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by birdmove
Sun Jul 12, 2020 7:16 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Moving beyond 50cc
Replies: 21
Views: 1465

I remember my wife said the Gold Wing rider said with all the fairings etc, he wouldn't be able trump see the cones. I was at work that dsy, but the vision of these bikers, and at least one typical Harley rider toodling around on my wife's blue hibiscus Metro with their knees hitting the handlebars,...
by birdmove
Sat Jul 11, 2020 11:08 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Moving beyond 50cc
Replies: 21
Views: 1465

In Washington state, any licensed driver can operate a 50, but anything bigger than that requires a motorcycle license. To say it a different way, anything bigger requires a safety and skills course which will make you a better, and safer, rider. I would suggest that anyone planning to own and ride...
by birdmove
Sat Jul 11, 2020 10:42 pm
Forum: Black Cat, Rattler & Roughhouse Discussion
Topic: Roughouses in Hawaii
Replies: 3
Views: 491

Sorry for the title. That should have been, Roughouses in Hawaii. Dam Kindle Fire 7 and its spell check!
by birdmove
Mon Jul 06, 2020 1:27 am
Forum: Black Cat, Rattler & Roughhouse Discussion
Topic: Roughouses in Hawaii
Replies: 3
Views: 491

Roughouses in Hawaii

Can a Roughhouse owner confirm that the model is classed as a moped in hawaii?
by birdmove
Wed Feb 13, 2019 11:53 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: New 49cc Buddy vs. 49cc Roughouse
Replies: 8
Views: 1576

Yeah. Too bad they dropped the Rattler!
by birdmove
Wed Feb 13, 2019 4:04 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: New 49cc Buddy vs. 49cc Roughouse
Replies: 8
Views: 1576

Bill, I was born at Swedish Hospital in Seattle in 1953, and grew up in Burien. Graduated from Highline High School in '72. My parents moved from Burien to Normandy Park/Des Moines that year. They lived at 19812 4th Ave South, across 1st Ave from the old XL Super, and up the hill a bit. My wife and ...
by birdmove
Tue Feb 12, 2019 8:12 pm
Forum: Black Cat, Rattler & Roughhouse Discussion
Topic: Roughouse 49cc vs Buddy 49cc
Replies: 1
Views: 1344

Roughouse 49cc vs Buddy 49cc

I am considering one of these two mopeds, as that is what they are classed as here in Hawaii. No annual license tags, insurance is optional, and no mc endorsement needed. I may buy two, as my wife rides and we have ridden together often. Maybe some of you can write why you chose the Roughouse over t...
by birdmove
Tue Feb 12, 2019 8:05 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: New 49cc Buddy vs. 49cc Roughouse
Replies: 8
Views: 1576

New 49cc Buddy vs. 49cc Roughouse

We live on the big island of Hawaii about 12 miles south of Hilo. I'm a 65 year old retired dude that has ridden motorcycles and scooters since I was 8. I am considering buying one, maybe two "mopeds". Here both of these scooters are classed as mopeds, so no yearly license tags, insurance ...
by birdmove
Thu May 24, 2018 6:55 pm
Forum: Black Cat, Rattler & Roughhouse Discussion
Topic: Hawaii/Oahu
Replies: 13
Views: 2559

Just got this reply: Jon, Sorry your email went into my spam folder for some reason and I just found it. Yes we ship to Big Island. We ship freight collect so you just pay the fees on your end. I think to BI it is about $80.00. Yes I currently have all colors of Roughhouse and Roughhouse Sports in s...
by birdmove
Sat May 12, 2018 4:56 pm
Forum: Black Cat, Rattler & Roughhouse Discussion
Topic: Hawaii/Oahu
Replies: 13
Views: 2559

Haven't found out yet. Guessing $200-$300.
by birdmove
Sat May 12, 2018 4:21 am
Forum: Black Cat, Rattler & Roughhouse Discussion
Topic: Hawaii/Oahu
Replies: 13
Views: 2559

roughhouse

How is yours holding up for you? Wouldn't mind buying one, but then I'd have to have it loaded onto a barge for Hilo.
by birdmove
Fri May 11, 2018 3:08 am
Forum: Black Cat, Rattler & Roughhouse Discussion
Topic: Hawaii/Oahu
Replies: 13
Views: 2559

Roughhouse

I Live on the big island near Hilo. Actually about 10-12 miles from the volcano breakouts. In Hawaii, does the Roughhouse meet the qualifications for a moped??

