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by goldscott
Thu Oct 17, 2013 6:06 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Battery Mod
Replies: 14
Views: 2199

I've been kickstarting my Buddy 125 for the past 6 months, but a couple days ago the blinkers started behaving poorly (not blinking). This is an indication that the battery is really dead now. I picked up a 9-BS from Pepboys for like $34 + tax (exchange the dead battery to negate the $core charge$) ...
by goldscott
Fri Jun 21, 2013 4:06 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: dr pulley sliders
Replies: 56
Views: 6209

When I put the sliders in I also installed a new belt, 743x20x30 (PL-30707). It's not a kevlar belt though, just some cheap off-brand I think. I threw away the packaging when I installed it, but I'll go take a picture of it this weekend when I open up the transmission case.
by goldscott
Wed Jun 19, 2013 4:39 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: dr pulley sliders
Replies: 56
Views: 6209

I recently put 11g sliders in my 125, and I have less speed all around: slower up hill, slower acceleration from a stop, and slower top speed. When I installed the sliders I also put a new belt on. Everything else is stock. I also have about 16500 miles on my scooter. Might the clutch springs be too...
by goldscott
Fri Sep 09, 2011 2:06 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Inconsistent Gas Mileage
Replies: 25
Views: 2374

I have a 125 and have been tracking my MPGs on Fuelly (see my signature) for the past 12000 miles or so.

I get lower MPGs on trips when I'm going WOT 90% of the time.
by goldscott
Wed Aug 10, 2011 5:11 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: BOMP (Buddy Owner's Manual Project)
Replies: 41
Views: 3638

I could take a bunch of high quality pictures with my DSLR.

I think even more important than an owner's manual is a detailed, step-by-step guide with pictures on how to do various maintenance and repairs.
by goldscott
Mon Aug 08, 2011 3:47 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Replacing Left Brake Lever
Replies: 21
Views: 7356

I had my scooter on the center stand and it was so windy where I parked that it tipped over and broke the left brake lever as well. It's pretty easy to just figure out how everything goes. Take the old one off and put the new one on in reverse order. Basically just stick the end of the cable in and ...
by goldscott
Mon Aug 08, 2011 3:44 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Really crummy service at Scooterworks Chicago (Damen Ave.)
Replies: 5
Views: 1882

Wow. This makes me glad that I do my own work on my scooter. I don't know what the service is like on a 50cc. What do you take it in for? How often? Do you have any friends that are really into scooters/motorcycles that can help you? There's a lot of Buddy riders in Chicago. Hell, I'd even help. My ...
by goldscott
Fri Jul 15, 2011 5:50 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Vespanomics
Replies: 47
Views: 4326

I bought my scooter for economic reasons and because I didn't want to be stuck in construction traffic on the highways here in Chicago. I still need a car for winter and stormy days (once every two weeks or so in the summer). My commute to work used to be 50 miles round trip, but my company moved so...
by goldscott
Wed Jul 06, 2011 3:27 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: New PGO JBuBu
Replies: 81
Views: 13921

Wow! I like that scooter a lot. Give me more than 115ccs and I'm all over it.

Edit: Sweet flip out passenger pegs!
by goldscott
Thu Jun 30, 2011 9:14 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: First Buddy Ticket
Replies: 30
Views: 3040

I'll bring back another thread from the dead.

Got my first speeding ticket on Buddy today, going 49 in a 30. I was following a motorcycle who was going just as fast as me, but the cop pulled me over because I was closer to him (i.e. I was behind the motorcycle).

$147.
by goldscott
Thu Jun 30, 2011 5:34 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Black Jack Parts
Replies: 9
Views: 1169

"Lower front" as in fork? fender? legshield?
by goldscott
Wed Jun 29, 2011 4:25 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Ten grand here, too!
Replies: 18
Views: 1584

Well, I finally did it a couple weeks ago.

10000 miles in 14 months.

