My fingers are cold, got to come inside to warm up a bit. Working in the garage on this '81 Virago I picked up yesterday for a 100$. The guy I got it from told me the bike was dropped and then would not start anymore.
So far I got her turning over, I have to hit the starter solenoid every time
I got spark
I got compression, somewhere around 110-120 psi. The front cylinder shot a bunch of liquid out. Pretty sure it was just gasoline.
Next is fuel, there's a bit of rust inside the fuel tank, nothing major. Drained it, fuel was pretty dark. Throttle was stuck, pulled the cable off the carbs, cable is fine. Carbs are stuck, pulled carbs off the bike, split them, only the one is stuck. Fuel bowl on said carb is full of brown shit, drain hole plugged also other hole which is probably some kind of idle feed, plugged. Got the throttle plate to move after spraying a bunch of WD on shaft.
Looking at the bike from the front it looks like something is bent, either the forks or the triples are out of wack. I'm only worried about getting it started at this point.
I really like the West Coast chopper sticker. Also the attempt to make a solo seat, looks great.
Plans for this bike, if I can get it started, are to ride the shit out of it. Try to blow it up
Also, all my friends that are telling me they want to start riding but never do have no excuse anymore. They can learn on it.
If anyone have parts kicking around for a Virago let me know. Once I get the engine running I will need a headlight, front signals, clutch lever, a seat, possibly a master cylinder...