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  Topic: Oil?
BuddyRaton

Replies: 4
Views: 95

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Sun Aug 09, 2020 5:08 pm   Subject: Oil?
I generally break in a 2T motor with crappy dyno. After break in I switch to full synthetic.
  Topic: Chunks of debris coming out of my exhaust (Buddy 50)
BuddyRaton

Replies: 8
Views: 160

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Fri Aug 07, 2020 2:04 am   Subject: Chunks of debris coming out of my exhaust (Buddy 50)
If it's your daily rider keep it stock.
  Topic: Why? But to good to pass.
BuddyRaton

Replies: 9
Views: 236

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Mon Aug 03, 2020 1:33 pm   Subject: Why? But to good to pass.
TBH, Genuine's parts pricing is insane, bordering on criminal.

I wanted to buy a new OEM front brake caliper for my '08 150. List price is $129!

By contrast, I can waltz into a Ford dealer and b ...
  Topic: How much for my Stella?
BuddyRaton

Replies: 10
Views: 209

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Sat Aug 01, 2020 3:03 pm   Subject: How much for my Stella?
That sounds like a lot of money for a broken 8 year old Taiwanese scooter.

Especially since they were manufactured in India.
  Topic: New buddy haver
BuddyRaton

Replies: 6
Views: 166

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Fri Jul 24, 2020 9:10 pm   Subject: New buddy haver
You can (cough) derestrict it as long as it's legal

I agree a rear rack is a must.

If sored inside cleaned and waxed the metal chrome will last awhile.

Along with a rear rack comes the first ...
  Topic: Buddy 125 exhaust gasket.....
BuddyRaton

Replies: 11
Views: 371

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Fri Jul 24, 2020 9:03 pm   Subject: Buddy 125 exhaust gasket.....
What one are you using?
  Topic: Pulling cylinder without pulling the motor on a Buddy 125?
BuddyRaton

Replies: 5
Views: 242

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Tue Jul 07, 2020 5:46 pm   Subject: Pulling cylinder without pulling the motor on a Buddy 125?
Sorry I'm late.

All you really need to do is remove the rear shock bolt and let it sit down. Once the motor rotates you can access everything you need for a BBK by removing the panel under the se ...
  Topic: Brand New 2018 buddy 125 Speedometer WAY off.
BuddyRaton

Replies: 26
Views: 603

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Mon Jul 06, 2020 2:48 am   Subject: Brand New 2018 buddy 125 Speedometer WAY off.
WHY RED IS RED!
  Topic: Who remembers Alix and her 22,000 mile ride on a Buddy?
BuddyRaton

Replies: 5
Views: 414

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Tue Jun 16, 2020 2:44 pm   Subject: Who remembers Alix and her 22,000 mile ride on a Buddy?
Remember it well!
  Topic: Is my Buddy 170 able to...
BuddyRaton

Replies: 10
Views: 348

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Fri Jun 05, 2020 2:03 pm   Subject: Is my Buddy 170 able to...
The main problems people running the Cannonball on a Buddy have had are a stator and a crank failure running WFO through the desert however Buddys have finished.

Last Cannonball I ran was 2016 on a ...
  Topic: what’s leaking from the carb?
BuddyRaton

Replies: 3
Views: 253

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Thu Jun 04, 2020 3:24 pm   Subject: what’s leaking from the carb?
The rubber grommet is the winter plug. Pull it out in the winter for less dense air. Nobody does that!

Don't forget to once in a while retorque bolts but yeah they are messy.

To degrease I get a ...
  Topic: DR 177 kit issue.
BuddyRaton

Replies: 10
Views: 301

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Thu Jun 04, 2020 3:10 pm   Subject: DR 177 kit issue.
It could be anything. Had to open a friends back up and found a woodruff key in there. Don't force anything.

Agree with chamfering ports when you are at that point.

I would pull the clutch out ...
  Topic: New guy, here.
BuddyRaton

Replies: 14
Views: 413

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Sat May 30, 2020 3:53 pm   Subject: New guy, here.
Make sure to give us that first ride report! Photos are required or we kick you out!

OK...you don't get kicked out...we just really like them!
  Topic: Replace belt with no impact wrench?
BuddyRaton

Replies: 36
Views: 606

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Sat May 30, 2020 3:49 pm   Subject: Replace belt with no impact wrench?
Nice job!

