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by sunshinen
Wed Oct 10, 2018 9:15 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Slider weights and belt replacement gone wrong?
Replies: 12
Views: 1426

Good job! Make one of those holders pictured in my post above. A scrap piece of plywood, and $3.00 worth of hardware from ACE. Put the bolts to hold the variator 3 1/8" apart, and the bolts to hold the clutch 2 1/2" apart. Drill a 1" hole in the center. Use 1/4-20 nuts and bolts with...
by sunshinen
Wed Oct 10, 2018 5:21 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Slider weights and belt replacement gone wrong?
Replies: 12
Views: 1426

Done! I don't have an impact wrench, so didn't remove the clutch at this point. I put a clamp on the belt as close to the clutch as I could get it (similar to DeeDee's picture except on the scooter), then turned the clutch plates clockwise by putting my fingers on the outer plate at the back/rear wh...
by sunshinen
Tue Oct 09, 2018 8:00 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Slider weights and belt replacement gone wrong?
Replies: 12
Views: 1426

Just ruling out the dumb stuff...are you certain that you're using the correct size belt? . Haha. Thanks for checking. Yes, I am 99% positive I have the correct belt! I have the 743x20x30, PL30707 -- it's the exact same as the one that came off, except minus the wear and tear, and I got the Kevlar....
by sunshinen
Tue Oct 09, 2018 3:58 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Slider weights and belt replacement gone wrong?
Replies: 12
Views: 1426

Slider weights and belt replacement gone wrong?

Ok, 2006 Buddy 125 -- 17k miles -- just tried to replace roller weights (with Dr Pulley's) and put in a new belt (kevlar). This is maintenance I've done myself in the past with no issues (except figuring out how to do it without a impact wrench), but something's really wrong this time and I can't fi...
by sunshinen
Mon Sep 10, 2018 11:22 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: riding wear
Replies: 57
Views: 5375

exactly...it's a decision for the rider to make...anyone who says i should wear AGATT when riding or says that they wear AGATT even when going out for a quick ride my first question to them is..."do you ride a bicycle in the roadway ever?"...when they say yes...i say "do you wear a f...
by sunshinen
Wed Mar 07, 2018 4:33 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Gear oil overfilling... still a common problem?
Replies: 9
Views: 1649

I'm planning to change the gear oil this spring. I have not been measuring how much drains out. I just drain, then add 90cc. Do others recommend measuring how much drains out? I never do. In this scenario, it just shows that it's leaking because it was overfilled rather than starting at the proper ...
by sunshinen
Sun Mar 04, 2018 11:50 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Gear oil overfilling... still a common problem?
Replies: 9
Views: 1649

Sounds like your local shop isn't a Buddy dealer. Oh, but they are... half their show room is Genuine. (And I've done plenty of my own oil changes. It's just the principle of paying the dealership to do the job, then having to redo it ... particularly when I had them do it because I just had a Murp...
by sunshinen
Fri Mar 02, 2018 9:00 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: In the SNOW.
Replies: 10
Views: 1657

Looks like good, squirrelly fun!
by sunshinen
Fri Mar 02, 2018 8:55 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Gear oil overfilling... still a common problem?
Replies: 9
Views: 1649

Gear oil overfilling... still a common problem?

Grumble, grumble... I've had this scooter for nearly 12 years and have never found a shop that can do a reliable oil change. Just took my scooter in for a new starter and said yes to the upsell on the whole service and oil change... and now my back tire is an oil slick. I'm guessing it's overfilled ...
by sunshinen
Fri Mar 02, 2018 7:58 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Truck Reese Hitch Carrier for Buddy 125
Replies: 11
Views: 1432

I've used a plain old hitch-mount cargo rack I bought for car camping road trips (with a fold up ramp to load it and ratchet straps to secure it) and not had a problem. I do need help loading and unloading it, but I'm 5'2... I've seen someone bigger and stronger load/unload by themselves.
by sunshinen
Fri Mar 02, 2018 7:46 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: New to scootin-- What accessories do I need?
Replies: 10
Views: 1401

As someone who uses my scooter to commute (cold, rain, and hail suck if you're not dressed for them), I like full-face helmet waterproof motorcycle/scooter jacket waterproof pants (the kind you can slip over your jeans) basket and bungee cord (I just ziptie a metal shopping basket on the back) water...
by sunshinen
Mon Nov 23, 2015 11:01 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: MB FARKLEFEST CONTEST! PRIZES!
Replies: 32
Views: 11687

