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by skipper20
Mon Jan 18, 2021 3:43 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 110cc and Under Scooter Choice
Replies: 18
Views: 300

Re: 110cc and Under Scooter Choice

Red. My favorite scooter color.
by skipper20
Sun Jan 17, 2021 3:52 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 110cc and Under Scooter Choice
Replies: 18
Views: 300

Re: 110cc and Under Scooter Choice

I doubt I know a thing more than the next guy. Skipper20 comes here about every 15 months asking the same questions with a different set of scooters. Makes me think he's looking for company more than sensible direction. I have a 50cc and a 400cc. I put 3X the miles on the 50 I do on the Burgman. Li...
by skipper20
Fri Jan 08, 2021 5:14 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 110cc and Under Scooter Choice
Replies: 18
Views: 300

Re: 110cc and Under Scooter Choice

I doubt I know a thing more than the next guy. Skipper20 comes here about every 15 months asking the same questions with a different set of scooters. Makes me think he's looking for company more than sensible direction. I have a 50cc and a 400cc. I put 3X the miles on the 50 I do on the Burgman. Li...
by skipper20
Wed Jan 06, 2021 6:22 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 110cc and Under Scooter Choice
Replies: 18
Views: 300

Re: 110cc and Under Scooter Choice

OK, if I take the 2 Rattler 110s out of the picture leaving the '05 2t and the '15 4t Zuma 50s, which would be your choice? Again, speed is not a factor. At my advanced age I'm perfectly OK with 35 mph tops as I'm now confined to the neighborhood side streets where posted speed limits are 25 - 35. R...
by skipper20
Sun Jan 03, 2021 3:36 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 110cc and Under Scooter Choice
Replies: 18
Views: 300

110cc and Under Scooter Choice

Putting aside any Genuine Scooter bias, if you were faced with a buying decision, with the sellers' asking prices ranging from $1,200 to $1,500 for the following 4 scooters, which one would be your first choice? All are in good running and cosmetically good or better condition. None of them have mor...
by skipper20
Wed Oct 14, 2020 4:54 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Hooligan 170 vs Vespa GTS250
Replies: 31
Views: 1411

Re: Hooligan 170 vs Vespa GTS250

Hopefully someone will chime in who has owned both. I sold my Buddy 150 a couple years ago to get a Vespa 150. Worst decision. Vespa was so slow compared to the buddy. I sold the Vespa and now looking for a slightly bigger scooter. Rides around here require I be on roads that exceed 50mph. The 150 ...
by skipper20
Fri Jul 24, 2020 5:05 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Young news woman has fatal scooter crash in NYC
Replies: 9
Views: 691

Re: Young news woman has fatal scooter crash in NYC

She was riding as a passenger on a Revel electric scooter they had rented. (Photos at the link). From the article, it sounds like it was a survivable, bumps and bruises type of accident. No car was involved. The article does not say whether the young reporter was wearing a helmet. I suspect she was...
by skipper20
Tue Jul 14, 2020 4:00 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Buddy 170i TRIKE (not mine) on ebay right now
Replies: 4
Views: 596

Re: Buddy 170i TRIKE (not mine) on ebay right now

Seems like a decent price for what I can't imagine is a cheap conversion: https://www.ebay.com/itm/2014-Other-Makes-Buddy-170I-WTRIKE-KIT/203025917839?hash=item2f4549a78f:g:T8cAAOSwEDde7Ogm The Count Thanks but at 87 y.o. I'm going to stick with my 3 wheel Honda Gyros. They lean when I turn. Bill i...
by skipper20
Wed Jun 10, 2020 3:48 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: A mid-50MPH Buddy 50 build...
Replies: 22
Views: 1661

Re: A mid-50MPH Buddy 50 build...

