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  Topic: Interesting Craigslist finds
babblefish

Replies: 245
Views: 25801

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Wed May 27, 2020 2:51 am   Subject: Interesting Craigslist finds
That sure looks like an NCY front fork on that thing...
  Topic: Buddy 50 Carb... No Needle Clip?
babblefish

Replies: 2
Views: 157

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Wed May 27, 2020 2:38 am   Subject: Buddy 50 Carb... No Needle Clip?
Yeah, no clip on the stock needle. I adjust mine by using thin flat washers on the needle as shims. Most of your standard metric flat washers are around 0.5mm thick.
  Topic: Is this a good deal for Buddy 170i?
babblefish

Replies: 16
Views: 345

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Mon May 18, 2020 12:38 am   Subject: Is this a good deal for Buddy 170i?
My 2008 Buddy 150 was $450.
  Topic: Is this a good deal for Buddy 170i?
babblefish

Replies: 16
Views: 345

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Sun May 17, 2020 10:31 pm   Subject: Is this a good deal for Buddy 170i?
Just for comparison:

https://sfbay.craigslist.org/sfc/mcd/d/vacaville-2017-genuine-buddy-170i/7111667583.html

It's a 2017 Buddy 170i for $1699.
  Topic: 2006 Blur Falls of at 40mph
babblefish

Replies: 17
Views: 290

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Sat May 16, 2020 8:42 pm   Subject: 2006 Blur Falls of at 40mph
You should put some lubricant on the sealing lip of the diaphragm before assembly. When dry, even if it looks like it's seated correctly, there can be a vacuum leak. All it takes is a tiny, tiny leak ...
  Topic: Blur engine oil
babblefish

Replies: 5
Views: 330

PostForum: Blur Discussion   Posted: Fri May 15, 2020 7:29 pm   Subject: Blur engine oil
1 liter is more than enough. And you don't have to use motorcycle specific oil because the GY6 type engines don't have a wet clutch.

Sounds like you don't have an owners manual:

http://www.moder ...
  Topic: Genuine G400C
babblefish

Replies: 486
Views: 67763

PostForum: G400C Discussion   Posted: Fri May 15, 2020 7:18 pm   Subject: Genuine G400C
Wow! The Ace 400 looks amazing. Looks just like a Triumph Truxton. I'd like some of that!
  Topic: 2006 Blur Falls of at 40mph
babblefish

Replies: 17
Views: 290

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Fri May 15, 2020 11:19 am   Subject: 2006 Blur Falls of at 40mph
I assume you've set the float level correctly?
If so, then I'd say you may not have cleaned the carb well enough and there's a passage that feeds the float bowl gummed up.

I would also make sure t ...
  Topic: What is my exhaust missing ?
babblefish

Replies: 2
Views: 280

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Sun May 10, 2020 7:03 am   Subject: What is my exhaust missing ?
I don't have a 50 but the pictures I've seen show at least two different muffler shields and neither one looks like there's anything behind it. If it makes you feel any better, the plastic shields on ...
  Topic: Anybody have a solid cheap surfboard diy rack for a 125?
babblefish

Replies: 8
Views: 390

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Sun May 10, 2020 6:43 am   Subject: Anybody have a solid cheap surfboard diy rack for a 125?
I have no answer for you but I'm not sure I'd want something acting like a big sail on something as light as a Buddy doing 60 mph. Even without the sail the stability of a Buddy is pretty iffy at 60 m ...
  Topic: New BMW Scooter Design?
babblefish

Replies: 11
Views: 476

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Sun May 10, 2020 3:06 am   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
  Topic: A $10 trunk?
babblefish

Replies: 17
Views: 516

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Sun May 10, 2020 3:03 am   Subject: A $10 trunk?
I have a Givi topcase for my Buddy. It's kinda big (not sure of the size) but it sure holds a lot and I can put my medium size modular helmet inside with ease. Same helmet won't fit under the seat. Lo ...
  Topic: Starter won't catch
babblefish

Replies: 1
Views: 195

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Sun May 10, 2020 2:51 am   Subject: Starter won't catch
I've never worked on a Stella engine, but if the starter motor has a centrifugal clutch to engage the starter motor pinion to the engine during startup, the clutch may not be functioning correctly.
...
  Topic: Installing an LED headlight conversion in a 2008 Buddy.
babblefish

