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by cummingsjc
Sat Jul 29, 2017 4:41 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: What do you guys use for a sound system?
Replies: 26
Views: 3406

Re: What do you guys use for a sound system?

Other than the sweet sound of a scooter engine, is anyone supplementing their ride with tunes? I use a JBL speaker for slow rides around Little Muskego Lake. Can you provide the link for the cell phone holder? It is a Ram Mount X-Grip with mounting hardware. Google it or go to Amazon to find the be...
by cummingsjc
Thu Jul 27, 2017 2:42 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 07' 50CC Buddy Starts But Won't Drive
Replies: 4
Views: 1036

The battery charger looks like overkill for trickle charging a 50cc scooter but the product description specifically stated motorcycles so it should work. I bought a $20 trickle charger from Walmart and it works great but yours should work. Did your charger come with the cables that permanently atta...
by cummingsjc
Thu Jul 27, 2017 1:57 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 07' 50CC Buddy Starts But Won't Drive
Replies: 4
Views: 1036

How often does your bike sit for long periods of time without being ridden? Can I assume that it why you are trying to sell it? It definitely could be a carb issue if the bike doesn't get ridden very often. You could also have a weak battery, but that would not normally affect the idle or gas flow a...
by cummingsjc
Thu Jul 27, 2017 1:46 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: What do you guys use for a sound system?
Replies: 26
Views: 3406

I use a Bluetooth headset in my helmet and it works much better than the portable (or built-in) speakers solution. That way I get great fidelity with my music with no significant distortion from wind or engine noise. Also, I don't have to take anything with me when I switch bikes since I always wear...
by cummingsjc
Thu Jul 27, 2017 1:39 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Buddy 50 vs Vino Classic
Replies: 34
Views: 4428

Variator ring is out. I feel like I have a whole different scooter now. I was happy as a pig in mud just zipping around at 37 gps/mph max and barely touching 40 on hills... well now that the ring is out, I feel like Im riding a harley. Amazing difference just a few mph can make. Thanks for the help...
by cummingsjc
Tue Jul 25, 2017 6:04 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Buddy 50 vs Vino Classic
Replies: 34
Views: 4428

Totally figured that was the issue. Once removed, the scooter will be much more enjoyable. You nailed it. I watched that dealer prep video a million times and could've sworn the ring that they pulled out was larger and metal. And with him telling me they did it, I assumed that ring in the picture b...
by cummingsjc
Mon Jul 24, 2017 8:27 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Buddy 50 vs Vino Classic
Replies: 34
Views: 4428

Totally figured that was the issue. Once removed, the scooter will be much more enjoyable.
by cummingsjc
Sun Jul 23, 2017 2:36 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Buddy 50 vs Vino Classic
Replies: 34
Views: 4428

If your bike is brand new and suffering from a lower top end speed, I would bet that it has not been derestricted yet. Ask your dealer if they did this. It involves removing an exhaust restriction plate in between the muffler and engine block as well as an extra washer in the variator assembly. The ...
by cummingsjc
Fri Jul 21, 2017 3:01 pm
Forum: G400C Discussion
Topic: Genuine G400C
Replies: 487
Views: 74989

I have seen recent model Vespas with plates underneath the seat bucket indicating they were made in China. Also, some of the Piaggio models are the same way.
by cummingsjc
Mon Jul 17, 2017 3:13 pm
Forum: Scooter Gallery
Topic: Beach we can ride on
Replies: 9
Views: 3054

wheelbender6 wrote:Crystal Beach, on the Bolivar peninsula.
Thanks.
by cummingsjc
Mon Jul 17, 2017 10:21 am
Forum: Scooter Gallery
Topic: Beach we can ride on
Replies: 9
Views: 3054

Is this in Galveston somewhere or further south around Indianola, in Port Aransas, or Padre Island?
by cummingsjc
Fri Jul 14, 2017 1:37 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Rattler 110 running issue...sputtering under power
Replies: 2
Views: 800

It works best if you post this inquiry in only one of the forums rather than having duplicate threads in two sub-forums. Maybe you could just post a reference to your primary post on this sub-forum asking folks with interest in it to go to the other post. That way you don't get multiple threads goin...
by cummingsjc
Wed Jul 12, 2017 11:46 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: First 620 miles of scoot "Breaking in the engine"
Replies: 19
Views: 2979

Re: Break in period is for controlling overheating

I am always surprised that this aspect seems to have been forgotten. With a poor ring seal, heat transfer to the cylinder is poor so your piston may expand and seize. That's it. That's the only reason to avoid full-throttle for awhile. If you live in cool weather or have an oil cooler like the 170i...
by cummingsjc
Sat Jul 08, 2017 9:38 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: New to Scooten, in Joliet area
Replies: 23
Views: 2472

