I purchased a 2003 f650cs last year on eBay. Overall it has been a good, though raggedy looking bike. I don't think the previous owner put a high priority on maintenance. As a result, I have some questions about it:
1. There is no first gear. It doesn't grind, but it is as if there never was one. The shift lever does not move to first gear position. The rest of the gears work fine, but I'm tired of always starting in second. Any suggestions are welcome.
2. The bike must have spent time near the ocean. Evidence of pitting on the frame and forks. Any suggestions for the pitting on the fork tubes, besides occasional 000 steel wool?