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  Topic: My Buddy 50 Won't Start
johnk

Replies: 27
Views: 278

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Sat Jan 19, 2019 4:10 am   Subject: My Buddy 50 Won't Start
I'm glad your scooter's working again, Kendoori!

I don't want to give the impression that I'm claiming the Seafoam fixed your problem. From what others have said, it sounds like the electric starte ...
  Topic: My Buddy 50 Won't Start
johnk

Replies: 27
Views: 278

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Tue Jan 15, 2019 10:55 pm   Subject: My Buddy 50 Won't Start
That's great to hear! Did you change or adjust anything else?

When you ride it tomorrow, first try kick-starting it (to double-check that it can still be started), and then shut it off and try usin ...
  Topic: My Buddy 50 Won't Start
johnk

Replies: 27
Views: 278

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Mon Jan 14, 2019 9:15 pm   Subject: My Buddy 50 Won't Start
I think Tenders is right that the problem is probably with the spark plug or fuel delivery. (But I hope you feel like the Sea Foam rules out the earlier worry that the fuel itself might be the culprit ...
  Topic: My Buddy 50 Won't Start
johnk

Replies: 27
Views: 278

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Sun Jan 13, 2019 5:08 pm   Subject: My Buddy 50 Won't Start
If the battery needed replacing, I don't think the starter would sound that strong. Does your trickle charger indicate the amount of charge? A Battery Tender, for example, will flash a green light whe ...
  Topic: My Buddy 50 Won't Start
johnk

Replies: 27
Views: 278

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Sun Jan 13, 2019 3:33 pm   Subject: My Buddy 50 Won't Start
I wouldn't expect ethanol-free fuel to go bad in just a few weeks, because (according to my very simple understanding) ethanol is the main culprit for absorbing moisture and thus causing problems like ...
  Topic: Antitheft Lock and where placed?
johnk

Replies: 6
Views: 711

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Thu Jan 10, 2019 8:25 pm   Subject: Antitheft Lock and where placed?
At home, my scooter has a [url=https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001JPQ0HC]Kryptonite New York Noose wrapped around the footboard, which is locked to an [url=https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009S5Y ...
  Topic: Interesting Craigslist finds
johnk

Replies: 177
Views: 10992

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Wed Jan 09, 2019 9:28 pm   Subject: Interesting Craigslist finds
Here's a P200E in the Morgantown, WV area with 836 miles on the odometer:

https://morgantown.craigslist.org/mcy/d/terra-alta-vespa-scooter-200e-1980/6790542751.html
  Topic: Vintage 80's style Stella badge
johnk

Replies: 10
Views: 503

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Sun Jan 06, 2019 11:10 pm   Subject: Vintage 80's style Stella badge
There's a beautiful Stella for sale in the Baltimore area with a badge like this.

https://baltimore.craigslist.org/mcy/d/phoenix-genuine-lml-stella-vespa-2/6756400151.html
  Topic: New scooter! Many problems.
johnk

Replies: 11
Views: 459

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Wed Dec 19, 2018 2:25 pm   Subject: New scooter! Many problems.
I don't think it's fair for everyone to assume Mrprofits213 bought a stolen scooter. Isn't it possible that he stole it himself?
  Topic: PXs of Switzerland
johnk

Replies: 1
Views: 94

PostForum: Scooter Gallery   Posted: Tue Dec 18, 2018 1:33 pm   Subject: PXs of Switzerland
I spotted a few PXs on a recent trip to Switzerland. Newer models in midnight blue seem popular there. My favorite, obviously, is the baby blue vintage model.
  Topic: Motorcycles!
johnk

Replies: 20
Views: 554

PostForum: G400C Discussion   Posted: Sat Dec 01, 2018 4:35 pm   Subject: Motorcycles!
The new [url=https://store.cscmotorcycles.com/2018-San-Gabriel-250-Cafe-Racer-p/zsg250-2018.htm]CSC SG250 looks like another motorcycle that might appeal to people who are heretofore scooter riders. I ...
  Topic: Newish Stella 4T engine stalls/dies while riding
johnk

Replies: 21
Views: 726

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Tue Nov 27, 2018 6:37 pm   Subject: Semi-update
I haven't yet done any more work on the scooter, so this is not a full update, but to my surprise, it's running extremely well now. The only thing that might have changed is that the Stabil 360º I ad ...
  Topic: Motorcycles!
johnk

Replies: 20
Views: 554

PostForum: G400C Discussion   Posted: Tue Nov 27, 2018 5:20 pm   Subject: Motorcycles!
I think you're right, dassscooter, but just to clarify: my Stella is NOT a pile! I love it, it is beautiful, and it has taught me a lot about value. I know that Genuine didn't manufacture the Stella a ...
  Topic: A Plea for Winterizing
johnk

