Recently the center-stand spring
snapped all of a sudden while I was driving the scooter. Initially there was a bang noise below the scooter, followed by metallic sound of centre stand falling on the ground.It started rubbing the road making grating sound with sparks etc.It all happened within a span of 1-3 seconds.Since this spring breaking of its own while riding has happened to me 1st time ever,I initially thought I rode my tyres over some metallic rod or something and that has lodged in the rear wheel and is spinning with the rear wheel thus making loud sound.On getting down I could not make out what is causing the sound and I panicked little bit as the scooter was not moving backwards at all and on moving forwards clanky sound was coming. Later on only I realised that the spring has snapped making the scooter undrivable (with the failure of such a non vital part,which is not even related to engine or drivetrain or tyres even).
I went to Honda ASS.On enquiring further I came to know this problem has cropped up in many 125cc scooters from the BS6 lot
,with the root cause been poor quality loose spring.It doesn't break,it just flies of due to looseness. They had already placed backorder and the part was not in stock.As a result I had to put the scooter in a corner,and drove the older scooter for few days,till the part arrived.
Pics of the OEM spring
Buying the spring was easy.Main problem was how to fit it because now Honda has made it thick and very-very tight,and it will definitely snap back to your face if at all it slips during stretching.
I did not want to contact ASS just for this,because they will open a job card for even this small thing.
I used an ice pick to install it eventually by stretching it long enough to hang one end upon the spring holder protrusion on the underbody of the scooter.