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New old bikes. Pros and cons

What happens to an engine that is pretty new but it sits for ten years. I know the fuel system is shot, but what about the internal engine. What happens to the valves. Im really considering this 1996 ducati 900ss with 5700 miles.

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Re: New old bikes. Pros and cons

In large part it will depend on where and how it was stored. Was it prepped for long term storage? Was it stored in a climate controlled environment? Rubber parts (tires and hoses) and seals (engine and fork) would be the biggest concern. Have them put in fresh fuel and take it for a ride if possible, that will speak volumes. Looks like a really nice clean bike. G/L
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In large part it will depend on where and how it was stored. Was it prepped for long term storage? Was it stored in a climate controlled environment? Rubber parts (tires and hoses) and seals (engine and fork) would be the biggest concern. Have them put in fresh fuel and take it for a ride if possible, that will speak volumes. Looks like a really nice clean bike. G/L
Where I live there is very little moisture/humidity, so stored inside, out of the sun, wind and dirt things weather pretty well. In a non-climate controlled garage where you live, probably going to be some rust/pitting in the bores at least. Hopefully the owner fired it up once in awhile, maybe took it for a short spin, or knew it was ging to be parked awhile and put some oil down the plug holes, ran some fuel stabilizer through it, drained the tank and float bowls. Was it stored with clean, fresh oil, or has it sat for ten years with old oil in it. Unfortunately it's hard to get a straight answer to therse questions, most people will tell you what you want to hear. Like jdoni said, test ride. Hopefully hear it start up when cold, that way you can see if it's hard starting, how it warms up, you can learn a little about the carb condition.

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Re: New old bikes. Pros and cons

I used to have a 600SS and despite their reputation they're very reliable robust bikes



As long as it's been dry stored, should only need servicing and belts.

From the photos that looks like a very nice original bike and the prices are only going up!
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