Thanks for any comments.
by birdmove
Mon Sep 26, 2011 12:25 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: [NBR] SYM Classic (Wolf) 150
Replies: 106
Views: 74080

The Venox, by the reports I read, was a fine motorcycle. It was also, I have heard, the Honda 250 Magna. It's likely that Kymco made the Magna for Honda. http://www.epfguzzi.com/kymcobiz/motorcycles/venox_silver.jpg Kymco also sold a 250 twin cruiser-ish bike called a Venox. I guess it didn't sell. ...
by birdmove
Sun Sep 25, 2011 7:26 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: [NBR] SYM Classic (Wolf) 150
Replies: 106
Views: 74080

If you go to cycletrader.com and do a nationwide search for Kymco Quannon 150, you'll also find a dealer in Covina, Ca. selling them for $1995. Other dealers on the same search have them up to $3428 right now, so $1995 is a nice price. I'm planning on driving to Kona in the next couple weeks to take...
by birdmove
Sun Sep 25, 2011 5:59 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: [NBR] SYM Classic (Wolf) 150
Replies: 106
Views: 74080

Talking of small motorcycles available in the US, there is also the Kymco Quannon 150. It's sold as a 125 elsewhere. It has apparently been dropped now for the US market. Due to that, dealers are selling them for $1995. One in Kona, on the Big Island of Hawaii, is selling them for that price with no...
by birdmove
Mon Jul 18, 2011 3:48 pm
Forum: Stella Discussion
Topic: Couple 4 stroke Stella questions
Replies: 12
Views: 2180

Couple 4 stroke Stella questions

Just wondering what speed the new Stellas can reliably cruise at? Will they do 50 mph (I'm 5'9" and about 180 pounds)? From what I'm reaading here, cruising range seems to be arout 75 miles between fuelups?

Thanks, Jon
by birdmove
Mon Jul 11, 2011 12:56 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: How many have ridden with no crash?
Replies: 32
Views: 2162

Well, I'm almost 58 years old and started riding off road at 8. Got my motorcycle riding permit at 15 1/2 and never looked back. Starting off road was very beneficial to my future street riding. If you dirt ride you WILL crash--and often. But you most likely won't get any serious injuries. I have ne...
by birdmove
Wed Mar 23, 2011 3:17 pm
Forum: Stella Discussion
Topic: Stella 2T at $3,199 or 4T at $3,799, is the 4T really worth
Replies: 32
Views: 6815

We have a dealer with a few two stroke Stellas at $2599 as I recall.
by birdmove
Sat Feb 26, 2011 4:16 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: On the fence between Buddy 125 and MadAss 125...
Replies: 50
Views: 7425

What did you think of the Rattler 110??

jon
by birdmove
Fri Feb 11, 2011 11:44 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Anyone seen Scoot Magazine issue #59?
Replies: 2
Views: 900

Anyone seen Scoot Magazine issue #59?

They do a dyno comparo of a 125cc Buddy, and a 150cc Buddy. Whats surprising is that the 150 really only shows an advanteg at from 0-about b2- mph. Basically, from there on, the 125 makes more power. Top hp for the 150 was 6.59. For the 125 6.04. These are actual rear wheel hp of course. At about 11...
by birdmove
Fri Feb 04, 2011 5:21 am
Forum: Stella Discussion
Topic: Winterizing whoopsie on a 2T Stella
Replies: 12
Views: 2691

How long has it been sitting?
Have you tried to start it?
by birdmove
Fri Feb 04, 2011 5:16 am
Forum: Stella Discussion
Topic: Is a Stella right for me?
Replies: 30
Views: 5247

That is a very good price by the way.

jon
by birdmove
Wed Jan 19, 2011 6:53 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Buddy Reliability
Replies: 53
Views: 6863

I've heard nothing but good concerning the reliability of the Buddy scooters. I've heard of the exhaust mounting bolt issue on the Vino 125, but if you keep an eye on that known weak point, I've heard they are quite reliable too. The Vino is supposed to be somewhat slower, but a good scooter too. Le...
by birdmove
Sat Jan 15, 2011 5:24 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Favorite Scooter Rides
Replies: 8
Views: 1563

Well, my wife now has a big enough scooter that we colud ride to Anacortes, but we used to have 2-49cc Honda scooters. We'd load them up in our little Toyota pickup in Puyallup, Wa. Then drive to the ferry boat parking lot in Anacortes, Wa. Unlaod the scooters, ride to the head of the ferry boat lin...
by birdmove
Sun Jan 09, 2011 7:22 pm
Forum: Black Cat, Rattler & Roughhouse Discussion
Topic: engine question
Replies: 2
Views: 2950

engine question

I've owned maybe 5-6 two stroke motorcycles years ago-all were dual sports. In those days "decarbonizing" was kind of like part of the basic maintenance of riding a two stroke. Removing the cylinder head and cylinder and cleaning carbon deposits from these parts and the top of the piston. ...
by birdmove
Sun Jan 09, 2011 6:24 pm
Forum: Black Cat, Rattler & Roughhouse Discussion
Topic: How many miles do you have
Replies: 11
Views: 4315

Wheelz wrote:Well, I have close to 9k on mine, but I did have to have it rebuilt around the 7.5k mark, I'm still under warranty for a little less than a year to go, so it really wasn't a problem getting it fixed.
Just wondering what you had to have done to your Rattler at 7500 miles?

