I’m Rebuilding My Vespa P200E All By Myself… The Conclusion
What happened after that
I was too emotional about the first kick to take a video, so here’s my second Vespa kick-over. I’d gotten the Vespa down to Motorsport to a mild response from John and Robot (they do this for a living, so it’s not terribly exciting to them). You can tell from the look on my face that I don’t give a damn what anyone else thinks, I was super happy, proud, and a little surprised at my success.
Turns out that it’s good I went straight to the shop, downhill a few miles from my house. I hadn’t tightened a few critical things properly, and the bike wasn’t oiling (learned to look for a moving air bubble in the oil line to check for flow). Some electrical components were worn out or shorted (the stator, CDI, and an indicator wire), and somehow the flywheel was demagnetized. The engine definitely would have failed if I’d just started riding around town.
Don’t care, still a success: tried something that felt impossible and insurmountable, broke it down in to pieces, and put in the time and effort to complete the work.
(The other good part about bringing the Vespa in to the shop? Robot suggested he add heated handgrips. Ooooh yeaaah: I’m going to be living the luxe life now!)