ADVrider

Go Back   ADVrider > Riding > Regional forums
User Name
Password
Register Inmates Photos Site Rules Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 07-21-2013, 08:54 AM   #2911
cdwise
Beastly Adventurer
 
cdwise's Avatar
 
Joined: Oct 2010
Location: Houston, TX/Breckenridge, CO
Oddometer: 1,089
Wicked

Quote:
Originally Posted by GSDiva View Post
So, as a scooterist, how did you find this site? Do you do long distance travel?
Who services your scooter in Denver? Erico? Sportique?
You seem to have a (common) misconception about scooters. While they aren't usually that good for off-road riding they are very capable bikes. There is a scooter section on this forum http://www.advrider.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=36

Erico services ours currently but I haven't been particularly happy with them so I'll probably change next time service is due.

FWIW, this is my ride map of states I've ridden one or more of our scooters in:


The scooter I have in Breckenridge is a Piaggio BV 500 that I've GPS'd at 98mph (crossing Nevada) and still had some throttle left but mpgs suck at that speed. It isn't all that difficult to rack up miles on it. It is what is called a sports tourer in Europe not a city scoot. In 2012 I rode either it or the Aprilia Scarabeo 500from Houston to Washington DC via Natchez Trace, Tail of the Dragon and Blue Ridge in the spring for a conference. I rode from Breckenridge through Rocky Mountain National Forest up to Crazy Horse, Mt. Rushmore, Sturgis, Walls, over to Lake Geneva for Amerivespa then around the lower part of Lake Michigan, taking the Lake Express Ferry back to Wi. There I went a more northernly route back with Theodore Roosevelt National Park, Cody, Yellowstone, Grand Tetons back. I put approx. 11,000 miles in trips of over 700 miles each on the scoots that year plus another few thousand around town (Houston) or doing day trips like Breck - Georgetown over Guenella Pass around to Evergreen, up Mt. Evans and back to Breck.

Year before Breck through the Utah national parks to San Diego then up the Pacific coast and back through Yosemite and US 6/50 (talk about lonely roads I saw more wild horses than people, cars, trucks and motorcycles combined on those roads crossing Nevada.) Plus a few days in the Twisted Sisters with my brother and a couple of his friends who were riding BMWs and V-Stars. I wasn't the slowest in the twisties either though I'll admit that all of them could have outrun me on the flats but not without getting a serious ticket.

I'm seriously considering entering the scooter cannonball next year depending on when and what route they decide on. http://scootercannonball.com ocean to ocean across the USA with a max displacement of 250cc though unlike many I won't be doing it on a 30+ year old scoot but a 2005 Vespa GTS 250 since I'm not a fan of rebuilding on the side of the road as has happened on more than one occasion with the vintage riders.

Ride reports are on my blog http://cheryldwise.com but I haven't updated it since the DC trip - need to get the trip to Lake Geneva last summer up and the one from California to Houston in March where I rode my son's Sports City back for him since he changed school. Nothing like 1,712 miles on a 250 in 4 days including detours such as Oak Canyon between Sedona & Flagstaff. Hit the rev limiter on it a few times around 88 mph (94 indicated but it isn't exactly accurate and I didn't have a GPS mounted to check actual but it runs about 5-7% high.) Until this week I've been off 2 wheels after an accident at a rally in April but I've been cleared so I'll be riding more after we pick the scoot up from Erico on Friday.

cdwise screwed with this post 07-21-2013 at 09:07 AM
cdwise is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-22-2013, 10:30 AM   #2912
GSDiva
Adventurer
 
GSDiva's Avatar
 
Joined: Jun 2006
Location: Denver. CO
Oddometer: 73
Quote:
Originally Posted by cdwise View Post
You seem to have a (common) misconception about scooters. While they aren't usually that good for off-road riding they are very capable bikes. There is a scooter section on this forum http://www.advrider.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=36

Erico services ours currently but I haven't been particularly happy with them so I'll probably change next time service is due.

FWIW, this is my ride map of states I've ridden one or more of our scooters in:


The scooter I have in Breckenridge is a Piaggio BV 500 that I've GPS'd at 98mph (crossing Nevada) and still had some throttle left but mpgs suck at that speed. It isn't all that difficult to rack up miles on it. It is what is called a sports tourer in Europe not a city scoot. In 2012 I rode either it or the Aprilia Scarabeo 500from Houston to Washington DC via Natchez Trace, Tail of the Dragon and Blue Ridge in the spring for a conference. I rode from Breckenridge through Rocky Mountain National Forest up to Crazy Horse, Mt. Rushmore, Sturgis, Walls, over to Lake Geneva for Amerivespa then around the lower part of Lake Michigan, taking the Lake Express Ferry back to Wi. There I went a more northernly route back with Theodore Roosevelt National Park, Cody, Yellowstone, Grand Tetons back. I put approx. 11,000 miles in trips of over 700 miles each on the scoots that year plus another few thousand around town (Houston) or doing day trips like Breck - Georgetown over Guenella Pass around to Evergreen, up Mt. Evans and back to Breck.