Sweet!
by sunshinen
Mon Nov 23, 2015 10:54 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The Perfect Ride Game
Replies: 1
Views: 1204

The Perfect Ride Game

Do any of you play this game (or one with your own rules) when you ride? I always strive for the perfect commute/ride. For me, it's a combination of knowing the route and multiple other options, checking for accidents/delays before riding, having good intuition about driver behavior -- and putting i...
by sunshinen
Tue Oct 13, 2015 6:11 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The Unintentional Absentee Landlord
Replies: 22
Views: 3195

k1dude wrote:Always take care of yourself first. Everything else can wait.

I hope you have things squared away to the point where you can enjoy life again.

Welcome back.
Plus 1

Glad to have you back.
by sunshinen
Tue Sep 29, 2015 10:39 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: tire air problems
Replies: 12
Views: 2438

Re: tire air problems

Both my Buddy 50 and Hooligan require weekly checks and regularly loose air. Yeah, plus 1 on the "that ain't right" notion. My back tire used to lose pressure every few months or so (not weekly), and that was a PITA. I got a new tire put on due to tread wear and bonus: the air pressure st...
by sunshinen
Tue Sep 22, 2015 10:18 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Tire Pressure for Riding on Gravel
Replies: 22
Views: 3943

Also a motorcycle safety class is great.
by sunshinen
Tue Sep 22, 2015 9:33 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Tire Pressure for Riding on Gravel
Replies: 22
Views: 3943

Grandma here. Still alive and intact. When I look at the drawing posted of a 25 degree slope, it really scares me; I may have--no, make that more definite--I DID overstate the degree of slope, based upon a pet ramp I use for my dogs. I really have no way of figuring the true slope, but 25 degrees l...
by sunshinen
Tue Sep 22, 2015 6:09 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 3000 mile service
Replies: 7
Views: 1709

What everyone else said.

There will usually be symptoms when your roller weights need changing. I usually hear it at specific speeds when there's a flat spot. But when that will be varies from rider to rider.
by sunshinen
Tue Sep 22, 2015 1:07 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Thoughts on scooters and gender issues
Replies: 59
Views: 9320

So to focus on George's actual points... I think we agree on many things. Without further evidence of nefarious intent, for you to bring in mentions of bullying and predators and state that you know of people attacked while on a scooter does not apply. Absolutely, I agree it means nothing to his int...
by sunshinen
Mon Sep 21, 2015 11:47 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Thoughts on scooters and gender issues
Replies: 59
Views: 9320

I think you're very insecure. Or just love drama. Ha. :lol: :lol: Well, that's a classic silencing technique on gender issues. (How many ladies have heard that before while trying to explain the female perspective?) :lol: :lol: But... let's be clear: Attacking my character isn't going to stop me fr...
by sunshinen
Mon Sep 21, 2015 7:30 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Thoughts on scooters and gender issues
Replies: 59
Views: 9320

My bad, I certainly am not meaning to start anything! I've just been on the wrong side of cat calling on my scoot and although I try not to let it get to me, some of the people that do it could very well (and sometimes obviously) have malicious intent. Maybe I did indeed take it the wrong way. More...
by sunshinen
Thu Sep 03, 2015 8:49 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Thoughts on scooters and gender issues
Replies: 59
Views: 9320

I, too, would feel upset. It's offensive and surprising. It's not about you or even the scooter. They want to cat call from a safe distance. I didn't think men did that anymore. It's seems kind of lame, backward,. I would not acknowledge them. A full face helmet would probably help, but of course y...
by sunshinen
Thu Sep 03, 2015 6:05 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Thoughts on scooters and gender issues
Replies: 59
Views: 9320

I hear you so much about the gender issues spilling over into scooter riding. Catcalling is hard enough when you're walking down the street, but when you're exposed with no windows to roll up and stuck at a stop light you're considered fair game. Yeah... sometimes it gets under my skin and makes me...
by sunshinen
Mon Aug 10, 2015 9:53 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Storing buddy on self storage while on vacation?
Replies: 10
Views: 1724

I have stored scooters in a self storage place in the past. For that brief of time, you should be fine.
by sunshinen
Thu Jul 23, 2015 9:46 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Genuine Warranty
Replies: 33
Views: 5543

