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  Topic: New addition to the fleet - Buddy 170i
Dooglas

Replies: 2
Views: 42

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Sun Jun 16, 2019 3:57 pm   Subject: New addition to the fleet - Buddy 170i
Good looking scooter. Have fun with it.
  Topic: Royal Alloy GT 150 in the USA
Dooglas

Replies: 20
Views: 383

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Mon Jun 10, 2019 4:47 pm   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.
  Topic: Hooligan + Top Case = Wobble
Dooglas

Replies: 8
Views: 105

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Thu Jun 06, 2019 5:01 pm   Subject: Hooligan + Top Case = Wobble
Some Vespa GTS scooters are prone to some steering wobble when decelerating through 30-25 mph. In that case, it seems to be made worse by a loaded topcase, an out of balance tire, or a misadjusted fro ...
  Topic: Should I use a dealer for maintenance?
Dooglas

Replies: 14
Views: 208

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Tue Jun 04, 2019 4:02 pm   Subject: Should I use a dealer for maintenance?
I have used my local Piaggio/Vespa dealer to service our Buddy several times. They were not a random motorcycle shop, however. They were a scooter shop I knew well and trusted. But things have now cha ...
  Topic: Interesting Craigslist finds
Dooglas

Replies: 202
Views: 14137

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Mon Jun 03, 2019 4:05 pm   Subject: Interesting Craigslist finds
Looks cute but a 50cc Buddy barely has enough power to move itself and one rider around let alone a sidecar and a possibly large significant other...Lol
I think you'd have to be a fairly small signif ...
  Topic: Bringing a faded Buddy 150 back to life.
Dooglas

Replies: 19
Views: 266

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Mon Jun 03, 2019 4:00 pm   Subject: Bringing a faded Buddy 150 back to life.
Regarding pictures, I can't seem to post them on this site by using the choose file option. Just get a spinning circle and image won't upload for some reason.
Your problem could be as simple as the ...
  Topic: Can I leave my Buddy in the weather?
Dooglas

Replies: 11
Views: 258

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Tue May 21, 2019 4:05 pm   Subject: Can I leave my Buddy in the weather?
If you simply leave it in the weather - expect the panels to fade (especially the flexible mats), expect the seat cover to fail, expect some issues with electrical switches, expect some rust on steel ...
  Topic: Improving Aerodynamics
Dooglas

Replies: 30
Views: 515

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Mon May 20, 2019 4:38 pm   Subject: Improving Aerodynamics


If you are going to cheap out on something, I strongly suggest something other than scooter or motorcycle tires!
  Topic: Newbie on deck!
Dooglas

Replies: 4
Views: 127

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Fri May 17, 2019 8:11 pm   Subject: Newbie on deck!
Welcome to MB. The Kick is a great scooter and I'm sure you will enjoy it. Ride safe, have fun.
  Topic: Improving Aerodynamics
Dooglas

Replies: 30
Views: 515

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Fri May 17, 2019 8:09 pm   Subject: Improving Aerodynamics
...good tires help a lot too...the tires on my buddy are the oem 2013 cheap tires from the previous owner and while i want new tires these only have 2500 miles on them and even though they are 6 years ...
  Topic: Rear brake drum warpage on Buddy scoots
Dooglas

Replies: 11
Views: 452

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Fri May 17, 2019 8:02 pm   Subject: Rear brake drum warpage on Buddy scoots
Great resolution. Glad to hear your recent experiences with the Buddy have a happy ending. Ride safe, have fun.
  Topic: Looking for a dark windshield for a 2017 Buddy Eclipse
Dooglas

Replies: 10
Views: 200

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Fri May 17, 2019 3:59 pm   Subject: Re: Looking for a dark windshield for a 2017 Buddy Eclipse
3. This is minor, and I could be swayed, but it just seems a bit... tall!
There actually is an optimal height for a scooter windscreen. You want to be able to look over the top of the windscreen and ...
  Topic: Do I need a New Battery for My Buddy 50?
Dooglas

Replies: 3
Views: 134

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Mon May 13, 2019 3:55 pm   Subject: Do I need a New Battery for My Buddy 50?
I live on an island so not easy to get on/off to go to part store etc...
Well sorta. Access to Fort Myers from Sanibel Island is pretty straight forward as I remember. Batteries Plus in Ft. Myers c ...
  Topic: Improving Aerodynamics
Dooglas

Replies: 30
Views: 515

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Wed May 08, 2019 3:43 pm   Subject: Improving Aerodynamics
I certainly prefer helmets with a full faceshield. The one I wear regularly is a Nolan N43 with faceshield and chinbar. Some use a small to medium windshield, but I do not on the Buddy.

