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  Topic: New battery
Dooglas

Replies: 6
Views: 133

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: 75

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: 151

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: 160

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: 279

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: 5
Views: 214

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: 169

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: 183

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: 1457

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: 183

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: 210

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: 18
Views: 247

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: 785

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: 4
Views: 198

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: 785

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: 270

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 ...
  Topic: May be coming back to the brand.
Dooglas

Replies: 27
Views: 504

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Mon Jan 28, 2019 5:05 pm   Subject: May be coming back to the brand.
If you can wait a couple months, dealers will be flush with new inventory for the upcoming riding season. I would wait until then. You'll have much more inventory to choose from.
Exactly right. I not ...
  Topic: Genuine Scooters Launches First Motorcycle, The G400C
Dooglas

Replies: 42
Views: 1457

PostForum: G400C Discussion   Posted: Thu Jan 24, 2019 6:00 am   Subject: Genuine Scooters Launches First Motorcycle, The G400C
Our local dealer in Portland, OR has one. I will see it next week.
Okay, I was in the shop this week to get my wife's scooter serviced. Took a look at the new G400c on the floor. It was a green one, ...
  Topic: Buddy runs for ~5 mins, cuts out - Autochoke/Enricher/Bystar
Dooglas

Replies: 8
Views: 188

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Wed Jan 23, 2019 6:05 pm   Subject: Buddy runs for ~5 mins, cuts out - Autochoke/Enricher/Bystar
Sometimes you will see that symptom with a partially or completely clogged idle jet as well. Good job of troubleshooting.
  Topic: Gonna check out a used 2013 Blur 220i
Dooglas

Replies: 8
Views: 293

PostForum: Blur Discussion   Posted: Sat Jan 19, 2019 5:13 pm   Subject: Gonna check out a used 2013 Blur 220i
Can they guarantee in writing that they'll be able to service it for you "in perpetuity"? (that's a bold claim)
Indeed. Can anyone really guarantee that about any vehicle?
  Topic: Genuine Scooters Launches First Motorcycle, The G400C
Dooglas

Replies: 42
Views: 1457

PostForum: G400C Discussion   Posted: Thu Jan 17, 2019 4:59 pm   Subject: Genuine Scooters Launches First Motorcycle, The G400C
Our local dealer in Portland, OR has one. I will see it next week.
  Topic: 2014/2013 Genuine Buddys ?
Dooglas

Replies: 56
Views: 4578

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Mon Jan 14, 2019 5:14 pm   Subject: 2014/2013 Genuine Buddys ?
Who let Dooglas near a shovel?

Why you digging out old posts Dooglas?
If you had actually read the recent posts you would have found out that someone else opened this old post, another member com ...
  Topic: 2014/2013 Genuine Buddys ?
Dooglas

Replies: 56
Views: 4578

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Sat Jan 12, 2019 5:15 pm   Subject: 2014/2013 Genuine Buddys ?
Interesting. 6 years between initial post and 1st response.
The '1st response' sounds a lot like it was written by an advertising agency. Wink

(How strange, the two recent posts before mine in ...
  Topic: Motorcycles!
Dooglas

Replies: 21
Views: 790

PostForum: G400C Discussion   Posted: Thu Jan 03, 2019 5:40 pm   Subject: Motorcycles!
We got a boat show or two around here, but we don't have a motorcycle/scooter show either. Crying or Very sad
  Topic: Rejet issue
Dooglas

Replies: 20
Views: 478

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Fri Dec 28, 2018 6:09 pm   Subject: Re: Rejet issue
I was rejetting my wife's buddy 125 after adding a prima exhaust. Float bowl screws were stuck. Had to use an impact driver to loosen them.
-i couldn't go over 30 mph during the check ride. Inspecte ...
  Topic: Starter woes
Dooglas

Replies: 8
Views: 331

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Thu Dec 27, 2018 7:21 pm   Subject: Starter woes
NOW I want a genuine Yuasa to replace this year-old failed Chinese battery installed by the PO.
Does anyone know the Yuasa part no. and a source?
The standard battery for the Buddy 125 is the YTX7A- ...
  Topic: Starter woes
Dooglas

