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Forum: Battle scooters 08-17-2014, 04:51 PM
Replies: 113
Views: 11,964
Posted By cdwise
We took the BVs on a motorcycle ride Friday from...

We took the BVs on a motorcycle ride Friday from Silverthorne, CO to Aspen and back via Leadville, Independence Pass, back across Independence through Buena Vista, over Hooiser Pass and back to...
Forum: Battle scooters 08-16-2014, 02:54 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,228
Posted By cdwise
FWIW, I've had 1% ask questions and comment...

FWIW, I've had 1% ask questions and comment favorably on various scooters I've owned. Okay, they were either Vespa or Aprilia scooters, never got a question or compliment when I had a Burgman from a...
Forum: Battle scooters 08-14-2014, 10:00 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,027
Posted By cdwise
The majority of the deer I see are coming out of...

The majority of the deer I see are coming out of forested land. The only ones I've seen in an open field was near Rockport, TX when the field had been cut recently and crossing eastern Oklahoma on...
Forum: Battle scooters 08-12-2014, 06:49 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 786
Posted By cdwise
FWIW, I ride with a Nolan N43 or N44 helmet...

FWIW, I ride with a Nolan N43 or N44 helmet because of its extremely wide viewport. It is the only full face helmet I've ever owned or tried on that will let me see the gauges on my scooters without...
Forum: Battle scooters 08-10-2014, 07:26 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,226
Posted By cdwise
Ever notice that when they do review a few...

Ever notice that when they do review a few scooters it is always the most motorcycle like scooter that gets top marks?
Forum: Battle scooters 08-09-2014, 02:26 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,436
Posted By cdwise
Well if it has mostly sat around sounds like some...

Well if it has mostly sat around sounds like some seafoam and riding would resolve the rough running. It just isn't good for bikes to sit in a garage. Hope it finds a home where it is properly...
Forum: Battle scooters 08-09-2014, 08:25 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,774
Posted By cdwise
I carried a 2.2 gallon can and was fine. Your BV...

I carried a 2.2 gallon can and was fine. Your BV 350 gets better mileage than my 500 so I expect you would be as well.
Forum: Battle scooters 08-08-2014, 03:44 PM
Replies: 256
Views: 36,037
Posted By cdwise
I like the idea of a black stripe or series of...

I like the idea of a black stripe or series of stripes. Use light reflecting tape and that gives you both a tie in to the scooter color and increased visibility at night.

My blog...
Forum: Battle scooters 08-08-2014, 06:17 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,774
Posted By cdwise
In my experience gas crossing Nevada is a bigger...

In my experience gas crossing Nevada is a bigger problem than another state. Utah was next as far as gas availability even on US highways. Those are the only two states outside of the cannonball I...
Forum: Battle scooters 08-08-2014, 06:02 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,176
Posted By cdwise
Never felt more than a hum on a BV or Scarabeo....

Never felt more than a hum on a BV or Scarabeo. I've got a pair of grip puppies on the Scarabeo since often do 300-500 mile days on it but that's more for the extra padding than vibration
Forum: Battle scooters 08-07-2014, 05:17 PM
Replies: 256
Views: 36,037
Posted By cdwise
We took the BVs out last weekend. First on...

We took the BVs out last weekend. First on Saturday we ran up and over Loveland Pass with my son riding the new to us Derbi Boulevard 150 with his permit. Total that day was maybe 100 miles but that...
Forum: Battle scooters 08-07-2014, 04:48 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,774
Posted By cdwise
Wink A few years ago I flew into Houston from...

A few years ago I flew into Houston from Breckenridge. Next morning I got a ride to the Piaggio/Vespa dealership where I picked up a brand new BV 500. Handed over a check and rode it back to my house...
Forum: Battle scooters 08-07-2014, 06:36 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,069
Posted By cdwise
Looks a lot better than the three Elite 250s I've...

Looks a lot better than the three Elite 250s I've seen on Craigslist in Colorado this summer. Faded gold with interesting seat covers seems to be in readily available here.
Forum: Battle scooters 08-07-2014, 06:32 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,176
Posted By cdwise
I've got both a BV 500 and Scarabeo 500. I've...

