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Old 09-16-2012, 01:08 PM   #1
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Talking A pint sized adventure

Does the equipment make the Adventurer?
I don't belive it does.

Here's the back story......

In April I bought a 08 Wildfire 150 scooter AKA "The Virus"


off of my employer that was a left over when they were selling them 2yrs ago. And I have been hooked on riding ever since, rain or shine I'm on the road, I am now disgruntled to drive my truck when I HAVE to, hauling the wife and kids.










Back in July I went out and bought a 87 XL600R "The Cracken"

because I wanted to hit back roads, highways and every where else I thought the scooter couldn't go, and all was well for about a month when some compression issues were realized, and it stopped all the fun till it could be fixed.

So now what do I do?








Back to Ole Faithful

Last weekend I did a country back road group ride with a few local ADVers, and she held up very well in my opinion, and it got me thinking "What else can she do?"

Well I planed a trial route to the south all back roads and a bit of gravel to the Northeast side of Lake Logan

http://goo.gl/maps/4SrTl

I left just before 10am



Dupler rd.







Well
I made it where I wanted to go......











A road less traveled on an under rated beast










Now for some Sunday sight seeing
Checked out the dam on the south end of the Lake, water was barely trickling over











If it wasn't so busy I would have stopped for a pic in front of this sign








Swung by the Welcome center













Even stopped by Millstone BBQ, couldn't go in (regular pay days are ify with my employer) but I got the shot




















Church was out by now and the park was starting to get pretty crowded so I headed back in to the woods
























Heading back I turned off to find a nice place to sit and eat lunch, Came across some mud in the road and there was no way around it ( he he he he)







Not a DS tire









Found a great spot for lunch, several canoes went by



and tour groups were using the Zip lines up river


I was have a great time and from the the sounds of everyone else was too.
I played in the dirt for a little bit and decided to head on.








A little ways down the road, the scoot's exhaust sounded different, hmmm, now mind you I gutted the exhuast when I first got it, this was alittle different?

I pulled over to check it out


Now I can't blame this on a bad factory weld, but it's an easy fix atleast.
I had some Steel putty with me but, it wasn't necessary.








I got home alittle bit after 1pm, safe and sound






Not a bad trip for about $3.00 of premium gas


This isn't supposed to be an epic RR, this is just me sharing my begining love with two wheels
and that it's doesn't matter what you ride or how far you go, just ride where you want to go on what you have.


Thank you for your time and ride safe
Pete















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Old 09-16-2012, 05:05 PM   #2
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Nice!

Reminded me of long weekend camping trips two-up on a 50 cc Honda moped. The equipment does not make the adventure (but it does help a bit)
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Old 09-16-2012, 07:14 PM   #3
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You're doing it right.
After the "two wheel" part, the rest is really just minor details anyway.
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Old 09-17-2012, 12:58 PM   #4
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Looks like you had a fun ride and that's what counts. Years ago I started out on Lambrettas and went all over the country (U.K.) going to scooter rallies; they were some of the best times of my life.
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Old 09-18-2012, 03:02 PM   #5
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Wink Coming up!

Thanks for your support guys!

Well I fixed the exhaust, was going to mig weld it but, I figured the metal was brittle enough as it was and figured welding would just make it worse so I just applied some Quik Steel. Still need to hit it with some high temp paint.





Here is my route for this weekend. Hope to get alot more pics and some videos this time.

http://goo.gl/maps/WVhtT

I picked up some "saddle" bags as in horse saddle, that look nice for only 30.00usd

It's going to be a looooong week waiting for the weekend
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Old 09-23-2012, 04:27 PM   #6
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Talking Another Run

http://goo.gl/maps/Nheo6
Well the day started out well.... and cold 38F.


Here's a look at the saddle bags from Tractor supply




Here's the first photo stop I did, The scoot started to stumble alittle bit before this and the cold steel on the exhaust broke off and she was running loud.





50 miles in and she was stumbling real bad, but I kept on




I really need to get a SPOT tracker





At this point I was 65 miles in and she was getting real bad, so I decided to call for support which was an 1hr away, atleast it was a nice spot.










I really wanted to move on but I just put some more COLD STEEL on the exhaust and was waiting for it to cure and my help was expecting me to be at this spot, so here I sat.

An hour later, I make a call to see where my help was and my help is waiting for me about 15 miles down the road at another place . Ok, so we decided I would head their direction and they would head mine and we would meet in the middle. Sounds like a plan right


Well I made it down the road about 5 miles to here


She was horrible now and wouldn't go over 35, so I pulled off and to wait for them to come to me because they were coming my direction, they are coming my direction right? I pulled the spark plug while I was waiting and decided she was running real lean probly due to the exhaust. 20 minutes later nothing . They should have come by now. Check phone, no signal hmmmmm.