I decided to post some info on my Buddy 50 for those who are doing planning something similar. I relied on a lot of posts here, but I plan on putting a lot of info in this thread for others. First, the backstory... Last year, my best friend and his wife stumbled across some 50cc Tao Tao scooters. H...
by skipper20
Sun Jun 07, 2020 2:20 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Jay Leno rides a Buddy
Replies: 11
Views: 1239

Looks like a Buddy Blackjack 150 from the blurry badge on the front. I would really like one of these if I could find a good used one for the price. Seattle Craigslist has a 2009 model for sale... https://seattle.craigslist.org/kit/mcy/d/vaughn-09-genuine-blackjack-scooter/7131507551.html If you co...
by skipper20
Fri May 22, 2020 4:05 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Vino 125 vs. Buddy 125
Replies: 16
Views: 870

Re: Vino 125 vs. Buddy 125

I've been away for a little while- still own three Buddy 125s. They never break or give me problems. SO BORING! :D (except when I am riding them, which is more fun than ever). Anyone here have both bikes or have ridden both? I've had both. The only thing the Vino 125 beats the Buddy 125 on is the k...
by skipper20
Fri May 15, 2020 2:41 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Buddy 170i Riding 50-55 MPH for extended time?
Replies: 14
Views: 787

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

Recently purchased a 170i 18k miles seems to run great. Around town its nice but out on the highway it seems to be working a bit hard. Did an run through the highway at about 50 - 60 for about an hour and (other than using most of my gas) it seems just fine. But it sounds a bit abused. Of course th...
by skipper20
Mon Apr 27, 2020 3:37 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Modification Question: What should I do to my Eclipse?
Replies: 24
Views: 1229

Re: Modification Question: What should I do to my Eclipse?

Bought this a few years ago, didn't ride it too much, and recently thought about selling it. Pulled it out to clean 'er up and take some photos, took it for a spin and decided to hang on to it. 2017 with only 450 miles. Never been wrecked or dropped. I've got a lot of time because of the current pa...
by skipper20
Mon Feb 10, 2020 4:25 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Yes Virginia, there is an Electric Genuine scooter!
Replies: 31
Views: 3263

If you have ever lived with an electric car, you will never want to go back to ICE. Smooth, quiet and powerful! EVs, whether 4 wheels or 2 wheels, are the future of surface transportation. I applaud each and everyone of you who have taken that step now or are seriously thinking about taking that st...
by skipper20
Fri Jan 17, 2020 4:24 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: An invitation to trouble?
Replies: 7
Views: 1606

scootERIK wrote:Scam. By me they usually list 300cc Vespas for $1000-$1500.

My guess is they will try to get you to send them money which they will keep. I flag every ad I see like this, I don't know if it helps but I figure it can't hurt.
I flagged it. It's gone.
by skipper20
Wed Jan 15, 2020 5:27 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: An invitation to trouble?
Replies: 7
Views: 1606

An invitation to trouble?

Anyone out there think this CL ad is legit? https://spokane.craigslist.org/mpo/d/spokane-2015-vespa-primavera-150-super/7055822231.html Especially when the seller calls it a Lambretta, describes the color as white when it clearly is not white and wants just $1,000. That alone is an invitation to tro...
by skipper20
Thu Oct 10, 2019 4:43 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Yamaha Zuma 50 vs Genuine Roughhouse 50
Replies: 2
Views: 1028

Yamaha Zuma 50 vs Genuine Roughhouse 50

Comparing 2 stroke only, which would be the better performer? OK, how about the later 4 stroke fuel injected Zuma 50 vs the 2 stroke RH 50? I'm thinking about doing a trade deal for one of my Honda Gyros.

Bill in Seattle
'84 Honda Gyro Red
'86 Honda Gyro S Red
by skipper20
Fri Sep 27, 2019 3:03 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Hooligan 170i User Reviews?
Replies: 11
Views: 2537

Re: Hooligan 170i User Reviews?

Anyone have a Hooligan 170i they have been riding for a while and could give me a review? Looking to buy one. Sat on it in a dealer last year and it felt more comfortable than the buddy seating and positioning. The best scooter I've ever owned and I had 2 of them, one in Tucson, AZ and one here in ...
by skipper20
Tue Aug 20, 2019 3:33 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Genuine for Driving Cross Country?
Replies: 37
Views: 3706

Re: Genuine for Driving Cross Country?