What you s ...
  Topic: Is the left brake lever also the clutch?
Dooglas

Replies: 2
Views: 127

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Tue May 07, 2019 11:05 pm   Subject: Is the left brake lever also the clutch?
The Buddy has a CVT (auto) transmission. The left hand lever is the rear brake. Assuming the CVT is correctly adjusted and maintained, the scooter will idle in neutral when you stop the scooter by app ...
  Topic: Ethanol-free fuel with a Buddy 125
Dooglas

Replies: 12
Views: 313

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Tue May 07, 2019 3:24 pm   Subject: Ethanol-free fuel with a Buddy 125
Our Buddy runs fine with 10% ethanol fuel. I do, however, make a point of filling with ethanol free fuel when
the scooter will not be used for an extended period. There is no doubt that ethanol free ...
  Topic: Decided against a sale, and it feels so good to be back!
Dooglas

Replies: 5
Views: 157

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Tue May 07, 2019 3:20 pm   Subject: Decided against a sale, and it feels so good to be back!
There was just a thread just like this over at the big brother forum : http://modernvespa.com/forum/topic164769
Except that fellow owns FIVE scooters. Wink
  Topic: Decided against a sale, and it feels so good to be back!
Dooglas

Replies: 5
Views: 157

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Mon May 06, 2019 4:07 pm   Subject: Decided against a sale, and it feels so good to be back!
Life without a scooter would be hard - and not nearly as much fun. Wink
  Topic: Front Rack Tube Diameter
Dooglas

Replies: 4
Views: 141

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Sun May 05, 2019 3:04 pm   Subject: Front Rack Tube Diameter
Looks like the OD on the tubing on our front rack is 3/4". It also looks like it has been bent into fairly graceful curves and chromed after it was welded.
  Topic: Looking for the Stella Emblem
Dooglas

Replies: 7
Views: 145

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Sun May 05, 2019 2:56 pm   Subject: Looking for the Stella Emblem
I was going to suggest..... Twisted Evil
  Topic: new Michelin S-1 for rear tire replacement
Dooglas

Replies: 4
Views: 198

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Mon Apr 29, 2019 4:27 pm   Subject: new Michelin S-1 for rear tire replacement
I found the stock tires to be made with poorer quality rubber compounds which provide less traction on corners and in the rain. We now use Continental Zippys on our Buddy. Unless you put a lot of mile ...
  Topic: I'm back in business!
Dooglas

Replies: 10
Views: 280

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Mon Apr 29, 2019 4:22 pm   Subject: I'm back in business!
Glad to hear you are back in the saddle. Have fun.
  Topic: How is everyone liking their Stella Automatic
Dooglas

Replies: 46
Views: 9443

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Sat Apr 27, 2019 4:31 pm   Subject: How is everyone liking their Stella Automatic
So, is the engine getting fuel? Is the plug wet with fuel after a failed start attempt (or does it start and run briefly with starter fluid)? If it IS getting fuel and not starting - is it getting a s ...
  Topic: How is everyone liking their Stella Automatic
Dooglas

Replies: 46
Views: 9443

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Sat Apr 20, 2019 3:54 pm   Subject: How is everyone liking their Stella Automatic
I tried again and it still won't crank. So, literally just keep it cranking for 30 seconds?

You mean it does crank (i.e, the starter turns the engine over), but it does not start running? Back to t ...
  Topic: Small displacement Harley coming?
Dooglas

Replies: 23
Views: 547

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Mon Apr 08, 2019 5:36 am   Subject: Small displacement Harley coming?
Harley has released drawings of their new middle weight engine. The 60 degree, OHC water cooled engine looks really tall.
https://www.motorcycle.com/mini-features/harley-davidsons-new-middleweight-en ...
  Topic: First Time Buyer!!! Help!!
Dooglas

