Which scooter am I looking for?

Discussion in 'Battle Scooters' started by firebrick, Aug 26, 2013.

  1. DudeClone

    DudeClone Long timer

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    true jerry, and is why i am weary of mods, too. i am always of the mind just get the scooter you NEED from the start. but some folks like to tinker

    the mods on this Buddy are fairly common and reversible if desired. low mileage, and it comes with a Blackjack seat and racks and top case. sure you can get a NEW Kymco or Lance 125 these days for just over $2000 give or take, with warranty. but this scoot was nearly $2800 MSRP 3000 miles ago AND it comes with accessories. it is a good deal if a good scoot

    even better if the buyer can talk it down to $1600:deal
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  2. firebrick

    firebrick Been here awhile

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    I did it. $1700. It was going to be 1600 but I didn't have a way to get it home and he loaded it up in his truck and brought it 30 min across town to drop it off. So I gave more. It looks new to me. 2400 miles. Rides great, I think. Well worth it hopefully.
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  3. CaptnJim

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    Congrats! Enjoy your new scooter! :clap

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  4. DudeClone

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    if its like most Buddy's it is well worth it. and if it suits your needs. 40mph is great on a Buddy, and rough roads are OK. i mean its a small wheeled scooter and you know what that means over rough stuff, but its comfortable enough and composed

    it has around the same amount of miles as my 150 which is the same engine except for the slightly bigger bore or w/e it's called? anyway i just put mine into serious service after some neglect in favor of my other scooter. after 300 hard rode city miles this week it will remain in service for the foreseeable future. its just earnestly riding it for the first time the Buddy now seems a revelation whereas before it seemed very good, but not great. now it does in fact seem great. so light and maneuverable and easy to flick around

    but i have a Blackjack with all the suspension goodies and performance brakes so yeah :evil

    anyway 150 and Blackjack or not its essentially the same scooter and should be good to you. as said, over at the Modern Buddy forum most problems are typical "no start" things solved and fixed for good. very few reports of out and out failure of engines or major components. higher then usual stator failure rate in '09 models and several broken crank reports over the years under extreme conditions. or not so extreme? but those are exceptions in otherwsie tough and durable scooters

    not good enough, get a Honda :rofl

    but it won't be a Buddy

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  5. firebrick

    firebrick Been here awhile

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    What top box and rack is that on the buddy? The one I got has the stock rear rack and aftermarket buddy box but Id like a bigger one.
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  6. DudeClone

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    have no idea of the case but it looks like the Prima rack, here

    http://www.scooterworks.com/prima-r...dy-products-8966.php?page_id=254#.Uh3U-RuUTJI

    actually cheaper then ebay prices. can find good accessories on sale at the Modern Buddy forum, too. from owners. but you have to sign up to view THAT part of the board

    another thing you may be interested in is the "Gen-u-Bin" for the front storage cubby. it transforms it into this

    http://www.scooterworks.com/gen-u-b...dy-products-2333.php?page_id=254#.Uh3WHxuUTJI

    if the scoot works out for you and you want to add some black and replace some chrome this is just out, too. pretty sure you have a red scooter and this looks sharp on the red imo

    http://www.scooterworks.com/scooter...genuine-buddy-products-12526.php#.Uh3WzRuUTJI

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  7. AMAC1680

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  8. cdwise

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    Our Buddy was the first of our scooters I rode after I got clearance to ride again (recovery from broken tib/fib/ankle). I don't ride it very often anymore but every time I do I get reminded what a great little scoot it is. FWIW, when we decided to sell one of the small (150cc or less) scoots I asked my son which he'd prefer to keep since he was the primary rider of them. He chose the Buddy over a Vespa ET 4 150. Can't really say I blame him since the Buddy has faster acceleration and not any real difference in top end between the two. Though I'll keep my Vespa GTS 250.
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  9. tortoise2

    tortoise2 Been here awhile

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    The Genuine Buddy 125/150 engine is one of the few that has an actual filter element, as compared to just an oil strainer screen . . the downside.

    For others researching . . Lance comments.
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  10. DudeClone

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    thanks tortoise2, good stuff. that oil filter thing is a bad thing, indeed
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  11. firebrick

    firebrick Been here awhile

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    Rode the buddy to class on friday. Besides being 104 degrees out it was a hoot! Vstrom was never so much fun.
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