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Forum: Pics, pics, pics... Yesterday, 06:37 AM
Replies: 2,078
Views: 558,864
Posted By conchscooter
The road to Key West

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-cL9f2zdnVqk/U9g-dFkT11I/AAAAAAABbpQ/BDa1bFYD6dY/I/IMAG1144.jpg

Tamales at The Wharf, Summerland Key, Mile Marker 25 Overseas Highway.
Forum: Battle scooters 08-20-2014, 01:31 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,158
Posted By conchscooter
The Vespa ET4 is getting long in the tooth, not...

The Vespa ET4 is getting long in the tooth, not built since 2004, and is thus slipping into the used market at reasonable prices. Air cooled, carbureted, and properly 60mph capable in neutral...
Forum: Day Trippin' 08-14-2014, 10:23 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,209
Posted By conchscooter
Nice! Great pictures. More please.

Nice! Great pictures. More please.
Forum: Battle scooters 08-03-2014, 10:46 AM
Replies: 275
Views: 15,211
Posted By conchscooter
I still like to know where it is and what I'm...

I still like to know where it is and what I'm looking at, a line of two adds a lot to the fun of watching.
Forum: Battle scooters 08-03-2014, 10:42 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,867
Posted By conchscooter
While cell phones are a modern curse there is no...

While cell phones are a modern curse there is no suggestion - yet- that a cell phone was involved in this accident. But let's not let that dampen wild speculation. Furthermore Arizona is a helmet...
Forum: Battle scooters 07-31-2014, 03:01 PM
Replies: 171
Views: 19,015
Posted By conchscooter
It's funny because the tinkering gene is widely...

It's funny because the tinkering gene is widely distributed among men and it missed me completely. I've looked at threads for years on Modern Vespa by people arguing over top speed, seeking more and...
Forum: Battle scooters 07-31-2014, 12:53 PM
Replies: 171
Views: 19,015
Posted By conchscooter
The scooterist's dream of the extra...

The scooterist's dream of the extra mile-per-hour...It's the ambition that gave us much of what is good, and bad, in the world. I sit on the sidelines and marvel as I accept with gratitude all that...
Forum: Battle scooters 07-23-2014, 02:08 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 6,256
Posted By conchscooter
http://youtu.be/4cSn5nCQVrI Rugged enough...

http://youtu.be/4cSn5nCQVrI

Rugged enough for two middle aged gents and their Vespas. Passo del Colombardo in Northern Italy tops out around 6,000 feet (1900 meters). Hate those Piaggio products,...
Forum: Battle scooters 07-23-2014, 02:03 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,787
Posted By conchscooter
If the whole point of the trip is measuring mpg...

If the whole point of the trip is measuring mpg the answer is obvious. If you can see your way to measuring a trip by something more intrinsically valuable than mpg ( whatever could that be?) then...
Forum: Battle scooters 07-21-2014, 08:45 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 7,663
Posted By conchscooter
The other thing to bear in mind is that most...

The other thing to bear in mind is that most modern machines barely get used. I am amazed at how much money people will spend to ride a bike a thousand miles a year if that, and I do appreciate the...
Forum: Battle scooters 07-21-2014, 06:50 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 5,229
Posted By conchscooter
A new motorcycle is always a good thing and I...

A new motorcycle is always a good thing and I like to see one that will be ridden, especially with no view toward worrying about resale. I look forward to many more rides.
Forum: Battle scooters 07-21-2014, 06:18 PM
Replies: 275
Views: 15,211
Posted By conchscooter
If Marcus Del Valle (pronounced valley) were...

If Marcus Del Valle (pronounced valley) were working...but if wishes were something I'd not be at work.

A valley? Really? If the highest point is 16 feet does a dip in the road count as a valley?
Forum: Battle scooters 07-18-2014, 07:33 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,112
Posted By conchscooter
Front only

I was taught to tie the front end only.
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Forum: Battle scooters 07-18-2014, 11:16 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 7,663
Posted By conchscooter
Precisely so. That's why two machines apparently...

Precisely so. That's why two machines apparently identical can have cost differences. Tolerances and metallurgy. My money indeed. My choice based on experience.

Which is not to say redundancy...
Forum: Ride reports 07-18-2014, 11:09 AM
Replies: 151
Views: 26,374
Posted By conchscooter
Very well done. 16 days at 32mph is an...

Very well done. 16 days at 32mph is an extraordinary feat. So now you have put to rest the notion that a determined rider needs a particular machine to complete a trip.
Forum: Battle scooters 07-17-2014, 09:00 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 7,663
Posted By conchscooter
I don't think WOT is out of reach. In the bad old...

I don't think WOT is out of reach. In the bad old days we used to consider cruising speed 80% of top speed. Nowadays I'm not so sure. I run my wife's ET4 WOT on the Overseas Highway and it's doing...
Forum: Ride reports 07-15-2014, 12:51 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,587
Posted By conchscooter
Great pictures!

Great pictures!
Forum: Battle scooters 07-14-2014, 11:57 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 7,663
Posted By conchscooter
I believe the reviewer actually said it will get...

I believe the reviewer actually said it will get to 65 easily and continues to accelerate to an indicated 81 mph though the rate of acceleration decreases the faster you go. Freeway capable one would...
Forum: Battle scooters 07-14-2014, 11:46 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,158
Posted By conchscooter
Burgman 200

Too expensive for your desired budget, but beautifully equipped for the money, and sufficient performance for you to be able to grow into using it to replace a car. To my surprise the styling which I...
Forum: Battle scooters 07-12-2014, 06:15 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 7,663
Posted By conchscooter
So you want to bring a scooter to the US market....

