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  Topic: Buddy 170i Riding 50-55 MPH for extended time?
GregsBuddy

Replies: 14
Views: 515

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Wed May 13, 2020 2:55 pm   Subject: Buddy 170i Riding 50-55 MPH for extended time?
Check final drive gear ratios for 125 vs. 170i.
  Topic: Buddy 170i Riding 50-55 MPH for extended time?
GregsBuddy

Replies: 14
Views: 515

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Tue May 12, 2020 9:46 pm   Subject: Buddy 170i Riding 50-55 MPH for extended time?
55-60MPH is not issue for a 170i on flat roads with no headwind. All day is easy on this scoot'.
  Topic: Sold my Buddy 170i
GregsBuddy

Replies: 10
Views: 711

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Thu May 07, 2020 3:07 pm   Subject: Sold my Buddy 170i
Done!
If/when, Genuine brings a water cooled, four valve scoot' with 12"+ wheels, I'll be very interested in returning to the fold.
Until then, chao baby!
  Topic: Sold my Buddy 170i
GregsBuddy

Replies: 10
Views: 711

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Wed May 06, 2020 3:20 pm   Subject: Sold my Buddy 170i
I'm looking at the SMAX and Burgman 200.
The SMAX has a flat floor which is great for utility.
The Burgman is a large step up from the SMAX but doesn't have a flat floor.
I'm leaning toward the Bu ...
  Topic: Sold my Buddy 170i
GregsBuddy

Replies: 10
Views: 711

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Tue May 05, 2020 5:28 pm   Subject: Sold my Buddy 170i
Updated my profile.
I was looking at Craigslist in PDX yesterday. There's a bumper crop of attractive rides up there at the moment. I'll be up to see friends and family in a couple of weeks. Hope it' ...
  Topic: Sold my Buddy 170i
GregsBuddy

Replies: 10
Views: 711

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Mon May 04, 2020 2:58 pm   Subject: Sold my Buddy 170i
I sold and delivered my Buddy 170i to a gent in San Francisco that has been to this site.
The CL price was quite low and there were many responses, however the gent that bought it is a moto guy and u ...
  Topic: 2,500 mile test to see how oil color changes with use.
GregsBuddy

Replies: 18
Views: 1078

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Mon Apr 20, 2020 9:48 pm   Subject: 2,500 mile test to see how oil color changes with use.
If you drained and looked at it now, it would seem quite dirty but would probably be fine.
  Topic: Buddy 125 Rear Shock Options
GregsBuddy

Replies: 22
Views: 1880

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Thu Apr 16, 2020 3:18 pm   Subject: Buddy 125 Rear Shock Options
I'm sorry to hear about the failure of your YSS shock.
I have had a YSS on my 170i for about 10K miles. It can be adjusted to provide 10mm of static sag that really helps the ride and performance ove ...
  Topic: 99,000 mile Buddy 125!
GregsBuddy

Replies: 141
Views: 24281

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Thu Apr 09, 2020 7:33 pm   Subject: 99,000 mile Buddy 125!
Thanks for the update.
Just clicked over 15K on my 170i. Just finished breaking in the newly replaced piston and cylinder.
  Topic: 2,500 mile test to see how oil color changes with use.
GregsBuddy

Replies: 18
Views: 1078

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Mon Apr 06, 2020 4:23 pm   Subject: 2,500 mile test to see how oil color changes with use.
Babblefish. Agreed, I think combustion gasses leaking passed the rings was the issue with oil darkening. The new rings/piston/cylinder are breaking in well and I look forward to being able to ride the ...
  Topic: 2,500 mile test to see how oil color changes with use.
GregsBuddy

Replies: 18
Views: 1078

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Sun Apr 05, 2020 4:01 pm   Subject: 2,500 mile test to see how oil color changes with use.
I noticed that my oil was darkening sooner a few oil changes before the piston failed.
  Topic: 170i ECU reset issue?
GregsBuddy

Replies: 26
Views: 1755

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Fri Mar 27, 2020 3:56 pm   Subject: 170i ECU reset issue?
With ~100 miles of break-in and several thermal cycles, the compression is 210 PSI as measured with a motorcycle compression tester, not an automotive tester. The service manual indicates 11 kg/cm^2 = ...
  Topic: Buddy equivalents at SIP-SCOOTERSHOP?
GregsBuddy

