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by BuddyRaton
Fri Oct 23, 2020 5:46 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Hooligan 170 vs Vespa GTS250
Replies: 32
Views: 1944

Point37 wrote:there is no replacement for displacement..
Except for two stroke and compression! :mrgreen:
by BuddyRaton
Thu Oct 15, 2020 2:52 pm
Forum: Stella Discussion
Topic: Fender Replacement Guide
Replies: 5
Views: 549

On a Stella you will also need to disconnect the brake fluid line. This means new crush washers and bleeding the system.
by BuddyRaton
Sat Oct 10, 2020 2:52 pm
Forum: Stella Discussion
Topic: Stella 2t bottom end replacement
Replies: 12
Views: 763

I don't think it's time to blame the LML piston yet, especially since you said you didn't know what top end it was. Saying that someone said the timing was good really doesn't provide any info we can use to help. If the ports weren't chamfered it leads me to believe a lot of other things weren't don...
by BuddyRaton
Sat Oct 10, 2020 2:32 pm
Forum: Stella Discussion
Topic: Fender Replacement Guide
Replies: 5
Views: 549

To change out the mudguard you are going to need to drop the front fork out.

I would suggest buying the tool for the steering tube nut instead of beating it on and off with a hammer and screwdriver.
by BuddyRaton
Tue Oct 06, 2020 4:44 pm
Forum: Stella Discussion
Topic: Stella 2t bottom end replacement
Replies: 12
Views: 763

What top end did you use and where was your timing set at?
by BuddyRaton
Sat Oct 03, 2020 5:49 pm
Forum: Stella Discussion
Topic: Stella 4T crank replacement
Replies: 5
Views: 497

That old crank is just painful to look at. Nice job.
by BuddyRaton
Sat Oct 03, 2020 5:42 pm
Forum: Stella Discussion
Topic: Stella 2t bottom end replacement
Replies: 12
Views: 763

Re: Stella 2t bottom end replacement

Okay guys any sites I can get a complete bottom end rebuild kit. Just had my scoot freeze up on me . I have a new top end on it just looking a whole bottom end rebuild . Thanks guys Please tell us more about new top end and "freeze" Sounds like a tight new top end seize or carb not proper...
by BuddyRaton
Sat Oct 03, 2020 5:36 pm
Forum: Stella Discussion
Topic: Stella 2t bottom end replacement
Replies: 12
Views: 763

For the bottom end you definitely have to disassemble it to see what youre dealing with. What specific problems are you dealing with to make you focus on the lower end? Agree fully. Also agree with using Mercado. Highest quality bearings I have found, no counterfeits. There are parts that are sacri...
by BuddyRaton
Sat Oct 03, 2020 5:27 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Advice on a 2009 Buddy International italia 150cc used!
Replies: 20
Views: 1371

Hard pass
by BuddyRaton
Sat Oct 03, 2020 5:20 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Speedometer not reading correctly
Replies: 8
Views: 735

Welcome to the world of PTW vehicles. I think it annoys everyone at first, probably me too but I don't remember, but that's the way it is. Almost all speedos are off by about 10% or so. For me I just knock off the 10% in my head. Honestly though I generally don't care what it says anyway. I ride wit...
by BuddyRaton
Sat Oct 03, 2020 5:09 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: A mid-50MPH Buddy 50 build...
Replies: 22
Views: 2037

Nice job! Two strokes are so much fun to build!
by BuddyRaton
Sun Sep 27, 2020 1:32 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Advice on a 2009 Buddy International italia 150cc used!
Replies: 20
Views: 1371

I always go in figuring I'll need at a minimum one tire up to 3. I figure it into the price.
by BuddyRaton
Sun Aug 09, 2020 5:08 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Oil?
Replies: 4
Views: 545

I generally break in a 2T motor with crappy dyno. After break in I switch to full synthetic.
by BuddyRaton
Fri Aug 07, 2020 2:04 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Chunks of debris coming out of my exhaust (Buddy 50)
Replies: 15
Views: 945

