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Question New to riding, buying bike next week. Need advice.

Hi all. Next week I am purchasing a 2005 Suzuki Boulevard C50 from my brother. The bike only has 5k miles. Heís moving to Colorado and couldnít take it with him (mostly because he never learned how to ride it). The problem is, it has sat for over a year. I am new as this is my first bike but itís always been a dream of mine to ride. I realize Iíll probably have to put some work into it, just looking for advice on what work it will need specifically. I bout an oil change kit that came with a filter, was most likely going to buy new tires assuming the other ones are now dry rot. I do not know my way really around an engine but if you guys could give some advice on what to check/where to check and what brands you guys would recommend for new pieces (if you think it will need it) it would be greatly appreciated. All advice is welcome as well, like I said I am brand new to this. Thanks all.
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How much since it needs tires, hoses, fluid change, may have rust in the tank.....besides the blue/black ones were the fastest

I would buy another bike to ride while you're sorting this one out if that's what you should choose to do.
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welcome...very low mileage for a 14 year old mc...when was the last time he rode it?...needless to say new tires are a must, and if you know someone who could recommend a good mc mechanic who could go over the mc to see what needs to be addressed that may be beneficial. Not to say you can't do the work yourself but initially I would have someone with some experience do the initial inspection. Good luck.
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Take the tank off and dump the gas, check the inside for rust, if no rust, refill with fresh gas and mix with 8-12 ozs of seafoam and try to start. Of course the battery will need charged or jumped. Try to keep it running to get the seafoam into the injectors.
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First, while you're cleaning up the bike, go take the Motorcycle Safety Foundation's Basic Rider Course.

After that, I'd replace all of the fluids and inspect every bit of rubber. If something looks like it's cracking, replace it. I'd also lube every inch of metal that moves and seriously consider pulling the drive shaft and lubing it too.

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Welcome to the forum!

Here's another vote for the Motorcycle Safety Foundation's class for Beginning Riders. It'll teach you stuff in a weekend that you'd spend a year figuring out by trial and error.

Although it's swell that you have a chance to get your brother's bike, I'd frankly be leery of the machine because of its age and disuse. More than rotted tires, old fluids, and a gunked-up gas tank could be wrong. I'd get the machine to a qualified bike mechanic and have it assessed -- before I bought it.

I'm confident your brother wouldn't intend to rook you, but the bike could have serious underlying issues that could cost you a lot of money to fix, perhaps more than the bike is worth. Consider a mechanic's opinion to be cheap insurance. I'd hate to see your first motorcycle turn out to be a lemon.

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Lots of good advice in this post. The MSF course is a must and some of the best money you'll ever spend. Definitely get the bike looked over by a qualified mechanic and follow his lead. Be prepared to spend some money on tires (Michelin Commander II's), new battery, a full fluid changeover and whatever rubber items need replacing. If the tank is not rusty, the Seafoam recommendation is a good one too.

Good luck and keep us informed on how things go. You'll find this a very friendly forum filled with tons of experience.

Ride Safe and Often.

PS: Also as a new rider, please remember to practice ATGATT (All The Gear, All The Time). Spending money on bike bling comes AFTER all your riding gear, cause chrome won't save you in a crash.
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