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by Tazio
Fri Mar 13, 2020 6:57 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Phillip McCaleb
Replies: 1
Views: 1169

Phillip McCaleb

Does anyone know what happened to Phillip McCaleb after he left Scooter Works?

I know the info about the takeover and all that but nothing after about the guy that got us our Buddys and Stellas.

Searches just bring up the old info.
by Tazio
Tue Aug 06, 2019 8:24 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Speedo slide rule
Replies: 3
Views: 744

I just mentally add 10% to distance and speed which is close enough.
by Tazio
Tue Jul 23, 2019 10:25 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 2009 Buddy 125 factory disconnected lights on fwd fairing.
Replies: 5
Views: 867

It's an easy connect and the new turn signals will work with the others. Some people convert these to running lights.
by Tazio
Sat Apr 06, 2019 9:07 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: First Time Buyer!!! Help!!
Replies: 18
Views: 1729

I've had my 2007 Buddy 125 since new, 12,000 miles, zero problems. Also have 2007 Vespa 250GTS with 16,000 miles and zero problems. They are both great but the Buddy is a much better starter scooter and a lot easier to ride.
by Tazio
Tue Aug 14, 2018 8:30 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: FYI DELLORTODIRECT . COM THIEVES
Replies: 5
Views: 1206

Most of their customers are not happy. Here are the Better Business Bureau reviews:

https://www.bbb.org/us/mi/kalamazoo/pro ... er-reviews
by Tazio
Fri Jun 08, 2018 8:09 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: $1995, 229.5cc, CARB Certified, 273 lbs, 4 GAL, 17"
Replies: 21
Views: 2421

Mentioned in the Revzilla link above: There are no dealers. You order directly from CSC and it's shipped to your door. Maintenance and service are up to you.
by Tazio
Fri May 18, 2018 6:47 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Interesting Craigslist finds
Replies: 269
Views: 32664

by Tazio
Wed Feb 21, 2018 9:36 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: In the SNOW.
Replies: 10
Views: 1794

A Ural with 2 wheel drive and the right tires is great in the snow or whatever. The only way to start riding a sidecar rig is to take your time and gradually increase your speed with a good load of ballast in the hack. I'm at 20,000 km now and still consider myself a rank beginner.
by Tazio
Wed Jan 17, 2018 9:41 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Saddest. Picture. Ever.
Replies: 19
Views: 2615

by Tazio
Fri Dec 22, 2017 9:19 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: scooter damage from falling over
Replies: 14
Views: 2658

Never trust the side stand, especially with the engine running. My rear wheel spins quite fast for a minute or two when first started from cold. It could kick the clutch enough to dump it. In Minnesota it was probably cold enough. :D
by Tazio
Sat Sep 30, 2017 9:12 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Is it safe to use WD-40 to get a spark plug out?
Replies: 12
Views: 2126

Here's a video that shows you can get anything running again with WD-40:

https://youtu.be/VxNr2gKNqgY
by Tazio
Fri Sep 29, 2017 9:07 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Why Carburetors?
Replies: 25
Views: 3213

I have a carburetor on my Buddy and two on my Ural. Never touched the carb on the Buddy in over ten years. Only thing I've done on the Ural is balance them so they both work the same. Zero problems. I think most people that have problems screw them up fiddling with them or trying to fix a problem ca...
by Tazio
Sun Jul 02, 2017 9:10 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Oil change time vs mileage
Replies: 3
Views: 1131

Change it every year if you don't get enough miles to make the distance interval. Oil is cheap comparatively.

Old unused oil is fine. Mine is usually several years old because I buy it in bulk when the price is right.
by Tazio
Fri Mar 17, 2017 11:22 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Anyone know how to balance wheels?
Replies: 8
Views: 1645

I've found my Buddy wheels don't need to be balanced. I use Dynabeads in my Vespa and they work fine for me.
by Tazio
Wed Mar 15, 2017 8:30 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Considering a 3/4 helmet after years of full face
Replies: 25
Views: 3083

I'd say don't. I started with as 3/4 and ended up with a number of stitches on the chin and loose teeth. Been full face or modular ever since.
by Tazio
Fri Nov 11, 2016 9:47 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Trouble starting Buddy 125 need help.
Replies: 5
Views: 1405

Multimeter only shows the current voltage level. To really test a battery you need to measure the voltage under load. Harbor Freight has a Load Tester for under $20, I think I paid $16 for mine. With the small scooter battery you want to load it for about 3 seconds max.
by Tazio
Fri Oct 28, 2016 8:56 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 200 mile first service
Replies: 5
Views: 1224

