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by babblefish
Sun Jan 24, 2021 3:57 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Need new front tire. Time to quit waffling.
Replies: 6
Views: 78

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

Ask a dozen people what the best tire is and you'll get a dozen answers, so I'll throw in my choice. I've been riding on Heidenau K61 sport tires for awhile now and really like them. Good grip in dry and wet and decent life. A little tough to mount because their sidewalls are fairly thick. If you le...
by babblefish
Fri Jan 22, 2021 8:29 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 2009 Buddy Pamplona 150cc
Replies: 5
Views: 54

Re: 2009 Buddy Pamplona 150cc

My 2008 Buddy 150 St Tropez with 19K miles has been drop dead reliable so far. I bought it used at around 8K miles so I don't know it's entire history. The only things I've changed so far is the oil filter and oil, two sets of tires, and battery. I did flush the front brake fluid, adjust the valves,...
by babblefish
Fri Jan 22, 2021 3:51 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Washers for carb needle
Replies: 2
Views: 46

Re: Washers for carb needle

I just used regular metric washers. 2mm or 2.5mm, I don't remember exactly. They were 1mm thick so I'd stack them to get whatever I needed. Quite honestly, I removed them completely after a little while because I found it unnecessary to richen my midrange. This was on an engine modified to 183cc. YM...
by babblefish
Wed Jan 06, 2021 1:03 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Upgrades and Bug Reports
Replies: 18
Views: 846

Re: Upgrades and Bug Reports

Just out of curiosity, on the old site I was no longer able to post photos because I had filled my quota(?). Is this going to be true on this new site? And am I the second oldest member here (behind jrsjr)? Lol. Thanks.
by babblefish
Wed Jan 06, 2021 12:44 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: A mid-50MPH Buddy 50 build...
Replies: 22
Views: 1741

Re:

Stock rollers are 6 X 6 gram. I usually go with 6-4 gram Dr. Pulley Sliders. I swapped them with 6 - 4gram tech pulley sliders for my test. I have a set I'm installing in my Burgman next week when I replace the belt. As a heads up to others, I bought a set of the TechPulley rollers that were suppos...
by babblefish
Wed Jan 06, 2021 12:39 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: A mid-50MPH Buddy 50 build...
Replies: 22
Views: 1741

Re: Re:

Stock rollers are 6 X 6 gram. I usually go with 6-4 gram Dr. Pulley Sliders. I swapped them with 6 - 4gram tech pulley sliders for my test. I have a set I'm installing in my Burgman next week when I replace the belt. As a heads up to others, I bought a set of the TechPulley rollers that were suppos...
by babblefish
Wed Jan 06, 2021 12:28 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: oil viscosity for Buddy 125
Replies: 10
Views: 340

Re: oil viscosity for Buddy 125

Yep, these engines are tough little beasts. I've been running whatever I can get my hands on in my Buddy 150. Dino oil, semi-synthetic, 10-30, 10-40, 15-40, whatever. Lately I've been using 10-40 (or is it 15-40?) Chevron oil from Costco. I change the oil filter about every other oil change. She see...
by babblefish
Sun Dec 13, 2020 9:49 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: OT Taiwanese SMAX
Replies: 8
Views: 447

Re: OT Taiwanese SMAX

Pending ride reports, based on specs, I want one. Traction control is switchable but I agree about keyless ignition, maybe a theft deterrent though. I'd probably be satisfied with my Buddy 125 (BBK 161) if top speed was 60+ as many claim but mine tops out at <55 GPS (as opposed to the imaginary &qu...
by babblefish
Wed Dec 09, 2020 11:54 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: which battery should I buy?
Replies: 10
Views: 681

Re: which battery should I buy?

