One day the lock from the helmet trunk broke and so it no longer locked and rattled every time I rode the bike.
So I decided that this year it was time for a new bike. I bought a silver Valetta and a new silver helmet too.
After a week of the new bike, I decided to put the Austin on Craigslist, as there really isn't any space and I'd probably never use it again. I asked $500 as I wanted the money I paid for the new battery and charger at the end of last year. I initially paid almost $1400 for the bike, but with all the rattles and age, I figured no one would want to pay anywhere near that. I had made a mental decision that I would go down to $400 should anyone ask. The first offer I got was for $200, so I deleted that. The next was from a man who wanted to see the bike. He came over took it for a test ride around the garage. I told him about the history and he pulled out $500 cash and handed it to me! He didn't even try to barter. I was shocked! But I took his money without a word.
So I got more than half the price of the Valetta back with the sale of that old rattling bike.
I do however, miss its pick up and hill climbing ability!!