Looking for advice on starting a bike for the first time after it has been sitting for 7-8 years.
The bike 2000 Honda F4 was properly winterized (by PRSMechanic at one of his winter storage courses), i.e. the carbs were drained, Sta-Bil added to gas and run though the fuel system, oil and filter changed, cables lubed, anti-freeze added to cooling system, etc. in October 2003. The battery was also removed. The bike has been stored in enclosed garage since that time.
I now want to fire it up to demonstrate to its (hopefully) new owner that it runs. I know I'll need a new battery. The gas is crap and the fuel tank is rusty. Fortunately, I have a clean, empty replacement tank I can use instead. What I want to know is whether there is anything else I should do before attempting to start the bike after it has been sitting for so long. For example, should I pull the plugs and squirt a little oil into each cylinder or is that not necessary? (I cannot recall if a little Seafoam or similar product was squirted into the cylinders when it was winterized.)
Any thoughts or advice from people knowledgeable in this area would be appreciated.
Also, I assume that once the existing tank is drained that there is some product I can put in the tank and then throw in some nuts and shake it around for a while to clean the rust out from inside the tank. If so, what do I use? Is there another or better methid for cleaning the old tank?