When I purchased the Yamaha, it was in rough shape. It was dusk as I was looking the bike over, so I didn't notice all of the details, although I did get a pretty good idea of the overall condition of the bike. However, before I got started working on the bike, I decided to do a more detailed inventory.
And...it needs work. A lot of work, actually.
Here are the "before" photos:
I had already decided to replace the twenty-five year old brake hoses with stainless steel. I have ordered brake parts from Blair at SV Racing Parts in the past, and he's a great guy to work with -- I highly recommend him (and no, I don't get a kick-backs from him for saying so or for linking to him here :) so I queried him about getting some custom brake lines. He confirmed that he could get a set of Galfer brake lines for my bike, even though it was neither an SV nor a DL. However, after seeing the condition of the master cylinder, reservoir and associated fittings, I decided not just to replace the brake lines, but to also replace the master cylinder rather than try to clean up all the corrosion on the stock parts. Blair sells a really cool system for Suzuki riders, but it was outside my budget. In fact, it was nearly equal to the purchase price of my entire bike (okay, that isn't nearly as bad as it sounds, but still...) Fortunately, I found a brake lever perch, master cylinder, reservoir and brake lever off of an old FZR750 on E-Bay for $44.95 plus shipping, so I bought it. Unfortunately, that meant brake work had to stop until the parts arrived. Gotta resolve those dependencies before proceeding with the installation, even IRL :)
TO BE CONTINUED...