Thanks,Jon
by birdmove
Sun Jan 09, 2011 6:08 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: a dum question from.......me
Replies: 9
Views: 1114

a dum question from.......me

I dragged my wife to the local Genuine scooter dealer because I wanted to look at new Stellas and Rattler 125s. Of course we looked at the Buddys too. When we bought my wife's new scooter a year and a half ago, the Buddy 125 lost by a nose to the SYM HD200, partly due to freeway legality. Anyway, as...
by birdmove
Fri Jan 07, 2011 7:02 am
Forum: Black Cat, Rattler & Roughhouse Discussion
Topic: Rattler 110 questions
Replies: 4
Views: 3067

Rattler 110 questions

I'm wanting to go have a look at one of the Rattler 110s at a local dealer. They have some leftover new ones in stock. I'm wondering if Genuine is dropping the two strok Rattler 110 for 2011? Has anyone heard? How is your 110s holding up? Anyone got some high mileages on theirs? What could I expect ...
by birdmove
Thu Jan 06, 2011 7:18 pm
Forum: Stella Discussion
Topic: two stroke or four stroke?
Replies: 31
Views: 5855

Oh, and maybe I should mention that Valley Scooters in Kent, Wa. is selling their new Stellas at $2599. Maybe a guy could get them without the BS fees (freight and setup).

jon
by birdmove
Thu Jan 06, 2011 1:52 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: [NBR] SYM-USA Distribution goes to…
Replies: 12
Views: 7827

The Mojito was probably a step up from the SYM/Lance cali Classic, but I bet the Cali Classic is a step up from the other similiar looking scooters. Maybe the Fly Il Bello is close to the SYM??The Cali is a 125cc. It's supposed to be the SYM Fiddle II 125 with digerent bodywork. At first, I didn't c...
by birdmove
Wed Jan 05, 2011 10:54 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: [NBR] SYM-USA Distribution goes to…
Replies: 12
Views: 7827

I emailed Mike Hickman back and forth a couple times today. He is the national Sales Manager for Lance Powersports. He said the Lance will have both SYM scooters and parts by late winter or early spring. Also, the existing SYM dealers should be able to sell the Lance cali Classic scooters.

jon
by birdmove
Wed Jan 05, 2011 5:33 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: [NBR] SYM-USA Distribution goes to…
Replies: 12
Views: 7827

I'm here to tell you that, at least the HD200 (and I'm sure the HD125) are great scooters. We have a 2008 HD200 and it's an awesome unit. I've heard good things about the Cali Classic as far as build quality too. I'm optomistic that Lance Powersports taking over will be a positive step for SYM in th...
by birdmove
Mon Dec 20, 2010 4:52 am
Forum: Stella Discussion
Topic: two stroke or four stroke?
Replies: 31
Views: 5855

Two strokes are pretty easy to work on.No cams,valves,cam chains and tensioners. Two stroke lubes are probably a lot better now than back when I owned two stroke motorcycles. The pistons/cylinders/exhaust ports would have to be cleaned of carbon deposits periodically. But removeing a trwo stroke cyl...
by birdmove
Sun Dec 19, 2010 7:58 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Buddy 170!
Replies: 166
Views: 21537

While the SYM HD200 certainly doesn't look like a "retro" scooter, I sure don't think they are ugly. My wife's 2008 model has been a great scooter. Fast as hell for a 163cc. Four valve head, water cooled, ceramic coated cylinder.Fun as heck to ride.It's got a kind of modernistic sports-sco...
by birdmove
Sun Dec 19, 2010 7:36 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Any news on the Genuine classic cruiser?
Replies: 83
Views: 7847

Well, the wife and I have done our part. We bought five scooters in the last 3-4 years. One Honda Metro, 2 Ruckuses, a SYM HD200, and my new, leftover Kymco People 150. The Hondas were sold or tyraded, but btheb SYM and Kymco are pretty new.

jon
by birdmove
Mon Jun 28, 2010 4:19 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Stella 4T Early Impressions
Replies: 44
Views: 6733

How about gas mileage??

