After years with 50cc's and CVT's and a move from EU to US, and after my wife's Stella, I finally got my hands on my personal "Eleanor", a P200.
This one is from 5/78, has some mild re-paint and 1600 miles on the speedo, but I suspect a few more, although the speedo works fine and looks untouched. The engine has never been opened before (see later) and most bolts have been untouched.
Very clean and well kept.
Dry on fuel but fired up on the 4th kick. A first test ride determined that the cruciform is WAY beyond dead and the clutch is FUBAR.
That did not prevent me to participate in a 4th of July parade though, hah!
The bike came with a BBQ rack but no backrest, Scooter Source hooked me up with a very nice looking one.
A giant order from Europe came in, some stuff is for friends, but most is for me.
- New SIP 2.0 Exhaust
- New cruciform and I took a gamble and ordered second and third gear. THis was a good call.
- Newfren 4 plate clutch. I always enjoyed very stiff clutches in older projects so that will be fun.
- gaskets, seals etc etc.
- SIP Race shocks
- SIP disk brake conversion
- Tubeless wheels in polished alumium (not those red ones!)
Some aesthetic stuff, including deco kit to match my wife's stella and a Yellow headlight
Then yesterday I tore into the engine.
Bad cruciform, bad gears
Someone did not know how to ride... CLUTCH, PEOPLE
Engine scrubbed down, there was some more cleaning after this.
For reference, this is what it looked before (yes yes everything was covered properly and no water got in):
Grand Sport magnetic drain plug
Tomorrow I will hopefully finish it up and ride it the 90mins home from the workshop.