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by jd
Tue Mar 31, 2020 8:30 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: How to tighten mirror?
Replies: 69
Views: 35392

Absolutely no adaptations. Same thread. Just screw it in.

Here's the one for the right side.

Wished I had done it much sooner. Always hated those tiny Buddy mirrors.
by jd
Tue Mar 31, 2020 3:12 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: How to tighten mirror?
Replies: 69
Views: 35392

Better yet, just replace it with this.

I replaced both sides with these and they are superior in every possible respect. Much better rearward vision and better build quality. Have never had mirror problems again since.
by jd
Sun Jul 28, 2019 9:44 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Anyone use a dedicated wired GPS?
Replies: 14
Views: 1376

I've been using one Garmin GPS unit or another for years, but my I think the best way to go now if you have an iPhone (and you indicate that you do) is to buy a mount setup from Ram Mount for your phone model and then download the Scenic app from Motomappers. Fantastic for planning and tracking rout...
by jd
Sun Mar 31, 2019 2:19 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 2008 Buddy 125, what do I need to fix?
Replies: 15
Views: 1089

This is the first I've seen of Powersports Outlet. Thanks for sharing. Great variety of parts, and prices look pretty good until you add shipping. The Buddy oil filter is only $7.99 but the shipping adds another $9.99. Not such a good deal. However, if you add more things to the order, maybe the shi...
by jd
Sat Mar 30, 2019 12:47 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 2008 Buddy 125, what do I need to fix?
Replies: 15
Views: 1089

A Buddy with 2,000 miles that has received proper care (and it wouldn't have needed much of it in that period) is essentially new. Good catch! You can find most of what you need on Amazon.com. The consensus favorite tire is probably the Continental Zippy but unless you're going to be riding aggressi...
by jd
Sun Jan 20, 2019 12:38 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Redux: Plugging the front holes after removing front basket
Replies: 3
Views: 934

Looks great!

FYI, the front fairing on any scooter is typically called the "windshield," as opposed to any clear plastic that reaches above the handlebars to protect your face, which is typically called the "windscreen."
by jd
Wed Aug 22, 2018 11:31 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Need to find socket that goes with Buddy spark plug
Replies: 18
Views: 1583

k1dude, i did mention the “long ride� midpoint in the thread. i will be riding from los angeles to san francisco, and maybe return by way of yosemite. there’s some backcountry there, of sorts, considering my 125cc scoot can’t ride the interstate, but it’s not third world, although certain...
by jd
Tue Aug 21, 2018 1:20 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Need to find socket that goes with Buddy spark plug
Replies: 18
Views: 1583

Back in the day when people were riding two-stroke mopeds with an oily 32:1 gasoline-to-oil mixture, it was possible to foul a plug if your bike wasn't running properly. I think I replaced a plug on the road once or twice in those days. When synthetic two-stroke oil became more widely available and ...
by jd
Mon Aug 13, 2018 12:20 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: A Mechanical Puzzle for the Buddy Diagnostic Masters
Replies: 11
Views: 949

Thanks for the thoughts. I shall investigate.
by jd
Mon Aug 13, 2018 2:53 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: A Mechanical Puzzle for the Buddy Diagnostic Masters
Replies: 11
Views: 949

Some good thoughts here. If I had a dead spot on the starter, would that cause the entire electrical system to go dead? No lights, no horn? That’s what I had. I never actually disconnected the battery. I just touched the voltmeter to the terminals and made sure everything was tight. No evident cor...
by jd
Sun Aug 12, 2018 11:35 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: A Mechanical Puzzle for the Buddy Diagnostic Masters
Replies: 11
Views: 949

KABarash wrote:You jostled a loose battery terminal connection back into proper contact.....
Good guess, but no cigar. I tightened down the battery connections before I went through the kick starting regimen, and it didn't help.
by jd
Sun Aug 12, 2018 3:24 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: A Mechanical Puzzle for the Buddy Diagnostic Masters
Replies: 11
Views: 949

A Mechanical Puzzle for the Buddy Diagnostic Masters

Subject is a 2009 Buddy 150 Blackjack with about 5,000 miles on her. She is mechanically stock except for my having replaced her stupid loud "look at me" tailpipe with a standard Buddy tailpipe, making her usable for more than 20 minutes without causing a headache. She is always parked att...
by jd
Sat Aug 11, 2018 10:18 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: OK to change oil filter at separate time from oil change?
Replies: 14
Views: 1134