Replies: 4
Views: 223

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Tue Nov 27, 2018 5:19 am   Subject: A Plea for Winterizing
Dear Stella owners:

I just finished winterizing my Stella, and it felt good. More importantly, it occurred to me that we are lucky owners of some increasingly rare machines. A few weeks ago, I miss ...
  Topic: Motorcycles!
johnk

Replies: 20
Views: 554

PostForum: G400C Discussion   Posted: Mon Nov 26, 2018 6:07 pm   Subject: Motorcycles!
Damn, I thought I could sneak in some complaining over in the G400C corner before anyone got here!

I guess my real point is that there can be a fine line between lovable, educational, complex, roll ...
  Topic: Motorcycles!
johnk

Replies: 20
Views: 554

PostForum: G400C Discussion   Posted: Thu Nov 22, 2018 6:04 pm   Subject: Motorcycles!
I never liked motorcycles at all before getting my Stella, but the process of learning to ride and work on it has changed that. If I do ever get a motorcycle, the G400C would be the first one I look a ...
  Topic: Bike Leans To The Left
johnk

Replies: 12
Views: 1378

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Mon Nov 19, 2018 9:07 pm   Subject: Bike Leans To The Left
Should the bike do a similar thing even while parked on the centerstand? In other words, is the lean built in?
  Topic: I may be getting a pink Buddy 50....
johnk

Replies: 45
Views: 918

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Thu Nov 15, 2018 6:17 pm   Subject: I may be getting a pink Buddy 50....
In addition to visible wear or dry rot, it might be a good idea to take the tires' actual age into account. You can determine that by finding the four-digit number in an oval on the side of the tire. ...
  Topic: 4T slipping out of 2nd gear
johnk

Replies: 1
Views: 146

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Wed Nov 14, 2018 4:03 pm   Subject: 4T slipping out of 2nd gear
Hey everyone. My Stella has been slipping out of 2nd gear lately. I think it goes into 3rd—it might be going into neutral, but I haven't seen the green "N" light come on. (If it weren't sn ...
  Topic: 3 Scooter Family - Buddy Kick!
johnk

Replies: 6
Views: 288

PostForum: Scooter Gallery   Posted: Mon Nov 05, 2018 4:42 pm   Subject: 3 Scooter Family - Buddy Kick!
Wow, I've never seen a Buddy Kick contextualized by real humans and another scooter. It looks great! Definitely my favorite of Genuine's current lineup.
  Topic: New 2012 Stella Owner Needs Guidance
johnk

Replies: 2
Views: 248

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Sat Nov 03, 2018 7:12 pm   Subject: New 2012 Stella Owner Needs Guidance
Hi Groovgal—I have the same scooter!

If I were you, I would keep the centerstand, as it's much more stable than a kickstand, and it will allow you to easily work on the front wheel if necessary. ...
  Topic: Newish Stella 4T engine stalls/dies while riding
johnk

Replies: 21
Views: 726

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Fri Nov 02, 2018 7:08 pm   Subject: Another ride
Thanks, Stanza and BuddyRaton! I haven't looked at the carburetor or spark plug yet, but I took another ride today that might provide a little more information.

BEFORE THE RIDE: I used a Battery Te ...
  Topic: Just had 2nd scooter accident in a week - what's happening?
johnk

Replies: 42
Views: 1010

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Thu Nov 01, 2018 8:36 pm   Subject: Just had 2nd scooter accident in a week - what's happening?
You can determine your tires' actual age, which might differ from the scooter's age, by finding the four-digit number in an oval on the side of the tire. The first two digits are the week and the last ...
  Topic: Just had 2nd scooter accident in a week - what's happening?
johnk

Replies: 42
Views: 1010

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Wed Oct 31, 2018 7:02 pm   Subject: Just had 2nd scooter accident in a week - what's happening?
I'm not mechanically familiar with the Buddy, but I figure the first step should be to [url=https://youtu.be/q1Pr-Bi5Y5Y?t=95]adjust the rear brake screw before buying or dismantling anything, and see ...
  Topic: Just had 2nd scooter accident in a week - what's happening?
johnk

Replies: 42
Views: 1010

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Wed Oct 31, 2018 3:10 pm   Subject: Just had 2nd scooter accident in a week - what's happening?
I'm glad to hear it. I've heard good things about [url=https://scooterpaint.com/t/genuine-scooters]scooterpaint.com for the cosmetics.