Our local dealer said that the factory warranty would only be honored on my wife's 2014 170i if they did the first service and valve adjustment at 500 miles. This is in agreement with what Genuine suggests in their FAQ as well: http://www.genuinescooters.com/genuine_faqs.html They may heavily sugge...
by sunshinen
Fri Jul 17, 2015 5:38 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Genuine Warranty
Replies: 33
Views: 5543

Re: Genuine Warranty

I was about o buy a new Buddy 50 at the local dealer but I think the warranty is not like most manufacturers. Every motorcycle and car I've purchased allowed the owner to perform his own maintenance without voiding the warranty as long as parts receipts and service dates were kept. Also the warrant...
by sunshinen
Fri Jul 17, 2015 5:24 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Genuine Warranty
Replies: 33
Views: 5543

You wanted something special. What's special? Take you in the back and suck your dick? Ugh. Is this kind of remark necessary? Again, this isn't an all boys forum. Disagreeing that something wasn't a warranty issue or a big deal is one thing, but this strikes me as overtly hostile and rude. There's ...
by sunshinen
Thu Jul 16, 2015 5:07 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: What gas additives do people routinely use
Replies: 20
Views: 2968

I use standard gas and don't add anything to it (unless it has been or will be sitting).
by sunshinen
Wed Jul 08, 2015 10:50 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Correct way to turn off Buddy scooter
Replies: 19
Views: 4519

I am installing an NCY Quick Draw throttle on my Ice Bear Maddog 150 (stretched Ruckus clone) and will be completely deleting the factory kill switch and the start button in the process. Since I never use the kill switch, that is actually somewhat of a bonus to me. Just remember that the kill switc...
by sunshinen
Wed Jul 08, 2015 9:19 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Correct way to turn off Buddy scooter
Replies: 19
Views: 4519

Very technical discussion this but really is this a big deal? R Depends on how many times you've seen someone unable to start their scooter because the kill switch is flipped to kill or the battery is dead because it wasn't turned off... (But clearly the "on" discussion is really just fun...
by sunshinen
Wed Jul 08, 2015 8:01 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Correct way to turn off Buddy scooter
Replies: 19
Views: 4519

Re: Correct way to turn off Buddy scooter

I've had my Buddy 125 nearly a year and always turned it off using the "kill switch". I just talked with Scooterville and they say, no, turn the scooter off using the key. Which is correct/best or does it matter? The manual is not helpful. If you leave the key/ignition on, it will drain t...
by sunshinen
Wed Jul 08, 2015 4:55 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Correct way to turn off Buddy scooter
Replies: 19
Views: 4519

So, I'm just curious, if the kill switch is "on" does that mean the engine is killed? :? Ha. Grammar and word usage. I've seen it used both ways... The kill switch is "on" means it won't start. Turn the kill switch to "on" to start your engine. :P Probably safer to jus...
by sunshinen
Wed Jul 01, 2015 6:37 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Both feet dont touch ground... can I still carry passenger?
Replies: 32
Views: 4546

On flat-footing being a must... I tiptoe it all the time (by myself). Once I got comfortable riding and comfortable with the Buddy, this isn't a problem at all. But +1 that boots with a heel are great, especially as you're learning and getting comfortable. But I wear thin-soled flat boots now all th...
by sunshinen
Fri Jun 26, 2015 6:00 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Recently installed windshield
Replies: 10
Views: 1745

Dooglas, I think the other problem with tall riders is also how close the screen is to your body and face on a scooter, much closer than on a motorcycle. On my BV350 the screen is right in front of my face. And here I thought this was a short-person problem.... caused by short arms not letting me s...
by sunshinen
Thu Jun 25, 2015 7:54 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Lifespan of a Prima rear rack.
Replies: 18
Views: 2463

Had mine for 9 years... no problems. :shock: Has it really been 9 years since the 2006 Buddy came out? Holy crap, that decade went by fast! I know. Time flies. I was ready to pounce when the 125 came out. I bought mine right out of a showroom window. The original sunset with the sunset (not tan) in...
by sunshinen
Thu Jun 25, 2015 4:25 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Lifespan of a Prima rear rack.
Replies: 18
Views: 2463

Had mine for 9 years... no problems.
by sunshinen
Mon Jun 15, 2015 11:06 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Do you think fewer and fewer people are riding scooters?
Replies: 40
Views: 6133

Re: Cool Topic!

