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  Topic: Does your Roughhouse sometimes not turn over properly?
dkw12002

Replies: 16
Views: 4955

PostForum: Black Cat, Rattler & Roughhouse Discussion   Posted: Sun Aug 17, 2014 4:43 pm   Subject: Does your Roughhouse sometimes not turn over properly?
That analysis sounds plausible, but since the scooter was essentially brand new when it started doing that, I did worry a bit about it...enough to trade the scooter in at least. My experience with mec ...
  Topic: Hooligan first ride Report
dkw12002

Replies: 50
Views: 7565

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Thu Jun 12, 2014 11:23 pm   Subject: Hooligan first ride Report
It's longer and taller than a Buddy, but you still are close to the handlebars. The seat is taller. I test rode a Buddy 170i with the same engine and performance is about the same with the same engine ...
  Topic: Hooligan first ride Report
dkw12002

Replies: 50
Views: 7565

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Thu Jun 12, 2014 5:07 pm   Subject: Hooligan first ride Report
It can be. That is why you need at least 2 bikes. I like a 50cc scooter because it is so easy to move in and out of the garage, gets great mileage and isn't too pricey, so I might just keep the little ...
  Topic: Hooligan first ride Report
dkw12002

Replies: 50
Views: 7565

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Fri Jun 06, 2014 4:07 pm   Subject: Hooligan first ride Report
I have a demo Hooligan I'm riding while the dealer gets to my Vespa GTS 300 first service. Jumping off the 300 and onto the Hooligan it's easy to compare those two. The Hooligan feels a lot lighter. I ...
  Topic: Does your Roughhouse sometimes not turn over properly?
dkw12002

Replies: 16
Views: 4955

PostForum: Black Cat, Rattler & Roughhouse Discussion   Posted: Wed Jun 04, 2014 1:56 am   Subject: Does your Roughhouse sometimes not turn over properly?
I traded the R50 scooter in on a 2014 Vespa 300 and I never found out what caused it. I had a Scarabeo 100 that did that exact same thing a couple of years ago. It's almost a dead battery sound like t ...
  Topic: Thanks, Canada.
dkw12002

Replies: 13
Views: 1824

PostForum: Black Cat, Rattler & Roughhouse Discussion   Posted: Fri Jan 03, 2014 5:17 pm   Subject: Thanks, Canada.
I lived in Rockford, Il for 8 years. Left in 1994. My coldest weather though was in Galena, AK. -60F and windy, but we would have days where the temp would just stay at -40F. Then I moved to Montana w ...
  Topic: Thanks, Canada.
dkw12002

Replies: 13
Views: 1824

PostForum: Black Cat, Rattler & Roughhouse Discussion   Posted: Wed Jan 01, 2014 8:16 pm   Subject: Thanks, Canada.
High of 64F today. I rode the R50 earlier and am about to go into San Antonio on the Ninja 300. Still a colder winter than usual, but I dress for it. Can't wear my leather cause I need layers. I wear ...
  Topic: Roughhouse 50 rear blinkers
dkw12002

Replies: 6
Views: 2298

PostForum: Black Cat, Rattler & Roughhouse Discussion   Posted: Sun Dec 29, 2013 1:30 am   Subject: Roughhouse 50 rear blinkers
Oh, now I remember. Sorry. I would park it on a rear stand either on the swing arm or spools, or use tie downs. A metal bar with sand bags etc. on either side would work. You could just tie a rope thr ...
  Topic: Roughhouse 50 rear blinkers
dkw12002

Replies: 6
Views: 2298

PostForum: Black Cat, Rattler & Roughhouse Discussion   Posted: Sat Dec 28, 2013 5:23 pm   Subject: Roughhouse 50 rear blinkers
I would find a solution to having the bike fall over. I never want that to happen....ever under any conditions. If you drop a bike something a little bad is bound to happen. Broken turn signals, scrat ...
  Topic: Honda Grom???
dkw12002

