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by Tocsik
Wed May 20, 2020 4:16 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Just a reminder!
Replies: 8
Views: 637

Dooglas wrote:
tenders wrote:Huh. I’m apparently the last person to have heard of this motorcycle/horseback tradition, but it has barely been mentioned here or Modern Vespa.
Gremlin bells are certainly well known among Harley riders.
But supposedly, you need to receive a Gremlin bell as a gift for it to be effective :?
by Tocsik
Sat Feb 10, 2018 6:23 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: check out this exhaust
Replies: 4
Views: 952

check out this exhaust

Hi folks! I haven't been on the forum in a long time but this clip made you think of my old home.
Peace.
Scott

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s5IKthNYhVY
by Tocsik
Tue Jan 31, 2017 2:51 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: See the wheel. Be the wheel.
Replies: 8
Views: 1246

See the wheel. Be the wheel.

Wicked cool unimotorcycles. Monocycles?
A pic from 1931 and a couple links to modern videos.
Looks like a blast to ride even with no suspension and your butt inches from the ground!

https://youtu.be/gdq4wer7vgk
https://youtu.be/fVKeJ1vGNfo
by Tocsik
Wed Jan 18, 2017 2:38 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Ikea's Sladda bicycle
Replies: 4
Views: 3239

Ikea's Sladda bicycle

Came across an article that Ikea starting selling their bike in the US now. It's certainly not for everyone but I thought I would post this here because of the ingenuity of many forum members. They have accessories that could be adapted to the scoot and be really cool farkles. It's about $400. Alumi...
by Tocsik
Fri Jan 06, 2017 5:47 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Honda self balancing motorcycle
Replies: 11
Views: 2293

Honda self balancing motorcycle

Hi guys! Haven't been around in a while and thought I'd check in.
Hope everyone had a Happy and safe Holiday season.

Just wondering about this new tech. Did they fix a problem,.. or suck all the life out of riding?....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yeszAterN3M
by Tocsik
Wed Mar 23, 2016 12:07 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Weigh in on helmets!
Replies: 34
Views: 6479

I had a Fulmer full face for many years and just switched to the HJC IS17. It's a great helmet but not as quiet as I was hoping (wind noise). I also rock the Sena SMH FM5 for phone connectivity and even listen to radio through it if I'm in traffic (comedy channel!!!).
by Tocsik
Tue Mar 22, 2016 9:59 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Vespa office chairs
Replies: 0
Views: 1038

Vespa office chairs

Been away from the forum for a while so sorry if this has been posted. I searched first and didn't see it.

Old Vespas re purposed as office chairs. With working lights!
by Tocsik
Thu Dec 10, 2015 3:50 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Battery for street-parked scooter running many short trips?
Replies: 14
Views: 3335

If she parks in the sun, I would love to hear the results of the solar charger. I bought one at HF but have never used it. I would be about 12 bucks with the 20% discount. http://www.harborfreight.com/15-watt-solar-battery-charger-68692.html There's also the 13 watt briefcase style but that would ha...
by Tocsik
Tue Dec 08, 2015 3:43 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Here's something gross...
Replies: 12
Views: 1939

try this one...
by Tocsik
Tue Dec 08, 2015 3:11 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Here's something gross...
Replies: 12
Views: 1939

Here's something gross...

:bleh:

http://www.scootster.com/

It's an abomination made from a Harley.
"You supply the donor Sportster... We supply the rest!"
by Tocsik
Sat Oct 31, 2015 4:19 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Problem disassembling front variator bolt off buddy50
Replies: 13
Views: 2563

did you get this sorted out, rahib?
by Tocsik
Wed Oct 28, 2015 6:01 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Problem disassembling front variator bolt off buddy50
Replies: 13
Views: 2563

Re: strap wrench

rahibamin123 wrote:so strap wrench around the variator and to hold it in place and socket wrench to take the bolt off ?
yup. strap around the body of the variator, not the fins. Same wrench for removing clutch.
by Tocsik
Wed Oct 28, 2015 5:50 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Problem disassembling front variator bolt off buddy50
Replies: 13
Views: 2563

I always used a strap wrench on my variator and had had it off many times. Works for re-torquing, too. If that doesn't work for you, the 125's and 150's have 2 holes in the outer variator plate for attaching a tool to hold it in place. If the 50's have the same setup, you could do that. Search on he...
by Tocsik
Mon Oct 12, 2015 9:02 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The Unintentional Absentee Landlord
Replies: 22
Views: 3127

charlie55 wrote:Good to have you back!