For what it's worth my wife and I bought a scooter specifically in order to be frugal. Cheaper gas, cheaper insurance, cheaper parking, cheaper maintenance (except for those tires... sheesh) We're probably odd, though. Nope, not odd. I think this drives a significant part of the market. I know some...
by sunshinen
Fri Jun 12, 2015 5:25 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Do you think fewer and fewer people are riding scooters?
Replies: 40
Views: 6133

Gas prices, millenials, social media, location ... all of it. I recently did a cost comparison of how many miles I have to put on my scooter to make it worth while verses the cost of ownership. These fluctuations in gas prices make a big difference in whether money motivates you to have a scooter or...
by sunshinen
Tue May 26, 2015 7:38 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Best helmet?
Replies: 35
Views: 5412

Try as many different brands on as possible at your local bike shops. Ditto that. It's really about the size and shape of your head. A bad-fitting helmet can make your neck hurt, give you headaches, etc. Not too mention that it won't provide you with the same level of protection as a good fit. Go t...
by sunshinen
Tue May 26, 2015 7:08 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: what do you say to well-intentioned strangers about safety
Replies: 38
Views: 3815

I tell them that I appreciate that there are risks, and I keep that in mind every time I ride... just as they should every time they get behind the wheel of a car. But I've done my homework, wear protective gear, ride defensively, and take safer roads than I do in my car. For me, the slower roads, t...
by sunshinen
Mon May 18, 2015 11:55 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Stalling after starting
Replies: 4
Views: 852

I would try adjusting the idle first.

topic4153.html
by sunshinen
Mon May 18, 2015 8:48 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Gas gauge not working OOB? New 2015 50cc
Replies: 9
Views: 1577

The cable that connects it could just be loose. Or it might be that the float is just a tad stuck. I'd try topping it up, maybe add some Seafoam to the gas, to see if that magically knocks it free. Someone else might have to point you in the direction of the cable. But it might be as simple as a qui...
by sunshinen
Fri May 15, 2015 9:57 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: What have I done?!
Replies: 25
Views: 3415

You've given yourself a fun, economical, gas-saving means of getting around. :D :D :D :D :D

Welcome, have fun, and safe riding
by sunshinen
Fri May 15, 2015 9:39 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: How did they steal my scooter?!
Replies: 15
Views: 1785

I lock it to the center stand... Make sure to go through the welded part.

There's a diagram in this post... you have to scroll a bit: topic434.html
by sunshinen
Fri May 15, 2015 5:06 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: How did they steal my scooter?!
Replies: 15
Views: 1785

I like the Kryptonite New York chain noose and lock. EDITED to note... actually I have the OnGuard brand's version of this... I suspect either would take some serious doing to break it. (Though it can be done.)
by sunshinen
Fri May 15, 2015 5:09 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: What's your favorite accessory?
Replies: 44
Views: 5558

#1. Windshield

#2. Rear rack with a wire shopping basket zip tied to it and bungee cords

#3. Heated gloves that connect to the battery for winter
by sunshinen
Fri May 15, 2015 4:37 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Bonegirl's 40,000 mile Buddy 125 is for sale!
Replies: 29
Views: 4462

Weird...

I remember being a little disappointed when they bought it... I was hoping to see how many she could get to.

But to buy it ... and then sell it? I hope this was some sort of oversight or mistake or... :roll:
by sunshinen
Fri May 15, 2015 4:33 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Red line on speedometer? Also NBR| what do you do for hair?
Replies: 28
Views: 4375

+1 on the 55 mph speed limit being the source of the red line.

As for hair... this really depends on your type of hair, haircut, and how oily your hair is.

For me, a cut that is meant to be a bit messy works best. Take helmet off, ruffle fingers through hair to unflatten, done.
by sunshinen
Thu Apr 23, 2015 7:44 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Looking for a particular type of service...
Replies: 6
Views: 1553

I lucked into someone who did that for me a long time ago.... He'd left a business card on my scooter at mall parking lot... so I'd bought 3 scooters on a whim and called him saying I'd pay him for his time to come teach me to fix them up. They didn't need much, just some Seafoam, really... but my p...
by sunshinen
Thu Apr 23, 2015 6:17 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: New Buddy 50
Replies: 6
Views: 1221

Clutch! (Reminds me of the "Toe Pick!" scene in Cutting Edge... Skip to like minute 1:25 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=keBSNn_ofSM ) Speaking of bikes, I still catch myself using the old mountain bike hand grip on the scoot which the MSF instructor did not like. I have the same problem. ...