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by PeteH
Wed Jun 01, 2016 7:14 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Long Term Effects of De-Restricting A Buddy 50cc?
Replies: 8
Views: 1988

Derestricting is putting the engine, exhaust, and drive train back to their original design specs, freeing them from federal 'intervention'. I don't think you'll be putting the power train at risk by doing so. These scooters were designed to provide years of service freed from all that junk, so you'...
by PeteH
Fri May 13, 2016 12:04 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Hooligan - 1st Oil Change?
Replies: 20
Views: 3660

Syd wrote:In the olden days of the internet there was an RTFM site put up by one of the research universities. It's gone now, of course.
Bet you could find it using the Wayback Machine at archive.org. I've used it to recover some most amazing old stuff.
by PeteH
Tue May 10, 2016 4:13 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Hooligan - 1st Oil Change?
Replies: 20
Views: 3660

My 2009 150 had the sticker on the headset calling for first oil change at 300km. I followed this recommendation. If I remember correctly, I had the dealer stick with dino (conventional) oil for this change, then switched to synthetic thereafter. The ModernBuddy consensus at the time was that the di...
by PeteH
Wed May 04, 2016 2:35 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Is low octane gas okay?
Replies: 5
Views: 1613

I don't know about the manuals for the 170i family (Buddy & Hooligan), but in the older PGO 50/125/150 manual, the octane figures were given using the RON method, not the R+M/2 method common in the USA. Thus, the higher RON value was met by 87 or 89 regular here. This really means the bike will ...
by PeteH
Mon Apr 25, 2016 8:34 pm
Forum: Rallies, Events, Meetups
Topic: Amerivespa 2016 - Memphis
Replies: 4
Views: 3137

Hey, Moses,

Thinking about it, but haven't registered or chased down housing. Now that I have a truck, I can actually get [further] out of town.

Pete/STL
by PeteH
Mon Apr 25, 2016 8:26 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: "Long" ride on the Buddy 50
Replies: 7
Views: 1560

Syd wrote:You should search the forum for member TVB's MI way rides. Touring Michigan on his Buddy 50.
Oh, yeah. He did just about every county in Michigan over the years.
by PeteH
Mon Apr 25, 2016 8:23 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Best place to buy oil filters for Buddy 170i?
Replies: 7
Views: 1928

Support your local dealer first, but if you don't have one, get this on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Scooter-Oil-Filter-Buddy-GT200/dp/B004007EOG/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1461615666&sr=8-2&keywords=vespa+oil+filter You want this one as it has a hex bolt head on the end rather than the sil...
by PeteH
Mon Apr 25, 2016 8:17 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Bar ends
Replies: 3
Views: 1320

I reamed out the plastic on the end of the throttle tube and put up cheap eBay bar-end mirrors back in '12 or so. Still going strong.
by PeteH
Tue Apr 19, 2016 1:32 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Left turners suck, buddy down, next steps for repair
Replies: 3
Views: 1174

Tim, sorry to hear about your slide. The jiggle of the kill switch, and subsequent start, leads me to believe the problem is somewhere near there. You have two brake switches - front and rear, and either one will interlock with the starting circuit. Most folks grip the left (rear) brake when startin...
by PeteH
Wed Mar 23, 2016 8:44 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Weigh in on helmets!
Replies: 34
Views: 6489

GMax 68S full-face, Bell Classic 500 (in orange metalflake) 3/4, with face shield.
by PeteH
Mon Mar 21, 2016 10:02 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: PGO key blanks
Replies: 8
Views: 2193

I ordered PGO blanks from ScooterWorks, but they weren't on their website. This also was a few years ago, and I don't know if Genuine/ScooterWorks are encouraging that stuff to be acquired through dealers.
by PeteH
Sat Mar 05, 2016 3:42 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: curb ramps
Replies: 10
Views: 2619

by PeteH
Fri Mar 04, 2016 12:46 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 2yr. maintenance-Buddy 125
Replies: 10
Views: 2091

