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by eggsalad
Mon Feb 22, 2021 12:42 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: ‘New’ Buddy 125 Owner here
Replies: 19
Views: 283

Re: ‘New’ Buddy 125 Owner here

I just got the Kenda K329 in 3.50x10 and it makes me happy.
by eggsalad
Mon Feb 08, 2021 7:11 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Gas Gauge Shows Empty
Replies: 1
Views: 103

Re: Gas Gauge Shows Empty

It's a bone-simple system, really. The sender, which operates on a float, provides a variable resistance to ground, sends that to the gauge via a white wire with a black stripe, which then references the resistance to the positive voltage. I'd start by making sure that wire didn't get unplugged or o...
by eggsalad
Sun Feb 07, 2021 2:30 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 3 watts is fine for "deadlights", right?
Replies: 9
Views: 235

Re: 3 watts is fine for "deadlights", right?

No problems running 4 Watt LED deadlights in both my wife's and my scooters. Installed them about a year ago. Where did you source the LED lamps, if I may ask? TBH, I wasn't sure if I would like this mod, so I literally scoured eBay for the absolutely cheapest LED "bulbs" that I could fin...
by eggsalad
Thu Feb 04, 2021 10:30 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Need new front tire. Time to quit waffling.
Replies: 12
Views: 363

Re: Need new front tire. Time to quit waffling.

about 100 miles in, I can't tell you that the Kenda 329 is a *great* tire, but I will totally tell you that the Shinko from 2007 was an *absolutely horrible* tire. It's like riding a whole different scoot!
by eggsalad
Tue Feb 02, 2021 3:27 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 3 watts is fine for "deadlights", right?
Replies: 9
Views: 235

Re: 3 watts is fine for "deadlights", right?

BayStateScooterist wrote: Tue Feb 02, 2021 12:48 am
eggsalad wrote: Thu Jan 28, 2021 11:31 pm finished product.

Nice!
Thanks, BSS!
by eggsalad
Mon Feb 01, 2021 4:16 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Need new front tire. Time to quit waffling.
Replies: 12
Views: 363

Re: Need new front tire. Time to quit waffling.

Shorter? I never experienced a tire looking or feeling shorter. Are you saying all tires have the exact same dimensions? I was unaware that was the case. The back tire gets more wear in my experience, so it’s weird your back OG is fine and the front isn’t... Perhaps you misunderstood what I wrote. ...
by eggsalad
Sat Jan 30, 2021 3:40 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Need new front tire. Time to quit waffling.
Replies: 12
Views: 363

Re: Need new front tire. Time to quit waffling.

Tire came in and I had it mounted. I like the look way better than the whitewall. Looks quite a bit shorter than the tire that was on there, so I'll have to recalculate speedo correction. Oh well.
by eggsalad
Tue Jan 26, 2021 5:25 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 2009 Buddy Pamplona 150cc
Replies: 6
Views: 219

Re: 2009 Buddy Pamplona 150cc

Another point of reference, I paid $800 for a well-maintained 5k mile Buddy 150 1 year ago. Maybe I should sell mine if it's worth so much!
by eggsalad
Tue Jan 26, 2021 5:22 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 3 watts is fine for "deadlights", right?
Replies: 9
Views: 235

Re: 3 watts is fine for "deadlights", right?

Thanks, folks! Will proceed with finalization.
by eggsalad
Tue Jan 26, 2021 12:21 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 3 watts is fine for "deadlights", right?
Replies: 9
Views: 235

3 watts is fine for "deadlights", right?

I've been kicking around the idea of "deadlights" on my Buddy since the day I got it. Mostly because I hate having non-functional lights. But I also wasn't in a tremendous hurry and I wanted to do it in a totally reversible way. Well, I finally got all the bits and pieces together for my f...
by eggsalad
Mon Jan 25, 2021 12:31 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Need new front tire. Time to quit waffling.
Replies: 12
Views: 363

Re: Need new front tire. Time to quit waffling.

I think the best tire for the money is Kenda. That's what I went with. I like to buy locally and found a Kenda dealer that will sell me the K329 and install it at no charge. In the end, it will cost me the same as buying online and having it mounted locally, so I'm okay with supporting local busine...
by eggsalad
Fri Jan 22, 2021 8:44 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Need new front tire. Time to quit waffling.
Replies: 12
Views: 363

Need new front tire. Time to quit waffling.

