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by sotied
Sun Aug 21, 2011 10:42 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: So, how is the Mccuff when filling the Buddy's tank?
Replies: 68
Views: 8773

What's odd is that you guys (and gals) are all talking about holding back the collar. While out here in MA it's required that pumps have that auto-emission collector collar thing, I have yet to have to hold it back. I just insert the very tip (no jokes please) of the nozzle into the tank and start f...
by sotied
Sun Aug 21, 2011 10:21 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Octane Experiment
Replies: 33
Views: 1943

Closing in on 10,500 miles on my 2008 Buddy 125. I've put 93 Octane in it from day 1 and every fill-up since. I can say with absolute certainty that the mileage I have gotten with 93 is immeasurably better than any mileage I've gotten when using lower octane gasoline. #justsayin #nocomparison #ifyou...
by sotied
Sun Aug 21, 2011 9:55 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Cup holders
Replies: 32
Views: 3989

I wonder if a chunk of Styrofoam with a hole cut out for the mug would work. You could shape it so it fits snuggly in half the cubby space. That's a really cool idea. I've taken to getting the extra large iced coffee or XL hot tea so the cup at least snuggles down into the glove area and doesn't mo...
by sotied
Sun Aug 21, 2011 9:53 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Buddy's faults?
Replies: 40
Views: 3896

In 10,000+ miles, I've scraped the center stand three times (twice in the same rotary) while driving and another four or five times over speed bumps, and every time I put the bike away in my basement (it hits the threshold to the basement door which opens to the outside). I've had the clunk a couple...
by sotied
Sun Jun 19, 2011 11:12 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Women's Jackets
Replies: 13
Views: 2548

Saw the subject of this post and thought it was just some guy asking if they could wear a women-specific jacket. While not out of the question, the reason I bring this up is because it has seemed to me that women's riding gear - outside of really fashion-specific stuff and boots - is a little cheape...
by sotied
Sun Jun 19, 2011 11:09 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Kevlar Pants
Replies: 13
Views: 2448

I've worn my new pants once so far (bought the tan and the black zip-off kevlars) and they were heavy, but cooler than I'd think. It was about 75 hour and I wasn't sweating at all. Whoever said they run big was right. The pants feel clunky and big, but the folks at Motorcycle Gear helped me out by d...
by sotied
Sun Jun 19, 2011 11:04 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Compact car trailering
Replies: 26
Views: 6350

Congrats on the honeymoon! As soon as my Fit came off warranty, I installed the hitch I had bought months prior. I've used it to haul two Honda CT90s (lightweight bikes) and one Honda Transalp (400-450 pounds) [not at the same time!]. I have a Harbor Freight trailer with a wooden platform and wood ...
by sotied
Sun Jun 19, 2011 10:55 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Scooters Go Green of Boston
Replies: 8
Views: 1402

These guys run a formidable shop and I've had only great service and friendly interactions with them. I got my scoot in 2008 from the now-closed Javaspeed in Providence and am so happy Steve and Steve took over the Genuine brand in a spot so close to me. Will be buying my next scoot from them and no...
by sotied
Sun Jun 19, 2011 10:50 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Back Rack FAILURE
Replies: 18
Views: 3661

Thanks everyone. Gonna put the case, broken rack and me on the scooter and ride to the local machine shop. I'll have them do something like remove the grab bar and set up a crossmember with vibration absorption.

Guess I'll have to bookmark this post and bring my iPhone with me too.
by sotied
Sun Jun 19, 2011 10:25 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: How long do your tires last?
Replies: 48
Views: 7754

I got about 6000+ on my original tires. Always properly inflated, I weigh 190 and ride pretty conservatively. Got a set of Zippys on there now and I'm up to 9000 miles with no appreciable wear on the new set.