Couldn't a shop check and adjust the valves in just a few minutes? I may call them to see how much they'd charge, and see if I could watch them to learn for the future. Yeah, it's an easy check = the underseat cover comes off, then the valve cover, then you rotate the engine around to to the refere...
by PeteH
Wed Feb 24, 2016 3:31 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Suggestions for scooter cover
Replies: 5
Views: 1163

Ditto. I had a Prima that I bought with the scoot in 2011, but the wind, snow, ice, and UV finally did it in. I came out one day to see that the windshield was sticking up out of a brand-new slit. I picked up a DowCo scooter cover a couple months ago on Amazon. Seems well made, and so far, so good t...
by PeteH
Mon Feb 15, 2016 7:07 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: NCY exhaust broke at head
Replies: 9
Views: 1389

Starting to smell like a bent frame.
by PeteH
Tue Feb 09, 2016 12:43 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: First ride of the season...oops
Replies: 5
Views: 1142

I had a staple in my back tire last year. Harder than hell to find the leak.
by PeteH
Sun Dec 20, 2015 4:03 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 12V Outlet 1 Amp fuse....
Replies: 4
Views: 1411

The Jr. puts out 0.75A.
by PeteH
Wed Dec 16, 2015 2:48 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Carb Removal Question
Replies: 10
Views: 2027

Re: Success!

giddyup98 wrote:Cleaned the jet, reassembled everything and she fired right up.
Well, alright! Well done!
by PeteH
Sun Dec 13, 2015 10:33 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Carb Removal Question
Replies: 10
Views: 2027

And then there's the fuel line coming in, the vacuum line from the intake manifold to the fuel tank (this controls the fuel shutoff on the tank - you might not need to move this), the throttle cable, the electric choke wire, and the clamps holding the carb onto the intake manifold and the air intake...
by PeteH
Thu Dec 03, 2015 10:23 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Scooterjousting
Replies: 6
Views: 1698

Our local rally this year featured 2-up jousting - see 2:23 in this mini-documentary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oYlXZeBQ6Y4
by PeteH
Wed Dec 02, 2015 12:37 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Helmet to Helmet communicating
Replies: 16
Views: 4166

Bought my kit and 2nd-helmet rig from Amazon, no problem.
by PeteH
Tue Dec 01, 2015 4:34 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Who uses cruise control?
Replies: 9
Views: 2408

A lever doodad is one thing, since if you let go, the throttle still springs closed, but adding friction with a tension zip-tie, O-ring, etc., strikes me as kinda dangerous.
by PeteH
Sun Nov 29, 2015 11:08 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Helmet to Helmet communicating
Replies: 16
Views: 4166

Since the more recent firmware upgrades, Sena now claims some cross-brand interoperability. I haven't had the opportunity to test this. It shouldn't really impact a purchase decision for a new pair of units, but it may be a factor if you ride with more folks on a trip or rally.
by PeteH
Sun Nov 29, 2015 1:21 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Helmet to Helmet communicating
Replies: 16
Views: 4166

Oh, in my case the FM radio gets the most use, and I've yet to use the intercom with anyone, but the Bluetooth link to my phone is there so that the Mrs. can reach me in an emergency while I'm out doing the solo-riding thing. :-)
by PeteH
Sat Nov 28, 2015 1:07 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Helmet to Helmet communicating
Replies: 16
Views: 4166

+1 on Sena. Multi-party intercom, good range, multiple Bluetooth support if you should add a phone (smart or not), and some models offer FM radio. The hold a nice price point compared to Cardo. You need two kits for two riders, but I've added the speaker/mic kit to both my helmets and can snap the c...
by PeteH
Mon Nov 23, 2015 9:45 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Front Rack?
Replies: 2
Views: 1081

Not really even drilling: more like what to trace out with a utility knife.

