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  Topic: New Member Scooter Shopping
Clydeo

Replies: 125
Views: 14388

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Fri Mar 16, 2018 1:58 pm   Subject: Boston scootering
When I was a college student in the Boston area (Quincy, my home town) back in the early 80’s, I had a 50cc Vespa. My wife and I rode that bike everywhere. Even at 50ccs I was faster than most of th ...
  Topic: New Member Scooter Shopping
Clydeo

Replies: 125
Views: 14388

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Fri Mar 09, 2018 8:13 pm   Subject: Q and A
Valves: 2, screw adjustments, easy access
Tires: tubeless, except for the 50cc bikes
Carb: auto cutoff, autochoke, gravity feed
Gas tank: plastic. You could probably drain it via the carb line
Oil ...
  Topic: New Member Scooter Shopping
Clydeo

Replies: 125
Views: 14388

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Fri Mar 09, 2018 5:53 pm   Subject: Dealers
Scooters are going through a period where relatively little interest, so many Genuine (and Vespa) dealers are not fully stocked with bikes, as they are afraid that they won’t be able to sell them. T ...
  Topic: New Member Scooter Shopping
Clydeo

Replies: 125
Views: 14388

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Fri Mar 09, 2018 1:47 am   Subject: Newbie
There will be a lot more bikes available in Spring, as people buy new ones. Really nice bikes for really good prices are sometimes posted on this forum.
I haven’t worked on modern Vespas, just old ...
  Topic: New Member Scooter Shopping
Clydeo

Replies: 125
Views: 14388

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Thu Mar 08, 2018 8:10 pm   Subject: Newbie
The Lance/Sym scoots are good deals. The Italian bikes are cool, but yes, parts and labor are $$$. The Honda and Yamaha bikes have a large number of dealers, but aren’t as much fun, IMHO. The Buddy ...
  Topic: Gear oil overfilling... still a common problem?
Clydeo

Replies: 9
Views: 1402

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Sat Mar 03, 2018 12:06 am   Subject: Gear oil
To be honest, changing the gear oil on a Buddy is so easy that I have never even thought of having a shop do it! I use a medical syringe to measure and fill it. I have the syringe marked, so I can’t ...
  Topic: New to scootin-- What accessories do I need?
Clydeo

Replies: 10
Views: 1147

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Thu Mar 01, 2018 7:41 pm   Subject: Dead lights
If you are new to Scootering, you may not know what the dead lights are. The USA requirements for blinker placement are different from everybody else’s. The blinkers on our Buddy’s are attachments ...
  Topic: New or used?
Clydeo

Replies: 22
Views: 1521

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Thu Feb 22, 2018 4:32 am   Subject: 50 in paradise
If the speed limits where you would be riding are 35 mph or so, I would think that a 50 cc scooter would be fine. With the price of fuel in the islands I would think that fuel mileage would be a prima ...
  Topic: In the SNOW.
Clydeo

Replies: 10
Views: 1388

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Wed Feb 21, 2018 5:50 pm   Subject: Snow
My experience with sidecars is extremely limited, mainly consisting of 5 minutes of sheer terror as I tried to ride a friends rig a couple of times around the block. I am sure that experienced sidecar ...
  Topic: In the SNOW.
Clydeo

Replies: 10
Views: 1388

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Wed Feb 21, 2018 4:16 pm   Subject: Chains?
Just out of curiosity, has anybody ever tried using tire chains on their scooters? Are such things even available? My great grandfather used to ride his Harley all year long using them. Of course that ...
  Topic: In the SNOW.
Clydeo

Replies: 10
Views: 1388

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Wed Feb 21, 2018 3:16 pm   Subject: Snow tires
https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/heidenau-k58s-snow-scooter-tires

I have never used them, but the general internet buzz on thems is generally positive. They are pricey though!
  Topic: Idles then dies! AARGH!!!!!!!!!!!!
Clydeo

Replies: 7
Views: 1113

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Sun Feb 18, 2018 3:35 am   Subject: Starting
Maybe the automatic choke?
  Topic: Heated Hand Grips - Buddy 17i
Clydeo

