Am starting a 50cc scooter cross country trip in may!!!

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  1. b-dubya

    b-dubya Scoot scoot scoot

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    I just now found the scooter forum section, awesome. Am starting in Georgia and am heading west along the southern region of the the u.s. I obviously have a lot of questions still and am looking forward to any and all advice. First things first, has anyone here tried or done it? Any suggestions for a good route that won't put me on interstates or highways? I have all the time in the world as I have been laid off and it turned into a blessing in disquise. :ear look forward to hearing from y'all!!
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  2. tortoise2

    tortoise2 Been here awhile

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    Yet another search deficient slacker!
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  3. b-dubya

    b-dubya Scoot scoot scoot

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    Ahhh, how did I know their would be at least one. Maybe some of us are actually looking for real time advice from someone who has recently done what I'm planning and instead of reading dated posts I thought I'd ask someone myself. Again any advice would be appreciated. Thank friends!,,:1drink
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  5. Forde

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    there are loads of small cc touring threads on here, and far from being dated a lot are very recent and some are still ongoing!

    a lot of the scoot ride reports are in this section instead of the usual RR section, so try searching in here. also check out V Sareela's "My scoot ride reports" thread which is currently on the first page and see his crazy long trips in the swedish snow on 50cc hondas! i dont know if there are any reports on your particular route, get a GPS and select the "avoid highways" option is my advice lol
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  6. Dabears

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    What kind of scooter are you going to do this on? There are lots of brand specific forums that will be able to provide you guidance about what spares and preventative maintenance you'll need to do on your specific model.

    I live outside Atlanta, and tip my hat to you. I cannot fathom the idea of heading west from here on 50cc's. Not saying it can't be done; of course it can. That said, finding roads (even those not interstate) that you won't back traffic up on will be a serious challenge. I'd be especially concerned about attempting to get over the mountains out west....

    Best of luck to you with your trip! :clap
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  7. b-dubya

    b-dubya Scoot scoot scoot

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    I'm doing it on a stock jmstar, and plan on heading very close to the southern boarder once I reach Texas. I'm not to concerned with the mountain probably as much as I should but I can put more thought into that later while planning. I saw wan did it on a ruckus which is sweet. I'm trying not to over think it, bc that's when i overlook most things
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    You're going to take a Chinese 50cc scooter across the US?

    Have you thought about where you're going to source parts for it when (not 'if') something breaks? :eek1
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    My previous jmstar went almost 9,000 miles with only the oil nodding to be changed. Im pretty confident in my mechanical abilities so it won't be very hard to figure out and fix, when it boils down to it, it's a fifty-fifty shot. If I think about everything that could go wrong, I'll worry myself to death.
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    I'll betyou have a blast,, best wishes, ride safe..........
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    If you were going up to Myrtle Beach or down to Key West, I'd agree that you shouldn't sweat the small stuff...

    However, this is pretty close to 3,000 miles (+/- ?) (or double if you plan for a round trip) ... On your old Jmstar what was the longest trip? You could be surprised what running that bike for hours and hours day after day will do to it.

    I am really not trying to bring you down or discourage you in any way, but Dabears does have a point... ANY scooter or bike could have issues on a 3,000 mile trip, and if you don't have the parts available to fix it (read: somewhere near Brownsville, TX), then you could be up shit creek.

    A wise man once told me "You should always expect the worst. If something good happens, you'll be pleasantly surprised."

    Check out the scooter cannonball run reports and see what these guys had to put up with, and at least consider taking some spare parts, or having a friend at home with a FedEx box or three handy.

    I think your trip sounds great and I look forward to seeing your pics and reports. Good luck out there!
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    b-dubya Scoot scoot scoot

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    Agreed, Im defiantly not gonna go in 'blind', so to speak. I'll defiantly have some tools and spare parts, I.e..tubes, oil, spark plug and so on. Again, I'm not trying to break any land speed records so some time off to wait for a part I have to order is not going to damper my spirits to much. When it boils down to it, I'm just trying to see if it can be done. If not, I have a story that involves me saying I tried. If I don't try, I'll always be saying, I almost.....:1drink
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  13. klaviator

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    Sounds like a cool trip, even if I wouldn't try it myself on such a small scooter. Here's a ride report from a guy who rode a 50cc Yamaha from Michigan to the west coast last year. He was trying to go all the way around the US but it doesn't seem like he made it. He stopped posting somewhere on the west coast. It's still an interesting read. http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=694448

    There are also a number of other ride reports done by people who took long trips on really unlikely bikes. Here's one of the best from a guy who rode from Sydney to London on a CT 110:
    http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=460631
    One thing I would recommend is doing a ride report as you go. If you do run into trouble there will be plenty of inmates willing to help you out.

