bad owner: no cookie (or: starting after looong disuse)

Donlon McGovern mcgovern at
Mon Dec 7 15:20:19 PST 2009

A few years ago I went down to Pasadena to pick up my dad's 67 Pontiac 
Tempest LeMans which had been sitting in his parking lot for at least two 
years because of his failing vision. Before I tried to start it I removed 
the plugs and sprayed each cylinder with a good shot of WD40 knowing it was 
flammable as well as a fairly decent lubricator. When I hit the switch that 
good ol 326 lit up immediately and I drove back to Portland without any 
further troubles and drove the car for five years before selling it to a kid 
in the neighborhood.
Might try that with your bike..
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Dave C" <dlc-mica at>
To: "Suzuki SV650 Mailing List" <sv650 at>
Sent: Monday, December 07, 2009 11:36 AM
Subject: Re: bad owner: no cookie (or: starting after looong disuse)

> Nobody else?
> Do I need to worry about the rings/cylinder wall condition?  Should I put
> a couple mls of oil in the cylinder with the old plugs first?
> On Sat, Dec 05, 2009 at 01:25:52PM -0700, Steve Robertson wrote:
>> Drain fuel tank. Take carbs apart and clean float bowl, pilot jet, main 
>> jet and
>> needle valve assembly on each carb. Make sure nothing got into the airbox
>> or exhaust (critters). I'd throw new plugs in it too and freshen up the 
>> fluids.
>> After sitting that long is there any chance that rust could have formed 
>> on
>> the rings to any serious extent?
>> > For various reasons I won't get into, I haven't started my trackbike in
>> > perhaps 18 months, and didn't do anything to mothball it other than 
>> > make
>> > sure only pump gas was left in the system, no U4.   What should I do 
>> > before
>> > trying to start it again?
>> >
>> > Also, anybody got a Gen-I stator for cheap?
>> >
>> >

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