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Wow, thanks to all for the great advice. I can see this is a very active and helpful group. I asked the seller this question (any issues) and his response is 1- it needs fresh gas as it was sitting for two years no riders; and 2- the front tire is original so replace it.

It looks fine to me but do you recommend replacing 1997 rubber, as tires do have a shelf-life? The bike was pampered, has 9100 miles and looks showroom except fdust coatingor the . Will I hurt the bike by driving five miles on the old gas, or should I drain and refill before I start it. Finally, the price is $3,000, do you think this is in the right ballpark for the VT1100C2 ACE? I was looking at his '58 Lincoln Mark III when the bike caught my attention, so I made an offer.
DO NOT attempt starting the bike with the old gas, drain and replace. Even with this precaution it's doubtful the bike will be without issues from sitting so long. Most likely whatever gas was in the fuel delivery system has long ago turned to varnish.

These are great bikes and the price is fair if immaculate running condition. Lastly, the tires could have flat spots from sitting and may even have been flat for some of that time. They most likely will need to be replaced. Plan on replacing all fluids, plugs, filters, battery, having the carbs cleaned, cables greased or replaced if needed. Enjoy the bike.
 

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I'm also really trying to get an asnwer today for a 1997 ACE that I'm about to see and couldn't post on the main forum.

Reading through the issues.. I guess it scares me a bit as I notice that a lot of these bikes for sale, tons of starting, leaking issues.. almost seem like Lemons but I guess if everyone else is happy with them, it shouldn't be that bad.

I had a horrid, horrid experience with an old 1991 Honda Civic. Relay problems, starting problems, leaking problems, burning oil.. Brings back bad memories that's for sure when reading through some of the Shadow issues. I'm sure these types of liquid cooled bikes have these types of issues.. It's just odd there's so many for sale...
The issues you're reading about here are mostly caused by lack of use. Riding a motorcycle has a mystique that wears off for a lot of riders the first time they ride in the rain, or their first close call. This is why you see so many low mileage bikes for sale. It's not good for motor vehicles to sit for extended periods of time, things rot and get gummed up.
 
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