Hi from Ontario
My name is Adam and I live in Ottawa, Ontario. I've been riding motorcycles since 2003. My first bike was a 1995 Kawasaki EX500 I rode for 2 years. My last bike was an 2005 Yamaha YZF-R6T which I bought brand new, rode for 10 years and sold 2 years ago. I was recently gifted a 2008 Vstar 1100 Classic from my father. It's been heavily modified cosmetically. More than you'd think necessary for the very low amount of Km's on the odo. It was also put away wet and had been sitting in storage for 3 years. Needless to say, there is/was a lot of work to do to get it running which I started work on last week. So far I've cleaned out the carbs, resolved a rusty gas tank and changed the oil. It started up on second try but had a hard time idling without the choke on. I would turn the choke down and it would stall out so I left idling with the choke partially on to burn the gunk out. It's seems to be getting better and hopefully sitting for a couple days with Seafoam in the fresh fuel that's been run through it will help more. I've also increased the idle speed a bit so now it will idle with the choke off and was even able to ride it (first gear only) around the front (gravel) laneway.
I have a few questions to ask but can't yet post in the other sections of the site. What do I have to do to post elsewhere?
Failing that, I"m going to ask my first question here. In my profile, I've uploaded a picture of my handlebars looking down. They are crooked. My Dad confessed he dropped it once at a low speed. I'm guessing that's how they became the way they are now. I loosened the riser bolts and retightened them but it didn't help. The triple and the front wheel are inline so I do not believe the forks are bent. The bars are T-bar drag bars so don't use a separate riser. They bolt directly to the triple. Are they bent or is there some other possible issue causing this? I live about 2hrs from my Dad's which is where the bike currently is so I can't go out and check at my leisure. Once i get it running solid, I'll ride it back home where I can attened to the smaller details that need attention. I'm mostly looking for idea of what to check for when I do get back down there and can do some more work on it. I"m sure I can ride it with the crooked bars, but they will drive me batty everytime I look down.
thanks in advance.
2008 Yamaha V-Star 1100 Classic
2005 Yamaha YZF-R6T
1990 Kawasaki EX-500