Yesterday, I finally managed to get my A65 out of the garage and spend some time riding.
The bike has been standing in the garage for at least 6 months and apart from an occasional battery recharge I haven't done anything.
As expected, all of the oil from the tank had drained into the sump and also made its way into the primary. I drained the sump and found the usual grey matter on the sump plug. I also unscrewed the primary oil level socket cap and waited a while until the excess had drained. I'm not sure how the oil finds it way into the primary, maybe the drive side bearing seal is ineffective?
Next job was to pump up the tyres, the front always seems to loose pressure and was down to 10psi, the rear wasn't too bad and was at about 25psi.
With the drain bolts reattached and some fresh oil in the tank, the next step was startup.
I ticked both carbs and swung on the lever, the bike spluttered. Next attempt she spluttered a bit more, more carb tickling and a third resulted in a full start, I snuck her into gear and we were off. The Esso Synergy Supreme+ 99 premium petrol I had filled up with last year had done its job and hadn't gone stale as it's ethanol free.
I spent the next hour or so riding round the local roads and checking the performance and stopped for a brief photo opportunity, see below.
Looking at the pic I can already see a few jobs need doing, the chain needs tightening, the tank isn't level and some cables need tie downs.