Join Date: Oct 2018
Location: Upstate SC
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'04 Marauder 800 barn find
I am taking about a 1-hour drive in the morning to check out a barn find, a 2004 Marauder 800. The current owner admits it has been parked for a year (owner has health issues) and is filthy. Until yesterday the battery was down, but he has had it on a charger overnight and the battery has come back enough to light everything up and turn the engine; no start, but fortunately he drained all the gas not long after it was parked and I am taking a jump-starter, some fresh gas and starting fluid to see if we can get it to fire off. He states that the tires were new and had less than 200 miles on them when the bike was stored, so that's a plus, and he says there is zero damage to the machine -- just a thick layer of barn dust. He's the original owner, it has 3450 miles on the clock, and he says it was running fine when it went on the inactive list. So, my questions :
-- Any inspection tips beyond the obvious?
-- Anything I should take along beyond a tool kit, starting fluid, gas?
-- Assuming we can get it to start, any suggestion as to a fair price? Kelley Blue Book puts trade-in value right at $1800, but that is, of course, in running condition, which this is not right now, and at least reasonably clean, which I already know it isn't.
I am hoping a thorough cleaning and servicing will be all it needs to be turned in to a rider, and I am willing to put some time, elbow grease, and a reasonable amount of money in to it, but I don't need a money pit!