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by kmrcstintn
Mon Apr 29, 2019 6:06 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Small displacement Harley coming?
Replies: 23
Views: 1748

the Street models don't sell well in the US because Harley's marketing & face-to-face sales interactions don't help to promote the Street lineup; you have grizzled folks who are traditional Harley model purists and hold biases against their bastardized cousins (anything that is liquid cooled/com...
by kmrcstintn
Mon Apr 29, 2019 5:56 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: new Michelin S-1 for rear tire replacement
Replies: 4
Views: 841

thanks for feedback on S-1 longetivity & Continental Zippy performance; as for the oem front tire...this scoot sat inside the showroom from 2013 until February 2017 & not exposed to the weather & seasonal temperature changes; the shop owner/tech confirmed the rubber is still soft; the oe...
by kmrcstintn
Sun Apr 28, 2019 10:31 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: new Michelin S-1 for rear tire replacement
Replies: 4
Views: 841

new Michelin S-1 for rear tire replacement

bought a Michelin S-1 last autumn to replace OEM Cheng Shin on my '13 Buddy 125...had it mounted @ 3 weeks ago; I have @ 180 miles on it which definitely wore off the slick coating & I am gaining more confidence to ride faster & lean more into the turns; it is 'taller' than the OEM tire and ...
by kmrcstintn
Thu Mar 28, 2019 3:52 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 170i 2,000 Mile Oil Change
Replies: 9
Views: 995

yeah the 170i has the added mechanism of the oil cooler in addition to the forced air cooling thru the cowl surrounding the cylinder & head and the wind created over the oil filter while the scooter is moving...makes me wonder how the 170 in the hooligan achieves effective cooling; not sure if i...
by kmrcstintn
Wed Mar 27, 2019 9:41 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 170i 2,000 Mile Oil Change
Replies: 9
Views: 995

oil turns dark brown/black as it picks up & suspends carbon and other contaminants from normal operating conditions; the thermal damage that occurs to base oils and additives also turn oil dark brown/black; remember that all 4-stroke buddy model engines are air cooled which means larger toleranc...
by kmrcstintn
Sat Mar 09, 2019 4:02 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Crankcase oil in new Buddy's
Replies: 7
Views: 861

the shop I have purchased all my Genuine scoots from, BMA Cycles in Bainbridge, PA, chooses to dump factory oils from all incoming scoots (Taiwanese & Chinese) and replace with American 10w-40 conventional car oil (eg: castrol, mobil, pennzoil, quaker state, etc); in years past the factory scoot...
by kmrcstintn
Mon Feb 04, 2019 9:22 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Anyone else have a cold blooded Buddy 125?
Replies: 20
Views: 1462

not sure why your buddy is not wanting to light...I overcompensate for octane volatility loss before storing by using winter blend high octane gas & a quality stabilizer; my buddy only experiences a delay of a few seconds due to fuel evaporation from the carb after sitting for a long time...usua...
by kmrcstintn
Thu Nov 29, 2018 5:48 am
Forum: G400C Discussion
Topic: g400c...any guess who makes it?
Replies: 4
Views: 2122

g400c...any guess who makes it?

happy for genuine to see the g400c is finally gone from status of apparition (like a ghost) to having an actual physical presence on U.S. soil; now my gears are turning...who manufactures it? there is an uncanny parallel to modern Yamaha SR400's (with the addition of an electric start)...the g400c e...
by kmrcstintn
Sat Jul 28, 2018 4:46 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Metzeler ME1 scoot tire...any experience
Replies: 3
Views: 968

Metzeler ME1 scoot tire...any experience

gonna need a rear tire in the next few months...anyone have experience with Metzeler ME1? thanks... https://www.jpcycles.com/product/923-209/metzeler-me1-3-50-10-front-rear-tire?mrkgadid=3300286578&rkg_id=0&utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=Google+Shopping++Manufacturer+I...
by kmrcstintn
Fri Apr 13, 2018 4:56 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: ???'s about belt & roller replacements
Replies: 9
Views: 1237

???'s about belt & roller replacements

a few ???'s about replacement belt & rollers for the cvt...

what is a good reliable belt to consider? what weight rollers are OEM for a 2013 Buddy 125? read that dropping weight of rollers by 1 gram offers a few MPH speed increase on the top end...true or trash? thanks...
by kmrcstintn
Fri Apr 13, 2018 4:52 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: oil change interval Buddy 125
Replies: 12
Views: 1439

if ya want an easier interval to remember...oil every 1500 miles & filter every 3000 miles; full synthetic oil could probably be stretched to every 2000 miles & filter every 4000 miles; I often change out early for my peace of mind and engine flushing purposes...
by kmrcstintn
Wed Mar 07, 2018 5:08 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Gear oil overfilling... still a common problem?
Replies: 9
Views: 1611

another thing to monitor with shops is gear oil weight...buddy calls for 140 wt in owners manual & 85w-140 in service manual; one of the dealers in my area uses 80w-90 and claims to have had no issues... last season I ran an experiment for @ 500 miles running a 50-50 mix of 80w-90 & 85w-140 ...
by kmrcstintn
Tue Feb 13, 2018 6:36 am
Forum: G400C Discussion
Topic: Genuine G400C
Replies: 487
Views: 73717

gave up on waiting for this apparition...bought a low mileage 2014 Yamaha V Star 250
by kmrcstintn
Wed Jan 24, 2018 12:33 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Saddest. Picture. Ever.
Replies: 19
Views: 2374

Re: Saddest. Picture. Ever.

