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by TVB
Fri Jan 09, 2015 2:57 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: I got what I wanted for Christmas!
Replies: 32
Views: 4044

We try to keep this forum a politics-free zone.
by TVB
Fri Jan 09, 2015 2:56 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: NSR-what books(if any)are you reading?
Replies: 226
Views: 22642

PeteH wrote:Perhaps I'll have another go at his "Foucault's Pendulum", which is another challenging read.
It's worth it.
Though I'm glad I did it when I was younger and had more free time. :)
by TVB
Wed Jan 07, 2015 9:34 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Wanna go 100MPH? On a Scooter?
Replies: 43
Views: 6798

No.

Thanks for asking.
by TVB
Tue Jan 06, 2015 10:49 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: I got what I wanted for Christmas!
Replies: 32
Views: 4044

I found this calculator on the internet. The price of a barrel of oil fell through $50 to $48 today. I put that in the calculator and here is the result. I wouldn't count on that figure become the new standard. Lots of state legislators have been looking at the current price, and figuring that now ...
by TVB
Tue Jan 06, 2015 10:40 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Scooter movies revisited
Replies: 73
Views: 12569

by TVB
Tue Jan 06, 2015 3:11 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: I got what I wanted for Christmas!
Replies: 32
Views: 4044

Yesterday I saw gas at $1.789/gallon. Last night and this morning, the same station was selling it for $2.089/gallon.
by TVB
Tue Jan 06, 2015 3:08 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: NSR-what books(if any)are you reading?
Replies: 226
Views: 22642

Good question! I'm no purist, but I knew something was up way back when my son came home from the first movie and said, "Where the Hell is the rest of the movie?" I guess they mined the appendices of The Trilogy books for material and I think they even picked up some material from The Sil...
by TVB
Mon Jan 05, 2015 1:50 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: NSR-what books(if any)are you reading?
Replies: 226
Views: 22642

Syd wrote:Just for fun I re-read "The Hobbit" over Christmas....
Just curious, but did it take you more or less time than the 8-hour running time of Peter Jackson's The Hobbit Plus? :/
by TVB
Tue Dec 30, 2014 2:37 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The Hooligan
Replies: 9
Views: 1738

According to Hollywood, the appropriate bike for escaping an asteroid strike is the Yamaha XT225.

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by TVB
Fri Dec 26, 2014 4:49 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: I just found out that Siobhan was killed in an car accident.
Replies: 57
Views: 14564

That's very nice.
by TVB
Fri Dec 26, 2014 3:39 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Scooter movies revisited
Replies: 73
Views: 12569

wheelbender6 wrote:Pauly Shore in the aforementioned "Encino Man".
I think I'd be more entertained spending 90 minutes staring at my scooter instead.
by TVB
Mon Dec 22, 2014 7:20 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: How much do new 125 Buddy's cost
Replies: 11
Views: 2013

The cost of those not-included-in-the-price fees and taxes can vary substantially from place to place, so it doesn't make sense for the manufacturer to include them in the list price. Also, dealers' expenses can vary a lot, depending on the local labor and real estate prices. It would be nice if mor...
by TVB
Sat Dec 20, 2014 8:29 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Philip McCaleb wishes you all a joyous holiday!
Replies: 12
Views: 1978

As long as they have flowers to smell! :)
by TVB
Thu Dec 18, 2014 10:14 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Gear up kit for Buddy 50 Confirmed!! 70mph Runner
Replies: 72
Views: 19285

Ohh buddy wrote:Plus I bought this bike for a seal.
I don't think most states will allow a seal to operate a motorbike of any kind on public roads.
by TVB
Sun Dec 14, 2014 2:43 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Does Anyone know WTF this bug is?
Replies: 13
Views: 2366

The good news is that I don't think it's either a louse or a bedbug (abdomen looks too small).
The bad news is that ... I don't know what it is.
by TVB
Fri Dec 12, 2014 5:31 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Check it!
Replies: 9
Views: 2247

Great deal, and it's looking pretty slick!
by TVB
Thu Dec 11, 2014 2:57 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Fuel Grade
Replies: 15
Views: 2980

Seafoam from time to time cleared up some performance problems on my Buddy 50.
by TVB
Thu Dec 11, 2014 2:56 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: [NBR] Madass on a rollercoaster
Replies: 5
Views: 1654

OK, setting aside my acrophobia.... objectively speaking, this is not the most dangerous stunt in the world. The track between the rails looks to be pretty well-built, and there are emergency foot tracks with safety railings on either side, leaving plenty of room to fall without going over the edge....
by TVB
Thu Dec 11, 2014 2:15 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Fuses on a Buddy
Replies: 9
Views: 2556

Re: 125-dead

Gma Dot wrote:Would a fuse blow by just turning on the switch.
If it turns on too much current, you bet. That's what they're there for.
by TVB
Wed Dec 10, 2014 1:38 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Scooter movies revisited
Replies: 73
Views: 12569