Listen, is there any advantage to using premium gas in our scoots?

:wink:
No, but be sure the Seafoam level doesn't get too low in the clutch filter.
:wink:
by Tocsik
Mon Oct 12, 2015 9:01 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The Unintentional Absentee Landlord
Replies: 22
Views: 3127

I've been there and back, Eric. Usually pretty good at keeping a positive attitude and outlook but sometimes even the "usual" human collection of crap to deal with that's part of our modern society can weigh down really heavy and press you into the earth. Glad you are working it out and th...
by Tocsik
Fri Oct 09, 2015 1:11 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Is this a shortened Prima exhaust?
Replies: 34
Views: 3059

I think you need to load up a video so we can hear the sound.
With a shorter baffle length, I'm thinkin' that might sound really good.
by Tocsik
Tue Oct 06, 2015 5:28 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 10 Year Anniversary Special Edition
Replies: 13
Views: 2324

I'm missing something. How is this "vintage inspired" when it has the same body, mirrors etc as the scoots they've always made?
Is it just the pearl blue color that's vintage? :roll:
by Tocsik
Wed Sep 30, 2015 10:26 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Rollers and belt
Replies: 17
Views: 3638

Lot's of stop-and-go will give you flat spots as the rollers are moving back and forth more. Next time you need new ones, go with Dr. Pulley sliders. They last longer and have smoother acceleration. The shape is designed to slide back and forth without having to roll. 2K seems early. I would blow th...
by Tocsik
Wed Sep 30, 2015 5:13 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 100,000 mile Buddy 125!
Replies: 145
Views: 26299

Federal regs state MC's must not read slower than actual speeds. http://www.unece.org/fileadmin/DAM/trans/main/wp29/wp29regs/r039r1e.pdf http://www.popularmechanics.com/cars/how-to/a3127/4260708/ Lots of reasons. Variation in tire height plus tire wear. Don't want us "speeding" but have th...
by Tocsik
Wed Sep 30, 2015 2:06 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 100,000 mile Buddy 125!
Replies: 145
Views: 26299

...I'm always perplexed when I see scooters where the rider seems to be trying to limit the number of miles they put on a year. Not sure what the point of having a scooter is if you aren't riding it A LOT. +1. Same for motorcycles. I bought my '08 S40 with 2700 miles on it, June of 2014. I've alrea...
by Tocsik
Tue Sep 29, 2015 3:36 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Rear wheel area crunching noise?
Replies: 7
Views: 1448

how old is the scooter?
how many miles?
live near salt air?

give us more info and we can provide better help :)
by Tocsik
Tue Sep 29, 2015 3:34 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: tire air problems
Replies: 12
Views: 2379

change valve stems with each new tire since the rubber can age and crack. The cost is negligible. I put a lot of miles on my scooter so changed the stems every-other rear tire and with each new front tire. Also, have 90 degree valve stems put on instead of the straight ones; at least for the rear. T...
by Tocsik
Mon Aug 31, 2015 3:51 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: gas getting in oil
Replies: 12
Views: 1857

most likely culprit is your float/needle since it is a cause of allowing gas to drain out into the case and that was recently tinkered with on your bike.
by Tocsik
Wed Aug 19, 2015 3:35 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Should I replace crash-scraped caliper?
Replies: 7
Views: 1400

I'm a little more concerned about the partially ground-off lower caliper bolt. Can you still get a wrench on there? It looks like you may have trouble getting the bolt out. I hope I'm wrong. Possibly end up grabbing it with vice grips or something. There's usually thread locker on there and getting ...
by Tocsik
Mon Aug 17, 2015 7:49 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 100,000 mile Buddy 125!
Replies: 145
Views: 26299

Nice!
My 40K Buddy had one stator replacement and the clutch bearings went bad, too. I also rode very "throttle happy" with most miles commuting at 50+mph 45 miles/day.
by Tocsik
Sun Aug 02, 2015 4:38 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Buddy 125 jerking on take off
Replies: 12
Views: 2067