Hope they're good until 12000 or more.
by sotied
Sun Jun 19, 2011 10:08 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Unmarked cruiser rear ends scooter at speed. Must see Video!
Replies: 18
Views: 1866

TVB wrote:I have a hard time faulting the driver for rear-ending a scooter that pulls out right in front of him.
Seriously. The scooterist looks back and jams on the brakes. WHAT?
by sotied
Sun Jun 19, 2011 10:06 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Best Two Wheel backpack
Replies: 29
Views: 3855

I've got between using a Timbuktu laptop messenger bag (carries multiple electronics, my laptop, my mail, and all the accessories I need for my 13-inch Macbook) to a Tucano Work Out laptop bag (laptop and a few accessories, but not much else), to a full-on, Camelbak-style backpack (like the one list...
by sotied
Fri Jun 03, 2011 1:30 pm
Forum: Scooter Gallery
Topic: Scavenger Hunt?
Replies: 11
Views: 1766

Scavenger Hunt?

Has this gone away? I did a search for Scavenger Hunt and nothing recent came up. It's summer now and I've got my camera out - how about you?

Loved the way this was done the past couple years. Anyone want to restart this (unless I've overlooked it and it's still going on)?

Let me know.

Thanks!
by sotied
Fri Jun 03, 2011 1:17 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Back Rack FAILURE
Replies: 18
Views: 3661

So is the solution to put something in that area that is mushy but firm so it can support the bouncing of the case and rack, but not fail?

Or do I budget $75 a year to keep replacing the back rack?

OR do I find a welder who could put a much thicker crossbeam there?
by sotied
Fri Jun 03, 2011 1:08 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Back Rack FAILURE
Replies: 18
Views: 3661

Here's the photo of where the crossbeam used to be...

http://jeffcutler.posterous.com/scooter-rack-fail
by sotied
Fri Jun 03, 2011 1:02 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Back Rack FAILURE
Replies: 18
Views: 3661

Back Rack FAILURE

So, I'm riding down the road (as we used to say in mountain biking JRA - just riding along) and I hear this metalic 'clang, ping, cling, clang' of something metal behind me. I ascribe the sound to a piece of somebody's muffler or a really big retainer that some kid threw out of a school bus window. ...
by sotied
Mon May 30, 2011 9:26 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Massachusetts' Moped Friendly Scooter Models.
Replies: 54
Views: 7341

I got carried away on my soapbox earlier, but I was headed toward the 'physical size' argument. If my Buddy 125 is smaller than a Vespa 50 and that 50 can park on the sidewalk, why can't I - HYPOTHETICALLY - debadge my buddy and use dual-lok tape to remove my plate and park along side the fatter and...
by sotied
Mon May 30, 2011 9:19 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Kevlar Pants
Replies: 13
Views: 2448

Just bought two pairs. One in tan, one in black. What sold me was the zip-offness of them. Will toss sandals in the belly or topcase and then wear these pants all summer. Zip them off at the beach or wherever I end up and put on the sandals. I have been doing jeans as the gear on my legs, but these ...
by sotied
Mon May 30, 2011 7:59 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Who makes the best variator belt and why?
Replies: 32
Views: 3000

Are you saying 10K is the lifespan of a belt or that the recommendation is to put a new one on by 10K? I'm now a little skittish because I did a buttload of repair and service work on Scootle last Summer/Fall, but I can't remember if I had them change the belt. I was at 8000 at the time. Now my mile...
by sotied
Mon May 30, 2011 7:53 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Massachusetts' Moped Friendly Scooter Models.
Replies: 54
Views: 7341

Topicadjustment - not a hijack

The main reason I got my scoot was for the ease of parking. What burns me a bit is in MA, parking is up to the municipality. So, if you park in Boston, you need to be at a scooter/motorcycle spot on the street if you have a plate. If you don't have a plate and you're driving a monster 50cc, then you...
by sotied
Sun May 08, 2011 2:00 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Modern Buddy Calendar - submit your photos!
Replies: 113
Views: 10065

Love this idea

Here are a couple...