I was just looking stuff up about all this...i see some good reviews, some bad. yamaha has their scooters built in China and sent here. So they are both being made by the same people same area, if one is an off brand in America, a copy, it's a darn near perfect copy,so what if some things are a lit...
by cummingsjc
Sat Jul 08, 2017 1:46 pm
Forum: Black Cat, Rattler & Roughhouse Discussion
Topic: Original roughhouse tires
Replies: 4
Views: 2227

Thanks Douglas, so it is not so much a consideration of miles as a way they are used or the age of the tires ? Yes. Factors such as rider weight, riding style (aggressive versus laid back), road surfaces, exposure to weather, etc. will determine the amount of miles you can put on a pair or tires. G...
by cummingsjc
Tue Jul 04, 2017 4:55 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: New to Scooten, in Joliet area
Replies: 23
Views: 2472

As long as I'm not beating the crap out of it,change the oil and gear lube periodically, it should be good, the quality can't be that far separated from the Chinese version being that they are almost completely identical, slight variations...idk...i literally just got it a week ago, I will be doing...
by cummingsjc
Tue Jul 04, 2017 4:28 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: New to Scooten, in Joliet area
Replies: 23
Views: 2472

Re: Turning

Actually, you SHOULD lean with bike, except when doing a low speed turns. The physics involved with turning a scooter are complex. When going slowly, say 10 mph (every bike is different), you steer a bike like a car: you turn the handlebars right to turn right, etc. At higher speeds, you don't turn...
by cummingsjc
Tue Jul 04, 2017 12:41 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: New to Scooten, in Joliet area
Replies: 23
Views: 2472

Lmbo....chinese Zuma, sorry I know Yamaha makes 125cc as their top Zuma scooter , but they cost like what 3 grand almost...got mine for 1100, looks exactly like the Yamaha, beautiful...if you have an email address or something I can send a pic of it to you. The quality of the Zuma clone is not the ...
by cummingsjc
Mon Jul 03, 2017 1:44 pm
Forum: Black Cat, Rattler & Roughhouse Discussion
Topic: Sometimes when I am scooting far from home..
Replies: 5
Views: 2205

I am not so concerned with the octane as the ethanol, so let me phrase it another way. If I have to upon occasion fill with 10% ethanol gas, will it have any detrimental effects if I return to ethanol free gas as soon as convenient? There will not be any long term issues, particularly if you regula...
by cummingsjc
Mon Jul 03, 2017 5:11 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Wont start....any ideas?
Replies: 8
Views: 2189

If possible, leave it alone for a day or so then try it again. When scooters get laid on their sides fuel and oil get into the wrong places and need time to settle back into he right places. This is particularly true of carbureted engines (where the carburetor float won't stop the engine from being ...
by cummingsjc
Mon Jun 26, 2017 5:45 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: buddy 50 spark plug location
Replies: 12
Views: 4328

In the front of the engine underneath the oil reservoir. It is easiest to come up from underneath the bike but you probably need to remove the panel in front/underneath the seat to see what you are doing.
by cummingsjc
Mon Jun 26, 2017 5:42 am
Forum: Black Cat, Rattler & Roughhouse Discussion
Topic: Roughhouse derestricted
Replies: 6
Views: 3428

Re: Roughhouse derestricted

... and I have to admit that if I pass, I would like to see Genuine introduce the Roughhouse in a 125 or 150cc ...it would be just what I need. Then I hope you pass your motorcycle license test so we can all get a 125cc or 150cc version of the Roughhouse (but I am not holding my breath on the secon...
by cummingsjc
Fri Jun 23, 2017 2:20 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: newbie here - Questions about buying a used 2004 125.
Replies: 21
Views: 2717

From Wikipedia: "Strictly speaking, mopeds are driven by both an engine and by bicycle pedals, but in common usage and in many jurisdictions the term moped is used for similar vehicles including a scooter, though this is quite erroneous." By technical definition the Buddy 50cc is not, nor ...
by cummingsjc
Wed Jun 21, 2017 9:50 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: newbie here - Questions about buying a used 2004 125.
Replies: 21
Views: 2717

Unless you really want a project bike, stay away from the Blackjack. Too many broken, non-standard, or missing pieces. The seat is not the original low-profile design, the muffler looks to be a standard 150 cc muffler, not the Prima exhaust typical to the Blackjack, I don't think the rear shock is o...
by cummingsjc
Wed Jun 21, 2017 6:10 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: newbie here - Questions about buying a used 2004 125.
Replies: 21
Views: 2717

