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by GoSlash27
Sun Sep 17, 2017 2:28 pm
Forum: Stella Discussion
Topic: Another Stella 4T Stalling Thread
Replies: 30
Views: 7318

doobby, Probably just crud in the petcock. I don't know what (if anything) is different between the 2t and 4t fuel valves, but this does occasionally happen on old Vespas. I *suspect* (do not know for a fact) that the fuel valve in your Stella uses virgin rubber, and therefore is incompatible with E...
by GoSlash27
Thu Sep 07, 2017 3:36 pm
Forum: Stella Discussion
Topic: Stella factory may be shutting down.
Replies: 5
Views: 2595

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Saw this over on the Vespa forum. Looks like LML is officially out of business.
by GoSlash27
Tue Aug 01, 2017 11:53 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Stella (mostly) Across the Country!
Replies: 67
Views: 8519

Congratulations!

So now that you've had some time to rest and recuperate, what do you think? Would you do it again, or is once enough for a lifetime?

Best,
-Slashy
by GoSlash27
Mon Jul 31, 2017 12:09 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Good day for a ride in...
Replies: 5
Views: 1020

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Good day to ride from Cedar Rapids, IA to Savannah, IL.

Best,
-Slashy
by GoSlash27
Thu Jul 27, 2017 2:10 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Stella (mostly) Across the Country!
Replies: 67
Views: 8519

Yalzin,
The heat will only get worse as you travel west, and the rest stops will get much farther apart. More hydration and cooling!

Loving the blog,
-Slashy
by GoSlash27
Thu Jul 27, 2017 12:02 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: What do you guys use for a sound system?
Replies: 26
Views: 3296

My GF has an Altec Lansing lifejacket, which fits perfectly in her 125's legshield storage. Perfect for doing the "cupid shuffle" at red lights :D

Best,
-Slashy
by GoSlash27
Wed Jul 26, 2017 4:30 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Stella (mostly) Across the Country!
Replies: 67
Views: 8519

Glad to hear all is well.

Since you're in Omaha, you should check out the Union Pacific "Big Boy" and turbine super- locomotives. They're on static display in Kenefick Park.

Best,
-Slashy
by GoSlash27
Mon Jul 24, 2017 2:20 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Stella (mostly) Across the Country!
Replies: 67
Views: 8519

Yalzin,

Yeah, I definitely can't swing that schedule. Sorry, but I will be following your journey with great interest!

Best,
-Slashy
by GoSlash27
Mon Jul 24, 2017 10:41 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Stella (mostly) Across the Country!
Replies: 67
Views: 8519

Yalzin,
Are you still crossing at Ft. Madison? If so, I can't make any guarantees.

What time do you plan on arriving and leaving?

Best,
-Slashy
by GoSlash27
Mon Jul 24, 2017 2:05 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Dodged a bullet putting the muffler on (and a question)
Replies: 9
Views: 1736

I'm a big fan of lock washers. They're like RedHot; I put that $h1t on everything :D

Best,
-Slashy
by GoSlash27
Sun Jul 23, 2017 11:03 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Stella (mostly) Across the Country!
Replies: 67
Views: 8519

Today's the day!
Safe travels and I look forward to reading about your adventure.

Best,
-Slashy
by GoSlash27
Fri Jul 14, 2017 4:18 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Stella (mostly) Across the Country!
Replies: 67
Views: 8519

Yalzin,
Any news? Have you set a departure date yet?

Best,
-Slashy
by GoSlash27
Tue Jul 04, 2017 11:21 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Stella (mostly) Across the Country!
Replies: 67
Views: 8519

Yalzin, I rode 100 miles on US-6 in Iowa yesterday. The bugs were pretty heavy. I've never ridden US-50, but I don't imagine it'd be any better down there. Be sure to protect yourself from bugsplats, especially your neck. *edit* After reviewing my Iowa DOT map, I don't think your planned route throu...
by GoSlash27
Sun Jul 02, 2017 4:36 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Stella (mostly) Across the Country!
Replies: 67
Views: 8519

Yalzin,
A suggestion for your rear tire jack option:
If you strap a milk crate to your rear luggage rack for storage space, the milk crate itself can double as a jack- stand.

