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by dasscooter
Mon Oct 21, 2019 7:44 pm
Forum: G400C Discussion
Topic: Where did the enthusiasm go?
Replies: 17
Views: 2276

Why are smaller bikes so popular? Easy, they attract new and/or younger riders. When I first started riding motorcycles back in the early 70's, there were plenty of smaller, unintimidating bikes available from both European and Japanese manufacturers. I'm not a tall person but even when I was in my...
by dasscooter
Mon Oct 14, 2019 9:57 pm
Forum: G400C Discussion
Topic: Where did the enthusiasm go?
Replies: 17
Views: 2276

In person the fit and finish is cheap - the gauges look like they came from a Chinese 4 wheeler.

For the money there's other and better bikes out there, especially in the used market. It's a total buyer's market.
by dasscooter
Wed Sep 04, 2019 9:39 pm
Forum: G400C Discussion
Topic: What happened to the G400?
Replies: 1
Views: 1167

What happened to the G400?

Did anyone ever buy one of those things?

I know it must be a tough market for the G400 (and for new bikes in general) when you can get a low mileage Bonneville for a grand less. Hopefully it hasn't hit Genuine too hard
by dasscooter
Mon Jul 01, 2019 6:36 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Venture 50 CDI & Stuff
Replies: 6
Views: 1227

Yeah, the restriction wire is unpluggable - it'll probably be unplugged already.

The last Venture I rode was SLOW. That engine is quick in the Zuma but dead slow in the Venture.
by dasscooter
Thu Jun 27, 2019 5:21 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Royal Alloy GT 150 in the USA
Replies: 64
Views: 10045


Agreed. Genuine could have used one of their existing engines from the 170i or 220 Blur to help the Royal Alloy compete. The 125-150cc segment is very crowded.
That would be easy if those were their engines
by dasscooter
Fri May 17, 2019 9:05 pm
Forum: G400C Discussion
Topic: Got a G400C? Post Your First Ride Impression Here!
Replies: 8
Views: 1996

I sure see a lot of Bonnevilles running around but no G400's.

It's a tough market for the G400 when a used Bonneville is cheaper and will hold it's value.
by dasscooter
Tue Feb 12, 2019 7:59 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Mystery part
Replies: 5
Views: 1595

Resurrecting this thread, and cross-posting it to other threads, because it comes up in relevant keyword searches. I'm replacing the original 2009 rear tire on my Buddy 50, and while removing the muffler I broke the ears off of this "mystery device" that not all Buddy 50s even possess. It...
by dasscooter
Mon Feb 04, 2019 7:17 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Anyone else have a cold blooded Buddy 125?
Replies: 20
Views: 1551

If you're using premium gas it may not have enough compression to light it off when that cold.
by dasscooter
Tue Nov 27, 2018 10:15 pm
Forum: G400C Discussion
Topic: Motorcycles!
Replies: 50
Views: 6615

I think you're right, dassscooter, but just to clarify: my Stella is NOT a pile! I love it, it is beautiful, and it has taught me a lot about value. I know that Genuine didn't manufacture the Stella and doesn't manufacture the G400C. My only complaint is with how Genuine is marketing them to us. Th...
by dasscooter
Tue Nov 27, 2018 5:16 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 250cc or 300cc Scooter
Replies: 39
Views: 6037

I don't see PGO building something over 170cc so I wouldn't wait up
by dasscooter
Tue Nov 27, 2018 5:08 pm
Forum: G400C Discussion
Topic: Motorcycles!
Replies: 50
Views: 6615

Someone like JohnK is why I think Genuine should have named their motorcycle brand something *not* Genuine. I've already gotten the whole "I like the G400 but my Stella was a pile" a few times. I try to explain that they couldn't be more different and that Genuine themselves aren't out bac...
by dasscooter
Thu Nov 01, 2018 4:56 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Confirmation of Carburetor Float Valve Position
Replies: 4
Views: 1088