Thanks, Jon
by birdmove
Tue Jun 01, 2010 3:39 am
Forum: Stella Discussion
Topic: Indian made motorcycles and scooters
Replies: 1
Views: 1475

Indian made motorcycles and scooters

I've looked at some two stroke Stellas at a local dealership, and find them pretty cool. I'm not strictly speaking a scooterist, but have ridden motorcycles since I was eight (now 56). I did but a Ruckus and rode it for a couple years when my wife had a Honda Metro.They were fine riding around the S...
by birdmove
Tue May 26, 2009 5:49 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Buddy 150 questions
Replies: 15
Views: 1640

Buddy 150 questions

My wife has decided to get a new Genuine Buddy 150.She will sell or trade her 2005 Honda Metro 49cc she's ridden for a few years now. I'd like to ask what a realistic cruising speed on a Buddy 150 might be? What are owners getting for gas mileage (the Metro is getting like 110+ mpg!!)? Cruising dist...
by birdmove
Sat Jul 12, 2008 9:34 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: First heckling - 5 days in
Replies: 124
Views: 7518

I took my share of s**t from morons when I rode my 49cc Honda Ruckus. It does get tiresome.

jon
by birdmove
Sun Apr 06, 2008 10:14 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: bigger scooter for my wife?
Replies: 27
Views: 2489

I took my wife to look at a Honda Helix because I had read great things about them as far as comfort,reliability etc. But my wife-and I find this rather hilarious coming fro her-just doesn't like the "looks" of the Helix. I never thought the appearance of a scooter would influence her, but...
by birdmove
Mon Mar 31, 2008 9:13 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: bigger scooter for my wife?
Replies: 27
Views: 2489

bigger scooter for my wife?

She has put over 2000 miles on her Honda Metro 49cc scooter. She wants a bigger one pretty soon.Heres some more info: 1.The Metro actually works for her very short commute just fine and gets about 115 mpg. 2.We have trucked her Metro and my 2007 Yamaha XT225 dual sport to the Anacortes ferry docks, ...
by birdmove
Tue Feb 12, 2008 4:57 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: [NSR] Why Some Won't Return
Replies: 17
Views: 1357

Maybe if you ran fast enough to rescue those beers the electric current wouldn't catch you?????
by birdmove
Tue Jan 08, 2008 4:16 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: This is not ok!
Replies: 47
Views: 4791

At least on the drain plug, one can drill and safety wire it.

jon
by birdmove
Mon Jun 25, 2007 6:06 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Seattle Area Rides
Replies: 4
Views: 886

Weekender to San Juan Island, or Orcas Island. We have a 49cc Ruckus and Metro right now, so we trucked them from Puyallup to the Anancortes ferry terminal, unloaded, and rode them onto the boat. By the way, you get to cut to the front of the line at the ferry boat every time. This really saves lots...
by birdmove
Tue Jun 19, 2007 1:38 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The Most Fun You've Ever Had On A Scooter?
Replies: 29
Views: 2188

The times my wife and I rode our scooters (her Metro, my Ruckus) onto the Anacortes ferry to Orcas Island (once to San Juan Island), and spent our weekend tooling all over the island staying in a bed and breakfast.

jon
by birdmove
Tue Jun 12, 2007 1:09 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Buddy questions
Replies: 6
Views: 1435

Buddy questions

My wife is close to deciding to get herself a new Buddy. I have a couple of questions that may help us: 1.What is a reliable cruising speed an owner could exspect a Buddy to cruise at reliably? 2.Is basic maintenance easy or difficult to do? As in oil changes, spark plug changes, cleaning or replaci...
by birdmove
Fri May 11, 2007 4:47 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: gas mileage
Replies: 23
Views: 2129

Just for info-my 50cc Ruckus averages about 102 mpg, while my wife's 50cc Metro gets about 110-116.

jon
by birdmove
Fri May 11, 2007 4:42 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: A new puppy. A new beginning. [OT]
Replies: 30
Views: 2653

My wife and I love Greyhounds. We adopted two retired racers some years ago. One was an all white female named Honey, the other was a blue brindle named Blue (also female). Honey was the perfect dog. Blue was not. But Blue had been adopted and returned so many times.....She also had had a tough life...
by birdmove
Fri Apr 13, 2007 6:06 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Rain riding
Replies: 22
Views: 1905

Come on up to the Pacifc NW/Puget Sound area.If you don't ride in rain here, you don't ride at all.

jon
by birdmove
Sun Sep 24, 2006 11:01 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: question on Buddy's and pickups
Replies: 3
Views: 986

question on Buddy's and pickups

I'm wondering if anyone here has maybe two Buddy's, and weather or not two could be loaded into a Toyota Tacoma pickup. Heres what my wife and I have been doing: We have a Honda Matreo (wife) and a Honda Ruckus.We've been having a good time exploring the local islands in the Puget Sound area such as...