balancing Buddy tire

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Mike1nw
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balancing Buddy tire

Post by Mike1nw »

2008 125

I think the front wheel is out of balance. Vibes over 35 mph.

Can't use my trusty Harbor Frt. motorcycle wheel balancer: its axle is 1/2 inch where the Buddy front axle is 12 mm.

Can't find a 12mm rod.

Can't balance on the bike, usually you can remove the front caliper and balance it, but this Buddy has that speedometer fitting (increased drag).

Any ideas?
fried okra
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Re: balancing Buddy tire

Post by fried okra »

Does the wheel rim look to be out of round or bent it you spin it when the scoot is on the center stand?

Does the tire look to have irregular wear spots?

Just thinking.
scootERIK
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Re: balancing Buddy tire

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Mike1nw wrote: Thu Feb 25, 2021 9:46 pmCan't balance on the bike, usually you can remove the front caliper and balance it, but this Buddy has that speedometer fitting (increased drag).

Any ideas?
If you pull the axle out you can remove the part that connects the speedometer cable to the front wheel. Then put the axle back in and you should be down to almost no drag.
voodooskin
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Re: balancing Buddy tire

Post by voodooskin »

I purchased a Marc Parnes static setup:

http://www.marcparnes.com/Motor_Scooter ... lancer.htm

Barely fits but does, and now my Buddy 125's vibes are reduced after balancing both front and rear wheels.

My $0.02
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