Full Throttle Touring - 150 through the Rocket City

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by klaviator, Dec 29, 2010.

  1. jon_l

    jon_l Long timer

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    Anyone see why he took this pic?

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  2. Heatery

    Heatery Worry free by mile 3.

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    If it was a snake it would have bitten me.
  3. klaviator

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    It wasn't a snake.










    It was FOUR snakes:eekers

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  4. klaviator

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    Some video from this ride.

  5. klaviator

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    Debbi and I decided to take a trip down to Birmingham yesterday. We made a few different stops. The first was to Big #1 motorcycle dealer. This dealer is know as the shittiest motorcycle dealer in Alabama on the Bamarides forum. It was a pretty impressive dealer carrying multiple brands including BMW, Ducati, Indian, Zero and all or most of the Japanese brands. It was interesting browsing around. We were asked if we needed help about every 5 minutes.

    Then we went to Max motorsports which bought out Magic City Scooters. I wanted to check out some of the new scooters.

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    They had a pretty good selection. It's good to see there is still one scooter dealer in Alabama. Sure there are some dealers that carry a few scooters but not like this.

    The Kymco Compagno looked interesting. 110cc, 9.8 HP and only $2399.

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    I really liked the styling of the new Piaggio Liberty. 155cc, FI, ABS and for around $3400.

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    They had some maxi's marked way down.

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    The Kymco 700 was really marked down.

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    I really liked the GTI300 in white.

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    I had never heard of these seat pad before. They are very similar to Airhawks but a little more expensive.

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    Someday I'd like to get a Vespa. The 155c sprint would be my top pick.

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    Then we went to Trader Joe's and picked up a case of wine.

    My last comment about Birmingham is that the traffic almost reminded me of Atlanta. I have gotten spoiled living in Huntsville.

    So no big rides this weekend and probably not next weekend but I am planning on a four day trip on Labor Day weekend and then a week long trip a week later:ricky:ricky

    Still working on the details of those trips. In other words I have no plan at this time:D
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  6. MBlue

    MBlue Been here awhile

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    I was thinking about buying that Kymco Campagno. It fits my body reasonably well for such a tiny scoot. It has a large pet carrier. I love the light blue colour. However, the tiny wheels, no accessories, and only one dealer for the whole GTA were a turn-off.

    Klaviator, you are not allowed to go scooter dealers (unless you leave your wallet at home) :-) So...did you put down money on the Myroad 700?
  7. klaviator

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    I was just looking:evil While the Myroad had a real attractive price tag, I have no interest in such a big and heavy scooter. On top of that the Myroad didn't really get very good reviews. At that price it would still be a good buy for someone looking for an inexpensive touring machine.

    I was much more interested in the smaller scooters. I thought the little Compagno 110 was pretty cool. I actually fit on it OK because I could slide back on the flat seat. It would make a pretty good, and inexpensive, around town scooter.

    I also really liked the styling of the Liberty. The scooter I really lust after is the Vespa Sprint. Someday I'd like to own a Vespa and the 155cc ones appeal to me the most.

    Right now I have 5 bikes and that's one too many. I'll eventually sell the Kymco and be back to four. Maybe after I retire I could justify 5 bikes if two were small scooters:evil.
  8. pnw

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    They didn't have the new Kymco Like 150i abs?
  9. klaviator

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    Nope, I was hoping to see one. They didn't have the Spade either but I got to see one of those last year at the Barber Vintage fest.
  10. klaviator

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    I haven't updated this thread in over a week because I just haven't gone on any exciting rides. I hope to change that this weekend as I head to Two Wheels of Suches on my Smax. We'll see how good of a touring bike a 155cc scooter can be as I will be riding there, not trucking it.

    I did get out and take a pic of a three of my scooters.

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    I got out on the KLR for a little ride around Wheeler.

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    And I made it to Euro Sunday this past weekend. There where a few bikes there but only one other non European bike.

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    And of course there were a few cool cars.

    Not exactly an exotic but you don't see one every day either.

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    A little more exotic:

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    Perfect tag for this car.

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    This is something I'd expect to see in California, not Alabama.

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    Hammerdown 77 also showed up and we talked for a while. We drooled a bit in this Ferrari.

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    There's another Ferrari partly in the right of the pic. This is not something common around here. A couple of things we discussed. The closest dealer is probably Atlanta or maybe Nashville. It must be a pain, and expensive to get it serviced. So how much does one of these things cost? We figured more than either of our houses. More than all of the bikes I have ever owned combined..... and probably all the bikes I will own added in.

    So it's out of my price range but still a cool car. Maybe if I win the lotto:hmmmmm Naah, probably not even then.

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    Most likely the only italian exotic I'll ever buy is a Vespa.

