Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: West suburbs of Chicago
The coolant bottle is not really see-through so I can't tell how much is in there. Now that I've cleaned it up I can there is a pretty good oil leak from the front of the engine, near the cam plug? that is dripping onto the fan. The old antifreeze that I had drained out didn't look too badly contaminated (it was green and a bit dark but I've seen that in many cars too) and when I drained the oil it was sort of a caramel, golden brown color.
Do I buy a Vesrah Gasket Kit VG-1023 while I still can? It appears to be a whole engine gasket kit. My thoughts are replacing many or all of the gaskets that kit comes with. I just don't want to disassemble anything I needn't-I replaced the head gasket on my car years ago and it never recovered, though hopefully I'm a bit smarter now.
I guess the question is, how much more good life could I expect from a 30 year old bike with unknown history? The odometer says 49000+ but the speedo cable has been removed who knows when. The last guy that owned it let it sit for a year and half, then way overfilled it with oil. It seems to be running very well. It starts when I ask it, even under 50 degrees (haven't tried colder yet).
Anyway, thanks for your replies! I think it's awesome there is such a responsive (and intelligent) following for these bikes.
Last edited by kyxon; 11-06-2012 at 11:18 PM.