Replies: 40
Views: 4176

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Thu Dec 19, 2013 6:48 pm   Subject: Honda Grom???
I have bought a couple of parts for it and they are cheap. A new air filter element is under $10, and gaskets are $2 or so each. Of course it has a very simple valve system that costs nothing to check ...
  Topic: which scoot to buy?
dkw12002

Replies: 13
Views: 2137

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Thu Dec 19, 2013 2:56 pm   Subject: which scoot to buy?
Dealer support is very important for most people. Eventually you are going to need some work done...parts, service, etc. It is a real hassle to have to haul a broken down bike and then communicate wit ...
  Topic: what scooter do you love?
dkw12002

Replies: 16
Views: 2187

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Wed Dec 18, 2013 7:32 pm   Subject: what scooter do you love?
Steven Wright said, "You know that feeling you get when you lean too far back in a chair and it starts to fall backward?" "That's how I feel all the time."
  Topic: what scooter do you love?
dkw12002

Replies: 16
Views: 2187

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Wed Dec 18, 2013 7:10 pm   Subject: what scooter do you love?
I had a 2009 Sportcity 125 that I loved. I've owned 11 scooters: Roughhouse 50, Sportcity 50, Sportcity 250, 2 Sportcity 125s, Vino 125, Metropolitan, 2 Vespa 300s, Vespa 150, Scarabeo 100. I like th ...
  Topic: Changed my gear oil
dkw12002

Replies: 1
Views: 1074

PostForum: Black Cat, Rattler & Roughhouse Discussion   Posted: Tue Dec 17, 2013 11:34 pm   Subject: Changed my gear oil
Nice day today so I decided to change the gear oil on the Roughhouse at 378 miles. I actually got 100 ml out of it, so that's how much I put back. The oil looked pristine. Having changed Vespa gear oi ...
  Topic: How to carry a 1/4" sheet of plywood on your Buddy...
dkw12002

Replies: 25
Views: 3833

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Mon Dec 16, 2013 4:23 pm   Subject: How to carry a 1/4" sheet of plywood on your Buddy...
Over on Modern Vespa a while back, someone posted a video of how to load up a scooter. He used 2 backpacks for one thing... One on his back and a second one on his front. It works very well. Actually ...
  Topic: [SSR] cold snap coming!
dkw12002

Replies: 25
Views: 2486

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Wed Dec 11, 2013 12:19 am   Subject: [SSR] cold snap coming!
We got below freezing a couple of mornings. Today was a high of 48F but I rode anyway. Looks like the cold snap is over though. By Sat. the temp is expected to be in the 60s with 50s tomorrow and Thur ...
  Topic: Thanks, Canada.
dkw12002

Replies: 13
Views: 1824

PostForum: Black Cat, Rattler & Roughhouse Discussion   Posted: Mon Dec 09, 2013 11:56 pm   Subject: Thanks, Canada.
Terrible weather. Cold, rain, and wind. Doesn't get much worse than this here in South Central Texas. Oh, well, there's occasional ice, but not so far this winter. I am getting antsy though. Took the ...
  Topic: apriliaa news for 2014?
dkw12002

Replies: 19
Views: 2314

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Mon Dec 09, 2013 10:53 am   Subject: apriliaa news for 2014?
My guess is Piaggio will continue to sell their high-end Vespas in 50cc, 150cc, and 300 models, and the 946. They will offer the 125 fly and BV350. I think that's about all. I haven't seen any new Sp ...
  Topic: Anybody here who rode a Buddy and DIDN'T like it?
dkw12002

Replies: 39
Views: 2152

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Fri Nov 29, 2013 12:46 am   Subject: Anybody here who rode a Buddy and DIDN'T like it?
Similar experience as some previous posts. I have ridden a lot of different scooters, so I couldn't help but compare it to those. It's a good scooter, but at higher speeds, the 10-inch tires are not g ...
  Topic: 2014 Hooligan pix leaked
dkw12002

