Join Date: Dec 2016
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Would You Play Around With This?
Looking for advice from the people who know better, and who have gone through some motorcycling rebuilds or repairs. I am kind of looking for a small project for the winter to keep me from thinking about my usual work.
I am now looking at a used bike that has been parked in a damp climate for a few years. It is a cheap 1993 Virago 500 ($300 CAN, about $200-$225 USD?). It would undoubtedly need the usual (carbs cleaning, tank cleaning or coating, etc.).
What I am specifically asking about is what can be done with the chrome and the engine case if they are showing pitting or surface rust?
Where I live (BC, Canada), bikes that are 25 years or older can qualify for 'collectables' and are very, very cheap to insure. This would be a way for me to ride all year around but only on occasion during the winter--the other bikes I own are a lot of money to insure so I insure them only for 3 to 5 months every year.
BUT those collectables must be mint cosmetically speaking, so that is why I am asking about the chrome and the rest of the metal showing on the bike.
I have enjoyed playing around with motorcycles in the dead of winter and learning about them for the last 15 years or so (I find that relaxing), but only to do some light mechanical work. I do NOT have the skills to rebuild engines (would love to learn one day tho when I have more time), I cannot repaint a bike with lots of plastic on it (I can maybe fix a crack and spray paint it but that it all and it will not look great!), and I do not have THAT much time to spend on it. But I enjoy light wrenching.
I currently own a 2008 Wee and a 2003 VFR that need nothing. That is disappointing, in a way. They are very reliable bikes, but they do not allow me to do much mechanical work. I have purchased a KZ550 LTD a few years back and put it back on the road after it was parked in a barn for 15 years at least. I liked it.
I am kind of looking for the same idea here, but, again, I do not want to get in over my head.
So, what can be done with light rust on engine cases and chrome pitting??!!?
Thanks for your advice