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by cummingsjc
Fri Aug 17, 2018 10:02 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Need to find socket that goes with Buddy spark plug
Replies: 18
Views: 1650

I see, I see. So an 8 inch extension is a mandatory and collaborative part of the tool needed. Nothing shorter will do? I wanna keep it in my box of carry-along necessities for longer road trips, but would much prefer to have something more compact. This is the length of the kind that comes in a ba...
by cummingsjc
Fri Aug 17, 2018 4:15 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Upgrade debate - Hooligan or PCX 150
Replies: 18
Views: 1593

I can't speak to the PCX other than to say it is a Honda and as such, they are generally very nice scooters. My direct experience is that the Hooligan was a very comfortable ride for both me and for my wife. We sold it only because I needed the money more than I needed the scooter at that time (and ...
by cummingsjc
Sat Aug 11, 2018 5:12 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 50 project.
Replies: 5
Views: 933

My first questions were�Do you have the title? “ and “Does it run?� I pretty much made up my mind to buy it before I got there. I saw it was listed before for 1000, then 500 and she just dropped the price to 300. When I went to check it out, I was pleasantly surprised by how strong it ran a...
by cummingsjc
Sat Aug 11, 2018 3:53 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 50 project.
Replies: 5
Views: 933

Assuming that a no-title scoot is definitely not stolen, Vermont is a great state in which to register a scooter and use the registration documents to get a title and registration in your home state. If you can get a great deal on a no-title bike, do it. 50cc bikes are super fun in a different kind ...
by cummingsjc
Tue Aug 07, 2018 3:55 pm
Forum: G400C Discussion
Topic: Genuine G400C
Replies: 487
Views: 74988

The Motor Scooter Guide has a nice write-up on the BMW C400X scooter. They state that it should be very competitive in price and features against the Burgman 400 and Yamaha X-Max 300. They say that it should be priced somewhere between $6-7K when it Hopefully comes to the US as a 2019 model. http://...
by cummingsjc
Sun Aug 05, 2018 8:11 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Easy/Inexpensive Speed Upgrades for a Buddy 170i?
Replies: 33
Views: 2206

My dream scoots from Genuine would be a Buddy 220cc with the Blackjack suspension or a Hooligan 220cc with the upgraded suspension (my preference) AND I would love to see a 125cc version of the Roughhouse. I actually communicated with Genuine about this idea on Facebook chat and told them that I tho...
by cummingsjc
Fri Aug 03, 2018 8:21 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Interesting Craigslist finds
Replies: 269
Views: 31505

https://boise.craigslist.org/mcy/d/scootermiles-to-gal-like-new/6622279979.html Someone in Boise believes they can get someone to pay $1800 for a 2006 Buddy 50 with only 17 miles on it. I really like that in the description it states that the bike weighs 386 lbs and gets 176 MPG and that the clutch ...
by cummingsjc
Tue Jul 31, 2018 6:21 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Windscreen for Buddy 125
Replies: 11
Views: 1289

DeeDee wrote:The windshields that piggyback on the mirror mounts are fine. I had slipstreamers on two different buddys, and they were stable even at top speed.
Do the Slipstreamers mirror mounts have the reverse thread the Buddy needs?
by cummingsjc
Mon Jul 09, 2018 12:58 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Trouble getting 170i to start or keep idle after three years
Replies: 19
Views: 1775

Three year old ethanol fuel is probably the issue. I agree that draining the fuel and starting with fresh fuel is probably the best option. It probably wouldn't hurt to add some Seafoam the the new fuel in case any residual fuel is in the system.
by cummingsjc
Tue Jul 03, 2018 6:06 pm
Forum: G400C Discussion
Topic: Genuine G400C
Replies: 487
Views: 74988

2 1/2 years later, it's now on Genuine's website. http://genuinescooters.com/g400c.html Look carefully down at the bottom of the specs for that bike. Does that say Model Year 2106? I didn't want to burst your bubble, but that's the same page that's been up since 2016. Note that it's not linked from...
by cummingsjc
Mon Jun 25, 2018 2:32 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: NBR Lance Cabo 125
Replies: 4
Views: 826

It is a later model Cabo so it should be mechanically sound. I have not had the opportunity to test ride it yet.
by cummingsjc
Sun Jun 24, 2018 11:28 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: NBR Lance Cabo 125
Replies: 4
Views: 826

NBR Lance Cabo 125

Does anyone on this forum have any real exposure to a Lance Cabo 125? I have been considering a used one and wanted to see if anyone has feedback on the reliability and ride-ability of these scoots. I like the more rugged/sporty look in my scoots than the Buddy 125 (I recently asked Genuine on Faceb...
by cummingsjc
Sat Jun 23, 2018 3:06 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: lower lights
Replies: 1
Views: 652