Replies: 5
Views: 905

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Sat Mar 21, 2020 4:26 pm   Subject: Buddy equivalents at SIP-SCOOTERSHOP?
Large moto's are now ridden in Taiwan, including maxi scoots.
  Topic: How much front brake drag is proper?
GregsBuddy

Replies: 9
Views: 984

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Tue Mar 17, 2020 8:06 pm   Subject: How much front brake drag is proper?
+1
And check that the rotor is straight. When we don't change our brake fluid enough, and when our bikes are old, the caliper pistons tend to not go back into the cylinders and create more than usual ...
  Topic: 170i ECU reset issue?
GregsBuddy

Replies: 26
Views: 1755

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Tue Mar 17, 2020 2:19 pm   Subject: 170i ECU reset issue?
Oh, and the cylinder is new.
The cylinder that came out of the engine was slightly out of round. The removed piston would slide in the cylinder when it was oriented in its normal manner but not when ...
  Topic: 170i ECU reset issue?
GregsBuddy

Replies: 26
Views: 1755

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Mon Mar 16, 2020 7:53 pm   Subject: 170i ECU reset issue?
Engine back together and in scoot' where it promptly started with its new piston/rings/wrist pin/gaskets/air filter/oil filter/ sparking plug/oil.
Now to finish the many panels and details and take i ...
  Topic: 170i ECU reset issue?
GregsBuddy

Replies: 26
Views: 1755

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Wed Mar 04, 2020 5:01 pm   Subject: 170i ECU reset issue?
Thank you, Stanza. I removed the Philips head screw on the outside and didn't see a means of further dismantling. I'll check it out again!
  Topic: 170i ECU reset issue?
GregsBuddy

Replies: 26
Views: 1755

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Wed Mar 04, 2020 3:12 pm   Subject: 170i ECU reset issue?
Started reassembling the engine last night. I damaged the oil control ring when working the piston into the cylinder and have to order a new one. Delay.
  Topic: 170i ECU reset issue?
GregsBuddy

Replies: 26
Views: 1755

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Tue Mar 03, 2020 4:10 pm   Subject: 170i ECU reset issue?
Parts arrived from Scooterwest yesterday.
I only have one question on reassembly; The cam drive chain "tensioner" doesn't appear to have any travel and is locked in position. Is this the wa ...
  Topic: 170i ECU reset issue?
GregsBuddy

Replies: 26
Views: 1755

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Fri Feb 28, 2020 7:21 pm   Subject: 170i ECU reset issue?
I'm in the thermal business. The temperatures I measured were while running and with no motion.
I think a real heat exchanger designed like a radiator would be great.
Nice lateral thinking regardin ...
  Topic: 170i ECU reset issue?
GregsBuddy

Replies: 26
Views: 1755

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Fri Feb 28, 2020 6:35 pm   Subject: 170i ECU reset issue?
I've measured the temperature of the heat exchanger and oil in/out and it's not producing much cooling. The surface area of the exchanger is pretty small and the mass is high, therefore responds slowl ...
  Topic: 170i ECU reset issue?
GregsBuddy

Replies: 26
Views: 1755

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Fri Feb 28, 2020 4:24 pm   Subject: 170i ECU reset issue?
The piston is also slightly caved in in the center and the second and oil control ring are pinched in their ring lands. The part between the top ring and piston top on the intake side, where there's a ...
  Topic: 170i ECU reset issue?
GregsBuddy

Replies: 26
Views: 1755

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Thu Feb 27, 2020 3:23 pm   Subject: 170i ECU reset issue?
Cracked piston.
Will remove later today.
  Topic: 170i ECU reset issue?
GregsBuddy

Replies: 26
Views: 1755

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Wed Feb 26, 2020 4:30 pm   Subject: 170i ECU reset issue?
Yes, prepping now.
Fun, from my perspective. I hope the damage is limited and not too expensive.
  Topic: 170i ECU reset issue?
GregsBuddy

Replies: 26
Views: 1755

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Tue Feb 25, 2020 6:10 pm   Subject: 170i ECU reset issue?
110 PSI increasing to 130 PSI with WD40 added for second test.
Something major...
  Topic: 170i ECU reset issue?
GregsBuddy

