My scoot ride reports

Discussion in 'Battle Scooters' started by V Saarela, Aug 8, 2010.

  1. EvilGenius

    EvilGenius 1.5 Finger Discount

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    I don't know if they came from the english language or not, but we do use them.

    They pretty much mean the same thing and are used interchangeably.

    In my experience serpentine usually means an exaggerated like this:

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    Where as meander is more relaxed like this river:

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    But how they're used is mostly based on where you're from I think.
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  2. EvilGenius

    EvilGenius 1.5 Finger Discount

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    How does your Z handle the mountain roads?

    Does it run out of power when you get up high or does it pretty much stay the same?
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  3. V Saarela

    V Saarela Been here awhile

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    From the beginning the word meanders was somerhing wrong with.

    Serpentines is the right word! Thanks Evil :eek:)

    Z handles same as usuallu.....it´s not so high
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  4. V Saarela

    V Saarela Been here awhile

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    Day 8

    Notodden to Karlstad
    http://maps.google.se/maps/ms?hl=sv&gl=se&ie=UTF8&oe=UTF8&msa=0&msid=114517051368690652267.00048d0af7624954209b73


    Today is a day I should ride to Oslo and the turn north and home. Instead avoid Oslo
    and ride south of the town, pass the swedish border and ride east.


    Before Oslo, Kongsberg. Nice bridge
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    Thought there where any more ferrys. My memory is failing. Don´t remember any ferrys
    here?!?
    This one was the cheapest, also the shortest time. Like the fast turn ferry made before
    docking, almost skid in to it.
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    Tunnel under the big passengerships at Oslofjorden.
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    From border I ride whole way to Karlstad on E18, heavy traffic road. Cars passing and they
    are many.....to many! Tough balance the Z on outer edge at the tarmac.

    Still, found some fancy places to rest on. Z enjoy the grass.
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    At camping Karlstad. Take many walks in the warm weather. Enjoy the windy weather wich
    is coming from the sea.
    It´s saturday and the camping is in party. First time I notice the darkness at night. I´m not
    used with it at middle of summer, where I come from, near the arctic circle, it´s daylight
    day and night
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    Late in bed. Like the warm weather, it´s t-shirt on!



    .....to be continued
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  5. V Saarela

    V Saarela Been here awhile

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    Fanny you pick this photo. I´m been riding motorcycle on this rode when visiting de la bonette mountains.

    I think also it was this serpentines I was near to fall with my bike. There was several photographers at the serpentinturns. Waving with one hand on handlebars and and taking the curve little bit to fast..... :eek:)
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  6. brockster

    brockster Despair & Repair Garage

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    :eek1 Wow. that's only 32.3 mph & just a hair under 29mph respectively.
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  7. approachbears

    approachbears 250cc is 50cc too many

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    Yes, they are cheap to buy. My brother has purchased several (both full size, 46 or 54 passenger versions and the short bus/head start bus in your photo) and partly converted them to campers. You can get a school bus with about 75,000 miles for around $1500-$2500 depending on the time of year and location of the auction.

    They still produce them as we Americans are still producing school children:D

    Also...
    The classy thing to do is leave them school bus yellow and just repaint the wording from "School Bus" to "Cool Bus".
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  8. V Saarela

    V Saarela Been here awhile

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    Thanks guys for input, the threadh is still been lurked......good, I keep on then :eek:)

    Nice to see that the busses keeps rumbling on streets. I suppose tehy are a bit of american culture.....



    Day 9
    Karlstad to Härjarö
    http://maps.google.se/maps/ms?hl=sv&gl=se&ie=UTF8&oe=UTF8&msa=0&msid=114517051368690652267.00048dc0054533c4e0fd0




    Lovely weather this morning. First morning on the whole trip I´m not freezing this morning,
    t-shirt weather and it´s early morning. I got in bed after modnight, still I´m taking a walk
    at the camping very early.....it´s waaaaarm.
    My nosetip is red and very sore now, I´m hoping it´s because of wind and sun, not all
    beer I´ve drinking past days.


    Z needs oilchange etc, Stockholm next for service. I know first bit ride to Örebro, there
    will bee a ride with heavy traffic and not much tarmac for me to balance on.
    It´s sunday, despite my early start the heavy traffic is on quickly.


