Old dog considering new tricks (scooters)

Discussion in 'Battle Scooters' started by CaptnJim, Mar 1, 2013.

  1. cdwise

    cdwise Long timer

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    Maybe you can transfer some of that cargo to the boat under a cover? Then you'd have the back of the truck.

    Alternative suggestion, a couple here were going to the Pacific Northwest for vacation and looked into renting scoots there. When they found the cost they called one of those container shipping companies and had a small pod delivered. They loaded it up with their two scoots in chocks and tied down along with other gear they wanted and had them picked up. Took a cab from the airport to the pod company's storage facility near Portland where they retrieved their scoots and gear. Weeks later they went back to the pod storage, put their scoots back in the pod and had it sent back to Houston. I don't know what they paid but might be worth considering either for the scoots or the other stuff that normally goes in the back of the truck.
  2. CaptnJim

    CaptnJim Scootist

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    Interesting consideration! So much for that "simplifying" stuff, huh?? :evil I'll run that by the spousal unit. Do you have a couch I can stay on in case it doesn't go over well? :D

    Best wishes,
    Jim
  3. CaptnJim

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    For anyone following along who wants to see what the V-Strom is like, here is a link to that thread...

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?p=21118765#post21118765

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    Before I got the V-Strom out for its photo session, we took a late lunch break and got out on the scooters... yep, just as much fun as I remembered.

    These things are really small compared to the V-Strom!! :evil But, BIG fun!! :clap

    Best wishes,
    Jim
  4. JerryH

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    I will be retired in just under a year, at 55. Really looking forward to it. I think I have done enough work for a lifetime, plus have health issues. Would like to have some time left to do what I want.
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    Nice Dahon folding bikes in the backround!
  6. CaptnJim

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    Good luck with the upcoming retirement, Jerry. There are some drawbacks: how do you know when you're done? No vacation from the job. Of course, we expect that you will get out there and put even MORE miles on your various bikes... and not be one of those guys who sits on the porch and yells, "Get off my lawn, you damn kids!" :lol3
  7. CaptnJim

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    Hey, ScrappyScooter. The folding bikes are easy to take along with the RV or the boat... just not as much FUN as the scooters! :evil
  8. CaptnJim

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    Well, that was fast! Less than 10 minutes after I made that post on the FM forum, the bike was sold. While I was on the phone with the buyer, there were two more calls, with full price offers. A fourth call about a half hour later.

    The V-Strom really is a great bike. I hope the new owner gives it the use it should get.

    Best wishes,
    Jim
  9. CaptnJim

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    Back in the Tropical Tip, and the wind has been blowing like stink for two days. We took the scooters out a bit yesterday and today, ran across the Queen Isabella Causeway to South Padre Island... about 70' above the water, with the wind directly across at the highest span. Yep, you feel the wind on these little bikes. :evil

    In about 10 days, the area will be hosting the Beach 'N Biker Fest...

    http://www.beachnbikerfest.com/

    I haven't decided, yet, if I will enter the PCX in the Burnout Contest! :rofl

    Yesterday, an older couple (you can call me Kettle :lol3) on a Harley trike gave us a thumbs-up at the stoplight. I could buy a fleet of these 150s for what he paid... and none of them would be a trike. :evil

    We fueled up today: once again, I got exactly 100 mpg. The Blonde got 107 mpg. I think she is sneaking out in the middle of the night to put a cup of gas in her scoot.

    Best wishes,
    Captain Jim
  10. CaptnJim

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    The V-Strom is loaded in the truck, and we'll head north to meet her new owner tomorrow...

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    When the paperwork is done, it will be the end of one chapter and the continuation of the scooter experiences. No scootering today - the wind was gusting to 40 mph.

    Best wishes,
    Captain Jim
  11. CaptnJim

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    Man does not live by scootering alone... home projects to get done before we head out again. With projects completed, my wife said, "I'm going inside to enjoy some air conditioning."

    I said, "I'm going to cool down on the scooter. See ya!"

    Proof that we don't do everything together. :evil

    http://captnjim.blogspot.com/2013/04/settling-in_14.html
  14. CaptnJim

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    Harsh reality is beginning to set in. In a couple weeks, we will head out with the boat again. I thought a pair of scooters would definitely enhance our summer experience... OK, I still think that. Unfortunately, space is a factor, living on a small boat. Taking the scooters means taking gear. Taking scooter gear means having to leave behind some boat gear.