My scoot has a new rear tire in 3.50x10. It's a Shinko whitewall. The front tire is likely original to the bike. It's a 100/90-10. It's horrible and needs to go. I don't care if my new front tire is a whitewall to aesthetically match the rear, and given what I've read around here about the current s...
by eggsalad
Mon Jan 18, 2021 1:18 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Buddy International 150 Wrong Petcock / Won't Start
Replies: 4
Views: 207

Re: Buddy International 150 Wrong Petcock / Won't Start

Are you also grabbing a brake lever? Starter won't engage unless one (or both) brake levers are pulled.
by eggsalad
Thu Jan 14, 2021 4:30 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Look at what came into the shop !!!
Replies: 5
Views: 322

Re: Look at what came into the shop !!!

Neat stuff, Pete! Gotta swing by tomorrow and check those out!
by eggsalad
Wed Jan 06, 2021 5:14 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 110cc and Under Scooter Choice
Replies: 18
Views: 621

Re: 110cc and Under Scooter Choice

Now that I have a better understanding of your wants, I have a "left field" suggestion to look for - the Honda Elite 80. At least around here, they're sort of a bastard child, because they're not much better than a 50cc (and certainly not a de-restricted 50), but you have to pay for full i...
by eggsalad
Sun Jan 03, 2021 5:02 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 110cc and Under Scooter Choice
Replies: 18
Views: 621

Re: 110cc and Under Scooter Choice

As far as I'm concerned, there isn't a valid comparison to be made. Licensing/registration/insurance issues aside, the bigger engine always wins. Between the two 110s, I prefer mine unmodified, but that's more of a personal choice.
by eggsalad
Fri Dec 25, 2020 1:29 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: oil viscosity for Buddy 125
Replies: 13
Views: 583

Re: oil viscosity for Buddy 125

When Pep Boys was going out of the parts business, I picked up a few quarts of conventional 15W-40 for under $2/qt. I'm sure it will be fine, and probably keep me going for at least a couple years.
by eggsalad
Sat Dec 12, 2020 10:10 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Honda ADV150 v Honda Trail 125 - Smackdown (literally)
Replies: 4
Views: 485

Re: Honda ADV150 v Honda Trail 125 - Smackdown (literally)

The fees are why you should shop around and get written OTD prices. I was previously unaware that written price quotes were a thing that exists. It simply doesn't happen around these parts. There is one very dominant dealership name around here, and they do whatever they want. The smaller dealers j...
by eggsalad
Sat Dec 12, 2020 1:22 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Honda ADV150 v Honda Trail 125 - Smackdown (literally)
Replies: 4
Views: 485

Re: Honda ADV150 v Honda Trail 125 - Smackdown (literally)

While the rest of the Japanese "Big 4" have all but abandoned the small-bore bikes for the US, Honda keeps pulling out all the stops. Too bad they can't rein in their dealers and their ridiculous fees. A $3200 Honda is very reasonable, but at least around here, that bike will cost you at l...
by eggsalad
Tue Dec 08, 2020 4:41 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Need to replace Buddy 125 Battery in a hurry - What, where, and how?
Replies: 7
Views: 544

Re: Need to replace Buddy 125 Battery in a hurry - What, where, and how?

One thing I can tell you is you will probably get better help and find more battery options if you ask for a battery for a Yamaha Zuma 125. (Same battery).

A lot of battery lookup tables don't list Genuine, or people can't be bothered to try
by eggsalad
Sun Nov 22, 2020 2:03 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Upgrades and Bug Reports
Replies: 19
Views: 1205

Re: Upgrades and Bug Reports

Thank you, Eric.
by eggsalad
Thu Nov 05, 2020 6:20 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 2011 buddy 50
Replies: 19
Views: 1321

Before modifying your 50, you should be aware that under New York State law, any "limited use motorcycle" that can exceed 30mph is considered a Class A Limited Use Motorcycle, and requires a motorcycle license. If you modify your Buddy 50 to exceed 30mph and do not have a motorcycle licens...
by eggsalad
Fri Oct 30, 2020 5:45 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Insulating the under-seat storage?
Replies: 11
Views: 821

Re: Insulating the under-seat storage?

