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by george54
Wed Jul 20, 2016 3:21 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Stolen Buddy 125 2008 Blue In Montana
Replies: 5
Views: 1399

Yes, here in the U.S. most motorcycles are stolen by three guys pulling up in a pickup and throwing it in.
by george54
Wed Jul 06, 2016 12:47 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Should I Quit My Job and Go On the Road?
Replies: 18
Views: 2547

If you can afford it, I'd say- What are you waiting for? Do it!
by george54
Thu Jun 23, 2016 6:33 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Lance Cabo 125 versus Buddy 125
Replies: 20
Views: 5120

gitsum79 wrote:I'm pretty sure the Lance Milan 150 predated the models made by SYM.

It's good to hear it was reliable though.
Yes, I too think so.
by george54
Thu Jun 23, 2016 6:04 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Lance Cabo 125 versus Buddy 125
Replies: 20
Views: 5120

Re: Cabo

George54: Would you be willing to share your thoughts on the Cabo 150 compared to the Buddy 125? I have heard plenty of opinions, but since you have owned and ridden both, your observations would be appreciated! Clydeo, To be fair and accurate My Lance was the Milan 150 and my Buddy is my wife's th...
by george54
Wed Jun 22, 2016 7:47 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Lance Cabo 125 versus Buddy 125
Replies: 20
Views: 5120

I had a Lance 150 for a couple of years. True, I did not tour on it, but it never gave me a bit of trouble. The quality seemed quite good, even very good for the price I paid. And I sold it for only slightly less than I paid for it. The only problems I had was when it was delivered to my home. The s...
by george54
Wed Jun 08, 2016 12:37 pm
Forum: G400C Discussion
Topic: Genuine G400C
Replies: 487
Views: 76758

The last I heard it was delayed until September. The reviewers didn't like a few things so they are correcting those items. A shame, because in many parts of the world, they're losing an entire riding season.
by george54
Mon Jun 06, 2016 10:04 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Will a Kymco Super 8 150 be enough for me?
Replies: 13
Views: 1752

Syd wrote:If you're not sure, get an SYM HD200. Only 171ccs but water-cooled. Runs like a rabbit.
I just looked them up Syd. Very interesting, a bit expensive and none on the used market it seems.
by george54
Mon Jun 06, 2016 2:02 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Do you think it's possible to fit a Roughhouse 50 in a car?
Replies: 16
Views: 3005

I assume you're going to have it stick out the hatchback? 'cause it ain't gonna fit across the back seat. I wouldn't do it what with the chance that it will come loose and fall out, or fuel or oil can leak out onto your car interior, and the fact that you'll be on the highway with the rear hatch ope...
by george54
Mon Jun 06, 2016 12:37 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Will a Kymco Super 8 150 be enough for me?
Replies: 13
Views: 1752

Thank you Todd and Dooglas. Guys, I of course know I can ride the Buddy to get _some idea_ but it won't be a side by side comparison, and I wouldn't know about power, seat height, etc. I also believe that some years have different diameter wheels, which affect ride, handling, height, etc.. Maybe I'm...
by george54
Sun Jun 05, 2016 11:31 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Will a Kymco Super 8 150 be enough for me?
Replies: 13
Views: 1752

Thank you tjupille.
by george54
Sun Jun 05, 2016 5:44 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Will a Kymco Super 8 150 be enough for me?
Replies: 13
Views: 1752

Yes, I could do that for a somewhat general idea, but I wouldn't know just how much a Buddy 125 and a Kymco 150 match up in size and power and performance. If I was considering a Chevrolet Malibu, would I test drive a Ford Fusion and make my decision to buy the Chevy from that? I'm looking for advic...
by george54
Sun Jun 05, 2016 4:33 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Will a Kymco Super 8 150 be enough for me?
Replies: 13
Views: 1752

Will a Kymco Super 8 150 be enough for me?