    BTW, I'm also in the Atlanta area in West Cobb.
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  14. Forde

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    chinese bikes arent that bad. there are plenty of epic trips of thousands of miles on here proving that.

    you just have to do maintenance on them as you would on an older design bike, make sure everything is tight, well connected, lubed etc etc but people cant be bothered doing that so they hate on the bikes, they want something they can just use without having to do anything. usually if anything goes wrong with them it is like a loose wiring connection or something simple like that, you dont get many parts actually breaking.

    i had my last one for a year and a half and all it needed was oil changes

    not exactly hard to order parts either if something does break. dealers in most cities selling china bikes, and most of them are such close copies of the hondas and stuff that you can use genuine parts from honda etc on them. if it comes to it, you can stay in a hostel or whatever and order a part off ebay or the net to be delivered the hostel. it will not be hard to get parts, at all. unless you extend your trip to some third world country or something.

    as long as you arent running it full throttle for hours at a time id say it will be fine.

    also, if i was going to carry spares it wouldnt be tubes, oil and spark plugs. those are universal things you can buy those in any parts store in any town that you are in when you end up needing them. if you are going to devote space to parts, make them model specific spares that you would possibly have to wait for if you needed them. (maybe hit the chinariders forum and see if any particular part on your bike is likely to fail)
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  15. b-dubya

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    Fellow Georgian lol may I ask you if you have a favorite route out of ga, possibly to Tennessee or Alabama? This has been the hardest part so far. Thanks again neighbor:D
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  16. b-dubya

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    My last Chinese scooter was the same way, I had almost 10,000 miles on my previous one, and except for oil and tightening loose screws it ran great and started my love affair with two wheeled vehicles lol
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  17. Forde

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    those bikes arent "unlikely" for trips like that imo. its a honda with a super simple 110cc, it will go on forever if you dont abuse it, and even then you have to seriously abuse it. it has great fuel economy, good for the less developed countries he travelled through where fuel is scarce. you can carry a toolkit which is tiny, yet is able to completely dismantle the bike. also, any spares you do need for it will be easy to get as in those countries everyone else travels on similar bikes. and if you cant get the spares, you can bodge it yourself easily cos its so simple! also locals will know how to work on them, etc.

    in my opinion an unlikely bike for travelling third world countries is a bmw 1150 or similar. there will be no spares available anywhere, no mechanic will ever have seen one before, no diagnostic or advanced equipment will be available to use on it if needed, tyre vendors wont have any tyres that size as everyone rides mopeds, and itll chug down the fuel which when you are buying fuel a litre or two at a time from locals selling it from bottles, is not an advantage. not to mention the low fuel quality which won't bother the honda.

    if i was doing a trip like that i'd pick a similar bike.
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  18. klaviator

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    You have a point. When I said "unlikely bikes" I probably should have said "considered unlikely by most riders"

    Still, small scooters have their drawbacks especially in U.S. traffic. I have a 150cc scooter and am leery about taking it on roads where I can't keep up with traffic or at least cruise near the speed limit.

    BTW here is an outstanding ride report which is ongoing at this time by a couple riding RTW on a couple of Sym Symbas: http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=716979
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    I commute regularly between Marietta and Huntsville Al so I am somewhat familiar with the roads in this direction. I have ridden my Aprilia 250 on many of these roads as well as out to Memphis. Let me give the routing some thought and I'll get back to you.

    BTW, I have an apartment in Huntsville and would be glad to put you up and feed you if you happen to come through when I am here. I also have a garage, tools and pickup truck if you happen to run into problems early in your trip although I wouldn't expect that.
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    Here's the trip planning thread from the guy on the 50cc Yamaha: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=645938

    it's worth reading.

    It is pretty easy to get from Atlanta to Huntsville and then to Memphis without getting on any interstate Highways. I have done it on my Aprilia. However, most of the back roads are 55MPH 2 lane roads or 65MPH four lane roads. Your 50 will be legal but traffic will be whizzing by.

    I have documented several rides between Huntsville, Marietta, and Memphis area in my ride report here:http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=647784

    You may not want to go through Memphis but rather pick a good place to cross the Mississippi. I don't think it will be that hard to pick a interstate free route.

    If on the other hand you want to pick roads with lower speed limits, that will be much more difficult but I'll be glad to help.
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