Originally Posted by Beairsto Racing
If you pulled the valve cover, you could inspect the valve train etc., in addition to boreoscoping the cylinders.
I highly doubt you're going to see any corrosion, as there are no signs of oxidization elsewhere on the bike.
Yes, the cylinder bores are sleeves.
There is rust in the tank though. The story is the bike sat for decades. The guy who picked it up got it running on an external fuel source.
He doesn't sound as technically skilled as I'm at ease with so I cannot discount the possibility he tried at first to drain the tank and put in fresh gas. He's owned it 2 years so I'm not taking anything for granted. Why did the guy have it two years and is selling it now? You see my concern.
1) the engine's clean. Bonus! (this is why I'm grabbing a trailer and going on a road trip this weekend)
2) I see light rusting in the cylinders and/or crankcase
3) it's rusted to shit
Is scenario 2 feasible for someone like you
? I know someone like you here, hence my wondering if it's 10, 20, 150 hours of labor to rebuild the engine to high standards. I'll source every possible seal, o-ring, gasket, clutch pad etc... etc... etc... to make it NEW.
I definitely want this bike but I'm not rich and I don't want a pretty and expensive paperweight.
I forgot: I transferred him $500 to take the ad down and will pay cash in person on saturday. So far, I'm only out $500.