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  Topic: Royal Alloy GT 150 in the USA
johnk

Replies: 20
Views: 371

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: 20
Views: 371

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: 5
Views: 98

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: 5
Views: 155

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: 13
Views: 122

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: 199

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: 126

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: 129

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: 254

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 ...
  Topic: Vintage 80's style Stella badge
johnk

Replies: 13
Views: 924

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Sun May 12, 2019 5:17 pm   Subject: Vintage 80's style Stella badge
I bought the above badges from mlstephens (thanks, Mike!), so I'll have to retract my interest in paying for new ones. But I can offer a some sizing information based on these.

They are 12.5 cm wid ...
  Topic: How to Remove Air Filter
johnk

Replies: 4
Views: 124

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Tue May 07, 2019 3:18 am   Subject: How to Remove Air Filter
I haven't done it myself, but I think the one you're pointing to is right—the Service Station Manual says "open rear shock absorber lower bolt (engine side)." Torque it to 3 kg m (≈22 ft ...
  Topic: Looking for the Stella Emblem
johnk

Replies: 7
Views: 142

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Tue May 07, 2019 3:06 am   Subject: Looking for the Stella Emblem
I've had good luck with 3M Plastic Emblem & Trim Adhesive, which is fairly cheap at the auto parts store.
  Topic: Burning out the bulbs
johnk

Replies: 2
Views: 121

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Fri May 03, 2019 10:56 am   Subject: Burning out the bulbs
There are some suggestions in a similar post [url=http://www.modernbuddy.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=31683&highlight=bulb]here.
  Topic: Interesting Craigslist finds
johnk

Replies: 202
Views: 14112

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Wed May 01, 2019 8:14 pm   Subject: Interesting Craigslist finds
https://hudsonvalley.craigslist.org/mcy/d/connelly-vespa-sidecar/6878299379.html
  Topic: Helmet Recommendations?
johnk

Replies: 10
Views: 254

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Thu Apr 25, 2019 12:08 pm   Subject: Helmet Recommendations?
There are some red options at [url=https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle-half-helmets#page=1&sort=featured&limit=96&facets%5B%5D=340&facets%5B%5D=350&price=&price_min=34&pric ...
  Topic: Helmet Recommendations?
johnk

Replies: 10
Views: 254

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Thu Apr 25, 2019 10:33 am   Subject: Helmet Recommendations?
And, if you prefer white, there's the [url=https://www.jpcycles.com/product/125-552/bell-pit-boss-white-half-helmet?mrkgcl=444&mrkgadid=3298932610&utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_ ...
  Topic: Helmet Recommendations?
johnk

Replies: 10
Views: 254

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Thu Apr 25, 2019 1:47 am   Subject: Helmet Recommendations?
In terms of shape, the [url=https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/speed-and-strength-ss410-solid-speed-helmet]Speed and Strength SS410 and the [url=https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/bell-pit-boss-pins ...
  Topic: Interesting Craigslist finds
johnk

Replies: 202
Views: 14112

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2019 1:26 pm   Subject: Interesting Craigslist finds
GL-style Bajaj!

https://syracuse.craigslist.org/mcy/d/syracuse-bajajvespa-150cc-2-stroke-4/6840405702.html
  Topic: r.i.p blue stella
johnk

Replies: 5
Views: 241

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2019 1:24 pm   Subject: r.i.p blue stella
I'm very sorry for your loss.
  Topic: Genuine Scooters Launches First Motorcycle, The G400C
johnk

Replies: 42
Views: 2038

PostForum: G400C Discussion   Posted: Thu Mar 21, 2019 11:21 pm   Subject: Genuine Scooters Launches First Motorcycle, The G400C
Vespa Motorsport/Scooterwest has a new video reviewing the G400C!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8IWJhnWTTpE
  Topic: Stella Tune-Up Video from Vespa Motorsport
johnk

Replies: 4
Views: 218

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Sat Mar 09, 2019 5:11 pm   Subject: Stella Tune-Up Video from Vespa Motorsport
Here are some highlights that might be helpful for specific jobs:

1:44 air filter, carburetor, and airbox removal
7:08 carburetor cleaning and rebuild
29:57 seat, fuel tank, and oil tank removal ...
  Topic: Stella Tune-Up Video from Vespa Motorsport
johnk

Replies: 4
Views: 218

PostForum: Stella Discussion   Posted: Fri Mar 08, 2019 9:29 pm   Subject: Stella Tune-Up Video from Vespa Motorsport
Vespa Motorsport/Scooterwest just posted a new and detailed video on tuning up a 2-stroke Stella!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dUDDlGUd1jg
  Topic: Headlight blowing woes on my rh50
johnk

Replies: 7
Views: 230

PostForum: Black Cat, Rattler & Roughhouse Discussion   Posted: Fri Mar 01, 2019 6:05 pm   Subject: Headlight blowing woes on my rh50
What exactly do you mean by "blown"? If the bulbs are breaking, there might be some moisture getting in and touching the bulbs, or you might be transferring oil from your fingers to the bulb ...
  Topic: New wobble on Hooligan
johnk

Replies: 8
Views: 302

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Tue Feb 26, 2019 6:31 pm   Subject: New wobble on Hooligan
I don't ride a Hooligan, but I also like the Continental Zippy 1. Let us know if replacing the tires solves your issue!
  Topic: Just picked this up.
johnk

Replies: 7
Views: 415

PostForum: Scooter Gallery   Posted: Mon Feb 04, 2019 6:24 pm   Subject: Just picked this up.
That looks incredible. How did you go about finding it?
  Topic: My Buddy 50 Won't Start
johnk

Replies: 29
Views: 674

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: 29
Views: 674

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: 29
Views: 674

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: 29
Views: 674

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: 29
Views: 674

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: 889

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: 202
Views: 14112

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: 13
Views: 924

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: 745

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: 264

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: 21
Views: 994

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: 1000

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: 21
Views: 994

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: 421

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: 21
Views: 994

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: 21
Views: 994

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: 1568

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: 46
Views: 1521

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: 289

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: 571

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: 417

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: 1000

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: 1512

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: 1512

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: 1512

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, ...
 
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