    Make a stop at Kristinehamn. We bought a dog(ridgeback named Vicke) here last
    year and I want to visit Vickes mum and dad. They aren´t at home.
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    Keeping on to Örebro. Not fun when lorrys passing and I´m hoping to keep Z on road.
    After Örebro I turned on small roads and enjoying the ride again. Lake Hjalmaren in
    background
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    Get to camping Härjarö. Expensive campingplace, but in some strange way it feels calming
    down on this place
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    Ahaaa, water, vind and a bench. Here I will spent a time
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    Is there a better way to end a day? Don´t think so....
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    Next day....Z gets oil changed


    ......to be continued
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  9. V Saarela

    V Saarela Been here awhile

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    Day 10

    Härjarö to Stockholm
    http://maps.google.se/maps/ms?hl=sv&gl=se&ie=UTF8&oe=UTF8&msa=0&msid=114517051368690652267.00048de976aa1459ce31a



    Short ride today. Summer, lot to do for the garages. It´s hard to get time fo an ovehaul
    for bikes. I call a Hondadealer north of Stockholm. I tell them I´m riding a Zoomer, where
    I come from and where I´m heading to. They just laugh, tell they have no times left, but
    get to theme and they will of course fix it.



    Start the day where it ended day before
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    Motorway to Stockholm. Mopeds are not allowed to ride there, so I found a wodland path
    to follow.
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    Almost 10 kilometers after the path and......a gate.
    Can´t get around the gate and my only way is to drag Z under the gate. Like my Z so I
    turn back the whole way.
    Turnes on the motorway and followed it......No police in sight


    I don´t use the kickstarter, but it had troubleing from day two. Hars sometimes and gives
    a scraped sound. This morning it gets stuck, so I have to kick it down almost in bottom.
    At the garage I tell them, if they can take off the kickstarter.
    Hondadealar change oils and the kickstarter only needed a little lubricate. Thumb up!
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    To Stockholm is only about 25 kms. Mean while I have called and booked a boat to Finland.
    The boat will left at afternoon, so there are lot of time to kill.

    Small roads to Stockholm, then spend and circle with moped around the city.
    I have never liked Stockholm as a city, but now when riding a moped and getting everywhere
    with shortcuts, I have to say......it´s a beatiful city with lot of water around.

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    Bridge opening
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    My boat, Gabriella is there already
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    Chapman
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    Find a landing stage and sit on. Little windy, water and nice weather. Like it!
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    Down there, check in to the boat.
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    Motorcycles have to wait to last
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    Leaving Stockholm and.....I get to the bar
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    Sisterboat Amorella. This boat to Turku I have been omboard many times
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    Nice to sit outside in the wind and with a beer
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    Take many hours before we get out on the sea. Small ferrys here and there
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    Long corridor. I haved my cabine on the wrong side and....have to walk whole way here
    many times
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    This day have been a nice restday. Get to bed at midnight. I spend a time with few
    swedish motocyclists. They party hard and I told theme to take it aesy with the
    alcohol. The police stays in Finland at harbour everytime in the mornings....



    .........to be continued
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  10. thefieldworker

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  11. Zagando

    Zagando BMW uber alles!

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    +1, bump for great report; nice that you took so many good pictures---almost like being there.

    I just got my Ruckus going again after two weeks with the carburetor out for a thorough cleaning---had to wait for a new gasket. Now it's all back together and running well like it should.

    Always enjoying seeing your part of the world and look forward to further reports.:clap
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  12. V Saarela

    V Saarela Been here awhile

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    Thank you guys for commenting!
    and
    ...good to hear Ruckus is well and ready to rumble again :eek:)



    Not many days left now....


    Day 11
    Stockholm to Mikkeli
    http://maps.google.se/maps/ms?hl=sv&gl=se&ie=UTF8&oe=UTF8&msa=0&msid=114517051368690652267.00048dfdbd94d26fe7b09




    Early wake and spending many hours outside.


    Siljaboat was behind us on slipstream whole nigth. At morning get it out from the stream
    and pass us :eek:(
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    Meet at morning couple of my new friends from evening before. They where looking for an
    alcoholmetre. I told them that they don´t need any one. Smelling alcohol so I have to remind
    theme that police is there at harbour. Tip theme to push down the bike and take a few hours
    walk in the city.
    What did they do?

    Well....two of them ride in the arms of this. Strange motorcyclists?!?
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    Spent to much time at the harbour for checking out how it went out. Few turns in
    city of Helsinki before heading east
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    I really don´t like to ride in Finland on roads(yes, very good roads).
    Finland is called, "country of the thousand lakes". The lakes can I see only on map and
    GPS. It´s only forest, forest and forest.
    But...I really like to visit the old towns in the citys. They are often also occupied.

    Porvo, one of the old towns
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    I did my laundy evening before. All was still wet. Have to let dry everything on bike. 45
    minutes, change, 45 minutes in wind, change, 45....

