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by tenders
Mon Mar 08, 2021 1:12 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: New Horn for Buddy 50
Replies: 3
Views: 28

Re: New Horn for Buddy 50

I replaced the stock horn in my Buddy 50 a year ago with this one, and it works well without additional wiring: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000DINKPQ This is the low-pitch version, which seems to be more popular as a stand-alone. A high pitch version exists too. Some install both, but it won’t work r...
by tenders
Tue Mar 02, 2021 4:55 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: When to change throttle cable?
Replies: 5
Views: 60

Re: When to change throttle cable?

I have a pretty strict policy about not fixing what isn't broken and isn't recommended in the manual. So far, no broken throttle cables (knock on wood).
by tenders
Thu Feb 18, 2021 5:20 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 2 Buddy 50s in a music video
Replies: 1
Views: 195

2 Buddy 50s in a music video

My daughters inform me that Quinn XCII is somewhat famous. This was filmed in Newport, RI, where there is a big fleet of rental Buddies and no helmet law. It's one continuous shot - I wonder how many takes they did as the sun set that day. He waves to somebody walking down the sidewalk, so, I'm gues...
by tenders
Tue Feb 16, 2021 1:22 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Buddy 50 wont idle
Replies: 7
Views: 178

Re: Buddy 50 wont idle

So...low. Any reason to expect the engine had seized? If not, It’s possible if it’s been sitting for a while that the rings are sticking and will free up after some run time, maybe with a double dose of oil in the fuel in addition to the injector oil. I like to use Marvel Mystery Oil for this in oth...
by tenders
Mon Feb 08, 2021 11:34 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Buddy 50 wont idle
Replies: 7
Views: 178

Re: Buddy 50 wont idle

The idle jet or other carb passageways are not clean. You’ll need to try again.
by tenders
Sun Feb 07, 2021 1:38 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Must haves under the seat
Replies: 7
Views: 238

Re: Must haves under the seat

Does no good under the seat - you have to stop and dismount to get it out.* A bottle of Elijah Craig will fit right into the cubby for rapid access. Suggest wrapping with duct tape first to obscure the label. Not compatible with Gen-U-Bin, however. ====================== *Did you know you don’t have...
by tenders
Wed Feb 03, 2021 7:40 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: EPA Database - January 2021 Update
Replies: 13
Views: 231

Re: EPA Database - January 2021 Update

I don't follow Kymco scooters that carefully, but it looks like the People is the one with a four-valve engine.

https://kymcousa.com/2021-scooters/2021-people-s150/
by tenders
Tue Feb 02, 2021 11:33 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: EPA Database - January 2021 Update
Replies: 13
Views: 231

Re: EPA Database - January 2021 Update

I don't know about the Where's Waldo big-wheel scoots, but what *is* the deal with all the Genuine 200cc models? Those would seem to be entirely new.
by tenders
Sun Jan 17, 2021 5:48 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 110cc and Under Scooter Choice
Replies: 18
Views: 621

Re: 110cc and Under Scooter Choice

Love that, Bill. Ride that Zuma like you stole it!
by tenders
Fri Jan 08, 2021 12:00 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 110cc and Under Scooter Choice
Replies: 18
Views: 621

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 tenders
Tue Jan 05, 2021 9:46 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: A Scooter Affair, Episode 05
Replies: 4
Views: 339

Re: A Scooter Affair, Episode 05

Scooterwest did have a podcast for a while, but has let it lapse since mid-2018. Robot was never featured, as far as I can tell. This is the video podcast, which was just a video of them recording the podcast. Well-intentioned, but not very carefully written or edited. https://www.scooterwest.com/di...
by tenders
Fri Jan 01, 2021 7:03 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: A Scooter Affair, Episode 05
Replies: 4
Views: 339

Re: A Scooter Affair, Episode 05

I enjoyed this, thank you. And the others too, particularly Uncle Phil. Ms. Donovan’s fondness for Stellas is peculiar, because in her blog her Stella seemed to give her nothing but trouble. Yet apparently she’s back again with Fireball #1, which lingered for sooooooo long on the “for sale” page. Wo...
by tenders
Fri Nov 27, 2020 2:13 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: which battery should I buy?
Replies: 10
Views: 926

Re: which battery should I buy?