So you want to bring a scooter to the US market. Trying pleasing this non-buyer:




I like the Burgman range but the 400 and 650 are too large to qualify as scooters in my mind. They are...
Forum: Road warriors 07-11-2014, 08:33 AM
Replies: 1,817
Views: 189,759
Posted By conchscooter
I read this thread from the sidelines,...

I read this thread from the sidelines, unfulfillable lust as I have other bike projects underway. But I do have to wonder what kind of lightly used SR 400s will be available after they stop importing...
Forum: Battle scooters 07-11-2014, 08:05 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 313
Posted By conchscooter
Truth or Dare?

Without pictures there is no evidence.
ADVrider is a tough crowd.
Forum: Battle scooters 07-11-2014, 07:06 AM
Replies: 3,380
Views: 1,312,068
Posted By conchscooter
Brooklyn Outpost Of The Moped Army

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Forum: Battle scooters 07-11-2014, 07:05 AM
Replies: 3,380
Views: 1,312,068
Posted By conchscooter
Brooklyn Commuter

Brave soul
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Forum: Battle scooters 07-11-2014, 07:02 AM
Replies: 3,380
Views: 1,312,068
Posted By conchscooter
Vespa In Brooklyn

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Shows signs of having been loved sometime in its five thousand miles of life. Not much love now.
Forum: Thumpers 07-04-2014, 05:50 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 3,564
Posted By conchscooter
How does an engine run dry twice then perform as...

How does an engine run dry twice then perform as the OP reports it running before his mechanic saw him coming, then suddenly it's toast? Weird.
Easier to blame the cop I guess, but it doesn't make...
Forum: Battle scooters 07-04-2014, 04:55 PM
Replies: 3,380
Views: 1,312,068
Posted By conchscooter
Portland, Maine

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Some brave soul rides a Vespa in this inclement climate.
Forum: Battle scooters 07-04-2014, 04:53 PM
Replies: 275
Views: 15,211
Posted By conchscooter
I'm in Maine scooter less in the rain on...

I'm in Maine scooter less in the rain on vacation. You lot out riding are making me jealous.
Forum: Battle scooters 07-03-2014, 04:43 PM
Replies: 275
Views: 15,211
Posted By conchscooter
Good job.

Good job.
Forum: Battle scooters 07-02-2014, 08:20 PM
Replies: 3,380
Views: 1,312,068
Posted By conchscooter
Seen in Boston.

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-9ZW4JpZqnKs/U7LINz-W5oI/AAAAAAABZNc/94vgkW2M-fY/I/IMAG9857.jpg

No tag scootering.
Forum: Battle scooters 07-02-2014, 07:36 AM
Replies: 275
Views: 15,211
Posted By conchscooter
I'm thinking of renting a scooter to get you lot...

I'm thinking of renting a scooter to get you lot off your arses. Boston must have a tractor somewhere.
Forum: Battle scooters 06-29-2014, 06:58 PM
Replies: 180
Views: 18,417
Posted By conchscooter
I would love to see one pictures of your Vespa...

I would love to see one pictures of your Vespa when you get her back.

Will do. It's a very personal project but I want to give anyone remotely interested an idea of what's possible so I will put...
Forum: Battle scooters 06-29-2014, 04:32 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,796
Posted By conchscooter
I weigh 250 pounds and my Vespa 150 runs 65 mph...

I weigh 250 pounds and my Vespa 150 runs 65 mph indicated which is 60 real miles per hour on the flat. I ride WOT 23 miles to work and back. I wear out belts waiting for my shifter scooter to be...
Forum: Battle scooters 06-28-2014, 08:23 PM
Replies: 180
Views: 18,417
Posted By conchscooter
Crazy huh?! I'm 56. I got my first Vespa in...

Crazy huh?! I'm 56. I got my first Vespa in 1970. Call it nostalgia. Also I believe a properly sorted P200 will last the rest of my life with minimal maintenance. No belts no filters and easy in...
Forum: Battle scooters 06-28-2014, 08:19 PM
Replies: 275
Views: 15,211
Posted By conchscooter
I could do that. Except I'm away on vacation. Key...

I could do that. Except I'm away on vacation. Key West has a tractor to clean the beach...
Forum: Battle scooters 06-28-2014, 06:25 AM
Replies: 180
Views: 18,417
Posted By conchscooter
Thanks. They killed forum access at work, ADV...

Thanks.
They killed forum access at work, ADV rider is classified as porn in some dinosaur IT mind. Grr. HUBB is okay though! Go figure.
I am HOPING the P will be ready next week....my wife and I...
Forum: Battle scooters 06-28-2014, 06:16 AM
Replies: 117
Views: 12,306
Posted By conchscooter
You are the best ambassador for scooting. The...

You are the best ambassador for scooting. The ride is the thing and yours are full of the sheer joy of the thing as always!
Forum: Battle scooters 06-28-2014, 05:57 AM
Replies: 180
Views: 18,417
Posted By conchscooter
The BMW ( built in China) is a good bike with...

The BMW ( built in China) is a good bike with well matched all round performance suspension and brakes. Experienced motorcyclists find it tends to run out of puff over about 85mph though that is...
Forum: Battle scooters 06-28-2014, 05:46 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,235
Posted By conchscooter
Znen sounds terrible, as Chinese scooters have an...

Znen sounds terrible, as Chinese scooters have an awful rap, but times change and they rent Znen in Key West and they get well abused but they run endlessly. So reliability will be better than know...
Forum: Ride reports 06-28-2014, 03:21 AM
Replies: 151
Views: 26,374
Posted By conchscooter
I love my scooters but seeing America at 35...

I love my scooters but seeing America at 35 mph....my hat is off to you. Perhaps its time stop writing off Chinese clones? This is a great story.
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