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  Topic: Bike Leans To The Left
johnk

Replies: 15
Views: 1806

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Wed Aug 21, 2019 1:00 pm   Subject: Bike Leans To The Left
I don't think mine is worn out or damaged. I bought it new, and the above photo was taken with about 200 miles on the odometer. It has never been tipped over.

I saw a YouTube video a few months ago ...
  Topic: Stella 2t max speed and questions.
johnk

Replies: 4
Views: 36

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Tue Aug 20, 2019 10:52 pm   Subject: Stella 2t max speed and questions.
I'm not a "max speed" kind of person, but the advice I've always heard is to let the bike cool down for five or ten minutes every hour. Probably more often if you're riding at wide-open thro ...
  Topic: New 2008 Owner -- Essentials to know
johnk

Replies: 6
Views: 51

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Tue Aug 20, 2019 3:55 pm   Subject: New 2008 Owner -- Essentials to know
Awesome. You might also find the [url=https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0857339842/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1]Haynes Manual useful.
  Topic: Repainting Spare Wheel
johnk

Replies: 1
Views: 28

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Tue Aug 20, 2019 2:29 pm   Subject: Repainting Spare Wheel
The wheel came out looking pretty good. Not perfect, but a thousand times better than it was.

I used Rust-Oleum primer and Dupli-Color Wheel Paint. I think it could have used another few coats, and ...
  Topic: New 2008 Owner -- Essentials to know
johnk

Replies: 6
Views: 51

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Tue Aug 20, 2019 10:58 am   Subject: New 2008 Owner -- Essentials to know
Regarding the battery/starter, it might make sense to buy a [url=https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000CITK8S/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1]Battery Tender, which will charge the ...
  Topic: New 2008 Owner -- Essentials to know
johnk

Replies: 6
Views: 51

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Tue Aug 20, 2019 1:39 am   Subject: New 2008 Owner -- Essentials to know
Welcome, and nice find!

I think it's a good idea to change all those fluids, just for a clean start, especially if you're inclined to tinker. The drained gearbox oil can give you some idea of the c ...
  Topic: Spare tire
johnk

Replies: 2
Views: 27

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Tue Aug 20, 2019 1:19 am   Subject: Spare tire
It mounts shallow-side-out so that you can check the tire pressure while it's mounted.

I have found that the plastic cover just doesn't fit over certain tires, like the Continental Zippy. But I pre ...
  Topic: Repainting Spare Wheel
johnk

Replies: 1
Views: 28

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Tue Aug 20, 2019 1:05 am   Subject: Repainting Spare Wheel
When I bought my 2003 2T a few months ago, it had not been well cared for. All three tires were date-stamped from 2001. I couldn't get the spare tire off the wheel because the inside was so full of ru ...
  Topic: NGK Iridium spark plug
johnk

Replies: 9
Views: 119

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Mon Aug 19, 2019 4:54 am   Subject: NGK Iridium spark plug
Iridium plugs are a bit sturdier than copper plugs. Personally, I would stick to what the manual recommends. Iridium won't give you a performance upgrade or anything.

I think the real benefits of i ...
  Topic: Interesting scooter sighting in SF today.
johnk

Replies: 4
Views: 110

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Sun Aug 18, 2019 6:40 pm   Subject: Interesting scooter sighting in SF today.
I notice the motorcycle people give a kind of outreached "hand salute" that they sometimes do when we pass each other. Am thinking that is a way of saying hello, sharing a common bond. Is ...
  Topic: Is a Starlite a Stella?
johnk

Replies: 7
Views: 71

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Fri Aug 16, 2019 5:51 pm   Subject: Is a Starlite a Stella?
I spotted a [url=http://www.modernbuddy.com/forum/topic31851.html]Vespa PK50S in Groningen, NL.

peabody99, if you do end up renting one, we'd love to hear about your experience with it.

PS. What ...
  Topic: Is a Starlite a Stella?
johnk

Replies: 7
Views: 71

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Fri Aug 16, 2019 1:46 pm   Subject: Is a Starlite a Stella?
I think peabody99 knows that, but the Star different from the Starlite.
  Topic: Is a Starlite a Stella?
johnk

Replies: 7
Views: 71

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Fri Aug 16, 2019 1:10 am   Subject: Is a Starlite a Stella?
I had never heard of a Starlite before! It looks like it's equivalent to a Vespa PK, not a PX like the Stella. But it does look like it has a glovebox.

