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by ModernMike
Tue Apr 19, 2016 10:11 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: LED headlight mod
Replies: 0
Views: 1059

LED headlight mod

Anyone running an LED light in their Buddy headlight? If so, what was involved. I have a dead light mod installed with LEDs and I would like to do something to match the colors.
by ModernMike
Fri Apr 08, 2016 3:19 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Changed Oil - Found Mystery Hole
Replies: 9
Views: 1841

I don't know if it's the same oil cooler as the 170i but I removed my skid plate. A little easier access to the filter & possibly better air flow across the cooler. I'm going to check into removing that plate. Easier access is important to me, and that plate is messy when changing the filter. A...
by ModernMike
Sat Mar 26, 2016 12:11 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Reverse thread bolt snapped off for windshield.
Replies: 5
Views: 1647

Found the bolt and ordered it. Actually got 2 just in case.... Anyways, Bel Metric, a online hardware supplier, has Left Hand thread M8x60x1.25 pitch in 8.8 grade (will need to be cut down to 50 length) for $17 each. Also picked up the matching nut for $3 to install BEFORE cutting the bolt down to ...
by ModernMike
Wed Mar 23, 2016 1:12 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Weigh in on helmets!
Replies: 34
Views: 6498

3/4 with retractable visor. Most importantly, ghost flames and skulls. Ha! Look into those Mohawk hair pieces you can add on 😉
by ModernMike
Fri Mar 11, 2016 1:11 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: curb ramps
Replies: 10
Views: 2630

Not sure what the local Governing body would permit! But I'd be careful spending a bunch of money on something you can not legally place. Streets tend to be public right of way and are controlled by a public authority. Imagine if a bicyclist hits the object you create to jump the curb. The cyclist f...
by ModernMike
Sun Mar 06, 2016 11:51 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Stray disconnected tubing mystery. Yikes?
Replies: 6
Views: 1418

Whoa! Big file size on the photo

To the point.... What is the other side of the hose connected to?

Perhaps a battery vent?
by ModernMike
Sun Jan 17, 2016 11:00 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Hi Everyone! Total Beginner Here!!
Replies: 25
Views: 3894

+1 On the tires. At 6-7 years old with low miles the tread might look good, but rubber ages. Do some homework on the age of tires. Much on the Internet. If it been sitting in the garage for two years with gas in the carb, that could be an issue. These are all manageable issues. You just want to pric...
by ModernMike
Tue Dec 29, 2015 11:47 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Saddle bags
Replies: 10
Views: 3038

They do not lock so, I do not see the $50 value. I guess everything is relative. Comparing non-locking saddle bags on the same web site, $50 looks good :D I've always felt that if I used a non-locking bag, I would take it with me when I got off my scoot. I can't speak for the quality. Size depends ...
by ModernMike
Tue Nov 10, 2015 9:08 pm
Forum: G400C Discussion
Topic: Genuine G400C
Replies: 487
Views: 73598

Your liking your boxer motor has absolutely nothing to do with BMW's scooter reputation, or perceived scooter reliability. So ... you like your Buddy but won't trust Genuine as a "motorcycle company", BUT, you like your BMW RT and you would have trusted them as a scooter option if they ha...
by ModernMike
Tue Nov 10, 2015 8:57 pm
Forum: G400C Discussion
Topic: Genuine G400C
Replies: 487
Views: 73598

avescoots1134 wrote:Ouch - you have an Audi and a BMW? My fleet of bikes are worth less than what you must pay in maintenance per year. :D
Ha! Could be. I will consider myself fortunate 😀
by ModernMike
Tue Nov 10, 2015 8:18 am
Forum: G400C Discussion
Topic: Genuine G400C
Replies: 487
Views: 73598

Let me restate my thoughts. I tend to be more brand loyal when I find a product or service I like. You may notice I ride a BMW motorcycle from my signature block. When I wanted to add a scooter back to my stable of two wheeled vehicles, I would have purchased BMW if they had a 200-300cc automatic o...
by ModernMike
Tue Nov 10, 2015 8:12 am
Forum: G400C Discussion
Topic: Genuine G400C
Replies: 487
Views: 73598

Let me restate my thoughts. I tend to be more brand loyal when I find a product or service I like. You may notice I ride a BMW motorcycle from my signature block. When I wanted to add a scooter back to my stable of two wheeled vehicles, I would have purchased BMW if they had a 200-300cc automatic o...
by ModernMike
Tue Nov 10, 2015 4:14 am
Forum: G400C Discussion
Topic: Genuine G400C
Replies: 487
Views: 73598