    We went with the the consideration of taking just one scooter. That left part of the truck bed available for storage. Unlocked, open storage. Oh, sure, we could buy lockable containers. Or, we could leave the scooter(s) behind and have the heavy-duty lockable fiberglass bed cover that has served us well (my wife's practical words).

    She hooked me on the idea of the scooters with, "We can take them north with us this summer..." Truth be told, she did that several decades ago when she wanted a motorhome and said, "We can take the bikes south in the winter..."

    One thing we have learned with our wandering lifestyle: you can't EASILY take it all with you. And, I am a sucker for a pretty face who says what I like to hear. :evil

    So, at this point, the scooters will likely be "getting the summer off." We'll be in a tourist destination area - we can rent scooters occasionally. No, not the same as having your own along.

    I am a retired guy. With a Master License for driving boats. And a wife who still thinks it's important to "do something"... well, something constructive. I would be just fine being a boat bum... or an RV bum... playing guitar and riding my scooter... no, not both at the same time.

    Decisions.

    I have some work to do on the boat before we head out. Yeah, that's going to seriously cut into my "free time." And, don't let anyone tell you that you have lots of free time when you retire - you just find more pleasurable things to occupy the time. But, there are still tasks that have to be done.

    I'll be counting on this forum to keep me going during the summer... much like people in the frozen northland need to to make it through the winter.

    Hey, on the bright side, she said, "I'm with you - this will be our last summer working, and we can take the bikes wherever you want, after this." :hmmmmm

    We'll see how this all plays out.

    Best wishes,
    Captain Jim
  15. tdbmd

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    Jim,

    You mentioned your boat weighing 9000 lbs, got a photo of that beast?
  16. CaptnJim

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    Here is a look at Wild Blue...

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    That weight is on the trailer, assuming I'm carrying a good portion of our cruising gear in the truck. :evil

    Last year, we spent 6 months on the boat; may be a little less this year, so we can get some scooter time in during the fall months. We'll see how it all plays out.

    Best wishes,
    Jim
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  18. klx250sfguy

    klx250sfguy Been here awhile

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    You have an enviable set up there Jim. That is one beauty of a boat.
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    Thanks, klx. When we retired, I wanted a boat that was capable of cruising with the 2 of us and a cat. Trailerable (with a diesel truck), but very seaworthy. The first year we had her, we cruised the Pacific Northwest, and spent the winter in the Florida Keys onboard. She has been on all three US coasts, Canada east and west, and lots of waterways in between. Erie Canal, Hudson River, staying in the shadow of the Statue of Liberty. The Trent-Severn Waterway. Lake Powell. Flaming Gorge. Yellowstone Lake. San Francisco Bay. Up to Desolation Sound on the BC Coast. She will be our home on the water again this summer.

    I am a water guy, but this land stuff has gotten to be more fun again with the scoots. I already had a contract for this summer before we bought these scooters...

    Best wishes,
    Captain Jim
  20. CaptnJim

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    Got the boat out of storage today and started the "sprucing up" process. It was a hot, humid, windy day in the Tropical Tip. Late this afternoon, I got a call from our local boat-stuff store, letting me know the bottom paint I ordered was in. I told my wife, "I'm going to take the scooter to get the paint."

    She decided to come along. I told her the wind was gusting (the weather weasels were saying gusts to 40 mph), and she might want to sit this one out. Nope.

    It was gusty, alright. Hot and humid, too. It wasn't much, but I knew this was going to be my only "scooter content" for the day. We swung by Wally World for some painting supplies and wax; then to the boat-stuff store for the paint. The under-the-seat storage swallowed it all up.

    One of us, and I'm not mentioning her name, was less than enthralled with the gusty conditions, and occasional blowing dirt. Hey, it isn't all ice cream stops and lunch out... I was a sweat-ball after scrubbing down the boat. But, the scooter break felt good.

    We live in a gated area; you have to pass by a guard shack on the way in. Owners' vehicles have a decal on them... normally, the guard on duty gives you a wave as you drive through (yes, we have the decals on the PCX windshields). This afternoon, the female security person waved enthusiastically, gave us a big broad smile, and said, "Those look like fun!"

    "Yep, they sure are!"