Cleaning out my father-in-law's house last weekend, I inherited a project:
1974 Honda CB360. Father-in-law bought it new. I'm the second owner. It hasn't run in the time I've known my wife, so it's been dormant since the early 1990s at the latest. Probably mid-1980s, if I were a betting man. It lived under the porch at the old house (in-laws moved about 10 years ago) and in a shed at the new house, so it has been protected as long as I've known it.
I'm trying to decide whether I want to have it professionally restored or work on it myself. A co-worker who's into motorcycles brought up a good point: it's a 41-year old motorcycle. If I ride it, there's a good chance it will break down. If I do the work myself, I'll be better prepared to fix the little things to get it back on the road. On the flip side, there's a very good chance it will sit in the corner of the garage for the next decade while I work up the courage to work on it.
I've described myself as "mechanically declined," only half-jokingly. I can assemble furniture from IKEA with the best of them, and I've built my own ARs plenty, but when it comes to engines I just panic. I can change oil (although I don't) and perform the most basic of maintenance, but in general I prefer to let the professionals handle such things. Part of it is time-related: there just aren't enough hours in a day. I know myself; I'll put it off as long as possible.
In any case, it will be restored as best as possible. The body is in surprisingly good shape; it needs new tires, of course; the exhaust is rotted out; but the tank is solid. It looks like it won't take much to get it cosmetically back together. I might get the motor restored and running professionally but do the wiring/brake/exhaust work myself. We'll see.
Any and all tips on restoring 40-year old Japanese motorcycles would be appreciated...
That is all.