Best,
-Slashy
by GoSlash27
Fri Jun 30, 2017 3:43 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Stella (mostly) Across the Country!
Replies: 67
Views: 8519

Yalzin,
If you're coming through Iowa, be sure to hit me up! The "Rubber Knife Gang" would enjoy providing an escort.

Best,
-Slashy
by GoSlash27
Wed Jun 28, 2017 11:32 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Should I have a high-mileage Buddy looked at before buying?
Replies: 4
Views: 1134

Would it cost you more to have it looked at than it would cost to buy a lower mileage example? If it was me, I'd check it myself... but I do all my own work. *shrug* I'd say do a walk- around inspection (tires, electrical, leaks) then take it for a test drive. If it presents no issues, it's probably...
by GoSlash27
Mon Jun 19, 2017 2:29 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Buddy dogleg levers?
Replies: 2
Views: 932

Buddy dogleg levers?

Does anybody make dogleg brake levers for the Genuine Buddy? My GF has tiny hands and would be more comfortable with a shorter reach on her brakes.

Thanks,
-Slashy
by GoSlash27
Fri Jun 16, 2017 4:33 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Cross Country Route
Replies: 32
Views: 4214

I've also got tubeless rims, so I'll snag a plug kit in the event I need it, but here's hoping I dont! Yeah, after experiencing what it's like to ride one of these with a flat, I've decided to convert to tubeless also. I'll carry a can of fix- a flat and a spare, but I don't imagine I'll need any m...
by GoSlash27
Tue Jun 13, 2017 11:31 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Who's Crashed? [Crash Reports]
Replies: 1752
Views: 158240

This report isn't a "crash", but just wanted to report a boneheaded thing I did that could've gotten me hurt. 1. Which model and displacement (CCs) scooter was crashed? Color? '64 Vespa 177. Teal/ white 2. Was the crash due to rider error? What time of day did it occur? Absolutely. 12:30 i...
by GoSlash27
Tue Jun 13, 2017 10:55 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Getting used to traffic
Replies: 33
Views: 5898

I'll agree with most of the advice given above, but one difference: There is a big difference between confidence and complacency. The people around you aren't trying to kill you, but a lot of them are either bad drivers, distracted by their cell phones, or both. Many of the remainders will see you, ...
by GoSlash27
Tue Jun 13, 2017 9:45 pm
Forum: Stella Discussion
Topic: Stella factory may be shutting down.
Replies: 5
Views: 2595

Stella factory may be shutting down.

https://www.scooterlab.uk/lml-scooter-f ... tice-news/

They may be able to get out of insolvency and keep their doors open, but...
I'd recommend buying any spares you might need now.

Best,
-Slashy
by GoSlash27
Thu Jun 08, 2017 12:06 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Tripping traffic lights
Replies: 4
Views: 1046

dusty roads, To answer your questions, 1) Yes, it does happen. 2) It's more a case of the scooter being an awkward size and shape for the sensor. A large diameter loop close to the sensor is easy to detect. Bicycles are easy to detect near the perimeter because they make a large vertical loop. Cars ...
by GoSlash27
Tue Jun 06, 2017 1:02 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: How much is this Buddy worth?
Replies: 10
Views: 1824

If it's in good running condition and doesn't need any repairs, I'd say $800 is a fine price. At least in my area, it's rare to see a Buddy 125 in good condition for less than $1,000. Besides... It's a Buddy. You're buying it to ride and enjoy, not as an investment. A hundred dollars plus or minus r...
by GoSlash27
Mon Jun 05, 2017 10:11 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Tripping traffic lights
Replies: 4
Views: 1046

dusty roads,
Check here: http://www.modernbuddy.com/forum/topic3 ... 9b6664d953

Best,
-Slashy
by GoSlash27
Sun Jun 04, 2017 4:05 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Cross Country Route
Replies: 32
Views: 4214

Yalzin,
That's probably for the best. I hate seeing steel fasteners screwed into aluminum. Makes me cringe...

If you decide to take 6 through Iowa, let me know. I'd be happy to ride along with you part of the way.