The biggest difference in their appearance is ...
  Topic: 2009 Buddy 125 light bulb below headlight bulb
johnk

Replies: 4
Views: 124

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Tue Aug 13, 2019 10:58 am   Subject: 2009 Buddy 125 light bulb below headlight bulb
The Stella has one, too. I think of it as a reminder that your ignition is switched on while the engine is off. It has certainly helped stop me from killing my battery while working in the garage (whe ...
  Topic: CVT questions
johnk

Replies: 9
Views: 253

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Mon Aug 12, 2019 1:45 pm   Subject: CVT questions
That's awesome! Nice work living up to your username.
  Topic: gas gauge
johnk

Replies: 7
Views: 118

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Sat Aug 10, 2019 1:58 pm   Subject: gas gauge
[url=https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01ISAMUA6]Here's a reliable and cheap multimeter on Amazon, if you don't have access to Harbor Freight.
  Topic: gas gauge
johnk

Replies: 7
Views: 118

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Tue Aug 06, 2019 6:09 pm   Subject: gas gauge
If I may join the club, the gas gauge on my 2T basically just bounces wildly while the engine is running. I'm not too eager to fix it (I don't really need it), but I'd be interested to know whether th ...
  Topic: Dash Cam on a Buddy Kick
johnk

Replies: 5
Views: 376

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Tue Aug 06, 2019 6:02 pm   Subject: Dash Cam on a Buddy Kick
Have you tried any of these options, thenikkiroom?

I recently got a Yi Lite (a low-priced action camera) to put on my bike facing behind me. The image quality is good enough to read license plates, ...
  Topic: Aftermarket shock blocking brake caliper
johnk

Replies: 7
Views: 201

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Fri Aug 02, 2019 12:40 am   Subject: Aftermarket shock blocking brake caliper
After getting some blank stares from the auto parts store, my trusty local hardware store had an exact replacement for 19¢!
  Topic: Aftermarket shock blocking brake caliper
johnk

Replies: 7
Views: 201

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Thu Aug 01, 2019 2:58 pm   Subject: Aftermarket shock blocking brake caliper
Thanks, everyone!

Nice researching, Stanza. I'm pretty surprised that Stellas came with adjustible shocks! And it's a relief to know that it's not a mod.

milly: I tried removing the two bolts in ...
  Topic: Aftermarket shock blocking brake caliper
johnk

Replies: 7
Views: 201

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Tue Jul 30, 2019 1:52 am   Subject: Aftermarket shock blocking brake caliper
I attempted to change the brake pads on my 2T today before realizing that the aftermarket shock on it (fig. 1), installed by a previous ownder, is blocking access to the brake caliper's upper mounting ...
  Topic: Buddy 125 stolen in Ballard area of Seattle FOUND!
johnk

Replies: 9
Views: 353

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Tue Jul 30, 2019 1:02 am   Subject: Buddy 125 stolen in Ballard area of Seattle FOUND!
Very glad to hear it, Tanuki! How did you find it?
  Topic: Flashing Brake Light For 2019 Hooligan
johnk

Replies: 9
Views: 330

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Fri Jul 26, 2019 4:03 pm   Subject: Flashing Brake Light For 2019 Hooligan
And, arguably, a flashing brake light is most important in emergency-stop situations, in which you can't take the time to pump the lever.
  Topic: Mixing Two Types of 2-cycle Oil
johnk

Replies: 5
Views: 182

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Mon Jul 22, 2019 2:02 pm   Subject: Mixing Two Types of 2-cycle Oil
First of all, congratulations, and welcome!

I don't have a definitive answer, but I was recently in the exact same position with my 2003 2T. I didn't trust the previous owner at all, and I even had ...
  Topic: Near accident! Holy cage idiots!
johnk

Replies: 5
Views: 336

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Mon Jul 22, 2019 1:55 pm   Subject: Near accident! Holy cage idiots!
I'm glad you're okay! And I appreciate the stark reminder of the importance of riding defensively.
  Topic: Squeaking on front tire
johnk

Replies: 3
Views: 218

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Sat Jul 20, 2019 12:55 am   Subject: Squeaking on front tire
Does it happen primarily at low speeds (including while walking the bike)?