Replies: 10
Views: 1725

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Tue Nov 26, 2013 4:22 pm   Subject: 2014 Hooligan pix leaked
I use the grocery hook on my Roughhouse a lot. Is there still one of those?
  Topic: best scooter for mpg
dkw12002

Replies: 19
Views: 2299

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Mon Nov 25, 2013 5:13 pm   Subject: best scooter for mpg
Fuelly.com has mileage for different scooters. If you could use a motorcycle instead of a scooter, the Grom would be excellent. I get 111 mpg with mine and ride it wot a lot. It goes a max of 64 mph. ...
  Topic: 2014 Hooligan pix leaked
dkw12002

Replies: 10
Views: 1725

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Mon Nov 25, 2013 1:08 am   Subject: 2014 Hooligan pix leaked
You can get more stability out of 12-inch tires. The Vespa 300 for example goes 80+ mph just fine on 12-inch tires. To me that is key. 10-in tires just do not cut it for faster riding. I also like it. ...
  Topic: A Cargo Scooter?!?
dkw12002

Replies: 22
Views: 2052

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Thu Nov 21, 2013 8:44 pm   Subject: A Cargo Scooter?!?
They may be hauling cargo around other employees or even inside a warehouse in which case fumes from an internal combustion engine would not work out. Plus you know electric motors are high torque and ...
  Topic: Does your Roughhouse sometimes not turn over properly?
dkw12002

Replies: 16
Views: 4955

PostForum: Black Cat, Rattler & Roughhouse Discussion   Posted: Thu Nov 21, 2013 4:28 pm   Subject: Does your Roughhouse sometimes not turn over properly?
Thanks, OldGuy.
  Topic: Idles fine, but dies when I try to ride away/won't restart
dkw12002

Replies: 9
Views: 2297

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Thu Nov 21, 2013 4:13 pm   Subject: Idles fine, but dies when I try to ride away/won't restart
Sounds like there is still dirt or varnish in the carb main jet to me. Try squirting a little starting fluid into the intake port and see if that allows you to open the throttle and increase the revs. ...
  Topic: Does your Roughhouse sometimes not turn over properly?
dkw12002

Replies: 16
Views: 4955

PostForum: Black Cat, Rattler & Roughhouse Discussion   Posted: Thu Nov 21, 2013 9:22 am   Subject: Does your Roughhouse sometimes not turn over properly?
Thanks. The noise is a whirring sound, but the engine is not turning over since there is no sound or feel of compression....no chugging or slow turning over or just clicking like I would expect from a ...
  Topic: Goolge Maps to iPhone?
dkw12002

Replies: 5
Views: 882

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Thu Nov 21, 2013 12:33 am   Subject: Goolge Maps to iPhone?
I think android phones already have Google maps on them. I like Google maps too, but I usually just use my Tom Tom and plug it into the cigarette lighter outlet of my Roughhouse. I like to look at the ...
  Topic: Does your Roughhouse sometimes not turn over properly?
dkw12002

Replies: 16
Views: 4955

PostForum: Black Cat, Rattler & Roughhouse Discussion   Posted: Wed Nov 20, 2013 11:00 pm   Subject: Does your Roughhouse sometimes not turn over properly?
About every 3rd time I try to start my Roughhouse, I get this different whirring sound that is not turning the engine over. I stop pressing the starter button and the second time it turns over and fir ...
  Topic: Panel Switching
dkw12002

Replies: 24
Views: 6120

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Wed Nov 20, 2013 10:55 pm   Subject: Panel Switching
My dealer would have traded the panels from a 125 Buddy to a 50 Buddy on a new scooter for free since I liked one color, but not the other. Then he would replace the panel that had the "125" ...
  Topic: Honda Grom???
dkw12002

Replies: 40
Views: 4176

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Wed Nov 20, 2013 12:48 am   Subject: Honda Grom???
I have heard of people drafting semis, but I've never done that. The bike is remarkably stable at top speed too. Perhaps it is because while it is light, it is also small, so maybe that helps. It real ...
  Topic: Having Second Thoughts...
dkw12002

Replies: 22
Views: 1797

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Tue Nov 19, 2013 6:05 pm   Subject: Having Second Thoughts...
I agree with Tocsik. The scooter does not seem to be running right, but unless it is really inexpensive, you won't be happy unless you can get it running the way you want which means putting more mone ...
  Topic: Honda Grom???
dkw12002

Replies: 40
Views: 4176

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Mon Nov 18, 2013 11:48 pm   Subject: Honda Grom???
Call me stupid AND old. I'm almost 68. I took it into San Antonio via I-35 today and didn't think a thing about it. Tough little bike apparently to take my wot riding for many miles at a time.

