August 26, 2011

by Jim Zeiser
(Deposit, NY)

The New Addition

The New Addition

Sadly because of a mistake I made putting the Milano together it's still leaking oil. I have a new head gasket sitting on the shelf and I'll do the job again this winter. My Chinese scooter is still running fine at three years of age and taking me to work daily, a round trip of 35 miles. It's saving me a ton of money in gas and lets my minivan sit for many days at a time.

The Big Ruckus is still under repair. I've hit a snag trying to pull out one of the shafts in the transmission. I've arranged with a local garage owner who is also a motorcyclist to see if he can succeed in removing it. The noise that made me stop using it turned out to be a bad bearing and the shaft is stuck inside it. Hopefully once the shaft is removed the bearing will come out without much fuss.

I just sold my Kawasaki and couldn't live without a bike to ride. The very next day I bought a 1981 Yamaha 250 from Craigslist for $225. After a little fiddling and a carburetor cleaning, it's now running after being silent for some period exceeding five years.

Once I fix the Big Ruckus I'll have two bargain bikes to ride, in addition to the Milano which just passed 5,000 miles the other day. I'm hoping to put another 1,000 miles on it before winter sets in and see 6,000 miles on the odometer.

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