Replies: 8
Views: 331

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Sun Dec 23, 2018 5:39 pm   Subject: Starter woes
And no, Piaggio is not a cousin of the Buddy. The Buddy is manufactured by PGO in Taiwan. Piaggio is the manufacturer of the Vespa.
  Topic: Genuine Scooters Launches First Motorcycle, The G400C
Dooglas

Replies: 42
Views: 1457

PostForum: G400C Discussion   Posted: Sat Dec 15, 2018 6:04 pm   Subject: Genuine Scooters Launches First Motorcycle, The G400C
[quote]So, does the G400c get its own Forum on MB - or is it too different from the scooters? [quote]

Now the G400c HAS its own Forum. Hurray!
  Topic: Motorcycles!
Dooglas

Replies: 21
Views: 790

PostForum: G400C Discussion   Posted: Thu Dec 13, 2018 5:51 pm   Subject: Motorcycles!
Someone like JohnK is why I think Genuine should have named their motorcycle brand something *not* Genuine.
Hey now! The Genuine name is more associated with the Buddy than any other product. I woul ...
  Topic: cost ? what did u get fixed and how much?
Dooglas

Replies: 7
Views: 458

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Thu Dec 13, 2018 5:34 pm   Subject: cost ? what did u get fixed and how much?
On my 06 Buddy 125 I have not spent anything on mechanical repairs.
Your comment made me think. On our 2007 Buddy 125 (owned since new), we have also spent nothing on mechanical repairs. We have rep ...
  Topic: cost ? what did u get fixed and how much?
Dooglas

Replies: 7
Views: 458

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Sun Dec 09, 2018 5:05 pm   Subject: cost ? what did u get fixed and how much?
Hard to believe that replacing a tire, a muffler, and a gasket would cost more than the value of your scooter. Tell us more about the "oil leak".
  Topic: g400c...any guess who makes it?
Dooglas

Replies: 4
Views: 445

PostForum: G400C Discussion   Posted: Thu Nov 29, 2018 4:48 pm   Subject: g400c...any guess who makes it?
Don't need to guess. The G400c is made by Shinray in China. Shinray also builds the very similar Mash line of motorcycles currently sold in Europe.
  Topic: I may be getting a pink Buddy 50....
Dooglas

Replies: 46
Views: 1222

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Tue Nov 27, 2018 4:28 pm   Subject: I may be getting a pink Buddy 50....
As I recall, the stock Buddy rack was redesigned years ago after numerous reports of a weak weld on the rear brace breaking. We have had a stock rack on our Buddy for 10 years with no problem.
  Topic: Motorcycles!
Dooglas

Replies: 21
Views: 790

PostForum: G400C Discussion   Posted: Mon Nov 26, 2018 5:18 pm   Subject: Motorcycles!
I absolutely love my Stella, ……………. but it has made me extremely wary of being sold an attractive, fantasy-inducing product rather than a quality product.
Careful, you are starting to soun ...
  Topic: Genuine Scooters Launches First Motorcycle, The G400C
Dooglas

Replies: 42
Views: 1457

PostForum: G400C Discussion   Posted: Fri Nov 16, 2018 5:34 pm   Subject: Genuine Scooters Launches First Motorcycle, The G400C
So, does the G400c get its own Forum on MB - or is it too different from the scooters?
  Topic: In Cold - Starts then dies
Dooglas

Replies: 5
Views: 381

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Thu Nov 15, 2018 5:24 pm   Subject: In Cold - Starts then dies
Any time you have trouble specifically on cold weather starts, it's likely the auto-choke.
^ ^ ^ +1 ^ ^ ^
  Topic: I may be getting a pink Buddy 50....
Dooglas

Replies: 46
Views: 1222

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Thu Nov 15, 2018 5:22 pm   Subject: I may be getting a pink Buddy 50....
Actually the 125 Buddy as well as the 50 had the small headlight in 2006. The 125 switched to the larger headlight in 2007 and all subsequent Buddys have followed suit. I don't know what year the 50 s ...
  Topic: Electric Ural
Dooglas

Replies: 7
Views: 361

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Mon Nov 12, 2018 10:33 pm   Subject: Electric Ural
my dog would love that sidecar
Just about any dog would love that sidecar. Wink
  Topic: Genuine G400C
Dooglas