If so, it's just a little bit of harmless rubbing. Brake rotors tend to develop a thin coating of brake-pad material on th ...
  Topic: clutch
johnk

Replies: 5
Views: 192

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Fri Jul 19, 2019 11:34 pm   Subject: clutch
It only makes one, faint rattling sound?!

Most likely, being in neutral is not the direct cause of the rattle, so I wouldn't worry about a clutch or engine issue. The engine is just idling at the r ...
  Topic: CHICAGO*HELP STOLEN 2014 RH50
johnk

Replies: 7
Views: 197

PostForum: Black Cat, Rattler & Roughhouse Discussion   Posted: Fri Jul 19, 2019 11:25 pm   Subject: CHICAGO*HELP STOLEN 2014 RH50
I hate hearing about this. Please keep us posted. Good luck!
  Topic: Royal Alloy GT 150 in the USA
johnk

Replies: 52
Views: 2548

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Thu Jul 18, 2019 2:01 pm   Subject: Royal Alloy GT 150 in the USA
"Manufactured to replace the Stella"?

I resent that remark!

(Go take a test drive, Point37!)
  Topic: Newish Stella 4T engine stalls/dies while riding
johnk

Replies: 38
Views: 1919

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Tue Jul 16, 2019 1:55 am   Subject: Newish Stella 4T engine stalls/dies while riding
I had an interesting ride today that gave me some more information on my problem.

Right around twenty minutes into the ride, as expected, I started losing throttle. As usual, it sputtered a bit whi ...
  Topic: ignition key
johnk

Replies: 3
Views: 215

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Sun Jul 14, 2019 3:03 am   Subject: ignition key
I had this done at the local hardware store with a $10 blank from eBay and it works great. Just keep an eye out for an LML/Minda key blank.
  Topic: Dash Cam on a Buddy Kick
johnk

Replies: 5
Views: 376

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Fri Jul 12, 2019 11:46 pm   Subject: Dash Cam on a Buddy Kick
Sorry to hear about your accident, and I'm glad you're back on the scooter.

A simpler approach might be to just put a GoPro on your helmet and another facing backwards on your topcase. I have a GoP ...
  Topic: Idle issues on 2T
johnk

Replies: 13
Views: 547

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Thu Jul 11, 2019 7:03 pm   Subject: Idle issues on 2T
I think tenders was talking about the airbox that sits on top of the carburetor, with the filter inside. See [url=https://youtu.be/dUDDlGUd1jg?t=115]this video.

The air filter you took out isn't re ...
  Topic: Royal Alloy GT 150 in the USA
johnk

Replies: 52
Views: 2548

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Sun Jul 07, 2019 1:30 pm   Subject: Royal Alloy GT 150 in the USA
[url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=czp2JKfz3Fo]Here's a video from Cleveland Moto explaining the history and features of the Royal Alloy.
  Topic: Newish Stella 4T engine stalls/dies while riding
johnk

Replies: 38
Views: 1919

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Sun Jul 07, 2019 12:23 am   Subject: Newish Stella 4T engine stalls/dies while riding
G-Rod: Have you tried disconnecting the EVAP line, as jamisfoes recommends [url=http://www.modernbuddy.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=19584]here?

I'm having the same issues again this season, but I have ...
  Topic: Interesting Craigslist finds
johnk

Replies: 206
Views: 16193

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Thu Jul 04, 2019 8:53 pm   Subject: Interesting Craigslist finds
The lady doth protest too much:

https://rochester.craigslist.org/mcy/d/victor-honda-spree-vespa/6926659130.html
  Topic: Royal Alloy GT 150 in the USA
johnk

Replies: 52
Views: 2548

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Thu Jul 04, 2019 11:45 am   Subject: Royal Alloy GT 150 in the USA
[url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1xIVpQIZ53I]Here's a video review of the Royal Alloy from That Scooter Thing.
  Topic: Scooters of Holland
johnk

Replies: 1
Views: 904

PostForum: Scooter Gallery   Posted: Fri Jun 28, 2019 7:31 am   Subject: Scooters of Holland
There are scooters everywhere in the Netherlands, but I saw surprisingly few vintage or otherwise cool ones. Among the boring new-model scooters, the Peugeot Django was the most interesting. When I st ...
  Topic: Royal Alloy GT 150 in the USA
johnk

Replies: 52
Views: 2548

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Fri Jun 28, 2019 6:53 am   Subject: Royal Alloy GT 150 in the USA
Yesterday, I found a scooter shop in Groningen, NL with a Scomadi ad in their window. I went in and asked to see one, and they said they had to stop carrying them because they didn't sell. (Nearly all ...
  Topic: Starter motor troubles
johnk

Replies: 8
Views: 423

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Mon Jun 24, 2019 11:56 am   Subject: Starter motor troubles
I think the workaround is just to kickstart it.

