OK, we have the bike, it was wrecked and has been sitting for three years. Hopefully we can get it running without going to a mechanic.
It is a 1990 ZX7 (so a little bigger than I originally wanted) and she is really excited to get it running and riding. She is currently zipping around on her mom's Honda Rebel 250 (but she really wants the crotch rocket).
So far, we have drained all fluids, replaced oil and radiator fluid, new battery. We have the carbs partially torn apart (I think) so we can clean them, and we have a new fuel filter, new air filter, spark plugs and carb kits (so all the easy things can be fixed).
We do not know much about motorcycles (we are learning as we go) so we have a few questions:
- What exactly does the carbs consist of, when they say clean them? We took the caps off and the air filter off, and have this valve section that I can see opens and closes with the throttle. There is a thin pin with a plastic piece that fits inside a plunger. Is this the parts we need to clean? Or do we need to take off the metal cylinders and clean those? If so, how do we do that? The repair manual we got with the bike is ... less than helpful in many areas.
- We can get the bike to turn over, but it does not catch or start. It was suggested to check the carbs and the spark plugs (hence the cleaning and changing). Are there any other ideas that it may be that we should be aware of?
- The current goal is just to get it to start. Are there any issues we should look for when it is running that would indicate something we need to fix? I'm hesitant to touch the carbs since we didn't want to do major engine work, and I'm worried we might put something back together wrong.
Thanks for any help!
Oh, and some pictures of the bike: