Who doesn’t like the idea of getting a decent motorcycle for under $2,000? That was certainly the case for our friend Kenny, who recently purchased a pretty neglected 2003 Yamaha V Star 650 for even less than that. But, being the great pals we are, we decided to go through it with a fine-tooth comb to make sure everything was kosher. It desperately needed a good washing, a general service, and some tender loving care, but all in all was in pretty darn good shape for a completely ignored 15-year-old cruiser with 20,000 miles on it. The plugs were shot, and the air cleaner almost completely clogged, as was the oil filter (probably still the original unit, was my guess). Final-drive fluid was low, the engine oil was low, and the clutch plates were smoked, but this determined V Star still ran. Even with all the fixes the bike needed, we were able to get everything up to spec and happy again for a total bill that was still under $2,000. One nasty thing that stood out to us though, at first glance, was the oil leaks that appeared to be coming from the engine case halves. If it was serious, it would be a job that cost more than he paid for the entire bike. But first glances can be deceiving, and with a little research on the old Google machine, we saw that a common problem kept cropping up on this model.