long trips on small scooters

Discussion in 'Battle Scooters' started by JerryH, Oct 5, 2012.

  1. Underboning

    Underboning Been here awhile

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    Google Maps to the rescue! Chandler to Yuma with no Interstate, and 3 routes to choose from. Of course, it adds 95 miles (at least) to the trip! http://goo.gl/maps/8RcnF

    One route even goes through Mexico! :eek1
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  2. driller

    driller Twist and Go

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    Thanks, UB. Methinks "paralysis by analysis" was setting in here.:dhorse
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  3. JerryH

    JerryH Banned

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    Yes, thanks indeed. I think I am beginning to get the hang of this. I have never done it before. Most of my miles up until recently were on freeways.
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  4. conchscooter

    conchscooter Long timer

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    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=251907#

    My main claim to scooter touring experience. Please note in 1981 there was a national 55 mph speed limit so a P200 could keep up more or less, though freeways weren't much fun. I have ambitions to repeat the trip or something similar but this was my first motorcycle tour where I went light and planned very little.
    My advice remains to travel light, enjoy riding and talk about it after you've done it, not before. Don't over think and ride more.
    Cheers.
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  5. ScooterDogMom

    ScooterDogMom Adventurer

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    Awesome story! What direction is your riding going to take now?
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  6. JerryH

    JerryH Banned

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    I still believe long distance touring on a modern small scooter is possible. They seem to have one major weak point, and that is the belt. Choose a quality scooter with a belt that can be fairly easily replaced beside the road, and the tools to do it with. Everything else should be almost completely reliable. There is nothing quite like that sinking feeling when you are cruising along in the middle of nowhere, and the engine starts to rev as the scooter slows down. Kind of like a flat tire when you have nothing to fix it with.
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  7. Rob98801

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  8. fullmetalscooter

    fullmetalscooter Let me take this duck off

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    Small scooter touring should be the Normal thing to do with the use of Higher CC bike heading to the wayside due to Lower MPG.
    15 year from now unless something changes high Per Gallon is what people will use due to costing to much to do it the old way. When an honda passport riden at 30-5MPH can get you 140 MPG why not ? Being slow and getting old helps .
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  9. Rob98801

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    This last year I took the 1500 from Washington to Key West, FL then up the east coast to DC an returned to Washington state. In the end the cost were about equal as the number of motel stays for the Vespa trip were many more than the 1500 trip. Old also means less desire to "MUD camp" and leaning more to the "Motel camp".
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  10. vt1099ace

    vt1099ace Been here awhile

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    my stella doesn't have a drive belt...I love my shifty
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  11. Larry321

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    This is a great thread! For awhile, I owned a 2014 Stella with a side car. It was great fun but couldn't go more than 45 MPH. The sidecar attracted tons of attention and I finally got rid of it and got a Burgman 400. At first I was a bit embarrassed at riding around on a scooter, but 400 cc, and highway capable and a soft, comfortable seat made me change my mind. Now, I want to go on a trip to Mexico from Florida, and instead of the BMW or Versys type adventurer, I am thinking of doing in on Burgman 650. A Wee V-Strom is 650. Ok, they have different suspensions and the Wee Strom has bigger tires, but for a long distance trip, I doubt I will be going off asphalt all that much. What do you guys think about monster 500 cc and up) scooters specifically the Burgman 650 for long adventure trips?
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  12. Rob98801

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    I've cross the country on two wheels (three counting the sidecar) more times than I can count. Most fun, 150cc, fastest time 1500cc, most enjoyed, old highway 30, Highway 2 a near second. ( I like to stop an BS so small towns are more fun than the interstate gas stops)

    The freeway for speed which means more than 200cc's, but the back roads on anything are ,at the least to me, the only way to go. I like the Burgman 400 and would take off cross country on one no problem.
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  13. cdwise

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    Go, have fun, take pictures is what I say. If you were going to go off road I'd suggest the V-Strom but on pavement the Burgman 650 is called the Goldwing of scooters for a reason. I rode our Burgman 400 from Breckenridge to Houston with no more stuff than would fit under the seat which included a laptop and a DSLR with 300mm zoom and accessories. Okay, to lock my helmet/jacket inside while stopped I did have to take the camera/laptop backpack out but it sure was nice not to have to deal with saddlebags or other luggage. I didn't even have a top case on that scooter.
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  14. The Kurgan

    The Kurgan Firing on one cylinder

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    I am feeling very inspired to run my Yamaha XC155 over some long distances. Great thread and keep 'em coming!!