I h ...
  Topic: Honda Grom???
dkw12002

Replies: 40
Views: 4176

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Sun Nov 17, 2013 2:17 pm   Subject: Honda Grom???
I own a Grom. Very good little bike. Easy to work on too. Just two valves and they are easy to access. I take it on the interstate all the time, but 64 mph is top speed in a full tuck so you have to s ...
  Topic: So long Buddy 170i, hello BV350
dkw12002

Replies: 8
Views: 1565

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Sun Nov 17, 2013 1:12 am   Subject: So long Buddy 170i, hello BV350
The only thing I don't like about the BV350 is the weight. 390 lbs. dry. Still, if I did a lot of touring, it would be high on my list. Fuel mileage is fantastic I hear.
  Topic: Are there differences....
dkw12002

Replies: 10
Views: 1647

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Sat Nov 16, 2013 2:30 pm   Subject: Are there differences....
With 4 strokes you sometimes hear the argument that you should ride the bike X number of miles in order to get the crankcase oil up to a high temp to burn off any moisture in the oil. That might be on ...
  Topic: 2009 genuine roughouse 50 oil change?
dkw12002

Replies: 10
Views: 4602

PostForum: Black Cat, Rattler & Roughhouse Discussion   Posted: Thu Nov 14, 2013 1:57 am   Subject: 2009 genuine roughouse 50 oil change?
I may have mentioned the Metropolitan scooter I had that I traded for the Roughhouse. Anyway, it was a 2006 and there was just one owner. I asked him about gear oil and he didn't know there was any... ...
  Topic: 2009 genuine roughouse 50 oil change?
dkw12002

Replies: 10
Views: 4602

PostForum: Black Cat, Rattler & Roughhouse Discussion   Posted: Thu Nov 14, 2013 12:37 am   Subject: 2009 genuine roughouse 50 oil change?
I do use full synthetic usually with the first oil change for crankcase oil, and I use the cheap, but also good stuff, Shell's Rotella T6...$21 a gallon at Walmart...less if it is on sale. The reason ...
  Topic: New Scooter From Kawasaki
dkw12002

Replies: 11
Views: 2046

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Wed Nov 13, 2013 2:17 pm   Subject: New Scooter From Kawasaki
I dislike this style scooter with the big hump in the center. You lose lots of storage for one thing and they are harder to get on and off of. I'm sure it will be a good touring scooter though, just a ...
  Topic: GPS vs. indicated speed for Roughhouse
dkw12002

Replies: 7
Views: 2097

PostForum: Black Cat, Rattler & Roughhouse Discussion   Posted: Tue Nov 12, 2013 5:52 pm   Subject: GPS vs. indicated speed for Roughhouse
I don't think so cause he said I could just put a "little money" into it and I remember distinctly phrases like that. LOL. AF1 racing sells the Aprilia 2 stroke also, races 2 strokes, and so ...
  Topic: GPS vs. indicated speed for Roughhouse
dkw12002

Replies: 7
Views: 2097

PostForum: Black Cat, Rattler & Roughhouse Discussion   Posted: Tue Nov 12, 2013 1:53 am   Subject: GPS vs. indicated speed for Roughhouse
Wikipedia says the Aprilia SR50 with fuel injected ditech gets 90 kmh or 59 mph unmodified and derestricted. That is probably the fastest of the 2-strokes. I test rode one a couple years ago but didn' ...
  Topic: Are there differences....
dkw12002