If it's your daily rider keep it stock.
by BuddyRaton
Mon Aug 03, 2020 1:33 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Why? But to good to pass.
Replies: 9
Views: 834

TBH, Genuine's parts pricing is insane, bordering on criminal. I wanted to buy a new OEM front brake caliper for my '08 150. List price is $129! By contrast, I can waltz into a Ford dealer and buy a front brake caliper for a 2008 F-150. List price on that is $105! Sure, there are economies of scale...
by BuddyRaton
Sat Aug 01, 2020 3:03 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: How much for my Stella?
Replies: 11
Views: 917

Alzero wrote:That sounds like a lot of money for a broken 8 year old Taiwanese scooter.
Especially since they were manufactured in India.
by BuddyRaton
Fri Jul 24, 2020 9:10 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: New buddy haver
Replies: 9
Views: 897

You can (cough) derestrict it as long as it's legal I agree a rear rack is a must. If sored inside cleaned and waxed the metal chrome will last awhile. Along with a rear rack comes the first rule of scootering. No one never lends a bungee. When someone asks if you have one to "borrow" find...
by BuddyRaton
Fri Jul 24, 2020 9:03 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Buddy 125 exhaust gasket.....
Replies: 11
Views: 894

What one are you using?
by BuddyRaton
Tue Jul 07, 2020 5:46 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Pulling cylinder without pulling the motor on a Buddy 125?
Replies: 5
Views: 560

Sorry I'm late.

All you really need to do is remove the rear shock bolt and let it sit down. Once the motor rotates you can access everything you need for a BBK by removing the panel under the seat and flywheel cover.
by BuddyRaton
Mon Jul 06, 2020 2:48 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Brand New 2018 buddy 125 Speedometer WAY off.
Replies: 26
Views: 1508

WHY RED IS RED!
by BuddyRaton
Tue Jun 16, 2020 2:44 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Who remembers Alix and her 22,000 mile ride on a Buddy?
Replies: 5
Views: 756

Remember it well!
by BuddyRaton
Fri Jun 05, 2020 2:03 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Is my Buddy 170 able to...
Replies: 10
Views: 776

The main problems people running the Cannonball on a Buddy have had are a stator and a crank failure running WFO through the desert however Buddys have finished.

Last Cannonball I ran was 2016 on a 67 Vespa GT, 3,700 miles in 11 days. Oldest scooter to finish every leg.
by BuddyRaton
Thu Jun 04, 2020 3:24 pm
Forum: Stella Discussion
Topic: what’s leaking from the carb?
Replies: 3
Views: 539

The rubber grommet is the winter plug. Pull it out in the winter for less dense air. Nobody does that! Don't forget to once in a while retorque bolts but yeah they are messy. To degrease I get a couple of cans of CRC electrical contact cleaner, put down a bunch of newspaper and spray the snot out of...
by BuddyRaton
Thu Jun 04, 2020 3:10 pm
Forum: Stella Discussion
Topic: DR 177 kit issue.
Replies: 10
Views: 800

It could be anything. Had to open a friends back up and found a woodruff key in there. Don't force anything. Agree with chamfering ports when you are at that point. I would pull the clutch out and see what happens. At least you will know if it's in the motor or gearbox. Unless you get lucky and it's...
by BuddyRaton
Sat May 30, 2020 3:53 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: New guy, here.
Replies: 14
Views: 949

Make sure to give us that first ride report! Photos are required or we kick you out!

OK...you don't get kicked out...we just really like them!
by BuddyRaton
Sat May 30, 2020 3:49 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Replace belt with no impact wrench?
Replies: 36
Views: 1506

Nice job!

One of the best things is that now you KNOW that you can work on your scooter! None of us was born knowing this stuff. We all had to learn. Next belt will take less than half the time this one did!


For some of us wrenching is almost as much fun as riding them!
by BuddyRaton
Thu May 28, 2020 3:40 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Replace belt with no impact wrench?
Replies: 36
Views: 1506

Nothing at all wrong with homemade holders and tools, I love them!

