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by PNWbuddy
Sat Dec 26, 2020 7:51 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: A mid-50MPH Buddy 50 build...
Replies: 22
Views: 1665

Re:

Stock rollers are 6 X 6 gram. I usually go with 6-4 gram Dr. Pulley Sliders. I swapped them with 6 - 4gram tech pulley sliders for my test. I have a set I'm installing in my Burgman next week when I replace the belt. As a heads up to others, I bought a set of the TechPulley rollers that were suppos...
by PNWbuddy
Mon Dec 14, 2020 7:45 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: OT Taiwanese SMAX
Replies: 8
Views: 424

Re: OT Taiwanese SMAX

Oh, no increased top speed on downhill runs either. You can see from my pictures the terrain I ride in, plenty of steep descents. I might do an oil change and go from 15w-40 to 5w-40 synthetic to see if that makes a difference.
by PNWbuddy
Mon Dec 14, 2020 5:29 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: OT Taiwanese SMAX
Replies: 8
Views: 424

Re: OT Taiwanese SMAX

I guess 25cc makes a big difference because my Buddy 150 can do a little over 65 mph, GPS. This is only on level ground though. On declines I can just about hit 70 but don't like to because it's scary on 10" wheels plus my front tire (Michelin S1) is only rated for 60 mph. Buddy 150 has 11cc l...
by PNWbuddy
Sat Dec 12, 2020 6:24 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: OT Taiwanese SMAX
Replies: 8
Views: 424

Re: OT Taiwanese SMAX

SMAX doesn't compare well with KRV on paper. 30# heavier, coup!e HP weaker, no ABS and some other stuff.
by PNWbuddy
Sat Dec 12, 2020 6:12 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: OT Taiwanese SMAX
Replies: 8
Views: 424

Re: OT Taiwanese SMAX

Pending ride reports, based on specs, I want one. Traction control is switchable but I agree about keyless ignition, maybe a theft deterrent though. I'd probably be satisfied with my Buddy 125 (BBK 161) if top speed was 60+ as many claim but mine tops out at <55 GPS (as opposed to the imaginary &quo...
by PNWbuddy
Fri Nov 06, 2020 11:40 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 2011 buddy 50
Replies: 19
Views: 904

You can get a Malossi 70cc BBK from ScooterWest for $136. Unless that is unaffordable I would go for that instead of an unknown Ebay China BBK and risk just wasting the $60. I put one of the Malossi BBK on a Buddy 125 (kit from ScooterWest) and I thought it was very good quality. With just the BBK t...
by PNWbuddy
Sun Sep 27, 2020 2:26 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 100,000 mile Buddy 125!
Replies: 145
Views: 26412

the 130/70 seems to handle fine but I've never ridden on anything else. Maybe I'll switch out the rear tire next year for a more proper size like the 110/80 that I have on the front just to compare. Amazing to me how many miles you have on your scooter. I hardly ever find a reason to ride mine becau...
by PNWbuddy
Sun Sep 27, 2020 2:18 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 100,000 mile Buddy 125!
Replies: 145
Views: 26412

What rear tire size are you using? I see you tried a 130/70 a while ago and had some rubbing on the plastic fender. My 130/70 Shinko SR425 has worn a groove thru the plastic fender where a sharp ridge molded into the sidewall has rubbed. The bead was also very hard to seat for my tire.
by PNWbuddy
Wed Sep 16, 2020 4:20 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Buddy 150 hesistation
Replies: 4
Views: 458

I've had similar symptoms due to a partially clogged pilot jet. Seafoam can work sometimes but carb removal and cleaning is fairly easy to do. The jet orifices are tiny, especially the pilot jet, and it doesn't take much to clog. If you take the carb apart you can clean the float bowl and passages o...
by PNWbuddy
Mon Aug 24, 2020 3:02 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: White sidewall tires?
Replies: 18
Views: 929

Prima whitewalls are fine, ignore all of the “knee dragging� bull... Shinko makes a 3.50-10 tubeless whitewall with a classic tread pattern for about $35. I've never used SR550 tire but I have used Shinko tires for other motorcycles and a scooter. I think they are excellent tires and universall...
by PNWbuddy
Wed Aug 12, 2020 2:52 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Chunks of debris coming out of my exhaust (Buddy 50)
Replies: 15
Views: 778

I must be missing something here. Per the Genuine web site:

"Every Buddy 50 comes standard with:
· 2-Year Unlimited Mileage Warranty"

Is there a reason your '19 hasn't had all of this work covered by the warranty?
by PNWbuddy
Wed Jul 08, 2020 2:13 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Tire Recommendations for Buddy 125
Replies: 18
Views: 1009

