.
Wineberry 1983 Interstate