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by BoulderBud
Mon Jul 22, 2019 4:01 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Near accident! Holy cage idiots!
Replies: 5
Views: 994

Two more thoughts on defensive riding. 1. Going slower around potentially dangerous situations allows the brain time and a much better chance to analyze situations in time. 2. When riding streets where cars are driving fast, be extra vigilant because the consequences are so much greater should somet...
by BoulderBud
Mon Jul 22, 2019 1:26 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Near accident! Holy cage idiots!
Replies: 5
Views: 994

Near accident! Holy cage idiots!

I almost died today. I was kind of lucky. I hope this short story will help others stay alive. I was making a left turn on a fairly heavily trafficked four lane street. The left turn light was green for me, it was a left turn only dedicated lane, and I was going faster than normal(15mph) to try and ...
by BoulderBud
Mon Jul 22, 2019 1:23 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Who's Crashed? [Crash Reports]
Replies: 1752
Views: 157297

Near accident

I almost died today. I was kind of lucky. I hope this short story will help others stay alive. I was making a left turn on a fairly heavily trafficked four lane street. The left turn light was green for me, it was a left turn only dedicated lane, and I was going faster than normal(15mph) to try and ...
by BoulderBud
Sat Mar 23, 2019 11:35 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: New battery
Replies: 11
Views: 1099

New battery

Does anyone know of a good battery for a good price on Amazon for my Buddy 125?
Thank you so much!!
by BoulderBud
Wed Feb 14, 2018 1:40 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Unlucky gear oil change, stripped drain plug
Replies: 16
Views: 3628

Nice going Oceanside!! It's nice to be self sufficient. Thank Rickydragon, it was his idea!
I remember getting my bolt at McGuckins. I'll be a little nervous next time I change the oil. If it strips again I suppose I'll get one size longer:)
by BoulderBud
Mon Mar 20, 2017 2:52 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Unlucky gear oil change, stripped drain plug
Replies: 16
Views: 3628

Problem solved! Hopefully. I will keep an eye on things for a while.

Thanks to all of you who responded. Especially Rickydragon with his suggestion to simply use a longer bolt. This time I put some anti-seize stuff on the bolt. So far, so good. Back on the road again!
by BoulderBud
Mon Mar 13, 2017 12:29 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Unlucky gear oil change, stripped drain plug
Replies: 16
Views: 3628

Thanks a bunch guys! The time-set is only $80 for something that's better than original. Is it something I could do by myself with a regular drill? How involved and risky is it? And the pipe tap and plug is a plastic insert that expands into the stripped threads, then screw in a new brass plug? Soun...
by BoulderBud
Sun Mar 12, 2017 10:59 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Unlucky gear oil change, stripped drain plug
Replies: 16
Views: 3628

I just changed gear oil and think I must have stripped it because it won't tighten enough.
So, one response here says go to autozone and get a longer plug. Does anyone know the diameter and type of threads?

Also, is that a good solution or is a heli-sert or something else necessary?
by BoulderBud
Fri Nov 04, 2016 7:03 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Almost got nailed, phew!
Replies: 12
Views: 2613

Thanks fellow Hoosier. I liked that book. Read it right after I bought my scoot. Are there other books out there?
by BoulderBud
Sun Oct 30, 2016 3:44 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Almost got nailed, phew!
Replies: 12
Views: 2613

Thank you! I'm a safer rider due to the ideas you guys posted. My main take away is to ride like opposing traffic doesn't see me and to assume they will turn left into me at any time. Also like this idea to keep my mind from drifting---continually noticing things that will contribute to my safety. C...
by BoulderBud
Sun Oct 16, 2016 3:31 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Almost got nailed, phew!
Replies: 12
Views: 2613

If anyone has a tip on how to avoid an accident, I would love to hear it. Something to look out for, situations that sometimes occur. One of my biggest faults is a drifting mind while riding, thinking about things other than riding safely. Any tips on staying focused? Being a newbie, I want to learn...
by BoulderBud
Mon Jul 11, 2016 9:07 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Almost got nailed, phew!
Replies: 12
Views: 2613

Almost got nailed, phew!