I am trying to choose between Michelin s1 and Heidenau k61 130/70-10 for the rear and 110/80-10 for the rear. Hopefully they fit. Trying to figure out which ones. I like Michelin, I have them on all my cars and bicycles, the j speed rating on the Michelin is rated for 62 mph. The Heidenau have a sp...
by PNWbuddy
Tue Jul 07, 2020 9:10 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Buddy 125 BBK revisited
Replies: 4
Views: 581

Except that the Buddy 125 is widely reported to go up to 60+mph with stock gearing. I did buy a gear set that was advertised to fit the Buddy but it didn't fit. I don't want to go over 60 (real)mph. The motor is now with the 161 BBK, big valve head, NCY manifold and I have a 26mm carb for when I get...
by PNWbuddy
Tue Jul 07, 2020 7:29 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Pulling cylinder without pulling the motor on a Buddy 125?
Replies: 5
Views: 499

Thanks, I ended up just pulling the motor. It made it a lot easier to get at everything. I just need to get it back in the scooter. I'm looking forward to seeing if the big valve head and 26mm carb with a pod filter make any difference. I don't see how a 26mm carb would benefit a BBK without the big...
by PNWbuddy
Tue Jul 07, 2020 1:53 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Buddy 125 BBK revisited
Replies: 4
Views: 581

Buddy 125 BBK revisited

Recently I was the recipient of a NCY intake manifold which got me back to trying to improve the performance of my rarely ridden Buddy 125. I already did a Prima 161 BBK and messed around with a larger 26mm carb as well as jetting the stock carb. I purchased my scooter as a non-running project so I ...
by PNWbuddy
Mon Jul 06, 2020 9:00 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Pulling cylinder without pulling the motor on a Buddy 125?
Replies: 5
Views: 499

Thanks, I ended up pulling the motor. I had forgotten that it was pretty easy to do and this way I can put it on a bench to do the work.
by PNWbuddy
Mon Jul 06, 2020 4:26 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Pulling cylinder without pulling the motor on a Buddy 125?
Replies: 5
Views: 499

Pulling cylinder without pulling the motor on a Buddy 125?

Last year I did a 161 BBK when I had the bike entirely apart with the motor out. Since then I got a NCY big valve cylinder head that I want to try but haven't gotten around to install it yet. I will have to pull the cylinder because the big valve head uses thinner base gaskets. If anyone has done a ...
by PNWbuddy
Fri Jun 12, 2020 2:55 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Initial Help on Auction Bought Buddy
Replies: 15
Views: 767

another option for the faded plastics is PlastiDip spray. It is a rubberized peelable coating that is easy to apply. I used it on my scooter for the faded central plastics including the rubber floor mat. I think it looks good and has been durable. If it ever goes bad you can just peel it off and do ...
by PNWbuddy
Wed Jun 10, 2020 9:33 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Tire removal
Replies: 14
Views: 756

by PNWbuddy
Wed Jun 10, 2020 8:22 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Tire removal
Replies: 14
Views: 756

The HF mini tire changer looks like a great deal and has excellent reviews. At $36 with a 20% coupon I don't see how you could go wrong. That and some tire spoons and you should be good to go. My only experience changing tires on a Buddy were removing tires that were rusted to the rim because a scoo...
by PNWbuddy
Thu Jun 04, 2020 10:10 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 130/70-10 tires don't always fit.
Replies: 6
Views: 494

Shinko 425, which looks like a Michelin S1 clone, fit on my Buddy 125 but I wouldn't do it again. A 110/80 mounted easily on the front rim but I couldn't get a 130/70 to inflate/seal on the rear - tried remounting it a couple times, used ratchet strap etc to no avail. Finally took it to a Les Schwab...
by PNWbuddy
Thu May 28, 2020 4:11 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Replace belt with no impact wrench?
Replies: 36
Views: 1210

Re: Replace belt with no impact wrench?

Usually I take my CVT in yearly to get inspected, but I'm thinking of doing it myself if I can due to the pandemic. Main problem is that I lack tools. Is it true you don't need an impact wrench and does this trick work for the buddy? Basically, the guy in the video squeezes the clutch plates togeth...
by PNWbuddy
Fri May 15, 2020 1:38 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 2006 Blur Falls of at 40mph
Replies: 17
Views: 708

an easy thing to check is if your gas tank is venting properly. After running the bike and this happens take the gas cap off to see if there is a vacuum. Or maybe ride a little with the cap off and see if it makes a difference.
by PNWbuddy
Wed May 13, 2020 4:19 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Buddy 170i Riding 50-55 MPH for extended time?
Replies: 14
Views: 788

FWIW I also tried a "performance" cdi, not restricted, no difference. And bought final drive gears advertised to fit, they didn't. When I get to installing the big valve head I'll try a pod filter but I doubt that intake modifications will help as the 125 already shares the same filter and...
by PNWbuddy
Wed May 13, 2020 1:33 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Buddy 170i Riding 50-55 MPH for extended time?
Replies: 14
Views: 788

It'll be fine. My 125cc then 161cc has seen many extended highway trips. Do you have an oil cooler? I'm wondering if I should install one. Also did you use the stock head or an aftermarket big valve head (and if so did it make a difference)? Big valve head. No oil cooler, but I rotated (90 deg coun...
by PNWbuddy
Tue May 12, 2020 5:08 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Buddy 170i Riding 50-55 MPH for extended time?
Replies: 14
Views: 788

JettaKnight wrote:It'll be fine.

