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by Dooglas
Fri Apr 09, 2021 5:12 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Buddy Kick Purchase Question
Replies: 11
Views: 240

Re: Buddy Kick Purchase Question

Sounds good to me. We really like our Kick.
by Dooglas
Sat Mar 27, 2021 4:51 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 110cc and Under Scooter Choice
Replies: 20
Views: 969

Re: 110cc and Under Scooter Choice

As soon as you put the Buddy 125 among the choices, the discussion is pretty much over in my opinion. I still have an '07 Buddy 125 that was purchased new. Runs like a top. Never done anything to it but routine maintenance. Used to have a Yamaha Vino 125. Also very reliable, but the Buddy would run ...
by Dooglas
Fri Mar 26, 2021 4:55 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Buddy 50 side car
Replies: 3
Views: 201

Re: Buddy 50 side car

I agree with the skepticism. I have also seen photos of a hack mounted on a Buddy 125. Again, doesn't have the power or suspension for that job. I have owned a Stella 2T 150 with a Rocket sidecar, and a Vespa GTS with a Texas sidecar. The Stella really didn't have the power for the job either. You c...
by Dooglas
Tue Feb 02, 2021 5:15 pm
Forum: G400C Discussion
Topic: Got my new G400...LOVE IT
Replies: 15
Views: 2268

Re: Got my new G400...LOVE IT

Here is one of boyjeenyus photos.
by Dooglas
Sat Jan 23, 2021 6:14 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Need new front tire. Time to quit waffling.
Replies: 12
Views: 611

Re: Need new front tire. Time to quit waffling.

We run the Continental Zippy on our Buddy. Performs well and wears well. Far superior to the OEM tire.
by Dooglas
Tue Jan 05, 2021 4:51 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Kick starting bad for cvt?
Replies: 4
Views: 453

Re: Kick starting bad for cvt?

The ET and early LX Vespas had a weakness in the casing which could result in the kick start lever failing and sometimes cracking the casing. This lead to advice to avoid kick starting those models except when necessary. That is the only time I have heard advice to avoid kick starting.
by Dooglas
Tue Jan 05, 2021 4:46 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: How do you delete messages on this new site?
Replies: 3
Views: 340

Re: How do you delete messages on this new site?

I don't recall that there was ever a "delete" button. I have just gone to "edit" and replaced the message with the term <deleted>, or you could use <deleted by author>.
by Dooglas
Thu Dec 24, 2020 8:00 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: oil viscosity for Buddy 125
Replies: 13
Views: 868

Re: oil viscosity for Buddy 125

fried okra wrote: Thu Dec 24, 2020 12:27 amYou gonna be back down there this winter at all?
Nope, not this winter. I'll be hiding out in Oregon hoping for better days.
by Dooglas
Tue Dec 22, 2020 6:24 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: What's a reasonable sale price for my 2016 Buddy 50?
Replies: 2
Views: 560

Re: What's a reasonable sale price for my 2016 Buddy 50?

Kelley Bluebook lists the estimated price spread as $930 to $1450. This is the good riding season in South Florida so you're probably okay starting out near the top of the range so long as the bike looks and runs good.
by Dooglas
Tue Dec 22, 2020 6:19 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: oil viscosity for Buddy 125
Replies: 13
Views: 868

Re: oil viscosity for Buddy 125

Rotella T6 is readily available in 15W-40 in local box stores. Having said that, I don't imagine either of your other choices would hurt the engine.
by Dooglas
Thu Nov 26, 2020 7:15 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: which battery should I buy?
Replies: 10
Views: 1154

Re: which battery should I buy?