As to helmet storage, that's what those big pins at the front top of the pet carrier are for - you can lock your helmet to the bike and leave it on the outside . Yes, so anyone with a knife can get a free new helmet. Excellent idea. I wonder about this, too, but is this really a thing? A helmet wit...
by eggsalad
Fri Oct 30, 2020 5:07 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Insulating the under-seat storage?
Replies: 11
Views: 821

Re: Insulating the under-seat storage?

As to helmet storage, that's what those big pins at the front top of the pet carrier are for - you can lock your helmet to the bike and leave it on the outside . Yes, so anyone with a knife can get a free new helmet. Excellent idea. Are you serious? Is Las Vegas that bad? Oh, heck yes! Folks around...
by eggsalad
Thu Oct 29, 2020 9:33 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Insulating the under-seat storage?
Replies: 11
Views: 821

Re: Insulating the under-seat storage?

JettaKnight wrote:

As to helmet storage, that's what those big pins at the front top of the pet carrier are for - you can lock your helmet to the bike and leave it on the outside.
Yes, so anyone with a knife can get a free new helmet. Excellent idea.
by eggsalad
Sun Oct 25, 2020 4:11 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Insulating the under-seat storage?
Replies: 11
Views: 821

Insulating the under-seat storage?

One of the main advantages scooters have over motorcycles is onboard storage. Many (most?) modern scooter designs have under-seat storage, and that's great, except for the fact that it's right on top of the very hot engine! Better not put that pint of ice cream in there for the trip home from the gr...
by eggsalad
Tue Oct 20, 2020 11:30 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Need to vent after dog attacked scooter
Replies: 21
Views: 1224

Better a scooter tire than a child's arm. Can you imagine?
by eggsalad
Thu Oct 01, 2020 5:18 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Advice on a 2009 Buddy International italia 150cc used!
Replies: 20
Views: 1376

JettaKnight wrote: the listing is still up,
At that price, the listing will still be up 100 years from now :)
by eggsalad
Thu Sep 24, 2020 7:04 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Speedometer not reading correctly
Replies: 8
Views: 741

All Buddys (and probably all Genuine scooters) have this problem. There are already countless threads on this forum about this issue. To sum up all of those threads, there really isn't a viable way to fix this. You can either just subtract 5mph (give or take) in your head from what you read on your ...
by eggsalad
Sat Sep 19, 2020 11:21 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Advice on a 2009 Buddy International italia 150cc used!
Replies: 20
Views: 1376

No polite way to say it, these people have been sniffing glue.

And if you're willing to pay two grand for a bike like that, borrow a pickup and come to Vegas and I will happily sell you my scooter for $2000!!
by eggsalad
Fri Sep 11, 2020 2:49 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Speedometer wire?
Replies: 9
Views: 777

Disconnect it at the bottom on the wheel. Now you have all the slack you need! BE CAREFUL - do not let the internal cable fall out of the sleeve onto the dirty ground. Tape it, wrap it in a paper towel, or hold it. Use some blue Loctite on the top end - having that come loose after twenty miles of ...
by eggsalad
Thu Sep 10, 2020 9:12 pm
Forum: G400C Discussion
Topic: Honda 125 "Postie" Bike Coming to USA
Replies: 10
Views: 998

$4100 plus tax, title, plate and whatever fees your local Honda dealer piles on. At my local dealer, I'd expect to pay $5500-$6000 out the door.

Nice bike? Sure. $5500 worth of nice? Not for this fellow!
by eggsalad
Wed Sep 02, 2020 2:43 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: A quick jaunt around the 'hood
Replies: 10
Views: 754

Saw your RA in the shop today :)
by eggsalad
Mon Aug 31, 2020 5:49 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: A quick jaunt around the 'hood
Replies: 10
Views: 754

Bless you for riding in 105+ heat. My Buddy is parked until the temperature drops :)
by eggsalad
Mon Aug 31, 2020 12:27 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Mirror problems... help me find a solution, please.
Replies: 6
Views: 598

DeeDee wrote:Do you have the Buddy long stem mirrors?
Yes, I believe that's what I have.
by eggsalad
Sun Aug 30, 2020 10:39 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Mirror problems... help me find a solution, please.
Replies: 6
Views: 598

babblefish wrote:Another idea is to wrap the threads of the mirror with thread tape, also known as plumbers tape.
Since I own it already, teflon tape is effectively free, so it's certainly worth a try. Thanks for the idea!
by eggsalad
Sun Aug 30, 2020 8:00 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Mirror problems... help me find a solution, please.
Replies: 6
Views: 598

Mirror problems... help me find a solution, please.

