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  Topic: Scooter stalls when stopped after 30 minutes of driving
tenders

Replies: 4
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PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Mon Jul 13, 2020 10:01 pm   Subject: Scooter stalls when stopped after 30 minutes of driving
Monitor the voltage to make sure it's reasonably steady over a range of RPMs with the engine cold and warm, and that it's between about 12.5-12.8V and 14.1V.
  Topic: Scooter stalls when stopped after 30 minutes of driving
tenders

Replies: 4
Views: 32

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Mon Jul 13, 2020 9:34 pm   Subject: Scooter stalls when stopped after 30 minutes of driving
When were the valves last adjusted? Difficult warm starts are a hallmark symptom of the need for an adjustment.

Is the idle speed (the adjustment on the carb with a thumbwheel) simply set a little ...
  Topic: Design philosophy question about scooter headlights
tenders

Replies: 11
Views: 202

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Sat Jul 11, 2020 11:24 pm   Subject: Design philosophy question about scooter headlights
The Buddy 50 doesn’t work that way. I just checked. Good idea, though. If flash my high beam for this purpose.
  Topic: Design philosophy question about scooter headlights
tenders

Replies: 11
Views: 202

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Sat Jul 11, 2020 5:57 pm   Subject: Design philosophy question about scooter headlights
I prefer the concept of the turning headlight too, but the rationale for fixing a light on the frame is that the spread of the light is sufficient to illuminate the sides as a turn is taking place. Th ...
  Topic: OT: Why you should always get the Service Manual
tenders

Replies: 5
Views: 161

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Sat Jul 11, 2020 12:20 am   Subject: OT: Why you should always get the Service Manual
It might be OK. Almost two of those three quarts are going to pour straight back out of the engine through the dipstick hole. Some rust formation on nearby parts may be averted.
  Topic: Tire age? New tires over 6 years old.
tenders

Replies: 10
Views: 174

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Sat Jul 11, 2020 12:16 am   Subject: Tire age? New tires over 6 years old.
I would send back any tire sold to me as "new" that is more than 18 months old, and would expect the seller to pay return shipping. I've never ordered from that shop but it's good to know ho ...
  Topic: Tires: Looking for better traction on 170i
tenders

Replies: 13
Views: 241

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Fri Jul 10, 2020 3:06 pm   Subject: Tires: Looking for better traction on 170i
Pro tip: paint the entire tire white and let the road wear some of it off.
  Topic: Installing an LED headlight conversion in a 2008 Buddy.
tenders

Replies: 31
Views: 1780

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Wed Jul 08, 2020 7:14 am   Subject: Installing an LED headlight conversion in a 2008 Buddy.
The Academy of Chinglish has already ruled that this fly-by-night manufacturer’s name shall be mentally pronounced as the past tense of “to poodle,” to wit, “poodled,” ie “boodled.”

A ...
  Topic: Installing an LED headlight conversion in a 2008 Buddy.
tenders

Replies: 31
Views: 1780

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Wed Jul 08, 2020 1:53 am   Subject: Installing an LED headlight conversion in a 2008 Buddy.
Well, it’s either a connection, switch, or bulb problem. Only one way to find out which for sure.
  Topic: 2009 Buddy 50 stalls after warm up
tenders

Replies: 4
Views: 142

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Sun Jul 05, 2020 1:52 pm   Subject: 2009 Buddy 50 stalls after warm up
An engine in an over-lean condition will not foul a plug, it leaves a white powder on the plug. This can do a lot of damage to the piston.

However, I don't think that's the most likely cause of you ...
  Topic: 2009 Buddy 50 stalls after warm up
tenders

Replies: 4
Views: 142

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Sun Jul 05, 2020 4:45 am   Subject: 2009 Buddy 50 stalls after warm up
Thought 1: it's running too lean and dies when the auto-enricher (choke) turns off. How does the spark plug look?
Thought 2: the float is adjusted too low so there isn't enough fuel in the bowl to ge ...
  Topic: Headlight Burning Out
tenders

Replies: 3
Views: 123

PostForum: Black Cat, Rattler & Roughhouse Discussion   Posted: Fri Jul 03, 2020 7:01 pm   Subject: Headlight Burning Out
Another possibility is that the bulb you put in is designed only for DC voltage. The Buddy 50 headlight runs on AC. Traditional bulbs are OK either way but fancy bulbs sometimes need an additional rec ...
  Topic: PLEASE HELP new buddy 125 rear brake issue & stability i
tenders