One other advantage of Lithium batteries is the higher cranking voltage. I can hear a huge difference in the way my modified Blur starts up using an AGM battery vs a Lithium battery. With the Lithium, the starter motor sounds like someone kicked it in the rear and it spins the crank like it was on s...
by babblefish
Wed Dec 09, 2020 11:48 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: OT Taiwanese SMAX
Replies: 8
Views: 447

Re: OT Taiwanese SMAX

Nice looking scoot but I doubt that we'll see it in the States. If it don't look like an old Vespa or Lambretta then it doesn't stand a chance. The majority of modern scoots don't make it here in the land of scooter dark ages. That being said, I see my fair share of modern scooters (those that are a...
by babblefish
Fri Oct 16, 2020 8:36 pm
Forum: G400C Discussion
Topic: Motorcycles!
Replies: 50
Views: 6239

The CB350 looks great, but a 350cc single isn't much to get excited about. If Honda brings it to the US, they will need to price it very aggressively to compete with the Himalayan and other lightweights. That's true. This new CB350 has a 348cc engine making a little less than 21 HP. The original CB...
by babblefish
Fri Oct 16, 2020 12:15 pm
Forum: G400C Discussion
Topic: Motorcycles!
Replies: 50
Views: 6239

So will we see this new Honda in the US?

New Honda 2021 CB350. Looks great to me. I might want one of these if the price were right and available. <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/WTJWeZyoIzU" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; enc...
by babblefish
Mon Oct 12, 2020 7:42 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 100,000 mile Buddy 125!
Replies: 145
Views: 26646

You have to do something special when you turn 100,000! Any plans? I might try to get a video of it rolling over, plus lots of pictures. Then I might go for a ride. After that I have a lot of maintenance and repairs to do. The bad part is the owner's manual doesn't have the 100,000 service recommen...
by babblefish
Sun Oct 11, 2020 8:51 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: A mid-50MPH Buddy 50 build...
Replies: 22
Views: 1741

Stock rollers are 6 X 6 gram. I usually go with 6-4 gram Dr. Pulley Sliders. I swapped them with 6 - 4gram tech pulley sliders for my test. I have a set I'm installing in my Burgman next week when I replace the belt. As a heads up to others, I bought a set of the TechPulley rollers that were suppos...
by babblefish
Sun Oct 04, 2020 8:33 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: help air fuel mixture screw side to enrich
Replies: 3
Views: 362

Out is richer, in is leaner. At least that’s what I carefully made a point of writing down in my notes when I last was fiddling with the carb. I guess the idle mixture screw for a 50cc engine is different from the 125/150cc engines. On my 150, the mixture screw adjusts air flow so turning it IN r...
by babblefish
Sun Oct 04, 2020 8:10 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: A mid-50MPH Buddy 50 build...
Replies: 22
Views: 1741

These are worth a look: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Tech-pulley-Flying-Slide-roller-16x13-6g-for-GY6-50cc-139QMB-Scooter/333671402876?hash=item4db05d8d7c:g:8VwAAOSw2jdfI~Lh I did a short test comparing stock rollers, Dr. Pulley Sliders and these new Tech Pulley. GPS varified. Stock-38mph, original Dr....
by babblefish
Thu Sep 17, 2020 1:43 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: rebuilt carb - now scooter doesn't have much acceleration
Replies: 4
Views: 448

You might have to put a little bit of rubber safe lubricant on the sealing lip before assembly. It'll help it make a good seal.
by babblefish
Wed Sep 16, 2020 11:45 am
Forum: G400C Discussion
Topic: Honda 125 "Postie" Bike Coming to USA
Replies: 10
Views: 836

<iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/yorwSsGoJac" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen></iframe>
by babblefish
Mon Sep 14, 2020 1:11 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Genuine is introducing two new scooters
Replies: 42
Views: 2354

I'd upload pictures of the scooter but apparently I've permanently reached my upload limit. No more How-To's and other tech postings for me I guess. Have you looked into a photo hosting site like https://postimages.org That's how I post pictures to this site. They seem to do a decent job, though th...
by babblefish
Sun Sep 13, 2020 8:51 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Genuine is introducing two new scooters
Replies: 42
Views: 2354

A recent addition to the San Francisco scooter scene is the appearance of a new electric scooter rental company. Placed all over the city, these Revel electric scooters are available to rent via an APP through your smart phone. The scooters themselves look really nice and well made. I'm tempted to r...
by babblefish
Fri Sep 11, 2020 12:59 pm
Forum: G400C Discussion
Topic: Honda 125 "Postie" Bike Coming to USA
Replies: 10
Views: 836

