I just signed up and this is my first post so forgive my insolence if any...
Just took a quick trip up to Edmonton to see some buds and check out that private track. Needless to say, all I can think about is getting back on the road!
I have a '91 Suzuzki GSF-400 Bandit which is pretty trick for an old, sub-600 bike. She's the love of my life but due to mitigating circumstances, I did not ride her at all last year so she sat patiently collecting dust.
However, that is all about to change....
Couple questions first.
Because she's been sitting with stale gas for the last year what are the first things I should check to ensure her roadworthyness? Without being fully mechanically competent with bikes, is it better to just take her into the shop and let them do a full tune?
Secondly, what do you think the theft hazards are for this ride? I need to re-insure and am wondering if I can get by with just collision? I know Van has a terrible rep for car theft but are bikes as hi risk?
And lastly, are there any other options in BC for insurance? ICBC is absolute extortion, are their any private insurers.
Thanks in advance to all that respond.
ps. I have new rubber on and only put about 500kms on them before the bike went into hibernation. Do I have to worry about the rubber breaking or getting brittle after a year of non use?