I've got both a BV 500 and Scarabeo 500. I've cruised comfortably for hundreds of miles a day at 70-95mph for multiple days. The engine handles it extremely well and the scoots handle well at slow...
Forum: Battle scooters 08-06-2014, 10:13 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,852
Posted By cdwise
Same thing when's filled up my BV gas tank. Did...

Same thing when's filled up my BV gas tank. Did you ride all the way from Colorado?
No, California.
Isn't that too far for a moped?
Umm this moped goess 104 and I wasn't near the red line....
Forum: Battle scooters 08-05-2014, 04:58 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,436
Posted By cdwise
100 miles on a GTS is just far enough for an...

100 miles on a GTS is just far enough for an enjoyable ride. You can always paint it later if the blue really bothers you.
Forum: Battle scooters 08-04-2014, 07:36 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,436
Posted By cdwise
Good price on a low mileage GTS though it is...

Good price on a low mileage GTS though it is probably an IE or an S not an SI. As long as you do the scheduled maintenance it should be very reliable. FWIW the GTS model is the most common one found...
Forum: Trip Planning 08-03-2014, 08:53 AM
Replies: 699
Views: 142,180
Posted By cdwise
Before I cut my hair it was low and hehind,...

Before I cut my hair it was low and hehind, usually tucked under my jacket if I was going more than just some low speed in town sort of riding.
Forum: Battle scooters 07-31-2014, 03:49 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,176
Posted By cdwise
All I know is that my Israeli friend finds his...

All I know is that my Israeli friend finds his Vespa GTS the perfect scoot for his needs. Most of the ones you name I haven't even heard of so I can't comment on your options.
Forum: Battle scooters 07-31-2014, 02:13 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,069
Posted By cdwise
I have both a BV 500 and a Vespa GTS 250. Like...

I have both a BV 500 and a Vespa GTS 250. Like gogogordy If I was limited to just one it would be the GTS. Having said that I've experienced no problems with using the BV in town or on the road. It...
Forum: Battle scooters 07-30-2014, 03:15 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 683
Posted By cdwise
Varying speeds is the only thing I do when I'm...

Varying speeds is the only thing I do when I'm breaking in a new scooter. I may hit WOT a few times but not for any sustained period but I don't particularly baby it either.
Forum: Battle scooters 07-30-2014, 03:10 PM
Replies: 127
Views: 20,880
Posted By cdwise
Intermittent starting problems - how old is your...

Intermittent starting problems - how old is your battery? Might want to check the kill switch for corrosion and if your scoot has a kickstand kill switch check it too.



FWIW, all of the...
Forum: Battle scooters 07-28-2014, 08:11 PM
Replies: 1,147
Views: 191,215
Posted By cdwise
Vespa GTS doesn't have the DOT stalks either. You...

Vespa GTS doesn't have the DOT stalks either. You just have to have a front end wide enough that it meets DOT specs something that isn't always compatible with small scooter design. Good thing is you...
Forum: Battle scooters 07-28-2014, 11:51 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,411
Posted By cdwise
Whatever floats your boat but I'll pass.

Whatever floats your boat but I'll pass.
Forum: Battle scooters 07-26-2014, 04:14 PM
Replies: 127
Views: 20,880
Posted By cdwise
Congrats, the Sym HD is a lovely scoot. I'm sure...

Congrats, the Sym HD is a lovely scoot. I'm sure you will have lots of fun on it and will be an excellent commuter for you.
Forum: Battle scooters 07-26-2014, 08:31 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 5,663
Posted By cdwise
You might want to check out the Nolan n44 or n43....

You might want to check out the Nolan n44 or n43. It has an extremely wide field of vision. They are the only full face helmet I can easily see all the gauges without dipping my head down. It takes a...
Forum: Battle scooters 07-25-2014, 09:26 PM
Replies: 256
Views: 36,037
Posted By cdwise
Sniff, I've been watching out for a pair of those...