However If you don't have the proper tools, including hand made ones you really can't work on it properly.
by BuddyRaton
Wed May 27, 2020 1:18 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Replace belt with no impact wrench?
Replies: 36
Views: 1506

When I first got into scooters and their care a few tools were indispensable. Impact wrench to remove the nuts, and a torque wrench to install the nuts. A breaker bar will do just as well as an impact gun (yes I have both) and doesn't need any power. A torque wrench is a must. DO NOT use a torque w...
by BuddyRaton
Mon May 25, 2020 2:55 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Vino 125 vs. Buddy 125
Replies: 16
Views: 1034

Vino's are a good scooter but I still think a Buddy 125 is the best bang for your buck you can get. Still running my 06 kitted to 161 strong and smooth.
by BuddyRaton
Mon May 25, 2020 2:41 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Yet another post about speedometer accuracy
Replies: 19
Views: 1006

If you're gonna ride this is part of the deal. People either accept it and enjoy the ride or obsess and make themselves crazy. This horse had been beaten to death, resurrected, beaten to death, rinse, lather repeat. I find these threads highly amusing as people get so concerned about accurate indica...
by BuddyRaton
Sat May 16, 2020 9:33 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: New BMW Scooter Design?
Replies: 11
Views: 1047

Actually, for all we know that could be a rendering and not an physical object. Either way, I kinda like it. But wheres the rear rack? I like my scooters to be useful.:) Not practical at all, neither is a Dragster but at least they don't try say they are. They better build some. Two wheel drive jus...
by BuddyRaton
Sat May 09, 2020 11:56 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: New BMW Scooter Design?
Replies: 11
Views: 1047

I don't know, the Italjet Dragster isn't that much better. The 4T Dragster 125s are 15 hp with the 200 hitting 20 hp at 12.5 ft/lbs. My 200 Dragster 180 kitted to 172 dyno run was 23.5 hp with 19.9 ft/lbs 84 mph. Now I know one thing, I don't care what it looks like. OK I do, what's going on with t...
by BuddyRaton
Sat May 02, 2020 6:19 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: carb cleaning
Replies: 15
Views: 1509

If you want one that's fine. First I only use stainless baskets. It's sonic so it's sound waves we just can't hear. Air being less dense transmits sound slower than a denser fluid such as water and it travels even faster through even denser plastic. Does that make a difference? I don't have a clue b...
by BuddyRaton
Sat May 02, 2020 6:19 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: carb cleaning
Replies: 15
Views: 1509

If you want one that's fine. First I only use stainless baskets. It's sonic so it's sound waves we just can't hear. Air being less dense transmits sound slower that a denser fluid such as water and it travels even faster through even denser plastic. Does that make a difference? I don't have a clue b...
by BuddyRaton
Sat May 02, 2020 6:05 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: My Tip for removing Buddy 125 (Maybe 150/ 170) Oil Filter
Replies: 5
Views: 1041

Re: My Tip for removing Buddy 125 (Maybe 150/ 170) Oil Filte

The new filter I bought had a socket end on it like any other normal filter designed by a sane human. Then the other end of the socket on the tire iron fit the new socket! Yes, this is the tip every Buddy owner should follow. Use the HF197 filter with the hex on the end. And be sure to torque to sp...
by BuddyRaton
Wed Apr 29, 2020 3:11 pm
Forum: Stella Discussion
Topic: clutch
Replies: 10
Views: 1688

Nice! And you probably won't make that mistake again!
by BuddyRaton
Wed Apr 29, 2020 3:05 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Restoration Help! 2009 Lambretta Uno 150cc / Adly
Replies: 15
Views: 2570

Personally I would not spend another dime on that scooter. It wasn't well built to start with and may just be a money pit.
by BuddyRaton
Wed Apr 29, 2020 3:01 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: carb cleaning
Replies: 15
Views: 1509