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:D
by goldscott
Sun Jun 26, 2011 7:04 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: I am in love
Replies: 33
Views: 5665

As can be seen in my avatar, I ride a Diesel helmet and it's totally badass and I get compliments daily. It's made by helmet manufacturer AVG. Nice lids! 250 clams or so out the door, with chicago's 10% sales tax. But it's super comfy and nice.
by goldscott
Thu Jun 23, 2011 9:20 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The Rest of The Story...
Replies: 26
Views: 2332

Awesome to hear about the amazing customer service!
by goldscott
Wed Jun 22, 2011 7:32 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Oil Changes and Engine Longevity
Replies: 17
Views: 5649

YEAR/MAKE/MODEL: 2009 Genuine Buddy 125
OWNER'S MANUAL RECOMMENDATION: Look it up.
ACTUAL: 1500 miles
OIL TYPE: Mobil 1 5W-40 synthetic
CURRENT ODOMETER: 10500 mi
by goldscott
Mon Jun 20, 2011 7:05 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Buddy is chewing up belts
Replies: 7
Views: 856

I have 10K miles on my clutch. Just took the bell off yesterday and cleaned the dust off the inside and the pads. A lot smoother take off now, just like when new.
by goldscott
Mon Jun 20, 2011 6:12 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Buddy is chewing up belts
Replies: 7
Views: 856

Why not go back to the OEM clutch?
by goldscott
Mon Jun 20, 2011 5:14 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Boots I can wear to work
Replies: 17
Views: 1794

My friend had a pair of these, and I loved 'em, so I got myself a pair too.

http://www.zappos.com/timberland-earthk ... ity-6-boot

Wear in really nicely.

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by goldscott
Thu Jun 16, 2011 2:50 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Larry Crowne Promotion - 18 Free Buddys!
Replies: 48
Views: 5403

Sweet! Looks like I'm going to have to find a newspaper this weekend.
by goldscott
Wed Jun 15, 2011 5:22 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 500 mi service...crazy expensive..
Replies: 57
Views: 3220

I had my 500 mile service done at Scooterworks Chicago for $170 in May 2010. Based on what others have quoted, I think I paid too much. But the mechanics there are great, and I assume they did everything they were supposed to do in that service. After all, this is Genuine headquarters. I have done a...
by goldscott
Tue Jun 07, 2011 4:19 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The suspense is over I bought the souped-up 110 blue-scoot
Replies: 25
Views: 3852

You can also run the chain through alcohol after washing. The water will bind to the alcohol, and the alcohol will evaporate much faster than the water. Chemistry!
by goldscott
Mon Jun 06, 2011 4:40 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: GEN-U-BIN REVIEW
Replies: 11
Views: 2350

I use a disc lock from Trimax (Scooterworks Chicago gave it to me when I purchased my Buddy). Really quick to take on and off (literally like 3 seconds), and I just throw it in the glove bin while riding. Edit: http://www.trimaxlocks.com/_e/MOTORCYCLE_ROTOR_DISC_LOCKS/product/T645S/T645S_Rotor_Disc_...
by goldscott
Mon May 16, 2011 9:42 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: New member here, help me lose my V card!
Replies: 7
Views: 1228

Awesome! Congrats on the new Buddy. I'm in the Logan Square neighborhood, and I do all my own wrenching. Edit: so if you ever need help, let me know. There are a fair amount of Chicagoists on here, but I've never met any in real life. I don't really stay abreast of any group rides in Chicago, but I ...
by goldscott
Thu May 12, 2011 7:27 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Shipping a scooter for a dealing
Replies: 16
Views: 1622

Fly there (or hitch-hike, ride share, sail), then drive Buddy back!
by goldscott
Wed May 04, 2011 6:05 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: buddy 125 fuel gage
Replies: 13
Views: 2119

I've got about 100 entries on Fuelly.com (which I feel is a pretty good sample size), so you can check the typical amount of gas I put in and how many MPGs I'm getting. http://www.fuelly.com/driver/goldscott/buddy-125/log I've also found that my odometer is fairly accurate, unlike the speedometer. ...
by goldscott
Wed May 04, 2011 2:37 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: buddy 125 fuel gage
Replies: 13
Views: 2119