The lower lights, commonly referred to as the "deadlights" are not wired for electricity here in the United States. They are used as the front turn signals on the scooters in all other markets but the US. Instead, Genuine Scooter had the DoT mandated turn signals under the handgrip install...
by cummingsjc
Mon Apr 02, 2018 4:25 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Help me decide - Hooligan or something else?
Replies: 17
Views: 1795

My experience with a Hooligan in Texas was that it was a great bike. I rode it for long periods of time at WOT in hot weather and never had any issues. It was a very stable and easy riding scooter. My wife also enjoyed riding it and used it as a daily commuting scooter at times. I sold it only becau...
by cummingsjc
Wed Mar 28, 2018 2:35 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: How does a Buddy 50 compare to a Yamaha Jog?
Replies: 20
Views: 1590

You might do better going with a used Buddy 125. It won't cost you significantly more than a Buddy 50 and will go up to an honest 55-60+ MPH. I love my Buddy 50 (and Black Cat 50) but would trade the Buddy 50 for a 125 any day of the week. Riding a 50 cc scooter is serious fun but riding it on 45 MP...
by cummingsjc
Mon Jan 08, 2018 4:22 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Why drivers may fail to see motorcycles in plain sight
Replies: 24
Views: 2908

My wife's Piaggio MP3 scooter is bright pink and plenty of folks still look right through her as they drive their cars out in front of her. I have seen it way to many times to believe that bright "safety" colors do any good. I even knew someone that had an orange MP3, wore an orange vest a...
by cummingsjc
Tue Dec 26, 2017 12:06 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Kymco CV2 and CV3 Concept Bikes
Replies: 9
Views: 1713

Kymco CV2 and CV3 Concept Bikes

Did anybody else see these two concept bikes from Kymco? I am intrigued. http://www.visordown.com/motorcycle-news-new-bikes/kymco-reveals-two-and-three-wheel-‘adventure’-scooter-concepts-eicma I really like how configurable they look to be based on the accessories that you buy and how many folks...
by cummingsjc
Thu Dec 21, 2017 9:32 pm
Forum: Black Cat, Rattler & Roughhouse Discussion
Topic: Buddy 50 in RH50
Replies: 4
Views: 1930

As a curiosity, is there any way to use a Buddy 125 engine or other GY6 engine in a RH 50?
by cummingsjc
Sat Nov 04, 2017 6:16 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Buddy 170i vs. Holligan
Replies: 22
Views: 3519

Ok folks, you got me good on that one. I surrender! ;-)
by cummingsjc
Tue Oct 31, 2017 8:50 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Buddy 170i vs. Holligan
Replies: 22
Views: 3519

Sad to hear about the Hooligan speed compared to the Buddy. Only having sat on a Hooligan, it felt like it was much more ergonomic for my body. I owned one for about 8 or 9 months. I bought it used with around 500 miles on it and some body damage from an 8-month pregnant lady for $1500. I fixed the...
by cummingsjc
Tue Oct 31, 2017 8:38 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Buddy 170i vs. Holligan
Replies: 22
Views: 3519

Re: Buddy 170i vs. Holligan

Dooglas wrote:
cummingsjc wrote:Incidentally, the name of the second scooter is Hooligan, not Holligan. Sorry, but my Elementary School teacher job makes me want to use a red pen on everything.:
Maybe Pork Butt Rib meant to call it a Hole-igun?
Too funny!
by cummingsjc
Tue Oct 31, 2017 3:54 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Buddy 170i vs. Holligan
Replies: 22
Views: 3519

Great responses, seriously. Well, all except Cummings. I'm a teacher as well. I teach 2nd & 3rd grade special ed. Glad I'm not pompous. Looking at getting a Buddy very soon. Planning on taking the side roads and visiting quite a few places. Actually, I'm not pompous at all if that is what you a...
by cummingsjc
Wed Oct 25, 2017 11:35 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Buddy 170i vs. Holligan
Replies: 22
Views: 3519

Re: Buddy 170i vs. Holligan

The Buddy's weight is 243. The Holligan is 278. The Buddy is supposed to get 90 plus MPG. The Holligan is supposed to get 100 plus MPG. I think both use the same motor. Why is the Holligan rated as a faster scooter and gets better MPG when they use the same motor? Incidentally, the name of the seco...
by cummingsjc
Tue Oct 03, 2017 11:46 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Another "won't start" thread; carb / fuel issue
Replies: 9
Views: 1514

Do what I suggested in another recent post. Take off the air filter cover and spray some carb cleaner fluid onto the air filter. Attempt to start the scooter. If you have spark, the bike should fire up and run. If it chugs to a stop after about 5 seconds, you probably have a fuel flow issue. Otherwi...
by cummingsjc
Tue Oct 03, 2017 11:38 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Is it safe to use WD-40 to get a spark plug out?
Replies: 12
Views: 2065

