I’m not any kind of expert on motorcycles, but I feel like putting this out into the universe….
So, maybe you’ve recently become the new owner of a vintage motorycle. If you aren’t overly mechanical and haven’t owned anything of the sort before, there are some things to consider before tearing off into the world on your new fun-machine. It’s important to take some time to become familiar with your motorcycle and its mechanical condition. Pick up or download a manual for your bike. It wouldn’t hurt to search for a forum for people with bikes like your own to answer any questions that might come up. Learn the type of oil it likes, check the oil frequently, the kind of spark plug it uses, what tire pressure you should run. Check the tires for cracks around the sidewalls, check your chain to see if it needs adjustment or lubrication, lube any cables that seem stiff (clutch, throttle, brake, any applicable), check to make sure all the bolts holding your bike together are torqued to spec or at the very least tighten them and check them once in a while. Learn how to set your ignition points if your bike has them. Learn how to adjust the valves. Being self reliant is incredibly beneficial to a motorcyclist, especially one who rides a bike with a long and unknown history.