Replies: 21
Views: 311

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Thu Jul 02, 2020 3:36 pm   Subject: PLEASE HELP new buddy 125 rear brake issue & stability i
This is nonsense. New OR old scooters don't demonstrate wobbles, binding, grinding, pulsations, or uneven brake grabs in any way whatsoever. You aren't being treated properly by this dealer. Call Gen ...
  Topic: Headlight Burning Out
tenders

Replies: 3
Views: 123

PostForum: Black Cat, Rattler & Roughhouse Discussion   Posted: Sat Jun 27, 2020 2:55 pm   Subject: Headlight Burning Out
Check the system voltage with a voltmeter. I used a cheap “cigarette lighter” style that plugs into the accessory outlet. If the voltage is high - check for a disconnected or poorly-connected grou ...
  Topic: Another salvage Buddy project - no spark condition
tenders

Replies: 6
Views: 243

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Sat Jun 27, 2020 12:51 am   Subject: Another salvage Buddy project - no spark condition
Congratulations! Glad to see that part put to good use for sure, vs. sitting around my garage getting old and waiting for the POSSIBILITY of being put to good use in the future.
  Topic: Genuine is introducing two new scooters
tenders

Replies: 36
Views: 826

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Mon Jun 22, 2020 2:51 pm   Subject: Genuine is introducing two new scooters
Interesting. I haven't been inside a Buddy dealership in years that had any inventory to speak of, and was going by what was on their website...which is what a potential customer would see.

They po ...
  Topic: Another salvage Buddy project - no spark condition
tenders

Replies: 6
Views: 243

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Sun Jun 21, 2020 12:32 am   Subject: Another salvage Buddy project - no spark condition
I have a stator pulled from a 2014 Buddy 50 that you can have for $40 shipped.

I thought it was the source of a high voltage issue with my friend’s 50,but the problem really was a bad ground conn ...
  Topic: Genuine is introducing two new scooters
tenders

Replies: 36
Views: 826

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Fri Jun 19, 2020 9:04 pm   Subject: Genuine is introducing two new scooters
There were a couple of states, Florida and South Carolina among them, that didn't require driver's licenses at all to drive 50cc scooters. They were treated the same as bicycles, basically. This creat ...
  Topic: Genuine is introducing two new scooters
tenders

Replies: 36
Views: 826

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Fri Jun 19, 2020 3:51 pm   Subject: Genuine is introducing two new scooters
Interesting. I don't think it's a secret that Japanese manufacturers have had out-of-Japan operations for a while. But color me skeptical that Yamaha is actually "manufacturing" ANYTHING the ...
  Topic: Buddy 170 fuel delivery problems
tenders

Replies: 17
Views: 351

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Fri Jun 19, 2020 12:59 pm   Subject: Buddy 170 fuel delivery problems
I don’t have any FI experience but agree that your symptoms could be related to fuel problems since they seem to be detected so early in the startup process.

But another thing that might be detec ...
  Topic: Another salvage Buddy project - no spark condition
tenders

Replies: 6
Views: 243

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Fri Jun 19, 2020 12:47 pm   Subject: Another salvage Buddy project - no spark condition
Well, there’s nothing wrong with the headlight - yet. It’s AC powered via the stator and only comes on as the flywheel rotates; not with the key.

Generic regulators are cheap on eBay, like $10. ...
  Topic: Installing an LED headlight conversion in a 2008 Buddy.
tenders

Replies: 31
Views: 1780

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Thu Jun 18, 2020 1:35 pm   Subject: Installing an LED headlight conversion in a 2008 Buddy.
If you look at the Amazon photo of the LED bulb in the very first link of this post, it is labeled AC/DC and will work in the 50.
  Topic: LED Headlight for a Buddy 50
tenders

Replies: 2
Views: 188

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Wed Jun 17, 2020 5:54 pm   Subject: LED Headlight for a Buddy 50
It can absolutely be done, there’s no trick to it as long as you have a light that fits. I’ve described it myself here as have many others.