In only my 3rd year of riding I saw my life flash as I narrowly avoided getting nailed by a car that almost made a left right into me today. I was going 20 mph, there was an intersection 150 feet in front of me. A car was driving toward me on the same street, waiting to make a left turn and I though...
by BoulderBud
Sun May 15, 2016 4:43 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: How to build a rear rack for $13
Replies: 39
Views: 4863

One more pic. I know many peeps won't like the look, but it's very practical.
by BoulderBud
Sun May 15, 2016 4:34 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: How to build a rear rack for $13
Replies: 39
Views: 4863

I was finally able to figure out a way to post a pic of my basket mount. Just cropped it super small so it only shows one side.
by BoulderBud
Sat May 14, 2016 11:23 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: How to build a rear rack for $13
Replies: 39
Views: 4863

Yep they snap. I'm always replacing cable ties on my deck. I recommend drilling two holes in 1/2 " plywood and attaching to rack with U bolts. It's a total diy look but I love having it open on top.
by BoulderBud
Thu Apr 28, 2016 3:57 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: How to build a rear rack for $13
Replies: 39
Views: 4863

I can't figure out how to downsize the photo to fit here. Sorry, I only have an iPad.
by BoulderBud
Thu Apr 28, 2016 12:52 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: How to build a rear rack for $13
Replies: 39
Views: 4863

Similar to mine except I used U-bolts through the wood and around the rack.
by BoulderBud
Sun Apr 17, 2016 9:39 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: fuel gauge, when is the tank empty?
Replies: 18
Views: 2613

One gallon is close to what mine takes when it hits the peg also. Why don't you just let it run out of gas and measure the miles? Mine has 25 miles after the peg is reached.
by BoulderBud
Tue Mar 15, 2016 4:42 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 2yr. maintenance-Buddy 125
Replies: 10
Views: 2074

Thank you so much for all your replies! It's nice to hear different perspectives. I'm so happy I got a scooter! So much better than getting in my cage. I love the sense of freedom and adventure, being outside, and you see so much more! For now, I'm going to not worry and ride happy. If I notice any ...
by BoulderBud
Fri Mar 04, 2016 3:22 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 2yr. maintenance-Buddy 125
Replies: 10
Views: 2074

Thanks very much guys for your time and helpful comments. Sounds like checking the valve clearance is the highest priority. I looked it up on the maintenance manual, and though it doesn't look too tough, my confidence level is not that high. Changing oils was somewhat challenging for me. I still can...
by BoulderBud
Wed Mar 02, 2016 7:11 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 2yr. maintenance-Buddy 125
Replies: 10
Views: 2074

2yr. maintenance-Buddy 125

In the first 6,000 miles, all I've done for maintenance so far is change the oil 3 times, the gear oil once, and the spark plug once. My shop is 60 miles away and I haven't been back there since I bought it. So, since my 2 year old bike still runs very smoothly(sometimes slightly rougher when it's c...
by BoulderBud
Sun Feb 28, 2016 4:23 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Gas smell slight bog on initial throttle Buddy 125
Replies: 9
Views: 1427

Wow, looks too hard for me and I think it costs around $100 in a shop to have the carb removed and cleaned. Is there a way to partially clean the carb without removing it? In the first 6,000 miles, all I've done for maintenance so far is change the oil 3 times, the gear oil once, and the plug once. ...
by BoulderBud
Tue Nov 17, 2015 6:19 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Winterizing your scooter, Drain gas or use Stabilizer
Replies: 26
Views: 5324

I have a can of seafoam in the garage. Would that be as good as stabil for this purpose? Also, should I be using it regularly during the year? Tanks!
by BoulderBud
Sun May 03, 2015 12:13 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: '08 B-125 Gas Gauge/Meter (From Tank To Dial)
Replies: 14
Views: 1829

My solution was to measure how many miles I could ride when the needle hit the peg. 25 miles. The red shaded area before the peg adds 10 miles. Jotting down on the glass when I will run out is very helpful. Easy peazy.
by BoulderBud
Tue Mar 03, 2015 1:37 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Leave scoot outside in freezing weather?
Replies: 11
Views: 1623

Leave scoot outside in freezing weather?

I'm wondering if it's bad to leave a scooter out in the snow for several days in freezing temperatures.
It starts fine after a couple days. How many days would be too many? Why?

Thank you all. I'm a big fan of this site. Just finished my rookie year on a scoot. 3,000 wonderful miles!
by BoulderBud
Mon Sep 08, 2014 2:29 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Alternatives to top case or basket on scoot. Suggestions?
Replies: 15
Views: 2807

Love the net! Doesn't get in the way at all.

