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I have a 73 CL450 that had sat for many years.
It was then started & [sort of] ran for a few minutes a few years ago.
Since then it was put outside & covered up.
[This was in Michigan with a few rough winters].

I brought the bike home [finally] & the engine was stuck.
I couldn't get it to turn with the kicker.

I pulled the plugs & soaked both cylinders with PB Blaster.
I leaned it to one side, let it sit for a couple of days, then leaned it to the other side & let it set a couple of days.

This morning , with a little effort I got it to kick through.
When I kicked it & it turned the first time there was a little "tick" & it started turning.
With the plugs out I can't hear any scraping or squeeking when it rotates.
I put motor oil in both cylinders & cranked it a couple of times to coat the cylinders.

That little "tick" when it came free has me a little concerned.
Would that be a common noise when one frees up?
What do you think the chances are of a broken ring ?

I'm trying to squeek by without having to break the cam chain if possible. ;)
 

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The tick may have been a ring breaking.
 

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If it broke a ring at least I can get it to turn & separate the cam chain in the proper place instead of just randomly.

I considered trying to start it as is but I'm wary of gouging the cylinder.

It only has 3,126 original miles on it .

I'm thinking maybe a light hone & a new set of rings if I'm lucky.

I wish the guy that I got it from had left the original exhaust on it or at least saved it.

Everybody had to try to play "Easy Rider" back in the 70's though. :lol:
 
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