- Bought acid to fill the battery.
- Reclaimed my cycle-battery charger from jensixstones and spent a bit chatting with her; met her new cat Goldi and visited with the sweet sanju_devil_cat.
- Returned home and filled the battery. This is a long, painful (literally) process. Apparently, battery technology in Southeast Asia is a bit behind the times. (Story abstract: It took me an hour to fill the frickin' battery.)
- Hooked up the battery to the charger and left it on for some six hours while running errands.
- Bought two-stroke oil to mix with the first tank of gas.
- Bought two gallons of gasoline and poured said oil into it, then filled the scooter's tank. It holds about a gallon and a half.
- Gathered up the battery bits, cleaned off the bubbled-over acid, reassembled it, and installed it into the scoot.
- Got ready to start it... then realized I had no idea what the various buttons and levers and so forth did, and which direction the fuel tap should point.
- Went online to try to figure this out. Found this great site with factory owner's manuals. Super-helpful. Now I know what all those thingy-majobs do. Do I love the Big Box o' Knowledge? Why yes, yes I do.
- Placed the buttons and levers and taps into the correct positions and gave it a few kicks. Nothing. Hm. Returned to the manual and realized that I needed to hold the choke lever open (it's on a spring, it seems, and one needs to hold it pulled all the way out until the scoot reaches a certain warmth).
- Kicked again: Pop-pop-pop... popopopopopopop - yay! Lots of smoke due to a 5% break-in oil/gas mixture (will be 2% after 600 miles), these figures according to other sites' tips (and the restorers placed a sticker on the gas cap that says something like, "Must to using %5 oil of 2-stroke type.").
- After a bit of a warm-up, I hopped on, pulled in the clutch, and rotated the left grip to 1st gear. Killed it. Hm. Pulled the clutch again and realized it needs some adjustment.
- Returned the transmission to neutral and kicked 'er back to life. Popopopopopopop. Pulled the clutch lever all the way to the grip, rotated into 1st, then zoom off I went! Made a quick pass up and down the street, getting into 2nd gear and up to about 30mph (it's a four-speed), but upon seeing a cop pass me, I figured I was pushing my luck and returned home (not yet licensed).
Next: Navigate vehicle-registration waters to figure out how to get this Asian-restored scoot licensed in Douglas County.
Now: Off to bed to read about the assault on Minas Tirith!