To attach the net I added a couple of eyelets to the forward bolts on the rack. Made my own by twisting a coat hanger to fit just right. The eyelets also provide an anchor for the bugee cord.
by BoulderBud
Sun Sep 07, 2014 11:34 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Alternatives to top case or basket on scoot. Suggestions?
Replies: 15
Views: 2807

I use an elastic net. $3.20 on amazon. I keep a red nylon bag in my seat and sometimes fill it up and put it in the net. Also have a grocery bag to put on the deck. And, if I get desperate, I have a cheap nylon shoulder pack for more stuff. The 3 bags take up almost no room in the seat. Still plenty...
by BoulderBud
Thu Sep 04, 2014 2:20 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 125 Died going 50mph
Replies: 30
Views: 4070

Same thing happened to my 125 with only 1,000 miles on it. Stalled a few times on a hot day after about 45 minutes on the road, going 40ish. Let it rest a minute or so and it started up with much cranking difficulty, then stalled again as I tried to get back onto the street. Very dangerous situation...
by BoulderBud
Tue Jul 29, 2014 10:16 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Buddy 125 Leaking Gear oil on the rear wheel
Replies: 16
Views: 2124

Overfilled the gear oil, eh? Bummer. I wonder what could happen if it's under filled. Which begs the query....How does one measure the gear oil level? By sight, I presume. I recently did my first oil change and was careful not to overfill, so I put in a little under 90cc, but I suppose it's possible...
by BoulderBud
Sat Apr 05, 2014 6:32 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Anyone tried to strap things on back of Buddy without rack?
Replies: 17
Views: 1608

Some cool ideas here. I like the soft pack idea. I think I want a soft pack that collapses flatish when not in use(99% of the time), and expands and can be bungeed down when full of stuff.
by BoulderBud
Fri Mar 28, 2014 5:05 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Parking in heavy wind
Replies: 1
Views: 580

Parking in heavy wind

I've seen and heard of the wind blowing down so many parked scooters.

Any tips to keep my scooter upright, like ties or something to add to the center stand to make it more stable?
by BoulderBud
Tue Mar 25, 2014 7:58 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Runs funny, oil change issue?
Replies: 8
Views: 1158

Well, took some oil out, then measured, put some back in, rode it around, etc. etc. Seems to read a little different level each time I check it, but it's settled at the 3/4 mark, AND IT RUNS GREAT! Now, I will add some Seafoam to the gas tank, and keep rechecking the oil level very often. Thank you ...
by BoulderBud
Sat Mar 22, 2014 10:48 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: If a sports car is the mid life crisis, what is the scooter?
Replies: 51
Views: 3622

Yes, I too love the sense of freedom. Its the next best thing to riding a bicycle off street. I fear the cage!
by BoulderBud
Sat Mar 22, 2014 5:01 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Runs funny, oil change issue?
Replies: 8
Views: 1158

Replaced the plug. It was really black, and only 350 miles on it.

The air filter looks almost new and no signs of any oil backing up into it. So, I thought I'd leave it in since the connection to pull it completely out is a little tricky.
by BoulderBud
Sat Mar 22, 2014 3:55 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Runs funny, oil change issue?
Replies: 8
Views: 1158

Thank you!!!!
by BoulderBud
Thu Mar 20, 2014 10:16 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Runs funny, oil change issue?
Replies: 8
Views: 1158

Thank you. I'm comforted that there appears to be zero oil leakage from the engine. Looked underneath and took the seat out for a top view. I can put in a new spark plug and take some oil out thru the fill-up hole. Sounds easy enough. Then, should I just start it up and let it idle for a while, then...
by BoulderBud
Wed Mar 19, 2014 7:56 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Runs funny, oil change issue?
Replies: 8
Views: 1158

Runs funny, oil change issue?

Yesterday I test drove my scooter a couple miles just after my first gear and oil changes and everything seemed fine. However, today I had some accelerating issues. For the first couple miles it seemed like it was skipping ignition, I think. I would accelerate a bit too quickly and it would stop fir...
by BoulderBud
Tue Mar 18, 2014 10:24 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: How dumb is this? Fuel gauge.
Replies: 19
Views: 2190

Thank you all! Replies came in 10-0 that I shouldn't be messing around inside the instrument panel.