I have been using the YTZ10S battery (or equivalent, PTZ10S, etc) in our '07 125 Buddy for the last several years it has higher Amp-hrs and cold-cranking amps than the OEM battery and fits in the same space.
by Dooglas
Sun Nov 22, 2020 6:13 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 100,000 mile Buddy 125!
Replies: 145
Views: 29090

Re:

I think around 11,000. I know that is more than the 8k that is recommended but I have never had a Bando belt fail even with over 17k. Well, now you have. Could be the belt you bought was quite old stock. Rubber does deteriorate through time. Also, most belts look fine when changed out. I've owned 1...
by Dooglas
Sun Nov 22, 2020 2:12 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 100,000 mile Buddy 125!
Replies: 145
Views: 29090

Re: 100,000 mile Buddy 125!

scootERIK wrote: Sat Nov 21, 2020 10:43 pmNot exactly sure what caused the failure, bad belt, too many miles, too much abuse, or something other issue.
How many miles on the belt?
by Dooglas
Sun Nov 22, 2020 1:58 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Upgrades and Bug Reports
Replies: 19
Views: 1602

Re: Upgrades and Bug Reports

Thanks Eric. looking good!
by Dooglas
Thu Nov 05, 2020 4:22 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 2011 buddy 50
Replies: 19
Views: 1692

You've heard the old saying, "there is no replacement for displacement". That thinking points you toward a big bore kit such as this one.

https://www.scooterworks.com/NCY-Cylind ... P8850.aspx
by Dooglas
Fri Oct 30, 2020 5:35 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Hooligan 170 vs Vespa GTS250
Replies: 33
Views: 2548

As I said, I honestly think the step up is to liquid cooling. That leaves out Genuine, but there are other choices out there. The Yamaha S-Max and X-Max being other examples of well built liquid cooled and fuel injected scooters. Not so pretty as a Vespa GTS, but.......
by Dooglas
Thu Oct 29, 2020 5:05 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Hooligan 170 vs Vespa GTS250
Replies: 33
Views: 2548

The Blur 220i still has an air cooled engine. The liquid cooling in the GT/GTS Vespas is the secret to their extended cruising capability and long engine life.
by Dooglas
Tue Oct 20, 2020 4:44 pm
Forum: Stella Discussion
Topic: Stella 2T sidecar mounting bracket
Replies: 4
Views: 470

You might try SportMax Sidecars in Lethbridge, Alberta.

https://cozysidecar.ca/index.html
Phone: (250) 882 8256
sidecars@sportmaxsales.com
by Dooglas
Sat Oct 17, 2020 5:10 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Hooligan 170 vs Vespa GTS250
Replies: 33
Views: 2548

I would never buy a new Vespa. Let someone else take depreciation. A 16 year old GT200 looks damn near like a brand new GTS300 at a fraction of the cost. Agreed. A well maintained, used Vespa can be a great value in the long run. I agree that a well maintained GT200 Vespa is a good value and will g...
by Dooglas
Thu Oct 15, 2020 6:12 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Hooligan 170 vs Vespa GTS250
Replies: 33
Views: 2548

I own a 300 GTS. It is my second GTS. I own two Buddys and have ridden a Hooligan a couple of times though I don't own one. IMO there is no comparison between the performance of the Hooligan and the GTS. In its class, the Hooligan is a decent ride and I am not, in any sense, running it down. The GTS...
by Dooglas
Sun Oct 11, 2020 5:27 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Anyone know how to de-clog accel. pump passage - 150cc buddy
Replies: 6
Views: 766

Most shops clean carburetors and other small parts in an ultrasonic cleaner.
by Dooglas
Sun Oct 11, 2020 12:39 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Transmission oil leak Buddy 150
Replies: 6
Views: 717

Re: Transmission oil leak Buddy 150

theralchico wrote: I found oil all ever the trans side of the rear tire and pretty sure its a blown seal.
Sorry, couldn't help myself!
by Dooglas
Sat Oct 10, 2020 4:54 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 2012 buddy 50 - when to replace tires ?
Replies: 4
Views: 664

Yes, some continue to ride on a set of tires until the rubber rots or the tread is gone. I don't. Here's why. Rubber hardens as it ages. As it hardens it is less able to provide a good grip in the pavement, especially in corners and on wet days. I generally try to change out scooter and motorcycle t...
by Dooglas
Mon Sep 28, 2020 5:12 pm
Forum: Stella Discussion
Topic: Stella 2T sidecar mounting bracket
Replies: 4
Views: 470