GIVE HER HELL AND TRY!!!!


Well I stumbled the rest of the way to the area I was planing to go anyway, I figured I could atleast get there and start looking at the carb and maybe adjust the air screw alittle bit to get by.

As I rounded the corner I saw them sitting at the end of the parking lot, apparently they turned around just up the road from where I was stopped and went back were they began to wait for me.


Well I came all this way so I wasn't about to leave for home now, anyway she was ok at speeds less than 40 so why not.












She was sooo tired she took a nap

It was actually quite funny really, I was doing a u turn to check out a side road I just past and she did a "Roy Rogers" (wheelie) coming back on the road, "High O Silver, Away!" and landed on her side.
A few scratches,a gravely knee and one ungracefully removed speaker was the only damage.




Back on the road we went










I think she did great considering the roads, I'm happy


Here's the new ugly side
Still have some gravel stuck in between the body panels


Cold Steel Stinks!
Time to mig weld!



My Hero



I decided to go ahead and truck her home, didn't have felt too safe running her on the highway with the stumble and after the spill I still need to look her over real good.


All in all it was a good day riding

Thank you for your time and ride safe
Pete
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Old 09-24-2012, 08:16 AM   #7
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Good report. I'm always interested to see how far people push scooters outside their paved road "comfort zone".

Other than the exhaust weld, how has it been holding up? Do you leave pavement with it often?
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Old 09-24-2012, 07:42 PM   #8
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Good report. I'm always interested to see how far people push scooters outside their paved road "comfort zone".

Other than the exhaust weld, how has it been holding up? Do you leave pavement with it often?
Thanks for the support buddy,
Off pavement she does just fine, just like any other bike check I for loose bolts before and after a ride,Loctite Loctite Loctite, The small wheels make it so easy to nav between potholes at slower speeds and at higher speeds my floorboards allows me to stretch out and use my legs to absorb the bumps some what close to standing on foot pegs, I''m pretty darn happy with the factory tires over all, and I have yet to try airing them down for gravel, was going to for this last trip to get the feel for it but didn't bother.

Lately when I pick a spot on the map I want to ride to I just try and find county roads that look quiet, and keep changing the route until I'm happy, This last trip I had never been on some of the roads before and I found myself turning on to "Young Rd" half hour in to the trip to find out it was all gravel (I thought Cool!)
This trip was about 20 miles of gravel and if it wasn't for the exhuast I was hoping to do a lot more dirt and field, only got to do alittle bit.
I will say pot holes hidden in sunshine and tree leave shadows are quite a challenge.

I ride it 6 days a week to work all in-town pavement, Sundays it's where ever it will take me reguardless of roads.

Her dirt nap really did a number to the muffler and brackets, I welded them back up today but I need to do a change.
She still stumbled a bit on the test run after welding so I want to check the valves and change the fuel filter out tomorrow might need to adjust the sir screw due to all the holes and cracks in the muffler.




Just a rant
The smaller (150cc or less) Scooter will always be looked down upon by the "Real" riders
They are slow, dorky and useless!, most "real" riders wouldn't be caught dead on one.
Well mine will do 50 all day long, is nimble as hell thanks to the small 10'' wheels, has a lower center of gravity than most other two wheeled rides, and has no real issues off pavement other than dealing with my stupidity.
It still may be dorky but I don't give a DAMN how many people have "ADVENTURE or DUALSPORT BIKES" that never get dirty!
What a F*cking waste!
Rant over
Kick it and Twist it,


Take care and ride safe
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Old 09-25-2012, 12:54 AM   #9
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Your Sand Hollow is greener than my Sand Hollow, at least most of the year I bet. Prettier sign too!

This has been a fun ride report to follow along with. Ride on!
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Old 09-25-2012, 01:46 AM   #10
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Old 09-25-2012, 05:32 AM   #11
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good job Pete.

I have a KLR and it goes where it needs to go, but I admit I do stop and look at the Ruckus herd when I stop at my local dealer which also sells Honda & Yammy besides Kawisucker.

Someday. I want a scooter just for fumbling around when the KLR is tore apart.
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Old 09-25-2012, 12:48 PM   #12
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There is so much to be said for going back to basics.

The best part of doing a bit of Europe two weeks ago was the back roads and averaging 40mph for days.

You get to smell the roses.
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Old 09-27-2012, 09:16 PM   #13
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Talking On the road again

Well, the stumble is gone, had a nice rainy day ride today, the vaccum line to the fuel pump had worked alittle loose, all better now, still need to finish welding up the exhaust though.

I plan to return back there this weekend with a slightly different route, and complete the trip as it should have, me riding home.

Next weekend I'm planing a 200 mile triple nickle (Ohio 555) trip to the Ohio river! Wooo Hoooo

Take care and ride safe
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