Full Throttle Touring - 150 through the Rocket City

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

  1. Trucker jay

    Trucker jay Been here awhile

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    15,000 I've put 10,000 miles on a vs750 intruder over the last 2 years.
    The gti 300 has been good after putting a new cvt belt on it. I guess it had assembly lube on it that caused it to slip when it got wet.
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  2. Dabears

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    Great report! Guess I need to map out a route up from Cobb county and try out the scooter on those roads. I've done many on my former BMW.
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  3. merc16

    merc16 Been here awhile

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    I'll try to be there !

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  4. klaviator

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    There's some nice roads between Cobb and the mountains. I had several routes from west Cobb. We need to get more scooters up there. I only saw one other scooter and that was a B650 at TWoS.
  5. TrashCan

    TrashCan Scary Jerry

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    Looks like the SMax does a good job. :thumb
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    whos the bald guy harassing the belly dancer??
  7. red bud

    red bud alky w/motorcycle problem

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    he looks familiar



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  8. klaviator

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    Hi Jerry:wave I'm hoping to make it to Sun breakfast sometime before the end of the year. If not, I'll see you at Vintage Fest.






    I have no idea but I figured you would know. Don't you know everyone in N. Jawja?
    Looks like you had a great trip out west. I'm jealous.


    I talked to and met so many people at TWoS I can't keep em all straight. Here's one I forgot to mention. Don't remember his name but he is on ADV.

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    We talked a while. He had an interesting seat cover on his FJ09 that I think I'm gonna try.

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  9. FadinFast

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    I'd really like to know about that seat. I have an fj-09 that I love but the seat could be better.
  10. The Virginian

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    Great pics as always and looks like the Smax is performing well for you. I have wondered a couple of times if my comparison of the Smax was accurate for you? I hope it was...

    Eric
  11. klaviator

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    Here's what I know on that seat cover. It's called "Sit & Fly". It's made of a mesh material that lets air flow under your butt and also gives a little extra cushioning. What the guy told me was that you go to their Face Book page to contact them and they will send you to Ebay to buy it. It is not model specific. There are different sizes and you make one fit.

    So I went to the FB page. Not much useful info there. I sent them a message yesterday and haven't heard back yet. There is a thread here on ADV on it: http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/sit-fly-seat-cover-review.1252118/

    I'm still researching this. The material is similar to the seat pad I am using on the Smax. My plan is to try one of these seat covers AND add some foam underneath. I mentioned that idea to the FJ09 owner and he thought that would be a good idea that he might try since the FJ09 seat sucks.
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  12. klaviator

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    You were pretty accurate. I would like to try a 155cc Vespa some day to see how it compares. I like the power of the SMax and I think it handles great on smooth roads but the suspension sucks if there are any road imperfections. My Super 8 has a much better suspension.

    The seat pad I made is a vast improvement over just the stock seat. I still wouldn't want to make a long highway trip on it like you did but it's good for about and hour of riding at a time. I normally tend to stop every hour anyway.

    Changing topics. Are you going to Amerivespa next year? It is right in your back yard.
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  13. The Virginian

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    I should be able to make it and plan on being there! If you go I hope to meet up with you and you certainly can have a solid go on my 946.
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  14. klaviator

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    It's a little far out to make definite plans for me but I am certainly considering going. It would be a great event to get together and meet some of the eastern battle scooter members.

    I wonder if Vespa and/or Piaggio will have demo rides.
  15. The Virginian

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    I'm sure Scoot Richmond will represent and I'll ask next time I swing by.
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  16. klaviator

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    It's been 10 days since my last update and unfortunately far to many of those days were spend not riding:( Debbi and I drove up to Ohio to visit my parents. I considered driving my truck and bringing a scooter along but decided to go with Debbi's SUV which gets much better gas mileage and is just easier to drive.

    So we headed north on I-65. In northern Alabama and Tennessee we saw a lot of cars with Florida tags and numerous convoys of power company trucks heading south. This was just before Irma hit Florida. At the Kentucky welcome station there was a piece of paper on the door with a list of Kentucky cities and whether or not they had motel rooms available. Some of them are full up.

    We saw more Florida tags in Kentucky and even Ohio. I guess that I just didn't realize the magnitude of the evacuation of Florida.

    We had great weather in Ohio and I really regretted not bringing a scooter. Next time I'll know better.

    Back to riding:ricky

    A few weeks ago I was talking to a rider outside Allsport and he was raving about all the great riding just north of Huntsville in Tennessee. Yesterday I finally got a chance to go check it out. I headed north on Old Railroad bed road. I rode through Taft on 274 and then did some exploring. I rode around for a few hours on mostly paved and a few unpaved roads. I stayed north of Taft, East of I-65, as far north as 64 and west of 431. If I had GPS and posted the tracks it would look like some 3 year old scribbling with a crayon!

    I wouldn't call any of the roads fantastic but they were pretty good with curves, hills and scenery. I only took a few pics:

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    I rode a little over 180 miles and passed a milestone on my KLR while in Tennessee:

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    It's a good area to ride and I plan on going back when I get the chance. That area should be real pretty when the leaves change color. I'll try to post up a group ride through that area before the end of the year. I do need to go back and learn the roads better so I don't get us all lost.

    Then last night I headed over to Sonic in Madison for a bike night. The turnout wasn't real big despite the perfect weather but as someone pointed out, Alabama was playing last night so most folks were probably glued to their TV's

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  17. klaviator

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    I'll be heading down to Leeds tomorrow morning on my Versys for some cone killing:ricky:ricky:ricky

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  18. klaviator

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    I rode down to Leeds, AL yesterday for some cone killing. This event was put on by Bamarides and the Bike Shop in Leeds. They used their parking lot as well as another parking lot and they got permission from the city to shut down a street to set up a course.

    Probably one of the best bikes for Gymkhana is the Honda Grom. Three of them showed up for this. Here's two of them.

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    I rode the course a few times and then went over with my camera to get some pics.

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    This was the street they closed down.

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    When not riding there where plenty of chairs in the shade to hang out.

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    One of the guys brought a friend who had never ridden, or even heard of Gymkhana before. He had a great time and improved a lot in just a few hours. Here's a video:



    We had a pretty good turnout but with all the advertising we did it should have been a lot more. I think that many riders are just afraid of dropping their bikes or afraid of looking bad. Or maybe they don't feel that have anything to learn?

    There were also some cool bikes to look at. A guy stopped by on his genuine vintage Indian.

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    I liked this old Suzuki.

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    And then there was this cool Motus.

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    Kris giving it the sit test.

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    The fit and finish on this bike was outstanding. It was also surprisingly narrow of a 1650cc sport touring bike.

    I don't know if anyone got any pics of me but I rode my Versys to this. It works well on a Gymkhana course but is lot more work than my Super 8.
  19. klaviator

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    Another video from Gymkhana:

  20. BuckeyeDoug

    BuckeyeDoug Not a Pirate

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    That was a good time. Glad I decided to put the 250 mile round trip via backroads map together the night before too. Thanks to everyone who made this happen.
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