Buying a scooter sight unseen means you get surprises. Pictures are good but don’t always make you aware of what you’re getting into, even when they show you obvious issues or things you should be really happy about. That’s the case with this Heinkel.
The goal of the initial assessment is to highlight problem areas and produce a lists of tasks and spare parts required. Once this is done I make an assessment of the resotration level I want to acheive and develop a plan of action. The main tools you need for an assessment are a camera, a computer, boxes/bags with sticky notes for labeling, and a pair of gloves.
There’s a lot of good things about this scooter; It’s an original US import, it rolls, it runs, it’s complete, and it has some unique accessories:
Then there were some worrisome areas. This scooter seemed to have rusted from the bottom up. The paint on top was quite nice, but underneath…
I really wanted an original paint bike. The rust repair may make that difficult to acheive, and there looks like evidence of an earlier repair/repaint on the nose.
Time to start the restoration list!