$4100 plus tax, title, plate and whatever fees your local Honda dealer piles on. At my local dealer, I'd expect to pay $5500-$6000 out the door. Nice bike? Sure. $5500 worth of nice? Not for this fellow! Yikes! Yeah, no thanks. I'll go on Craigslist and find a nice used Trail 110 instead. Plenty of...
by babblefish
Thu Sep 10, 2020 7:10 pm
Forum: G400C Discussion
Topic: Honda 125 "Postie" Bike Coming to USA
Replies: 10
Views: 836

I love it! It would be a great utility bike for getting around town and shopping. I'd buy one if the price were right.
by babblefish
Sun Aug 30, 2020 9:54 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Mirror problems... help me find a solution, please.
Replies: 6
Views: 506

How about putting a rubber washer under the nut then tightening just snug enough to squish the washer but not crush the snot out of it?

Another idea is to wrap the threads of the mirror with thread tape, also known as plumbers tape.
by babblefish
Sat Aug 29, 2020 1:58 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: NCY STORE
Replies: 3
Views: 543

Excellent info. Thanks for posting.
by babblefish
Sat Aug 29, 2020 1:55 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Can anyone identify this tube near the kick sTarter?
Replies: 8
Views: 586

That tube usually falls off a short time after birth. Surprised your scoot still has it.
by babblefish
Sun Aug 23, 2020 12:03 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Looks like the US will be getting something fun from Honda!
Replies: 6
Views: 605

<iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/d2mLGEkKGRc" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen></iframe> Notice that the front wheel is bigger than the ...
by babblefish
Sat Aug 22, 2020 9:49 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Looks like the US will be getting something fun from Honda!
Replies: 6
Views: 605

Looks like the US will be getting something fun from Honda!

This is going to be high on my wish list! I'll have to pop on over to my closest Honda dealer. <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/3O_5VW-ebxQ" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; pic...
by babblefish
Tue Aug 18, 2020 2:33 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Best lock ( college campus ) HELP
Replies: 9
Views: 624

Since you can't secure the scooter to anything, may as well save some money and just get a good front brake disk lock. If someone really wanted your scooter they're just going to pick it up and load it onto a truck anyway.
by babblefish
Fri Aug 14, 2020 2:34 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: lithium battery charging ( help )
Replies: 3
Views: 410

Starting the engine would normally charge the battery, if you ride it long enough. The problem is though, lithium batteries don't like to be totally discharged. There's a high chance that your battery won't charge again, even with an approved lithium charger. Doesn't hurt to try though.
by babblefish
Sun Aug 09, 2020 8:29 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Buddy Kick Weirdness
Replies: 13
Views: 750

Did you charge your new battery? Not all batteries come pre-charged from new. It can take quite a while to fully charge a battery with just a battery tender. They're mainly used to keep an already charged battery topped off. If that's all you've got then you'll have to keep it on the battery for a l...
by babblefish
Sun Aug 09, 2020 4:10 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Buddy Kick Weirdness
Replies: 13
Views: 750

I've been able to bring a battery back by leaving it on a trickle charger for several days. No guarantee, but it couldn't hurt to try.
by babblefish
Fri Aug 07, 2020 2:51 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Buddy 125 wont idle
Replies: 10
Views: 611

If I'm not mistaken, the idle mixture screw should be turned 1-1/2 turns out from fully closed as a starting point. The final adjustment is pretty close to that.
by babblefish
Fri Jul 31, 2020 5:34 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 100,000 mile Buddy 125!
Replies: 145
Views: 26646

Wheee! Your Buddy is having one heck of an adventure. Great pictures.
by babblefish
Fri Jul 31, 2020 2:03 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Why? But to good to pass.
Replies: 9
Views: 715

tenders wrote:So...don't buy them there. NCY pads, $25 via Amazon. I saw another manufacturer's set for $20.

https://www.amazon.com/NCY-1000-1314-Pe ... 00GBJZ2WK/
eggsalad was talking about a caliper. You're talking about brake pads.
by babblefish
Tue Jul 28, 2020 9:48 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: New Carb and running poorly. Won't idle at all but revs
Replies: 4
Views: 414

Did you try adjusting the idle speed screw?
by babblefish
Sat Jul 25, 2020 2:30 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: New Member Intro...
Replies: 7
Views: 517