The next step is to take your bike for a 10 mile ride or longer. This should help to burn out any residual oil or other gunk in your engine.
by cummingsjc
Mon Oct 02, 2017 2:18 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Is it safe to use WD-40 to get a spark plug out?
Replies: 12
Views: 2065

Spray a little in there then try cranking it. Any carb cleaner spray should work as far as I understand it. The carb spray forces the engine to run if there is spark available. I learned this trick from a veteran motorcycle and scooter mechanic. Sometimes when bikes sit to long they need this done t...
by cummingsjc
Mon Oct 02, 2017 12:13 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Is it safe to use WD-40 to get a spark plug out?
Replies: 12
Views: 2065

Take the front cover off the air box and spray a little carb cleaner into the air filter to see if the bike fires up for a moment. Assuming you have good spark, the bike should run for about 5-10 seconds. If you have fuel flow it will continue running otherwise it will chug to a stop. At that point ...
by cummingsjc
Sun Sep 24, 2017 2:36 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Buddy 170i vs Buddy Kick
Replies: 19
Views: 2931

We test rode the barcalounger, I mean Hooligan when it first came out. Seemed to be a little soft off the line and more of a relaxed version of the Buddy 150's we owned at the time or the 170's of today. We know this will appeal to some riders, just not us. Not saying that is bad, it just did not i...
by cummingsjc
Sat Sep 23, 2017 8:00 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Buddy 170i vs Buddy Kick
Replies: 19
Views: 2931

From what I have seen and read, the Hooligan and the Buddy 170 share the same engine but the lighter weight of the Buddy makes it marginally quicker and a bit higher top end speed. The Hooligan is very stable and a more comfortable ride due to the longer wheelbase and 12" wheels. The Hooligan w...
by cummingsjc
Mon Sep 18, 2017 2:36 am
Forum: G400C Discussion
Topic: Genuine G400C
Replies: 487
Views: 74988

For those of us with a little less experience in the 2-wheeled world, what is a Nazgul? I'm familiar with the term in regards to the Lord of the Rings books/movies but not in regards to motorcycles or scooters. Incidentally, we really need to start an online petition for Yamaha to bring the X-Max 30...
by cummingsjc
Mon Sep 04, 2017 3:47 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Buddy 170i Fuel Reserve
Replies: 13
Views: 1952

I'd recommend running it all the way to empty just once. I doubt it will ruin the fuel pump if you just do it one time but you obviously are assuming some risk by doing. Having said that, I ran my Piaggio MP3-500 down to empty for the same purpose one time and have had no issues with it. Also, the H...
by cummingsjc
Mon Sep 04, 2017 3:31 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Buddy 50 Electric Start Doesn't Work, Will Kickstart
Replies: 2
Views: 882

Check to see if your brake lights work when the bike is on. If your brake light switches went out, I don't believe the electrical system will acknowledge that you are pulling on the brake handle (most folks use the rear brake handle when engaging the electric start) and therefore it won't start. I w...
by cummingsjc
Sun Aug 27, 2017 5:13 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: To topcase or not to topcase?
Replies: 15
Views: 2099

Keep in mind a top case will make your rear tire wear faster. Because of a bit of extra weight or some other reason? Any extra weight from cargo is going to cause the scooter to work harder and put a bit of additional stress on the rear wheel. However, I would think that the 10 or so extra pounds o...
by cummingsjc
Fri Aug 25, 2017 12:23 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Buddy Kick Kill Switch issue?
Replies: 25
Views: 3158

Hello there, first timer here. Got a kick on order and am getting lots of great info from this forum as I eagerly await its arrival! 🙂 Question: I assume from this thread that the issue seems tied to the kill switch on the handle bars. Anyone know if the kill switch under the seat causes a simil...
by cummingsjc
Fri Aug 25, 2017 12:17 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Using a lock
Replies: 4
Views: 1016

If you are concerned about theft around your town, buy a lock that makes noise when the bike is moved and use it on the front brake rotor. This will discourage the casual thief or other jersey from messing with your scooter plus they are relatively easy to put on and take off when out doing errands ...
by cummingsjc
Thu Aug 24, 2017 11:44 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: To topcase or not to topcase?
Replies: 15
Views: 2099

Top case. Go with a quality brand like Givi's monolock series with their universal mounting plate or a color-matched K-Max top case from your local Genuine dealer. Get one that can easily be removed with the key so you can take inside with you when needed. I always ride with a top case and you never...
by cummingsjc
Sun Aug 20, 2017 8:44 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Fastest and Lightest 49cc Scooter?
Replies: 32
Views: 8382

I'm glad that the thread has soldiered on. Small bore scooters are a lot of fun to wrench on and ride. They're very simple, educational and economical. I own more 50s than any other displacement for those very reasons. Little scoots deserve more play. :wink: I.have a pair of Piaggio MP3's and reall...
by cummingsjc
Fri Aug 18, 2017 4:58 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Fastest and Lightest 49cc Scooter?
Replies: 32
Views: 8382

Syd wrote:Won't a Buddy 50 hold 40+mph?