I've got about 100 entries on Fuelly.com (which I feel is a pretty good sample size), so you can check the typical amount of gas I put in and how many MPGs I'm getting.

http://www.fuelly.com/driver/goldscott/buddy-125/log

I've also found that my odometer is fairly accurate, unlike the speedometer.
by goldscott
Fri Apr 29, 2011 7:39 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Scooter Garage Parking in Chicago Loop/Downtown
Replies: 3
Views: 2478

Some options are listed in this PDF. http://www.cityofchicago.org/content/dam/city/depts/rev/supp_info/MotorcycleOrScooter/SpecialParkingRatesForMotorcyclesAndScooters.pdf Chicago also requires a city sticker now for motorcycles & scooters. I could've sworn this wasn't the case last year. $45. F...
by goldscott
Thu Apr 21, 2011 6:55 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Who did you get your wrenching skills from?
Replies: 24
Views: 1846

My father taught me simple car stuff like changing oil and replacing brakes.

Most of what I know, I learn online. I come here for Buddy maintenance advice.

I like wrenching and working with my hands. It's fun, satisfying, and a lot cheaper than paying somebody else to do it.
by goldscott
Tue Apr 19, 2011 9:59 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Buddy 125 Cruising Speed
Replies: 9
Views: 1820

The longest ride I've done is 190 miles from Chicago, IL to the burbs of Indianapolis, IN. All US and state routes. WOT the whole time. Cruised about 60-65 BMPH, and my MPGs were a lot lower than my usual 96 or so BMPG. I was getting like 70 BMPG. Basically drive one hour WOT. Refuel. Repeat until d...
by goldscott
Fri Nov 19, 2010 12:37 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Project "Frenchy" (we love gold!) 56k Beware!
Replies: 111
Views: 26266

I love the pictures each step of the way!

Man, you're giving me the bug to voodoo my scooter.

Can't wait to see more!
by goldscott
Wed Nov 17, 2010 11:04 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Changing splined crankshaft(?) where variator goes
Replies: 22
Views: 5297

No voodoo yet. I got the scooter in April 2010, and I'd like to maintain the 2 year warranty on it (assuming it's still valid). I do all of my own mechanical work on it, i.e. change motor and gear oil, change tires, and just recently changed the rollers - which caused this problem. I was going to ch...
by goldscott
Wed Nov 17, 2010 6:49 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Is My Scooter Too Juvenile?
Replies: 49
Views: 3524

As a young buck (25 years old), I'd say your scooter looks just fine.

It doesn't scream "12/18/60 year old." I wouldn't be able to guess the age of a rider based only on seeing his/her scooter, contextual clues aside (e.g. high school/college campus, etc.).
by goldscott
Wed Nov 17, 2010 6:45 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Changing splined crankshaft(?) where variator goes
Replies: 22
Views: 5297

So I reassessed the situation and realized that the splines weren't as bad as I thought.

I took a Dremel to them to smooth them out a bit and reshape them. I rode to and from work (50 miles round trip) yesterday, and made it to work today. Cheap & easy fix: let's hope it holds up.
by goldscott
Mon Nov 15, 2010 7:19 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Changing splined crankshaft(?) where variator goes
Replies: 22
Views: 5297

Thanks for your expertise, guys. Greatly appreciated.
by goldscott
Mon Nov 15, 2010 3:35 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Changing splined crankshaft(?) where variator goes
Replies: 22
Views: 5297

Thanks for the heads-up regarding the spline length and other measurements.