Replies: 6
Views: 1024

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Sun Jan 28, 2018 12:35 am   Subject: Heated gloves
Instead of using heated gloves I use those little chemical glove warmers. I put a heating pad in each glove and my hands stay pretty warm for about 6-7 hours. Hippo Hands work well, too.
  Topic: STARTER NOISE "aRUgah!!"
Clydeo

Replies: 11
Views: 1485

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Sat Jan 20, 2018 5:31 pm   Subject: Noise
I am sorry it took so long to get to you! I ended up being out of the state for a while. I spoke to the shop that works on my bike, and they explained that many, if not most, Buddies make the same noi ...
  Topic: Why drivers may fail to see motorcycles in plain sight
Clydeo

Replies: 24
Views: 2519

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Sun Jan 07, 2018 8:33 pm   Subject: Cagers
I just assume that everyone out there is intentionally trying to run me over. A bit of paranoia goes a long way towards keeping you safe on the road.
  Topic: Insurance
Clydeo

Replies: 15
Views: 1356

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Sun Jan 07, 2018 8:29 pm   Subject: Too much!
My Progressive insurance is $85 for two bikes for a year! That quote is WAY too high!
  Topic: Hard braking suggestions?
Clydeo

Replies: 30
Views: 2464

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Sat Jan 06, 2018 6:32 pm   Subject: Braking
Both of my incidents involved surfaces with very low traction: the first was on a wet mossy section of road that was covered by leaves, and the second was on very loose and deep gravel. Under normal c ...
  Topic: Hard braking suggestions?
Clydeo

Replies: 30
Views: 2464

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Sat Jan 06, 2018 5:06 pm   Subject: Braking
I have gone down a couple of times, once in wet conditions and once when a car ran me off the road, both times going down as a result of over braking.I am experienced motorcyclist, so I have never had ...
  Topic: STARTER NOISE "aRUgah!!"
Clydeo

Replies: 11
Views: 1485

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Mon Dec 25, 2017 12:10 am   Subject: Starter noise
I am going to drop some paper work off at Carlisle Cycle and Scooter, and I will ask Bill Viney. He knows everything there is to know about Scooters!

I don’t think you are regressing. I ride ever ...
  Topic: STARTER NOISE "aRUgah!!"
Clydeo

Replies: 11
Views: 1485

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Sat Dec 23, 2017 2:50 pm   Subject: Noise
It’s normal. At least I hope it is! My Buddy 50 has been making that same sound on occasion for three years! It’s been discussed here before. I forget what causes it, but it’s nothing to be conc ...
  Topic: Luggage ideas for scuba gear?
Clydeo

Replies: 8
Views: 1094

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Sat Dec 23, 2017 2:15 am   Subject: Scuba tank carrier for scooters
I just happened to see this video on the Mitches Scooter Stuff you tube channel

https://youtu.be/9zqBlFSHs-Q

It might be helpful
  Topic: Center stand trim mod
Clydeo

Replies: 37
Views: 6835

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Thu Dec 21, 2017 8:10 pm   Subject: Center stand issue is
Thanks for your suggested modification. To be honest, I have never scraped mine before, but I can see how easily it might happen. I suspect that the stand mechanism was not designed with 200 + pound N ...
  Topic: Tire Puncture: Best Practices?
Clydeo

Replies: 12
Views: 2308

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Tue Dec 19, 2017 7:11 pm   Subject: Tire plug
That plug won’t work with a Buddy 50. I found out the hard way that they, unlike the other Buddys, have tubed, instead of tubeless tires. You need to remove the wheel, take the tire halfwy off, remo ...
  Topic: Luggage ideas for scuba gear?
Clydeo

Replies: 8
Views: 1094

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Sat Dec 16, 2017 2:45 pm   Subject: Scooter scuba
I used to carry my snorkeling gear on an old Honda 100, and have thought about using my Buddy to haul my camping and snorkeling gear to the shore next summer, so I found this question to be of interes ...
  Topic: To topcase or not to topcase?
Clydeo