Replies: 26
Views: 1639

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Sat May 09, 2020 8:04 pm   Subject: Installing an LED headlight conversion in a 2008 Buddy.
For $100 I'd convert my Buddy's charging system to an 11-pole alternator and HID lighting. HID bulbs have a very similar light pattern as an incandescent but produce more lumen using significantly les ...
  Topic: Installing an LED headlight conversion in a 2008 Buddy.
babblefish

Replies: 26
Views: 1639

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Fri May 08, 2020 10:56 pm   Subject: Installing an LED headlight conversion in a 2008 Buddy.
Mine has been fine. Beam pattern isn't too bad. I've had other conversions that were not as good though. The best was an HID conversion but the Buddy charging system can't support the power drain so t ...
  Topic: Modification Question: What should I do to my Eclipse?
babblefish

Replies: 24
Views: 686

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Thu May 07, 2020 7:34 pm   Subject: Modification Question: What should I do to my Eclipse?
i wish they made a larger/better rear rack that could support more weight...even if it had to tie into the rear crash bars...i realize that it throws off the balance but i'd like to put stuff back the ...
  Topic: New BMW Scooter Design?
babblefish

Replies: 11
Views: 476

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Thu May 07, 2020 12:59 am   Subject: New BMW Scooter Design?
Looks nice but I would prefer a larger storage area below the seat.
- Very appealing, but the covid oil price crash will prevent this one from being offered very soon.

Oil price crash? Why are we ...
  Topic: I bought a waterproof cell phone holder.
babblefish

Replies: 4
Views: 332

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Wed May 06, 2020 11:27 pm   Subject: I bought a waterproof cell phone holder.
Yep, ziplock for me too...since I shop at Costco, I usually have a few laying around.
  Topic: Buddy 50 new ignition switch now no spark
babblefish

Replies: 5
Views: 407

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Wed May 06, 2020 10:05 pm   Subject: Buddy 50 new ignition switch now no spark
None of the Genuine scooters use a programmed key so that's not it.
I would say double check the ignition switch electrical connections including checking that none of the crimped on connectors have ...
  Topic: supporting your buddy while working on it
babblefish

Replies: 7
Views: 430

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Wed May 06, 2020 9:54 pm   Subject: supporting your buddy while working on it
FWIW, I've taken the front wheel off of my Buddy to change the tire while the Buddy was on it's center stand with no issues. The rear end of the scooter is naturally heavier than the front so the fron ...
  Topic: Jay Leno rides a Buddy
babblefish

Replies: 11
Views: 752

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Sun May 03, 2020 9:47 pm   Subject: Jay Leno rides a Buddy
I would very much rather have the McLaren that he's sitting in...
  Topic: Modification Question: What should I do to my Eclipse?
babblefish

Replies: 24
Views: 686

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Wed Apr 29, 2020 12:46 am   Subject: Modification Question: What should I do to my Eclipse?

But as far as I can tell my Buddy came from the dealer in SF that way...

The only explanation I can come up with is that you are a rambunctious urban hipster with a reckless disregard for authori ...
  Topic: Modification Question: What should I do to my Eclipse?
babblefish

Replies: 24
Views: 686

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Tue Apr 28, 2020 12:25 am   Subject: Modification Question: What should I do to my Eclipse?
You'll be shocked: the bulbs are already installed. It's trivial to parallel the wires of the handlebar turn signals so both bulbs flash. But many have found it more useful to increase visibility by i ...
  Topic: Modification Question: What should I do to my Eclipse?
babblefish

Replies: 24
Views: 686

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Mon Apr 27, 2020 11:51 pm   Subject: Modification Question: What should I do to my Eclipse?
My so-called "daytime running lights" are my turn signals, just as the factory intended.Smile

I guess they're disabled on my Eclipse because of the ones under the handlebars? It'd be nice to ...
  Topic: Honda introduces a 150cc ADV scooter to the US market.
babblefish

Replies: 9
Views: 680

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Mon Apr 27, 2020 11:45 pm   Subject: Honda introduces a 150cc ADV scooter to the US market.
I saw that Hunter Cub a while back and while I think it looks great, again it's just too under powered for comfortable riding around these parts.
  Topic: "Easy" LED headlight swap?
babblefish