You should watch Ryan F9’s treatment of this topic. My takeaway: I’m not going to be a lithium customer. Don’t need the weight reduction, and don’t want to deal with the cold weather constraints. No benefit for the cost. AGM FTW for me.

https://youtu.be/3ywopGAXP-I
by tenders
Wed Nov 25, 2020 9:20 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 2011 buddy 50
Replies: 19
Views: 1321

Re: 2011 buddy 50

Not a ton of discussion that I recall about changing weights on stock Buddies. Let us know what you find.
by tenders
Mon Nov 23, 2020 8:25 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Upgrades and Bug Reports
Replies: 19
Views: 1206

Re: Upgrades and Bug Reports

Curly quotes are coming across obscured by spurious special characters. See towards the bottom of this thread for examples:
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by tenders
Sun Nov 22, 2020 1:07 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Upgrades and Bug Reports
Replies: 19
Views: 1206

Re: Upgrades and Bug Reports

Wowee! Thank you!!! Looks great so far (30 seconds). I had feared the worst after the last batch of simultaneous lame spam.
by tenders
Wed Nov 11, 2020 1:33 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 2011 buddy 50
Replies: 19
Views: 1321

If by “pin� you mean “jet,� the stock main jet on the Buddy 50 carb is #75. You confirm this by removing the jet and scrutinizing the tiny numbers that are embossed on the base. This isn’t difficult, especially once you’ve taken the carb apart a few times, but I wouldn’t recommend pull...
by tenders
Sat Nov 07, 2020 12:47 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 2011 buddy 50
Replies: 19
Views: 1321

The stock carb and exhaust on the 50 does work with the 70cc BBK kit. You just upjet the main jet to an 85 and add a shot or so of extra 2T oil to each gallon of fuel in addition to what the oil injector already adds. The other member of Scooterfleet has this exact setup with his blue Buddy. It's pe...
by tenders
Fri Nov 06, 2020 10:38 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 2011 buddy 50
Replies: 19
Views: 1321

If your repair time is worth nothing and you don't mind the inconvenience of an inoperative scooter, then go for it! Personally I don't have patience for cheaply-manufactured parts in internal combustion engines, although it did take me a while to come to that conclusion. Maybe you should buy a bask...
by tenders
Fri Nov 06, 2020 1:23 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 2011 buddy 50
Replies: 19
Views: 1321

BBKs are not my expertise at all but a lot of Chinese stuff on eBay is touted as compatible with the Buddy 50 but is not. The carbs, for example. And more of it is terrible quality. Carb jet kits, for example. I would be entirely leery of a cheap Chinese Buddy-“compatible� BBK without a direct p...
by tenders
Fri Nov 06, 2020 4:07 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 2011 buddy 50
Replies: 19
Views: 1321

Unless you're making an a$$ of yourself, it is highly unlikely that anybody in Westchester is going to care if a 50cc is going 47, which is about as fast as a BBK will get you on a Buddy. Not impossible - just unlikely. But I will say it's interesting and highly educational to take an MSI course ove...
by tenders
Fri Oct 30, 2020 5:51 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Hooligan 170 vs Vespa GTS250
Replies: 32
Views: 1954

Ok, so I guess I’m going to pass on that Blur! Thought more people would suggest a Genuine. I’ll keep an eye out for a GTS. Thanks. "I owned 2 Hooligans, a '15 and a '16. The fuel-injected 170i engine was bullet-proof and cruised all day long at 55 mph GPS verified. Highly recommended.&quo...
by tenders
Sat Oct 24, 2020 8:35 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: A couple of safety tips.....
Replies: 3
Views: 548

Good advice. I would generalize #1 by suggesting that riders develop a hypervigilant Spider Sense whenever they find themselves in or near a nearby vehicle’s blind spot. Doesn’t matter whether you are overtaking or being overtaken, or on which side - whenever you’re near somebody who might not...
by tenders
Fri Oct 23, 2020 6:12 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Hooligan 170 vs Vespa GTS250
Replies: 32
Views: 1954

If you do go the used Vespa route, make sure the seller can provide you a complete service history. You're rarely going to get this. Alternatively: buy a Vespa at a price that bakes in the expectation that you'll have to do a lot of maintenance on it immediately. Fluids, belt, tires, brake pads - p...
by tenders
Fri Oct 23, 2020 5:45 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Need to vent after dog attacked scooter
Replies: 21
Views: 1224

Watch this guy take a tire off a motorcycle rim, put a new one on and inflate it less than 2 minutes. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8en0AKzytb8 Pretty good performance! And he didn't even look particularly rushed, just efficient. I find that scooter tires are harder than motorcycle tires - the li...
by tenders
Mon Oct 19, 2020 5:17 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Anyone know how to de-clog accel. pump passage - 150cc buddy
Replies: 6
Views: 684

