All about scooting...

Discussion in 'Battle Scooters' started by CaptnJim, Jan 10, 2018.

  1. Jim T

    Jim T Been here awhile

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    Here's another blog that I've been enjoying: https://scooterinthesticks.com

    It's titled "Scooter in the Sticks".............I think another title could be "Zen and the Art of Scootering"! :clap I've only been through the first couple of years of his journey, but I'm enjoying his writings. Kind of like a certain Captain that hangs out on this thread.

    :beer Jim
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  2. CaptnJim

    CaptnJim Scootist

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  3. The Virginian

    The Virginian Long timer

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    Great pics Cap't!
  4. Wentwest

    Wentwest How's that work?

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    The Yamaha Virago 535 that I've been fussing with (and that fell over and threw me to the floor in the garage) finally started and runs well. After a few weeks of work today I was about 5 minutes from pushing it out of the garage for the first test ride, and the first movement under power in 8 years. I looked out of the garage and it started raining hard, turned to a downpour. Fate was laughing at me again. I thought ugly thoughts, said nasty words, and mumbled a lot. About 10 minutes later the rain stopped. I put on my helmet, jacket and gloves, got on, rolled out, rode it to the end of the block and back, and as I got to the garage the sky opened up again, so I put it away. Damn.

    That has never happened when I was working on a scooter.
  5. BMWBUD

    BMWBUD Cancer SUX, Life is Good

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    Little late reporting. I finally got a chance to get out on the scoot last week. First impressions: Very nice road manners, easy to hold a line in curves, smooth ride except for sharp bumps (expansion joints or small pot holes) speed seemed to get away from me as engine noise doesn't give feedback on speed like on a motorcycle, has a tall Aeroflow shield which is much taller than necessary, felt funny to not have a tank between my legs, feet forward will take some time to feel "normal", wimpy, wimpy horn, need some front lighting and HyperLites on the rear.

    Overall it seems like it might work out.

    Forgot to take a pic of the scoot while I was out so this will have to do.

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  6. kantuckid

    kantuckid Long timer

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    Some "older rider" thoughts: In thinking lately about how slowly it is to see the same doc that did my hips (existing DR relationship) I read an article in todays local sports page about a HS boy who is back to playing baseball after a surgery to remove a benign tumor from his knee. He had to wait over a month for his appt. to get surgery-makes my situation pale in waiting a bit over a week and no tumor in mine.
    I have had the thought I'd go for a Vespa front rack but never made the plunge yet. It would be welcome space to tour a Vespa.
    After over 50 years on MC's I have never truly resolved that "no gas tank between my legs feeling" on a scooter. Once under way it seems to go away as I get into the ride but never do I fully escape that sense of sitting there being a good boy.
  7. CaptnJim

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    Those last three posts have some motorcycle content - for those of us who have been riding for decades, I guess the comparisons are inevitable. I look at my scoot like I have all my motorcycles: fun to ride, all the great sensations of being "in the breeze." I get that "sitting there being a good boy," since any scooter I've been on feels like sitting ON rather than being a part of (like on a motorcycle). And, of course, that whole "being a good boy" thing... looks can be deceiving. :D

    After those three posts, I feel like I'm caught in a comic book... no, I probably won't be wearing tights and a cape - it's those "double initials": WentWest, BMWBut, and KentucKid... WW, BB, and KK. This looks like a job for... Scooterman!

    :clap
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  8. klaviator

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    Feel like a good boy on my Scooter? Absolutely not. I ride around town like a hooilgan. Every stop sign and traffic light is the start of a full throttle drag race. I go out of my way to ride more curves and flick it in like I'm on a moto GP bike.

    Well, that's how I ride my Super 8. I have to tone it down a bit on my bigger scooters so I don't get a ticket:D
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  9. Jim T

    Jim T Been here awhile

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    This motorcycle/scooter comparison reminds me of what someone said a number of years back when this same comparison came up in a conversation. He said: "I would never want to ride on something that I could fall out of instead of off of"! :muutt :(

    Jim
  10. BMWBUD

    BMWBUD Cancer SUX, Life is Good

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    Hey now. BMWBUD not BMWBut.:imaposer
  11. CaptnJim

    CaptnJim Scootist

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    Of course, on a small scoot, you're the only one that knows you're racing! :clap

    Totally off the subject (and that hardly ever happens around here): what's up with Kymco and the goofy names they give their scooters?? Super 8? Is it an old time movie camera or a scooter? The People? I'll be back in a bit - I'm going for a ride on my People... it conjures up an image of Cleopatra being carried on a platform by "her people." The G-Dink? Nope, can't even say it. Do you like your Like? Like, I really do, like, like my Like.

    They need to have names that make sense. Like the Yamaha Xmax... as in: we wish you a merry Xmax. Or the PCX, which stands for: Pretty Cool... um, something with an "X." Even with motorcycles: like the Kawasaki Ninja... because they are always so quiet and stealthy. I never understood why Harley came out with a Fat Boy... and in: "Hey, look at that Fat Boy on the LowRider."

    Sorry - I think I'll go for a ride now. Damn shame you can't find any poutine here in south Texas (reference to another thread).
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  12. CaptnJim

    CaptnJim Scootist

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    Hey, that was a typo, not a but(t) reference! My apologies. Really. I will sit in the corner, wearing this: :asshat
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  13. Jim T

    Jim T Been here awhile

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    Back when I had my BMW GS's I used to get "BMWBut" on long rides! :fpalm
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  14. minimac

    minimac Been here awhile

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    I had to modify the seat on my Majesty for Mrs.Mini to drive, and it transformed from sitting on to sitting in. My Morphous never felt like i was riding "on", and the Big Burger feels like I'm one with the force-but the Corbin seat might have more to do with that. I never miss having the tank between my legs to climb over, and when I take the Goldwing out, getting on and off is a royal P.I.T.A.
  15. Wentwest

    Wentwest How's that work?

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    It's that "sitting on" feeling that makes a scooter special, especially a short wheelbase one that has a real upright seating position. If you sit up straight like a good boy, and keep your eyes on the road (just like in 3rd grade - eyes on the blackboard), you can barely notice the scooter in your field of vision. To me it feels like I'm sitting upright in a kitchen chair, but floating down the street right through awful traffic. And I really am. It's our little shared secret. As always, why aren't there thousands more of us?

    One other thing. I told you San Francisco has an electric scooter rental company www.scoot.co that charges by time, you reserve one on your phone, look on a map that shows where the scooters are now, near you, and go hop on, ride, put it in a motorcycle parking space or share a space with a car, and walk away. In the last two weeks 3 different companies suddenly scattered 100's of stand-up electric scooters that look like the one you had when you were a kid all over downtown. Same deal, swipe some sensor with your phone, $1.00 and a few cents a mile, leave it wherever. They got in trouble with the city because people are riding them on the sidewalk and leaving them all over the place, streets, sidewalks, doorways, alleys, you name it. It's called www.bird.co/how
    Some former Uber person raised a ton of money to start it.
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    I AM!!! KAN for Kansas TUCK for Kentucky!!! and KID for what I'm not...
    and for the record I always ride my scooter like I stole it:nod
    Me thinks the Captn's & CD's weather is a bit better than many of us the fine April day here yesterday when it snowed all day looooong and cold. It's even cold in AL says my Son. Another Son in TN had the same snow, weatherman is sucky this year?:evil
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    Weather has been great the last few days but the only scooters around are the medical kind. Tenerife in a few days and maybe we'll get on one there or not depending on what else is going on.
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    BMWBUD Cancer SUX, Life is Good

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    Snowing on the mountain behind my house. It will probably snow on Jan 106th as well.