HanShan wrote:No need for words. I know you all feel my pain...
both my scoot & moto go thru this each year 4-5 months during winter...
by kmrcstintn
Sun Jan 14, 2018 7:39 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Battery dead and replaced
Replies: 15
Views: 2421

not cool that the battery took a crap on ya! had something similar happen last season; bought a nearly new 2014 Yamaha V Star 250 that had 23 miles on it...the store that sold it to me (https://www.wengers.com/wholegoods/) sent it out to a local shop to replace the oem battery (they finally wised up...
by kmrcstintn
Sun Jul 30, 2017 4:30 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Long case GY6 - has it been done?
Replies: 58
Views: 5839

if ya want long life from that Buddy...leave it alone! light modding will get ya a bit more and keep it alive a good long time! heavy modding will shorten the life and you spend more money doing a rebuild much sooner; if ya want faster then go bigger; something like a Blur 220 or Suzuki Burgman 200,...
by kmrcstintn
Wed Jul 19, 2017 12:47 pm
Forum: Rallies, Events, Meetups
Topic: 2017 Meltdown - Three Mile Island Scooter Club
Replies: 0
Views: 2133

2017 Meltdown - Three Mile Island Scooter Club

facebook event link...

https://www.facebook.com/events/1266339830130210/?ti=cl

link to register on facebook event page; usually limited to 150 spots with t-shirt included & more spots available without t-shirt (not sure how many); have fun...
by kmrcstintn
Mon Jul 10, 2017 4:19 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Scooter Storage
Replies: 11
Views: 2542

dckick wrote:What I really want is a front basket :cry: but the rear mesh basket will have to work.
the Prima metal crate is very aesthetically pleasing vs an ugly plastic crate (like I have) and I might switch over eventually...

https://www.amazon.com/Milk-Crate-Metal ... B003JO07C0
by kmrcstintn
Tue Jun 27, 2017 3:23 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Antitheft Lock and where placed?
Replies: 6
Views: 1419

used to get really picky about this...not so much lately; most times...lock steering column & Master or Fortress aluminum body padlock thru holes in brake disc; temporary storage or seasonal storage...thick cable around wood post (fencing between patios in backyard) then around rear shock and lo...
by kmrcstintn
Sat Jun 24, 2017 11:55 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: No more Stellas? Not for a while.
Replies: 9
Views: 2052

Dooglas wrote:
kmrcstintn wrote:hope there's plenty of spare parts in the supply chain since this might be permanent...
Depends on the model you are talking about.
all of them...
by kmrcstintn
Sat Jun 24, 2017 11:52 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: First 620 miles of scoot "Breaking in the engine"
Replies: 19
Views: 2907

previous Buddy 125's...followed guidelines in manual with a few W.O.T. bursts; first oil changes done between 275-350 miles (my dealer drains factory oil & refills with Castrol GTX 10w-40 before initial test ride); also do several short mileage OCI's up to 1000 miles (350-500 miles each) & t...
by kmrcstintn
Thu Jun 22, 2017 3:11 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Getting to Know My Kick
Replies: 29
Views: 4869

i like the styling on the kick...felt cramped on it; would love the extra 3.5 + horsepower over the performance in my Buddy 125 powerplant yet the Buddy fits me alot better...
by kmrcstintn
Tue Jun 20, 2017 5:38 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Cooler Running Engine for Summer, Maybe
Replies: 4
Views: 1395

just a reminder...your 170 has a remotely mounted oil filter that sits next to an oil cooler on the bottom of the scoot; you already have a secondary cooling mechanism that works when the scoot is moving...you get ambient cooling with the cooler while parked or idling in traffic; it's more than we ...
by kmrcstintn
Tue Jun 20, 2017 4:18 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Scooter Storage
Replies: 11
Views: 2542

milk crate...practicality over aesthetics; attached to rack with heavy duty cable ties; add cargo net 😉
by kmrcstintn
Tue Jun 20, 2017 3:47 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: No more Stellas? Not for a while.
Replies: 9
Views: 2052