The installation after that is trivial - long 10mm-head screws and washers go through the rack into plastic spacers and then into pre-welded threaded holes in the front frame.
by PeteH
Wed Nov 18, 2015 5:02 pm
Forum: G400C Discussion
Topic: Genuine G400C
Replies: 487
Views: 73542

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 :)
by PeteH
Tue Nov 17, 2015 11:42 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Winterizing your scooter, Drain gas or use Stabilizer
Replies: 26
Views: 5333

SeaFoam is a good cleaner, but I don't know if it has stabilizing properties. Check the manufacturer's specs to find out for sure.
by PeteH
Tue Nov 17, 2015 2:30 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: What exactly is this?? Fuel filter??
Replies: 9
Views: 1622

Yeah, could be. The stock fuel filter is a simpler plastic gizmo, but since somehow you have a foam air filter, maybe somehow you got a different fuel filter as well.
by PeteH
Thu Oct 29, 2015 7:53 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Good news for Pennsylvania riders
Replies: 6
Views: 1413

What's really embarrassing is when you're sitting on your scoot atop the sensor coil and there are cars piling up behind you and the traffic lights skip you thinking that there's nobody there. I have that problem coming out of my neighborhood in the morning, and if I see a car coming behind me, I'll...
by PeteH
Sat Oct 24, 2015 3:29 am
Forum: Stella Discussion
Topic: An Overview and Investigation of the 4T Stella Transmission
Replies: 27
Views: 7559

=====> Technical Section! Great research! :-)
by PeteH
Fri Oct 23, 2015 1:53 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Stolen Green, Buddy Scooter in SF 10/18
Replies: 12
Views: 3076

Well, you called it 'green' rather than 'Italia', so you might add that to your search. Doubtful that a thief would call it 'Italia', but you never know. Even in your photo, the Italia badge is missing from the front cowl.

But it may have already been rattle-canned, so it may be green no more. :(
by PeteH
Tue Oct 20, 2015 11:55 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Lost my key! Replace ignition?
Replies: 7
Views: 2581

EvPocket - if you don't want to deal with Our Local Dealership (I, too, had a less-than-stellar service experience there), call Mike Taylor at Taylor Motorsports. He was the lead wrench at the defunct Maplewood Scooters, is Genuine-certified, and has handled all my maintenance needs since he hung ou...
by PeteH
Mon Oct 19, 2015 3:43 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The importance of tire pressure
Replies: 9
Views: 2050

My shop guy said he had to do the Stop 'n' Go mushroom plug a couple of times, the second time added rubber cement. Apparently scooter tires (and most Moto tires) don't have the steel cording like passenger car tires, which makes it harder for the plug to grip on to. A good glop of cement helped: it...
by PeteH
Thu Oct 15, 2015 7:07 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The importance of tire pressure
Replies: 9
Views: 2050

I keep a very compact bicycle pump in my tool bag in the Buddy's pet carrier. It's a Topeak Pocket Rocket. Only about 7 or 8 inches long, and I've brought a tire back from almost full deflation with it. For punctures, I have an old-school plugging kit - the kind with the reamer and hook to thread a ...
by PeteH
Thu Oct 15, 2015 7:03 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: MY GENUNIE BUDDY 125 DIES WHEN I HIT A BUMP
Replies: 4
Views: 1088

The spark plug, along with the rest of the engine, is behind the footwell and below the seat. THere's a plastic cover on the front of the engine plastic that has 4 screws - one visible plus 3 under the floor mat. If you remove this cover, you can see where the heavy black wire runs to the "fron...
by PeteH
Thu Oct 15, 2015 6:58 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Rally season is over......no more gymkhanas
Replies: 4
Views: 1060

mosesrodriguez wrote:Show off!!!

LOL
Hey, weren't you "iMoses" around here? :-)
by PeteH
Mon Oct 05, 2015 5:25 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Rally season is over......no more gymkhanas
Replies: 4
Views: 1060

I was leading the STL long ride (on the Buddy 150) and since we got to the gymkhana late-ish, I had to bug right out for another gig. Would have liked to say hi and chat.
by PeteH
Thu Oct 01, 2015 11:54 am
Forum: Stella Discussion
Topic: Advice on How to avoid ethanol gunk on 2T
Replies: 4
Views: 1656

The ethanol fraction of modern gas isn't in and of itself harmful, it's more an issue when storing the bike (and its gas) for more than a few weeks. During that time, the ethanol can separate, attracting water, and forming a whitish gunk. Not a big issue for more modern fuel-injected engines, where ...
by PeteH
Thu Oct 01, 2015 11:44 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Did anyone see....
Replies: 2
Views: 987

