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Discussion in 'Battle Scooters' started by ilmostro, Jul 1, 2005.
Are you high???? return this to the nun you stole it from immediately
No way dude! It's made by Sachs, has a bing carb and is way over built! Oh yeah, and it was free.
YOU DID THE MAD BASTARD RALLY???? Jeebus, it was the CMG guys (their Ruckus review used to be in my sig) that warped my mind and shoved me into this mess.
C'mon, we need a ride report! Details, man! And pics!!!!
I soooooo wanted to do that one!
PS - nice aero tuck on the TGB. Did you get suckered into carrying extra oil in the trunk for the other guys? Or was that pizza?
Ok, with the arguements here for the forum I voted FAB (Fuckin A Bubba).
Bring it on Rider!
Damn, it's in nice shape.
Hmmm...I wonder if you could stuff a CR125 motor innit.
When I get some time, I'm gonna work to make it happen, Gerg.
Gosh, I don't know why everyone is creating a Ruckus over this.
aw right, i,m in socal and i see these things everywhere. the ruckuses mostly. loooks wicked fun, but.... wtf?
I am flying to Sarasota FL first thing tomorrow morning and expect to arrive at the Trademark Compound some time Saturday evening.
There had better be a ADVScooter forum by then
Photog for mod
JohhnyTM for VP
The Minge can bring us all drinks (he voted no, the dumbass)
Hard to explain.
From what I can tell, scooterists fall into one or more of these categories
1. Econowonks. These are people who abhor vehicles only slightly less than they abhor paying money for anything. They ride scooters because they get good gas mileage, didn't cost much, and get free parking. They couldn't care less about performance or for that matter, comfort. For them, life is a sufferfest made better by pocket protectors and OMB circulars. If someone put a 1-cylinder Onan diesel engine on a Big Wheel and sold it for $399, they'd be on it.
2. Squids. Kids who put a 70cc kit on a Yamaha Zuma and ride it to school for about a week before the cops catch them and confiscate it because they were wearing a skateboard helmet and doing a 65mph stoppie in a school zone while blatting out 163db of 2-stroke noise.
3. Adult Hooligans. These are people who justified it to themselves by combining both 1 and 2. "It'll get great gas mileage, dear," they tell their spouses, and "But it does a 1/4 mile in 12 seconds, d00d," they tell their skeptical motorcycle friends. The real reason they're riding is that it reminds them of the first time they snuck out onto a public road on their Z-50 when they were a kid, and it rails around a corner better than their R1. That, and commuting on it during the week enables them to afford to put gas in their Suburban on weekends so they can tow the boat.
4. Drunks. If the damn thing is only going 30 and the guy is giving everyone the finger, it's because it's restricted to 30mph to be classified as a moped so that the driver doesn't need tags or insurance. Which is good because the finger-waving driver can't get tags and insurance. These folks are easy to spot because they look really pissed that they are on a scooter and are weaving a bit as they struggle to tuck a 12-pack of PBR under their left arm while balancing a keg on the floorboard. See also, "Liquor-sickle"
5. Greenies. These folks ride 4 stroke scooters to save the whales from harmful emissions coming from those nasty 2T bikes and evil SUV's driven by uncaring capitalists. They are usually seen on Honda Metropolitans that, ironically, share the same motor as the fiesty Ruckus (typically ridden by groups 3 and 8). Note: if rider not wearing a Che T-shirt, you may have mis-id'd the rider. See category 7.
6. Dorks. Okay, I'm not gonna disparage anyone, but really--what else are you going to call someone in Members Only jacket, plaid shorts, white socks, and loafers, on a Silverwing? These folks run the gamut from 100 mile/year Snowbirds to the hardcore 40,000 mile Helix riders. They look like GL1200 riders, and as such, beware--they have iron butts in their wrinkly little hides.
7. Girliebikes. They're sooooo cute! They're, like, soooooo much cuter than motorcycles! Note: play your cards right, and you can get your wife on one of these scoots and it becomes a GATEWAY DRUG to bigger motorcycles. This is the first step to a 135-lb weight drop on your bike, transforming it back into the sport bike you once remembered. You can bear the Hibiscus Edition Metropolitan for this, especially if she starts getting excited about buying Bike Stuff on weekends. It's not a scooter, it's a strategy.
8. The Hardcore. This is group #3 that has evolved, transcending all rational thought and spending all their spare time ordering parts from Europe, dremeling ports to creamy smoothness. They can prounounce "Bajaj Cheetak" without sounding like they have a mouth full of novocaine, and are currently using their GS as a parts runabout for their scooter.
Hiya, Photog! Tryin' to make up for your recent lack of posts all in one reply?
The Madass rocks!
The chinese clones are already on the way.
Skewt's jonesin' for this one:
Rumored to be 60mph out of the box. They had to go to Triumph to get the catalyzed exhaust system stout enough to handle the heat.
"Why, yes, officer, it's a 50cc moped. That's why I don't have tags on it. Was I REALLY doing 85?"