Replies: 15
Views: 1815

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Sun Aug 27, 2017 4:56 am   Subject: Top case
I occasionally put my helmet in the top case, but I generally use it to store my sling pack with my IPad and office stuff in it when I pop into a store or something. When camping, it is nice that have ...
  Topic: New member, new rider, new Buddy 170i
Clydeo

Replies: 22
Views: 1726

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Tue Aug 22, 2017 12:39 am   Subject: New rider
You will enjoy riding in PA: there are a lot of great roads north of your area, and Rt 6 across the state is very easy and scenic ride. Check out the Three Mile Island Scooter Club website, as they ho ...
  Topic: To topcase or not to topcase?
Clydeo

Replies: 15
Views: 1815

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Tue Aug 22, 2017 12:32 am   Subject: Top case
Get one. Don't overload it, and you will never know it's there! Lockable water proof storage is great! But I would get a cheap one at JC Whitney for your first one. They tend to break if you dump you ...
  Topic: Stella (mostly) Across the Country!
Clydeo

Replies: 67
Views: 8064

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Sat Jul 22, 2017 8:39 pm   Subject: Job
I am sorry that you didn't get the job. Hunting for work can be a demoralizing and depressing task. Hang in there!
  Topic: Buddy 50 helmet locking without a D-ring
Clydeo

Replies: 4
Views: 805

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Sat Jul 08, 2017 3:16 am   Subject: Helmet
One possibility is to get a luggage rack and get a large trunk from JC Whitney to mount on it. Those trunks are huge, and ought to hold almost any helmet. They, however, not exactly aesthetically plea ...
  Topic: New to Scooten, in Joliet area
Clydeo

Replies: 23
Views: 2064

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Tue Jul 04, 2017 10:43 pm   Subject: Insurance
Wow, insurance in Illinois is expensive! I pay about $125 a year to insure both my scooter and my motorcycle!
  Topic: New to Scooten, in Joliet area
Clydeo

Replies: 23
Views: 2064

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Tue Jul 04, 2017 4:32 pm   Subject: MSF
Agreed.
  Topic: New to Scooten, in Joliet area
Clydeo

Replies: 23
Views: 2064

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Tue Jul 04, 2017 3:22 pm   Subject: Turning
Actually, you SHOULD lean with bike, except when doing a low speed turns. The physics involved with turning a scooter are complex. When going slowly, say 10 mph (every bike is different), you steer a ...
  Topic: New to Scooten, in Joliet area
Clydeo

Replies: 23
Views: 2064

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Tue Jul 04, 2017 2:36 pm   Subject: Insurance
Wow, insurance in Illinois is expensive! I pay about $125 a year to insure both my scooter and my motorcycle!
  Topic: Stella (mostly) Across the Country!
Clydeo

Replies: 67
Views: 8064

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Tue Jul 04, 2017 2:10 pm   Subject: Camelback
I agree about the stops. Luckily for myself, my wife usually rides with me on long trips, and she has made it clear that we WILL stop every hour, no matter what! On my Buddy, the matter of stopping to ...
  Topic: New to Scooten, in Joliet area
Clydeo

Replies: 23
Views: 2064

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Tue Jul 04, 2017 1:56 pm   Subject: New rider
Oh my, where to begin...
Riding a scooter is really fun, but it can get you killed. Just check out the "who's been in an accident" area. It s a serious issue. But here are some tips:

Th ...
  Topic: Stella (mostly) Across the Country!
Clydeo

Replies: 67
Views: 8064

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Mon Jul 03, 2017 4:43 pm   Subject: Trip
For food, I just carry an old army mess kit and canteen cup. I stop off at a store and buy a can of soup or something simple (chili, etc). I heat it us, and then wash up where ever I can. In the morni ...
  Topic: Stella (mostly) Across the Country!
Clydeo

Replies: 67
Views: 8064

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Mon Jul 03, 2017 3:30 pm   Subject: Trip
You will need a rain suit. I bought a light weight Frog Togs rain suit for round $20 at Walmart. It is NOT as sturdy as the regular Frog Togs, but it packs down to a very compact size, and keeps you ...
  Topic: Oil, when to fill up my Buddy 50?
Clydeo

