Remove the crank cover and the cam cover, put some assembly lube on the buckets, verify the lash (since you are in there anyhow) and verify the timing and spin her through a few revs.Yeah, I thought about that. This thing has a lot of good parts. I do like challenges. I think that the frame is going to be a big challenge. I’m not too worried about it. The wheels, steering damper, forks, bodywork and exhaust can easily get me my money back, and then some. I just wish I had a definitive answer on if the 02-03 motor ran. The stoner that I bought it from didn’t seem to know.
If she spins through and the buckets don't get stuck, and the valve lash is good, I bet she will run.
I'd pull the buckets and clean the head myself, but, I'm paranoid.