Replies: 26
Views: 1755

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Tue Feb 25, 2020 2:54 pm   Subject: 170i ECU reset issue?
Thanks for the info, Stanza.
I have the pet carrier out and can check the coil.
The spark is bright blue.
The engine hasn't started since it quit on the ride that I had to return in the truck bed. ...
  Topic: 170i ECU reset issue?
GregsBuddy

Replies: 26
Views: 1755

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Tue Feb 25, 2020 2:23 am   Subject: 170i ECU reset issue?
Tested fuel injector out in open and yup fuel flowing.
Tested spark and removed, and reinstalled plug cap. Working.
Checked valve clearance. No problem.
The last time I had a similar problem with a ...
  Topic: 170i ECU reset issue?
GregsBuddy

Replies: 26
Views: 1755

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Mon Feb 24, 2020 6:09 pm   Subject: 170i ECU reset issue?
Fuel pump running. I'll check spark easily enough. How to check for fuel? Just note a wet plug?
  Topic: 170i ECU reset issue?
GregsBuddy

Replies: 26
Views: 1755

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Sun Feb 23, 2020 5:39 pm   Subject: 170i ECU reset issue?
Hello,
At 15,000 miles my 2013-built scoot' has shown its first problem. I was riding in a high headwind, pushing the scoot' to about 90% of its capacity, when the engine warning, red, light came on. ...
  Topic: Questions about the Buddy 170i
GregsBuddy

Replies: 7
Views: 1508

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Sun Feb 23, 2020 5:28 pm   Subject: Questions about the Buddy 170i
As a testament to the goodness of the 170i, I'm at 15,000 miles and having the very first issues with the scoot. I do all the maintenance with regular oil changes, valve adjustments, filters, belt/rol ...
  Topic: DOT helmet rating ain't worth diddly-squat.
GregsBuddy

Replies: 6
Views: 1547

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Tue Feb 11, 2020 6:15 pm   Subject: DOT helmet rating ain't worth diddly-squat.
SNELL.
  Topic: Cold Weather
GregsBuddy

Replies: 2
Views: 1386

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Mon Feb 03, 2020 12:09 am   Subject: Cold Weather
Now, that's a cute kid!
  Topic: Genuine Motor Oil is here
GregsBuddy

Replies: 31
Views: 2442

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Thu Jan 09, 2020 5:00 pm   Subject: Genuine Motor Oil is here
Good idea on Genuine's part.
  Topic: Buddy 170i Break In Period Is Over!
GregsBuddy

Replies: 7
Views: 2012

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Sun Dec 29, 2019 8:07 pm   Subject: Buddy 170i Break In Period Is Over!
I think the FI is the key to the mileage. The correct mixture at all throttle angles and RPM's makes good power and mileage.
  Topic: Buddy 170i Break In Period Is Over!
GregsBuddy

Replies: 7
Views: 2012

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Sun Dec 29, 2019 1:00 am   Subject: Buddy 170i Break In Period Is Over!
I've gotten 105 MPG over a five-tank average on the 170i as well. The scoot' has 14,500 miles now and running like new.
  Topic: What did you get for Christmas?
GregsBuddy

Replies: 7
Views: 1537

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Sun Dec 29, 2019 12:58 am   Subject: What did you get for Christmas?
I won't let mine near the tree. It has pride of place with my other die cast models.
  Topic: What did you get for Christmas?
GregsBuddy

Replies: 7
Views: 1537

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Thu Dec 26, 2019 4:12 pm   Subject: What did you get for Christmas?
I got this ornament from my wife. Little did she know that it is a huge piece of moto history.
It's a Honda NR750 road bike. Only 300 were built and cost $50,000.00 in '92. The technical highlight w ...
  Topic: Yes Virginia, there is an Electric Genuine scooter!
GregsBuddy

Replies: 31
Views: 2860

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Sun Dec 08, 2019 12:59 am   Subject: Yes Virginia, there is an Electric Genuine scooter!
Oh, the tarif that Trump said the Chinese would pay...
  Topic: 99,000 mile Buddy 125!
GregsBuddy