    That's it for now. I'll update after the weekend ride.
  11. Trucker jay

    Trucker jay Been here awhile

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    Man that gti 300 looked good in white, maybe time to update mine. Yea I think my intruder just went on the chopping block.
    Nice VW but its hard to justify what they sell for now.
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  12. klaviator

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    I like it better in white than the previous colors they sold it in. How many miles on your GTI300?
  13. klaviator

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    Let's see. Three Day Weekend. Fantastic weather forecast and it's been 3 months since I bought the Smax and I still hadn't taken it on a trip or ridden it on any really twisty roads.

    What should I do???

    I'll add in an old buddy who just retired, moved back from Utah and bought a cabin in the North Georgia mountains last week.

    And there would be a bunch of cool old bikes at TWoS that weekend.

    The answer was obvious to the most casual observer. Time for a road trip.

    So I loaded up my new Smax, fired up the mighty 155cc engine and off I went.

    After a boring ride to Scottsboro I soon hit some more interesting roads.

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    I didn't take a lot of pics on the way because I had ridden all these roads many time before. I did stop at the overlook near Ft Mountain.

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    After 234 miles I pulled into TWoS which had a packed parking lot. I took pics of some of the old bikes.

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    I guess the old CBX was a real slug so........

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  14. klaviator

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    Then it was time to set up my camp. While I was setting up another bamarides member, LT, came up and introduced himself. He had ridden up from the Bham area on his V Strom 650. So we talked a bit. Later we had dinner at the lodge then hung out BSing late into the night. There was another guy there from Cullman so we had an Alabama invasion going on:D Then someone built a fire and we hung out there with a few more riders.

    I was up early the next morning. Got some pics of the campground. It was looking like it would be a beautiful day[​IMG]

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    LT and the guy from Cullman.

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    After a good breakfast at the lodge it was time to ride. I headed off for the Northeast corner of Georgia. This is lake Winfield Scott on 180:

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    I made my way over to Seed Lake and Lake Rabun. I went exploring on some roads I had never ridden.

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    So this road in the pic above twisted it's way up a mountain and past some houses and a church and then into the wilderness. Suddenly it turned into perfect pavement, sportbike paradise with some nice curves and great scenery[​IMG]

    I couldn't believe I had never ridden or even heard of this road[​IMG]

    Then after a few miles of this:

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    So after about a quarter mile of dirt I turned around and explored some more.

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    I went down a really awesome road perfect for a small scooter. It was twisty as hell with a lot of cabins on it as it wound it's was along a lake. I didn't get any pics that do it any justice.

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    Lake Burton Rd. This road is twistier than the dragon but has a lot of driveways on it. Very scenic but there a few places where you can pull off and take a good pic.

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    After several hundred curves I made it back to TWoS. It was more crowded than I have seen it in years. This pic doesn't really show how many bikes there were.

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    Still a bunch of old bikes.

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    Later I rode up to my buddies new place and then we had dinner in Blue Ridge.
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    I took advantage of the morning light to get this pic of the waterfall across the street from TWoS.

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    Some one came up to me on the porch and said "Hi Win". I had never met him before but he knew me from my ADV ride reports. It's nice to be famous:D Of course I suffer from a severe case of CRS so don't ask me his name. He also lives in Huntsville and recently bought this beautiful Versys from Allsport.

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    There was a huge line for breakfast so I went out and rode the "cooler run" It's a 36 mile loop. 60 to 19 to 129 over Blood Mountain, then 180 back to Suches. It was a great ride and early enough in the morning that there wasn't too much traffic to spoil the fun. The Smax did great on the curves. Going up Blood Mountain it was able to go about the same speed as my old Sport City 250 did.

    Then I ate breakfast and hung out for a while talking to various people, many old friends.

    One of those was Mimi who worked here when Britt & GT owned it. Some of you may remember her.

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    So what do you do if you want to carry more stuff but don't want to tow a trailer?

    Here's one guys answer to that question.

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    All good things must come to an end. I had to head home. At least there were some nice roads on the way.

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    So I had a great weekend. the weather was fantastic. The Smax did great. You don't need 1000cc+ to go touring. I didn't rack up huge miles but my total was 234 + 220 + 267 = 721 miles.

    Gas Mileage. My first fill up after running 60-70 on the highway was 66 MPG. After that I got around 75-80 MPG while loaded up with all my gear and 85-90 while riding around the mountains without all my camping gear. So even with the higher gas prices I didn't go broke.

    My bill at TWoS for 2 nights of camping, 2 breakfasts, one lunch and one dinner was a whopping 65 bucks.
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  19. merc16

    merc16 Been here awhile

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    Those are some really good pics ! I've got to get over there someday !

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    The last weekend of October is the True Grits 50cc rally. They have a new class for Grom sized bikes. Bring your Z125. I'll be there on my Super 8.
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