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by scootERIK
Tue Jan 12, 2021 9:34 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Tire age? New tires over 6 years old.
Replies: 18
Views: 956

Re: Tire age? New tires over 6 years old.

I know this thread is from the summer, but thought I'd share my experience rather than start a new one. I just mounted some Continental tires from 2017. I had always heard five or six years is the maximum life (mounted or unmounted). I did raise this issue about the tires being four years old at th...
by scootERIK
Tue Jan 05, 2021 7:45 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: How do you delete messages on this new site?
Replies: 3
Views: 58

Re: How do you delete messages on this new site?

1. Click in the box on the right side of the private messages screen for the message or messages you want to delete. 2. Now scroll down to the the lower right hand corner of the page and look for a box that says "Mark/Unmark as important" and click on it. 3. Below "Mark/Unmark as impo...
by scootERIK
Sun Nov 22, 2020 4:54 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 100,000 mile Buddy 125!
Replies: 145
Views: 26335

How many miles on the belt? I think around 11,000. I know that is more than the 8k that is recommended but I have never had a Bando belt fail even with over 17k. Usually they just wear out and get too skinny. I did buy the belt off of ebay* so there is a chance it was fake or possibly not as good a...
by scootERIK
Sat Nov 21, 2020 10:43 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 100,000 mile Buddy 125!
Replies: 145
Views: 26335

Re: 100,000 mile Buddy 125!

Turns out there was a little drama over the last few miles. With less than 20 miles to go I was broken down on the side of the road, another worn out spark plug cap. 2 miles later I was on the side of the road again adjusting the spark plug cap, this time it held. Video of the rollover- https://www....
by scootERIK
Sat Oct 31, 2020 8:26 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Royal Alloy
Replies: 53
Views: 3140

Mine has 860 miles on it. I have broken it in accordingly. $2500 seems like a fair price. 1k off MSRP. It's hard to price a "new to market" USED scooter. $2500 was probably a little low, at least based on how fast it sold(the ad was only up for a day or two before it sold.) I would have f...
by scootERIK
Thu Oct 29, 2020 6:48 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Insulating the under-seat storage?
Replies: 11
Views: 563

If you remove the plastic piece that is behind your feet when seated on the scooter your under seat storage area will be much cooler. I did some testing a few years ago and if I remember right there was a 20-40 degree difference. I just hang my helmet on the post under the seat. If it's hot and sunn...
by scootERIK
Fri Oct 23, 2020 8:47 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Need to vent after dog attacked scooter
Replies: 21
Views: 833

Great videos, scootERIK. Seating the bead part is actually what has me most worried. I'll probably have to take it to a gas station with an air compressor and fill it there. Thanks. The bad news is not all gas station air stations will work, at least not for me. I once tried to do it at a Kwik Trip...
by scootERIK
Fri Oct 23, 2020 6:41 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Need to vent after dog attacked scooter
Replies: 21
Views: 833

Being able to change your own tires is a great skill to have. The first few times can be a little time consuming as you figure out the technique but with practice it can be a very quick and easy procedure. Worst case if halfway in you figure out that you can't do it you can always take it in to the ...
by scootERIK
Tue Oct 13, 2020 12:26 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Royal Alloy
Replies: 53
Views: 3140

It's been a few months since the last post so how are those Royal Alloys running? And more pictures please.
by scootERIK
Mon Oct 12, 2020 1:41 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 100,000 mile Buddy 125!
Replies: 145
Views: 26335

You have to do something special when you turn 100,000! Any plans? I might try to get a video of it rolling over, plus lots of pictures. Then I might go for a ride. After that I have a lot of maintenance and repairs to do. The bad part is the owner's manual doesn't have the 100,000 service recommen...
by scootERIK
Mon Oct 12, 2020 1:53 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 100,000 mile Buddy 125!
Replies: 145
Views: 26335

So close... I did manage to get a hole in my rear tire but luckily it was a slow leak. I keep a back up ready to go so I on the road in under 20 minutes, just in time to make it to the last group ride of the year. https://i.postimg.cc/tJKpBbkq/black-buddy-99000-0-miles-close.jpg A few miles later I ...
by scootERIK
Mon Oct 12, 2020 1:18 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Advice on a 2009 Buddy International italia 150cc used!
Replies: 20
Views: 1010

I am starting to think the the OP is the same person who posted the Craigslist ad. They are trying to use Modern Buddy to find a buyer for their overpriced scooter. Even at $2500 you would be better off going and buying a brand new Genuine 170i in the same color. I would be willing to bet it would b...
by scootERIK
Sat Oct 10, 2020 12:48 am
Forum: Scooter Gallery
Topic: Neat Odometer Readings
Replies: 193
Views: 33602