Replies: 141
Views: 24281

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Mon Nov 25, 2019 4:50 pm   Subject: 99,000 mile Buddy 125!
NICE! Didn't know these things would do that. Never tried it with my 170i.
  Topic: Where did the enthusiasm go?
GregsBuddy

Replies: 17
Views: 1746

PostForum: G400C Discussion   Posted: Thu Oct 24, 2019 10:11 pm   Subject: Where did the enthusiasm go?
I looked at one yesterday at a dealer in Tucson.
The clutch pull is heavy. The rear brake is a drum. The fit & finish is just okay. The materials are just okay.
I'm overlooking this bike becaus ...
  Topic: Yamaha bringing the MT-03 to the US for 2020.
GregsBuddy

Replies: 2
Views: 1585

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Mon Oct 14, 2019 3:34 pm   Subject: Yamaha bringing the MT-03 to the US for 2020.
I like it a lot but would have a hard time purchasing it over the Kawasaki Z400...
  Topic: 99,000 mile Buddy 125!
GregsBuddy

Replies: 141
Views: 24281

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Sat Sep 28, 2019 12:00 am   Subject: 99,000 mile Buddy 125!
10-40 RedLine or Motul Synthetic.
  Topic: 99,000 mile Buddy 125!
GregsBuddy

Replies: 141
Views: 24281

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Fri Sep 27, 2019 11:28 pm   Subject: 99,000 mile Buddy 125!
Excellent. That's what I would expect from a good quality, air-cooled four stroke engine. It appears that keeping good quality oil, changed at ~1,500 mile intervals is the key. In other words, follow ...
  Topic: 99,000 mile Buddy 125!
GregsBuddy

Replies: 141
Views: 24281

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Thu Sep 26, 2019 3:06 pm   Subject: 99,000 mile Buddy 125!
With no "external" or "errors" problems by you (sorry, we all make errors like letting oil get low or not adjusting valves, etc. in maintenance, I don't mean to be at all negative) ...
  Topic: 99,000 mile Buddy 125!
GregsBuddy

Replies: 141
Views: 24281

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Thu Sep 26, 2019 1:41 pm   Subject: 99,000 mile Buddy 125!
So good to see that the scoot' is still treating you so well.
Could you share the kind of riding that you are doing to gather your miles in such a short time frame? Do you ride to work ~50 miles a da ...
  Topic: Installing an LED headlight conversion in a 2008 Buddy.
GregsBuddy

Replies: 32
Views: 2109

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Wed Sep 25, 2019 5:28 pm   Subject: Installing an LED headlight conversion in a 2008 Buddy.
Removing bodywork on scoot's is generally not fun. It's quite easy to damage the little clips and straps. I find the Yamaha TMAX bodywork to be of good quality and removal is above average in ease. Ve ...
  Topic: Where to service Buddys in Tucson
GregsBuddy

Replies: 3
Views: 910

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Wed Sep 25, 2019 5:24 pm   Subject: Where to service Buddys in Tucson
I'm moving to Tucson (Green Valley) with my 170i and planning to join the Sky Island club as well. I do all my own work and am at 14,500 trouble-free miles. The Buddy's very easy to work on and maybe ...
  Topic: Anyone replaced their front disk pads? What mileage?
GregsBuddy

Replies: 17
Views: 2833

PostForum: Black Cat, Rattler & Roughhouse Discussion   Posted: Wed Sep 25, 2019 5:21 pm   Subject: Anyone replaced their front disk pads? What mileage?
I'm now at 14,500 miles with very little wear. I ride longish distances of ~13 miles and hardly use the brakes. Maybe I should use them more!
  Topic: Genuine Buddy Brawl
GregsBuddy

Replies: 5
Views: 1050

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Wed Sep 18, 2019 4:34 pm   Subject: Genuine Buddy Brawl
I sat having my morning coffee in Hanoi watching small children play in the street because the rest of the road/walkway was used for motorized traffic. Somehow it all worked just fine there. Traffic w ...
  Topic: How to check the oil on a Buddy 170i?
GregsBuddy

Replies: 14
Views: 1164

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Fri Sep 13, 2019 8:22 pm   Subject: How to check the oil on a Buddy 170i?
Yes, either will work if you know where the level should be.
Speaking of checking oil, my 170i uses no measurable oil between changes. These engines are of a good design, materials and assembly. At ...
 
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