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Old 12-20-2012, 08:43 PM   #1
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Scooter upgrade

*sigh*
It had to happen I guess. After yet another marathon 1hr20min trip to cover only 98km that left me bloody exhausted after fighting 40kph headwinds all the way to work, and after getting literally blown off the gravel into the bush twice (Hehehe! Bit of a giggle now though!), and then having to ask my workmates to get me more fuel from fighting the headwinds coz I was nearly empty, I figured a scooter upgrade was in order.
As much as I love the little Aprilia Sportcity One 125, and as willing as it is, and as cheerful as it is to go above and beyond the call of scooterdom, the open highway and strong headwinds while desperately trying to outrun road trains and even getting caught up by caravanners........

.........makes it a slightly perilous adventure at best. While normally not completely averse to peril in small doses generally, peril can sometimes be too perilous even for such a brave Sir Knight as I (please don't send angry PMs, it is firmly tongue-in-cheek), and an upgrade is in order. Only took me 1000km to figure it out.

Unfortunately, I've always liked maxi-scoots. It is a definate problem. After over 30 years of racing and riding, the thought of riding something with little power and a bum bigger than an "Asterix" character filled me with dread.
But YAY!!!! The dread was overcome by the fear of the peril, and so here it is! The bum I mean.......


Just enough grunt to sit into a 40kph headwind uphill........


Comfy rides these things.........



Now my all-time favourite scooter that I've ever ridden is the Piaggio X-Evo 400. This X8 250ie isn't as quick, and a slightly shorter wheelbase, but I gotta say it's a damn fine ride.
Even if I do feel bloody silly riding it with my Dianese leather race jacket and my billiion-dollar composite kevlar race helmet at only 100kph!
The cupholder fits better too, it's all good really, the right tool for the job, but damn I'm gonna miss that little 125.

Ride safe.
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Old 12-20-2012, 09:36 PM   #2
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Old 12-21-2012, 04:20 AM   #3
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Old 12-21-2012, 12:43 PM   #4
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There you go! :)
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Old 12-21-2012, 06:36 PM   #5
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I admire the determination to stay as small as possible and not leap straight back to 400cc.

I may have missed it but I'd like to see some pictures of a 100km commute through bubby hills with kangaroos and moonlight for company. It sounds absurdly romantic and I dare not ask what the job involves.
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Old 12-22-2012, 01:04 PM   #6
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Yeah, I keep thinking about the camera and some pics of the trip every week. Then I think of holding the camera while riding, etc, etc. Might see about a few pics though, sort of like a "one day" ride report perhaps.

On the ride the other night I saw a shooting star through some light clouds, really bright across 1/2 the sky!

I work here......
http://ilrs.gsfc.nasa.gov/
Yarragadee.......
http://ilrs.gsfc.nasa.gov/network/stations/
Weather station, not a spook in sight!
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Old 12-22-2012, 10:27 PM   #7
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I knew it had to be something interesting.

Commute photography is always a pain simply because you are busy getting somewhere and delay is irritating.
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Old 12-23-2012, 05:32 AM   #8
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Commute photography is always a pain simply because you are busy getting somewhere and delay is irritating.
HAHA! Especially at 0130am leave time, and an hour and a bit to go before the next coffee.
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