As previously noted, it is impossible for it to be a Genuine Scooter Company Buddy 125 model year 2004. Perhaps it is a 2014 model year? That might jibe better with the 1800 miles on the odometer. If you are still interested in that particular bike, have the owner take a picture of of the VIN plate ...
by cummingsjc
Sat Jun 17, 2017 5:07 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Scooter Storage
Replies: 11
Views: 2597

Givi top cases come in a wide variety of styles and sizes. However, they do tend to be a bit on the expensive side and will probably require a new mounting plate. I personally like the Givi cases a lot and use the same one on a number of my scooters. Personally, I would rather have too much space an...
by cummingsjc
Sat Jun 10, 2017 5:41 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Scooter is Slow
Replies: 19
Views: 2063

It would seem more likely that someone changed out the body panels rather than an engine switch. I could imagine that maybe there was body damage to the panels on a 50 cc Buddy and someone just used 125cc labeled replacement panels. You don't even have to do that. The "50" and "125&q...
by cummingsjc
Sat Jun 10, 2017 12:19 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Scooter is Slow
Replies: 19
Views: 2063

Are you positive you bought a 125? Anyone know an easy was to tell? I mean the speed sounds way too much like a 50. Scary to think someone could have put a 50 engine in a 125... It would seem more likely that someone changed out the body panels rather than an engine switch. I could imagine that may...
by cummingsjc
Wed Jun 07, 2017 4:45 am
Forum: Black Cat, Rattler & Roughhouse Discussion
Topic: Roughhouse upgrade..
Replies: 3
Views: 2099

They had one in the past with the Rattler 110 (now discontinued) but don't bet on a new, more powerful version any time soon. However, if it ever happens that they release a 125cc version, I would buy one!
by cummingsjc
Mon Jun 05, 2017 1:22 am
Forum: Black Cat, Rattler & Roughhouse Discussion
Topic: Roughhouse 50cc, Used, Layed down. Parts?
Replies: 8
Views: 1936

Offer the original seller $1300-$1400 and see what he does. Is this the Roughhouse Sport 50cc or the regular Roughhouse 50cc. If it is the Sport model (upgraded with LED lights, better suspension, 12" tires, etc) the few extra dollars would be worth it.
by cummingsjc
Mon Jun 05, 2017 1:19 am
Forum: Black Cat, Rattler & Roughhouse Discussion
Topic: Roughhouse 50cc, Used, Layed down. Parts?
Replies: 8
Views: 1936

luckyscroller788 wrote:maybe because of area the price differences, here in WI a brand new roughhouse sport in titanium color is $2199
I would assume that the $2800 price tag he mentions was an OTD price, not the retail price.
by cummingsjc
Sun Jun 04, 2017 3:42 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Is Buddy 170i different from the Buddy 150? What about Blur?
Replies: 13
Views: 2121

Regarding the Genuine dealer in Boise - if he does not stock the Buddy, what Genuine scooters does he stock? The Boise dealer website lists all the current Buddy models, including the 170, as well as the Roughhouse, Hooligan, and Kick. Whether they carry them in stock or not, I would think that the...
by cummingsjc
Wed May 31, 2017 8:49 pm
Forum: Black Cat, Rattler & Roughhouse Discussion
Topic: RH Gas Cap Removal - Stuck
Replies: 2
Views: 1517

Have you tried just twisting the cap to get it back in alignment? Or inserting the key and holding the cap in place so the latch mechanism can properly retract?
by cummingsjc
Wed May 31, 2017 8:47 pm
Forum: Rallies, Events, Meetups
Topic: FS: 2012 Black Buddy 125 -- NoVA/DC Metro
Replies: 1
Views: 2141

This post would probably get more looks if it was posted in the For Sale /Wanted to Buy section of this forum vice the Rallies and Events section.
by cummingsjc
Tue May 30, 2017 9:29 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Oil, when to fill up my Buddy 50?
Replies: 10
Views: 1770

Should not be a problem to use a different brand of oil as long as it is specifically for a 2-stroke (2T) motor. I would stay away from really cheap stuff, however (what brand you should use is an entirely different thread). Also, it is advisable to stay away from synthetic oil if you are still in y...
by cummingsjc
Tue May 30, 2017 1:01 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Oil, when to fill up my Buddy 50?
Replies: 10
Views: 1770

The 2T oil tank is directly below the seat in a Buddy (in roughly the same location as on a Roughhouse) but is not as easily accessed to view the oil level as it is on a Roughhouse. It requires the removal of 4 screws, I believe (one near the top of the panel and 3 around the base of the panel) vice...
by cummingsjc
Tue May 30, 2017 12:53 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Front wheel removal
Replies: 10
Views: 2432