I saw that Genuine threw a still photo into their Facebook feed yesterday, but I haven't yet watched the episode. Funny, I figured Sebastian more as a Tomos moped kind of guy. Not that there's anything wrong with that :-) But there was some other show last year, perhaps, that had an incidental Buddy...
by PeteH
Thu Oct 01, 2015 11:41 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Need some advice, stalled and not restarting Buddy
Replies: 4
Views: 1013

Re: Need some advice, stalled and not restarting Buddy

The fuel tank is not getting a vacuum, ... the carb is getting fuel These two statements might be contradictory. Are you certain that the manifold vacuum is hooked up correctly to provide vacuum to open the fuel valve? If for some reason that hose is compromised, you're not going to get fuel. Still...
by PeteH
Sun Sep 27, 2015 1:49 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: tire air problems
Replies: 12
Views: 2398

Yeah, the OEM valve stems on my 2009 were total crap. You had to support them, and I was terrified I'd crack a leak. At my first tire change, the shop replaced them with bolt-in 90-degree stems that are solid as a rock. I have had no trouble with a small dial-type gauge (Slime brand) that you see at...
by PeteH
Wed Sep 16, 2015 5:57 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Buddy Light Mod Thought. Or not.
Replies: 32
Views: 6988

I was looking for one with a nice, high lumen rating. The other thing to check is what maximum DC voltage can they handle? Early adopters of the VooDoo kits reported problems with certain LED modules that, as it turned out, didn't accept more than about 14 volts. There were some troubles with the Ea...
by PeteH
Wed Sep 16, 2015 1:09 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Drained my carburetor...
Replies: 5
Views: 1237

Interesting - I hadn't heard of fuel-starving the PGO scoots. You hear about this on the classic Vespas with big kits/carbs, which is why SIP and others sell a fast-flow fuel tap. I wonder if your fuel filter is the culprit, or if the petcock on the tank is a bit compromised. I guess you could bypas...
by PeteH
Wed Sep 16, 2015 1:05 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: RH50 Theft
Replies: 7
Views: 1445

Scoot.net has a Stolen Scooter Registry.
by PeteH
Wed Sep 16, 2015 1:03 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Buddy Light Mod Thought. Or not.
Replies: 32
Views: 6988

I used ThatVWBusGuy's wiring kit (no cutting or splicing) and these 1156-base LEDs from SuperBrightLEDs.com (they're in St. Louis and have a same-day pickup window): https://www.superbrightleds.com/moreinf ... ifications
by PeteH
Sun Sep 13, 2015 1:17 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Buying Oil online
Replies: 6
Views: 1456

Yep, got a 4-liter jug of Motul 2T for $50, shipped 2-day free with Prime.
by PeteH
Wed Sep 09, 2015 10:46 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Buddy 125 acting as if it's starving for fuel and dying
Replies: 13
Views: 2327

Depending on how long it runs (and I haven't tested this on my scoot), I wonder if you've got a good vacuum in the hose from the intake manifold (downstream of carb) back to the petcock. If that's compromised, it'll shut off the fuel, then as soon as you exhaust the fuel in the carb bowl, motor stop...
by PeteH
Thu Sep 03, 2015 3:53 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: what gloves do you wear?
Replies: 28
Views: 5239

In the summer, I sometimes wear handball gloves. The old-school 'outdoor' kind for use with the solid handballs. They're real leather, so they won't melt to your hands in a slide, they've got some ventilation on the back, and they have double layer palms with some extra padding inbetween, so they ab...
by PeteH
Wed Sep 02, 2015 2:30 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: oil filter for buddy 125
Replies: 9
Views: 5086

HiFlo Filtro HF183; uses the 'dreaded' slot top, but @ $7.60 + 6% PA sales tax = $8.06 each from my dealer I figure coughing up @ $20 for the slot filter ratchet attachment isn't bad when Piaggio equivalent filters that fit the Buddy can cost near $30 each :shock: Theres a tool?!! And I've been usi...