Between these three which would you pick? Hands down the 170i but only on back roads and at variable speeds. If you run one speed for an extended period of time, it will protest and stop running always at a most inconvenient place. But give her a few minutes rest and she should start right up again...
by skipper20
Fri Aug 16, 2019 3:19 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Genuine electric scooter on the way?
Replies: 12
Views: 1587

Cheaper and faster than the Vespa e-scooter, and pretty nice looking to. I "might" be interested in one but I've gotten spoiled by e-bicycles. I can ride on the sidewalk, blast red lights and do other dumb bicycle things like not have to wear a helmet. Quick story: Im riding my e-bicycle ...
by skipper20
Fri Jul 19, 2019 2:49 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Kymco People GT300i, anyone?
Replies: 21
Views: 1505

After that long winded response, I guess my expanded list of possible candidates would be: Aprilia Sportcity 250, Kymco GT300i, Paggio BV350, and Yamaha XMAX 300. I need to do more research on the latter two. Back when I could ride bigger scooters, my favorite was an '08 Aprilia Sport City 250. It ...
by skipper20
Thu Jul 18, 2019 3:25 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: New to me, Used Roughhouse
Replies: 9
Views: 1003

sometimes it will struggle on a hill that is only a few degrees from level. i'm just using it to putz around my immediate area with an occasional longer ride so not really interested in a more powerful scooter. I may have to look into the variator components. thaks At your height and weight, you're...
by skipper20
Sun Jul 14, 2019 2:28 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: New to me, Used Roughhouse
Replies: 9
Views: 1003

sometimes it will struggle on a hill that is only a few degrees from level. i'm just using it to putz around my immediate area with an occasional longer ride so not really interested in a more powerful scooter. I may have to look into the variator components. thaks At your height and weight, you're...
by skipper20
Mon Jul 08, 2019 6:32 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Anyone use a dedicated wired GPS?
Replies: 14
Views: 1399

Re: Anyone use a dedicated wired GPS?

Feral_Sparky wrote:
thatguy802 wrote:Just wondering as I keep getting lost for a few hours...
I just use my phone in a mount.
Yep, I'll second the above. IF you have a smartphone with Mapquest or similar, it's the only way to go.

Bill in Seattle
'84 Honda Gyro Red
'86 Honda Gyro S Red
by skipper20
Tue May 28, 2019 3:25 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Scooter Saturday
Replies: 4
Views: 950

Re: Scooter Saturday

It was a pretty nice Saturday, this Memorial Day Weekend. Hope you guys got to ride. We visited our famed scooter store, Sportique in Denver, went to some motorcycle stores, did some maintenance and added accessories to Kristi's Buddy 170i and finished with some well-deserved ice cream! A detailed ...
by skipper20
Wed May 22, 2019 4:03 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Anyone else have a cold blooded Buddy 125?
Replies: 20
Views: 1438

Re: Anyone else have a cold blooded Buddy 125?

My 2009 Buddy 125 will not start in temps below 40 degrees. When I bought my Buddy 3 years ago, I installed a brand new OEM carb (new choke came on it), so I know the choke isn't the issue. The valves were recently adjusted, so it isn't a valve clearance issue. As soon as the temps go above 40 degr...
by skipper20
Wed May 22, 2019 3:47 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Looking for a dark windshield for a 2017 Buddy Eclipse
Replies: 10
Views: 999

Could you have it tinted? Is there any reason a windscreen can't be opaque? I really don't look through mine, just over it. Spray paint? Only if you're contemplating suicide including killing or injuring a small child or somebody's pet animal who just happened to run right in front of you but your ...
by skipper20
Mon May 13, 2019 3:00 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: First ride of the year!?
Replies: 3
Views: 706

Re: First ride of the year!?

We took the scoots out to run some errands today. It was my wife’s first time riding the 170i around town. She loved it! You can read more about our ride here if you want. It’s mundane but hey. https://velobuff.com/2019/05/12/scooting/ Sounds like the perfect scooting day. An '09 SC 250 was one...
by skipper20
Fri May 10, 2019 3:17 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Improving Aerodynamics
Replies: 30
Views: 1845

Re: Improving Aerodynamics

Hi, I'm a new member and have been searching through posts to get answers on several things but haven't seen a lot about aerodynamics here. I just purchased my first scooter, a 2007 Buddy 125 that has been professionally upgraded to a 162cc. I find aerodynamics to be a challenge for sure. This thin...
by skipper20
Thu May 02, 2019 4:51 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: I'm back in business!
Replies: 10
Views: 1098

Wow, that is a cool, niche machine! Where did you find it, how long did it take, and how is parts availability? I found it on Seattle Craig's List. The price was on the high side but it had been on CL for a month or more so the seller was in a mood to sell. We reached a mutually agreeable price whi...
by skipper20
Mon Apr 29, 2019 3:10 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: I'm back in business!
Replies: 10
Views: 1098

I'm back in business!