Thinking of a Super 8 150. And also considering a Like 200. I'm 6' tall and barely 200lbs. I'd use it around town, and also on an occasional short trip (probably 3 miles) excursion on a 50MPH speed limit connector road and also on 45MPH county country roads. I've heard the S8 150 can hit 60MPH. My q...
by george54
Thu Jun 02, 2016 12:07 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Would you go back?
Replies: 20
Views: 2898

I'm in complete agreement with you to not go back there. Buy a different brand as you are thinking to do, or buy one off Craigslist. Whatever brand you get, buy a repair manual and learn to do basic maintenance yourself- it's not that hard- and you may avoid needing a real mechanic for quite a while...
by george54
Wed May 25, 2016 11:17 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 2008 genuine buddy 125cc
Replies: 23
Views: 3400

The clicking sound after it tries to turn over means your battery is very near dead or maybe the terminals or another point on the electrical (starting) system has a loose connection. A nearly dead battery will still light the lights but won't have enough juice to start the scooter. As others have s...
by george54
Mon May 23, 2016 7:10 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Insurance Question
Replies: 10
Views: 1892

You need to know the difference in cost between full coverage and liability only before you make that decision. Everyone here pays different amounts and can't make a blanket statement as to what's best for you.

It's probably not all that much cheaper for liability only, is my guess.
by george54
Thu May 19, 2016 1:39 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Buddy 125 Maintenance
Replies: 27
Views: 3807

Just saying that its better to over tighten than under tighten is too broad of a comment, IMO. What y'all mean to say, I hope, is _slightly_ over tighten. I recently owned a Honda CB1100. Over on that forum are photos of the engine cases where the filter mounts. Apparently, the Honda factory workers...
by george54
Tue May 17, 2016 11:21 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Buddy 125 Maintenance
Replies: 27
Views: 3807

I bet in the real world most people are like me on this..... I've owned 20 motorcycles and even more cars and have never stressed over ft lbs . Spin the filter on hand tight and then approx. 1/4 to 1/3 of a turn more. Never had a leak, never had one refuse to come off, and I've almost never changed ...
by george54
Tue May 17, 2016 9:43 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Long storage:what's needed?
Replies: 7
Views: 1801

Off hand, I'd say first thing, quite a bit of time.
by george54
Tue May 17, 2016 9:38 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Buddy 125 Maintenance
Replies: 27
Views: 3807

For those slotted filters you need the "Snowflake" filter tool ($10) from oopsclunkthud.com (this is a real site. Not a joke)
by george54
Sun May 15, 2016 9:50 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 2008 genuine buddy 125cc
Replies: 23
Views: 3400

It's got to be something simple like previously mentioned. Lots of people that have a bike for sale are selling because they don't ride, and, as such, the battery is usually run down. Maybe the seller put a quick charge into it just before you were due to arrive, and of course, it started that one t...
by george54
Sun Apr 24, 2016 3:43 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Is this Buddy 125 price a fair one?
Replies: 7
Views: 1506

The Kelly Bluebook average retail for a 2009 Buddy 125 is $1730. That is fairly high mileage, but I'd say the price is primarily dependent on condition and service history. A Buddy is certainly capable of several times that mileage presuming regular servicing and reasonable care. At that many miles...
by george54
Sun Apr 24, 2016 3:38 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Is this Buddy 125 price a fair one?
Replies: 7
Views: 1506

I'm no expert, but it seems a bit high. Your friend's possible purchase would depend on condition and if it has been properly serviced. He could probably find a much newer, say, 2013 with very few miles for around $1600-$1900. So, to me, that year and that mileage I'd pay ~ $1000 if it's in good sha...
by george54
Wed Apr 06, 2016 12:48 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Changed Oil - Found Mystery Hole
Replies: 9
Views: 1901

I've seen an explanation for that hole before, but I can't remember the details other than it's nothing to worry about.
by george54
Sun Feb 28, 2016 8:10 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Gas smell slight bog on initial throttle Buddy 125
Replies: 9
Views: 1518