Replies: 3
Views: 447

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Mon Apr 27, 2020 11:43 pm   Subject: "Easy" LED headlight swap?
There's no easier that I know of. Most LED conversions have a big aluminum heatsink and cooling fan mounted on the back end of the LED lamp. The problem with the Buddy is that there is almost no room ...
  Topic: Modification Question: What should I do to my Eclipse?
babblefish

Replies: 24
Views: 686

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Sun Apr 26, 2020 9:51 pm   Subject: Modification Question: What should I do to my Eclipse?
My so-called "daytime running lights" are my turn signals, just as the factory intended.Smile
  Topic: Motorcycles!
babblefish

Replies: 45
Views: 4764

PostForum: G400C Discussion   Posted: Sun Apr 26, 2020 9:44 pm   Subject: Motorcycles!
Actually, I'd like a Cub with a 190cc engine in it. Too bad Honda doesn't offer anything like that.
  Topic: Honda introduces a 150cc ADV scooter to the US market.
babblefish

Replies: 9
Views: 680

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Fri Apr 24, 2020 11:45 pm   Subject: Honda introduces a 150cc ADV scooter to the US market.
From my point of view, I think Honda missed the boat with this one. Displacement is too small and drum rear brake.
I much like their larger displacement versions of this in both styling and power.
S ...
  Topic: Honda introduces a 150cc ADV scooter to the US market.
babblefish

Replies: 9
Views: 680

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Fri Apr 24, 2020 11:33 pm   Subject: Honda introduces a 150cc ADV scooter to the US market.
What's the Honda V-Matic?

Probably Honda-speak for variator.
  Topic: Moving beyond 50cc
babblefish

Replies: 17
Views: 744

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Tue Apr 21, 2020 11:04 pm   Subject: Moving beyond 50cc
I like my 150. It has a little bit of extra torque and horsepower vs a 125 to make it up some of the hills here in San Francisco. You'll probably find a better deal on a 125 though.
  Topic: How're we all doing?
babblefish

Replies: 33
Views: 908

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Tue Apr 21, 2020 10:57 pm   Subject: How're we all doing?
I've been home on paid leave for the past couple of weeks. My Buddy is still my go-to mode of transportation for grocery errands, take-out pickups, and just to get out of the house once in a while. No ...
  Topic: 2,500 mile test to see how oil color changes with use.
babblefish

Replies: 18
Views: 903

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Mon Apr 20, 2020 9:43 pm   Subject: 2,500 mile test to see how oil color changes with use.
Your oil at 1000 miles looks like my oil at 50 miles. Lol.
  Topic: Buddy 125 Rear Shock Options
babblefish

Replies: 22
Views: 1689

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Thu Apr 16, 2020 9:55 pm   Subject: Buddy 125 Rear Shock Options
The YSS shock on my Buddy has been doing fine for the last two years and the little guy still handles great. I ride a lot, not sure how many miles so far because I don't pay very much attention.
  Topic: Stay safe everyone!
babblefish

Replies: 11
Views: 783

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Sun Apr 12, 2020 12:39 am   Subject: Stay safe everyone!
I really like my guitar, a Seagull that a good friend gave me. Steel strings and has a really good tone. My musical goal is to be able to play folk, blues, and classic rock. I just need more disciplin ...
  Topic: 2,500 mile test to see how oil color changes with use.
babblefish

Replies: 18
Views: 903

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Sun Apr 12, 2020 12:33 am   Subject: 2,500 mile test to see how oil color changes with use.
The rings in my Buddy must be worn out because my oil is pretty black at less than 100 miles. Ah well, I've got a brand new BBK, A12 cam, and a ported and polished head sitting on the shelf looking fo ...
  Topic: Buddy motor build - need advice
babblefish

Replies: 3
Views: 584

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Fri Apr 10, 2020 8:01 pm   Subject: Buddy motor build - need advice
I've replaced almost everything on the engine from my Blur and you're right about aftermarket cranks not having kickstart capability for the PGO style GY6. I modified my Dr Pulley variator plate to ke ...
  Topic: Stay safe everyone!
babblefish

Replies: 11
Views: 783

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Fri Apr 10, 2020 1:24 am   Subject: Stay safe everyone!
...The ones I can't do are the barre cords (F?). Finger isn't strong enough, either that or the action on my guitar isn't right. I may have to play around with the neck tension to see if I can get the ...
  Topic: Stay safe everyone!
babblefish