Replies: 10
Views: 1647

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Mon Nov 11, 2013 7:21 pm   Subject: Are there differences....
My Grom, a small bike by any standards at only 225 lbs. wet gets 111 mpg even the way I ride it which is a lot of wot. 2-strokes won't get that good as a rule due to some unburned fuel going directly ...
  Topic: Are there differences....
dkw12002

Replies: 10
Views: 1647

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Mon Nov 11, 2013 10:41 am   Subject: Are there differences....
My owner's manual says to warm the bike up 1-3 minutes and warns "do not accelerate too fast when the engine is cold." My 4-strokes don't put a time frame on it, but have warning stickers to ...
  Topic: Are there differences....
dkw12002

Replies: 10
Views: 1647

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Mon Nov 11, 2013 12:35 am   Subject: Are there differences....
Are there differences between how you properly warm up and ride a 2-stroke vs. a 4 stroke? Should you warm up the 2 stroke longer? Does the 2 stroke handle sustained WOT as well as the 4 stroke? How a ...
  Topic: GPS vs. indicated speed for Roughhouse
dkw12002

Replies: 7
Views: 2097

PostForum: Black Cat, Rattler & Roughhouse Discussion   Posted: Sat Nov 09, 2013 12:35 pm   Subject: GPS vs. indicated speed for Roughhouse
50 mph is just below the speed at which tucking would achieve some additional speed. You can't really tuck very well on a scooter anyway since the dashboard is in the way. I have occasionally taken a ...
  Topic: GPS vs. indicated speed for Roughhouse
dkw12002

Replies: 7
Views: 2097

PostForum: Black Cat, Rattler & Roughhouse Discussion   Posted: Fri Nov 08, 2013 11:44 pm   Subject: GPS vs. indicated speed for Roughhouse
I just checked the indicated speed vs. the GPS speed using my TomTom on my 2014 Roughhouse 50cc 2-stroke. At an indicated 30 mph, it is 28 mph by GPS. At an indicated 40 mph, it shows 34 mph by GPS. A ...
  Topic: 2009 genuine roughouse 50 oil change?
dkw12002

Replies: 10
Views: 4602

PostForum: Black Cat, Rattler & Roughhouse Discussion   Posted: Fri Nov 08, 2013 4:25 am   Subject: 2009 genuine roughouse 50 oil change?
It takes 90 cc or ml of gear oil which you know is different than engine oil. It should be 140 weight gear oil. The drain bolt is on the lower left side of the scooter near the back, pointed out to th ...
  Topic: What A Ride!
dkw12002

Replies: 13
Views: 1322

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Fri Nov 08, 2013 12:22 am   Subject: What A Ride!
I'm more concerned about my ride than I am me. I can always put on enough layers to stay warm, but the poor bike, if it is left out in freezing weather, has a lot of stress placed on it just starting ...
  Topic: Buddy = Less Respect!!
dkw12002

Replies: 101
Views: 8733

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Thu Nov 07, 2013 12:58 pm   Subject: Buddy = Less Respect!!
99% of the drivers can't tell a Vespa from a Buddy, so what they are reacting to is your speed mostly and perhaps your size and shape. If you are going slow, they want to get around you no matter what ...
  Topic: 4-stroke FI bikes, vs. old school
dkw12002

Replies: 23
Views: 1890

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Wed Nov 06, 2013 7:46 pm   Subject: 4-stroke FI bikes, vs. old school
When I had the gummed up carb on the Metro, instead of adding Seafoam to an entire tank-full of gasoline, since the gas was OK,hat I did was wait until the tank was nearly out, then add just a couple ...
  Topic: 4-stroke FI bikes, vs. old school
dkw12002

Replies: 23
Views: 1890

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Wed Nov 06, 2013 2:44 pm   Subject: 4-stroke FI bikes, vs. old school
Matchbook covers? Aren't those expensive? I don't use feeler gauges or matchbook covers...2-stroke you know plus the spark plugs are pre-set. Look at all the money I save.
 
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