hope there's plenty of spare parts in the supply chain since this might be permanent...
by kmrcstintn
Tue Jun 20, 2017 3:45 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Buddy dogleg levers?
Replies: 2
Views: 937

if you can't find a source for prefabbed ones...have OEM ones carefully bent with the curvature & radius that she likes; whether they be the ones currently on the machine, new ones ordered, or salvaged from crashed scoots (?ebay?) is your choice...
by kmrcstintn
Sat Jun 17, 2017 1:36 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Cooler Running Engine for Summer, Maybe
Replies: 4
Views: 1395

without knowing if any of the cylinder head or cylinder body is exposed outside the cooling shroud I cannot speak on your idea... just a reminder...your 170 has a remotely mounted oil filter that sits next to an oil cooler on the bottom of the scoot; you already have a secondary cooling mechanism th...
by kmrcstintn
Fri Jun 16, 2017 9:25 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: tire ?
Replies: 4
Views: 1371

just an opinion...might behoove ya to bypass the whitewall aesthetic and think more practically; you will have a wider selection of tires by 'compromising' and going with blackwalls; honestly they don't detract from the overall appearance and having more choices are better in my mind...
by kmrcstintn
Fri Jun 02, 2017 4:25 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The Buddy Kick, oil filter-free
Replies: 16
Views: 3072

might wanna research & see if the Prima magnetic drain plug kit that fits the Buddy 125, 150, 170 is applicable...getting all the ferrous bits out of the flowing oil will reduce wear and the magnets hold those bits;
by kmrcstintn
Mon Apr 17, 2017 5:27 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Kymco Compagno 110 vs Buddy Kick 125
Replies: 2
Views: 991

I considered a Kick until I had realized my budget limits; no Kymco dealers in my area, southcentral PA, had any Compagnos over the winter when I started my shopping/comparisons; I settled on a leftover 2013 Buddy 125 that was significantly reduced at a dealer that I do frequent business with...rece...
by kmrcstintn
Sun Feb 12, 2017 4:47 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: possible new scoot...feedback on Kymco Like 50 2t
Replies: 16
Views: 2224

cummingsjc really wants you to add your location. stop stalking me...lol! I will only say that I am in southcentral PA... btw...got a working deal on the leftover Buddy 125 & cancelled the deal on the Kymco (told him to keep the deposit but he claims he'll mail a check to refund it...I'm not ho...
by kmrcstintn
Thu Jan 26, 2017 6:16 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: possible new scoot...feedback on Kymco Like 50 2t
Replies: 16
Views: 2224

thanks for feedback...working on another idea; I'm not sure if anything will come to fruition yet...I am in pre-deposit negotiations with my favorite shop on a leftover 2013 Genuine Buddy 125; told them I need total price no higher than $2k (price, tax, title, doc fees) and I throw them a concession...
by kmrcstintn
Sun Jan 22, 2017 7:50 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: possible new scoot...feedback on Kymco Like 50 2t
Replies: 16
Views: 2224

possible new scoot...feedback on Kymco Like 50 2t

got the itch for a new scoot for commutes, errands, and light recreational rides; looking over several candidates in my region...I am avoiding used and consignment rides that have no dealer prep done (stabilize gas, tender battery, maintain tire pressures, etc); I prefer leftover new scoots with fac...
by kmrcstintn
Mon Dec 26, 2016 11:12 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: [NSR] Kymco K-Pipe
Replies: 24
Views: 7034

this is on my 'short list'...very dependent on how much tax refund is! currently own 1 motorcycle (2006 Honda Shadow 750 Aero) and hoping to add a smaller ride for work commutes, biker breakfast rides, and fun rides on a smaller machine; back to the short list... Kymco K-Pipe or Genuine Venture 50 o...
by kmrcstintn
Tue Jun 07, 2016 9:47 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Hooligan - 1st Oil Change?
Replies: 20
Views: 3667

buddy 125, 150, 170...screw on oil filter which catches alot of break in residue
hooligan 170...NO screw on oil filter and internal oil screen leaves alot of break in residue circulating

change it according to owners manual...
by kmrcstintn
Tue Jun 07, 2016 9:40 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Waves from motorcyclists
Replies: 13
Views: 2547

I try to wave as often as possible...exceptions are if my left hand is needed for the clutch, a steering manuever, or stabilizing the bike; at that point I do a head nod...sometimes I get a response; I have noticed that non-enthusiast scooter riders don't seem to see me wave or don't understand the ...
by kmrcstintn
Sat Feb 13, 2016 2:35 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Poor Roads - Bigger Wheels and Tires?
Replies: 16
Views: 2720

I have a shitload of bad roads where I ride... bent the front wheel on a Buddy 125 a few years ago after hitting a drainage grate that was @ 3" below the road surface in the middle of an intersection; hit a dip in another town and the topcase came flying off...something in the locking mechanism...
by kmrcstintn
Wed Nov 25, 2015 7:25 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: BLOW-OUT at 50 mph – This can happen to you!
Replies: 35
Views: 4772

to the OP...glad you are safe and that no catastrophic damage occurred!!!