If your rear brake shoes are worn, that could be the culprit, ...
  Topic: Just had 2nd scooter accident in a week - what's happening?
johnk

Replies: 42
Views: 1010

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Wed Oct 31, 2018 5:57 am   Subject: Just had 2nd scooter accident in a week - what's happening?
I'm really sorry to hear about this. I'm glad you're okay, and I hope you don't let it shake you.

I don't know enough to say whether there might be something wrong with your scooter. What I can say ...
  Topic: Newish Stella 4T engine stalls/dies while riding
johnk

Replies: 21
Views: 726

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Sun Oct 28, 2018 6:58 pm   Subject: Update
When I last complained, my problem was that my Stella could only really handle about an hour of riding. After that, it would die, and if I could get it started again, it would keep dying.

Since the ...
  Topic: Disc, grip, or other lock for 2014 Stella
johnk

Replies: 7
Views: 1417

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Fri Oct 19, 2018 4:03 am   Subject: Disc, grip, or other lock for 2014 Stella
I decided to buy the [url=https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/oxford-scoot-xa5-alarm-disc-lock]Oxford Scoot XA5 Disc Lock, and I am very happy with it.

[url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kB3pYj4q ...
  Topic: FIXED: 4T clutch failure
johnk

Replies: 8
Views: 350

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Sat Oct 13, 2018 12:41 am   Subject: Clutch is fixed!
I got my Stella back from the mechanic today! I am very happy to have it back.

jimmbomb, I am so glad I found your [url=http://www.modernbuddy.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=29092]old posts here about t ...
  Topic: Clutch best practices
johnk

Replies: 3
Views: 274

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Fri Oct 12, 2018 2:11 am   Subject: Clutch best practices
As a relatively new rider who has already decommissioned one Stella clutch, I'm interested to hear everyone's opinions about how to treat them. Here are three questions that seem worth discussing. (I' ...
  Topic: Suddenly Buddy won’t start. Need help urgently if possible
johnk

Replies: 31
Views: 783

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Thu Oct 11, 2018 3:35 pm   Subject: Suddenly Buddy won’t start. Need help urgently if possible
k1dude: If the battery is permanently dead, would the Buddy still kickstart, assuming nothing else is wrong?
  Topic: Suddenly Buddy won’t start. Need help urgently if possible
johnk

Replies: 31
Views: 783

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Thu Oct 11, 2018 3:54 am   Subject: Suddenly Buddy won’t start. Need help urgently if possible
Best-case scenario, the battery is just low, and charging it will fix this problem.

If your Battery Tender cigarette adapter doesn't have enough juice (I'm not sure how that model works), you can ...
  Topic: Suddenly Buddy won’t start. Need help urgently if possible
johnk

Replies: 31
Views: 783

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Thu Oct 11, 2018 2:25 am   Subject: Suddenly Buddy won’t start. Need help urgently if possible
Ah—I thought you meant you were jump starting it from another vehicle (or the Battery Tender somehow). I would expect even a scooter with a dead battery to kick-start, but I'm not sure that applies ...
  Topic: Suddenly Buddy won’t start. Need help urgently if possible
johnk

Replies: 31
Views: 783

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Thu Oct 11, 2018 1:21 am   Subject: Suddenly Buddy won’t start. Need help urgently if possible
I'm not familiar with the Buddy, but I have a few questions that might help you get an answer:

When you say it won't start, do you mean the starter motor won't turn over, or the engine won't start? ...
  Topic: FIXED: 4T clutch failure
johnk

Replies: 8
Views: 350

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Mon Oct 08, 2018 4:06 pm   Subject: FIXED: 4T clutch failure
Ah! The [url=https://www.scooterwest.com/inner-clutch-lever-most-vintage-vespa-083806.html]inner lever/actuation lever? I think it was an old post of yours that led me to the hypothesis that my inner ...
  Topic: FIXED: 4T clutch failure
johnk

Replies: 8
Views: 350

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Mon Oct 08, 2018 3:25 pm   Subject: FIXED: 4T clutch failure
Thanks, jimmbomb. It's helpful to know that major clutch parts can fail early, and that I'm not necessarily just missing something.

The actuator arm is the same thing as the [url=http://www.tassopa ...
  Topic: Vintage 80's style Stella badge
johnk

Replies: 10
Views: 503

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Mon Oct 08, 2018 5:39 am   Subject: Vintage 80's style Stella badge
I would still buy three at $25 each.

I'm not sure what the best size is. My Stella's in the shop at the moment, but I'll take a ruler to it as soon as I can.

