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by castleton
Sun Jul 29, 2007 10:16 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: I completed my MSF course today too
Replies: 124
Views: 8231

congratuations!!!! :D

I remember my joy taking the certificate to dmv & getting my M license.

Way to go! And I definitely agree: riding their cycles sure makes you appreciate the Buddy!
by castleton
Thu Jul 19, 2007 12:57 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: I completed my MSF course today too
Replies: 124
Views: 8231

My MSF experience: $125 (but priceless), aced the written exam, had one point taken off my curve for taking it a little fast (but was praised for my hard lean!), and as he handed me my certificate, the instructor said with a smile, "Great riding, but that was unconditionally the worst U-turn bo...
by castleton
Thu Jul 19, 2007 12:45 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Cars coming really close to you at a stop light?
Replies: 22
Views: 1856

I have a brake light modulator that flashes 3 times when I hit the brakes; when I notice a car coming up behind me at a light, I squeeze the brakes again to flash them. Seems to help, but once on a city street, when I was signaling a left turn but had to wait to cross traffic, I heard a "screee...
by castleton
Thu Jul 19, 2007 12:32 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Anyone have the windscreen?
Replies: 24
Views: 2204

I have the short windscreen, too, and I can vouch for it keeping you warmer in winter, and a little more bug-free in summer! I noticed a difference in handling as well--it's an all-around plus!
by castleton
Thu Jul 19, 2007 12:23 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: boots
Replies: 47
Views: 4296

I got these Caterpillar steel-toed "boots" (actually, they look more like hiking shoes) a few months ago for summer riding--they breathe really well and look pretty cool. They are a little higher than regular sneakers, but can't protect your ankles the way regular boots do. But if you're l...
by castleton
Wed Jul 11, 2007 1:19 am
Forum: Scooter Gallery
Topic: "Customized" Italia
Replies: 17
Views: 5423

Awesome, thanks!! I'm in the middle of what seems to be a year-long process of mod'ing my orange buddy. Here's what I have so far: * rear brake modulator * rear & front chrome racks * connected the front signals * added chrome latch hook * short windscreen In progress: * 1/2 way thru adding rear...
by castleton
Wed Jul 11, 2007 12:43 am
Forum: Scooter Gallery
Topic: "Customized" Italia
Replies: 17
Views: 5423

Where can I buy some of that supercool chrome trim??? :?: 8)
by castleton
Sun Jul 08, 2007 12:32 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Pet Names for UR Buddy
Replies: 44
Views: 3660

My Buddy's name is "Sting" -- I have some silver scorpion decals (they're small but powerful), and as soon as I get up the nerve to put them on, I'll post pics!

("Sting" is also a nod to LOTR & Bilbo's sword)
by castleton
Sun Jul 08, 2007 12:24 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: What have you dragged home in/on your Buddy?
Replies: 30
Views: 2499

latching hook

I've been looking high & low for a "latch" or "snap hook" that would screw right in to the same place as the stock plastic hook. Nothing even close. But I did find this: http://www.homedecorhardware.com/wh.html I got the 15.90 one, and it fits right over the same space, altho...
by castleton
Sat Dec 09, 2006 4:00 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Confessional — Proof the Gods Must Like Scooting
Replies: 9
Views: 1128

Left my keys in the ignition the 2nd ride; at Wal-Mart on a busy day! I was frantic when I realized--no keys! Ran outside--heart started beating again. :oops:
by castleton
Thu Nov 23, 2006 1:44 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Happy new owner of a Black Buddy 50 - name pending...
Replies: 6
Views: 1056

Woo hoo! Cool beans. And how wonderful that you have the right weather to ride in the winter. Wishing you many safe & enjoyable rides!