Image
P7181239 by jeffcutler, on Flickr

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P7181216 by jeffcutler, on Flickr

Can't wait to see the calendar.
by sotied
Sun May 08, 2011 1:13 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Buddy Let Me Down
Replies: 17
Views: 1513

How many miles on a belt??

Haven't been around here since last fall, but I've been riding a ton this year on Scootle and figured I'd read some of the latest posts. Well, having read this post I'm now a little freaked out about miles on my belt. I'm at 9100 miles on my scoot and would be nonplussed if the belt exploded and loc...
by sotied
Sun Sep 05, 2010 5:35 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Locking up to a pole
Replies: 19
Views: 1483

I was thinking in the shower about the next models of Buddy. Wouldn't it be cool if the frames came with a locking ring or something that's part of the frame that you could run a lock to or through? I think Vespas have this, but don't know of any other models. I've locked to the center stand in the ...
by sotied
Sat Jun 12, 2010 3:16 pm
Forum: Blur Discussion
Topic: Front wheel alignment
Replies: 11
Views: 3250

The most common cause of this is a front tire that was allowed to run low and is wearing unevenly now or just extremely heavy front brake usage that is causing the tire to feather along the leading edges of the tire grooves. The tire develops a strange lip on the leading edge of your tread, that yo...
by sotied
Thu May 27, 2010 1:51 am
Forum: Scooter Gallery
Topic: Scooter Photo Scavenger Hunt 2010 May Week 3: Police!
Replies: 20
Views: 2417

Did you miss me? This accident happened this morning and I took a bunch of photos for the newspaper I freelance for. Got Scootle in this one but was unable to get in the shot as there was MADNESS going on. Points... 4 points for scooter with a police vehicle 2 points for the officer in the photo Low...
by sotied
Mon May 03, 2010 11:23 am
Forum: Scooter Gallery
Topic: Scooter Photo Scavenger Hunt 2010 Week 5: Reflections
Replies: 22
Views: 2633

Here's my shot... http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4067/4572797429_4955a2ea8a_o.jpg It's quite hard to make out as the people at Microsoft wouldn't let me ride up on the steps or get too close to the building. I'm in the photo with the scooter. No points - after midnight. But it's a photo. :-) Jeff
by sotied
Thu Apr 29, 2010 9:07 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Scooter Parts!
Replies: 2
Views: 914

That wasn't the easiest install ever, but it wasn't the hardest. Not sure I'm comfy with the way it's attached to the back rack, but it's on there pretty tight. Guess I'll really crank it down after a few rides.

Anyone else have issues attaching a top case?

Jeff
by sotied
Thu Apr 29, 2010 7:50 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Scooter Parts!
Replies: 2
Views: 914

Scooter Parts!

Yay, box just arrived and I taped it. Not the box, that was already taped. But I taped the OPENING of the box and put it online. Here... *Warning! Plenty safe for work and the sound from the start is echo-y but gets better in about three seconds. <object classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-4...
by sotied
Tue Apr 27, 2010 8:05 pm
Forum: Scooter Gallery
Topic: Scooter Photo Scavenger Hunt 2010 Week 5: Reflections
Replies: 22
Views: 2633

I totally fell down on the job. I thought last week was the last April date so when I realized I wasn't even close to winning I bagged the bridges photo and decided to start new this week - with what I thought was the FIRST May week. I'm a loser. I'm a loser. I'm a loser. Allow me to kick myself aro...
by sotied
Wed Apr 21, 2010 5:55 pm
Forum: Scooter Gallery
Topic: Scooter Photo Scavenger Hunt 2010 Week 4: Bridges
Replies: 39
Views: 4326

Glad I read the post again before heading into town. I've had a fever for a few days and I'm busy and unable to scoot until next Tuesday. That said, I will someday soon go in town and get a photo of what would have brought in 1,000,000 points. There's a wooden train bridge near Boston University tha...
by sotied
Sat Apr 17, 2010 8:33 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: If you have a helmet cam, take note
Replies: 40
Views: 3384