Perhaps my opinion is a bit disjointed. Thank you for pointed that out. Genuine's business model appears to be; Import other manufactures products, utilize their network of dealers under a common brand to fill a perceived void in the market place. Even if there is not a common style or theme across ...
by ModernMike
Mon Nov 09, 2015 9:26 pm
Forum: G400C Discussion
Topic: Genuine G400C
Replies: 487
Views: 73598

Nope :( Not interested. It's not a scooter. There are several other time tested entry level motorcycles out there. I'm not going to risk the $$ on something new when I can get a tested version somewhere else. I think Genuine would have been better served by developing a 250-350 class scooter. IDK bu...
by ModernMike
Fri Nov 06, 2015 2:02 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Winterizing your scooter, Drain gas or use Stabilizer
Replies: 26
Views: 5350

Heck, my ride is fuel injected, and I complete this ritual every year. Just me, but if I owned a scoot with a carb I would drain the gas and get all I could out of the carb. I do this with my weed trimmer and lawn mower. IDK. Maybe I'm old school. Fuel injection is a completely different animal. I ...
by ModernMike
Sun Nov 01, 2015 3:15 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: For the love of god, change out the stock tires!
Replies: 10
Views: 2058

Re: For the love of god, change out the stock tires!

......I decided to check the tires seeing that the scooter is 7 years old, and the tread was oddly worn plus the sidewalls were starting to crack from dry rot. Should have replaced them sooner....... I'm not a tire expert, but I'm not going to be to critical of their stock tire either. A quick sear...
by ModernMike
Wed Oct 07, 2015 10:31 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Buddy 125 - Plastidip Paint Project
Replies: 8
Views: 1770

I like the vintage gold. Looks classic. The issue is your example is in gloss black and gold, and your working in flats. Don't get me wrong. I've not heard of this plastidip paint. I think what you have in the red and black looks good.
by ModernMike
Tue Oct 06, 2015 5:43 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 10 Year Anniversary Special Edition
Replies: 13
Views: 2335

I'm missing something. How is this "vintage inspired" when it has the same body, mirrors etc as the scoots they've always made? Is it just the pearl blue color that's vintage? :roll: Agreed. IDK. Maybe Vespa had that color on a scoot 40 years ago. White wall tires. Yes. Not sure about the...
by ModernMike
Mon Sep 28, 2015 1:05 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Tire Pressure for Riding on Gravel
Replies: 22
Views: 3899

Is it possible to ride your scooter just off to the side of the gravel driveway?

If it's not wet, grass might be more stable than loose gravel. As mentioned before, braking is key.

Grass can be slippery even if dry, but given the choice it is likely more stable than loose gravel.
by ModernMike
Sat Sep 19, 2015 5:42 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Thoughts on scooters and gender issues
Replies: 59
Views: 9179

You obviously have no idea what it's like to be a woman, which is a-ok, but try not to speak on something you have no idea about. :) Well, the way Jackie posted it, it seemed quite innocent to me, and probably to Dave too. Maybe the guy DID like the scooter, maybe he was just saying "Hi" ...
by ModernMike
Sat Sep 19, 2015 5:38 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Thoughts on scooters and gender issues
Replies: 59
Views: 9179

You obviously have no idea what it's like to be a woman, which is a-ok, but try not to speak on something you have no idea about. :) Well, the way Jackie posted it, it seemed quite innocent to me, and probably to Dave too. Maybe the guy DID like the scooter, maybe he was just saying "Hi" ...
by ModernMike
Thu Sep 03, 2015 2:52 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Thoughts on scooters and gender issues
Replies: 59
Views: 9179

There are so many great comments within this thread, I couldn't begin to quote them all. I'm old enough to be your dad. As you can see in my signature block, I ride a BMW R1200 RT. It's a pretty big motorcycle. Also, I have a buddy 170i. Honestly, I have more fun :D on my Buddy. My son, who is finis...
by ModernMike
Mon Aug 31, 2015 10:10 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Posting Pictures from an iPad?
Replies: 4
Views: 1245

Thanks for the tips. IDK. Other forums, Modern Vespa, BMW luxury Touring seem to invite pictures. Members want to see pictures. In fact, there is a moji stating " This thread is worthless without pictures" on the BMW forum. It seems too difficult to add them here. Hmmmmmm?
by ModernMike
Sun Aug 30, 2015 4:46 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Posting Pictures from an iPad?
Replies: 4
Views: 1245

Posting Pictures from an iPad?

