Not started in 6 years, considerations?
Greetings all! Tasked with resurrecting a 2000 Vulcan 800A which sat for 6 years. Total miles: 6228. Always garage kept, and rode gently. Looking for any advice/considerations with regard to getting it road worthy again.
- I am thinking tires should be replaced(?) They are original; holding air and with decent tread. But do they get dry/brittle? Figuring on replacing for safety's sake.
- Throttle will not turn, not even a little bit. I'm afraid to crank on it too hard for fear of damaging something else. Guessing the cable is seized somehow/somewhere? Likely needs replaced?
- Almost certainly will need to replace the battery, or at least give it a good charge (I have a motorcycle trickle charger).
- Fuel turned to varnish, and may have done some pretty good damage. Could hardly get the fuel tank filler cap open, had to pry it. Can see rust and/or oxidized material on inside walls of tank. The fuel line from the tap assembly (selector valve) to the carb has disintegrated inside, and is clogged. Wondering if other carb/fuel-system parts might have been damaged as well(?). Everything associated with the fuel system smells strongly of spray paint. Plan with this:
1. Clean tank. Been reading up and watching vids, looks like flushing with vinegar or other acid might do the trick. There is much guidance on this idea out on the wire.
2. Replace the fuel line with new. Does this have to be an OEM part? Or can this be a chunk of regular automotive fuel line?
3. ?? Should I plan on a full overhaul of the carb?
- Anything else y'all can think of that should be evaluated in order for this beautiful old girl to be SAFELY ready for the road again? It really is in fantastic shape for being almost 20 years old!
Thanks so much for any insights.