You're ready to go, Phenom. That's the most difficult thing you need to do to keep your Buddy running, and you've got it down to a simple procedure. Just put regular, 87 octane gasoline into it (don't even get into any conversations about using high octane fuel), and put 15W-40 oil into the crankcas...
by jd
Fri Aug 10, 2018 7:28 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: OK to change oil filter at separate time from oil change?
Replies: 14
Views: 1134

VERY hand tight has always worked for me. Never had a problem with leakage.
by jd
Fri Aug 10, 2018 12:12 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: OK to change oil filter at separate time from oil change?
Replies: 14
Views: 1134

Some of the filters take a special Piaggio tool to get them off. Don’t bother. Just jam a sharp screwdriver into the side of it (a hammer helps) and use it as a lever to unscrew to the thing off. Put a pan underneath it to catch the oil drips. Of course, this is a bad idea if you plan to use the o...
by jd
Thu Aug 09, 2018 10:30 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Windscreen for Buddy 125
Replies: 11
Views: 1202

Left Side: https://www.amazon.com/Yamaha-5SUF62800000-Rear-View-Mirror/dp/B004K9FUB6/ref=sr_1_1?s=automotive&ie=UTF8&qid=1533853655&sr=1-1&keywords=Yamaha+5SUF62800000+Rear+View+Mirror Right Side: https://www.amazon.com/Yamaha-5SUF62900000-Rear-View-Mirror/dp/B004K9CNJS/ref=sr_1_1?s=...
by jd
Wed Aug 08, 2018 10:00 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Windscreen for Buddy 125
Replies: 11
Views: 1202

I don't understand some of these comments about the mirrors being wider or narrower because of the windscreen. I've put ordinary Prima windscreens on three Buddys with fine results. They mount TO the mirror stems, but they don't move them outward or inward. BTW, the tiny, almost useless stock Buddy ...
by jd
Wed Aug 08, 2018 9:52 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: OK to change oil filter at separate time from oil change?
Replies: 14
Views: 1134

Definitely not worth it to create the mess to save, maybe, a quart of relatively inexpensive motor oil.

Just drain it, change the filter, add oil back in, and you're ready to go.
by jd
Thu May 24, 2018 11:52 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: need to turn off hazard lights/4 ways
Replies: 8
Views: 1011

You don't tell us where you're located, but if it's in the United States, then the lower turn signals never worked, and the units on the handlebars are OEM equipment. The lower lights do not meet Federal standards due to their position, hence the need to add the handlebar-mounted ones before the Bud...
by jd
Fri Apr 27, 2018 9:52 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Quick battery charging question for my Buddy 125! :)
Replies: 6
Views: 827

Make sure you've got a tender, not a charger. A charger will put too much power through the 12v outlet and blow the fuse. Besides, you don't want to leave a charger (rather than a tender) on the battery indefinitely. Depending on what you've got for a tender, then this item will allow you to plug it...
by jd
Fri Apr 27, 2018 9:14 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Quick battery charging question for my Buddy 125! :)
Replies: 6
Views: 827

If you plan to continue riding it intermittently, then you'd save yourself a lot of trouble if you put a battery tender on it. You could get something like this as long as you have power available wherever you are garaging your Buddy: https://www.amazon.com/Battery-Tender-021-0123-Junior-Charger/dp/...
by jd
Wed Jul 26, 2017 9:30 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: My Company Needs to Inspect a Genuine Buddy Scooter ASAP
Replies: 7
Views: 1237

Does "Hayward" exist in one of the fifty states, or a foreign country?
by jd
Thu Apr 27, 2017 3:09 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Buddy 125 engine upgrades and results.
Replies: 30
Views: 3723

Re: What would I need to do to get it up to a real 70mph?

Could I just buy a larger, 250cc, motor? Are there specific kits for the transmission and engine that will allow me to see that speed. I cannot afford another scooter and I desire to travel at 70mph. Would you be willing to help me figure out what I would need to do? I would really appreciate it. I...
by jd
Wed Mar 15, 2017 12:31 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Added prima Pipe
Replies: 42
Views: 6077

Wheelbender, I agree that it does look better and that is one of the reasons I bought it too, the reduced weight and rust free properties add benefits too i agree..but there really isn't a "wow factor" with its performance gain, at least in the top end ....it may provide a small amount el...
by jd
Sat Mar 11, 2017 11:41 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Added prima Pipe
Replies: 42
Views: 6077

Very true, but I was hoping scooterworks would have had been dealing with these scooters and their pipe for so long that given what mods were on my scooter and where I was located, that they would have had a good idea of a starting point rather than saying "we don't know" let let the tech...
by jd
Thu Mar 09, 2017 1:36 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Added prima Pipe
Replies: 42
Views: 6077

