Winterizing My Scoot

by Yoly
(Thousand Oaks, CA)

Happy New Year to all and specially to Kathi. Thank you for creating my page.

I cannot ride on this weather--even in sunny California it gets cold-- so I had to winterize my scooter at 130 miles. Not bad for a newbie that did not know how to start a scooter, or balance or anything at all about scooting. I have seen a few scooters around on the freeway and in town. They must be freezing!

I just tested Snowflake to see if she still starts! Wow! the battery tender really charged it. I don't think they fully charged the battery at the dealer in Thousand Oaks, California, since it went dead after 2 weeks idling in the garage. It has been over a month after “tenderizing” her and she starts quick on hitting the button. She is a darling.

At first I had to look for information on where the battery is. The manual -- can you imagine it? does not provide that information. That is an area this little "buddy" is missing, a real good manual.

So, it will be a while before I ride again. In the meantime, I am taking photos of any bike or scooter I see on the road and posting them in my website. Looking forward to the adventures of those who wander out there in the cold.


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Sep 27, 2010
by: Anonymous

It IS a trickle charger.

Dec 30, 2009
Better Mdanual
by: happyoldscoot

You're right about the manual -- the keystone cops could have written it. On the Modern Buddy forum Home page, there is a link on the main menu to download the shop manual for the Buddy 125 -- the same manual the dealers use. It shows precisely where everything is and how to proceed with every repair and maintenance procedure.

Editor's Note: Here's a direct link to the manual on
Buddy 125 Service Manual

Dec 30, 2009
You are right
by: Anonymous

That is what it is, precisely. It is the Battery Tender Jr.,used by most of the writers on Genuine Buddy dedicated forums.

They also make chargers for cars, and some multi-chargers with which you can charge more than one scooter or motorcycle at a time.

I find this small gadget (it is very small) a great thing to have around.

Dec 29, 2009
by: Ron Goldwyn

I have been advised that with our small rechargable batteries, we should NOT use an automobile charger to do the job. Instead use a trickle charger. It may be slower, but it will save your battery.

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Just about every scooter owner needs to have a battery tender, sometimes called a trickle charger. Unless you are lucky enough to live in a climate where you can ride all year long, chances are your scooter will be put on ice, figuratively-speaking, for at least a couple months every winter.

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