    Tumbledrier, petrol operated
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    At border to Russia. Now I have to turn, far as this from home I cant get in Finland.

    Vaalimaa, russian border
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    Spent to much time at the harbour in Helsinki. Heading to Mikkeli and do
    not many stops on my way there.

    Camping Mikkeli
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    Next day....keeping north


    ....to be continued
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  13. V Saarela

    V Saarela Been here awhile

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    Day 12

    Mikkeli to Oulu.
    http://maps.google.se/maps/ms?hl=sv&gl=se&ie=UTF8&oe=UTF8&msa=0&msid=114517051368690652267.00048e25ca4e8ef73a216



    Going north, small roads but getting bored of all wood. Nothing happens, half an hour,
    a liiiittle turn, half an hour, a liiittle....

    So, turning on bigger roads, cars and trucks on roads but....something is happening.

    Streching out Z today, btw me to. 3 hours rides without stopping almost to Oulu and it feels.


    Coffebrake somewhere
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    Well, a lake
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    Z enjoying
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    This guy was my company long time. Took a walk around the bike, but when he decide to
    take a walk up on may arm.....:eek:)
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    Passing city of Oulu and get to the camping. Nice road for bicycles
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    I like it!
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    Camping Oulu. Very tired so went only for a short walk in the area before bed.
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    Last night......tomorrow home


    ....to be continued
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  14. V Saarela

    V Saarela Been here awhile

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    Day 13
    Oulu to Boden
    http://maps.google.se/maps/ms?hl=sv&gl=se&ie=UTF8&oe=UTF8&msa=0&msid=114517051368690652267.00048e2637205b0b4e6ce


    Last morning. Only 300 kms home. Strange, suddenly 300 kms on moped is nothing!?! :eek:)


    Take back a little bit where I came from befor turning home. Have to take a little ride in
    the Oulu city first
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    Other thing i visit in towns of finland, the market. To early today
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    Finland does great bicycleroads. Often beside big roads and sometimes they are almost to
    next city.

    I don´t like to ride after theme, have to be observant and slow down to often at every
    entrance(cars etc comming)

    But....sometimes
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    Not hurry today
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    Between Simo and Kemi. Highway road for bicycles...WOW!
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    Old europeroad between Kemi an Torneå
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    Swedish border at Haparanda. Now, near home
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    Home! My Z rides ends always with an....
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    AMAZING Zoomer at home at last!
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  15. monkeywaythere

    monkeywaythere Scooter explorer

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    brilliant and thanks for taking us alon on the ride!
    i will let you know of my plans and may be we could meet up for a little riding and drinking?
    stuart
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  16. BluegrassPicker

    BluegrassPicker Been here awhile

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    Great RR! Thanks :clap
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  17. RLK

    RLK 4,949

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    This is a fantastic report. Some of those roads are remarkable feats of engineering. Its a shame there was so much fog. Thanks for this story.
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  18. DirtDriven

    DirtDriven Not Cheap,Thrifty

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    Great Ride report!!! :clap
    I would love to do something like this on my Ruckus. How did the Zoomer do on the hills? Also, just a curiosity question, Do you have a idea of how much total weight you had on the zoomer?
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  19. V Saarela

    V Saarela Been here awhile

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    Thank you guys!! :eek:)

    monkeywaythere: Please, tell us your plans then, always fun to here. Of course I meet up you half way and....drink a beer or two, or... :thumb


    DirtDriven: Honda Sweden says that Zoomer does same speed uphill as downhill, that´s not thrue :eek:) I think I had with full thottle record of 50,1 kph downhill and 16,8 kph uphill.

    I really don´t know the total weight of it. I´m 1,74 cm tall, little beerstomach wich I have done hard work for, so I´m not so heavy meself.
    Luggage: What I do need for 13 days travelling....+ big tent and all including with that, "kitchen" including all needs for that, also food, few kameras, filmkamera, notebook pc, always at least 6 beer, etc etc etc.
    Now when I think.....it´s heavy, very heavy :eek:)

    Rear shock sucks, tires are dangeous, I had in wet condition at least two nearly highsiders. But the chassis....it´s stable as rock and for me it´s that what counts.

    I´ve also done some longer travelling with Honda 125 Innova with luggage, comparison with the Innova, the chassi on the Innova is very unstable.
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  20. AngryScot

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    still chewing my way through the report, good stuff!
    Is your GPS wired to the battery, no issues with charging etc :ear

    Was going to power my 60cx through the zuma system but I am not sure the wee thing has enough to do that and the battery without having it on a charger at night :dunno
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