as far as replacing tires/tubes/valve stems...already replaced the OEM tires & tubes on my '06 Shadow earlier this year and I am budgeting for new tires & tubes for my '09 GZ250 over the winter :wink:
by kmrcstintn
Wed Nov 25, 2015 7:19 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: g400c coming in March
Replies: 6
Views: 2195

I would be on this in a heartbeat as an upgrade/replacement for my GZ250...currently have my Shadow 750 financed and I am upside down...no new bike/scooter :(

guess I can keep dreaming :wink:
by kmrcstintn
Thu Nov 12, 2015 11:40 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Winterizing your scooter, Drain gas or use Stabilizer
Replies: 26
Views: 5350

ran high octane gas on 2 fillups prior to storage, added my preferred stabilizer, topped off with mid octane gas, ran engine for a few minutes prior to parking for the season; slightly overinflate tires, attach battery tender, lock it up, cover it up, and said a sad 'later gator' til spring! do this...
by kmrcstintn
Mon Oct 26, 2015 6:22 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Good news for Pennsylvania riders
Replies: 6
Views: 1419

happy to read this is happening...there are several turn signals/lights near where I work that will not be activated by my smaller bike (Suzuki GZ250...not enough mass) and there are one or two that don't activate all the time with my big bike (Honda Shadow 750); hoping all the local townships, boro...
by kmrcstintn
Wed Sep 23, 2015 10:36 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Buddy 170i Final Drive Gear Oil....
Replies: 4
Views: 1426

when I had my Rattler 110 & 2 different Buddy 125's...85w-140 conventional hypoid gear oil, 85w-140 synthetic blend hypoid gear oil, and 75w-140 full synthetic hypoid gear oil were used; all will do the trick!
by kmrcstintn
Tue Sep 22, 2015 5:22 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 3000 mile service
Replies: 7
Views: 1688

like others have said...oil/filter, gear oil is what I usually do a few weeks before winter storage (a month sooner this year due to time constraints in the upcoming weeks); I also top off with fresh high octane gas (91-93) for storage (octane levels go down in stale/old gas) and use a good stabiliz...
by kmrcstintn
Mon Sep 07, 2015 6:32 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Thoughts on scooters and gender issues
Replies: 59
Views: 9183

unfortunately you are dealing with male children in adult bodies...remember that you cannot control how other people behave to you; do your best to ignore it and not let it bring you down; if you wish to address the issue and have the behavior eliminated then catch them on video several times and su...
by kmrcstintn
Mon Sep 07, 2015 6:19 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Buddy 125 acting as if it's starving for fuel and dying
Replies: 13
Views: 2333

in the past when the weather was cooler and damp I occasionally had running issues (cooler air is denser and the higher humidity adds moisture to the air going into the engine); I would take longer routes to get where I wanted to so that the engine would warm up and it would run better for the rest ...
by kmrcstintn
Sat Aug 15, 2015 6:24 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Storing buddy on self storage while on vacation?
Replies: 10
Views: 1693

might want to put fuel stabilizer in the tank and slosh around a bit (I have a moto that sat for 2-3 weeks last summer with untreated gas and ended up with some crappy fuel issues that required a trip to the shop); start scoot and run for a few minutes to get stabilized gas into the fuel system; ful...
by kmrcstintn
Sat Aug 15, 2015 6:17 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Belt Replacement Question
Replies: 6
Views: 1532

have the owner of said scoot contact a reliable Lance dealer (or an independent shop with Lance experience) and order an OEM replacement belt...and if they f**k up and order the wrong belt then they eat the cost of the wrong one and order the correct one at their cost! let them tangle with the distr...
by kmrcstintn
Sat Aug 15, 2015 6:12 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Big Brother is Watching
Replies: 8
Views: 1585

eerie feeling... :shock:

sad that it is not really unexpected nowadays given the amount of cameras and surveillence personnel that are around :evil:
by kmrcstintn
Tue Aug 11, 2015 9:05 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 0w40 engine oil
Replies: 34
Views: 3543

this phenomenon ("shearing') is magnified in bikes, trikes, atv's, and utv's that use a common sump design where the same reservior of oil is run thru the engine, transmission, clutch, and primary (often called a shared sump system); both of my bikes are shared sumps and I often change oil out...
by kmrcstintn
Tue Aug 04, 2015 2:56 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 0w40 engine oil
Replies: 34
Views: 3543

there is the 'shearing' factor to worry about...the further apart the numbers in an oil designation the farther the polymers in the oil formulation have to stretch and that increases the chances for an oil to 'shear out of grade'; eg: the 15w-40 oil that Genuine Scooter Co. calls for is less apt to ...