Before you start digging in to your bike get yourself a service manual or owners manual.
Service manual and owner's manual. Gotcha, thanks for that.
Do you have any mechanical knowledge and are you comfortable working on a motorcycle?
I don't have any mechanical knowledge prior to this but I'm sure I can handle it on my own. I tend to be a quick learner and need to learn how to do this on my own anyways.
Is the bike running at all and did the PO do any maintenance at all?
With only 1700 miles the bike should not need a valve adjustment until 7500 miles.
All PO did was clean the chain every month, and she didn't even lube it up, although that might not be necessary but I want to ensure maximum lifetime of chain. The bike is running but I feel like it could run smoother. Either that or I'm just a noob at riding it. :P
Oil and filter change won't hurt either
Checking the tire pressure and charging the battery is always recommended.
How do you do the following above? Links, personal messages, or replies to this thread are fine. I apologize if I sound too much like a novice.
Cleaning the carbs can be a beast, but if the bike has been sitting for more than a few months without running or has problems maintaining idle or stalling issues, then a cleaning is necessary. If you are able to at least start the bike, you should try using Star Tron
and some fresh fuelto see if that helps clear up your problem a bit first.
This might be a bad idea but I'm only planning to ride it about only once per month or so, more if I can get to it. I live on-campus at the university I attend and I won't be able to bring the bike there. What do you recommend I should do?