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Old 05-31-2011, 02:58 PM   #1
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Scootin Through the North Carolina Mtns - 2 up on an Aprilia CS250

Western North Carolina has some of the best riding in the Country. The roads are curvy.



They are carved through some rugged mountains.



There is a lot of great scenery.



There is some strange scenery.



Best of all, it is not to far away for us, so my lovely bride of nearly 25 years and I decided to spend Memorial day weekend riding through some of the best North Carolina has to offer.

We weren't the only one with this idea, we saw many other couples out riding the area, but we were the only ones we saw 2-up on a small scooter.

Here's our new toy:



It's a brand new, 2009 Aprilia Sport City 250.

The Aprilia in action:



And then there's us. We're not exactly brand new



But we are young enough to spend a weekend riding some of the steepest, twistiest, and most fun roads in the country on a scooter.

I'll post The full story, including lots of pics, as soon as I have a chance.
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Old 05-31-2011, 03:31 PM   #2
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Looking forward to see your pictures

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Old 05-31-2011, 04:12 PM   #3
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A few more pics of the Aprilia before I try to explain how and why we ended up on a scooter.



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Our last 2 up bike was a 95 BMW R1100GS. A couple of years ago it was taken out of commision by Bambi. Since then we had done very little riding together. All of my other bikes were single cylinder Dual Sports and didn't work well 2 up. About 6 weeks ago, I sold the GS and another bike. The ADV flea market works well as both sold in less than a day. When I told Debbi the bikes had sold she said " Can we get another bike that's comfortable 2 up now?"

Of course being a sensible guy I am I said no, we should spend the money on yard maintenance or a new vacuum cleaner................

What, you don't believe me

Of course Debbi has ways of changing my mind

So she grabbed my arm and twisted real hard. So I agreed that we would go bike shopping. So we did. We looked, sat on and even test rode a bunch of motorcycles and scooters. I was really leaning on getting a scooter since I had been bitten by the scooter bug when I bought my first scooter, a Kymco Super 8 150, several months earlier.

So, we eventually decided on getting a Piaggio BV250. So how did we end up on the Aprilia? Stay tuned.
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Old 05-31-2011, 08:10 PM   #4
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The day after deciding on the BV250, I took a ride to the North Georgia mountains. I stopped at Riders Hill in Dahlonega to see who was hanging out there and to get some lunch. Riders Hill is also a motorcycle dealer and happens to be open on Sundays.



When I walked inside I saw 3 Sport City 250s on the showroom floor. I didn't know they were still available. Best of all was the price tag; $3499.
So I called Debbi and she drove up to see if it would be comfortable for the two of us.



It was. The next weekend we came back and did a test ride. We ended up leaving with it along with a Givi Top case. Here's a pic of us 2 up the next day.

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Old 06-01-2011, 07:35 AM   #5
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After getting the scooter I had 2 week to get in some break in miles and do the initial oil change before our weekend trip. It was rough but somebody had to do it

We left Marietta shortly after noon with the scooter in the back of our truck and headed for Franklin. Some die hard Iron butt types may frown at trucking instead of riding but if I enjoyed riding on the highways I would have bought a big touring bike, not a 250cc scooter.

We arrived in Franklin and checked into the Franklin Motel, an old motel near downtown. Unfortunately, when we checked into our room, it reeked of cigarette smoke. They had no other suitable rooms so we got our money back and headed out to find another room......on a Saturday afternoon of Memorial Day weekend We were not happy, I specifically requested a Non Smoking room and he even gave me the room number when I made the reservation. It was a smoking room. It didn't look like that nice of a room either. I will not be going back to that motel.

So we drove a few blocks and saw a not very impressive little motel. I was not expecting much but they had a room available, $49 per night, stay 2 nights and get a third free. The room was old but much nicer than the Franklin Motel so we took it. The name of the place was the Budget Inn. Here's a few pics:



Like I said, it didn't look like much.

Here's inside the room.



And I prefer the old style motels where you can park right outside your door.

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We went for a short ride just to check out the town. Didn't get any pics but we did wander just ouside of town and found ourselves on some nice twisty roads

Then it was time for dinner. We walked to the Blue Ridge Roadhouse.



The door handles were interesting.



The food was good, the service was good, and the prices very reasonable. I would recomend this place to anyone who was hungry. My only complaint; the tiny deserts.

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Nice ride report and great photos.

Thanks for sharing and cheered my evening seeing some sunshine in pictures
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