^ Sidecars: pet carriers for scooterists without proper pet carriers. :)
by TVB
Mon Dec 08, 2014 12:42 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Lost my get up and go!
Replies: 11
Views: 2517

Continuously Variable Transmission. The system that most scooters use instead of shifting gears, using centrifugal force and rollers to vary the gear ratio between engine and wheel.
by TVB
Mon Dec 08, 2014 12:38 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: [NBR] Signs of the Apocalypse In New Jersey
Replies: 7
Views: 1733

The Helix is "cute" in much the same way that E.T. or Yoda is. It's a 1980s thang.
by TVB
Mon Dec 08, 2014 12:35 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: starting from car battery
Replies: 8
Views: 1900

Yeah, the only way I ever successfully kicked my 50 was with the throttle held open.
by TVB
Sat Dec 06, 2014 9:42 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: starting from car battery
Replies: 8
Views: 1900

Yalzin wrote:Curiously, why jumping using a car battery? Is the kickstart broken? (Does it not have a kickstart at all, like the 170?).
As he said: it's a Buddy 50. Kickstarting those is (in my experience) more difficult than kicking a 125.
by TVB
Sat Dec 06, 2014 3:37 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: starting from car battery
Replies: 8
Views: 1900

Also, any time you're jump-starting a vehicle, you need to give the battery a thorough re-charging, either by plugging it in or by going for a long ride. This goes double for a scoot with an engine that produces as little electrical power as the Buddy 50. A jump followed by a 5-minute ride home will...
by TVB
Sat Dec 06, 2014 12:38 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 2007 Buddy 50
Replies: 2
Views: 1588

If the battery drained overnight, that would suggest that something's shorted out somewhere.
by TVB
Mon Dec 01, 2014 11:04 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Oil pump on a Buddy 50
Replies: 2
Views: 985

The oil reservoir on the Buddy 50 holds a quart of oil, which is enough for several hundred miles of riding. It will gradually burn through that oil, and you should see a warning light on the speedometer when it gets close to running out. I never rode more than 10-20 miles after the "add oil&qu...
by TVB
Mon Dec 01, 2014 3:28 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: I just found out that Siobhan was killed in an car accident.
Replies: 57
Views: 14564

She was always a positive contributor to discussions here. I'll definitely miss her, and her friendly avatar.

Fahr mit Frieden, Siobhan.
by TVB
Sun Nov 30, 2014 7:18 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: SCOOTER SPEEDOMETER HELP
Replies: 3
Views: 1655

The speedometers on scooters (and other motorcycles) are almost never accurate, usually indicating that you're going faster than you really are. Because they do. It seems to be combination of the variable dimensions of tires, psychology, and legal liability. In practice, it really isn't worth worryi...
by TVB
Fri Nov 28, 2014 4:58 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: [NSR but MBR] Season of Spam! Beware!
Replies: 2
Views: 1141

The button looks like: Image
by TVB
Wed Nov 26, 2014 3:25 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: How do you unlock genuine buddy seat without key ?
Replies: 27
Views: 5184

BusyApe wrote:I wasn't going to pm a pic of my title , I just said that to make me sound legit , that probably was a little dumb lol .
It had the opposite effect. A story that doesn't make sense sets off alarms in people's heads.
by TVB
Wed Nov 26, 2014 4:20 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: How do you unlock genuine buddy seat without key ?
Replies: 27
Views: 5184

So i decided to post on the seemingly friendly modernbuddy.com . Guess what modernbuddy , not so friendly. As a matter of fact they're mean, very mean ,like hurt my feelings mean. You know, there are jerks who post on MB. Sometimes I'm one of them myself. But other times, I'm the guy who explains t...
by TVB
Tue Nov 25, 2014 4:18 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: How do you unlock genuine buddy seat without key ?
Replies: 27
Views: 5184

I don't understand how getting the seat open is going to help you determine if the scooter will run. For that you need a) keys or b) to hotwire it.
by TVB
Sun Nov 23, 2014 8:34 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: How to stay warm
Replies: 34
Views: 6428

Neurotic-Hapi-Snak wrote:Image
Riding with your hands in your pockets instead will keep you warmer ... and safer. :P
by TVB
Wed Nov 19, 2014 4:39 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: traction lines in cement roads= me shitting myself
Replies: 27
Views: 4225

The road I used to take from my house to the grocery store was milled down several weeks ago in preparation for repaving. And by "milled down" I mean that they tore the whole durn road out, down to the sandy dirt. Which it needed , because it had been patched and repatched so many times it...
by TVB
Wed Nov 19, 2014 1:46 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: traction lines in cement roads= me shitting myself
Replies: 27
Views: 4225

Yep, this is view from underneath the so-called Decatur Bridge where the cross-winds, the acrophobia and the steel grating all came together to spoil a nice scooter ride. Decatur, Nebraska I presume? My default was Decatur, Alabama and was having incongruities on the bridge. I assumed it was Decatu...
by TVB
Mon Nov 17, 2014 6:07 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: First freeway experience
Replies: 19
Views: 3243