You don’t have to fill the ultrasonic cleaner tank with cleaning solution. You can put small parts into a Ziploc bag with a few shots of cleaner, squeeze the air out, seal the bag, and put the bag into water in the tank. You can also use a small glass or plastic jar, without a lid, as long as the ...
by tenders
Tue Oct 13, 2020 1:33 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Advice on a 2009 Buddy International italia 150cc used!
Replies: 20
Views: 1377

I don’t think the OP is a shill - if so, joke’s on him. I think the seller is reluctant and the OP is suffering from unrequited love.

Break up with this scoot over $1500! And maybe less.
by tenders
Tue Oct 13, 2020 10:54 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Transmission oil leak Buddy 150
Replies: 6
Views: 632

I too somehow restrained myself from making that crude comment as I had no experience to contribute.
by tenders
Mon Oct 12, 2020 12:52 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Advice on a 2009 Buddy International italia 150cc used!
Replies: 20
Views: 1377

Don’t get attached to something from a reluctant seller. For less than $2k you can get a newer, better, fuel-injected 170i and have all kinds of fun riding it around long before this dolt comes down to a reasonable price. Even if you have to pay a few hundred in shipping.
by tenders
Sat Oct 10, 2020 10:22 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 2012 buddy 50 - when to replace tires ?
Replies: 4
Views: 585

You'll wonder a lot of things about what could be going on with that scooter for the first few thousand miles of ownership.

Under those circumstances, "are these eight-year-old-tires going to be OK" is a dumb one to wonder about.
by tenders
Sat Oct 10, 2020 10:15 pm
Forum: Black Cat, Rattler & Roughhouse Discussion
Topic: what are the available upgrade kits for the Roughhouse 50.
Replies: 3
Views: 579

My opinion: you will spend more time and money messing around with an upgrade kit than you will getting a proper license and a 125 or 150cc scoot. If you LIKE the fuss factor, and many people do, including me on lots of things but not on 50cc scooters, then go for it. But if you just want to go fast...
by tenders
Sat Oct 10, 2020 10:10 pm
Forum: Black Cat, Rattler & Roughhouse Discussion
Topic: Genuine Roughhouse 50 carb
Replies: 2
Views: 546

I don't have a Roughhouse, and I don't know much about mods, but if you've upped the exhaust, isn't it more likely to be running lean rather than rich? The screw you're referring to only adjusts the idle air/fuel mixture. Typically when you change the displacement, exhaust, or intake, the high speed...
by tenders
Sun Oct 04, 2020 12:17 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: help air fuel mixture screw side to enrich
Replies: 3
Views: 479

I don’t have a larger Buddy to compare to but idle mixture screws work in opposite ways in different carb designs. Some control idle air, and some, idle fuel. My notes on my Vespa S150 suggest that its carb works the same as the Buddy 50, though I’m not 100% sure of that. Both are Keihin carbs. ...
by tenders
Sat Oct 03, 2020 10:51 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: help air fuel mixture screw side to enrich
Replies: 3
Views: 479

Out is richer, in is leaner.

At least that’s what I carefully made a point of writing down in my notes when I last was fiddling with the carb.
by tenders
Fri Oct 02, 2020 4:45 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Buddy 50 Joke
Replies: 1
Views: 423

Buddy 50 Joke

An elderly man on a Genuine Buddy 50, International Italia version, looking about 100 years old, pulls up next to a doctor in a flashy red car at a traffic light. Looking at the shiny car, the old man leans over and says, "Whatchya driving there, sonny?" The doctor replies, "This is a...
by tenders
Mon Sep 21, 2020 5:45 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Advice on a 2009 Buddy International italia 150cc used!
Replies: 20
Views: 1377

Sounds like they’re trying to get their money back from the upgrades: top box, front rack, suspension. Unfortunately for them, it doesn’t work that way. I’d say $1500 for this scooter; $1300 if it were stock; expect to have to replace tires, all fluids, possibly brake pads. Note that there is ...
by tenders
Thu Sep 17, 2020 11:30 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: What accessories do you have and how do you use them?
Replies: 3
Views: 549