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by scootERIK
Sun Sep 27, 2020 4:29 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 100,000 mile Buddy 125!
Replies: 145
Views: 26335

What rear tire size are you using? I see you tried a 130/70 a while ago and had some rubbing on the plastic fender. My 130/70 Shinko SR425 has worn a groove thru the plastic fender where a sharp ridge molded into the sidewall has rubbed. The bead was also very hard to seat for my tire. Right now I ...
by scootERIK
Sun Sep 27, 2020 1:10 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 100,000 mile Buddy 125!
Replies: 145
Views: 26335

Getting closer-


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by scootERIK
Mon Sep 21, 2020 8:45 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Buddy 125 bogs down
Replies: 8
Views: 570

Have you tried cleaning out the CVT, especially the variator? Make sure to inspect the rollers to make sure they are still round.




There is always a chance it is still the diaphragm, those things can be a real pain in the butt.
by scootERIK
Sun Sep 20, 2020 12:24 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Advice on a 2009 Buddy International italia 150cc used!
Replies: 20
Views: 1010

For $3200 you can buy a brand new Buddy 170i in same color and it will have a two year warranty. Plus, it is 11 years newer and it will have better resale value if you decide you don't like scooters. I wouldn't pay over $1500 for it myself. I can pretty much guarantee you that it has 11 year old tir...
by scootERIK
Wed Sep 16, 2020 1:05 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Buddy 150 hesistation
Replies: 4
Views: 449

If the scooter has only had 400 miles put on it in ~10 months there is a chance the carb needs to be cleaned again. You may even have old gas in there. I would get some Seafoam or other additive and add it to the tank, then run all or most the gas out of the tank then refill it(again adding Seafoam....
by scootERIK
Tue Sep 15, 2020 3:16 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 100,000 mile Buddy 125!
Replies: 145
Views: 26335

The last few thousand miles had a little drama. At around 96,280 miles while riding at 50+ mph the scooter died. The good thing is I was 95% sure I knew what the problem was before I coasted to a stop. The spark plug cap had fallen off. I put it back on hoping it would stay, but it fell off again le...
by scootERIK
Sun Sep 13, 2020 11:36 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Genuine is introducing two new scooters
Replies: 42
Views: 2216

I'd upload pictures of the scooter but apparently I've permanently reached my upload limit. No more How-To's and other tech postings for me I guess. Have you looked into a photo hosting site like https://postimages.org That's how I post pictures to this site. They seem to do a decent job, though th...
by scootERIK
Mon Aug 24, 2020 4:15 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: White sidewall tires?
Replies: 18
Views: 922

Shinko makes a 3.50-10 tubeless whitewall with a classic treat pattern for about $35. I've never used SR550 tire but I have used Shinko tires for other motorcycles and a scooter. I think they are excellent tires and universally have great reviews but for some reason some Genuine Buddy riders don't ...
by scootERIK
Sat Aug 22, 2020 3:37 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 100,000 mile Buddy 125!
Replies: 145
Views: 26335

Another bunch of easy miles on the Buddy 125. Only needed to do an oil change and throw a new tire on the front. The suspension is really getting soft after all these miles. It is quite noticeable when I hit bumps mid corner. New suspension is on the list for 100k maintenance. EDIT: Decided to put m...
by scootERIK
Wed Aug 12, 2020 3:32 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: White sidewall tires?
Replies: 18
Views: 922

The OP has a 50cc so this might be about the only option* - https://www.scooterworks.com/Prima-Tire-Whitewall-30-x-10-Genuine-Bud-50-Buddy-Kick-P13213.aspx I haven't tried it but some companies do make paint for painting on whitewalls - https://www.rangerpaint.com/products/white-sidewall * After a q...
by scootERIK
Tue Aug 11, 2020 5:28 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Royal Alloy
Replies: 53
Views: 3140

I have now seen a used Royal Alloy for sale. A 2020 in black with ~140 miles for $2499. Those 140 miles were pretty expensive miles assuming a $3500 purchase price plus freight, set-up, documentation fee, tax, title, and license. That's over $10 a mile. $2499 seems like a really good deal though - h...
by scootERIK
Sun Aug 09, 2020 5:07 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Buddy Kick Weirdness
Replies: 13
Views: 734

I never tried using the Tender to start the vehicle, so I apologize if that was conveyed. I did hope that it would somewhat restore some "juice" after many hours, but apparently I should not have expected that. If my math is correct it could take ~9.5 hours for your battery to fully charg...
by scootERIK
Fri Aug 07, 2020 12:34 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Buddy 125 wont idle
Replies: 10
Views: 596