This is the most informative post regarding the prima pipe and jetting. The people at scooterworks are great and all but have no idea about jetting this pipe and some have no idea there is a baffle in the airbox... I'm still waiting for a call back from their tech dept. It's been a couple weeks now...
by jd
Mon Feb 20, 2017 6:26 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Advice on first Genuine Buddy
Replies: 47
Views: 6319

...I look forward to opening it up and seeing how fast this thing can sling me around...lol Just so you know, the speedometer reads about 10% high. My experience is that a broken-in Buddy 125 with a 160 lbs. rider and a windshield will top out at about 58 MPH per GPS, which translates to about 65+ ...
by jd
Wed Feb 15, 2017 4:26 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Advice on first Genuine Buddy
Replies: 47
Views: 6319

Congrats on your Buddy 125. You will love it. If you expect to keep riding it in cold weather, you ought to consider a windshield. If you don't plan to ride it until it warms up, then put it on a battery tender to extend the life of the battery. The 12v outlet stays live even with the key removed so...
by jd
Tue Jan 31, 2017 4:10 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Advice on first Genuine Buddy
Replies: 47
Views: 6319

If it's not comfortable for you, then all this discussion about engine size and seat interchangeability is irrelevant. Find a scooter on which you are comfortable and enjoy riding. It's a lot easier to adjust to, say, not as much power as you'd like, than to an uncomfortable riding position. Persona...
by jd
Sat Dec 31, 2016 9:56 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 125 or 170i?
Replies: 19
Views: 4012

Good comments here, especially about not being able to go wrong with either bike. Personally, I prefer the 125 for two reasons: (1) The kick start (which I have needed) and (2) the added performance of the 170 doesn't justify the price differential. The 170 may be a "better" bike, but it's...
by jd
Thu Dec 29, 2016 3:42 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: slotted oil filter removal??
Replies: 27
Views: 4840

Once I realized that I had no reason to preserve the integrity of the old filter, it was straightforward to get it off: Rather than trying to find a wrench to fit the the slot or go around the circumference, I just jammed a sharp screw driver right through the filter and used the leverage of the scr...
by jd
Sat Dec 03, 2016 6:03 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: what would be best for me? "Performance upgrades"
Replies: 65
Views: 10046

With a new spark plug, the bike pulled an extra few miles per hour. I was using the original plug up tp this point. By getting the tape correct on the airbox inlet, I can get the mixture fairly close. The bike pulls strong up past 60mph. Are you measuring speed with a GPS unit or with the standard ...
by jd
Fri Dec 02, 2016 6:04 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: My New Scoot!!!
Replies: 16
Views: 10798

Brilliant! You shall ride long and prosper!

And you will LOVE that Buddy. I have nearly 11,000 miles on mine and use it for all but the longest rides (for which I have my Burgman 400).
by jd
Fri Dec 02, 2016 5:36 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: My New Scoot!!!
Replies: 16
Views: 10798

Monique, what are you wearing for safety gear? It's always better to have regretted wearing too much safety gear than the opposite. If you're commuting, then at the minimum I'd suggest is a helmet, riding gloves (your hands are always the first thing to hit the ground) and a riding jacket with armor...
by jd
Tue Nov 29, 2016 12:45 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: My New Scoot!!!
Replies: 16
Views: 10798

Congratulations! Take care of it, and it will take care of you! You do not state how much riding experience you have, so pardon me if I'm underestimating you, but if you're using your Buddy to commute, then ride with your high beam on during the day and assume that you are still invisible to automob...
by jd
Wed Nov 09, 2016 1:05 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Prepping a Buddy 50 for winter
Replies: 6
Views: 1345

Do the Seafoam. It's cheap insurance. As for the battery tender, it will pay for itself in just a few years. Leaving one of these little batteries sitting all winter will shorten its life, and you'll end up spending more on a new battery than a cheap tender would have cost you. I learned the hard wa...
by jd
Wed Nov 09, 2016 12:59 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Oversize tire for 170i
Replies: 16
Views: 3320

I ran a 130/70-10 on the rear of my 170i for a while. I wasn't that impressed. It wore out really fast. Below is a chart so you can compare sizes. Be aware of the speed rating. I'm pretty sure the stock tires are rated at 57mph which is a bit under the scooter's top speed. If that's true, then I su...
by jd
Mon Oct 31, 2016 4:13 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 2005 Piaggio BV 200 vs 2006 Genuine Blur 150
Replies: 51
Views: 6300

