So, if this is a bad thing then it's totally not my fault. If it's cool, then it was completely intentional and you can all be jealous.
The local Chinese scooter dealer that I bought my first ride from got ahold of me last week to come look at a bike. He said it was an old Stella that he took in from a kid who was moving and just wanted to get rid of it. He thought it might make a nice parts bike for my '79 P200E.
Well, the first thing that I noticed is that it had been painted Ford engine block blue with a brush and a roller. Yeah ... not a deal breaker for parts, though. The next thing I noticed is that it wouldn't start. Yeah ... maybe a deal breaker. It wasn't stuck, though. We pulled the shroud off and the NEXT thing I see is a 4T engine.
Just out of curiosity, we opened the carb and juiced it a little. It fired right up. It actually sounded good. Until it stopped, of course.
So, here I am looking at a bike and ... wait ... the odometer says 670. Literally less than 700 miles on the bike. He showed me the title. The kid was the original owner. I have the 2012 title from the dealer where it was purchased new with the kid's name on it. I told Jason that even with low miles I couldn't justify buying a bike with crap paint and very few parts that I can actually use. I have plenty of projects.
I asked him how much he had into it. He said he gave the kid $200 for it and I could have it for $250.
So now I can't not buy it. I brought the carb home Saturday and pulled it apart. I even did some polishing on the intake tube. It was an awful casting. I figured it couldn't hurt.
Yesterday I put the carb back on and she fired right up. I rode it around the parking lot and the cables felt good. Even the neutral light works. I put insurance on it today and hopefully a plate is today or tomorrow.
So now I have a four stroke Stella in the herd. I have all kinds of curiosities now. What kind of mileage will I get compared to my Chinese 150 with the CVT? How fast will the Genuine 150 with four gears push me? Will I like it so much that I decide not to resell it and turn a profit (the plan as it stands)?