One of the best things is that now you KNOW that you can work on your scooter! None of us was born knowing this stuff. We all had to learn. Next belt will take less than half the time ...
  Topic: Replace belt with no impact wrench?
BuddyRaton

Replies: 36
Views: 606

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Thu May 28, 2020 3:40 pm   Subject: Replace belt with no impact wrench?
Nothing at all wrong with homemade holders and tools, I love them!

However If you don't have the proper tools, including hand made ones you really can't work on it properly.
  Topic: Replace belt with no impact wrench?
BuddyRaton

Replies: 36
Views: 606

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Wed May 27, 2020 1:18 pm   Subject: Replace belt with no impact wrench?
When I first got into scooters and their care a few tools were indispensable.
Impact wrench to remove the nuts, and a torque wrench to install the nuts.


A breaker bar will do just as well as an ...
  Topic: Vino 125 vs. Buddy 125
BuddyRaton

Replies: 16
Views: 453

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Mon May 25, 2020 2:55 pm   Subject: Vino 125 vs. Buddy 125
Vino's are a good scooter but I still think a Buddy 125 is the best bang for your buck you can get. Still running my 06 kitted to 161 strong and smooth.
  Topic: Yet another post about speedometer accuracy
BuddyRaton

Replies: 19
Views: 435

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Mon May 25, 2020 2:41 pm   Subject: Yet another post about speedometer accuracy
If you're gonna ride this is part of the deal. People either accept it and enjoy the ride or obsess and make themselves crazy.

This horse had been beaten to death, resurrected, beaten to death, ri ...
  Topic: New BMW Scooter Design?
BuddyRaton

Replies: 11
Views: 554

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Sat May 16, 2020 9:33 pm   Subject: New BMW Scooter Design?
Actually, for all we know that could be a rendering and not an physical object. Either way, I kinda like it. But wheres the rear rack? I like my scooters to be useful.Smile

Not practical at all, neith ...
  Topic: New BMW Scooter Design?
BuddyRaton

Replies: 11
Views: 554

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Sat May 09, 2020 11:56 pm   Subject: New BMW Scooter Design?
I don't know, the Italjet Dragster isn't that much better.

The 4T Dragster 125s are 15 hp with the 200 hitting 20 hp at 12.5 ft/lbs. My 200 Dragster 180 kitted to 172 dyno run was 23.5 hp with 19.9 ...
  Topic: carb cleaning
BuddyRaton

Replies: 15
Views: 1020

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Sat May 02, 2020 6:19 pm   Subject: carb cleaning
If you want one that's fine.

First I only use stainless baskets. It's sonic so it's sound waves we just can't hear. Air being less dense transmits sound slower than a denser fluid such as water an ...
  Topic: carb cleaning
BuddyRaton

Replies: 15
Views: 1020

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Sat May 02, 2020 6:19 pm   Subject: carb cleaning
If you want one that's fine.

First I only use stainless baskets. It's sonic so it's sound waves we just can't hear. Air being less dense transmits sound slower that a denser fluid such as water an ...
  Topic: My Tip for removing Buddy 125 (Maybe 150/ 170) Oil Filter
BuddyRaton

Replies: 5
Views: 791

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Sat May 02, 2020 6:05 pm   Subject: Re: My Tip for removing Buddy 125 (Maybe 150/ 170) Oil Filte
The new filter I bought had a socket end on it like any other normal filter designed by a sane human.

Then the other end of the socket on the tire iron fit the new socket!

Yes, this is the tip e ...
  Topic: clutch
BuddyRaton

Replies: 10
Views: 1199

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Wed Apr 29, 2020 3:11 pm   Subject: clutch
Nice! And you probably won't make that mistake again!
  Topic: Restoration Help! 2009 Lambretta Uno 150cc / Adly
BuddyRaton

Replies: 15
Views: 2107

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Wed Apr 29, 2020 3:05 pm   Subject: Restoration Help! 2009 Lambretta Uno 150cc / Adly
Personally I would not spend another dime on that scooter. It wasn't well built to start with and may just be a money pit.
  Topic: carb cleaning
BuddyRaton

Replies: 15
Views: 1020

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Wed Apr 29, 2020 3:01 pm   Subject: carb cleaning
To properly clean a carb it needs to be taken all the way apart.

An ultrasonic saves time, that's it. I still soak mine overnight in carb dip then into the sonic.