As far as I know, 500 miles is OK and won't affect the warranty. Unless they changed it since I got mine in 2007.
by Tazio
Mon Oct 17, 2016 8:49 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Issue with transporting my Buddy 125 on my Versahaul.......
Replies: 6
Views: 1613

This is typical for a Buddy. Mine always starts at first touch but when trailered even a short distance it is very hard to start. Not sure if there is an easy sure fire solution to this problem.
by Tazio
Mon Oct 10, 2016 9:06 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: So apparently, it is very easy to change a Buddy rear wheel
Replies: 7
Views: 1883

I remove the center nut with an el cheapo Horror Fraught impact wrench because my tire changing rig from the same source uses the smaller center hole. I would suspect most shops would require it to change the tire also.
by Tazio
Sat Jun 18, 2016 9:27 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Crashed my Buddy - damage assessment, where do I get parts?
Replies: 13
Views: 2531

You are right, the lower panel is a bear to replace. I glued mine together with Auto Goop as a temporary repair 8 years ago and still haven't gotten around to replacing it. Somehow I ended up with 2 new lower panels.
by Tazio
Fri Jun 17, 2016 9:14 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Crashed my Buddy - damage assessment, where do I get parts?
Replies: 13
Views: 2531

Sorry to hear about your accident.

If you need one, I have a new Series Italia bottom cover you can have for $30. I see you are in S. Cal, so if you're close enough to Woodland Hills, you could stop by and pick it up.
by Tazio
Sat May 21, 2016 8:11 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Waves from motorcyclists
Replies: 13
Views: 2688

Most wave. Since most of my rides, scooter or Ural are on twisty turns or in traffic, sometimes I can't wave and/or the others can't or won't. With the Ural especially, it often takes three arms to keep it under control.
by Tazio
Fri May 20, 2016 10:00 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Waves from motorcyclists
Replies: 13
Views: 2688

I'm in California and I wave at all scooters when I'm riding my motorcycle, but then I might be prejudiced. :D
by Tazio
Sat Apr 02, 2016 8:30 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: fuel Filter and more
Replies: 37
Views: 5832

The best way to clean the carb without removing it is is add an oz of Seafoam when you fill up. I haven't ever touched the carb on my 2007 Buddy and have about 11,000 miles on it. Always seems to run better when I add the Seafoam every 3 or 4 of fill ups. Your air filter will still probably be OK af...
by Tazio
Sat Mar 26, 2016 9:47 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: New Here and Tip for Rattling Handlebar Covers
Replies: 5
Views: 1319

Sem65,

That's a great fix and is "What Ivan would do" when working on a Russian motorcycle. I try to do my repairs with whatever I can find laying around but whenever I get stuck I ask WWID? and the answer usually pops up.
by Tazio
Mon Mar 21, 2016 9:35 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: who believes in stock performance
Replies: 17
Views: 2615

My stock 2007 Buddy performance is just fine. If I need something bigger and faster I ride the Vespa. If I need something much bigger and slower I ride the Ural. :D
by Tazio
Sat Mar 19, 2016 10:59 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: fuel Filter and more
Replies: 37
Views: 5832

I replaced the fuel filter at 8000 miles on my 2007 Buddy with a generic about the size of the original. It's located as, I remember it, on the right side below the fuel tank in the line going to the carb. It was simple to change if you are prepared for the gush of fuel when you remove the old filte...
by Tazio
Mon Feb 29, 2016 10:46 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Dielectric Grease
Replies: 9
Views: 2048

I've been using dielectric grease on electrical/electronic connections since the mid 1950's including military aviation fire control systems. It's also used for conducting heat from semi-conductor devices to the heat sinks they are mounted on.
by Tazio
Sat Jan 09, 2016 11:45 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Ban Marylou
Replies: 11
Views: 2592

Fur Shure!
by Tazio
Mon Jan 04, 2016 11:39 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: what would be best for me? "Performance upgrades"
Replies: 65
Views: 10358

I have an 8 1/2 year old 125 that I ride often in S Ca mountains and in 100+ temperatures. Do ALL my own maintenance and have had zero problems. Have never had to touch the carb.
by Tazio
Thu Oct 22, 2015 10:20 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 100,000 mile Buddy 125!
Replies: 145
Views: 29090

Congrats on the milege. I'm just at 10,341 on my Buddy so that means I'm only a quarter of the way. Just normal maint and replacement of normal wear parts so far. Zero problems.

