G'day everyone, been a member here since 09 but i haven't contributed here at all since i joined. I've been lurking around for ages picking up loads of helpful hints of the outstanding community here. I've not had a great deal to do with forums before so hopefully this topic comes out alright and I've put it in the right place.
Anyway, Long story slightly less long, I moved to Western Australia from NSW about 5 years ago and i just went over there with a bag of clothes. I packed up all my things and lumbered my family with them. Sadly due to space my beloved 06 WR450F had to be stored out at a mates place who luckily had space for it. Less luckily is that he ran out of space for my bike after about 2 years and it spent about 3 years under a car port out the back and was exposed to the elements. I recently picked the pick up with the intention of giving it some TLC and converting it into a motard machine to compliment the 2011 WR i picked up while I was in WA. The condition my poor bike was in wasn't great, it hadn't been started since i left and was covered in mold and grime. After hitting it with the gerni and stripping the plastics off i discovered minor rust on areas where paint had worn off the frame and lots of oxidisation on the sub frame and gearbox casings I've spent most of my free time away from work fixing it up and managed to get it started while i waited for all the nice new motard parts to arrive. The worst damage to the bike i have sound so far is serious errosion to the finish on the forks and rust breaking out on the inners. I suspect that the damage may be terminal and I'm not sure it is possible to fix them. Here are some pictures at various stages over the last few days and some of the damage to the forks.
This is the bike about 6 months before i moved.
After i stripped all the plastics.
First time running in 5 years to heat up the oil for a change, I changed the coolant at the same time. Before I did this I put some oil in through the spark plug hole and worked the motor slowly with the kick starter.
After a bit of cleaning.
This is the damage to the forks
Anyway, i have new sprockets to suit road use, supermoto rims with cush hubs, new foot pegs, rear break lever, gear shifter, new exhaust system, lights, blinkers and mirrors to better suit road use. all the plastics and fuel tank are in excellent condition so i dont need to do anything there. Im happy with the blue plastics and frame. I have some touch up pain and anti rust primer to fix the rust spots on the frame. I'm not mechanically adept enough to do anything to the engine so after i get all this sorted out im going to get a mechanic to check the engine to see if the long term storage stuffed anything up (the bike has about 3200km on it) The condition of the forks looks pretty terminal to me but I might be wrong.
I welcome any suggestions or criticism to how I'm going about things, I'm playing it by ear as i go along. Also, i apologise for the lack of love my poor bike suffered, its heresy.