So, I will take agrogod's advice and measure the miles I get from when the needle bottoms out, and when I run out of gas.
by BoulderBud
Mon Mar 17, 2014 5:15 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: How dumb is this? Fuel gauge.
Replies: 19
Views: 2190

I've already read these threads and a couple of others on the topic. If I were to go thru the process of fixing the float, I give myself a good chance of causing an unintended consequence that I would regret. I've only filled the tank 4 times. My 125 has 350 miles on it. My best guess is that I have...
by BoulderBud
Mon Mar 17, 2014 4:19 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: How dumb is this? Fuel gauge.
Replies: 19
Views: 2190

How dumb is this? Fuel gauge.

Is it a dumb idea to snip off the little peg inside the instrument panel so my fuel gauge needle will go below the E? I would love to know when I'm truly getting low on gas.
by BoulderBud
Sat Mar 15, 2014 9:40 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: First timer changing his oil
Replies: 11
Views: 1467

Well, half my dilemma is solved. I bought a quart of Royal Purple synthetic 75W-140 gear oil. As far as engine oil, i don't know yet. The 15W-40 oils say "diesel" on the container. Then there's a quart of Valvoline 4 stroke motorcycle oil that's 10W-40. My third choice is a Castrol 10W-40 ...
by BoulderBud
Tue Mar 11, 2014 9:03 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: First timer changing his oil
Replies: 11
Views: 1467

Thank you for your replies! Stupid? No, Syd. I'm the stupid one. I thought Dino oil was a blend or a brand name until I searched where I could buy it online and found out it just means it's mineral based, not synthetic. So, I'll do my first couple changes with plankton oil and use synthetic after th...
by BoulderBud
Mon Mar 10, 2014 5:58 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: First timer changing his oil
Replies: 11
Views: 1467

First timer changing his oil

I just hit 300 miles and am getting ready to do my first gear and motor oil changes. I would love to get some sage advice. I was going to buy a Prima filter with the hex top from Amazon, and some oil from O'Reilly's. The gear oil seems like an easier decision than the engine oil. I would love some a...
by BoulderBud
Tue Mar 04, 2014 3:55 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Genuine Scooter Octane Update (All Models!)
Replies: 53
Views: 12317

Does the 10% ethanol content have anything to do with why we shouldn't use 85 octane? And, if we can get 100% gas, should we use it?
by BoulderBud
Thu Feb 27, 2014 4:13 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Cable alarm locks
Replies: 7
Views: 1254

Thanks guys. I'm rethinking the alarm idea. Might just keep a strong cable or chain under the seat for occasional use.
by BoulderBud
Wed Feb 26, 2014 4:01 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Cable alarm locks
Replies: 7
Views: 1254

What do y'all do when you want more security? Parking next to windows seems like a good idea. I rarely see a scooter locked up to a pole. Most of the time I do this too, but would like more security when the situation looks sketchy. Presumably this alarm would never go off since I would always use t...
by BoulderBud
Tue Feb 25, 2014 3:49 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Cable alarm locks
Replies: 7
Views: 1254

Cable alarm locks

Does anyone have experience with these types of cable alarm locks? Seems like it would be an effective security option. It has no vibration or motion sensor, just an alarm if the cable is cut, so I don't think there would be any false alarms. For some reason I fear someone lifting my scooter into a ...
by BoulderBud
Fri Feb 21, 2014 7:43 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: I locked my keys in my seat... I think....
Replies: 80
Views: 38927

Keys locked in seat

I just bought my first scooter, a Buddy 125. Could someone please PM me with how to retrieve my keys in case I lock them in my pet carrier? Thanks! I do stuff like that, unfortunately.
by BoulderBud
Mon Jan 27, 2014 9:12 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Scooter Stolen! [Tucson, AZ] 125cc Seafoam Green (Downtown)
Replies: 5
Views: 1218

I feel for you Ash. I've heard of many stolen scooters being recovered. I sincerely wish you good luck.
by BoulderBud
Sun Jan 26, 2014 3:12 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Battery charging-Buddy 125
Replies: 16
Views: 2928

Thank you for all your replies! I bought the tender jr., will use it when I won't ride for a week or so, especially when it's really cold out.