Please start with this, searching for “led headligh ...
  Topic: 2009 Buddy 50 Fuse Help
tenders

Replies: 4
Views: 187

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Wed Jun 17, 2020 5:29 am   Subject: 2009 Buddy 50 Fuse Help
Yep, snip off those two crushed brass connectors and splice in a new fuse holder. Figure out what that fuse governs (upgraded horn or accessory power perhaps?) and then add in the properly-sized fuse.
  Topic: Genuine is introducing two new scooters
tenders

Replies: 36
Views: 826

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Mon Jun 15, 2020 2:38 pm   Subject: Genuine is introducing two new scooters
By my count Genuine now has 11 options in the small-scooter lineup, 8 gas and 3 electric:
* Venture
* Rattler
* Roughhouse (2 versions, regular and sport)
* Buddy (2 versions, regular and Internat ...
  Topic: Rear rack mounts ripped out - drill through bottom tube?
tenders

Replies: 7
Views: 217

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Sun Jun 14, 2020 12:09 pm   Subject: Rear rack mounts ripped out - drill through bottom tube?
Here’s what I did for a similar problem:
* wrap some sandpaper around a dowel and rough up the inside of the tube as best as possible
* stuff a plastic grocery bag about 3/4 of the way down the tu ...
  Topic: Tire removal
tenders

Replies: 14
Views: 352

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Wed Jun 10, 2020 6:24 pm   Subject: Tire removal
Wrestling little tires onto rims is harder, I think, than big tires. Rims are easy to scratch, so I cut my old tires off with a $20 Harbor Freight oscillating saw, and bring the new tires and rims int ...
  Topic: Restricting a 150
tenders

Replies: 16
Views: 415

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Mon Jun 08, 2020 2:57 pm   Subject: Restricting a 150
Are there places where a cop would pull you over and make you prove your bike can't go over 30 mph? And couldn't they just look at the engine to realize it's a 150cc class engine?

At least 'round h ...
  Topic: Jay Leno rides a Buddy
tenders

Replies: 11
Views: 827

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Sun Jun 07, 2020 7:47 am   Subject: Jay Leno rides a Buddy
Wheeling and dealing Blackjacks and Gyros at 87 - skipper20 is the biggest badass on two, or three, wheels. Awesome.
  Topic: Center stand spring setup?
tenders

Replies: 0
Views: 163

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Sat Jun 06, 2020 3:50 pm   Subject: Center stand spring setup?
Can anybody explain where the center stand springs are connected on a Buddy 50? The parts diagram is not too helpful.

My center stand recently stopped self-retracting over the final third of its tr ...
  Topic: Restricting a 150
tenders

Replies: 16
Views: 415

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Fri Jun 05, 2020 8:10 pm   Subject: Restricting a 150
Where do you plan to go that you would never want or need to exceed 30 mph?)

Just a guess on my part but maybe everywhere, if one lacks a motorcycle endorsement on one's license, and one's DMV is c ...
  Topic: Any NZ Buddy riders here?
tenders

Replies: 4
Views: 223

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Fri Jun 05, 2020 5:33 pm   Subject: Any NZ Buddy riders here?
I have no idea if NZ is as strict about vehicle imports as the US is, but bringing in an unapproved vehicle into the US is virtually impossible unless the vehicle is at least 20 years old.

And &quo ...
  Topic: My rough house is not staying started when it idles down
tenders

Replies: 1
Views: 187

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Thu Jun 04, 2020 1:01 pm   Subject: My rough house is not staying started when it idles down
Twirl the thumbwheel on the carb half a turn or so and increase the warmed-up idle speed. Don’t set that right when the scoot starts - it’s then running on the choke (aka “bystarter”) which is ...
  Topic: Replace belt with no impact wrench?
tenders

Replies: 36
Views: 552

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Wed May 27, 2020 1:08 pm   Subject: Replace belt with no impact wrench?
You jerks are making me get a new tool for Father’s Day.

On the belt you’re measuring belt width, which wears down over time after being squeezed and pulled between the two sets of pulleys for ...
  Topic: Yet another post about speedometer accuracy
tenders

Replies: 19
Views: 385

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Sun May 24, 2020 6:14 pm   Subject: Yet another post about speedometer accuracy
From my research, the original law said there was a 4% range, from -2% to +2%. That was changed to the same 4%, but the range was from -1% to +3%.

Later, it was changed to ±4% - so once again ther ...
  Topic: Yet another post about speedometer accuracy
tenders

Replies: 19
Views: 385

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Sun May 24, 2020 2:05 pm   Subject: Yet another post about speedometer accuracy
They all read inaccurately high. My Buddy 50, Vespa 150, and Scarabeo 500ie all have the same issue.