Can any one provided some advice on posting pictures from an iPad/iPhone? I've check The a Forum help section and I'm not technical enough to understand all that is discussed. I'm used to cut and paste or file uploads on other motorcycle/scooter forums, and all I get when I "choose file" a...
by ModernMike
Sun Aug 16, 2015 10:27 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Big Brother is Watching
Replies: 8
Views: 1585

I have heard you can petition Google to have yourself removed from the photo, however, iDK what the procedure is.
by ModernMike
Tue Jul 28, 2015 2:53 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Low down shock install
Replies: 3
Views: 1103

Okay. I feel stupid now. :oops: I watched a YouTube video on adjustable shocks last night. This morning I used the shaft of a Phillips head screw driver through the lower clevis and the accompanying wrench to break loose the two height adjustable rings. They were very tight. Once that was accomplish...
by ModernMike
Tue Jul 28, 2015 4:04 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Low down shock install
Replies: 3
Views: 1103

The two rings are ride height and the dial is to adjust the stiffness of the damper. Right on the dial makes it stiffer. EDIT- I was thinking of the adjustable shock. On that one you loosen the bottom ring and thread the bottom of the shock in or out to adjust ride height. Remember to tighten the r...
by ModernMike
Tue Jul 28, 2015 3:23 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Low down shock install
Replies: 3
Views: 1103

Low down shock install

So, I ordered the low down shock to minimize sitting higher. Unfortunately, the shock came with NO instructions for adjustment. My understanding is that it will adjust from the normal height down an inch or so. There are three rings for adjustment. 2 rings appear to be spring load. The third, I'm as...
by ModernMike
Tue Jul 21, 2015 6:35 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Buddy 170i Engine Light on Cold Start
Replies: 4
Views: 1345

Wish I could help. I've had my 170's for only a year, and I really can't say. Could be a sensor, software, ???? I just have no idea.
by ModernMike
Fri Jul 17, 2015 1:09 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Both feet dont touch ground... can I still carry passenger?
Replies: 32
Views: 4501

I agree with George54. Both feet need to be on the ground. My scooter has both the low profile seat and the smaller shock. I'm 5'4" and with these two accommodations my scooter is a comfortable fit. Thus I feel more confident riding it. While neither of us carrying passengers, this whole threa...
by ModernMike
Mon Jul 13, 2015 6:10 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: What gas additives do people routinely use
Replies: 20
Views: 2910

Seafoam only when in winter storage. Otherwise, ethanol free premium unleaded.
by ModernMike
Mon Jul 13, 2015 3:00 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Whirring noise when I hit the starter.
Replies: 23
Views: 2663

I know some are opposed to this, but what about jumping the relay? If you jump it and they is enough battery to turn the starter, then the relay is bad. If not, then the battery is likely the culprit. How long has the battery been in use? Does it go through periods of weeks and months with no use? H...
by ModernMike
Sun Jul 12, 2015 9:58 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Whirring noise when I hit the starter.
Replies: 23
Views: 2663

Re: Whirring noise when I hit the starter.

[quote="KrispyKreme]

Edit-more of a clicking noise....[/quote]

Does it start at all? Maybe the battery is weak and there is not enough power to keep the relay closed. Your hearing the relay clicking?
by ModernMike
Fri Jul 10, 2015 4:01 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Whitewall tires ........
Replies: 1
Views: 857

Whitewall tires ........

Does anyone have experience with different brands of whitewall tires. Several to choose from. Shinko, Prima, Continental ?? What successes or failures have you encountered?
by ModernMike
Wed Jul 08, 2015 4:56 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Correct way to turn off Buddy scooter
Replies: 19
Views: 4425

So, I'm just curious, if the kill switch is "on" does that mean the engine is killed? :?
by ModernMike
Wed Jul 01, 2015 4:12 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Shad Top Case missing ...........
Replies: 4
Views: 1053

I received the replacement lock cylinder today, and attempted replacement. The cylinder itself is held in place by a small bolt machined onto the back of the cylinder and then a nylock nut with star washer. As a tightened the nylock nut the bolt broke off. Now it's fair to say I may have over tighte...
by ModernMike
Sun Jun 28, 2015 4:46 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Both feet dont touch ground... can I still carry passenger?
Replies: 32
Views: 4501

k1dude wrote:.......You also might consider boots that provide some lift.
+1. You would be amazed what a pair of shoes/boots with 1"-1.5" soles will do. :D how large of a passenger are you expecting? 6' and 190 lbs would be a challenge for an experienced rider at 5'1"
by ModernMike
Fri Jun 26, 2015 1:13 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Shad Top Case missing ...........
Replies: 4
Views: 1053

Sorry you lost your lock. Was there any visible damage? That could tell you what happened; accidental failure or some asshat popping the cylinder. Nope. No visible damage. But, then again, I found this on YouTube. www.youtube.com/watch?v=CCJ677blYzM Do you think this could be done with a Shad case?
by ModernMike
Thu Jun 25, 2015 4:01 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Shad Top Case missing ...........
Replies: 4
Views: 1053

Shad Top Case missing ...........