Year before Breck through the Utah national parks to San Diego then up the Pacific coast and back through Yosemite and US 6/50 (talk about lonely roads I saw more wild horses than people, cars, trucks and motorcycles combined on those roads crossing Nevada.) Plus a few days in the Twisted Sisters with my brother and a couple of his friends who were riding BMWs and V-Stars. I wasn't the slowest in the twisties either though I'll admit that all of them could have outrun me on the flats but not without getting a serious ticket.

I'm seriously considering entering the scooter cannonball next year depending on when and what route they decide on. http://scootercannonball.com ocean to ocean across the USA with a max displacement of 250cc though unlike many I won't be doing it on a 30+ year old scoot but a 2005 Vespa GTS 250 since I'm not a fan of rebuilding on the side of the road as has happened on more than one occasion with the vintage riders.

Ride reports are on my blog http://cheryldwise.com but I haven't updated it since the DC trip - need to get the trip to Lake Geneva last summer up and the one from California to Houston in March where I rode my son's Sports City back for him since he changed school. Nothing like 1,712 miles on a 250 in 4 days including detours such as Oak Canyon between Sedona & Flagstaff. Hit the rev limiter on it a few times around 88 mph (94 indicated but it isn't exactly accurate and I didn't have a GPS mounted to check actual but it runs about 5-7% high.) Until this week I've been off 2 wheels after an accident at a rally in April but I've been cleared so I'll be riding more after we pick the scoot up from Erico on Friday.
Oh, no, no, no, you misunderstood. I am totally impressed with the miles lots of people rack up on their scoots. I have been close to buying one many times, but I would want a large cc scooter with a little heft to it, like yours. Because, I have back issues, I worry about tire size and suspension although I think the Aprilias have larger tires than Vespas. At least they did when I first looked at them several years ago. I will look at some of your ride reports. I've only recently come back to the forum because I wanted to learn what people have been saying about the new 2013 GS, so I missed the scooter forum.
Sorry, I didn't mean to offend.
__________________
Forever young
GSDiva is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-22-2013, 10:32 AM   #2913
GSDiva
Adventurer
 
GSDiva's Avatar
 
Joined: Jun 2006
Location: Denver. CO
Oddometer: 73
Quote:
Originally Posted by samk View Post
Hi Diva, I live in mountains just SW of Denver, myself and my F650GS would love to meet you for a ride! If you're OK hanging with the underpowered, that is! I'm fairly booked up next month and half, free in September?
September works for me. It's cooler then. I would love to meetup and get away some day in the hills. Let me know when you can do it.
__________________
Forever young
GSDiva is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-23-2013, 06:57 AM   #2914
cdwise
Beastly Adventurer
 
cdwise's Avatar
 
Joined: Oct 2010
Location: Houston, TX/Breckenridge, CO
Oddometer: 1,089
Quote:
Originally Posted by GSDiva View Post
Oh, no, no, no, you misunderstood. I am totally impressed with the miles lots of people rack up on their scoots. I have been close to buying one many times, but I would want a large cc scooter with a little heft to it, like yours. Because, I have back issues, I worry about tire size and suspension although I think the Aprilias have larger tires than Vespas. At least they did when I first looked at them several years ago. I will look at some of your ride reports. I've only recently come back to the forum because I wanted to learn what people have been saying about the new 2013 GS, so I missed the scooter forum.
Sorry, I didn't mean to offend.
Ah, sorry I misunderstood. In Colorado we have BV 500s. Same engine as the Scarabeo but a slightly different body style. The Scarabeo has better suspension and seat than the BV 500 in my opinion. I use an airhawk on the BV for long trips but not on the Scarabeo. There is a newer model BV 350 that has almost as much horse power as the 500 but a more efficient engine that many people absolutely love. Plus its maintenance intervals are more than 2x longer than the older engine. If I were considering buying a new one I'd give it serious consideration. Last week I had breakfast in Breckenridge with a gentleman from Tennessee who was up here with his BV 350.

Both the Aprilia and the BV have 16" tires on the front and 14" on the rear. Stock on the Vespa GTS is 12" but I know quite a few folks who have switched out the 12" stock tires for the 13" Youban wheels the MP3 uses and have been very pleased with the change.