Have you tried adjusting the air/fuel screw? I fully rebuilt the carb. I screwed the air screw back in (2 1/2?) to find the right setting and put it back where I found it. I have not touched it since. I suppose I could mess with it. Taking it our ads air or fuel? I am not super knowledgeable on it ...
by scootERIK
Thu Aug 06, 2020 9:47 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Buddy 125 wont idle
Replies: 10
Views: 596

Have you tried adjusting the air/fuel screw?
by scootERIK
Fri Jul 31, 2020 2:08 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 100,000 mile Buddy 125!
Replies: 145
Views: 26335

Wheee! Your Buddy is having one heck of an adventure. Great pictures. I even had a little bonus adventure when I got lost. I was on a really fun road so I decide I would stay on it for a little while longer before turning off but I wasn't paying attention to which direction I was going(the road cur...
by scootERIK
Fri Jul 31, 2020 4:39 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 100,000 mile Buddy 125!
Replies: 145
Views: 26335

Two thousand more miles. Swapped the seat out for my old seat that has a lot less mile on it and it really helped. Seems like the seats last about 30,000 miles before they get too soft for me. Pulled the NCY exhaust and went back to stock when I put on a new rear tire. The NCY exhaust is fun around ...
by scootERIK
Fri Jul 24, 2020 9:50 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: New buddy haver
Replies: 9
Views: 778

tenders wrote:* Carrier bucket knob-style bolts, $6
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00NQBQ4IM
That's a good idea, I might get a set for my scooter.
by scootERIK
Tue Jul 21, 2020 9:23 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Royal Alloy
Replies: 53
Views: 3140

So far only 2 of the 5 colors are pictured. At least 3 more people need to go out and buy a Royal Alloy so we can see pictures of all the colors. Also, we need more pictures and more reviews. I'm curious what kind of MPG the Royal Alloy is getting out in the real world? Smiley face eating popcorn em...
by scootERIK
Sat Jul 18, 2020 1:43 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Tire age? New tires over 6 years old.
Replies: 18
Views: 956

Re: Tire age? New tires over 6 years old.

What is everyone’s opinion on tire age? I would never recommend anyone trying this but last year I did an experiment with a set of 10 year old tires just to see how they would ride. The tires were the OEM Cheng Shin C922 with ~1,500 miles of wear that had been sitting in my garage for a several y...
by scootERIK
Wed Jul 15, 2020 2:24 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Can you look at your clip for me? :)
Replies: 4
Views: 435

When I need one small Genuine part I ask my dealer not to special order it, just add it to their next parts order. They are ordering parts every week or two so I usually don't have to wait long and I don't pay shipping. It might help that my local dealer does a lot of service and part sales. I just ...
by scootERIK
Mon Jul 13, 2020 8:46 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Scooter stalls when stopped after 30 minutes of driving
Replies: 5
Views: 457

Might be the stator.
by scootERIK
Sat Jul 11, 2020 8:17 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Design philosophy question about scooter headlights
Replies: 15
Views: 878

Don't forget you have to factor in countersteer and lean. Just speculating but I would think that in at least certain situations fixed headlights are better, for instance faster turns with a good amount of lean angle. So I would think that each has it's own strengths and weaknesses. I would like to ...
by scootERIK
Sat Jul 11, 2020 2:18 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Tire age? New tires over 6 years old.
Replies: 18
Views: 956

If you are going to buy off the internet check out www.revzilla.com they have good prices, free shipping on orders over $40, and they sell enough tires that they shouldn't have old tires sitting around.
by scootERIK
Thu Jul 09, 2020 9:02 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Tires: Looking for better traction on 170i
Replies: 13
Views: 805

Why not buy a good set of tires and paint the whitewalls on?
https://www.rangerpaint.com/products/white-sidewall
by scootERIK
Thu Jul 09, 2020 2:48 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Brand New 2018 buddy 125 Speedometer WAY off.
Replies: 26
Views: 1152

Unbelievably easy to roll back the odometer on a buddy. All you would have to do is make a shaft with a grinder and hook it to a drill. Not sure how hard it would be to open the speedometer and replace the face, most likely it will just be held together with plastic clips. After watching Ferris Beu...
by scootERIK
Sun Jul 05, 2020 4:16 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Tire Recommendations for Buddy 125
Replies: 18
Views: 1003

