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My 2006 GSXR 750 has been stood for over 12 months, I have drained the tank, and oil, and I'll do the coolant after I get it started, and give it another oil change.

Is it worth me removing the plugs and turning it over by hand a few times, before I attempt to start it?

Also, is it worth me replacing the fuel filter?

p.s. the bike has been dry stored.

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By "dry stored" do you mean there hasn't been any fluids (oil, gas, etc) in the bike? Or do you mean it's been in a garage? – Paulster2 Mar 29 '14 at 23:33
@Paulster2 - Dry stored as in it's been in a garage. – StuR Mar 30 '14 at 0:05
Has it got a timing belt or chain? if its a belt it may be worth replacing (depending on the age) My bike has two belts (v-twin) that require replacing at least every 2 years. – Mauro Mar 31 '14 at 12:39

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I would say yes to both of your questions. If you have some ATF (Dexron or whatever) sitting around, squirt a "bit" into each cylinder through the spark plug hole before you do this. You don't want to drop a whole bunch in there, but enough to wet the rings (a couple of squirts from an oil can or the like should be sufficient). This will create a small amount of white smoke when you first start the engine, but nothing to worry about as it will clear fairly quickly. Let the ATF sit in the cylinder for several minutes, then rotate the crank through several cycles (8-10 revolutions). You should be golden from there.

As for the fuel filter, the reason I say change it is because it won't hurt anything to do so.

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All good points and I would add change the crank oil and filter. Any sediment or water in the oil should have settled and will come out with the oil. If you feel a lot of resistance to the crank turning let it sit overnight to allow the oil to free up the rings. – mikes Mar 30 '14 at 10:01

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