The good: Frame is straight, suspension is solid, everything works, battery is strong, seat is comfy, and most importantly everything is there! The (soon to be) wifey LOVES this bike. Its her first year riding, she fits it well (5'5") and she loves the electric start.
The bad: The Engine is facked. It goes through a quart of oil every 2 hours or so. Smokes like a sunofabitch, and it has been poorly maintained. The chain guide is busted, the chain is toast, the rear fender is hanging on by a thread, and it was never washed by the looks of it.
So, the teardown began today. The plan is to fix it up, and either keep it for her if she decides she likes riding enough, or sell it for more than what I'll have into it. I know it will need a top end (the oil burning) but depending on what's wrong, I'll tear into the bottom end as well.
Brought it home, here's are the "before" pictures. Notice all the oil residue on the back end:
After an extremely thurough pressure wash, parts started coming off so I could thuroughly wash under them:
After about 45 minutes, the engine was out!
Frame back outside so I can wash it again, then strip it down and grease every bearing!
I drained the oil. This is ALL that came out!
I wasn't happy with how much was left on the engine after 2 pressure washes, so I taped it up, and back outside it went for a sand blasting. I used crished walnut. It strips the dirt easily, but won't harm painted surfaces or bare aluminum. Washed it again after, and squeaky clean!
Edited by Slick_Nick, May 22, 2012 - 12:49 PM.