Welcome to the fold and congrats on an awesome purchase. I think you'll find that the Buddy is superior to the Met in almost every way. Not sure when Genuine starting installing Nautilus horns in Buddy's but are you sure your Buddy doesn't already have one? My 2008 has one.
by babblefish
Sat Jul 18, 2020 3:43 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Interesting Craigslist finds
Replies: 269
Views: 30306

What are your plans for it? Restoration or leave it as is? It would look great restored and sitting in the living room. With plants all around it.:)
by babblefish
Sat Jul 18, 2020 3:41 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Buddy 125 drivetrain in Honda Metropolitan
Replies: 3
Views: 412

Dooglas wrote: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.
That's for sure. The suspension on a Met is...interesting...
And as for the brakes....
YMMV.
by babblefish
Sat Jul 18, 2020 3:30 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Tire Recommendations for Buddy 125
Replies: 18
Views: 1031

Michelin S1 tires are OK, but they are only rated for 60 mph and their tread area is very soft and thin. My last rear tire was an S1 which got punctured by a screw when it had about 600-800 miles on it. I tried using a plug to repair it but the tread was too thin to support the plug correctly so it ...
by babblefish
Sat Jul 18, 2020 3:26 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Tire age? New tires over 6 years old.
Replies: 18
Views: 1031

Just check for any visible cracks and splits in the rubber. If there are none then wipe them down with some rubber treatment and then do as scootERIK said. I've never had any problem doing that. And if you're a conservative rider then more the better (for the tires). I'm not a conservative rider...
by babblefish
Wed Jul 15, 2020 3:48 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Interesting Craigslist finds
Replies: 269
Views: 30306

Yamaha C3 - $500!!!

Here's a bargain for anyone living in the Bay Area who wants a Yamaha C3: https://sfbay.craigslist.org/pen/mcy/d/menlo-park-yamaha-c3-2007/7159432805.html "I bought this in 2009 but only drove it a few times. It's been sitting in my garage for 10 years. I did not have time to clean up the garag...
by babblefish
Tue Jul 07, 2020 8:00 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Buddy 125 BBK revisited
Replies: 4
Views: 587

To get more speed you'll need to either increase the engine's RPM capability or change the gear ratio in the transmission. Mechanical physics don't lie. Lol.
by babblefish
Wed May 27, 2020 2:51 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Interesting Craigslist finds
Replies: 269
Views: 30306

That sure looks like an NCY front fork on that thing...
by babblefish
Wed May 27, 2020 2:38 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Buddy 50 Carb... No Needle Clip?
Replies: 2
Views: 418

Yeah, no clip on the stock needle. I adjust mine by using thin flat washers on the needle as shims. Most of your standard metric flat washers are around 0.5mm thick.
by babblefish
Mon May 18, 2020 12:38 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Is this a good deal for Buddy 170i?
Replies: 16
Views: 797

My 2008 Buddy 150 was $450.
by babblefish
Sun May 17, 2020 10:31 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Is this a good deal for Buddy 170i?
Replies: 16
Views: 797

Just for comparison:

https://sfbay.craigslist.org/sfc/mcd/d/ ... 67583.html

It's a 2017 Buddy 170i for $1699.
by babblefish
Sat May 16, 2020 8:42 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 2006 Blur Falls of at 40mph
Replies: 17
Views: 714

You should put some lubricant on the sealing lip of the diaphragm before assembly. When dry, even if it looks like it's seated correctly, there can be a vacuum leak. All it takes is a tiny, tiny leak and the slide won't work correctly. I went through this a couple of years ago and it drove me crazy ...
by babblefish
Fri May 15, 2020 7:29 pm
Forum: Blur Discussion
Topic: Blur engine oil
Replies: 6
Views: 1261

1 liter is more than enough. And you don't have to use motorcycle specific oil because the GY6 type engines don't have a wet clutch.

Sounds like you don't have an owners manual:

http://www.modernbuddy.com/pdf/G-MAX_OWNER.pdf
by babblefish
Fri May 15, 2020 7:18 pm
Forum: G400C Discussion
Topic: Genuine G400C
Replies: 487
Views: 73598

Wow! The Ace 400 looks amazing. Looks just like a Triumph Truxton. I'd like some of that!