So yesterday I went out and looked at a bike listed on Craigslist. A broken down 1990 VFR750. I'm not sure if it qualifies as a project bike yet. It's really more of a broken down jigsaw puzzle on two wheels. Ya know the puzzles where someone's toddler chewed on the pieces and you aren't sure if they're all there or of they're going to fit back together?
I don't know, some people rescue puppies and kittens; I feel the need to rescue broken down bikes.
The story is that the craigslister bought the bike from a coworker. Coworker had laid it down and the motor had a tick that C'lister thought was lower end. C'lister does body work so he planned on fixing up the plastics. Original owner decided to start tearing the motor apart while C'lister thought it was just a leaky exhaust. Original owner tore the cams out of it and that's where he stopped. C'lister bought it anyway and then lost interest in the project.
The plastics are a little worse than I expected from my phone conversation with the C'lister. Cosmetics aren't my thing but I've wanted to learn - this may be my chance. Tank is in perfect condition. Corbin seat - cover is about wore out, no rear cowl. Brand spankin new michellins on white wheels front and back. The tires are so new it may explain why the bike went down. 46k miles on the clock. Headlights are good without any yellowing and same with the instrument cluster.
All for $500. I figure the worst case is I'll get my money back out of parts.
1st order of business - take photos and post (I'll have initial pics here in a couple minutes)
2nd order factory service manual from ebay
3rd cut my teeth on gear cams and put the top end back together
4th perform cold compression test and get 1st clue as to how healthy the motor might be. As long as everythings w/in10% and near the low end of the spec (cold engine remember), I'll proceed to put it together and see if I can hear the noise they spoke of.
The idea would be to get the engine running without putting any more than $50/100 into it until I see what I have and can re-evaluate the project. If I can get it running and looking good without the complete investment exceeding $1200 then I'll probably proceed with it.
notice the pile of plastics, the rest of the motor and stuff is living in the tote:
A peek into the tote: