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You'll be ok. My experience with garage bound bikes are pretty good as a rule. Just check the fuel system, change the oil, etc.



But on any bike that's been sitting for 20 or more years, you run the risk of an exposed bearing (one not submerged in oil) forming surface rust and eventually failing. I've seen this on a few bikes that have sat for a long long time without being turned over. Comes from condesation I think.
 

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You're right. A few months back I bought a DT1MX from someone who left it outside for 20 or so years.



Cleaned the points and the carb and it started on the 3rd kick.



Of course it blew up about 10 minutes later, but at least it started. Rust was the only thing holding it together.



If you did that with an old Triumph you couldn't do it. Well maybe, but if was pre-unit the generator would blow up and shoot parts across the garage. Don't ask me how I know this...



 

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Boy, that's a good link, thanx. Ya know, just came by a WWII 3 phase portable (maybe) generator that uses a small Continental opposed 4 cylinder aircraft engine with rope start.



Gonna try and get it running this weekend. Has a little dinky downdraft carb that looks like it came off a lawnmower. It also has a big yellow sticker on it that says "WEAR HEARING PROTECTION" . I guess the neighbors will be peeking out of windows again and calling the cops "He got a plane or something back there...!!"
 

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Well with that little tiny motor, there's not much to wear out.



 
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