Replies: 11
Views: 783

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Tue Apr 07, 2020 9:59 pm   Subject: Stay safe everyone!
Babblefish. If you want to start a band and open for the Stones, begin with learning 3 chords (I suggest G, C, and D). They will take you a long way, through hundreds of songs. LOL. I could actua ...
  Topic: Tires and tubes and pressures, oh my!
babblefish

Replies: 23
Views: 834

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Tue Apr 07, 2020 12:43 am   Subject: Tires and tubes and pressures, oh my!
I had a Shinko whitewall on the front wheel of my Buddy and the handling was horrible. Couldn't find traction if I glued it to the ground.
I've also rode motorcycles with Shinko tires and they were l ...
  Topic: Tires and tubes and pressures, oh my!
babblefish

Replies: 23
Views: 834

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Mon Apr 06, 2020 8:52 pm   Subject: Tires and tubes and pressures, oh my!
Popular though it may be to bust on Chinese companies, Shinko is Japanese and their tires are made in Korea. (They're what became of the former Yokohama motorcycle tire business.)

But their whitewa ...
  Topic: carb cleaning
babblefish

Replies: 15
Views: 930

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Mon Apr 06, 2020 8:46 pm   Subject: carb cleaning
With some of the really small passages in a carb and if it's really gunked up, the only way to truly clean it all out is with an ultrasonic cleaner. Small ones aren't too expensive but you'll have to ...
  Topic: Stay safe everyone!
babblefish

Replies: 11
Views: 783

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Mon Apr 06, 2020 8:41 pm   Subject: Stay safe everyone!
I can still go out and ride, but there's nowhere to go because most everything is closed. The highlight of my day is usually standing around in a long line to get into a store to buy something. Then s ...
  Topic: Tires and tubes and pressures, oh my!
babblefish

Replies: 23
Views: 834

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Mon Apr 06, 2020 8:36 pm   Subject: Tires and tubes and pressures, oh my!
I think Continental used to make a white wall tire in a Buddy size. They performed really well. When those went away, Shinko or whatever company out of China decided to make them, but with inferior ru ...
  Topic: Stay safe everyone!
babblefish

Replies: 11
Views: 783

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Sun Apr 05, 2020 8:51 pm   Subject: Stay safe everyone!
Hope everyone is doing well in coping with the current Corona Virus situation.

For myself, my workplace sent me home for a couple weeks, paid. Seems I fall under the over 65 group. Been designing a ...
  Topic: 2,500 mile test to see how oil color changes with use.
babblefish

Replies: 18
Views: 903

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Sun Apr 05, 2020 8:32 pm   Subject: 2,500 mile test to see how oil color changes with use.
I noticed that my oil was darkening sooner a few oil changes before the piston failed.

Probably due to blow-by pass the rings from the combustion chamber. Good to know though. I'll have to keep an ...
  Topic: 2,500 mile test to see how oil color changes with use.
babblefish

Replies: 18
Views: 903

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Sat Apr 04, 2020 8:49 pm   Subject: 2,500 mile test to see how oil color changes with use.
I'm kinda curious myself, great idea, thanks for doing it.
  Topic: Police in India Enforce Quarantine
babblefish

Replies: 3
Views: 662

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Sun Mar 29, 2020 11:48 pm   Subject: Police in India Enforce Quarantine
Unfortunately, right or wrong, good or bad, these are the measures the authorities have to take because there are too many people living in India under overcrowded situations. Like many other places i ...
  Topic: Got my new G400...LOVE IT
babblefish

Replies: 9
Views: 618

PostForum: G400C Discussion   Posted: Fri Mar 20, 2020 11:18 pm   Subject: Got my new G400...LOVE IT
Congrats! Pics, or it didn't happen.
  Topic: Buddy equivalents at SIP-SCOOTERSHOP?
babblefish

Replies: 5
Views: 802

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Fri Mar 20, 2020 10:55 pm   Subject: Buddy equivalents at SIP-SCOOTERSHOP?
The last time I was in Taiwan (1995), the displacement limit for scooters and motorcycles as mandated by the government was 150cc. So I'm guessing that if a PGO scooter is sold outside of Taiwan label ...
 
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