So this is the write up I gave to www.cmgonline, check them out plus the photos we took.. I am working on my full article for Minnesota Motorcycle Monthly but I'm not finished with it yet.
If this happens next year, you all need to come. Damn fun and Canadians aren't funny so we (Americans) need to joke up the place a bit...but not the Irish.
Itâs a long way to Burlington â¦ and beyond.
By Gus Breiland
Straight Jacket Class
Iâm lying on my back, peering up at the dead motor of my TGB Delivery Scooter in the meager first rays of dawn. Where there was a wire attached to the spark plug socket there is now a hole and the wire is hanging limp. Duct tape, electrical tape, zip ties and tools litter the ground around me. The final scooter riders have just passed me and I still have 791 kilometers to go (out of an 800-kilometer ride).
What I didnât know is there was a beautiful day with scenic roads ahead of me. What I did know was there was a bar only 15 minutes back â¦ of course, I would have to get my scooter running to go back, and if it is running I should be riding. Damn catch 22âs.
Fighting the temptation to attempt alcoholism as a hobby, I finished my repair, threw my tools in the trunk and chose the path that would lead me onwards and around Lake Ontario.
This is my 2005 Mad Bastard Scooter Rally.
The rally was set up in 8 different legs. A fuel or ferry receipt was necessary at the end of each leg, while also recording your time and mileage at each checkpoint. Extra points were awarded based on your age, age of your scooter, a picture of your bum, with the âfriendlyâ people of Clifford Street, Rochester and Tansy the waitress.
I was a part of a three man expeditionary force sent up from the States (Mike, Keith and myself) to check out this so-called 2005 Mad Bastard Scooter Rally. I had chosen a TGB 50cc Delivery Scooter as my scooter to menace the populations of Southern Ontario and northwest New York State. Mike was on his Aprilia Scarabeo and Keith was borrowing a Honda Helix. We had the classes covered (50cc, 160cc and 250cc respectively) and we were ready to ride.
What I wasnât prepared for was the 50cc performance. Usually a motorcycle rider hears 100k and thinks one hour. After the first 2.5 hours and Iâve only covered about 100 km. My cruising speed was roughly 54-57 kph, with uphill climbs being my enemy and time being its weapon of choice. There was no time for errors and no time for standing around (and that included errant spark plug wires) â on the 50 you have to ride or the day just becomes longer.
To reduce some of my wasted time I had mounted a 5-gallon fuel tank inside of my deliver box. With a range of more than 560 k I would not have to stop to fill up at every fuel stop, I would just have to run into the station, buy a bottle of water and get a receipt, hydrate and go. This kept my overall average speed at 45k and allowed me to shoot for 19 hours, rather than my initial 18-hour estimate â¦ damn spark plug wire.
The course took us from Burlington through Toronto, Belleville, Kingston, across to Wolfe Island and onto Mexico, NY. From there we continued to Rochester, Ridgeway, and Niagara and then finally back to Burlington. 800 kilometers of riding a scooter, what better way can you think to spend a day?
As we traversed the countryside, even my slow scooter was able to come across fellow riders. Whether catching up to guys waiting for the ferry or watching people pass after passing them at the last fuel stop, we were a mass of Scooter bees spread over the countryside.
It wouldnât be until the end of the Rally that I realized I may have been the slowest, but I still finished towards the middle of the pack. I was happy with my ride for being pretty efficient â with only a couple of wrong turns and a little spark problem to mar my progress.
Ending my day at midnight put me around the lake in just over 19 hours. My US compatriots had finished 4 hours earlier, with people continuing to trickle in during the night. A little more luck and it would have been my planned 18 hours. Not too shabby for my little 50cc scooter.
The awards the following day proved to be victorious for us southerners, with Mike and Keith taking top prize in the 160 and 250 classes respectively. With my tail between my legs, I found that my ride that I was so proud of had come up short on bonus points. Damn, no clean sweep. I had put in a pretty good ride but not good enough. Hopefully there will be a next year so I can vindicate my shame and bring honor to the American 50cc class.
CMG put on a wonderful event and the participants and volunteers were phenomenal. Our duty as 2005 Mad Bastard Riders is to pester CMG all year until they finally give into our demands to run the Mad Bastard Rally again in 2006. With an event like this filled with participants of this caliber, the Mad Bastard Scooter Rally has become an event that is a "Must do!"
See you in 2006, if not sooner.
This is madness.
Check my dimpled chad Mostro, I wanted a big yes for the ADVscooter forum and my answer was yes for kewl kids only, you can group the first two vote categories as a resounding yes.......... I am soooo hardcore scooterboy its unreal I have a tatoo on my ass saying so, and I will show you and Linzi on Sat night............
You better hope Skewt doesn't see that one. Esp. #7
I did check you dimple dummy and the only thing you voted for was #2. That option was to say NO to a scooter forum
Sheesh. Your people invented the language, you'd think you could comprehend it by now