Best,
-Slashy
by GoSlash27
Sun Jun 04, 2017 12:50 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Replacement Battery For Buddy 125
Replies: 8
Views: 2537

We used an Autocraft TZ10S. Fits like a glove.

Best,
-Slashy
by GoSlash27
Sat Jun 03, 2017 3:46 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The strangest thing EVER on a buddy 50
Replies: 2
Views: 878

From the sound of it, your start switch is shorted.

Best,
-Slashy
by GoSlash27
Thu Jun 01, 2017 1:06 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Cross Country Route
Replies: 32
Views: 4214

Yalzin,
Oh, I'm *far* from that! This girl is a rockstar:
http://250superhero.blogspot.com/

I selected the 20oz because it's adequate to get me 15 miles, which seems to be the average spacing between towns. I've never actually run out of gas tho' so I have no idea if it's enough.
Best,
-Slashy
by GoSlash27
Wed May 31, 2017 3:47 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Cross Country Route
Replies: 32
Views: 4214

Yalzin, Here's a list of stuff I keep on my Vespa at all times: Parts Spare tire/rim inflated to 35 PSI Spare innertube Innertube repair kit Spark plug, gapped and ready to install 2 shifter cables (they work for anything in a pinch) Spare headlight bulb Tools Vespa multitool Metric stamped multiwre...
by GoSlash27
Tue May 30, 2017 3:19 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Cross Country Route
Replies: 32
Views: 4214

Yalzin, The area around Crescent Junction was the only sticking point in my research. As I said earlier, I don't know how they handle low speed traffic in that stretch. If I had the opportunity I'd do it, but I have a Polini 177 cylinder and a 24/24 carb. Not sure how a stock Stella would fare. Best...
by GoSlash27
Mon May 29, 2017 2:40 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Shipping a buddy 125
Replies: 8
Views: 1632

James Hyde ( ScooterHauler@Yahoo.Com) specializes in hauling scooters around the country.
He shipped my '59 Vespa from Seattle to Cedar Rapids for $400.

Best,
-Slashy
by GoSlash27
Mon May 29, 2017 2:34 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Motored bike vs moped/scooter
Replies: 14
Views: 2076

shawnturner, It really depends on what kind of driving you're planning on doing with it. If you just want to putt around town at 30 or less, a motorized bike would be fine. If you want to drive in traffic, carry groceries, or even take the highway for longer cruises a scooter would be more practical...
by GoSlash27
Sun May 28, 2017 12:49 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Cross Country Route
Replies: 32
Views: 4214

I was following Route 6 on Google Maps. It looked like there were parts that ran on I-76? Parts of route 6 officially merge with interstates, but the unofficial "historic route 6" remains in most of them. Route 6 merges with I-70 going through the rockies and this cannot be avoided, *but*...
by GoSlash27
Sat May 27, 2017 1:34 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Cross Country Route
Replies: 32
Views: 4214

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.


Best,
-Slashy
by GoSlash27
Fri May 26, 2017 3:39 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Added prima Pipe
Replies: 42
Views: 6080

k1dude, I'm sure it's more the latter than the former. We got the Buddy specifically because she's too small to ride anything bigger. A Buddy 125 can't do this with a normal sized rider, but it can with a small one. Although as I said it *does* have an adjustment to the variator weights. I don't kno...
by GoSlash27
Thu May 25, 2017 2:20 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Added prima Pipe
Replies: 42
Views: 6080

babblefish wrote:
Are you quoting the Buddy's speedometer reading or GPS?
babblefish,
GPS, but it was mounted on my bike. She said her speedo read 65-70.

Best,
-Slashy
by GoSlash27
Thu May 25, 2017 2:32 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Added prima Pipe
Replies: 42
Views: 6080

Anyone who tells you his or her Buddy 125 goes over 60 MPH is using the speedometer rather than a GPS to measure it. 58 MPH as measured with GPS shows as 65+ MPH on the Buddy's speedo. jd, Not true. My GF's '08 Buddy 125 goes over 60, at least when she's riding it. We did a cruise from Cedar Rapids...
by GoSlash27
Tue May 23, 2017 10:43 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: cleaned carb on Buddy 50 Lemon head didn't work
Replies: 8
Views: 1591

KooK,

Glad to hear it!