There are two issues here. The first is "Did the guy drive like an asshat?" The answer is "yes." He needs some major fines and perhaps a suspension. The other question is, "Did he violate a law by recording a cop?" I'm no lawyer, but I am going to say "no." I...
by sotied
Fri Apr 16, 2010 1:42 am
Forum: Scooter Gallery
Topic: Scooter Photo Scavenger Hunt 2010 Week 3: Long Street Names
Replies: 51
Views: 6101

Rain, a bad back and a business trip got in my way last week. Now I'm a billion points behind. But I applaud the great shots last week and this. Speaking of back - I AM. So here's my effort this week... That's me in my fashionable ATGATT and Scootle, my faithful steed, is behind me. AS is a street s...
by sotied
Sat Apr 10, 2010 1:49 pm
Forum: Scooter Gallery
Topic: Scooter Photo Scavenger Hunt 2010 Week 2: Got Gas?
Replies: 27
Views: 3299

Nice shot. Am on a bus to NYC right now, so my quest to take a photo will have to wait until tomorrow. Supposed to be sunny so I should be able to at least get a squeegie and some gas.

:-)

J
by sotied
Fri Apr 09, 2010 12:38 am
Forum: Scooter Gallery
Topic: Scooter Photo Scavenger Hunt 2010 Week 2: Got Gas?
Replies: 27
Views: 3299

Is @1lemont your Twitter? Will give you a follow.

J

*I'm @jeffcutler - cryptic, I know.
by sotied
Fri Apr 09, 2010 12:36 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: anyone have a SHAD top case?
Replies: 38
Views: 5778

Anyone tell me what size topcase I need to get a 13-inch laptop inside? Getting wicked tired of carrying the messenger bag on my back and figure why not get a topcase that will hold the computer and my other gear.

Thoughts?

Thanks!

Jeff
by sotied
Fri Apr 09, 2010 12:17 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: How to replace rear tire ? Roadrash says its time.
Replies: 11
Views: 2946

Just bought two brand new Zippys in prep for replacing my original tires. The scoot has 6700+ miles on it now, but the tires seem to be in really good shape. The treads are super deep on both front and rear and there's no cracking around them at all. Is this unusual? At what stage do I need to repla...
by sotied
Thu Apr 08, 2010 10:52 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Dangerous Driver today!
Replies: 8
Views: 1449

In MA, a 50cc still has to be registered, but it is allowed to use bike lanes where it wants and is allowed to ride with traffic if it can keep up. BUT, just like a bike, it has to stop at all lights and stop signs. There's no lane splitting in this state. And cops are allowed to ticket bikes and 50...
by sotied
Thu Apr 08, 2010 6:55 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: [NSR] Who bought an iPad?
Replies: 45
Views: 2284

Unabashed (OK, I've been bashed) Mac guy here, but I'm not jumping on the FIRST-Adopter bandwagon. I love their stuff, but if you've been a Mac fanatic for any amount of time you know it's the second release that is more solid and great. I think October is when I'll pony up the cash and get my iPad....
by sotied
Thu Apr 08, 2010 3:33 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Headlight on/off switch
Replies: 19
Views: 2021

Took a while for people to notice that it was an old thread. But I contend it's an issue I've thought about a bit. I'd like the option, maybe not while riding, but while in the basement or hanging out letting the bike warm up, to shut the light down. I also like to flash lights to warn of speed trap...
by sotied
Mon Apr 05, 2010 10:58 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Headlight on/off switch
Replies: 19
Views: 2021

Haven't seen any workarounds for the light switch, but you might want to check the technical spec area. I just had my headlight burn out and there was a great tutorial there for replacing it. And to that point, the wires and harness for the headlight are really accessible once you get the speedomete...
by sotied
Mon Apr 05, 2010 10:02 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: How many miles do you put on your scooter?
Replies: 37
Views: 2450

Holy crap on a Kringle! You guys ride a ton! I've been getting stares and OMG looks from people for my measly total but you guys are rock stars. Scootle was new in June 2008 when I got her from Javaspeed in Providence. There are 6680 miles on her (so that's about 3300 per year. I don't ride totally ...
by sotied
Sun Apr 04, 2010 10:23 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 2008 Headlight Bulb
Replies: 25
Views: 4165

Got a replacement 35w halogen from Scooters Go Green in South Boston and installed that in 31 minutes.