I've got a hip that occasionally acts up which is one reason I ride a step through frame - aka scooter. For the upright seating position is the most comfortable. We used to have a Suzuki Burgman which is a huge favorite scooter for those who have ridden cruisers but I didn't find it as comfortable as the Italian traditional styled ones we own. Its also a pig at slow speeds and moving around the garage but both the 400 (lighter and easier to move around a garage) and the 650 are ones you may want to look at. The new BMW scooter has also gotten good reviews but its step through is so high I figure I might as well ride a traditional motorcycle. Plus its is having some new bike teething issues so I'd wait a year or two before thinking too seriously about one. The BV 350 doesn't seem to be having as many issues and it was sold in Europe for a year before they brought it here.

Come up to Breck while I'm here and I'd be happy to show you ours.
cdwise is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-16-2013, 05:30 PM   #2915
AdventureBunny
Adventurer
 
AdventureBunny's Avatar
 
Joined: Sep 2013
Location: Weare, NH
Oddometer: 21
Hello

Well, nobody's been in here in a while but I figured since I was new I would drop in and say hello! I am completely new to riding and just bought my first bike (2013 XT250). I haven't taken my BRC yet so I have just been practicing on dirt roads and parking lots, but it has still been a blast. My boyfriend has a 2012 Tiger 800XC so eventually I would love to graduate to a more powerful bike (maybe next year) like the BMW F700 or G650GS because we plan on going on many adventures together and I'll need to keep up. But baby steps...I am still a little intimidated by the little 250! I am in Southern NH so the season is almost at an end but I plan on having as much fun as I can until the snow hits.

Cheers!
__________________
“200mph, no hands. Damn that’d be cool... right up to the part where you die.” – A. Duthie
AdventureBunny is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-16-2013, 05:54 PM   #2916
Ladybug0048
Bug Sister
 
Ladybug0048's Avatar
 
Joined: Nov 2005
Location: Spokane Valley, WA (the dry side of the mountains)
Oddometer: 11,164
Welcome AdventureBunny,

Baby steps is the way to go and soon you will be doing it all.
Ladybug0048 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-16-2013, 05:56 PM   #2917
LadyDraco
KillerSmileIHazIt !!
 
LadyDraco's Avatar
 
Joined: Dec 2007
Location: Some of the best roads in the east..
Oddometer: 29,899
Welcome AB...
Yes start small.. And work your way up...
__________________
TISE
Life is what you make of it~If it don't fit make alterations
Check it from time to time as I'm always adding to it..
My Rides and life on the Farm
Just because the road is rocky doesn't mean your spirits should get rocky, too.{Crazy Cora}
LadyDraco is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-16-2013, 06:30 PM   #2918
Cuttle
me? what?
 
Cuttle's Avatar
 
Joined: May 2008
Location: Mars
Oddometer: 11,200
Quote:
Originally Posted by AdventureBunny View Post
Well, nobody's been in here in a while but I figured since I was new I would drop in and say hello! I am completely new to riding and just bought my first bike (2013 XT250). I haven't taken my BRC yet so I have just been practicing on dirt roads and parking lots, but it has still been a blast. My boyfriend has a 2012 Tiger 800XC so eventually I would love to graduate to a more powerful bike (maybe next year) like the BMW F700 or G650GS because we plan on going on many adventures together and I'll need to keep up. But baby steps...I am still a little intimidated by the little 250! I am in Southern NH so the season is almost at an end but I plan on having as much fun as I can until the snow hits.

Cheers!
welcome! that's the perfect way to start

get some good/warm gear and you will find some days you may be able to ride on nice fall or early spring days
__________________
Cut´tle (k?t´t'l)
1.(Zool) A cephalopod of the genus Sepia, having an internal shell, large eyes, and ten arms furnished with denticulated suckers, by means of which it secures its prey. 2. A foul-mouthed fellow
Cuttle is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-16-2013, 07:21 PM   #2919
AdventureBunny
Adventurer
 
AdventureBunny's Avatar
 
Joined: Sep 2013
Location: Weare, NH
Oddometer: 21
Quote:
Originally Posted by Cuttle View Post
welcome! that's the perfect way to start

get some good/warm gear and you will find some days you may be able to ride on nice fall or early spring days
I have a pretty warm jacket and gloves and will be getting my pants and boots next week. I won't be riding (don't have my endorsement yet) but the BF and I are planning a fall foliage trip up through the White Mountains and into Maine in the second week of Oct, so even on the back of his bike I will need the warm gear! Hopefully we will do a ride report then, should be beautiful!
__________________
“200mph, no hands. Damn that’d be cool... right up to the part where you die.” – A. Duthie
AdventureBunny is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-16-2013, 07:22 PM   #2920
AdventureBunny
Adventurer
 