I think Breve is excellent; I would consider Latte if I had the cream. (I just named my orange Buddy "Sting".)
by castleton
Thu Nov 23, 2006 1:41 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: My Buudy is Customized.
Replies: 44
Views: 7854

Has anyone else swapped out their stock mirrors for TGB mirrors like those pictured above? I just ordered some from Scooter Centrale in CT, but was wondering how others were liking theirs. castleton, how did that work out for you? Did you install them? Thanks for asking! I ordered them, but then I ...
by castleton
Tue Nov 21, 2006 11:43 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: "All I Want for Christmas" Tulsa Sunday World
Replies: 14
Views: 1296

Not to worry--I don't think it was a hijack, just a meander. I enjoyed the article! And I don't think anyone was getting hot, just commenting. A variety of musings is to be expected when you put something out there.

It's all good! Thanks for posting the article in the first place.
by castleton
Tue Nov 21, 2006 5:53 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: "All I Want for Christmas" Tulsa Sunday World
Replies: 14
Views: 1296

I want to put in a caveat re: "easy as a bicycle"--bicycles these days are not as simple to ride safely as you may think!! In fact, I believe that riding on the side of the road, going 15-20 mph on a bicycle (which is my average speed) requires a notch higher 360 degree alertness, esp. fro...
by castleton
Sat Nov 18, 2006 1:56 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: How many miles have you put on your Buddy so far ??
Replies: 19
Views: 2121

2210 miles. Been commuting 76 miles round trip 2-3 days a week until 2 weeks ago. 2 oil changes, no other repairs/maintenance. I check the tires before each ride, but they rarely need inflating.

Reliable, stable, zippy, and fun--that's my buddy!
:D
by castleton
Thu Nov 16, 2006 2:28 pm
Forum: Scooter Gallery
Topic: Chrome Rear Rack & Whitewalls On Buddy
Replies: 27
Views: 4227

I think it would look "cleaner" with black accents: black inner panels & floorboard, black grips, black seat.

2 cents.
by castleton
Wed Nov 15, 2006 10:50 pm
Forum: Scooter Gallery
Topic: Chrome Rear Rack & Whitewalls On Buddy
Replies: 27
Views: 4227

The whitewalls make it look like a sneaker!!

Love it.
:D
by castleton
Wed Nov 15, 2006 12:17 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Transporting a Buddy
Replies: 16
Views: 2282

We can load one into the back of our RAV4 (compact SUV) if you take the mirrors off, oh, and take the back seats out. Once it's in all you need are a couple of ratchet tie downs and you're good to go! the RAV. What year RAV? Mine's a 1998, and even with the seats out, I'm not sure it would fit, but...
by castleton
Tue Nov 14, 2006 12:54 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Non-full face helmet question
Replies: 31
Views: 3198

Have to put a plug in for the Scorpion FF, here. It runs small (I wear a large, but on all other brands, a medium), but the fit is NICE and the price tag even NICER.
by castleton
Tue Nov 14, 2006 12:52 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Getting hit effing sucks.
Replies: 31
Views: 2200

Ditto re: fight the ticket. If you can get to court, they will often dismiss the charge if you can put up even a minor defense. Worth the effort.

(not from my experience, of course)

:P
by castleton
Tue Nov 14, 2006 12:48 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: got a letter from genuine today...
Replies: 39
Views: 3249

Hasn't hit the NE yet (if ever)! But nice gesture--right around the holidays!!! (no cynicism here)

:mrgreen:
by castleton
Fri Nov 03, 2006 6:58 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: It Died AGAIN!!
Replies: 25
Views: 2260

Keys--I have been following your story from the start--you are one long-suffering Buddy owner. Does your state have lemon laws (that apply to scooters)??? I'm thinking your electrical system has serious issues.

Hang in there--we feel your pain!
:cry:
by castleton
Thu Oct 26, 2006 11:15 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Holy sweet paying-too-much-for-insurance, Batman!
Replies: 48
Views: 4732

It may also have something to do with where you live. I think rates vary by region/population, traffic and # of accidents in a region.
by castleton
Mon Oct 23, 2006 3:50 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Hit 1k.... -grin-
Replies: 6
Views: 1118

Well, kudos for the 1000 miles, hermitgirl! I love every mile I ride. And I make excuses to ride, as well! Here's to your next 1000!
:D

(Although the season is chilling up here in CT!)
by castleton
Mon Oct 23, 2006 11:12 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Hit 1k.... -grin-
Replies: 6
Views: 1118

Whoa, Keys! Wicked.