My personal opinion would be to take a look at that Yager: http://newyork.craigslist.org/mnh/mcy/5851776728.html Fuel injected, reliable brand, good parts availability and 200cc should get you most anywhere you want to go. I would think the price, at this time of year, should be negotiable as well....
by jd
Mon Oct 31, 2016 1:51 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 2005 Piaggio BV 200 vs 2006 Genuine Blur 150
Replies: 51
Views: 6300

I wouldn't rule it out just because it's a Chinese scooter. They're getting better all the time. There's no mention of mileage, although it looks pretty decent in the picture and tires seem to have a lot of mileage left on them. Main issue is service and parts. I'd ask the seller where it was purcha...
by jd
Mon Oct 31, 2016 1:42 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Buddy 170i questions
Replies: 12
Views: 2395

babblefish wrote:
A space that size around here would be about $500 a month... :(
...and have two families living in it. :roll:
LMAO!
by jd
Fri Oct 28, 2016 8:18 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 2005 Piaggio BV 200 vs 2006 Genuine Blur 150
Replies: 51
Views: 6300

My advice is to find a good, slightly used Buddy 125 for about $1000-$1200 and ride that around NYC for a while to see if you like it. As previously stated, the Buddy 125 has adequate power for in-city riding, is relatively light weight, quite nimble, and has good fuel economy. The Buddy 125 engine...
by jd
Fri Oct 28, 2016 1:30 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 2005 Piaggio BV 200 vs 2006 Genuine Blur 150
Replies: 51
Views: 6300

What are you delivering?
by jd
Thu Oct 27, 2016 11:26 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Buddy 170i questions
Replies: 12
Views: 2395

Forget taking it up and down the stairs. Too heavy and unwieldy, and too much potential for damage to it and to you. Get a cover for it and lock it up good. There's no way to completely eliminate the possibility of theft, but there are things you can do to make it very difficult. First, you need one...
by jd
Thu Oct 27, 2016 11:18 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 2005 Piaggio BV 200 vs 2006 Genuine Blur 150
Replies: 51
Views: 6300

I'm 5'7 and around 120lbs. I will be doing deliveries and also I'd like to use it as my main transportation. I'll stick to NYC most of the time but I'd like to go to Upstate NY and NJ as well so that'll be bridges, tunnels, expressway, freeway, parkway. I guess I can avoid the highways I'm not sure...
by jd
Sat Oct 22, 2016 2:10 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Buddy eclipse
Replies: 23
Views: 3690

Why do they keep putting the low profile seat on all the special editions? Do only short people buy the special editions? When I picked up a slightly used Blackjack for my wife, we couldn't wait to get rid of the seat and put on the seat from a regular Buddy, not to mention that god-awful noisy Pri...
by jd
Wed Oct 19, 2016 2:49 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Anyone see this TomTom Scooter Nav yet?
Replies: 5
Views: 1916

craftynerd wrote:I'd love one of those, but it says it works best with 125cc scoots and above... and I've got a lowly 50cc. :/
I can't see how it could POSSIBLY make any difference what the displacement of your engine is.
by jd
Sat Sep 24, 2016 9:34 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Fastest and Lightest 49cc Scooter?
Replies: 32
Views: 8306

If you REALLY want light weight, don't get a scooter at all. Get a moped. A good used Tomos ST moped with an Airsal 65cc kit and Tecnigas Next pipe will hit an honest 42 MPH, and will only weigh about 110 lbs. Tomos has stopped selling mopeds in the U.S. but they're always easy to find on Craigslist...
by jd
Fri Sep 23, 2016 10:15 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Buddy 125 Phone Holder
Replies: 10
Views: 2050

Ram Mount makes a solution to mount just about anything anywhere. Take a look at their website to find the pieces you need. Their stuff is all available on Amazon.com.
by jd
Wed Sep 21, 2016 1:20 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Givi top box
Replies: 5
Views: 1454

FYI, you can purchase a new lock set for your Givi case. I did so when I was unable to purchase a second key for an obsolete model, but definitely needed two copies of the key. So I replaced the lock with a new one from Givi, which came with two keys.
by jd
Mon Sep 05, 2016 11:56 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Is a Buddy 50 enough in NYC?
Replies: 18
Views: 3524

He said the 125 is their slowest seller in the Buddy line. With all due respect, that sounds like nonsense. If it's true, then he may be the only Buddy dealer in the entire country to have that situation. The 125 is by far the volume leader and represents the "sweet spot" of the line-up. ...