2016 Scooter Cannonball on a 30 year old Helix

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by MondayDad, Jun 15, 2016.

  1. TrimSlim

    TrimSlim Where's the chile?

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    Thanks for the report. Congratulations on your ride-what a run!
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  2. Oznay

    Oznay Been here awhile

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    Well done, congrats..
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  3. cheapeto

    cheapeto Adventurer

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    Very well done!! And Thank you for bringing us along with you.
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  4. cabanza

    cabanza Smooth Operator

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    Congrats! You guys rock!
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  5. farmrjohn

    farmrjohn Been here awhile

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    Congratulations for a well deserved win (and some entertainment in Valentine) It was a pleasure meeting you and riding with/against as well. John, aka Classic Rider
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  6. Dougbo

    Dougbo Doug

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    Interesting reading, I'd like to drive my Helix on a long trip but my wife thinks I'm too old at 78 . But then she thought I was too old to take my sidecar rig back to MN from Mesa AZ 2 years ago but I did anyway ! A long trip on the scooter must seem slow, any winds and I'm down to 60 mph, what was your cruising speeds on the flats and in the mountains ?
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  7. CashCow

    CashCow Rocketeer

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    Congratulations Bob! You deserved the win as you rode fast and came well prepared.

    I finally found time (at work today) to read your thread. Very well done here too. Your descriptions of each day and the competition will help with my memories of the fun we had.

    Between you, Walt, John, George and Gonzo, we had a nice competition. While I made almost no mistakes and had few problems, and the spark plug issue didn't cost me more than fifteen minutes that day, I simply didn't have the speed or desire to go faster than the already fast speeds I was running, to do better than third (very happy there).

    I agree that next time I will probably run at a more leisurely pace. I hope to ride Rocket, another Vespa GT, now with 71,000 miles on it, and make it to the finish.

    Bill
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  8. MondayDad

    MondayDad Adventurer

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    I've saved the route and think it would be fun, one of these days, to re-ride it at a leisurely pace. The phrase, "ride 3600 miles, see nothing!" sure describes it. Mark/Matt did a great job with the route (available to all at the ScooterCanonball.com web site) with fantastic motorcycle roads connected, occasionally, by some necessary but less interesting roads. The (Day 4) day-long ride across southern Missouri, and the ride (Day 10) on US 12 from Lolo to Lewiston/Clarkston along the Lolo River were some of the most endurance-challenging. It's hard to beat those mountain vistas, especially the crossing of the Big Horn mountains (the downward side!).

    All things considered, we had pretty great weather with the only really bad stuff being Land Between the Lakes in KY when the wind and rain was harder than I've ever ridden in before. That was dangerous stuff! It ended quickly though, and we dried out (with the exception of the electronic personality being cared for by one of the SOD riders: it was drowned).

    This was not a typical report for Epic Rides, where the pace is usually a bit more laid-back. The days' experiences kind of ran together over the 11 days, and this helps me remember some of the details and place them in sequence. My thanks again to my long-time friend, Duane, and his family for allowing him to join/support me on this trip that ended with a 3-day dash from Seattle to Indy and back to work.

    Epic Ride reports must have a beginning and an ending per Forum rules.

    It was a great 2 weeks!


    Bob
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