Traf­fic prompts im­pulse buy. But is it any good?

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Garage -

I’m usu­ally a pon­derer, tak­ing weeks mulling over an idea be­fore part­ing with cash, but af­ter get­ting stuck in yet an­other traf­fic jam on my com­mute I snapped. Time to get win­ter wheels.

I’m usu­ally no fan of scoot­ers fol­low­ing an em­bar­rass­ing hol­i­day mishap 13 years ago (the usual stupid tourist, never been on a scooter be­fore, al­most end­ing up in Li­mas­sol Bay) but I thought I’d give one a shot and a 15-year-old Honda SH125, with 34,000 miles on the clock, caught my eye. With top­box and claims of re­li­a­bil­ity it was the ideal com­muter. I made con­tact with the seller and a cou­ple of days later found my­self head­ing south.

A quick once-over re­vealed light scuff­ing on the fair­ing plus a crooked front brake lever. It had clearly had a mi­nor spill and I’m pretty sure it was one of the con­tribut­ing fac­tors to the sale, although the owner de­nied all knowl­edge. With its re­cently fit­ted Yuasa bat­tery the bike started first time. The tyres were mis­matched and the rear shocks rusty. Nei­ther needed chang­ing im­me­di­ately but both re­quire at­ten­tion. Us­ing this as a bar­gain­ing point, I re­duced the ask­ing price by £25 to £700. I’d done a lit­tle re­search and found larger-wheeled scoots are slightly more costly than stan­dard ones, so felt the price was fair.

Once home I waded through the doc­u­ments find­ing one of the five pre­vi­ous own­ers had cov­ered 17,000 in his two years of own­er­ship. He’d in­creased the mileage con­sid­er­ably but reg­u­larly ser­viced the bike, keep­ing metic­u­lous records of work done. From what I could work out the next two own­ers had only cov­ered 4000 miles but had done no main­te­nance, so my first job will be a full ser­vice.

No more sit­ting in jams for Ali­son Some own­ers have done more ser­vic­ing than oth­ers 34k miles? Barely run in

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