There is probably a reason for so much systematic bias to exist. I seem to recall reading someth ...
  Topic: My new 2017 Roughhouse
tenders

Replies: 2
Views: 265

PostForum: Scooter Gallery   Posted: Sun May 24, 2020 3:44 am   Subject: My new 2017 Roughhouse
Probably time to change the transmission oil.
  Topic: Royal Alloy
tenders

Replies: 22
Views: 872

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Sat May 23, 2020 8:47 pm   Subject: Royal Alloy
I would love to better understand why Genuine decided to put an additional model into the thick of the Buddy/Hooligan/Kick/Chicago lineup. This is a decent-looking scoot, but is it going to extend Gen ...
  Topic: 2006 Blur Falls of at 40mph
tenders

Replies: 17
Views: 321

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Mon May 18, 2020 4:35 am   Subject: 2006 Blur Falls of at 40mph
If that was a Genuine dealer and they told you that in writing I’d take that up with Genuine directly. If not it’s a he said/she said situation...I would suggest creating a scooter-specific docume ...
  Topic: 2006 Blur Falls of at 40mph
tenders

Replies: 17
Views: 321

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Mon May 18, 2020 4:04 am   Subject: 2006 Blur Falls of at 40mph
Hard to tell as the photo is blurry but if it’s mangled it’s almost certainly come into contact with the piston. Which is bad. Replace it and make positively you’ve got the correct plug in there ...
  Topic: Ethanol free fuel ??
tenders

Replies: 4
Views: 171

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Sat May 16, 2020 9:38 pm   Subject: Ethanol free fuel ??
I would personally go pretty far out of my way to use this on my small engines, including boats and scooters...if it were available around here (NYC suburb). The closest ethanol-free pump is 40 minute ...
  Topic: Head Light Issue
tenders

Replies: 6
Views: 512

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Sat May 16, 2020 5:35 pm   Subject: Head Light Issue
As was discussed on another thread in which he posted this advice, none exists for the Buddy-shaped headlight. Alzero didn’t install his on a Buddy.
  Topic: 2006 Blur Falls of at 40mph
tenders

Replies: 17
Views: 321

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Fri May 15, 2020 1:44 pm   Subject: 2006 Blur Falls of at 40mph
If you can NEVER get above 40, it sounds like a leak, crease, or fold in the rubber diaphragm as 'fish mentions. This causes an air leak that makes the engine stumble above a certain speed. This is ps ...
  Topic: Just a reminder!
tenders

Replies: 8
Views: 324

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Thu May 14, 2020 12:46 pm   Subject: Just a reminder!
Huh. I’m apparently the last person to have heard of this motorcycle/horseback tradition, but it has barely been mentioned here or Modern Vespa.
  Topic: Just a reminder!
tenders

Replies: 8
Views: 324

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Thu May 14, 2020 3:28 am   Subject: Just a reminder!
What s that dangly bit hanging from the air filter case? Looks like a bell or a beehive shape?
  Topic: A $10 trunk?
tenders

Replies: 17
Views: 612

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Sat May 09, 2020 5:22 pm   Subject: A $10 trunk?
That big top box/case/trunk might be 40 liters or more in size.

But a 30 liter size is adequate for a full-face helmet.
  Topic: Installing an LED headlight conversion in a 2008 Buddy.
tenders

Replies: 31
Views: 1780

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Sat May 09, 2020 3:51 pm   Subject: Installing an LED headlight conversion in a 2008 Buddy.
That was kind of my point. They're all round. If a Buddy-to-Daymaker converter kit existed I'm pretty sure we'd know about it.

Can't say I'd personally be all that interested in a $100+ solution th ...
  Topic: A $10 trunk?
tenders

Replies: 17
Views: 612

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Sat May 09, 2020 3:46 pm   Subject: A $10 trunk?
Load and drive carefully with that nice big case. My friend has one of similar size and the previous owner apparently loaded it up and drove it hard. The extra torque cracked the top of the forward le ...
  Topic: Installing an LED headlight conversion in a 2008 Buddy.
tenders

Replies: 31
Views: 1780

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Sat May 09, 2020 2:20 pm   Subject: Installing an LED headlight conversion in a 2008 Buddy.
"This doesn't apply to Buddies, but..." would seem to be useful information to bundle along with this advice here on modernbuddy.com:

If you are worried about the beam pattern you need to ...
  Topic: Dead lights conversion question
tenders

Replies: 7
Views: 319

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Sat May 09, 2020 12:23 am   Subject: Dead lights conversion question

Funny my Buddy is a Green 2 tone just like yours...I luv it

These Buddies are lovely little machines. Good looking, good design, good value, great fun, great parts availability, easy to work on. ...
 
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