Adding to our stable....
I joked about the fact that I left the Harley parked next to the wife's GZ250 too long and they spawned a child. LOL....
I actually have been looking for almost a month for a winter project. Coming up short on the usual robbery setup sites, I stopped by a local shop. The counter guy said they certainly had a few bikes that would be for sale. Short version of the story is that I found a 2004 V Star 650 parked in the back lot of the shop with vines grown all up into the front end.
The owner of the shop told me the owner would probably be more than willing to part with it for cheap. After a couple of days of back and forth chats, I brought the bike home this morning.
I had the kids help me... sort of.
I got it home. I removed and drained the tank... added a quart of oil.... and found that the battery had been disconnected. Hmmm... I had to dig for a couple of battery bolts. I was surprised to find the battery was still showing 12v on my multimeter! I put my charger on it anyway. Fresh gas. Full of oil. It fired right up. It ran rough, obviously for a little while, but it cleared up after several minutes of idling and working the throttle a bit.
This was the after the first start. First start in well over a year.
After confirming it ran, I started to check on what I was certain would be a chewed up input (pinion) gear on the differential. Aaaannnnd it was.
The unexpected discovery was the rear wheel hub was broken dead center of the wheel bearing. So, I'll have to get a new wheel too.
Currently shopping for some parts, now.