Contact American Scooter Center in Pflugerville, TX. They sell sidecar mounting brackets for P/PX Vespas and 2T Stellas.
by Dooglas
Fri Sep 25, 2020 5:25 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Speedometer not reading correctly
Replies: 8
Views: 857

Guff wrote:I've noticed all my scoot speedometers (Genuine, RA, Vespa) are about 10% optimistic.
Ditto!
by Dooglas
Sun Sep 13, 2020 4:50 pm
Forum: G400C Discussion
Topic: Honda 125 "Postie" Bike Coming to USA
Replies: 10
Views: 1113

wheelbender6 wrote:The Honda Trail is retro cool and will be indestructable, but my budget says I should settle for a $1999 Kymco K-Pipe (and swap in a Zong 190cc mill).
Then there is the question - which is more reliable? A Honda or a "Zong"?
by Dooglas
Thu Sep 10, 2020 4:04 pm
Forum: G400C Discussion
Topic: Honda 125 "Postie" Bike Coming to USA
Replies: 10
Views: 1113

The rebirth of the Trail 90!
by Dooglas
Fri Sep 04, 2020 12:59 am
Forum: Stella Discussion
Topic: Stella 2t turned off while riding . Doesn't run now
Replies: 5
Views: 629

Getting the diaphragm to seal around the edge can sometimes be tricky and frustrating. A pinhole leak in a diaphragm is also not unheard of.
by Dooglas
Thu Sep 03, 2020 5:13 pm
Forum: Stella Discussion
Topic: Stella 2t turned off while riding . Doesn't run now
Replies: 5
Views: 629

Vapor Lock- gas was not flowing to the carb due to vapor lock and was remedied by disconnecting the EVAP system and making sure the gas lid could breath a bit. Kill Switch- The kill switch was defective and was causing a short to where the engine would not turn over. Regarding these two possible is...
by Dooglas
Sat Aug 29, 2020 4:07 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: White sidewall tires?
Replies: 18
Views: 1308

Well, no problem. You just need to repaint them every 2 days :? - or make due with blackwalls.
by Dooglas
Thu Aug 13, 2020 5:25 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: White sidewall tires?
Replies: 18
Views: 1308

It is unfortunate that available whitewall tires which fit the Buddy are not particularly good quality. If I had to have whitewalls, I'm with ScootERIK - I'd experiment with white sidewall paint.
by Dooglas
Sat Aug 01, 2020 5:30 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: How much for my Stella?
Replies: 11
Views: 1047

The 4T Stella has become an orphan since the manufacturer (LML in India) went out of business. Unlike the 2T Stella, it has few parts in common with the P/PX Vespas, so parts are becoming hard to find. That is bound to affect resale value.
by Dooglas
Wed Jul 29, 2020 5:02 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Why? But to good to pass.
Replies: 9
Views: 929

Time to buy a Buddy 125. It is a great scooter and you are already one up on parts. :wink:
by Dooglas
Sat Jul 25, 2020 5:28 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Where is the Fuse Block? - 2007 Buddy 125
Replies: 5
Views: 588

The fusebox is located under the front panel below the turn signal relay. It looks like a small box with all the fuses in a row. The setup on the 125 is different than on the 170. Understandable as the 170 is fuel injected and the 125 is not. My '07 125 has a main fuse by the battery and a small 1A...
by Dooglas
Sat Jul 25, 2020 5:03 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: New Member Intro...
Replies: 7
Views: 690

The Buddy 125 is a great scooter. Ride safe, have fun.
by Dooglas
Fri Jul 24, 2020 5:18 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: New buddy haver
Replies: 9
Views: 988

I'm not sure a Buddy 50 really needs much in the way of accessories. The one thing I would recommend (for any scooter) is a rear rack, with or without topcase (your call).
by Dooglas
Fri Jul 24, 2020 5:12 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Cheap Alternative to OEM Ignition
Replies: 18
Views: 2227