Replies: 18
Views: 518

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Sun Apr 07, 2019 5:44 pm   Subject: First Time Buyer!!! Help!!
I own both, so I would certainly not try to talk you out of buying a Vespa Wink . The Buddy, though, is a fine scooter, and quite reliable. I think it is an excellent first scooter. If you are a sm ...
  Topic: (NSR) Lasik, anyone do it?
Dooglas

Replies: 10
Views: 176

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Sun Apr 07, 2019 5:33 pm   Subject: (NSR) Lasik, anyone do it?
I'm also a swimmer/surfer/whitewater kayaker. You can't have Lasik when you're always thrashing about in the water.
Hmmm, wouldn't you find it difficult to be a swimmer/surfer/whitewater kayaker wear ...
  Topic: (NSR) Lasik, anyone do it?
Dooglas

Replies: 10
Views: 176

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Sun Apr 07, 2019 1:14 am   Subject: (NSR) Lasik, anyone do it?
I may have went to the wrong Lasik place, but judging from my initial experience I dont see myself going back. I do know several people who had it done and had great results, but I dont want to jump i ...
  Topic: (NSR) Lasik, anyone do it?
Dooglas

Replies: 10
Views: 176

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Sat Apr 06, 2019 6:04 pm   Subject: (NSR) Lasik, anyone do it?
My wife and my brother-in-law both have had Lasik surgery. The surgery went well and both were corrected to 20/20 or better (from 20/400 or worse). This was years ago and no real long-term complicatio ...
  Topic: Ca. Registration 2004 Stella150
Dooglas

Replies: 2
Views: 157

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Wed Apr 03, 2019 5:59 pm   Subject: Ca. Registration 2004 Stella150
Quite a few previous discussions here on that subject. As I recall, it depends on the year and the mileage. You can probably get the necessary information from the DMV (as long as you ask the right qu ...
  Topic: Smoke from CVT
Dooglas

Replies: 7
Views: 210

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Tue Apr 02, 2019 4:35 pm   Subject: Smoke from CVT
Seriously though, I take it the left lever does not disengage the transmission? It's just a brake? I just assumed it was a clutch.
It might have been better if this were an April Fool's joke. How hav ...
  Topic: 2008 Buddy 125, what do I need to fix?
Dooglas

Replies: 15
Views: 367

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Sat Mar 30, 2019 4:40 pm   Subject: 2008 Buddy 125, what do I need to fix?
I bought a used 2008 125 Buddy with 3,000 miles and assumed it needed new brake pads, air filter, brake fluid change, etc. and I bought the parts. I was wrong; didn't need any of them. The brake pa ...
  Topic: 2008 Buddy 125, what do I need to fix?
Dooglas

Replies: 15
Views: 367

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2019 4:07 pm   Subject: 2008 Buddy 125, what do I need to fix?
Do you have the owners manual and shop manual for the Buddy 125? If not, that is a place to start. There are some scooter on-line parts and accessory sites such as Scooterwest which are good sources f ...
  Topic: Small displacement Harley coming?
Dooglas

Replies: 23
Views: 547

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2019 3:57 pm   Subject: Small displacement Harley coming?
Harley makes the Street 500 and Street 750 bikes now. They don't sell well.
  Topic: New battery
Dooglas

Replies: 11
Views: 388

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Mon Mar 25, 2019 4:43 pm   Subject: New battery
I have had good results with the Power-Sonic brand of AGM battery. The equivalent to the original Yuasa battery is the PTX7A-BS. I personally use the PTZ10-S, however, as it is higher capacity and wil ...
  Topic: Purchasing Used - how far to investigate
Dooglas

Replies: 2
Views: 186

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Tue Mar 19, 2019 5:33 pm   Subject: Purchasing Used - how far to investigate
Seems like it is important to home in on the fact that we are talking 2-stroke here, As Stanza says, the condition and age of the bike have great bearing on this question. As a general answer though, ...
  Topic: Hooligan Upgrades?
Dooglas

Replies: 9
Views: 288

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Sun Mar 10, 2019 8:03 pm   Subject: Hooligan Upgrades?
My experience has been that performance upgrades to modern 4T scooters usually yield limited benefits, and they always come at some cost to engine reliability and longevity. I know some enjoy the adve ...
  Topic: Outdoor Covers opinion
Dooglas

Replies: 3
Views: 270

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Sat Mar 09, 2019 4:52 pm   Subject: Outdoor Covers opinion
If I stored a scooter year-round outdoors in Florida, I'd make my own cover (or get a friend involved who has a heavy duty sewing machine). Fabrics made for boat covers are made from very durable UV r ...
  Topic: Whitewall tires exploding
Dooglas