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  15. jon_l

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    Not a long trip, and not particularly small scooters, but...

    Wifey and I just did our first overnight trip on scooters. It was around 2-1/2 to 3 hours each way, to a motel for a few nights at the beach, and back home. We had a great time, and no problem carrying everything we wanted / needed, with room to spare. While at the beach, the scooters were perfect.

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    My PCX was the pack-mule, with a Wolfman dry-duffle (size small) on the pillion seat, my bike cover, cable & padlock (never used it) under-seat, and top case with just our laptops & my rain-gear. Wifey's Vespa had only her clothes & bike cover under-seat, and her tail bag empty for rain gear, a 6-pack-sized soft-cooler with lunch, and her helmet when we stopped.

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    Roads were 80 kph (50 mph) posted speed, normal travel speed is around 90 (55). The scoots did fine.

    The PCX was full of fuel when we left; I put in 5 liters (1.3 US gal) when we reached our destination, and 4.3 more (1.1 US gal) when we were half-way home (still riding on the 4.3 L fill-up). Fuel economy seemed to suffer a little with the extra weight and higher cruising speed, but still twice what my motorcycle gets, and 5 x better than the pick-up.

    We will do it again.
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  16. ride4321

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    I'm getting ready to take a week long trip on my Scarabeo 150. Thought I might leave next week but have decided to wait until September, mainly because I still need to outfit the scoot to carry more gear. There's no under seat storage on the Beo so that makes things a bit tougher. This trip will be from NY to the Smoky Mt area, probably around 16-1800 miles. I think it'll be a blast riding all the great WV/NC/TN twisties on this bike. I've made the trip quite a few times on my Tiger but I'm really looking forward to scooting these roads. The longest trip so far with the scoot was to NH, about 350 each way. It handles 350 mile days well, can cruise at 70mph if needed, and is quite comfortable riding all day. I strapped a dry bag on to carry my gear. I'd like to add panniers for this longer trip. Hopefully I can get another weekend shakedown trip in before heading south.
    Here's a pic from the NH trip.

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  17. bmp72

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    Made a 1500km trip in June (Zurich, Switzerland to Utrecht, Holland and back) on my Honda Wave 110 . Big tours on little scooters is the only way to go :clap never made trips like this when I still had a big Boxer or Vtwin. The small scooter is somehow very liberating. What also helps is the low weight (99kg) and excellent handling of the 110. Plus, if it gives me any serious trouble on the road, it is cheap enough to dump it and continue by train (this makes it very low stress as far as breakdowns etc go).
    Also, on my old big bikes I was somehow always in a hurry, while not on the 110. It's like, I know my average is around 40 to 45 kmh, so no sweat when I'm doing 50 through a village as I'm going faster than my average. Also no stress when stuck behind a big truck doing only 80kmh, man, I should be so lucky to reach 80 kmh :wings
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  18. Bunnyscoots

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    I really dig that square top case. And great color. Dang, that's a sweet scoot!
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  19. ride4321

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    It holds quite a bit too. Not sure what the capacity is but its a lot. I'm loving this scooter. Picked it up this spring and sold my Mojito. This runs circles around the Mojito. The bigger wheels combined with the much more responsive Rotax engine make this bike a real gem. These can easily be found for around $1K. Shhhhhh, don't tell anyone.:thumb
    Anyhow, if it proves reliable its gonna make a great touring scoot.
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  20. Bunnyscoots

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    I almost bought a 250 Beo, but found my Vespa closer. I still almost chose the Beo over the Vespa because the price was about half, but the heart wants what the heart wants. Still on the lookout for one, and if I find one I'm gonna scoop it up. My goal stable is Vespa, BV 350, and a Beo.