A month ago , i bought a Yamaha Crux S with 42,000 kilometers on the clock, which had been abandoned in a semi enclosed store for about a year.
Out of the need to have a smaller bike which could navigate the crazy traffic jams of this Nairobi city.
Map for Action
Rebuilding any motorcycle is an arduous task and you need to do part 1 and 2 before you commit to buying one otherwise you will end up with a dead bike on your drive way.
- First inspect the bike to know the extent of wear and tear and identify the parts that need replacing
- Get an estimate of the cost and availability, know which parts you can replace by yourself and which you will need help on.
- Finally after test riding your newly refurbished bike review what if any additional repairs are needed.
The following items were worn out and needed to be replaced.
Brake Shoes – Front and Rear
Tires – Front and Rear
Indicators – all four
Sprockets – Front and Rear
Seals – Front Shocks
Costs & Availability
Lucky for me the bike and part are stocked and supplied by Yamaha Kenya a subsidiary of Toyota East Africa , though the costs are much higher than at their authorized dealers stores. And for sure i got the parts at a bargain , almost at 1/3rd the cost at Yamaha Kenya .
The only part i needed help on was installing the front fork seals and both tires (truth be told i could have done this too)
So i got all these done and saved quite a bit of money on labour cost for a mechanic.
Below are pictures of the bike at various stages of rebuilding.
Testing and Review
So i have had the bike for a month now. I use it on weekdays for my commuting needs . The bike is nimble and economical. Unfortunately there is a certain lag in power delivery , i may have to either replace the carburetor entirely or replace the piston rings.
I will do that if these issues remain after the next service interval in about another 1000 kilometers.