That is correct, yes.
by dasscooter
Thu Oct 18, 2018 8:05 pm
Forum: G400C Discussion
Topic: Genuine G400C
Replies: 487
Views: 74881

I'm so happy to see the bikes finally land. Something that's worrying me is whether the tariffs on Chinese products will apply to these vehicles. Does anybody actually know anything definitive about this? There's no doubt that these are Chinese-made. The tariffs could drive the price of these bikes...
by dasscooter
Wed Oct 17, 2018 2:25 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Honda Ruckus to Genuine Buddy?
Replies: 6
Views: 1460

No but the aluminum wheels that are coming on the new Buddy's should be available sooner than later (through the dealer)
by dasscooter
Fri Oct 12, 2018 3:29 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Suddenly Buddy won’t start. Need help urgently if possible
Replies: 31
Views: 2193

That battery (4L) is for the 50cc, not the 125cc. The 125cc uses a 7A sized battery.
by dasscooter
Thu Oct 11, 2018 5:26 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Suddenly Buddy won’t start. Need help urgently if possible
Replies: 31
Views: 2193

Replace your battery
by dasscooter
Tue Oct 09, 2018 8:53 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Slider weights and belt replacement gone wrong?
Replies: 12
Views: 1453

Grab the pulley with both hands and push the belt down into the pulley with your right fingertips. The pulley rotates while opening so just trying to wedge it apart won't be easy.
by dasscooter
Tue Oct 09, 2018 3:55 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Slider weights and belt replacement gone wrong?
Replies: 12
Views: 1453

Yes, your belt is currently in the way of your variator tightening up all the way. It can be a pain in the butt for sure - getting the belt into the clutch takes a significant amount of grip strength. My trick is to install the variator hand tight and then make sure the belt can spin free before tor...
by dasscooter
Fri Oct 05, 2018 4:39 pm
Forum: Stella Discussion
Topic: 2T oil tank overfilled?
Replies: 15
Views: 1689

1. Did you leave the gas on? That'll do it on the smoke issue

2. There's a seal that can leak between the oil tank and the filler tube
by dasscooter
Sat Sep 15, 2018 7:55 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 2013 Buddy 170i starting problems
Replies: 4
Views: 993

If your battery drops below a certain voltage when cranking, the ECU will cut spark. The 170i engine is pretty hard to crank over so it's a common problem.
by dasscooter
Sat Sep 15, 2018 7:50 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: fuel air mixture screw
Replies: 9
Views: 1173

Throw that junk out and order an OEM carburetor from Scooterworks. It's expensive but you won't have another problem. Your nice Taiwanese carburetor was likely replaced with a $20 carburetor made out of pot metal. EDIT: A good carburetor will prevent fuel from entering your engine even if your fuel ...
by dasscooter
Sat Sep 01, 2018 5:09 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: what scooter clubs are there?
Replies: 40
Views: 33988

Scooter clubs are so 2009!
by dasscooter
Fri Aug 31, 2018 3:04 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Spark plug question
Replies: 8
Views: 1251

How many months is a "few days"?

:wink:
by dasscooter
Fri Aug 17, 2018 4:24 pm
Forum: Black Cat, Rattler & Roughhouse Discussion
Topic: Looking into transmission tuning
Replies: 14
Views: 2585

Before you spend all that money and time, start with installing some 7.5G rollers (not sliders). Size should be 16x13 if I remember right. Stock weight is 8.5G.

If you decide you still want more, upgrade the contra spring in the original clutch
by dasscooter
Sat Aug 11, 2018 2:05 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 50 project.
Replies: 5
Views: 929

Now that's some depreciation! :lol:
by dasscooter
Thu Aug 09, 2018 6:13 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Constant carburetor issues
Replies: 6
Views: 985

Using Ethanol-Free fuel only will solve all carburetor issues. Problem is you don't seem to have a place to store a gas can. Personally I keep three 5 gallon cans and a 2.5 gallon can with the fancy nozzle for filling bikes. Everything I own except my trucks and Miata get ethanol-free fuel. As long ...
by dasscooter
Thu Aug 09, 2018 6:05 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Buddy 50 Tire Options
Replies: 16
Views: 1274

Stock size is 90/90-10 or 3.00 - 10 (same size) front and rear.

