PROJECT CORNER THE JAM-BUSTER
Traffic prompts impulse buy. But is it any good?
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