Re: Gas smell slight bog on initial throttle Buddy 125

I have a 2006 Buddy 125 I just inherited. It had sat for 3 years apparently. I drained the gas, changed all the fluids, and added seafoam (1oz) to the first tank I filled. It runs, but I can smell gas when I ride it, and the mileage is crappy. It bogs slightly at quarter throttle, but runs fine at ...
by george54
Thu Feb 18, 2016 11:32 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: scooterpaint.com
Replies: 17
Views: 3163

OK, it works on my desktop computer running Firefox 44.0.2 Guess it doesn't like running on a Samsung tablet using Android. Most of the colors I want doesn't seem to be available, but that's OK because the prices are a bit too high for me. Wanting to repaint my scoot so wanted to buy a quart of col...
by george54
Sun Jan 24, 2016 4:41 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: What should I do?
Replies: 25
Views: 2950

Do cars rust out that quickly in Tempe?
by george54
Tue Jan 19, 2016 9:40 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: ANOTHER NEW WAGON TRAILER FOR THE SCOOT!
Replies: 8
Views: 2576

If you ride at 20 MPH, you need to get off the road and turn in your license. You're a menace. Oh wait, you're in Florida, it's OK.
by george54
Sat Jan 09, 2016 8:24 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Ban Marylou
Replies: 11
Views: 2584

Yeah. She spammed us 5 days ago and she's still not banned? Are the mods hibernating for the winter? Maybe I need to post a topless scootergirl and then I bet they'll wake up? That's a JOKE. Don't ban ME.
by george54
Tue Dec 29, 2015 11:57 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Saddle bags
Replies: 10
Views: 3185

I bought these for my MP3 but I sold the scooter. They are still in the plastic in the original box. Never been used. $139 at Scooterworks, I'll sell them for $100 shipped free to lower 48.

http://www.scooterworks.com/prima-trave ... -12565.php#
by george54
Sun Dec 27, 2015 9:59 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Merry Christmas All
Replies: 6
Views: 1283

Me too! Seems like the cooler weather has cooled off all the posts, not as active on the forum. But Spring is a few short months away! Hope everyone got some time off to spend with loved ones. Cooler temperatures? What cooler temperatures? Normal daily high here- NJ near NYC- should be around 40°F....
by george54
Thu Dec 10, 2015 12:50 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Here's something gross...
Replies: 12
Views: 2057

charlie55 wrote:Flat-footed with an enormous rear end - just like my wife's family.
I can surmise that you and your wife don't share the computer....
by george54
Wed Nov 18, 2015 6:10 pm
Forum: G400C Discussion
Topic: Genuine G400C
Replies: 487
Views: 76758

That Italian photo hurts my head. Just because it has a high rear fender don't make it no Scrambler. Where is/are the high pipes? Non-clogging front fender????? This was simpler in the '70s :) Absolutely what I was thinking. Just because you can fit a set of knobbies on the wheels, that don't make ...
by george54
Fri Nov 13, 2015 3:28 pm
Forum: G400C Discussion
Topic: Genuine G400C
Replies: 487
Views: 76758

How many miles on your BMW scooter so far?
by george54
Wed Nov 11, 2015 3:15 pm
Forum: G400C Discussion
Topic: Genuine G400C
Replies: 487
Views: 76758

Seems most people I talk to don't know Genuine as a scooter company, but when I mention the Buddy 125 they nod their head and say they know that name, they thought "Buddy" was the name of the company!
by george54
Tue Nov 10, 2015 9:33 pm
Forum: G400C Discussion
Topic: Genuine G400C
Replies: 487
Views: 76758

Brand name recognition I'd agree. But brand reliability reputation, no. BMW motorcycles as a brand has suffered quite a loss in their reliability reputation the past 10 years. $2,000 final drive repairs and $4,000 clutch jobs plus water pumps and electrical switches, fuel senders, etc... have contri...
by george54
Tue Nov 10, 2015 3:14 pm
Forum: G400C Discussion
Topic: Genuine G400C
Replies: 487
Views: 76758

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 had...
by george54
Sun Nov 08, 2015 3:11 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Tire pressure question?
Replies: 2
Views: 1913