Rode to the grocery store this afternoon. Upon exit from the store I began to open my top case only to find the lock cylinder missing :shock: Nothing in the case was missing. There was nothing in there anyone might want. It makes me wonder if this was attempted theft, or a mechanical defect. Has any...
by ModernMike
Fri Jun 19, 2015 2:30 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: I have a 2008 genuine buddy 125 I seriously need help
Replies: 7
Views: 1338

Re: I have a 2008 genuine buddy 125 I seriously need help

jrsjr wrote:
jandannn wrote:...I have no ignition or no ignition harness the wires are just attached together and I'm not sure which wires I'm supposed to attach
I am not at all sure that I understand what you are trying to communicate.........
That was being diplomatic :D
by ModernMike
Mon Jun 01, 2015 3:49 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Missing Nut
Replies: 10
Views: 1641

I ordered 4 nuts through BelMetric.com. $17 including shipping :shock: I'm happy to report that my order was waiting in the mailbox yesterday. The nut fit perfectly. I ordered 4 and have set aside the extras with some stainless steel washers and lock washers. BelMetric had what I needed and did a f...
by ModernMike
Fri May 29, 2015 4:13 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Bluetooth Headset Suggestions?
Replies: 11
Views: 1859

I've been using a Sena SMH 10 set for a couple years now. I also have a Sena SM 10 Bluetooth dongle that I can connect to the radio on my BMW, or connect a phone or iPod and stick it in my pocket. The set up works very well and is quite versatile.
by ModernMike
Tue May 26, 2015 1:33 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: OEM Drive Belt for Buddy 150?
Replies: 15
Views: 3094

from the pictures, the "premium" appears to have a white layer (maybe aramid?). I'm going to avoid a Kevlar belt, so I'll order up their standard belt (if the shop doesn't have one in stock). I'm new to scooter maintenance. Don't need a belt yet, but want to develop a base of knowledge. W...
by ModernMike
Tue May 26, 2015 1:28 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Missing Nut
Replies: 10
Views: 1641

I ordered 4 nuts through BelMetric.com. $17 including shipping :shock:
by ModernMike
Mon May 25, 2015 5:23 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Missing Nut
Replies: 10
Views: 1641

Thanks for all the tips. Ace and Tru-Value had some left hand thread, but not in metric. I will try some of the other suggestions in this thread.
by ModernMike
Fri May 22, 2015 3:36 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Missing Nut
Replies: 10
Views: 1641

Missing Nut

So, I was trailering in my scooters home recently and when I arrived I noticed the nut holding the mirror on my Cuppini window add was missing. Unfortunately, it was the left hand thread.

Anyone know of a source for a left hand threaded metric nut for the Cuppini windscreen?
by ModernMike
Thu Apr 30, 2015 3:50 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Fuel - reg or premium??
Replies: 46
Views: 9571

If your made-in-Taiwan owner's manual says to use 91-93 octane, it means that you should be using 87 octane fuel in the United States, unless you're at high altitude, in which case you can use 85 octane. Really? While I understand that the Genuine Buddy is made in Taiwan, the manual is written in E...
by ModernMike
Wed Apr 29, 2015 8:31 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Fuel - reg or premium??
Replies: 46
Views: 9571

My 170i requires 91-93 but the pumps in my area are 87, 90 & 93. I decided I'd alternate between 90 & 93 & average out to 91-92 considering there's maybe .4 gallons still in when I refill. But like some others I'm wondering how much 87 I'm getting from the last guy who filled up. My int...
by ModernMike
Wed Apr 22, 2015 3:17 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Deadlight Adapter, Brake Modulator, Blinker Adapter
Replies: 39
Views: 6534

Thanks to thatvwbusguy :D I'm a big fan of extra lighting for safety. I've added a dead light adapter from another vendor, but will consider the modulated brake light. I think it's great to have these products available :clap: :clap: :clap:
by ModernMike
Sat Apr 11, 2015 4:24 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: [NBD] New Stablemate... full size!
Replies: 10
Views: 1633

I would hang onto the Buddy. I had a Vespa 300 in 2012. Traded it in on a BMW R1200RT. I love the RT, but regret trading the Vespa. Two totally different modes of transportation. Last fall I spent more $$ to replace the Vespa. Added two Buddy 170's. I love the scoot in town. Manual transmission gets...