My current favorite is the Pirelli Angel 3.50-10 good handling dry and wet, fairly long life for a 10" tire, and the price isn't too bad. I like Kenda: https://www.summitracing.com/parts/KNT-044131010B1?seid=srese1&gclid=Cj0KCQjw0YD4BRD2ARIsAHwmKVkKS4mtToaZcYm1Ii1VXOQdPkrathP6C3YMuPZ1hxvTzr...
by scootERIK
Sat Jul 04, 2020 9:30 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 100,000 mile Buddy 125!
Replies: 145
Views: 26335

This 1,000 miles required a little maintenance some scheduled some not. Over the last few hundred miles the clutch went from making just a little noise to making a lot of noise. I believe that at least one of the bearings has failed*. In hindsight it was probably going for a while but the only sympt...
by scootERIK
Thu Jul 02, 2020 12:57 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: PLEASE HELP new buddy 125 rear brake issue & stability i
Replies: 24
Views: 998

It could also be my issue with the low top speed. Your scooter goes over 50 mph so it doesn't have a low top speed for a Buddy 125. Most of my Buddy 125s have topped out at 52-53 mph. If someone told you that it would go 60+ mph either they lied to you or they don't know what they are talking about...
by scootERIK
Tue Jun 30, 2020 4:42 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Brand New 2018 buddy 125 Speedometer WAY off.
Replies: 26
Views: 1152

Re: Brand New 2018 buddy 125 Speedometer WAY off.

I just picked up a brand new 2018 buddy 125 and took it easy during the break-in. I finally opened it up a little bit and not to thrilled with the top speed . The Buddy 125's top speed is only 50+ mph. Anything over 50mph is a bonus. Some people believe that it takes ~1,500 miles to full break-in a...
by scootERIK
Mon Jun 29, 2020 3:23 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: EEC issues, fuel drip from Active Carbon Can
Replies: 6
Views: 525

Thanks! As I have an '08, I don't have the "neck ring" but I can certainly shoot for below the neck. I just double checked my '08 gas tank and I was wrong when I said to fill to the neck, you want to be ~1/2 to 1 inch below the neck. Which is about 1.5 inches from the top of the tank. Ano...
by scootERIK
Mon Jun 29, 2020 4:22 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: EEC issues, fuel drip from Active Carbon Can
Replies: 6
Views: 525

Re: EEC issues, fuel drip from Active Carbon Can

And if so... what is the proper stopping point when filling my Buddy's gas tank to prevent this from happening again in the future? Depends with gas tank you have. There are at least two different tank, really I think there are at least three. In my opinion the easiest tank to fill is in the one th...
by scootERIK
Mon Jun 22, 2020 6:47 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Royal Alloy
Replies: 53
Views: 3140

As it's already built in china, I'd be worried about trying to get things made any cheaper, unless we want a 250-300 cc motor built so much on the cheap that it's a time bomb. To be even more specific- by cheap I meant lower tech not lower quality. Things like going to a 2 valve engine versus a 4 v...
by scootERIK
Sun Jun 21, 2020 4:01 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Adjusting headlight aim
Replies: 3
Views: 397

If I remember correctly there is a screw underneath the headlight that you have to loosen then you can change the angle of the headlight, then tighten the screw to hold it in place. It's the screw the red arrow is pointing at. https://i.postimg.cc/YSg8hXGM/headlight-screw-2.png https://i.postimg.cc/...
by scootERIK
Fri Jun 19, 2020 4:23 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Genuine is introducing two new scooters
Replies: 42
Views: 2216

It's interesting that Genuine is adding 50cc models when Yamaha has recently discontinued all their 50s in the US market. 2018 was the last year for the Vino 50 and 2019 appears to have been the last year for the Zuma 50F/50FX. Yamaha's website currently only lists 3 scooters: Zuma 125cc, Smax 155c...
by scootERIK
Wed Jun 17, 2020 10:31 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Buddy 125 exhaust gasket.....
Replies: 11
Views: 774

I am pretty sure I put over 40,000 miles on one with no problems.

I know I have done over 20,000 on a few of them with no issues.
by scootERIK
Wed Jun 17, 2020 4:26 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 100,000 mile Buddy 125!
Replies: 145
Views: 26335

I don't see 100,000 happening , unless Genuine wants to give me a parts sponsorship then maybe. My big goal is 56,500 miles, then I will have done 50k real miles on it since the odometer is off by about 11%, plus the 942 miles it had on it when I got it(plus some rounding.) But in the mean time I a...
by scootERIK
Wed Jun 17, 2020 4:02 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Royal Alloy
Replies: 53
Views: 3140

Agreed about a sub forum needed. I just sold my 2t Stella and now I’m trying to find out more impressions and tips on the Royal Alloys. If they ever come out with a green one... man that will be the perfect replacement for my Great British Stella. I really hope Genuine brings out a Royal Alloy in...