Replies: 481
Views: 53126

PostForum: G400C Discussion   Posted: Mon Nov 12, 2018 4:20 pm   Subject: Genuine G400C
I thought they offered an "optional" electric starter for the SR400?
Nope. Not to my knowledge. Yamaha actually promotes the kick start as a "feature". Wink
  Topic: Electric Ural
Dooglas

Replies: 7
Views: 361

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Mon Nov 12, 2018 4:17 pm   Subject: Electric Ural
How about this? The ultimate retro motorcycle meets the age of electric vehicles. Still a prototype at this point, but more horsepower and a higher top speed than a gasoline Ural.

https://www.imz-u ...
  Topic: Buddy 170i - won't start - and FIXED
Dooglas

Replies: 5
Views: 385

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Sun Nov 11, 2018 6:00 pm   Subject: Re: Buddy 170i - won't start - and FIXED
Which is most likely why it doesn't have a kick start. And, all the more reason why any EFI scoot without a kick starter should be plugged into a battery tender when not in use.
I think people are tr ...
  Topic: Just had 2nd scooter accident in a week - what's happening?
Dooglas

Replies: 42
Views: 1226

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Sat Nov 10, 2018 4:27 pm   Subject: Just had 2nd scooter accident in a week - what's happening?
I believe most of us meant the Basic Course with practical riding sessions - I certainly did. You might see what kind of motorcycles/scooters are provided by that particular Safety School. Perhaps you ...
  Topic: Like this? Too bad, we won't ever get it here...
Dooglas

Replies: 15
Views: 1662

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Fri Nov 09, 2018 4:56 pm   Subject: Like this? Too bad, we won't ever get it here...
I like the looks of this. The best looking scooter since the Stella ... imo

http://scomadi.co.uk/models/tl200-liquid-cooled/

Except the body panels are plastic. Hard to take a plastic Lambretta ...
  Topic: Who's Crashed? [Crash Reports]
Dooglas

Replies: 1750
Views: 134429

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Thu Nov 08, 2018 5:07 pm   Subject: Who's Crashed? [Crash Reports]
Have to agree about the front brake - you didn't mention if you were braking at that time, but whenever there is gravel, wet leaves, or just a slippery condition, avoid the front brake. (experience s ...
  Topic: Like this? Too bad, we won't ever get it here...
Dooglas

Replies: 15
Views: 1662

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Wed Nov 07, 2018 5:02 pm   Subject: Like this? Too bad, we won't ever get it here...
Honda SH300i. Another one we will evidently never see here.

https://scooterlab.uk/eicma-2018-honda-sh-300i-news/
  Topic: Just had 2nd scooter accident in a week - what's happening?
Dooglas

Replies: 42
Views: 1226

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Tue Nov 06, 2018 2:59 am   Subject: Just had 2nd scooter accident in a week - what's happening?
Anyway, that’s what all he said and if you disagree take it up with him not me. I just thought it was maybe worth reporting. The good news is that my bike’s fine, and also I’m learning the ropes ...
  Topic: Just had 2nd scooter accident in a week - what's happening?
Dooglas

Replies: 42
Views: 1226

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Thu Nov 01, 2018 8:11 pm   Subject: Just had 2nd scooter accident in a week - what's happening?
If you have a tire problem, it is not so much with worn tread as with the rubber compound getting hard. Six years is getting old for a scooter tire.
  Topic: Just had 2nd scooter accident in a week - what's happening?
Dooglas

Replies: 42
Views: 1226

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Wed Oct 31, 2018 10:06 pm   Subject: Just had 2nd scooter accident in a week - what's happening?
The "out from under" part makes it sound like it was your rear tire that slipped in both cases. The movie-stunt crash sounds like a "highsider," also caused by a rear-tire slip-out ...
  Topic: Genuine G400C
Dooglas

Replies: 481
Views: 53126

PostForum: G400C Discussion   Posted: Tue Oct 23, 2018 3:30 pm   Subject: Genuine G400C

I like that green and white color combo! And who wouldn't like that MSRP.
  Topic: Suddenly Buddy won’t start. Need help urgently if possible
Dooglas

Replies: 31
Views: 882

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Mon Oct 15, 2018 4:11 pm   Subject: Suddenly Buddy won’t start. Need help urgently if possible
Buddy owners have been known to put even bigger batteries in their scooters, but never a smaller battery.
Yes! The YTX10S is a direct replacement and offers increased CCA for quick starts.
 
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