The markings on the tires probably are there to just state what maximum pressure the tire manufacturer recommends for that type tire, not meaning to use that number for any given bike. Definitely go with what Honda recommends, although both on my scooters and motorcycle, slightly higher front pressu...
by george54
Sat Nov 07, 2015 7:57 pm
Forum: G400C Discussion
Topic: Genuine G400C
Replies: 487
Views: 76758

Personally, I think the price is fair, check the competition.
It's just a suggested price after all.
Bikes get discounted and leftovers even more so.
by george54
Mon Nov 02, 2015 7:02 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Frame bent
Replies: 16
Views: 2696

Well said.
by george54
Wed Oct 28, 2015 2:32 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Frame bent
Replies: 16
Views: 2696

Of course it's all good until the moment it isn't.
by george54
Tue Oct 27, 2015 10:20 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Frame bent
Replies: 16
Views: 2696

I guess it depends on how or where it's bent. I had an acquaintance that I serviced a scooter for. It was wrecked and struck hard just below the handle bars bending the bars toward the seat by 4-5". I told him it wasn't safe. He asked me what the risks were and rode off into the sunset. This s...
by george54
Tue Oct 27, 2015 10:18 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Frame bent
Replies: 16
Views: 2696

Dooglas wrote:No reason to risk your life on a bike with a misaligned frame. Sounds like you got a new scooter out of it. Sell the engine and other reusable parts from the damaged bike. Call yourself lucky.
+1 !
by george54
Mon Oct 26, 2015 5:43 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: scooter damage from falling over
Replies: 14
Views: 2658

I did a similar thing as the OP with my BMW K1200LT. I was sitting on the bike, engine running, in my driveway, and I'm all set to start off. I decide to dismount and check for something in the topcase trunk. I put the sidestand down and got off. The driveway is so very slightly slanted. I opened th...
by george54
Mon Oct 26, 2015 2:26 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: scooter damage from falling over
Replies: 14
Views: 2658

ucandoit wrote:Babblefish. I think I saw the same youtube of that woman picking up the Harley and the technique she used. Hope there isn't a next time, but I will try her approach.
Harley has had a woman at the recent years Progressive M/C shows doing that live. She does make it seem quite easy.
by george54
Sun Oct 25, 2015 4:45 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 100,000 mile Buddy 125!
Replies: 145
Views: 29090

Check the part #s of both the plug you removed and the one in there now to see if they were recommended for use in that model scooter. The depth that plug is protruding concerns me too. Certainly possible that the piece of piston broke off after striking the plug. Check the other plug for signs of d...
by george54
Tue Oct 20, 2015 9:54 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: phase 2 of break-in: manual is ambiguous
Replies: 12
Views: 1819

IIRC, my Piaggio manual says only 80% throttle until 600 miles and avoid extended time at a single, constant speed. And that's it. Don't obsess too much. You see "extended periods of time" as 30 seconds, and I see it as 20-30 minutes.LOL
by george54
Sat Oct 10, 2015 8:51 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Touch-Up Paint
Replies: 5
Views: 1314

If you're looking to disguise or just lessen the scratches to where they are tolerable to your eye, I've had success in the past with colored Sharpie markers followed by a good paste wax. With brown you could also use a furniture touch up pen, they come in many shades. Usually hanging on a card near...
by george54
Tue Oct 06, 2015 10:07 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 10 Year Anniversary Special Edition
Replies: 13
Views: 2456

Tocsik wrote: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:
"Vintage inspired" doesn't mean 'vintage'.

I imagine it's the whitewalls.
by george54
Wed Sep 30, 2015 2:21 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 100,000 mile Buddy 125!
Replies: 145
Views: 29090

The speedometer is off, but people have said the odometer is accurate, which I proved for myself on my Blur using my phone's GPS. I downloaded a speedometer app which includes an odometer function. The scooter's odometer matched the GPS reading just about exactly. In my experience, ALL brands of mo...
by george54
Sun Sep 27, 2015 4:29 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: tire air problems
Replies: 12
Views: 2533

I agree with Charlie55 that the problem very well may be the loose inner core.