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Forum: Day Trippin' 07-23-2014, 11:33 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,703
Posted By normrat
Nice trip. Did parts of that myself this past...

Nice trip. Did parts of that myself this past weekend on a loop originating in central Maryland. Didn't stop for nearly as much roadside sight seeing. Wish I had.
Forum: Battle scooters 05-30-2014, 12:55 PM
Replies: 180
Views: 18,367
Posted By normrat
Awe man, shame. Hope you are recovering by now....

Awe man, shame. Hope you are recovering by now. I've been rear-ended twice while stopped at stoplights, but never that hard.
Forum: Pics, pics, pics... 05-22-2014, 02:57 PM
Replies: 553
Views: 143,799
Posted By normrat
https://fbcdn-sphotos-f-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-...

https://fbcdn-sphotos-f-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/t1.0-9/10277147_10152364220874927_3689751566040516712_n.jpgMy DR is a daily driver for traversing the potholed urban landscape of Washington,...
Forum: Northeast - Greater Flugistan and home of the carpet baggers. 05-06-2014, 11:14 AM
Replies: 281
Views: 27,012
Posted By normrat
Anyone know if the little dirt park still exists...

Anyone know if the little dirt park still exists between Coopersburg Park and Tumblebrook Gulf Course. It had two main parts, a dirt jump and hill climb area built into the forest beneath the rail...
Forum: Americas 05-02-2014, 10:58 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 288
Posted By normrat
To your question: 301/3 keeps you on the outside...

To your question: 301/3 keeps you on the outside of the Washington D.C. beltway and for the most part keeps you out of its traffic. It's a choice route. If you can, time your trip so you pass through...
Forum: Pics, pics, pics... 04-29-2014, 11:37 AM
Replies: 583
Views: 99,063
Posted By normrat
Cape May Lighthouse, NJ.

Cape May Lighthouse, NJ.
Forum: Battle scooters 04-24-2014, 11:41 AM
Replies: 180
Views: 18,367
Posted By normrat
In addition to most of the stuff in the...

In addition to most of the stuff in the above-mentioned tools lists, I carry a fuel siphon, a flashlight and -- on longer journeys -- a bicycle pump.
Forum: Old's Cool 04-18-2014, 10:49 AM
Replies: 15,193
Views: 8,647,708
Posted By normrat
Just the other day I was thinking, it's nice that...

Just the other day I was thinking, it's nice that Vespas are plentiful in this thread, but it could use a Series 1 Lammy.
Forum: Battle scooters 12-23-2013, 01:26 PM
Replies: 180
Views: 18,367
Posted By normrat
I believe that's the year I faded my rear brake...

I believe that's the year I faded my rear brake by the end of the weekend. I overload my P200, or my wife's Stella frequently (I'm pretty heavy for scooters to start with). If I've learned anything...
Forum: Battle scooters 12-23-2013, 10:19 AM
Replies: 180
Views: 18,367
Posted By normrat
Hi, climbamt. I remember your bike from when it...

Hi, climbamt. I remember your bike from when it was R&M's. I'm Norm, and I don't think we've met, but I'm pretty sure I've seen you on a facebook group or two. Looking forward to seeing your seat...
Forum: Thumpers 12-20-2013, 12:51 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 4,136
Posted By normrat
Been commuting in Washington, D.C., for about a...

Been commuting in Washington, D.C., for about a year on a DR 650, after having a decade-long history with various scooters here, the last one being a fuel-injected, water-cooled Aprilia SportCity.
...
Forum: Old's Cool 10-23-2013, 11:19 AM
Replies: 268
Views: 33,538
Posted By normrat
Changing rear brake pads on my 77 Vespa P200,...

Changing rear brake pads on my 77 Vespa P200, with the scooter on its centerstand, I proceeded to jack up the rear end. Didn't notice the front wheel tip down to the floor and the center stand (no...
Forum: Old's Cool 10-12-2012, 02:19 PM
Replies: 15,193
Views: 8,647,708
Posted By normrat
The easy way to get over this is to ride a...

The easy way to get over this is to ride a Lambretta.
Forum: Battle scooters 08-30-2012, 10:56 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,600
Posted By normrat
This is my answer. I'll add that I doubt campus...

This is my answer. I'll add that I doubt campus parking enforcement or whatnot would visually be able to tell the difference between a 125 Zuma, Buddy or a variety of other scooters and the 50cc...
Forum: Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains 08-29-2012, 04:48 PM
Replies: 11,227
Views: 692,530
Posted By normrat
TAG - Drop

http://normrat.smugmug.com/Events/TAG/i-9pksczd/0/L/img0957-L.jpg

Hint: On 38th street. Looking right or roughly south from this vantage point puts into view a stretch of where the actual Battle...
Forum: Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains 08-29-2012, 04:42 PM
Replies: 11,227
Views: 692,530
Posted By normrat
TAG -- Grab

http://normrat.smugmug.com/Events/TAG/i-zb27fst/0/L/img0960-L.jpg
Riversdale Mansion

Funny, Mrs. Normrat and I were just here a few weekends ago for the annual Battle of Bladensburg Encampment....
Forum: Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains 08-28-2012, 01:06 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 885
Posted By normrat
The Cape Henry lighthouse in the middle of Fort...