Sniff, I've been watching out for a pair of those side cases for years. You said your dealer has another set? I already have the mounts on my BV but not on my husbands.
PM me please.

FWIW, I...
Forum: Battle scooters 07-24-2014, 03:35 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 5,663
Posted By cdwise
Previously it was the Nolan N43 Trilogy (Aire in...

Previously it was the Nolan N43 Trilogy (Aire in Europe) but I've now switched to the N44. Better airflow than the US N43 version and I like the face shield vent.

Nolan helmets just fit me and...
Forum: Battle scooters 07-23-2014, 10:20 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,772
Posted By cdwise
My husband is likely to suggest I take a nice...

My husband is likely to suggest I take a nice long ride if it has been too long since I've done one. Seems I'm a much nicer person to live with when I've been on a ride. He does ride but a weekend or...
Forum: Battle scooters 07-20-2014, 10:03 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,079
Posted By cdwise
Take a small fire extinguisher with you. More...

Take a small fire extinguisher with you. More effective than bear spray on both critters and legal everywhere. :D
Forum: Battle scooters 07-17-2014, 07:52 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 457
Posted By cdwise
Should be faster than either the Zuma or Vino...

Should be faster than either the Zuma or Vino which are pretty slow for 125cc scoots. Assuming it is the Leader engine it should be very reliable. I just bought a Derbi 150 which has the Leader...
Forum: Battle scooters 07-17-2014, 01:47 PM
Replies: 1,147
Views: 191,215
Posted By cdwise
Remember that most of the scooters on the...

Remember that most of the scooters on the cannonball, even the modern scoots have quite a few miles before they start. Some are on their second, third even fourth cannonball and are often daily...
Forum: Battle scooters 07-17-2014, 01:34 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,957
Posted By cdwise
Cracks me up to hear that motorcycles are...

Cracks me up to hear that motorcycles are "easier" in tight low speed maneuvers. At the 4 MSF courses I've either attended or other family members have attended the scooters in the class all...
Forum: Battle scooters 07-17-2014, 08:14 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,099
Posted By cdwise
Don't over compress your scoot's suspension. That...

Don't over compress your scoot's suspension. That way lies no only messing up the suspension but bending your handlebars and other "damage" attributed to canyon dancers or other handle bar harnesses....
Forum: Battle scooters 07-17-2014, 07:56 AM
Replies: 1,147
Views: 191,215
Posted By cdwise
Agreed, I may have to check if Houston or Austin...

Agreed, I may have to check if Houston or Austin dealers are offering the same deal since my niece just told me a couple days ago she's thinking about getting a scooter to commute to grad school...
Forum: Battle scooters 07-17-2014, 07:54 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,957
Posted By cdwise
Add Sports City 125 - 250 if you can find it is a...

Add Sports City 125 - 250 if you can find it is a great scotoer. Don't rule out the Buddy 125, it has a lot of torque for its size and the top end is about the same as the 150. For a bit more power...
Forum: Battle scooters 07-17-2014, 07:48 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 691
Posted By cdwise
Several folks who are stability or strength...

Several folks who are stability or strength challenge we know using Instatrike kits from Towpac http://www.towpacusa.com/ because they can often move them from one scooter/motorcycle to another. One...
Forum: Battle scooters 07-17-2014, 07:44 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 597
Posted By cdwise
I've got canyon dancer knock off I got off ebay...

I've got canyon dancer knock off I got off ebay or some motorcycle site (been to long to remember which) which have open ended pockets not cups and have never had a problem on any of our scoots. ...
Forum: Battle scooters 07-16-2014, 06:09 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,099
Posted By cdwise
You don't say what type of scooter you want to...

You don't say what type of scooter you want to trailer. We use Canyon Dancers on the handle bars. Some people use Jetting bar ends...
Forum: Battle scooters 07-15-2014, 07:43 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,659
Posted By cdwise
FWIW I sold our Burgman because neither my...

FWIW I sold our Burgman because neither my husband nor I found the foot forward seating position comfortable for long rides. I replaced it with a BV 500 which has a neutral position that works much...
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