New here, didn't see a member introduction thread/sub-forum, so I'm just going for it...Any and all input/questions welcomed, though you may not want to ask me about my past motorcycles, as that will require a new thread for my longwinded explanation. Over the years of doing countless searches for motorcycle related information, I've often come across this forum, and even more so recently, after my purchase of this scooter, hence my finally joining. I recently returned home from a super-epic 49-state bicycle tour of the US, and need cheap motorized transport while I work my butt off and save up to replace the 600RR I had to sell before my bike tour started in May 2011. Anyway, the bike: By the numbers: $650 in working condition, 18k miles, single cylinder, 149cc, liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, 2.1 US gallon fuel tank, 2-person seat, 10" wheels, 1 small luggage rack, all lights and blinkers working. To the previous owner's credit, it was relatively well cared for when I bought it, and the guy who sold it to me is a motorcycle junkie, father of 4 junior junkies, and avid home mechanic whom I have to say gave me a killer deal and was totally honest about everything it needed. Completed so far: Fuel tank removed, drained, cleaned, filter cleaned, lines inspected. Float base seal repaired, as it was leaking fuel. Planning to install a secondary, inline, clear plastic fuel filter soon. Carburetor completely disassembled, cleaned, seals serviced, installed properly now. Airbox cleaned, crankcase emissions hose actually connected now. Front/rear brakes serviced, cleaned, new shoes in the front, wheel bearings serviced, all pivots/cables serviced and lubed. Axles cleaned and serviced. Front axle lock nut and rear brake cable anchor safety wired. Parking brake lock/release cable mechanism completely removed, fixed, lubed, reinstalled. Switchgear disassembled, cleaned, and improved. Dash serviced, cleaned, installed properly now. Coolant system drained and flushed twice. The reservoir was only full of rust sludge and dirt. The pickup tube that runs to the bottom of the res...It's steel...WTF, Honda? Rust, much? Still looking for suitable solution to that. Now running 75/25, coolant:water. Engine: oil/final drive oil are separate, both drained, flushed, and filled. No oil filter, just a screen, so I cleaned that out. Service interval is 1250 miles for the engine oil, once a year or something for the final drive. Engine side cases cleaned of some of the oil and filth that was on them. Belt drive cover removed, system inspected, but I don't yet have the crazy tools needed to service the clutch, variator plates, or the driveshaft. Misc: Battery charged, tires aired up, all bodywork screws in place now, rear fender/lights assembly cleaned and serviced. The bulbs were all covered in filth. License plate characters re-inked. Removed useless rusted side-stand. Insurance is the minimum Progressive will write: $75 a year for PL/PD. It should be getting around 80 mpg, with a top speed of 65mph on level ground...Both of which are not happening and lead me to the long, stupid story you probably don't want to read, which lead me to rebuilding most of the bike... First the exhaust started leaking, due to there being no gasket in the pipe joint to the cylinder head. Sounded hilarious and awesome on the overrun, but I know it's a bad thing. I tried Hondabond, but it blew it out. Neglected to safety wire the muffler joint nuts before test riding, lost one of them, ordered new ones. Next the muffler pipe actually vibrated itself in 2, breaking where the head pipe mates to the muffler body. Just got that welded, so hopefully it won't be an issue again...New factory gasket is on the way. The big one happened after a 250 mile ride up and down the CA coastline, Highway CA-1. It blew the head gasket, overfilled the reservoir, popped off the coolant line from the water pump, drained coolant on the road, and barely got me to the gas station where I got the hose back on, filled it back up with water, and managed to limp home. The coolant loss led to overheating, which fried the mechanical seal on the water pump impeller shaft, which made the shaft housing really hot, literally melting the pulse generator module, sending streams of molten plastic into the motor oil, which completely ruined the oil screen. It must have passed enough oil to run though, as disassembly showed no visible oil starvation damage. Whew. The pump is a part of the stator cover, as is the oil filter screen, so I bought the only used one I could find online. Cleaned it up, looks great, but now I can't budge the 5 stubborn screws that anchor the pulse module and the stator in the old cover. After weeks of searching online and calling places about a replacement head gasket, I finally found a brand new cylinder that comes with base and head gaskets! 50 Bucks was more than I was looking to spend, but I did it anyway. Also bought new piston rings. Pulled the motor: Checked the thermostat and fan motor operation. Deep cleaned the valve cover, camshaft, cylinder head. Also pulled the piston, got new wrist pin clips for when I reinstall. Cleaned the piston top to bottom, including brushing out the ring channels. Pulled the old cylinder, set it aside for now. Don't have a valve spring compressor, otherwise I'd replace the stem seals, too. Planning to clean the domed part of the head, maybe polish it a bit, but I'm hesitant to get any crud between the valve faces and seats... I ghetto washed out the crank case and oil passages to flush out all the little melted plastic bits. Thankfully, the stator cover I bought came with a new oil filter screen, yay!! Also cleaned and serviced the motor mount bushings. It's only held in by one long bolt, lol! I'm sorry if this is crazy long and rambling. This has become my singular occupation for the past month, cleaning, greasing, adjusting things as I go. I am finally just waiting on parts before reassembling the whole thing. Pending the motor working alright after such a drastic service, I will open the CVT more and play with the roller weight nonsense.