Just wrapped up the Zen work yesterday and I was alone at home, a feeling that I am rusting was developing within me and it was scary to see the empty space in front of my home. Before I join another job I want to do some more work on some more lovable machines, hence called up my friend to see if he was interested in getting his Kinetic Honda Restored.
My friend is running a cyber cafe and a small restaurant at Manipal Centre (Central Bangalore) and he's the one who taught me basics of computers, internet, CPU assembling, Wifi and LAN setup etc etc. He helped me in those days when I had nothing but a cycle. He also funded a decent portion (buying cost) of my present Purple 800.
He told me that he's not that much interested in getting his kinetic repainted, however if it helps me in anyway, then he is ready to pay for my services and every rupee spent on it.
It's payback time!
The whole motive behind this restoration is to give him a serviced vehicle with a decent paint job (different colour) as a surprise rather than a expected result.
All this at a price which will be mainly the material charges and almost Nil labour charges. I never did anything to say THANKS to this gentle man, hopefully now this restoration should do it.
Here are the issues with the scooter, since it has not been serviced since 6months!
1. Wobbling from front fork/suspension
2. Brake cables and throttle cable need replacement
3. Front brake spring is cut
4. Headlamp frame and a indicator is broken
5. Self start not working
6. Issues with battery as well
7. Dents in the front body
8. Weak horn
9. LH mirror broken
10. Center stand spring damaged
11. Idling issues
May be some more will be discovered in the next few days.
I spoke to him collected a small advance from him and went for shopping at J.C.Road for essential spares and items which I cant find anywhere near my home.
Tried to get the cables fixed at local mechanic shops, to my surprise no one is ready to touch the scooter as it takes a lot of time to do even simple tasks. Every mechanic I spoke to cribs about the body panel to be removed.
So reached home and started off with the best part of restoration STRIPPING
old parts. Tomorrow I will check if anyone is ready to do it, if not I myself will give it a go.