Just out of curiosity, how many oil changes have you had??
by castleton
Sun Oct 22, 2006 11:12 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Hit 1k.... -grin-
Replies: 6
Views: 1118

Bought mine beginning of June; I'll hit 2000 this week. I told one of the employees at the dealer this, and she nodded and said, "good riding season!"
by castleton
Fri Oct 20, 2006 6:06 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Stuck at red light
Replies: 25
Views: 2296

Lights are not triggered by weight, but by your engine's magnetic field. There's a coil under the first "cut out" in the pavement (some actually have the word "loop" and an arrow spray painted on by the dept. of transportation). Scooter engines (and many motorcycle engines) don't...
by castleton
Wed Oct 18, 2006 10:59 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: installing grip heaters / electrical help!
Replies: 18
Views: 1621

Sounds like a perfect use for the dummy light switch!
by castleton
Tue Oct 17, 2006 12:45 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: I completed my MSF course today too
Replies: 124
Views: 8231

I wrote the CT motorcycle guy also, and also received no response. What up with that??? Anyways, the course was awesome, even on a beat up Kawasaki 125. One girl in our class hit the throttle instead of the clutch, bumped a curb and laid it down. She broke her wrist. Her brother was taking the cours...
by castleton
Mon Oct 16, 2006 7:19 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: I completed my MSF course today too
Replies: 124
Views: 8231

Excellent! Passed mine during the dog days of August here in CT. I feel your pain--and joy! Well done.
by castleton
Mon Oct 16, 2006 7:18 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Pimp my Helmet?
Replies: 6
Views: 1238

Someone else posted this vinyl sticker web site, and I love their incredible wide selection of decals:

http://decalzone.com/cutout/celtic.shtml

Have fun!
by castleton
Wed Oct 11, 2006 11:29 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: trunk signals and brake lights
Replies: 16
Views: 1658

I just bought some led flexible strips, red and amber. I'll post pictures of the lights when they're installed! This board is fabulous. I've made several mods/additions to my buddy just thru reading threads here--brake light modulator, front turn signals connected to oem signals, front/rear accessor...
by castleton
Wed Oct 11, 2006 7:04 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: trunk signals and brake lights
Replies: 16
Views: 1658

Thanks, VitaminC, for the excellent links. Here are some pix so you can get a better idea of what I'm aiming for.

http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/pcaehill2 ... FBJW7L1kvG

(not sure if that link will work, so let me know)
by castleton
Wed Oct 11, 2006 4:18 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: trunk signals and brake lights
Replies: 16
Views: 1658

Eric, you're the best--thanks for these responses.
:clap:

Now, does anyone know what Eric means by "needing a controller"??

:roll:
by castleton
Wed Oct 11, 2006 4:04 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: trunk signals and brake lights
Replies: 16
Views: 1658

That's exactly the kind of thing I'm looking for. I'm thinking of splicing them into the existing brake light/signal lights. Is that an ok way of doing this?
by castleton
Wed Oct 11, 2006 12:53 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: trunk signals and brake lights
Replies: 16
Views: 1658

Thanks, Eric--I may end up doing that, and the link is excellent! What I had in mind, however, was placing small bulbs and/or LEDs behind the plastic (there is room for a regular sized turn signal bulb, I'll post photos later). But I don't want to spend a hunk of change on LEDs, which seem very expe...
by castleton
Tue Oct 10, 2006 6:55 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: trunk signals and brake lights
Replies: 16
Views: 1658

Nope, no kit. This is an ebay item, no brand name. But I'm hoping it will be easy enough to gather the parts and come up with my own "installation kit"??? Maybe I'm dreaming...
by castleton
Tue Oct 10, 2006 6:08 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: (Tall) Windshield Installation Instructions
Replies: 19
Views: 3998