Yes, a derestricted Buddy 50 should be able to hold 40+ MPH on level ground.
by cummingsjc
Fri Aug 18, 2017 4:57 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Fastest and Lightest 49cc Scooter?
Replies: 32
Views: 8382

However, in case you didn't catch it in this or one of the other sub-forums back when it happened, the OP purchased a Roughhouse Sport 50cc back in November 2016. In fairness to those who posted on this thread in the meantime, it would have been difficult to know as the OP did not share that decisi...
by cummingsjc
Wed Aug 16, 2017 11:49 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Fastest and Lightest 49cc Scooter?
Replies: 32
Views: 8382

As an academic exercise, the discussion about fast and light 50cc scooters has been fascinating. However, in case you didn't catch it in this or one of the other sub-forums back when it happened, the OP purchased a Roughhouse Sport 50cc back in November 2016.
by cummingsjc
Tue Aug 15, 2017 3:09 pm
Forum: Black Cat, Rattler & Roughhouse Discussion
Topic: Troubleshooting tips for my Roughouse to start?
Replies: 6
Views: 1937

When you turn on the key, is anything coming on such as the gauge cluster or lights (however weakly)?
by cummingsjc
Tue Aug 15, 2017 3:05 pm
Forum: Black Cat, Rattler & Roughhouse Discussion
Topic: Troubleshooting tips for my Roughouse to start?
Replies: 6
Views: 1937

If you are getting no electricity when you turn the key it might be the battery contacts are corroded. Unscrew the battery posts and check the contacts to see if there is any corrosion building up. You might try rubbing them with some fine grit sandpaper and then put a bit of dielectric grease on th...
by cummingsjc
Wed Aug 09, 2017 12:35 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: My wife's scoot - damage, repair, and new paint
Replies: 25
Views: 3489

BMW_Art wrote:No. This is the vehicle she is going to use to get her license. She drove a Vespa - her grandfather's - when she was younger and decided she wanted to do it again.
Good for her. The more folks on the road riding scooters the better for all of us.
by cummingsjc
Wed Aug 09, 2017 12:14 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: My wife's scoot - damage, repair, and new paint
Replies: 25
Views: 3489

Is she licensed to ride? I know you mentioned that you have previous motorcycle experience but does she? Glad to see that she willing to get back into the saddle though. That is the most important thing to in an incident like this.
by cummingsjc
Tue Aug 08, 2017 1:40 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Gear up kit for Buddy 50 Confirmed!! 70mph Runner
Replies: 72
Views: 19564

Yes, the 70cc kits will give you more low end power and top end speed. They generally involve a complete re-tuning of the engine exhaust, air flow, and transmission systems as a result of the increased displacement. Many folks on here like them a lot but most will admit that adding 70cc kits will ge...
by cummingsjc
Tue Aug 08, 2017 1:27 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: My wife's scoot - damage, repair, and new paint
Replies: 25
Views: 3489

Make sure you post information about your wife's incident in the "Who's Crashed" thread so that hopefully someone can learn from from her mistakes.
by cummingsjc
Mon Aug 07, 2017 2:03 pm
Forum: G400C Discussion
Topic: Genuine G400C
Replies: 487
Views: 74988

Here is a Genuine dealer in Denver that is accepting deposits on the G400C. Notice how the write up says, "*Coming FALL 2016! ". http://www.sportiquescooters.com/item/389-genuine-400-classic-motorcycle-g400c The writer also says that those folks that give deposits before 12/31/15 will get...
by cummingsjc
Sat Aug 05, 2017 5:17 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Genuine Venture 50cc De-restrict
Replies: 7
Views: 2433

The Buddy 50 will probably be faster/have better acceleration before derestricting it and definitely faster/more power after. Unless price is the only real factor and you really want a 50cc scooter, go with the Buddy or a Roughhouse.
by cummingsjc
Mon Jul 31, 2017 3:19 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Hooligan Cell Phone Mount
Replies: 1
Views: 781

Ram Mounts makes a great number of products that should allow you to mount your phone in a cradle on your Hooligan. I would recommend starting with something like this: http://www.rammount.com/part/RAM-B-408-37-62-A-UN7U or you could pick and choose your own components to build the perfect setup for...
by cummingsjc
Sun Jul 30, 2017 5:08 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Long case GY6 - has it been done?
Replies: 58
Views: 5978

I always love these threads where someone buys a Buddy 50/125/150/170 and is happy with the bike except the top speed and wants information on how to totally mess with the bike to make it go much faster. They always end up in the "just buy a bigger bike" vs "willing to spend inordinat...