The Cape Henry lighthouse in the middle of Fort Story is pretty neat in and of itself. An added bonus is to visit when there are training activities going on. Approach from the south gate to be let...
Forum: Battle scooters 08-16-2012, 12:59 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,062
Posted By normrat
I'm another real world example of having a belt...

I'm another real world example of having a belt shred without it locking the rear wheel.
Forum: Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains 05-22-2012, 10:43 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,325
Posted By normrat
This is quite accurate, IMO. Bring some water,...

This is quite accurate, IMO. Bring some water, something to do, a good attitude to mingle. Enjoy the experience. This was very, very different from every other group ride I've ever done, in a...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 04-09-2012, 12:03 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 3,056
Posted By normrat
Just to follow up: Did the 49-mile Scenic Drive...

Just to follow up: Did the 49-mile Scenic Drive last week on a BMW F650GS (my reserved Bonneville had not been returned to the rental place on time). It was a navigational challenge, but much fun,...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 03-08-2012, 01:14 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 3,056
Posted By normrat
Resurrecting this thread to ask about the 49-mile...

Resurrecting this thread to ask about the 49-mile scenic drive. Planning on renting a Bonnie or Royal Enfield from Dubbeju and trying to do it all in the course of a day, on my first day in town,...
Forum: Battle scooters 01-11-2012, 01:20 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,795
Posted By normrat
From an ergonomic standpoint, I'd rock the ET4....

From an ergonomic standpoint, I'd rock the ET4. That is a comfortable scooter that lets you position yourself in several configurations. Looking at long miles, that would be on my mind.

Oh, and...
Forum: Pics, pics, pics... 10-28-2011, 12:51 PM
Replies: 407
Views: 102,135
Posted By normrat
Believe this is Bull Run Post Office Road,...

Believe this is Bull Run Post Office Road, Fairfax County, Va.
Forum: Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains 09-30-2011, 05:45 PM
Replies: 11,227
Views: 692,530
Posted By normrat
The drop .... it's not far from the last Tag.

The drop .... it's not far from the last Tag.
Forum: Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains 09-30-2011, 05:43 PM
Replies: 11,227
Views: 692,530
Posted By normrat
A clue ....

A clue ....
Forum: Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains 09-30-2011, 05:40 PM
Replies: 11,227
Views: 692,530
Posted By normrat
Grab -- First for a Lurker. Knew the general...

Grab -- First for a Lurker. Knew the general area, moderately hard to find the exact location.
Forum: Battle scooters 08-15-2011, 09:15 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,698
Posted By normrat
And for what its worth, the speedo is servo...

And for what its worth, the speedo is servo driven, off of which wheel I've never really wondered (just assumed the front). When you charging system fails and battery dies en route, you'll notice....
Forum: Battle scooters 08-15-2011, 09:12 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,698
Posted By normrat
Just had the Shinko installed on my SportCity. It...

Just had the Shinko installed on my SportCity. It has monster tread depth and does not make contact with anything. On the other hand, it seems to have worsened a bit of head shake to which the bike...
Forum: Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains 05-26-2011, 09:54 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 846
Posted By normrat
Ellicott City will do if you're jonesing for a...

Ellicott City will do if you're jonesing for a quick ride somewhere nearby. Its not a lot of riding, but spot New Cut and Bonnie Branch roads on a Google map and you'll be set. Heading north from...
Forum: Battle scooters 04-20-2011, 11:14 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 12,710
Posted By normrat
Is bigger better? When it comes to scooters,...

Is bigger better?

When it comes to scooters, my preference will always be something in the 100-200 cc range, with a nod to smaller stature.

My Vespa 100 Sport brings a smile to my face for...
Forum: Battle scooters 04-01-2011, 06:58 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,451
Posted By normrat
Want to try dirt this weekend? Take Rt.1 out to...

Want to try dirt this weekend? Take Rt.1 out to Riverdale, turn right at Queensbury Road (just before East-West Hwy); pull into the Marc Station parking lot, drive to the far side of it and take the...
Forum: Road warriors 03-30-2011, 09:43 AM
Replies: 135
Views: 9,135
Posted By normrat
(From a scooter guy) Have: 3, 7 if you count...

(From a scooter guy)

Have: 3, 7 if you count the wife's 4.

Need: 2, however you count it. Need something reliable, modestly powered, with decent brakes, suspension and luggage options for...
Forum: Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains 02-01-2011, 11:21 AM
Replies: 11,227
Views: 692,530
Posted By normrat
Yes, Campus Drive was only closed for the summer,...

Yes, Campus Drive was only closed for the summer, and then only during the week IIRC. Won't get started on the politics behind that. I would not be surprised if it is closed again next summer.
Forum: Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains 02-01-2011, 11:03 AM
Replies: 11,227
Views: 692,530
Posted By normrat
Yup, Henson can easily be seen from the road....

Yup, Henson can easily be seen from the road. I've gotten vintage scooters up in front of it with no hassle during a summer session weekend, but it is pretty high traffic otherwise.

The Zappa coin...
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