Replies: 10
Views: 1602

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Mon May 29, 2017 11:53 pm   Subject: Oil light
BTW, it is normal for the oil light to come on for a moment when you start your bike; I am guessing that is intended to re-assure you that the bulb is indeed working, and has not burned out.
  Topic: Cross Country Route
Clydeo

Replies: 32
Views: 4096

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Mon May 29, 2017 11:50 pm   Subject: Rt 6
Check this site out, it's by someone who has done the route

http://www.thunderpress.net/motorcycle-touring/riding-historic-route-6-long-beach-to-cape-cod/2013/03/15.htm
  Topic: Cross Country Route
Clydeo

Replies: 32
Views: 4096

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Sun May 28, 2017 1:05 pm   Subject: Rt 6
There is a really good guide book on Rt 6 that is available on the Rt 6 website that is really detailed, telling you all about the most interesting places to check out along the way. This makes trip p ...
  Topic: Cross Country Route
Clydeo

Replies: 32
Views: 4096

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Sat May 27, 2017 5:34 pm   Subject: Rt 6
There are several stretches of Rt6 which are now interstates. In CO, for instance, Rt 6 and I 70 are the same road, at least through much of the state, so you'd have to find an alternative for those s ...
  Topic: Cross Country Route
Clydeo

Replies: 32
Views: 4096

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Sat May 27, 2017 1:43 pm   Subject: Cross country
Yalzin,
I would consider US-6 to be the ultimate cross- country adventure. The vast majority of it is Stella- friendly and it passes through a lot of America that the interstates bypassed.


Bes ...
  Topic: Me too
Clydeo

Replies: 7
Views: 1562

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Wed Aug 03, 2016 2:17 am   Subject: Brit
Yep. I work right across the street. Not at Excite Video, mind you! But at the Pathways/UCP program. Right now I am a teacher/instructor/ Whatever they need me to be on a given day.
  Topic: Me too
Clydeo

Replies: 7
Views: 1562

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Tue Aug 02, 2016 4:17 pm   Subject: Moving post
I thought I WAS posting on that topic! How would I move it over?
  Topic: Me too
Clydeo

Replies: 7
Views: 1562

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Tue Aug 02, 2016 1:32 am   Subject: Me too
I will probably forget the correct order, but here goes:
Buddy 50 (Brit)
About 7:30 AM on a morning commute
About 30 mph
It was mostly my fault: the accdent was avoidable
I was wearing a Joe Rock ...
  Topic: High Temps
Clydeo

Replies: 29
Views: 4802

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Tue Aug 02, 2016 12:45 am   Subject: Riding in hot weather
To keep from getting too hot, we do the following:
- we fill our camelback with ice at every chance we get. Yes, we fill our camelbacks with ice from the soda fountains at convenience stores: no one ...
  Topic: Genuine G400C
Clydeo

Replies: 487
Views: 69804

PostForum: G400C Discussion   Posted: Fri Jul 22, 2016 11:52 am   Subject: Waiting
I still plan on taking a long hard look at the G400, if and when it gets here. But I don't mind the wait, I still have 8 more payments to make on the Suzuki. Love that 0% financing!
  Topic: Genuine G400C
Clydeo

Replies: 487
Views: 69804

PostForum: G400C Discussion   Posted: Thu Jul 21, 2016 9:29 pm   Subject: SR400
Before you pull the trigger on the SR400, you really should check out the Suzuki tu250x. People who have owned both usually go back to the TUx. There really isn't much difference in usable power, the ...
  Topic: New Pair of Roughhouses
Clydeo

Replies: 8
Views: 1684

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Tue Jul 12, 2016 6:02 pm   Subject: Commuting
I commute to work on a Buddy 50 at times, utilizing back roads and urban streets. My commute is 23 miles each way. The Buddy does fine. I was surprised that my commute was only 5-7 minutes shorter whe ...
  Topic: 170 first fill up
Clydeo

Replies: 41
Views: 5391

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Fri Jul 01, 2016 5:04 pm   Subject: Odometer
I also have noted that while the speedometer on my Buddy is off by roughly 10% (depending on a number of factors), the odometer is usually quite accurate, as measured by my GPS.
 
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