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    Forty Eight - 300 miles - 8 years old - Advice needed

    Hey everyone,
    First time poster here, great to meet you alll!
    I've just bought a late 2010 Forty Eight, but it's been in storage since pretty much new.
    Only covered 300 miles, never been MOT'd or serviced, do you think I need to do anything to it before I ride other than MOT it? Oil looks like new. Whole bike looks like new to be honest.


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    Hello and welcome to the forum from Calderdale in West Yorkshire.

    That's a lovely low mileage Forty-Eight you have there.

    If the bike has been stored for about eight years, I'd do a full fluid replacement, new engine and primary chaincase oil, 4.5 litres of oil isn't expensive so it's best to replace the original oil no matter how good it looks.

    Brake fluid should be changed at least every two years as the fluid absorbs the rubber from inside the hoses and turns black, brake fluid is hygroscopic, it absorbs moisture from the atmosphere. Moisture can get into your brake fluid through the reservoir's breather hole. Brake fluid isn't expensive either, so change it.

    Also replace the battery, if it hasn't been charged for eight years it will more than likely be dead.

    Enjoy your Forty-Eight, they're a very popular machine.

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    Change petrol in the tank. Check no rust in the tank.

    Check tyres for aging cracks.

    Check the drive belt.

    If you haven't powered it up yet then when you do the fuel pump makes quite a lot of noise.

    It might be worth taking the plugs out and putting some oil in and then turn the engine over by hand to get the bores wet.
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    i would have the first service done, even though its only done 300 miles, including any fluid is changed and the oil filter. it is likely you have 7 winters of internal moisture to recover from

    good points above, especially belt and tyres

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    Thanks for the advice everyone. The battery did need changing - that's been done and it starts easily.
    The tyres and belt all look perfect, no signs of perishing or cracking. Had a ride around anyway, I got too giddy, everything seemed pretty perfect tbh.
    I'll be sure to change all the fluids because that doesn't look so tough (watched a few YouTube videos).

    Is there a running in period? Do I have to do anything?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tedtheone View Post
    Is there a running in period? Do I have to do anything?
    in your owners manual you may have a paragraph on 'Break-In Riding Rules' in the 'Operation' section

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    Don't let the motor labour when going up hills, the piston rings need to bed in with the cylinder liners.
    Change gear frequently to help bed in the gearbox.
    Don't over rev the motor in any gear.

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    I agree with above all fluids replaced i think you will get away with the tyres but bear in mind i have been told that rubber hardens over time and loses its pliancy you might not notice the difference in grip but you will notice that the tyres don't soak up bumps in the road as well, speaking from experience went from decade old Dunlops to brand new Avons

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    Check if these are correct size.
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    All good advice on previous comments , so I'll just say hi and welcome tae the forum
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