This is the GY6 125/150cc crankshaft sold on scooterworks: http://www.scooterworks.com/Crankshaft- ... 1C483.aspx. Is that the same as the stock one, or do I need a new piston and 15mm wrist pin?
by goldscott
Sun Nov 14, 2010 4:24 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Changing splined crankshaft(?) where variator goes
Replies: 22
Views: 5297

Thanks for the replies and advice, guys. Looks like I'm going to learn a lot about the engine over the next couple days.
by goldscott
Sat Nov 13, 2010 9:45 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Changing splined crankshaft(?) where variator goes
Replies: 22
Views: 5297

Changing splined crankshaft(?) where variator goes

So I stripped the splined on the crankshaft(?) where the variator goes because my impact driver sucks and it was my first time changing the rollers last week. I guess it didn't tighten the nut enough. http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v55/goldscott/8c941523.jpg How difficult is it to replace this? O...
by goldscott
Tue Nov 02, 2010 3:36 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: [nbr] BMW Concept C
Replies: 34
Views: 2341

[nbr] BMW Concept C

Not for everyone's taste, but I like it


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http://www.bmwblog.com/2010/11/02/premi ... -motorrad/
by goldscott
Fri Oct 08, 2010 2:45 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 15,000+ miles in 85 days
Replies: 27
Views: 2535

Epic journey! I want to go to Alaska so bad.

What happened with your engine in Seattle?
by goldscott
Thu Oct 07, 2010 7:12 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: I have 4500 miles on my Buddy
Replies: 11
Views: 1198

I have 7600 miles on my Buddy, and I have yet to change the belt & rollers. I recently installed a windshield and noticed a decrease in top-end speed. I figured it was just due to the windscreen, but maybe it's time for a new belt and sliders. You should actually see a slight INCREASE in top sp...
by goldscott
Thu Oct 07, 2010 3:30 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: I have 4500 miles on my Buddy
Replies: 11
Views: 1198

I have 7600 miles on my Buddy, and I have yet to change the belt & rollers.

I recently installed a windshield and noticed a decrease in top-end speed. I figured it was just due to the windscreen, but maybe it's time for a new belt and sliders.
by goldscott
Tue Sep 28, 2010 9:10 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Do "Chicks" Dig Scooters?
Replies: 20
Views: 2473

Chicks totally dig my Buddy. (Or maybe just the operator? wink-nudge)
by goldscott
Tue Sep 28, 2010 5:28 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: how many miles?
Replies: 17
Views: 1597

I've put about 7500 miles on my Buddy since I bought him in April. I expect him to roll the odometer back over to 00000 more than once before he dies.
by goldscott
Thu Sep 23, 2010 10:33 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: shipping problem
Replies: 1
Views: 615

Sometimes brick & mortars aren't so quick to respond to email. Try calling.
by goldscott
Wed Sep 22, 2010 10:54 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Getting ready for cold weather...
Replies: 41
Views: 3333

I just installed the Slipstreamer 66 windshield, and I love it. The ride is so much more pleasant and warm. I also just got a sweet new helmet (not full face, just 3/4), but enough to keep my ears and eyes warm. I think I'm going to fabricate some sort of bolt-on windblockers for my hands. I'll post...
by goldscott
Thu Sep 16, 2010 9:56 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: chicago motor oil
Replies: 9
Views: 1125

I get a 5 Qt. (or is it Liter) jug from wal-mart of Mobil-1 Full Synthetic "High Mileage" 10W-40. (http://www.mobiloil.com/USA-English/Mot ... 0W-40.aspx)
by goldscott
Thu Sep 16, 2010 4:44 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Honda PCX (2011)
Replies: 23
Views: 4378

Has anyone played with one of these yet?

I think they actually look pretty good.

Not that I'd leave Buddy for one, but maybe I could start some scandalous affair...
by goldscott
Sat Sep 11, 2010 12:19 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: stereo
Replies: 41
Views: 4280

I installed mine with just a small bit of hassle. I'll do a photo write-up if you'd like.
by goldscott
Fri Sep 10, 2010 3:56 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: [nbr] Can your Buddy do this?
Replies: 9
Views: 971

I mean, set up a nice dinner for 20.

Unforch, tablecloth thefts are on the rise.
by goldscott
Fri Sep 10, 2010 3:55 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: [nbr] Can your Buddy do this?
Replies: 9
Views: 971

[nbr] Can your Buddy do this?

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