If I didn't ride the Vespa and the Ural a lot more than the Buddy, I'd be a lot closer to the all 4's.
by Tazio
Sun Oct 11, 2015 11:56 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Genuine needs to do this---
Replies: 7
Views: 1560

With a 10% odo error I don't need to ride near as far as some people do. :D
by Tazio
Sun Oct 11, 2015 11:53 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The Unintentional Absentee Landlord
Replies: 22
Views: 3337

Good to hear from you, Eric. Wish you the best of everything.
by Tazio
Mon Oct 05, 2015 10:23 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 10 Year Anniversary Special Edition
Replies: 13
Views: 2456

That's because they didn't make a 170 ten years ago. :D
by Tazio
Tue Jul 14, 2015 6:57 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 2008 Buddy 125: speedometer, odometer, fuel gauge not workin
Replies: 5
Views: 3459

I disconnect mine at the bottom, connect the top, replace the headset and then recconnect the bottom. Should give you plenty of room to get it back together again.
by Tazio
Wed Jul 08, 2015 9:00 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Correct way to turn off Buddy scooter
Replies: 19
Views: 4641

The kill switch is another electromechanical device that can eventually fail through repeated use. I leave it on always other than to test it once or twice a year. I have knocked it into the off position more than once. So the first thing to do after saying "Oh sh-t" when it won't start, i...
by Tazio
Thu Jul 02, 2015 8:31 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: What happened to Ericalm?
Replies: 47
Views: 5925

Probably way too old. I remember hearing on the radio and asking my folks where Pearl Harbor was because the Japanese were bombing it.
by Tazio
Sun Jun 28, 2015 9:38 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: What happened to Ericalm?
Replies: 47
Views: 5925

Since no one else has spilled the beans yet, here you go: http://www.meetup.com/LAScooterGroup/ev ... =223562270
by Tazio
Tue Jun 16, 2015 8:36 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: What happened to Ericalm?
Replies: 47
Views: 5925

Maybe he's going to run for president along with everyone else.
by Tazio
Tue Jun 09, 2015 9:34 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Best way to break the bead loose from the rim?
Replies: 22
Views: 3211

The bead breaker on my HF Tire Changer works fine.
by Tazio
Fri May 15, 2015 8:48 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: What have I done?!
Replies: 25
Views: 3551

Hi and welcome to the group,

Ditto GregsBuddy's comments above and be careful of those crosswinds on the bridge.
by Tazio
Thu May 07, 2015 10:16 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: San Diego ==scooter town?
Replies: 12
Views: 2228

When I went to San Diego for Amerivespa 2013, I was lost from the time I got there until I finally got out five days later. :D I was stationed in San Diego for over three years back in the 1950's BF (Before Freeways) and never had any problems. ScooterWest in San Diego makes any visit worthwhile tho...
by Tazio
Tue Mar 31, 2015 10:48 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: My original battery is supposed to be toast by now right? 09
Replies: 4
Views: 1397

My 2007 Buddy is on it's third battery but my 2007 Vespa GTS 250 still has the original and it still shows plenty of power on the load tester. I always leave them on a tender when not riding.
by Tazio
Tue Mar 10, 2015 9:53 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Help my Oil drain bolt is stripped!
Replies: 9
Views: 2151

He said the drain bolt was rounded out and he probabably didn't have the right tool which is why I suggested 2 wrong tools improperly used might get the job done. :D
by Tazio
Mon Mar 09, 2015 9:16 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Help my Oil drain bolt is stripped!
Replies: 9
Views: 2151

I would try to get a good grip with lockjaw pliers to see if it can be knocked loose with a few taps from a hammer.
by Tazio
Wed Feb 25, 2015 11:40 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Name this scooter!
Replies: 13
Views: 1686

Barf
by Tazio
Sun Feb 22, 2015 8:03 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Best whitewall tire for the Buddy
Replies: 25
Views: 2869

I put the Prima whitewalls on my Italia and already have 4000 Buddy miles on them. I think they handle much better than the original Shinko tube types.
by Tazio
Sun Feb 22, 2015 8:03 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Best whitewall tire for the Buddy
Replies: 25
Views: 2869

I put the Prima whitewalls on my Buddy and already have 4000 Buddy miles on them. I think they handle much better than the original Shinko tube types.
by Tazio
Thu Jan 22, 2015 10:51 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: How does your town rate for scooting?
Replies: 23
Views: 3277

My area is great south, north and west. East sucks. There's no life east of Topanga Canyon is our chant in the western valley. Nothing but urban congestion and a multitude of traffic lights. The other three directions we've got ocean, lakes, mountains, country roads and little towns for the most part.
by Tazio
Tue Jan 20, 2015 10:44 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: California
Replies: 17
Views: 3528

Also bring anything with you that you really like or want. There are many, many things you can buy anywhere else in the world but you can't get or order in Kalifornia. See the Battery Tender thread for an example. Almost any kind of usable fuel container is illegal as another example. I have to laug...