Party on Wayne,
-Slashy
by GoSlash27
Tue May 23, 2017 11:11 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Recently Dropped Buddy 125
Replies: 4
Views: 1220

I just helped a friend replace the muffler on his Vino. Same story as yours. Be aware that the impact on the muffler may have knocked your mounting points out of line or even bent an exhaust stud. If so, you will have to get that sorted out before the new muffler will install correctly. Good luck, -...
by GoSlash27
Tue May 23, 2017 11:04 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Traffic Light question
Replies: 26
Views: 3419

I tried putting my kickstand down right in the sensor but no luck. I'll try in the corners and see if that works tomorrow. JJScoot, It should be at the edge of the sensor (along the side of the box) and you should swing the kickstand a couple times. The sensor looks for a change in reluctance. Best...
by GoSlash27
Sun May 21, 2017 11:25 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Traffic Light question
Replies: 26
Views: 3419

People who drive Saturn's (less magnetic signature because of the door panels being plastic) and other small cars sometimes put hard drive magnets on the bottom of their cars, or suspended by fishing line. No idea if it works or if it's a placebo thing. If you have trouble with this frequently it m...
by GoSlash27
Sun May 21, 2017 6:14 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: What to buy? New vs old buddy 125
Replies: 15
Views: 2398

Syd wrote: Best,
But there's no big design change between a 2009 Buddy and a 2015 Buddy. And if both scoots have mostly sat (they have), a guy's better off with the one that's sat least. Simples.
Syd,
Which is what the OP was asking.
Best,
-Slashy
by GoSlash27
Sat May 20, 2017 4:09 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: What to buy? New vs old buddy 125
Replies: 15
Views: 2398

Galaxy Note 5 or Note 7 available used for the same price? Sometimes newer isn't better, which is why the OP asked.

Best,
-Slashy
by GoSlash27
Sat May 20, 2017 3:53 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: cleaned carb on Buddy 50 Lemon head didn't work
Replies: 8
Views: 1591

Is there something I can do now that I took the carb home to really get into it. Yes, there is. Buy a carb rebuild kit. Remove all the plastic bits from the carb. Soak all the metal bits in this overnight: https://shop.advanceautoparts.com/p/gunk-carburetor-parts-cleaner-complete-kit-cc3k/7040709-p...
by GoSlash27
Sat May 20, 2017 3:46 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Traffic Light question
Replies: 26
Views: 3419

pcsguy88,
Directly above the edge of the box. swinging your kickstand a couple times also helps. I had a couple lights that used to annoy me until I started doing this. Now they switch reliably.
https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/publications/r ... 108/02.cfm
^ Tha science

Best,
-Slashy
by GoSlash27
Wed May 17, 2017 6:25 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: cleaned carb on Buddy 50 Lemon head didn't work
Replies: 8
Views: 1591

Is the choke mechanism moving freely?
by GoSlash27
Tue May 16, 2017 1:54 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: My first wreck
Replies: 17
Views: 2094

HanShan, This is not a point that I believe either of us will ever convince the other about. Yes, you have a right to be there. Yes, driving at that speed is legal. But as the old saying goes, "honey, just 'cuz they make it in your size doesn't mean you should wear it". Being within your r...
by GoSlash27
Mon May 15, 2017 10:13 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: My first wreck
Replies: 17
Views: 2094

pcsguy88, Maybe you should look at a bigger bike if touring is your thing since no matter how fast you make your Buddy, it's still physically too small for the highway. I have to disagree. It really depends on the rider and what their size/ weight allows the bike to do. My GF and I rode from Cedar R...
by GoSlash27
Sun May 14, 2017 10:24 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: What size spark plug socket?
Replies: 4
Views: 843

Babblefish,
The Stella 2t uses the 13/16 spark plug.

Best,
-Slashy
by GoSlash27
Mon May 01, 2017 11:50 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Buddy 125 cruiser mods?
Replies: 27
Views: 3465

Unfortunately, it appears that the OP already bought the 125 and now has to figure out how to make it go slightly faster and hold speed on hills better. I doubt he wants to trade his recent purchase. cummingsic, That's not the issue. The problem is I'm limited by her height. She's too small to ride...