1985 Honda V30 Magna

Discussion in 'Motorbike Technical Discussion' started by Steve, Apr 15, 2005.

  1. Steve

    Steve Guest

    I have a chance to buy a 1985 Honda V30 Mangna with 1600 original miles for
    $900. It has been sitting unridden for most of the last 9 years and will not
    start now. I suspect fuel system cleaning will take care of that, but what
    else should I be looking for?
    Steve, Apr 15, 2005
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  2. Replace the tires unless the bike has been sealed in a nitrogen-filled
    baggy for 9 years. They will be hard and dangerous...

    Brake fluid may have absorbed water or even crystallized in the brake
    lines, master cylinder and calipers. I would flush the system out

    Learn how the starter clutch works. if the starter clutch is one of
    those centrifugal ramp and roller arrangements designed by Dr.
    Frankenstein, the rollers and slip on the end of the crankshaft and the
    starter will just freely spin, or the rollers could be stuck and the
    starter could be backdriven by the engine when it firs up, and that
    might wipe out the starter brushes...

    If I was trying to resurrect an engine that hadn't been run in 9 years,
    I would pull the spark plugs, spray some WD-40 or squirt some Marvel
    Mystery Oil down into the cylinder and carefully turn the engine over
    many times to make sure everything moved freely...

    And, I would crank up oil pressure by turning the engine over with the
    electric starter with the spark plugs still out of the engine to get
    oil circulating in all the oil passages...
    krusty kritter, Apr 16, 2005
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