Have also ordered the PIAA bulb ($46 shipped) from my local Honda motorcycle dealer.

Will install the PIAA in the next week or so and keep the other basic bulb as a spare.
by sotied
Sun Apr 04, 2010 9:47 pm
Forum: Scooter Gallery
Topic: Scooter Photo Scavenger Hunt 2010 Week 2: Got Gas?
Replies: 27
Views: 3299

And what do you mean 'pretend' to clean your scoot with the squeegie? Is there any other way?

:-)
by sotied
Sun Apr 04, 2010 9:45 pm
Forum: Scooter Gallery
Topic: Scooter Photo Scavenger Hunt 2010 Week 2: Got Gas?
Replies: 27
Views: 3299

Good theme! Had to fill up at the local station just as I was headed to the USPS for week 1 photos. Didn't read ahead so I hope to ride like a madman this week to use up my tank so I can get a gas photo.

Love the SUV details!

Scoot Lemont, you rock.

Thanks for organizing.

J
by sotied
Sun Apr 04, 2010 9:42 pm
Forum: Scooter Gallery
Topic: Scooter Photo Scavenger Hunt 2010 Week 1: Deliver!
Replies: 30
Views: 3068

OK. She let me go. Got the photo... http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2703/4491142586_81b82655fc_b.jpg http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4017/4491142930_6fbbe984bb_b.jpg 4 pts- your scooter with a delivery vehicle 10 pts for additional delivery vehicles 1 pt me in the photo - crouched to show all the USPS...
by sotied
Sun Apr 04, 2010 8:35 pm
Forum: Scooter Gallery
Topic: Scooter Photo Scavenger Hunt 2010 Week 1: Deliver!
Replies: 30
Views: 3068

Great day for this. 10 trucks at my local PO and I have a USPS hat. Just unsure that it's a wise move. GF and I are connecting (not a euphemism) and probably not the time for me to say, "Sweetie, want to hop on the scoot with me so I can try to win some cool stuff?" Will update if I find a...
by sotied
Sun Apr 04, 2010 8:32 pm
Forum: Scooter Gallery
Topic: Scooter Photo Scavenger Hunt 2010 Week 2: oh crap!
Replies: 2
Views: 1334

How about animals? Scoot with animals in the photo. Barnyard or circus gets a point for each animal (up to 10) and a bonus for multi species.
by sotied
Mon Mar 29, 2010 6:26 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 2008 Headlight Bulb
Replies: 25
Views: 4165

Have seen the bulb in many places. Guess I'll do one order at Scooterworks - just for some backup bulbs and other fun stuff. Then one order of 'essential' stuff.

Then I'll go online and find the PIAA bulb. Looks like it's around $40 to $45 everywhere.

Thanks everyone!

J
by sotied
Mon Mar 29, 2010 4:08 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 2008 Headlight Bulb
Replies: 25
Views: 4165

Haven't checked that. But all the other lights are working and could a short just happen willy nilly like that?

Bike runs fine and starts right up.
by sotied
Mon Mar 29, 2010 3:41 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 2008 Headlight Bulb
Replies: 25
Views: 4165

That would TOTALLY blow - and literally. I was lucky. I usually run with the high beam on and when I started up the scoot, after sundown, I noticed that it was still dark in front of me. When I flicked the switch to low beam, all was fine. But then the next day when starting it up, the low didn't ev...