At 85 y.o. I thought my scootering days were over. I had owned and enjoyed over the years (but not at the same time) a Buddy 125, Blackjack 150, 2 Buddy 170is, Hooligan 170i and sandwiched in-between, a Roughhouse 50 Sport. Sold the last one a year ago and retired to the sidelines with the moniker &...
by skipper20
Sat Apr 13, 2019 4:23 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: First Time Buyer!!! Help!!
Replies: 18
Views: 1517

[quote="Point37"]...i'd also say i would wait to see if you want to ride a scooter everywhere once you move to seattle vs a car...lots of bad weather and bad/distracted drivers everywhere now.. Sez you who lives 3,000 miles away. Our weather is no worse and year-around a lot better than wh...
by skipper20
Wed Apr 10, 2019 3:20 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: First Time Buyer!!! Help!!
Replies: 18
Views: 1517

You have both already made me feel significantly more confident in my purchase! I am on my way to pick it up right now. I will post pictures once I get it. :) Assuming you bought it, you made the right choice. If you need mechanical help, the only Genuine dealer left in greater Seattle is Seattle S...
by skipper20
Wed Apr 03, 2019 3:10 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Purchasing used buddy 50 that smokes up badly. Run away?
Replies: 37
Views: 1496

Personally, I would buy it in a heartbeat for that price with the discrepancies that you mention. The smoke will normally go away after you burn out the gunk in the engine with a longish ride. Everything else should be easily repairable. Ensure that the bike's frame seems straight and everything tr...
by skipper20
Sat Mar 09, 2019 3:45 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Hooligan Upgrades?
Replies: 9
Views: 1030

Re: Hooligan Upgrades?

So, I just bought a 2019 Hooligan 170i. I wanted a bigger bike that would be more reliable than my 2014 Aprilia SR50 Factory (scheduled to be rebuilt this summer). So far I love it, even though it's a 4-stroke. I'm not looking to kit it out or anything crazy like I've done with the Aprilia (that's ...
by skipper20
Fri Mar 01, 2019 2:40 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Tons of smoke after WOT - adjust oil injector?
Replies: 16
Views: 1416

Re: Tons of smoke after WOT - adjust oil injector?

So I have my Buddy all dialed in air/fuel wise, but I still get tons of blueish white smoke. It isn't there when I just start the buddy and let it idle, but when I go WOT it gushes out like a fog machine, and then continues to smoke more than it should once it comes back down to idle. I'm pretty su...
by skipper20
Wed Feb 13, 2019 3:17 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: New 49cc Buddy vs. 49cc Roughouse
Replies: 8
Views: 1585

Re: New 49cc Buddy vs. 49cc Roughouse

We live on the big island of Hawaii about 12 miles south of Hilo. I'm a 65 year old retired dude that has ridden motorcycles and scooters since I was 8. I am considering buying one, maybe two "mopeds". Here both of these scooters are classed as mopeds, so no yearly license tags, insurance...
by skipper20
Tue Feb 05, 2019 3:55 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Buddy purchase
Replies: 42
Views: 2024

Re: Buddy purchase

I'm thinking about getting a Buddy. Does the 125 with a carburetor have a problem with carb pilot jets getting clogged? fried okra Since your initial post, check out the number of other posts relating to tech problems involving fuel issues. How many involve Buddies with EFI and how many with carbur...
by skipper20
Thu Jan 31, 2019 5:14 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Buddy purchase
Replies: 42
Views: 2024

Re: Buddy purchase

I'm thinking about getting a Buddy. Does the 125 with a carburetor have a problem with carb pilot jets getting clogged? I suspect the overall drivability of the 170i with fuel injection is better than the carbed engine 125? Such as no slow warm up period, ease of starting, and general smoother runn...
by skipper20
Tue Dec 25, 2018 4:40 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: life expectancy
Replies: 19
Views: 1705

Re: life expectancy

Hey All, I'm a fairly new scooter owner and have been perusing the internet for as many articles as I can about scooters, commuting, care of my scooter, best scooter to own... (you get the picture). I ran across and article that says, that there is a life expectancy of most transportation vehicles,...
by skipper20
Sun Dec 16, 2018 4:31 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: New scooter! Many problems.
Replies: 11
Views: 1668

Re: New scooter! Many problems.