An ultrasonic is great. I ha ...
  Topic: clutch
BuddyRaton

Replies: 10
Views: 1199

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Mon Apr 20, 2020 9:46 pm   Subject: clutch
Play in the clutch lever rattling around and/or a little slack in the cable?

Could be a bunch of stuff and could be nothing. Not the smoothest idling motors in neutral.

As suggested above go ov ...
  Topic: Tires and tubes and pressures, oh my!
BuddyRaton

Replies: 23
Views: 906

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Sun Apr 05, 2020 1:51 pm   Subject: Tires and tubes and pressures, oh my!
There is no reason at all to put a tube inside a tubeless rim. Something isn't right
  Topic: DR177 kit installation
BuddyRaton

Replies: 37
Views: 1941

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Sat Mar 28, 2020 3:53 pm   Subject: DR177 kit installation
I may have missed it but did you chamfer the ports, check the ring gaps and retorque the head bolts several times after heat cycles?

While not a screamer the DR is a nice solid kit when done right. ...
  Topic: Genuine Motor Oil is here
BuddyRaton

Replies: 31
Views: 2301

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Mon Mar 23, 2020 9:59 pm   Subject: Genuine Motor Oil is here
I try to avoid oil threads, but here goes.

There are a few motorcycles with dry clutches, but the vast majority are wet.

If there are friction modifiers in the oil, the clutch plates will slip ...
  Topic: Genuine Motor Oil is here
BuddyRaton

Replies: 31
Views: 2301

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Wed Mar 18, 2020 5:05 pm   Subject: Genuine Motor Oil is here
WHY RED IS RED!
  Topic: Some guy hotrodding his Stella
BuddyRaton

Replies: 2
Views: 1177

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Sun Mar 15, 2020 3:19 pm   Subject: Some guy hotrodding his Stella
Lee really knows what he's doing with Vespa motors.
  Topic: Hello and thanks for having me!
BuddyRaton

Replies: 5
Views: 1115

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Sun Mar 15, 2020 3:18 pm   Subject: Hello and thanks for having me!
Nice score! Welcome to MB.
  Topic: Dragster on the dyno
BuddyRaton

Replies: 10
Views: 1276

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Sat Mar 14, 2020 10:05 pm   Subject: Dragster on the dyno
I also swapped for a lithium ion battery and shed about 8 or 9 pounds. I figure by the time I'm set up with spare fuel, water to drink with rider total weight should be about 415 to 450 lbs.

The G ...
  Topic: Dragster on the dyno
BuddyRaton

Replies: 10
Views: 1276

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Sun Mar 08, 2020 12:48 am   Subject: Dragster on the dyno
Interesting choice for the Cannonball!

How much fuel do you plan on carrying?

Good Luck!


A lot. 1 to 2 fuel stops a day Mr. Green

Altitude will the biggest challenge.
  Topic: Dragster on the dyno
BuddyRaton

Replies: 10
Views: 1276

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Mon Mar 02, 2020 10:35 pm   Subject: Dragster on the dyno
2020 is too long for vintage. 4,250 miles in 10 days. There are a bunch of Super Cubs, interested to see how they hold up. There are also many large TNGs, up to 273cc and the SMax is a popular choice ...
  Topic: Dragster on the dyno
BuddyRaton

Replies: 10
Views: 1276

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Mon Mar 02, 2020 7:32 pm   Subject: Dragster on the dyno
Saturday Riva Yamaha in Pompano Beach had a Block Party with a free show so we entered.

They also had a dyno and would give you a run for free. This is my 2000 Italjet Dragster 180 2T water cooled ...
  Topic: 2009 Buddy 125, high flow air filter. Added performance?
BuddyRaton

Replies: 5
Views: 701

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Mon Jul 29, 2019 1:46 pm   Subject: 2009 Buddy 125, high flow air filter. Added performance?
Very good point about the shorter 150 cc Buddy stroke. I kitted my 06 125 years ago and it rocks!

I have never understood how a "high flow air filter" makes any difference without any ot ...
  Topic: Anyone use a dedicated wired GPS?
BuddyRaton

Replies: 14
Views: 1134

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Sun Jul 28, 2019 3:01 pm   Subject: Anyone use a dedicated wired GPS?
If it is an auto Garmin that will work but they are not designed for water, vibration or glove use. If it is a Garmin MC unit it will need to be hard wired for all features to work.
  Topic: Newish Stella 4T engine stalls/dies while riding
BuddyRaton

Replies: 43
Views: 4483

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Sun Jul 14, 2019 5:58 pm   Subject: Newish Stella 4T engine stalls/dies while riding
If you are looking for instructions Scooter Help is a great place to start but personally I would not be putting too much money into that scooter...but I would do the stator.