My 125cc then 161cc has seen many extended highway trips.
Do you have an oil cooler? I'm wondering if I should install one.

Also did you use the stock head or an aftermarket big valve head (and if so did it make a difference)?
by PNWbuddy
Tue Apr 07, 2020 12:21 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Tires and tubes and pressures, oh my!
Replies: 23
Views: 1282

I've used Shinko tires on a few dual sport motorcycles, CT90/110s and now on my '07 Buddy (110/80 front and 130/70 rear). I haven't had any complaints and most reviews I have read indicate they are highly rated by others as well. Which tire did you have that provided poor quality or performance or h...
by PNWbuddy
Thu Sep 12, 2019 3:11 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: How to check the oil on a Buddy 170i?
Replies: 14
Views: 1415

The PGO/Buddy owners and service manuals are pitifully inadequate. Since yours is new ask the dealer, if they don't know ask the distributor or have the dealer contact them. If you do contact them post up what they say. Typically, in my experience, small engines including motorcycle as well as lawn ...
by PNWbuddy
Sun Sep 08, 2019 6:51 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Broken exhaust stud - Buddy 150
Replies: 9
Views: 1125

Edgar Allan Poe: "Believe Nothing You Hear, and Only One Half That You See" Check yours before ordering one. I'm not convinced that I have some unique cylinder head. Although possible, it seems unlikely that the prior owner had the head drilled and tapped for larger studs (he had all servi...
by PNWbuddy
Sun Sep 08, 2019 2:59 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Broken exhaust stud - Buddy 150
Replies: 9
Views: 1125

Have you measured the exhaust stud on your Buddy or are you going on that generic GY6 Ebay listing? There is a lot of GY6 variety among various scooter brands.
by PNWbuddy
Sun Sep 08, 2019 4:35 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Broken exhaust stud - Buddy 150
Replies: 9
Views: 1125

Be sure to measure the studs yourself. My Buddy 125 has 8mm exhaust studs as does the NCY big valve head that I just got. There are lots of sources including Amazon.
by PNWbuddy
Mon Sep 02, 2019 1:05 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Buddy 125 headlight brightness
Replies: 28
Views: 1886

After maybe 20 minutes of testing when I was adjusting the H4 collar position the heat sink loops were only warm. The in line black plastic box got quite hot though. I hope that doesn't become an issue or that mine isn't defective in some way.
by PNWbuddy
Fri Aug 30, 2019 3:53 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Buddy 125 headlight brightness
Replies: 28
Views: 1886

LED high top, low bottom
hope this helps
by PNWbuddy
Fri Aug 30, 2019 12:10 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Buddy 125 headlight brightness
Replies: 28
Views: 1886

I don't have pictures but it is a "night and day" compared to the stock halogen bulb. The H4 collar on the LED is adjustable in and out and that seemed to make a big difference in how the light projects in conjunction with the headlight housing reflector. It took some time at night finding...
by PNWbuddy
Mon Aug 26, 2019 10:04 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Buddy 125 headlight brightness
Replies: 28
Views: 1886

I ordered and installed this one, taking cues from a Vespa kit I installed previously: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07KTXL7FW/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 The passive heat spreading is flexible and routes around the speedo cable nicely. I didn't have to modify the bulb...
by PNWbuddy
Mon Aug 26, 2019 9:38 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Buddy mirror replacement recommendation
Replies: 35
Views: 6193

I've had a pair of these on my C3 for the last 8 years: https://www.amazon.com/Reverse-Thread-Scooter-Mirrors-Chrome/dp/B00GURQIXK/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=8mm+reverse+thread+mirrors&qid=1566852432&s=automotive&sr=1-2 They don't wobble, and have held up great. I use a little blue loc-tite on...
by PNWbuddy
Mon Aug 26, 2019 9:31 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: image sizing
Replies: 5
Views: 972

What I ended up doing is resizing in the windows picture folder to what was termed "best for profile or thumbnails" 0.25mb if I recall. It is one of only three pop up options for resizing.
by PNWbuddy
Mon Aug 26, 2019 5:46 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: New Buddy 50, weird clicking noise (like a rock in the tire)
Replies: 5
Views: 1043