I understand the challenge - and sense of accomplishment - in getting a clever repair to work. I salute you guys for it. On the other hand, these descriptions sound like the money saved on a non-OEM ignition switch was pretty well used up in the time (and frustration) required to make less suitable ...
by Dooglas
Wed Jul 22, 2020 4:59 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: registering a 125cc as a 50cc
Replies: 42
Views: 6679

Ah, this is an 8 year old thread. Most of those who posted the original messages are no longer around. And it was brought back to life by an obvious troll.
by Dooglas
Wed Jul 22, 2020 6:28 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Young news woman has fatal scooter crash in NYC
Replies: 9
Views: 931

My understanding is that neither rider was wearing a helmet. Stir in limited experience and little or no training - this was an accident waiting to happen on busy urban streets IMO.
by Dooglas
Fri Jul 17, 2020 4:54 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Buddy 125 drivetrain in Honda Metropolitan
Replies: 3
Views: 520

Riding a Buddy at 60 mph is enough to cause the rider to give some thought to the stability of 10" wheels. Riding a Metropolitan at 60 mph should be enough to induce stark terror.
by Dooglas
Thu Jul 16, 2020 10:13 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Royal Alloy
Replies: 53
Views: 4835

JettaKnight wrote:Maybe I need a Royal Alloy to go with my Royal Enfield...
I like the way you think! :D
by Dooglas
Wed Jul 15, 2020 6:18 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Royal Alloy
Replies: 53
Views: 4835

Looking forward to a "mini-review" when you have spent some time with your new ride.
by Dooglas
Mon Jul 13, 2020 7:27 pm
Forum: Stella Discussion
Topic: Stella 4T crank replacement
Replies: 5
Views: 598

If your friend is not interested in the substantial investment in the S.I.P. 200cc engine, then I'd say the other choice is to attempt to find a damaged Stella 4T with the engine in running condition. Unfortunately the discontinuing of the Stellas means that parts, especially for the 4Ts, will relen...
by Dooglas
Sun Jul 12, 2020 5:13 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Moving beyond 50cc
Replies: 21
Views: 1821

The sad thing is those guys _should_ be able to complete those tests on their bike; they just lack the skills. They just have to practice more instead of cruising on highways. While I agree, I also note that it requires quite a bit of experience and skill to take a Goldwing or full dress Harley thr...
by Dooglas
Sat Jul 11, 2020 5:48 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Tire age? New tires over 6 years old.
Replies: 18
Views: 2414

My local tire store will not service any tires 7 years old or older for liability reasons. I replace tires on my scooters when they reach 5 to 6 years old if they haven't worn to the wear bars yet. I'd return those and demand they pay the shipping.
by Dooglas
Thu Jul 09, 2020 5:17 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Tires: Looking for better traction on 170i
Replies: 13
Views: 1055

There are very limited choices in whitewalls, and the ones that are available in the US are not first rate choices IMO. I think the Continental Zippy 1 (blackwall) is a good tire, and is the one I use on my Buddy. Others seem to like the recently available Pirelli Angel (also blackwall).
by Dooglas
Wed Jul 08, 2020 5:34 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Tire Recommendations for Buddy 125
Replies: 18
Views: 1388

So I run Michelin City on all my scoots that I ride personally. They're a great compromise tire that has a decent tread pattern, can wick/channel water and have good sidewall strength (not as good as Pirelli but better than the stock tires). That, and they're pretty readily available. They also wea...
by Dooglas
Sun Jul 05, 2020 7:29 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Tire Recommendations for Buddy 125
Replies: 18
Views: 1388

I have had good success with the Continental Zippy 1 on the Buddy 125.
by Dooglas
Tue Jun 30, 2020 8:17 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Brand New 2018 buddy 125 Speedometer WAY off.
Replies: 26
Views: 1722

You should write a letter of complaint about the speedometer to Genuine Scooter Co. They haven't acted on these complaints for the last 14 years; maybe yours will do the trick. 14 years and they can’t get it right? Wow. I was wandering if anyone contacted them to let them know of the issue Given ...
by Dooglas
Sat Jun 20, 2020 7:45 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: E;lectric Starter on Buddy 50
Replies: 2
Views: 441

Agree, certainly sounds like an old and weak battery.