If recollection serves me, the minimum engine displacement on The Interstate Highway system (labeled with an I, as in I280) is 250cc. The Interstates are paid for with federal money, but traffic regulations are all done at the state level. For example, Michigan's on-ramp signs all say "125cc o...
by TVB
Mon Nov 17, 2014 5:47 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Scooter performance in cold weather
Replies: 19
Views: 6107

I wish I'd known about this last winter! I had the same issues with high revving and then dropping to nearly nothing, and stalling when I'd give my Buddy some gas - it was my first winter with a two stroke, and I thought that was how they behaved in the cold. Good to know it's something that can be...
by TVB
Mon Nov 17, 2014 5:39 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: GoGo Gear leggings and colorful hoodies
Replies: 14
Views: 2949

I think I'll skip the leggings but the Kevlar hoodie sounds like a cool idea. Does anybody have any feedback on their products? They aren't cheap but nothing that is good is. I grabbed one of the black hoodies when they were on sale a year or so ago. It's definitely a quality piece of clothing: nic...
by TVB
Fri Nov 14, 2014 2:57 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: New Member, This Is A Steal, Right?
Replies: 25
Views: 3431

I will get some pics up today after my ride home. Took it to school, the Buddy 50 chugged up that hill with no problems at all. Good to hear. Whether the Buddy 50 can "handle hills" all depends on the specifics of the geography and the prevailing traffic. Today was the acid test and I thi...
by TVB
Tue Nov 11, 2014 7:24 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: traction lines in cement roads= me shitting myself
Replies: 27
Views: 4225

I'm thinking I'd push my scooter on that sidewalk (or whatever) to the left.
by TVB
Tue Nov 11, 2014 4:38 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: New Member, This Is A Steal, Right?
Replies: 25
Views: 3431

Can I ask you guys, how reliable are your push-starts? To be blunt, I have a prosthetic leg below knee on my right side, and kicking the hell out of a crank really isn't in the cards for me. Kickstarting the Buddy 50 isn't terribly difficult, but you need to open the throttle a little as you kick i...
by TVB
Mon Nov 10, 2014 7:09 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: New Member, This Is A Steal, Right?
Replies: 25
Views: 3431

Re: New Member, This Is A Steal, Right?

The guy selling might be on this forum... strangely enough I saw a member from the area in another thread. Nonetheless, I'm looking for a scooter to get to and from school, 9 miles away there is a rather large hill to go up. I can get a Yamaha Vino 125 w/ 5k miles for $650 used (with helmet), OR I ...
by TVB
Mon Nov 10, 2014 6:45 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: How long sitting around before you need trickle charging?
Replies: 8
Views: 1796

So, it comes with a battery charger. Can someone enlighten me on what happens when the bike sits? Does it just run out of charge and need a jump? You said you won't charge it if it hasn't been sitting too long, is that just because it's not necessary or can damage be done by unnecessarily using a b...
by TVB
Mon Nov 10, 2014 1:02 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: traction lines in cement roads= me shitting myself
Replies: 27
Views: 4225

Re: Roads can be a nuisance on two wheels!

In my experience, the compaction is usually done by traffic, with the excess stone being swept away into windshields. And in the meantime, that excess stone collects on the shoulder, between lanes, and down the middle of lanes between tire tracks, where it lurks... waiting to send scooterists and m...
by TVB
Mon Nov 10, 2014 2:47 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Winterizing: how much Seafoam?
Replies: 6
Views: 1749

I've used Seafoam since I bought my scooter in 2010 every time I winterized. I read up the lable finaly. It said 2 oz per galon. Had to covert liters to galons. Ended ip with approxinately 45 oz of Seafoam. I think I used to put less in, but we'll see. Wait, what are you converting? The Buddy has a...
by TVB
Mon Nov 10, 2014 2:43 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: traction lines in cement roads= me shitting myself
Replies: 27
Views: 4225

Re: Roads can be a nuisance on two wheels!

Our street is paved with tiny, little rocks that throw the front end of my Buddy back and forth. Guess that's in the event of snow or something, beats me. Wouldn't like a set of road rash from that, I'll tell you. There's a popular method of repaving roads around here (because it doesn't require hi...
by TVB
Mon Nov 10, 2014 2:33 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 2009 Blackjack never used - Good deal?
Replies: 24
Views: 3436

The unlimited mileage warranty for two years is almost worth $1000 to me. I wouldn't place that much value on it. The reason Genuine offers a two-year warranty is that they don't often need to honor it. Problems are uncommon, and when they happen they don't usually cost a lot to fix. With almost an...
by TVB
Mon Nov 10, 2014 2:18 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: How long sitting around before you need trickle charging?
Replies: 8
Views: 1796

I don't hook mine up until I know it's "down" for the winter.* If it's just facing a week of lousy whether (like here now in Michigan), the battery can handle that without problem. If that week turns into two weeks, and it looks like it might only get one or two short rides when the weathe...