To properly clean a carb it needs to be taken all the way apart. An ultrasonic saves time, that's it. I still soak mine overnight in carb dip then into the sonic. An ultrasonic is great. I have a good commercial heated unit that I use for cleaning antique clocks, after taking them all the way apart....
by BuddyRaton
Mon Apr 20, 2020 9:46 pm
Forum: Stella Discussion
Topic: clutch
Replies: 10
Views: 1688

Play in the clutch lever rattling around and/or a little slack in the cable? Could be a bunch of stuff and could be nothing. Not the smoothest idling motors in neutral. As suggested above go over the entire bike. Torque specs are readily available and I would retorque the head bolts too. You can als...
by BuddyRaton
Sun Apr 05, 2020 1:51 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Tires and tubes and pressures, oh my!
Replies: 23
Views: 1455

There is no reason at all to put a tube inside a tubeless rim. Something isn't right
by BuddyRaton
Sat Mar 28, 2020 3:53 pm
Forum: Stella Discussion
Topic: DR177 kit installation
Replies: 37
Views: 3272

I may have missed it but did you chamfer the ports, check the ring gaps and retorque the head bolts several times after heat cycles?

While not a screamer the DR is a nice solid kit when done right.

Please keep us updated
by BuddyRaton
Mon Mar 23, 2020 9:59 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Genuine Motor Oil is here
Replies: 31
Views: 3017

I try to avoid oil threads, but here goes. There are a few motorcycles with dry clutches, but the vast majority are wet. If there are friction modifiers in the oil, the clutch plates will slip and won't lock. Not good. I really really avoid oil threads but WTF. These are scooters. The only wet clut...
by BuddyRaton
Wed Mar 18, 2020 5:05 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Genuine Motor Oil is here
Replies: 31
Views: 3017

WHY RED IS RED!
by BuddyRaton
Sun Mar 15, 2020 3:19 pm
Forum: Stella Discussion
Topic: Some guy hotrodding his Stella
Replies: 2
Views: 1489

Lee really knows what he's doing with Vespa motors.
by BuddyRaton
Sun Mar 15, 2020 3:18 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Hello and thanks for having me!
Replies: 5
Views: 1745

Nice score! Welcome to MB.
by BuddyRaton
Sat Mar 14, 2020 10:05 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Dragster on the dyno
Replies: 10
Views: 1670

I also swapped for a lithium ion battery and shed about 8 or 9 pounds. I figure by the time I'm set up with spare fuel, water to drink with rider total weight should be about 415 to 450 lbs. The GTSs get hammered with a handicap of about 124% I'm running an older smaller displacement so I am at 104%...
by BuddyRaton
Sun Mar 08, 2020 12:48 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Dragster on the dyno
Replies: 10
Views: 1670

dan v. wrote:Interesting choice for the Cannonball!

How much fuel do you plan on carrying?

Good Luck!

A lot. 1 to 2 fuel stops a day :mrgreen:

Altitude will the biggest challenge.
by BuddyRaton
Mon Mar 02, 2020 10:35 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Dragster on the dyno
Replies: 10
Views: 1670

2020 is too long for vintage. 4,250 miles in 10 days. There are a bunch of Super Cubs, interested to see how they hold up. There are also many large TNGs, up to 273cc and the SMax is a popular choice. I have a 104% handicap and I'm feeling good. This is my third so I know what I'm in for but no shif...
by BuddyRaton
Mon Mar 02, 2020 7:32 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Dragster on the dyno
Replies: 10
Views: 1670

Dragster on the dyno

Saturday Riva Yamaha in Pompano Beach had a Block Party with a free show so we entered. They also had a dyno and would give you a run for free. This is my 2000 Italjet Dragster 180 2T water cooled with a Malossi 172 kit, PM Tuning 360 chamber and other expensive stuff. This is the Team Scooter Trash...
by BuddyRaton
Mon Jul 29, 2019 1:46 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 2009 Buddy 125, high flow air filter. Added performance?
Replies: 5
Views: 882

Very good point about the shorter 150 cc Buddy stroke. I kitted my 06 125 years ago and it rocks!

I have never understood how a "high flow air filter" makes any difference without any other modifications.

You can't get more air in if you can't get more exhaust out.