Your original description sounds like either a build-up of belt dust in the CVT, worn rollers or both. Could be a glazed clutch and/or bell but the most likely culprit is the rollers. You say you noticed the change after a lot of start-stop practicing and the scooter has 4200 miles. If it's never ha...
by Tocsik
Thu Jul 16, 2015 1:40 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: What are the signs that valves need adjusting?
Replies: 4
Views: 1358

Clicking sound. They should just be checked on a regular basis. Every time I get in there the exhaust valve it tight. Actually, that's a little counterintuitive. Noisy tappets are usually an indication of too big a gap between the adjuster and the valve. My old 4-cyl Honda used to do this. The rock...
by Tocsik
Thu Jul 16, 2015 1:28 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Oil filter torque
Replies: 21
Views: 3929

ScooterLou, There are numerous stories of Buddy oil filters vibrating loose and dropping all the oil out of the motor, causing catastrophic failure. Now, the filter on the 150 sits on an oil cooler and not on the motor itself. This will make vibration much less of an issue than it is with the 125's....
by Tocsik
Wed Jul 01, 2015 2:23 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: And then a part fell off?
Replies: 16
Views: 1904

Yep, thats from inside a lawn sprinkler. Probably blew out of it's can when they ran last time; had one do that at my house once.
by Tocsik
Fri Jun 19, 2015 6:48 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Red line on speedometer? Also NBR| what do you do for hair?
Replies: 28
Views: 4279

Question about the red line has been answered. My hair gets messed up from the helmet. I have learned not to put any gel in it since that just makes it worse. I run wet fingers through it when I get to work if it's too crazy. Hot weather with my black full face helmet = much matted hair. Also, if it...
by Tocsik
Fri Jun 19, 2015 6:30 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Possibly the first reinforced Buddy frame
Replies: 24
Views: 3124

Cool. I'll be watching this build.
Someone on here put on a shock absorber frame brace on a Buddy, sort of like the Italjet has. I searched a bit but couldn't find the thread.
by Tocsik
Fri Jun 19, 2015 2:54 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Can't afford a genuine Stebel? Try this!
Replies: 8
Views: 2382

I just ordered some FIAMM's for my motorcycle. These are basically slightly smaller versions of their Freeway Blasters; one high tone and one low tone. I will wire them up with a direct feed from the battery through a Bosch relay so the horn switch only trips the relay. You gotta be careful putting ...
by Tocsik
Fri Jun 19, 2015 2:45 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: How long have your tires lasted?
Replies: 24
Views: 2803

Tocsik. you sound like you might know the answer to this question; Are aftermarket forks for the 170i worth installing? The standard forks are choppy and have quite a bit of stiction. Assuming you're talking about the front struts/shocks? The 170i is basically the same chassis as the 125 and 150 so...
by Tocsik
Thu Jun 18, 2015 9:39 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: How long have your tires lasted?
Replies: 24
Views: 2803

I actually bought that NCY shock used from the marketplace here on MB for 50 bucks. Put it on my scooter at about 23K miles. It's not the gas piggyback shock; that one's waaay to expensive for me. It's the one toward the bottom of this page. Not a huge change in overall ride but it does help the rea...
by Tocsik
Thu Jun 18, 2015 8:50 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: How long have your tires lasted?
Replies: 24
Views: 2803

Okay, I'll bite; What's the advantage of the 130/70 over the 3.50/10 that's original size? Thanks! It's got a wider but rounder profile and your scooter will just roll into the corners. The ride is a little better. Slightly larger tire makes the speedometer more accurate. You can get it for ~$38. (...
by Tocsik
Wed Jun 17, 2015 6:08 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Bonegirl's 40,000 mile Buddy 125 is for sale!
Replies: 29
Views: 4376

Yep, be encouraged all Buddy owners. I sold my '08 Pamplona 150 with just under 40K for 650. It was still incredibly strong, fast and reliable.
I miss that little guy sometimes but really enjoying my other big single!