In my current situation, getting my scoot out the door requires loosening the (stock) mirrors and swinging them in - there's no way around that. In general, threaded fasteners are designed to be used so many times. After that, you start to develop slop in the threads. And that's where I'm at. No amo...
by eggsalad
Sat Aug 29, 2020 8:12 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: White sidewall tires?
Replies: 18
Views: 1129

Well I can honestly say the whitewall paint was a flop. It turned yellow within 2 days and now it is starting to peel. It looks pretty bad. Yes, I read the directions, prepped accordingly and it was gorgeous. For 2 days. Just a guess, scooter tires flex more than car tires and the paint probably ca...
by eggsalad
Sat Aug 22, 2020 10:32 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Looks like the US will be getting something fun from Honda!
Replies: 6
Views: 682

I can't understand how anyone buys a new Honda scooter. Some years back I looked at a Metro when the MSRP was $2299. At my local dealer, it was over $4k out the door with taxes and all their ridiculous fees. At $4299 MSRP, I imagine the ADV150 will be SEVEN GRAND out the door. I just don't see it as...
by eggsalad
Fri Aug 21, 2020 3:47 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Speedometer wire?
Replies: 9
Views: 777

Disconnect it at the bottom on the wheel. Now you have all the slack you need! BE CAREFUL - do not let the internal cable fall out of the sleeve onto the dirty ground. Tape it, wrap it in a paper towel, or hold it. Use some blue Loctite on the top end - having that come loose after twenty miles of ...
by eggsalad
Thu Aug 20, 2020 2:17 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Speedometer wire?
Replies: 9
Views: 777

I have 2 tips. Tip #1 - there is a bit of slack you can pull up through the tube, maybe 20-25mm, but every little bit helps. Tip #2 - plug in the speedometer connector. Rotate the *entire* top cover 90* clockwise. What you're aiming for is to have the part of the top cover that normally covers the m...
by eggsalad
Mon Aug 17, 2020 6:31 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Missing USB outlet on 2021 Buddy Kick
Replies: 3
Views: 490

Or if you're so inclined, you can replace that cigarette port with a USB port yourself. They're only a few bucks on Amazon, etc.
by eggsalad
Thu Aug 06, 2020 7:42 am
Forum: G400C Discussion
Topic: G400C Questions/Comments
Replies: 8
Views: 774

DrScoot wrote: If there is a signal, it might be interesting to wire up a circuit to a display or something just for kicks.
You could wire it up to... I dunno... a gas gauge?
by eggsalad
Wed Aug 05, 2020 12:38 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Royal Alloy
Replies: 53
Views: 4029

olhogrider wrote: Since I live in Nevada
We are in the same town. I'd like to know more about your lithium experience. Did you buy your battery locally?
by eggsalad
Mon Aug 03, 2020 9:09 pm
Forum: G400C Discussion
Topic: G400C Questions/Comments
Replies: 8
Views: 774

I was just bored enough to dig into this. Couldn't find a G400C wiring diagram nor service manual, but I found one for the Shineray XY400. Shineray is the company that manufactures the G400C for Genuine. Turns out I was pretty much spot on. The fuel level sender is indeed a variable resistance float...
by eggsalad
Mon Aug 03, 2020 8:35 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Why? But to good to pass.
Replies: 9
Views: 837

I don't mind paying money for good parts. I do mind paying obscene markups on good parts.
by eggsalad
Mon Aug 03, 2020 4:00 am
Forum: G400C Discussion
Topic: G400C Questions/Comments
Replies: 8
Views: 774

yes, you will need to find time to take a casual (ie, not commuting) ride with a pint of gas in a bottle in your backpack. That's the way to find out for sure.
by eggsalad
Sun Aug 02, 2020 8:34 pm
Forum: G400C Discussion
Topic: G400C Questions/Comments
Replies: 8
Views: 774

Just thinking out loud here... The fuel level sender is probably a resistance unit with a float, just like the scooters. The more the float drops, the lower the resistance gets. Then I'm betting they put another resistor inline with the indicator light. So when the tank is full, the overall resistan...