According to [url=https://www.racing ...
  Topic: 4t Parts worries with LML being sold.
johnk

Replies: 6
Views: 817

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Thu Oct 04, 2018 8:22 pm   Subject: 4t Parts worries with LML being sold.
I share eatingsnacks's anxiety/curiosity—it's not that I currently need parts I can't find, but that I anticipate just a few parts unique to the Stella becoming difficult to find, and I would like t ...
  Topic: Spare parts to carry on road/regular trips
johnk

Replies: 2
Views: 317

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Thu Oct 04, 2018 4:37 pm   Subject: Spare parts to carry on road/regular trips
Hey JMLacroix. I have the same bike!

I would recommend an [url=https://www.scooterwest.com/vintage-vespa-cable-inner-clutch-front-brake-cab-ic.html]inner clutch cable (pre-greased and kept in a zip ...
  Topic: FIXED: 4T clutch failure
johnk

Replies: 8
Views: 350

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Tue Oct 02, 2018 9:06 pm   Subject: FIXED: 4T clutch failure
I thought the same thing—surely the cable would be the first to go.

If the clutch arm is loose on the shaft, where/how would it need to be tightened?

Sorry that this is a little complicated, ...
  Topic: FIXED: 4T clutch failure
johnk

Replies: 8
Views: 350

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Tue Oct 02, 2018 8:13 pm   Subject: FIXED: 4T clutch failure
Hi everyone. I am in dire need of some clutch-repair guidance. My 2012 4T is currently in the shop (not a scooter shop but a willing motorcycle shop), and I need the scooter running in the next three ...
  Topic: Vintage 80's style Stella badge
johnk

Replies: 10
Views: 503

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Tue Sep 25, 2018 4:33 pm   Subject: Vintage 80's style Stella badge
I would buy 3.
  Topic: Newish Stella 4T engine stalls/dies while riding
johnk

Replies: 21
Views: 726

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Mon Sep 24, 2018 10:56 pm   Subject: Fuel line layout
Here are my best approximations of the stock fuel line layout and the improvement I will attempt. The connector coming out of the petcock is horizontal and pointed toward the left side of the bike. Wh ...
  Topic: Headlight and Blinker electrical problem buddy 125
johnk

Replies: 6
Views: 448

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Mon Sep 24, 2018 3:51 pm   Subject: Headlight and Blinker electrical problem buddy 125
I'm no expert, and maybe you're already on top of this, but when I was having some electrical issues recently, a few people here reported that having a low battery charge can cause unexpected failures ...
  Topic: stalling and squeeky brake...
johnk

Replies: 6
Views: 985

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Mon Sep 24, 2018 4:55 am   Subject: stalling and squeeky brake...
[url=http://www.modernbuddy.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=149885#149885]Here's an old post about squeaking that says it's probably not a problem, especially if you primarily hear it while the scooter is r ...
  Topic: Newish Stella 4T engine stalls/dies while riding
johnk

Replies: 21
Views: 726

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Sun Sep 23, 2018 10:56 pm   Subject: Vented gas cap and one-way valve
While I'm waiting for a fuel line to be delivered, I went ahead and installed a [url=https://www.dormanproducts.com/p-9898-47149.aspx]one-way valve in the EVAP system and a [url=https://www.scooterwes ...
  Topic: Stalling/Sputtering Problem FIXED
johnk

Replies: 7
Views: 576

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Sun Sep 23, 2018 4:59 pm   Subject: Stalling/Sputtering Problem FIXED
Thank you, Dooglas! This really helps.

To ensure my understanding via restatement: the main issue is that fuel flow is inhibited when insufficient air gets into the tank, for the same reason that ...
  Topic: Stalling/Sputtering Problem FIXED
johnk

Replies: 7
Views: 576

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Sat Sep 22, 2018 11:18 pm   Subject: Stalling/Sputtering Problem FIXED
Thanks for the update, NCJ8!

Is installing the one-way valve really as easy as snipping the line and shoving it between the (now) two pieces?

Aside from that, if you (or anyone) can explain in r ...
  Topic: Yet another 4t stalling thread....
johnk

Replies: 9
Views: 1077

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Sat Sep 22, 2018 12:54 am   Subject: Yet another 4t stalling thread....
NCJ8, can you report back about the one-way valve on your EVAP? I'm considering doing the same. Thanks!
  Topic: Newish Stella 4T engine stalls/dies while riding
johnk

Replies: 21
Views: 726

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Fri Sep 21, 2018 10:53 pm   Subject: Next steps
Thank you for all of this information, Point37 and Stanza.

In the attached photo, the red line is the fuel line as is, with a pretty clear incline under the tank. When I replace the filter, should ...
 
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