New owner of a 2014 genuine buddy 125 scooter. Runs good! Didn't came with keys so I kick start it. The problem I have is the turn signals from front and rear don't work. Hazard lights don't work. Brake lights don't work. Fuel gauge don't work. Horn don't work. Ignition switch is busted and disconn...
by skipper20
Tue Dec 11, 2018 4:45 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: cost ? what did u get fixed and how much?
Replies: 7
Views: 1153

Re: cost ? what did u get fixed and how much?

got a blind estimate of will cost too much too fix better off buying a new bike . flat tire , replace muffler ,oil leak about a 15000 miles buddy 150 How much was the "blind estimate"? And, who gave you the estimate? Dealer or independent repair shop? Exactly how bad is the oil leak and w...
by skipper20
Sat Nov 17, 2018 3:53 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: In Cold - Starts then dies
Replies: 5
Views: 1058

Any time you have trouble specifically on cold weather starts, it's likely the auto-choke. They aren't the cheapest part in the world, but still not too bad. Any chance there'a s shop nearby that could test yours for failure? Or are you feeling confident in your screwdriver abilities? I'll second t...
by skipper20
Fri Nov 09, 2018 4:31 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Buddy 170i - won't start - and FIXED
Replies: 5
Views: 1102

Re: Buddy 170i - won't start - and FIXED

One day without warning, the buddy 170i wouldn't start. The starter would turn the engine over fine, but no spark, and no start. After some basic diagnosing, it was noted that during the "cranking" process, the battery voltage dropped to about 8 volts - not enough to light up the computer...
by skipper20
Wed Nov 07, 2018 4:39 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 70 - 90cc EFI Scooter Under 200 lbs?
Replies: 6
Views: 937

Hi Bill. What are you looking for specifically? I can tune a C3 or Zuma 50f, so it will smoke an Elite 80. I know the elite isn't fuel injected. The 3 valve, fuel injected engine will run wide open all day long. This would get you close... OK, what tuning would you do so that a Yamaha C3 could smok...
by skipper20
Tue Nov 06, 2018 8:59 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 70 - 90cc EFI Scooter Under 200 lbs?
Replies: 6
Views: 937

scootERIK wrote:Take a look at the Kymco Compagno 110i. 112 cc and 198 pounds(dry.)

https://www.kymcousa.com/showroom/compa ... ails-tabs4
It's on my shopping list. Just wondering if there are any others in my CC and max. weight range also with EFI. Thanks!

Bill in Seattle
Member Emeritus
by skipper20
Tue Nov 06, 2018 5:31 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 70 - 90cc EFI Scooter Under 200 lbs?
Replies: 6
Views: 937

70 - 90cc EFI Scooter Under 200 lbs?

I know Genuine doesn't have one but I'm wondering about any of the other known scooter/MC makers with brick and mortar dealers, i.e. no online China scoots please. The closest I've come so far is a 70cc upgrade kit for the EFI Yamaha Zuma and C3 50cc scoots but cost to buy and install is way more th...
by skipper20
Mon Oct 29, 2018 3:25 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Question about starting Buddy 50
Replies: 9
Views: 1709

Re: Question about starting Buddy 50

Hey guys, as some of you know I recently bought a new Buddy 50 and since then, I've had this issue and I don't know if it's normal or not since this is my first scooter in years and my first Genuine 2T. Ok, so the issue is, about eight out of every ten times I go to start my scooter whether cold or...
by skipper20
Wed Oct 10, 2018 8:36 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Yamaha Vino upgrade to a Buddy 125, any thoughts?
Replies: 34
Views: 2479

Thank you for the links and info! I've found some Vino 125's for sale, but i've been reading that the buddy 125 is faster and better. My preferance leans towards the Vino for styling, but i've read so many great things about the buddy i have to check them out. I just want something that won't lose ...
by skipper20
Mon Oct 08, 2018 4:02 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Yamaha Vino upgrade to a Buddy 125, any thoughts?
Replies: 34
Views: 2479

Re: Yamaha Vino upgrade to a Buddy 125, any thoughts?

I'm wanting to upgrade from my Yamaha Vino 49cc to possibly a buddy 125. The problem with my vino is obviously top speed is 40mph, but also the ride isn't comfortable. Even if my scooter was capable of going faster, i don't think i would want to go faster on it. I live in Pennsylvania and the roads...