3.50 - 10 fits on the rear but it's close to the fender.

I would do the Michelin S1 90/90-10 on the front and 3.50/10 on the rear. For some reason, the metric 100/90-10 is a little wider than 3.50/10 in my experience.
by dasscooter
Tue Aug 07, 2018 8:44 pm
Forum: G400C Discussion
Topic: Genuine G400C
Replies: 487
Views: 74881

*record scratch*
by dasscooter
Tue Aug 07, 2018 8:43 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Commute question
Replies: 9
Views: 1057

Stock is more reliable
by dasscooter
Mon Aug 06, 2018 4:52 pm
Forum: Black Cat, Rattler & Roughhouse Discussion
Topic: Throttle on start?
Replies: 2
Views: 1610

Yep. Most 2t's want a smidge of throttle. They'll still start if you just hit the button, but it takes longer.
by dasscooter
Mon Aug 06, 2018 4:48 pm
Forum: Stella Discussion
Topic: Seat is stuck closed _Stella4T -SOLVED (me idiot)
Replies: 2
Views: 946

It's unlocked, right? The button will still push down if it's locked - just won't open

If it's jammed, smack it harder. They can stick pretty good if the seat is way out of alignment
by dasscooter
Mon Aug 06, 2018 4:41 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Seat cushion
Replies: 16
Views: 1957

I also have that mesh cover on my Buddy. For long rides I use an Alaska Leather sheepskin seat cover. You can buy them on Ebay. They actually come from Alaska!
by dasscooter
Sat Aug 04, 2018 2:36 pm
Forum: Stella Discussion
Topic: Vespa smallframe - fair price
Replies: 8
Views: 1322

NOLA If you're the gambling type, dropping a grand at a rally's raffle is *almost* a sure fire way to win a scooter My friends out in Pensacola would do this to support the rally and they'd always get a scooter. Not just one, but TWO new Kymcos. They finally had to stop because they ran out of room....
by dasscooter
Fri Aug 03, 2018 8:20 pm
Forum: Stella Discussion
Topic: Vespa smallframe - fair price
Replies: 8
Views: 1322

If not getting a good deal isn't the end of the world for you and a smallie is what you want - go for it. They don't come up for sale too often.

I wouldn't overpay for something like a P-Series, but they're a dime a dozen.

There's far worse ways to spend $2k
by dasscooter
Fri Aug 03, 2018 5:49 pm
Forum: Stella Discussion
Topic: Vespa smallframe - fair price
Replies: 8
Views: 1322

Looks like he accidentally added an extra zero Smallies hold value but the market has crashed unless you live in a super hip city with a vintage shop. It's probably worth $1500-2K running and driving. Shipping the engine off for a rebuild will run you about that much. If he thinks it's worth 2K+ in ...
by dasscooter
Fri Aug 03, 2018 2:14 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Easy/Inexpensive Speed Upgrades for a Buddy 170i?
Replies: 33
Views: 2193

Best easy bang for the buck is a fly screen, second is shed weight...I know...not always the proper thing to say but weight on the bike really does matter. Extra tools? Full can of seafoam? Heavy backpack or top box? It all adds up quickly Many people carry around at least 10lbs of stuff they don't...
by dasscooter
Thu Aug 02, 2018 3:27 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Buddy beginner break-in blues
Replies: 16
Views: 1570

Pro tip: Buy 2 stroke oil from your dealer

Normal city driving is fine for break in. Don't take it on a highway trip but you don't have to putt around at 15mph for 400 miles.
by dasscooter
Tue Jul 31, 2018 8:54 pm
Forum: Black Cat, Rattler & Roughhouse Discussion
Topic: Picked up a RH. Parts needed.
Replies: 1
Views: 1521