The nature of lead-acid batteries is that they discharge over time, especially without regular use. If you want to upgrade to a battery that doesn't ...
  Topic: Starter motor troubles
johnk

Replies: 8
Views: 423

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Sat Jun 22, 2019 7:12 am   Subject: Starter motor troubles
I agree that it sounds like a problem with your battery, and not your starter motor. (This is because the battery gets charged by riding the scooter, which would explain why it works when it's hot.) S ...
  Topic: Royal Alloy GT 150 in the USA
johnk

Replies: 52
Views: 2548

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Sat Jun 15, 2019 10:42 am   Subject: Royal Alloy GT 150 in the USA
The Genuine site says "metal bodied classic."
  Topic: Royal Alloy GT 150 in the USA
johnk

Replies: 52
Views: 2548

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Mon Jun 10, 2019 4:26 am   Subject: Royal Alloy GT 150 in the USA
This is awesome. I am really excited that Genuine is back in the vintage-style scooter game. (But I hate those bar-end sliders, those turn signals, and that center stand!)

I seem to remember seeing ...
  Topic: Malossi 166 on a 2T: spark plug, oil, and fuel octane?
johnk

Replies: 7
Views: 602

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Sat Jun 08, 2019 4:46 pm   Subject: Malossi 166 on a 2T: spark plug, oil, and fuel octane?
I have a few quick questions about proper maintenance of a Stella 2T with a Malossi 166 kit. I didn't install the kit—engine mods are way above my skill level—and I'm struggling to find consistent ...
  Topic: Looking At A 2009 Black Jack
johnk

Replies: 7
Views: 512

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Fri Jun 07, 2019 12:48 am   Subject: Looking At A 2009 Black Jack
[url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VKGZdsIkLog]Here is a good video from FortNine on the topic of looking at a used bike, although some of the information does not apply to scooters.
  Topic: Music thread!!! Just links. Whatever blows your hair back.
johnk

Replies: 49
Views: 864

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Thu Jun 06, 2019 11:20 am   Subject: Music thread!!! Just links. Whatever blows your hair back.
Binärpilot - "Destroy the Popollution"

Been stuck in my head ever since I saw it in some scooter repair video on YouTube.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qTn-B9OwNdw
  Topic: Should I use a dealer for maintenance?
johnk

Replies: 14
Views: 684

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Tue Jun 04, 2019 9:46 am   Subject: Should I use a dealer for maintenance?
I wouldn't recommend a "random" motorcycle shop, but a reputable shop will be able to do anything you'd need in terms of maintenance. In my opinion, the warranty is the strongest reason to s ...
  Topic: Dealing with people that tailgate
johnk

Replies: 5
Views: 396

PostForum: Black Cat, Rattler & Roughhouse Discussion   Posted: Sat Jun 01, 2019 6:54 pm   Subject: Dealing with people that tailgate
As long as you are going the same speed as traffic, I think it helps to stay in lane-position 1 (closest to the dividing line/median) and to keep a normal following distance from the car ahead. I susp ...
  Topic: Adjusting Tire Pressure for Passenger on Buddy125
johnk

Replies: 5
Views: 421

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Wed May 29, 2019 8:31 pm   Subject: Adjusting Tire Pressure for Passenger on Buddy125
I think the reason MSF instructors recommend increasing (at least rear) tire pressure is to keep the bike handling as consistently as possible, thus keeping your muscle memory of all of your MSF-taugh ...
  Topic: Can I leave my Buddy in the weather?
johnk

Replies: 11
Views: 630

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Tue May 21, 2019 12:35 pm   Subject: Can I leave my Buddy in the weather?
If you cover it, I would recommend going with something water-resistant but breathable, like the [url=https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/nelson-rigg-deluxe-all-season-cover]Nelson Rigg Deluxe All Sea ...
 
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