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buddy 50 won't start (with video)

 
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caseynshan
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Joined: 02 Oct 2018
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Location: Denver, CO
2006 Buddy 50

PostPosted: Tue Oct 02, 2018 1:53 am    Post subject: buddy 50 won't start (with video) Reply with quote

relatively new to me.
Had about 3 months.
2006 about 3k miles, well maintained.
I did have the wire for the odometer fixed about 2 weeks ago.
Normally ride 2-3 times a week, but hadn't ridden in 5 days.
Not cold.

Here's what it sounds like.. https://youtu.be/PkvzKgVNXcg

I did search the forum, and the battery seems the most likely, ( http://www.modernbuddy.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=9791&highlight=start ) but I'm frankly not that mechanical, so looking for suggestions.
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caseynshan
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Location: Denver, CO
2006 Buddy 50

PostPosted: Tue Oct 02, 2018 3:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It was user error.

I had tried kickstarting, but had been unsuccessful, after someone mentioned the kickstart, I googled and found this video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ycjpL12EYKs

I had not 'primed' the kickstart with a few pumps.. and I incorrectly presumed that I had to hold the break, so i probably wasn't getting a good kick either.

I just got it going and rode for 10 minutes, so hopefully I'm good to go. Thanks!
It's weird that the kick start isn't in the manual at all.
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caseynshan
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2006 Buddy 50

PostPosted: Tue Oct 02, 2018 3:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I stand corrected again, it is in the manual, i went through quick the first time and missed it and also noticed it was not in first picture, so thought it skipped, but it is on page 13
http://www.modernbuddy.com/pdf/Genuine_Buddy_Owners_Manual_50-125-150.pdf
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RoaringTodd
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'04 Stella GB150 '15 Roughhouse '17 Versys 650.

PostPosted: Tue Oct 02, 2018 11:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The charging system on the Buddy and the RH is so weak, most of the time I need to kickstart anyways.
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k1dude
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Location: Northern California
'08 Orange Buddy 125

PostPosted: Tue Oct 02, 2018 5:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Buddy charging system isn't that robust, so using a trickle charger on occasion will help keep your battery in good condition.
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Stanza
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 02, 2018 8:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kickstart for the win. Get to know it, that kickstart will be your friend when all else fails. Your bike will even run with the battery completely taken out, provided you use the kickstart.
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