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by tenders
Fri Nov 27, 2020 2:13 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: which battery should I buy?
Replies: 7
Views: 162

Re: which battery should I buy?

You should watch Ryn 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: 18
Views: 459

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: 16
Views: 312

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: 16
Views: 312

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: 18
Views: 459

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: 18
Views: 459

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: 18
Views: 459

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: 18
Views: 459

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: 18
Views: 459

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: 30
Views: 820

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: 215

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: 30
Views: 820

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: 404

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: 310

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: 623

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: 292

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: 623

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: 259

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: 2
Views: 314

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: 376

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: 218

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: 218

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: 234

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: 623

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: 343

* 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: 274

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: 421

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: 428

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: 630

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: 348

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: 384

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: 545

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: 545

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: 545

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: 284

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: 462

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: 526

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: 526

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/
by tenders
Thu Jul 30, 2020 11:42 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Royal Alloy
Replies: 53
Views: 2340

Lithium batteries aren't a free ride. Best comparison I've found:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ywopGAXP-I
by tenders
Fri Jul 24, 2020 8:43 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: New buddy haver
Replies: 9
Views: 630

In addition to the top case (for cargo) and windscreen (for looks), you might also consider: * 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/ * Mini garage door remote, $10 (check...
by tenders
Thu Jul 23, 2020 10:16 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: SOLVED: Buddy 170 fuel delivery problems
Replies: 20
Views: 894

Wow. Impressive diagnostic and detective work! The Force is strong with this one.
by tenders
Thu Jul 23, 2020 6:34 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Young news woman has fatal scooter crash in NYC
Replies: 9
Views: 543

JettaKnight wrote:How are the helmets stored? Don't they get wet in the rain? And probably dropped, scuffed, very little chance they fit...
Two helmets fit cupped together into the top case of the Revel scooters.

Potentially dropped, scuffed, missing, wet, sweaty, skeezy...yep.
by tenders
Wed Jul 22, 2020 3:20 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Young news woman has fatal scooter crash in NYC
Replies: 9
Views: 543

I share your skepticism on this project. I have been working in a residential section of downtown Manhattan a few days a week and the Revels were approved for Manhattan use just a few weeks ago, as the city was coming back to some degree of operation. Revels are an unmitigated disaster - parked para...
by tenders
Sun Jul 19, 2020 4:44 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Help! Buddy Service/Repair in Boston
Replies: 9
Views: 391

2-wheelers are a little like boats in that they really aren’t turnkey. If you aren’t willing to do some of your own maintenance, they are going to be spending a lot of time in a garage waiting for a mechanic to become available. A brake lever replacement is a 15 minute job requiring only a screw...
by tenders
Mon Jul 13, 2020 10:01 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Scooter stalls when stopped after 30 minutes of driving
Replies: 5
Views: 367

Monitor the voltage to make sure it's reasonably steady over a range of RPMs with the engine cold and warm, and that it's between about 12.5-12.8V and 14.1V.
by tenders
Mon Jul 13, 2020 9:34 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Scooter stalls when stopped after 30 minutes of driving
Replies: 5
Views: 367

When were the valves last adjusted? Difficult warm starts are a hallmark symptom of the need for an adjustment. Is the idle speed (the adjustment on the carb with a thumbwheel) simply set a little too low for current temperature conditions? Stator: deep into the second order list of symptoms. Easy t...
by tenders
Sat Jul 11, 2020 11:24 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Design philosophy question about scooter headlights
Replies: 15
Views: 672

The Buddy 50 doesn’t work that way. I just checked. Good idea, though. I flash my high beam for this purpose.
by tenders
Sat Jul 11, 2020 5:57 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Design philosophy question about scooter headlights
Replies: 15
Views: 672

I prefer the concept of the turning headlight too, but the rationale for fixing a light on the frame is that the spread of the light is sufficient to illuminate the sides as a turn is taking place. The front part of the frame does, after all, follow the handlebar turn pretty quickly. Car headlights,...
by tenders
Sat Jul 11, 2020 12:20 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: OT: Why you should always get the Service Manual
Replies: 5
Views: 508

It might be OK. Almost two of those three quarts are going to pour straight back out of the engine through the dipstick hole. Some rust formation on nearby parts may be averted.
by tenders
Sat Jul 11, 2020 12:16 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Tire age? New tires over 6 years old.
Replies: 15
Views: 602

I would send back any tire sold to me as "new" that is more than 18 months old, and would expect the seller to pay return shipping. I've never ordered from that shop but it's good to know how they treat their online customers. I've ordered tires from AF1 Racing, Scooterwest, Scooterworks, ...