EDIT. oops.
by Tocsik
Wed Jun 17, 2015 6:04 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: How long have your tires lasted?
Replies: 24
Views: 2803

This was my '08 Buddy 150. Originals were Maxxis ww's. swapped out: Mileage / Tire 3802 Maxxis rear 8369 Pirreli front and rear 12565 Michelin S1 rear 17433 Michelin S1 rear 21560 Michelin S1 front and rear. Front still had tread left. 25785 Michelin S1 rear 29517 Michelin S1 rear 33344 Michelin S1 ...
by Tocsik
Wed Jun 17, 2015 5:47 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: What happened to Ericalm?
Replies: 47
Views: 5678

He's probably busy filming his first episodes of Top Gear since he's one of the new co-hosts.
by Tocsik
Tue Jun 09, 2015 2:07 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Best way to break the bead loose from the rim?
Replies: 22
Views: 3040

That vid posted above is a great method.
Another good tool is a couple big "C" clamps and a couple small scraps of wood. You can get "C" clamps pretty cheap at Harbor Freight. That's one of the tools that's OK to buy from them. Not all.
by Tocsik
Wed Jun 03, 2015 6:14 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Bluetooth Headset Suggestions?
Replies: 11
Views: 1840

+1 on the Sena SMH-5FM. I haven't used it for intercom yet but for phone and FM radio, it's great.
by Tocsik
Wed Jun 03, 2015 6:12 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Are there any truly waterproof seat covers?
Replies: 27
Views: 5212

Q: Any leads on a seat cover that's really waterproof?

A: A garage.

Just keepin' it light. No offense.
by Tocsik
Tue Mar 31, 2015 1:37 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Hey Genuine Scooter Company...
Replies: 8
Views: 1845

Well, it's official. Pepe has been sold :cry: . It's OK though. I really wasn't riding it enough to justify keeping it. Buyer was a nice young guy who started looking after riding a 125 Italia. It's a good feeling to sell a vehicle that you know is a great bargain for the buyer! Here's wishing Geoff...
by Tocsik
Mon Mar 30, 2015 8:26 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: [ZR]Walking Dead; Daryl's new bike
Replies: 4
Views: 1301

[ZR]Walking Dead; Daryl's new bike

I'm a huge fan of the Walking Dead and Daryl's new bike is pretty damn cool.
by Tocsik
Mon Mar 30, 2015 8:18 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Hey Genuine Scooter Company...
Replies: 8
Views: 1845

Yeah, I really think someone will get a good scooter despite the high miles. It still runs and rides excellent. Have to sell it pretty cheap, though, with 40K miles.
by Tocsik
Sun Mar 29, 2015 5:47 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Hey Genuine Scooter Company...
Replies: 8
Views: 1845

Hey Genuine Scooter Company...

...I'm selling my Pamplona 150 with 40K miles. You interested in having it for display? 8)

The CL ad in the link is no longer available. But here's how Pepe looked after 7 years and 40,000 miles:
by Tocsik
Tue Mar 03, 2015 6:08 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The Rides of March
Replies: 22
Views: 3253

I had to fire up the bikes and run the motors a little this weekend since it's been so long.
Last time I filled up the MC was 2/9. :?
Scooter was 12/13. :oops:

I really need to ride. Need that wind therapy.
by Tocsik
Sat Feb 21, 2015 3:19 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: How to sell a high-mileage scooter?
Replies: 8
Views: 1695

How to sell a high-mileage scooter?

When I bought my motorcycle, I wanted to keep my scooter for several reasons. I like it. It has sentimental value. It's pretty cheap to keep it in terms of registration and insurance. I figured it would be pretty hard to sell a scooter with 40K miles. But I'm just not riding her and really need the ...
by Tocsik
Thu Jan 29, 2015 8:29 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: No more wave from motorcyclists... What up~!
Replies: 48
Views: 5715

enjoy...

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by Tocsik
Tue Jan 13, 2015 6:54 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Battery Over
Replies: 10
Views: 1610

Like Skully, I've had great service my Chrome battery and the reviews are very good. For the price, I don't think you can beat it. My scooter is a 2008 and I replaced the stock battery with this one when it was time. So, it's only my second battery and I run heated grips. I do use a tender religious...
by Tocsik
Thu Dec 11, 2014 12:37 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: [NBR] Madass on a rollercoaster
Replies: 5
Views: 1643

[NBR] Madass on a rollercoaster

Posting this cuz I know a few folks here have a MadAss (the bike, nothing to do with anatomy). Plus, it's pretty cool. HHmmm.. Maybe it's not a MadAss. Still MadAss crazy. <iframe width="560" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/XEUMwxzyDxI" frameborder="0&quo...