I have the short one. I love it--it definitely improves mileage. I also wear a full faced Scorpion exo400 helmet. The wind does go over the top of the short shield and hit me in the face, but I barely notice it.
by castleton
Tue Oct 10, 2006 5:59 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: trunk signals and brake lights
Replies: 16
Views: 1658

trunk signals and brake lights

I bought the following small trunk, and it has space for turn signals and brake lights, as well as a top brake light. I'd like to wire it myself, but not sure where to start. I need lights, settings, wire, but not sure if all that's available at an auto supply place. If I clip it into the current si...
by castleton
Fri Oct 06, 2006 2:09 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Holy sweet paying-too-much-for-insurance, Batman!
Replies: 48
Views: 4732

Maybe it's just been the luck of the draw, but I've had car insurance with Geico for 20 years, and never had anything but good service and great rates. I've lived in Florida, NY, and CT, no difference. They've been very responsive, great roadside assistance, covered windshield repairs (coming to my ...
by castleton
Wed Oct 04, 2006 10:00 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Holy sweet paying-too-much-for-insurance, Batman!
Replies: 48
Views: 4732

Oops! You're right, dahuffy. I called for full rates (I was waiting for the percentage discount for taking the MSF), and with the discount, I pay 110/year for full coverage with Geico.
by castleton
Tue Oct 03, 2006 6:26 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: buddy shirt releases
Replies: 11
Views: 1393

yeah!
by castleton
Tue Oct 03, 2006 3:25 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: What do you use to lock your buddy in parking lot/sidewalk?
Replies: 17
Views: 2067

I live in a very quiet area, and parking at my job is blocks from civilization, so I get away with the Grip-Lock:

http://www.grip-lock.com/index.html

It basically just keeps honest people honest.
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by castleton
Tue Oct 03, 2006 3:23 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: buddy shirt releases
Replies: 11
Views: 1393

I've calculated 92-100 mpg, with 1500 miles so far.
by castleton
Tue Oct 03, 2006 3:20 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Holy sweet paying-too-much-for-insurance, Batman!
Replies: 48
Views: 4732

Yeah, what's up here? I pay Geico $80 year for my coverage.
by castleton
Sun Oct 01, 2006 10:15 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: "deceptively high confidence"
Replies: 11
Views: 2854

The MSF course "textbook" has a page with a "crash chain" of events pictured--it's really stuck in my head. In the long run, I think that it's not so much ease of riding, lack of experience, or lack of expertise: it's the combination of "risk factors": the more risk fac...
by castleton
Sun Oct 01, 2006 10:08 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Helmet sizes
Replies: 12
Views: 1516

This has been said before, but that's never stopped me! :wink:

Don't buy a helmet without trying it on first!!! All the measuring in the world doesn't replace the "fit test"--it's really the only way to be sure.
by castleton
Sun Oct 01, 2006 1:43 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Helmet sizes
Replies: 12
Views: 1516

What a riot! :lol: For me, the large is snug, and does not move independently of my head (as it does for the poor wench in the video!). I have a wierd-shaped head as well, so was happy when I found this one. The first full-faced helmet I tried was tight in some places, loose in others, and I felt cl...
by castleton
Sun Oct 01, 2006 11:41 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Helmet sizes
Replies: 12
Views: 1516

I wear a Medium for most helmets, but for the exo-400 I needed a Large, so you're not alone!

Love the Scorpion--it's lighter than it looks, vents great, and no problem with fogging. The L fits under the seat.
by castleton
Sun Oct 01, 2006 11:34 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Buddy 125 & People 150 decision
Replies: 22
Views: 2486

Re: Buddy 125 & People 150 decision

I have over 1300 miles on my buddy, and I drive 36+ miles one way to work at least 3 days a week. That's over 72 miles round trip. (Fullserve responded:) Wow, I'm impressed. That's quite a commute! What is your average speed on your commute? Depending on which roads I ride, my speed while commuting...