Speedometer cables can click, of course that would be from the front, not back. Spinning the front wheel might help to rule that out.
by PNWbuddy
Sun Aug 18, 2019 4:02 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Buddy 125 headlight brightness
Replies: 28
Views: 1886

Buy a “daybreaker� headlight replacement which includes the led lamps AND a reflector. The light from an led lamp comes from a different place than an incandescent lamp, this means is will not project down the road in the same manner as the original lamp. And despite being much brighter it will...
by PNWbuddy
Sun Aug 18, 2019 3:05 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Buddy 125 headlight brightness
Replies: 28
Views: 1886

Haven't installed it yet. My plan is to take pictures of the install and post it here. I'm looking forward to your write-up on the install. Is there a trick to getting the top handlebar cover off? I end up using long handle needle nose pliers to reach in and screw the speedometer sleeve nut off of ...
by PNWbuddy
Fri Aug 16, 2019 4:21 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Buddy 125 Aftermarket Carburetor Observations
Replies: 6
Views: 742

I got an identical looking one on Amazon for a few dollars less and one day free shipping with Prime. The one I got was branded Keihin, same as OEM but 26mm instead of 24mm. Jets were Keihin branded. The fuel intake is curved, longer and slightly larger diameter than stock. The pilot was 38 same as ...
by PNWbuddy
Tue Aug 13, 2019 9:10 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: What's your Buddy 125 top speed? (no BSing)
Replies: 26
Views: 1912

Thanks, I wondered if there is something wrong with mine but there probably isn't. I found one youtube where wide open with a 5'7 165# rider the speedometer barely touched 60 (speedometer visible in the video) which would be ~54mph. Another where the speedometer hit 65 per the rider's commentary, wh...
by PNWbuddy
Tue Aug 13, 2019 2:38 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Buddy 150/170i final gears?
Replies: 3
Views: 719

Update: NCY sent me a note that the 15/38 gears were out of stock so the order was cancelled. I'm happy with that because it probably was more of an up-gear than what I was wanting anyway. Searching around I found 14/39 on Ebay and ordered that, hopefully I will actually receive it. The good thing a...
by PNWbuddy
Mon Aug 12, 2019 3:19 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Buddy 150/170i final gears?
Replies: 3
Views: 719

Thanks, I did read those threads and one from several years ago where someone had difficulty installing the NCY gears and felt they needed to be machined. The NCY store specifically states they fit the Buddy "Supported Models: GY6 152QMI 157QMJ 161QMK 161QML Chinese Scooter, ATV, Genuine Buddy,...
by PNWbuddy
Sun Aug 11, 2019 4:02 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Buddy 150/170i final gears?
Replies: 3
Views: 719

Buddy 150/170i final gears?

I'm just messing around with my Buddy 125 kitted to 161 and ordered new 15/38 NCY final drive gears which was the up-gear closest to stock that the NCY store had listed but a little taller than what I would have preferred. Stock gears are 13/42 on the 125. Anyone know what the gears are on the 150/1...
by PNWbuddy
Wed Aug 07, 2019 2:43 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The $100 Buddy 125 Project
Replies: 25
Views: 1938

I'm not looking for a higher top speed than what 125 owners have posted so other than some Dr Pulley sliders I'm not going to change anything in the drive train. Reliable sounding top speed reports are in the mid 50s to very low 60s for the 125 so the 161 should be able to do at least the same. The ...
by PNWbuddy
Wed Aug 07, 2019 2:33 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Buddy 125and 150 Carburetor needle and ?shim
Replies: 5
Views: 818

As a clarification, there is no shim under the needle. Jettaknight, I don't see how you could get a 161 run on anything close to a 120 main jet. I got a new Keihin carb on Amazon, the listing didn't mention the brand of the carb but it is identical to the stock carb including markings on the body an...
by PNWbuddy
Wed Aug 07, 2019 3:40 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The $100 Buddy 125 Project
Replies: 25
Views: 1938

yeah, I don't know what the deal is with mine. It is running like a scalded cat but won't do more than 51-52 on the flats and it won't go faster even downhill. Besides the new carb I put an unrestricted CDI in, no change with that. I bought some 13g Dr Pulley sliders and will see what if anything th...
by PNWbuddy
Wed Aug 07, 2019 1:44 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The $100 Buddy 125 Project
Replies: 25
Views: 1938

I got the Amazon version of the carb. It is a Keihin exactly like the stock carb including markings on the body of the carb and on the jets. The only differences I could find that I could find was that the fuel line connection is longer and curved instead of the straight shorter on the stock carb. I...
by PNWbuddy
Mon Aug 05, 2019 3:13 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Buddy 125and 150 Carburetor needle and ?shim
Replies: 5
Views: 818

New Gates belt, new 12g rollers. I have some 13g sliders that I am going to try but I think it is a fueling issue at this point.