There are tons of vide ...
  Topic: Newish Stella 4T engine stalls/dies while riding
BuddyRaton

Replies: 43
Views: 4483

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Sun Jul 14, 2019 5:02 pm   Subject: Newish Stella 4T engine stalls/dies while riding
So what I would do is a full carb rebuild and check the fuel line as suggested. Don't just spray it but take it all the way apart and replace components.

It's still sounding electrical and I agree ...
  Topic: Anyone use a dedicated wired GPS?
BuddyRaton

Replies: 14
Views: 1134

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Sun Jul 14, 2019 3:52 pm   Subject: Anyone use a dedicated wired GPS?
Depends on what you want out of the GPS. I am on my second Garmin MC GPS unit. Waterproof, glove friendly blah blah...it rocks!

If not hardwired, even if using the 12v plug, many useful features ...
  Topic: Royal Alloy GT 150 in the USA
BuddyRaton

Replies: 64
Views: 8750

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Thu Jul 11, 2019 11:27 pm   Subject: Royal Alloy GT 150 in the USA
Starting to get more attractive with a SYM 200 motor in it. I wouldn't mind running a CBR with one and see if I can blow it up!
  Topic: Malossi 166 on a 2T: spark plug, oil, and fuel octane?
BuddyRaton

Replies: 7
Views: 1560

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Tue Jul 02, 2019 1:11 pm   Subject: Malossi 166 on a 2T: spark plug, oil, and fuel octane?
The BGM fast flow is a much better tap but on a 166 plenty of fuel will get to the carb. Why did I seize mine? Racing it cross country I do stupid things and blow up a motor every once in a while!
  Topic: Did I really kill my scooter?
BuddyRaton

Replies: 15
Views: 1334

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Tue Jul 02, 2019 1:02 pm   Subject: Did I really kill my scooter?
I have been running a 161 kit for quite some time with an upsized carb with no problems.

I lived in Texas and the state roads are just as fast as the interstate. I have ridden mine long distances ...
  Topic: Whitewall tires exploding
BuddyRaton

Replies: 10
Views: 1709

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Tue Jul 02, 2019 12:55 pm   Subject: Whitewall tires exploding
I have read about this before but have never heard of it actually occurring. To me it's an urban legend type of thing.

Personally I'm just not a WW kinda person but if it's your style roll it with ...
  Topic: Smell of smoke coming from Buddy 125, especially on hills
BuddyRaton

Replies: 48
Views: 2027

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Sun Jun 16, 2019 3:05 pm   Subject: Smell of smoke coming from Buddy 125, especially on hills
At 6k miles you're about due for a new belt no matter what.

Without smell I would guess the belt is slipping. It may be hard to notice a lack of power from it slipping if carrying a heavy load. ...
  Topic: Royal Alloy GT 150 in the USA
BuddyRaton

Replies: 64
Views: 8750

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Sat Jun 15, 2019 2:45 am   Subject: Royal Alloy GT 150 in the USA
Yes, it looks like a classic Lambretta, more or less. But it is not a shifty. I'm surprised this would attract many fans of classic P/PX Vespas or manual Stellas.

Kind of reminds me of a Kymco Like ...
  Topic: Malossi 166 on a 2T: spark plug, oil, and fuel octane?
BuddyRaton

Replies: 7
Views: 1560

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Fri Jun 14, 2019 8:23 pm   Subject: Malossi 166 on a 2T: spark plug, oil, and fuel octane?
I run 7 or 8 in mine

The Malossi 166 is a hot kit. Hook it up with a 24/24 carb and expansion chamber and it will haul! I also have a P200 tree in mine.

I run 93 octane or 91 non-ethanol in all ...
  Topic: Stella kickstart lever is stuck in the down position
BuddyRaton

Replies: 3
Views: 1063

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Sat Jun 08, 2019 3:50 am   Subject: Stella kickstart lever is stuck in the down position
What year, how many miles, how often started, any mods? Could be stripped kickstart quad or other things. Need more info
 
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