* LED headlight, $20 https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07KTXL7FW/ * Wire in deadlights with kit and replace with LEDs, $16 https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0721FNCWP/ * RAM style wireless phone mount, $25 Search for “Motorcycle Phone QC3.0 USB Qi Fast Charging Wireless Charger� on AliExpress....
by tenders
Fri Sep 11, 2020 11:58 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Buddy 50 Turning over to slowly.
Replies: 1
Views: 385

So, you're asking us to guess what aftermarket parts might be installed on this? I'm not sure what aftermarket parts would bog the starter down. I don't think BBKs do, but I could be mistaken. Does the kickstart work to get it started? Is the voltage at the starter correct? Is the starter relay work...
by tenders
Tue Sep 01, 2020 4:12 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: A quick jaunt around the 'hood
Replies: 10
Views: 754

Did you do anything to stabilize that video?
by tenders
Thu Aug 27, 2020 8:44 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Bubby 170i power loss on extended rides
Replies: 4
Views: 629

I don’t know what the problem is, but a mere 15 mile run at any speed and temperature should not be triggering a limp mode unless it’s programmed to be extra-sensitive during the break in period. I think this is going to end up being a dealer problem.
by tenders
Wed Aug 19, 2020 12:39 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: New buddy haver
Replies: 9
Views: 898

The knob bolts replace the Phillips screws you have to remove to pull out the plastic bin to get full access to the carburetor and other engine/electrical components. There's a little access hatch in the bottom of the storage compartment that will supposedly allow access to the idle speed screw on t...
by tenders
Tue Aug 18, 2020 4:03 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Missing USB outlet on 2021 Buddy Kick
Replies: 3
Views: 490

I agree with the dealer. This combo voltmeter/dual USB charger is more useful than the stock USB charger, and just plugs into the 12V outlet.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07TM8VWX8/
by tenders
Sat Aug 08, 2020 4:00 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Oil?
Replies: 4
Views: 545

I use Motul 710 synthetic, which may be the most expensive that’s commonly available. I figure for as little oil as the Buddy uses, the difference between a $9 quart and an $18 quart is negligible. However, I don’t think dino vs. synthetic matters much in 2T oils. It’s sacrificial and only get...
by tenders
Sat Aug 08, 2020 3:51 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Chunks of debris coming out of my exhaust (Buddy 50)
Replies: 15
Views: 946

Your dealer’s mechanic is terrible for not putting the bolts on properly, for not addressing what was wrong with the exhaust, and not being able to troubleshoot your symptoms. Where in Indiana are you? There are four dealers in the state. I would register dissatisfaction to Genuine directly if I w...
by tenders
Fri Aug 07, 2020 1:48 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Chunks of debris coming out of my exhaust (Buddy 50)
Replies: 15
Views: 946

Carbon buildup used to be a big issue with 2T scooters - my old '86 Honda Spree needed cleanouts every 1500 miles, and doing so made a big difference. I think that was due to soot in the 2T oils used at the time, and perhaps the exhausts didn't contain any catalytic components. (Do all of them now?)...
by tenders
Tue Aug 04, 2020 9:39 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Chunks of debris coming out of my exhaust (Buddy 50)
Replies: 15
Views: 946

I think you're on the right track. That looks like some kind of baffling or muffling material that's broken loose inside the muffler, causing an exhaust blockage. That would be a very logical explanation for the symptoms you're seeing. Is the Buddy still under warranty? Maybe you should find a bette...
by tenders
Tue Aug 04, 2020 2:30 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: front rack ?
Replies: 5
Views: 465

In addition to the limited weight you can put on the steering column, I don't care for the look of the front rack and don't like drilling holes in the front plastics.

You could bungee a duffel bag onto the seat behind you while you wait for the top case.
by tenders
Mon Aug 03, 2020 1:06 pm
Forum: G400C Discussion
Topic: G400C Questions/Comments
Replies: 8
Views: 774

Not sure there is any precedent for a variable-brightness fuel idiot light. Or any idiot light, for that matter. The fuel lights on my machinery might flash a few times as the level sloshes around at the trigger point, but that’s it.
by tenders
Fri Jul 31, 2020 11:53 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Why? But to good to pass.
Replies: 9
Views: 837

I was referring to anyone who finds themselves in sc00ter’s initial position of being quoted absurd prices for brake pads.
by tenders
Thu Jul 30, 2020 11:45 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Why? But to good to pass.
Replies: 9
Views: 837

So...don't buy them there. NCY pads, $25 via Amazon. I saw another manufacturer's set for $20.

https://www.amazon.com/NCY-1000-1314-Pe ... 00GBJZ2WK/