In my experience, it is not necessary to remove the front brake caliper in order to get the front tire off. The rotor will slip out of the caliper with a little finesse. However, if you do remove the front caliper, it only requires the removal of two flange bolts. Nothing should just fall apart if y...
by cummingsjc
Sat May 20, 2017 4:15 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Traffic Light question
Replies: 26
Views: 3499

by cummingsjc
Fri May 19, 2017 6:35 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Traffic Light question
Replies: 26
Views: 3499

Ideally, you wait for someone else to show up to help trip the light. Otherwise, you can try turning right and then make a U-turn or after a while carefully running the light if no one is coming. I don't know if explaining to a cop that you sat through several cycles of the light might get you out o...
by cummingsjc
Fri May 19, 2017 6:28 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: My First Post! Hello! Question!
Replies: 32
Views: 3877

... Heck, I blew up my first 125cc because all of my commute is on 45mph streets and I was WOT the entire way back and forth for 2 seasons. This made me save and wait until I found something around 200cc that would keep up with normal traffic without stressing the engine. You really need to look at...
by cummingsjc
Sat May 13, 2017 3:45 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Buddy 125 starting problem
Replies: 13
Views: 1993

Take the wires from the battery and lightly sand the wires and terminals with fine grit sandpaper then put some dielectric grease on them to ensure that you have a solid connection with no corrosion. Also, if you took the bike/battery into a repair shop, what did they say about your issue?
by cummingsjc
Sat May 13, 2017 3:39 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 2009 Buddy Rear Brake Question
Replies: 3
Views: 927

Re: 2009 Buddy Rear Brake Question

Ok.. I have a question about my tangerine Buddy with 20K miles on it. My rear brake is of little to no use. The best I can describe it is spongy. I have replaced the cable and replaced the shoes with Prima. The shoes that came off didn't look bad in comparison. The arrows are far apart when the bra...
by cummingsjc
Wed May 10, 2017 12:09 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Scooter for sale sites/aggregator suggestions
Replies: 6
Views: 1366

charlie55 wrote:www.scooterfinds.com
+1 for Scooterfinds.com.
by cummingsjc
Fri May 05, 2017 1:32 pm
Forum: G400C Discussion
Topic: Genuine G400C
Replies: 487
Views: 74989

Apparently, Royal Enfield is going to make a Buddy/BuBu clone. Where did you find the information that RE was building a scooter? The picture you posted is of a Buddy from the RE dealer up in Fort Worth, TX that sells Genuine Scooter products in addition to other brands. I know. This was a joke. I ...
by cummingsjc
Fri May 05, 2017 11:21 am
Forum: G400C Discussion
Topic: Genuine G400C
Replies: 487
Views: 74989

babblefish wrote:Apparently, Royal Enfield is going to make a Buddy/BuBu clone.
Where did you find the information that RE was building a scooter? The picture you posted is of a Buddy from the RE dealer up in Fort Worth, TX that sells Genuine Scooter products in addition to other brands.
by cummingsjc
Wed May 03, 2017 9:31 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Cell Phone Mount?
Replies: 5
Views: 1251

The X-Grip now comes with a rubber piece that stretches around the corners of your phone and prevents it from coming off the X-Grip. That would have made a big difference in my experience. The worst part was that I was on a 450-mile ride and it dropped off the bike with around 200 miles to go so I ...
by cummingsjc
Wed May 03, 2017 6:03 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Price you Paid for your Buddy 50
Replies: 20
Views: 3274

I believe that asking the OP about his expectations/use case for a 50cc is totally relevant. If you are on this forum regularly, you routinely see folks ask about how to make their new 50cc or 125cc scooters faster more powerful when this really should have been a question asked before the purchase....
by cummingsjc
Wed May 03, 2017 5:51 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Fix Buddy 50cc Engine or Buy a New Buddy 50cc
Replies: 6
Views: 1688

The cost of a quality used 50cc engine probably isn't that much (several hundred dollars) but labor might make it more expensive. Rebuilding the cylinder is easy and not terribly expensive (less than the cost of a new/used scooter) but also involves labor costs. Either should give you a reliable eng...
by cummingsjc
Wed May 03, 2017 5:48 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Cell Phone Mount?
Replies: 5
Views: 1251

I agree with the RAM Mount recommendation with the the caveat that I think RAM sells some iPhone specific cradles that might be a bit more secure for your phone than the X-Grip. I use the X-Grip on my Piaggio MP3-500 and it works well but it is not infallible (I had a phone jump out of the X-Grip at...
by cummingsjc
Mon May 01, 2017 10:38 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Buddy 125 cruiser mods?
Replies: 27
Views: 3565

If you are looking to secure a scooter which will reliably and efficiently cruise in the 60 to 65 mph range then I don't believe trying to hop up a Buddy 125 is the right answer. There are plenty of scooters out there which will do that job with no fuss. A used Vespa 200 comes to mind. A Sym HD200 ...