AdventureBunny's Avatar
 
Joined: Sep 2013
Location: Weare, NH
Oddometer: 21
Quote:
Originally Posted by LadyDraco View Post
Welcome AB...
Yes start small.. And work your way up...
That's the plan! I will admit that it's very hard not to want to push it though
__________________
“200mph, no hands. Damn that’d be cool... right up to the part where you die.” – A. Duthie
AdventureBunny is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-16-2013, 07:23 PM   #2921
AdventureBunny
Adventurer
 
AdventureBunny's Avatar
 
Joined: Sep 2013
Location: Weare, NH
Oddometer: 21
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ladybug0048 View Post
Welcome AdventureBunny,

Baby steps is the way to go and soon you will be doing it all.
Thanks, I am looking forward to it. But boy there is alot to learn!
__________________
“200mph, no hands. Damn that’d be cool... right up to the part where you die.” – A. Duthie
AdventureBunny is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-16-2013, 07:28 PM   #2922
CaptnSlo
Derelicte
 
CaptnSlo's Avatar
 
Joined: Jul 2012
Location: VA
Oddometer: 1,031
Welcome! I know when I was starting out, I found this site to be a great resource:

http://www.twowheelfemales.com/forum/index.php

Particularly the new female rider subforum: http://www.twowheelfemales.com/forum...splay.php?f=15

The ladies and fellas on that site are very supportive and offer great advice for n00bz. Just another site to check out in addition to this one.
CaptnSlo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-16-2013, 07:55 PM   #2923
KamLeeR
Animal Adventurer
 
KamLeeR's Avatar
 
Joined: Oct 2011
Location: Valley Mills, Texas
Oddometer: 171
Howdy from Texas!

Just came across this thread, cool!

Howdy everyone!
__________________
Carolyn

2009 BMW GSA- *** For Sale***
2012 KLR 650
2012 KLX 250s
KamLeeR is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-17-2013, 04:55 AM   #2924
LadyDraco
KillerSmileIHazIt !!
 
LadyDraco's Avatar
 
Joined: Dec 2007
Location: Some of the best roads in the east..
Oddometer: 29,899
Quote:
Originally Posted by AdventureBunny View Post
I have a pretty warm jacket and gloves and will be getting my pants and boots next week. I won't be riding (don't have my endorsement yet) but the BF and I are planning a fall foliage trip up through the White Mountains and into Maine in the second week of Oct, so even on the back of his bike I will need the warm gear! Hopefully we will do a ride report then, should be beautiful!

Once you really get bit by the bug..

LOL.... I laugh ; as it took me 10 years before I made the investment 12+ yrs ago,
you'll be getting gerbings..
It is truly the best investment you'll ever make to your bike...
Warmth without bulking up....
And I have used my gerbings liner in the summer...

Quote:
Originally Posted by KamLeeR View Post
Just came across this thread, cool!

Howdy everyone!

Welcome ...
__________________
TISE
Life is what you make of it~If it don't fit make alterations
Check it from time to time as I'm always adding to it..
My Rides and life on the Farm
Just because the road is rocky doesn't mean your spirits should get rocky, too.{Crazy Cora}
LadyDraco is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-17-2013, 10:12 AM   #2925
brazen13
woot.
 
brazen13's Avatar
 
Joined: Aug 2010
Location: New York
Oddometer: 118
Quote:
Originally Posted by AdventureBunny View Post
Well, nobody's been in here in a while but I figured since I was new I would drop in and say hello! I am completely new to riding and just bought my first bike (2013 XT250). I haven't taken my BRC yet so I have just been practicing on dirt roads and parking lots, but it has still been a blast. My boyfriend has a 2012 Tiger 800XC so eventually I would love to graduate to a more powerful bike (maybe next year) like the BMW F700 or G650GS because we plan on going on many adventures together and I'll need to keep up. But baby steps...I am still a little intimidated by the little 250! I am in Southern NH so the season is almost at an end but I plan on having as much fun as I can until the snow hits.

Cheers!
Congrats on the new bike! Good stuff! I ride a 650GS and the only bike I sat on before that one was the 250 they use in the course when I got my license 3 years ago. It was a big difference and maybe it was too big of a bike to start with but that's what I had, I was determined and I still remember the moment when I realized I no longer noticed the weight!

I'm still learning a lot and have made a lot of progress in the past year. I even rented a dirt bike when I went to Hawaii - now I want one of those!

Have fun!
__________________
A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery while on a detour. ~Author Unknown
brazen13 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Share

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

.
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Forum Jump


Times are GMT -7.   It's 06:21 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2015, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright ADVrider 2011-2015