Replies: 7
Views: 419

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Thu Feb 28, 2019 4:40 pm   Subject: Whitewall tires exploding
Well, tires are "vulcanized" together alright but the process has been in use for well over a hundred years and I see no reason to believe that whitewall tires are any less secure than other ...
  Topic: Rear brake drum warpage on Buddy scoots
Dooglas

Replies: 11
Views: 452

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Wed Feb 27, 2019 5:17 pm   Subject: Re: Rear brake drum warpage on Buddy scoots
My new Buddy 125 has a pulsation when applying the rear brake.
I've gotta believe this is due to a warpage of the rear drum.
I'm trying to decide whether this is worth going thru the warranty proc ...
  Topic: Best battery for Buddy 170i?
Dooglas

Replies: 5
Views: 284

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Wed Feb 27, 2019 5:08 pm   Subject: Best battery for Buddy 170i?
I prefer the YTX10S or equivalent.
  Topic: Buddy tire pressure
Dooglas

Replies: 5
Views: 310

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Mon Feb 18, 2019 4:55 pm   Subject: Buddy tire pressure
This lil Buddy 125 is gonna be a regular rider down on Sanibel Island pretty soon. Light weight and easy to haul down there Smile
Good for you. Enjoy. I was down on Pine Island last week. Good seafood ...
  Topic: Genuine Scooters Launches First Motorcycle, The G400C
Dooglas

Replies: 42
Views: 2053

PostForum: G400C Discussion   Posted: Mon Feb 18, 2019 4:47 pm   Subject: Genuine Scooters Launches First Motorcycle, The G400C
He also says it runs out to 90mph with no problem. That sounds even better, but I might be having a little trouble believing it.
Many scooters and small motorcycles go 90 mph downhill. They all go 9 ...
  Topic: Buddy tire pressure
Dooglas

Replies: 5
Views: 310

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Sun Feb 17, 2019 5:44 pm   Subject: Buddy tire pressure
On my 125, I run the front at about 26/27 and the rear at about 28/29. Depends somewhat on the weight of the rider.
  Topic: The EPA is back!
Dooglas

Replies: 7
Views: 393

PostForum: G400C Discussion   Posted: Sat Feb 09, 2019 2:13 pm   Subject: The EPA is back!
I don't see the Suzuki AN650, the 650 Burgman, on the list. Perhaps they have enough current inventory that no imports are planned for 2019? I also don't see the venerable Suzuki S40 on the list, thou ...
  Topic: Anyone else have a cold blooded Buddy 125?
Dooglas

Replies: 20
Views: 455

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Tue Feb 05, 2019 3:24 pm   Subject: Anyone else have a cold blooded Buddy 125?
All I know is that the overwhelming majority of folks on the Modern Vespa forum state that premium fuel is required in Modern Vespas, as did my local service representative at the Vespa dealership.
Y ...
  Topic: Buddy purchase
Dooglas

Replies: 42
Views: 983

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Tue Feb 05, 2019 2:42 pm   Subject: Buddy purchase
Hey, Dooglas, we had met up for scooter lunches a couple times when you were down in SW Florida Sanibel area a few years ago.

Not taking price into consideration, if you were buying now, would ...
  Topic: Just picked this up.
Dooglas

Replies: 7
Views: 420

PostForum: Scooter Gallery   Posted: Tue Feb 05, 2019 2:24 pm   Subject: Just picked this up.
Excellent choice for a vintage ride!
  Topic: Buddy purchase
Dooglas

Replies: 42
Views: 983

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Mon Feb 04, 2019 2:01 pm   Subject: Buddy purchase
…...they (Buddy 50/Roughhouse 50) tend to bog down on any extended incline where the 125 will be able to sustain 55-60 MPH and generally takes inclines in stride.
This is exactly right and one of ...
  Topic: What made me faster?
Dooglas

Replies: 6
Views: 369

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Sat Feb 02, 2019 1:54 pm   Subject: Re: What made me faster?
I just swapped the crappy stock tire that went bald in 5500 miles with the Kenda 130/70-10.
I agree that the stock tire on the Buddy is nothing special - I use Continental Zippys. You will find, how ...
 
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