OT but I like the mini trailer
by dasscooter
Tue Jul 31, 2018 8:50 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Metzeler ME1 scoot tire...any experience
Replies: 3
Views: 981

S1's for me
by dasscooter
Sat Jul 28, 2018 7:53 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Buddy 125 vapor lock
Replies: 5
Views: 1029

When the buddy first came out vacuum lock was a big ordeal. That was a decade ago!
by dasscooter
Sat Jul 28, 2018 5:57 pm
Forum: Stella Discussion
Topic: Highest mileage Stella 4t
Replies: 5
Views: 1283

As it was mentioned before, spare parts will be the issue. The Stella 4T was made by LML in India which went out of business and has been liquidated. LML went out of business before, but this time it seems to have stuck. The highest bidder to open LML back up was much less than the liquidation (scra...
by dasscooter
Fri Jul 27, 2018 8:39 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Buddy 125 vapor lock
Replies: 5
Views: 1029

For a second I thought it was 2007 again :lol: :lol:
by dasscooter
Thu Jul 12, 2018 8:44 pm
Forum: Stella Discussion
Topic: Ummm...I had to P again
Replies: 4
Views: 1379

I was ecstatic to get $1500 for my technician owned P200 with a bunch of SIP goodies and a title in my name. 10 years ago I would have killed someone for that kind of deal.

Took a few months to sell. Nobody even bit until one guy messaged me - not even any lowball offers.
by dasscooter
Fri Jul 06, 2018 5:51 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 100,000 mile Buddy 125!
Replies: 145
Views: 27619

Now that you have the engine out, it's pretty easy to pull the top end and check for play in the rod. Check these as you pull it apart:

*Valve clearance
*Up and down play where the piston attaches to the rod
*Up and down play of the crankshaft itself.
by dasscooter
Fri Jul 06, 2018 3:20 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Adventures in trike shopping. NBR
Replies: 6
Views: 1000

If you can find an automatic Miata, they're dirt cheap! Like can't give 'em away cheap.
by dasscooter
Thu Jul 05, 2018 7:50 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Adventures in trike shopping. NBR
Replies: 6
Views: 1000

Why not a Mazda Miata instead?
by dasscooter
Tue Jul 03, 2018 6:46 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 2017 SMAX (used) or New Kymco Like 150i?
Replies: 38
Views: 3339

Once you get used to having hand brakes, you'll hate having a foot brake. My Elite 250 has a foot brake and it's lame going back to the foot brake after riding normal scooters. Especially in group rides or in the twisties. I'm actually going to convert that one to a hand brake the next time I have t...
by dasscooter
Tue Jul 03, 2018 6:37 pm
Forum: G400C Discussion
Topic: Genuine G400C
Replies: 487
Views: 74881

skully93 wrote:I've been told Fall is most likely. Disappointing because they won't sell in many places after the Summer. There were customs hurdles.
-From 2016

Won't be long now! :lol: :lol: :lol: :roll:
by dasscooter
Wed Jun 27, 2018 4:47 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 2017 SMAX (used) or New Kymco Like 150i?
Replies: 38
Views: 3339

Here's Dodge Rider on Youtube that did 1000mi in 24hrs on his Spade. A Spade might be a good bike for you if you liked the more classic feel of the Stella vs a plastic modern scooter.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ccLenZ3s4vg
by dasscooter
Tue Jun 26, 2018 7:02 pm
Forum: Stella Discussion
Topic: Engine Blown Again, What to do?
Replies: 49
Views: 4187

How does that work exactly? (How does that work in practice?) Does one have real gears but no clutch lever? Normal up/down toe shifting, like on a motorcycle, but without the need (or ability) to actuate the clutch? I've seen two solutions for the semi-auto in that engine configuration. The old Cub...