Old dog considering new tricks (scooters)

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

  1. CaptnJim

    CaptnJim Scootist

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  2. CaptnJim

    CaptnJim Scootist

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    The Honda is a really neat little scooter, but it is lacking one piece of instrumentation... no, not the GPS or satellite radio... there's no clock. I ordered a couple clocks made for motorcycles...

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    That's it on the center section of the handlebar. Seiko workings, made to fit on a motorcycle or scooter (or your bicycle). The clocks came from a place called Clocks4Bikes. That IS their business. When I called to order them, I spoke with Linda (husband and wife team) - she was an absolute delight, and assured me that the clock would be a perfect fit on our PCX handlebars. I ordered on Tuesday, and received them this afternoon. The clocks come with an allen wrench and a spare watch battery. Great service, a quality product, and a very nice hand-written notecard from Linda. Big companies could learn from these folks!

    Here's a link to their website, if you'd like to check them out...

    www.clocks4bikes.com/

    No affiliation, no connection, yadda, yadda. I like the personal service you get from small businesses. And I especially like a business that makes quality stuff AND gives good support.

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    From today's blog...

    http://captnjim.blogspot.com/2013/04/cooler.html
  3. CaptnJim

    CaptnJim Scootist

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  4. CaptnJim

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  5. sealsam

    sealsam Sam...I am.

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    No fair Captn, your gloves match the scoot.

    BTW, where do you stand with a bike or bikes going to WA? I know earlier in your blog you thought only one might make it. Ship those suckers! I get to Port Angeles every couple years, and have ridden alot of that area. The P Sound area is just a great biking area.

    Wonderful blog and fun to follow along. :freaky
  6. CaptnJim

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    Hi Sam,

    Looks like the scoots are going to sit this one out... It comes down to space, and boat gear takes priority this time around. We considered just taking one, but the locking storage we have with a solid fiberglass tonneau cover on the truck bed is something I'm not ready to give up.

    Shipping could work, but we'd have the same hassle and expense at the end of the season, and we don't generally take a straight line on return trips.

    I wrestled with this... taking the scoots could be great up there. We took kayaks last summer and only found the time to use them twice. That working stuff gets in the way of playtime. :evil

    The time away won't put a damper on my newfound scooter interest... I'll be reading here and counting on posts from ADV scooter folks to keep the content up. And I'll repay the favor by blasting around in the fall and winter.

    Thanks to all for making me feel at home around here.

    Best wishes,
    Jim
  7. CaptnJim

    CaptnJim Scootist

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    A little "scooter escape" in the middle of a day of boat work...

    http://captnjim.blogspot.com/2013/04/b-o-t.html

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    Best wishes,
    Jim

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    On edit: When we were out and about for lunch today, I saw 4 people out on scooters. During the Beach 'n Biker Fest this past weekend, I saw one (besides the 5 guys on Ruckus choppers). I'm trying to think back... were those scooter folks always out there and I just didn't notice, or did all the motorcycles over the weekend bring 'em out today? I dunno... glad to be one of those who was out scootin'.
  8. CaptnJim

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    Hauled the boat/trailer to "the big city" to get new tires on the trailer and balance and rotate on the truck. The "ready to go" list is getting shorter.

    Plenty to do around the house, but we took the scooters out for a late lunch break. The wind was blowing like stink (technical meteorological term), with gusts above 35. The scoots handled it fine, but we weren't out on the highway.

    Gotta get the riding in while I can.

    http://captnjim.blogspot.com/2013/04/baby-needs-new-shoes.html

    Captain Jim
  9. quasigentrified

    quasigentrified Ape Trumpet

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    bothell, kirkland and woodinville (wa) were filthy with scooterkind today! i saw more vespae and helixii than i could wave at!
  10. CaptnJim

    CaptnJim Scootist

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    Just trying to make me rethink leaving the scooters behind, aren't ya? :evil
  11. CaptnJim

    CaptnJim Scootist

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    A whole day with no scooter content? Yep. A late season norther blew in yesterday, dropped the temps, wind out of the north, and horizontal drizzle... I can see I am becoming candy-ass in my old age - no desire to be out on two wheels in that stuff. :evil

    Less than a week before we head out, so work is going to take precedence over scootering. More prep stuff and loading. When we were young, we'd strap a tent and a couple sleeping bags on motorcycles; put some clothes in the saddle bags, and head out. These days, it is like moving a household when going from 5th wheel to house to boat. We "simplified" when we retired... I think we're due for another round of that after this season.

    Some way of getting the scooters along with us is going to be necessary... easy enough with a cargo trailer behind the 5th wheel...

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    Next time.

    Back to work, now.

    Jim
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    CaptnJim Scootist

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    Two days with no scootering?? Come on, Mother Nature, I'm running out of time here!~ :uhoh

    http://captnjim.blogspot.com/2013/04/more-of-same.html

    The view down our canal...

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    Looks like it should be cold, but it's just drizzly and foggy. No wind. It just means more work over the next few days... which probably means less of a chance of running those fun scoots around. We'll see.

    Best wishes,
    Jim
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    CaptnJim Scootist

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    No rain or drizzle today, but plenty of work to get done as we get ready to head out with the boat. A warm day in the Tropical Tip... hazy sun after a couple days of drizzle, temps into the 80s, and not much wind made it humid... as in: no point in drying off when you get out of the shower...

    http://captnjim.blogspot.com/2013/04/no-drizzle-but.html

    On the bright side, we got out on the scooters for a short lunch break, and all the stuff we moved out of the cargo trailer means there is lots of room for the scoots...

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    And a trip to the Post Office...

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    Nope, nothing about the scooter time could be considered "adventure," but it sure felt great to be in the breeze.

    Best wishes,
    Captain Jim
  14. CaptnJim

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    Stepping up the pace...

    A sad time for our family: a sister-in-law passed away unexpectedly; the wife of my wife's youngest brother. Only 49 years old.

    We need to go be with family, so our departure is moved up, and our time with the scooters cut short.

    Not to sound "preachy" - none of us knows how much time we get. Live each day like it might be your last. It seems to me that people who ride motorcycles and scooters tend to be the types who know how to enjoy life. I am grateful for the welcoming attitude here and truly appreciate the exchange of ideas.

    We will be spending the summer in a spectacular place, living on our boat. Since the scoots won't be making the trip with us, I'll be counting on the inmates here to keep the scooter content up. I'll be reading and cheering for you.

    Sincere thanks and best wishes,
    Captain Jim
  15. quasigentrified

    quasigentrified Ape Trumpet

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    condolences on your sister-in-law's passing, jim. :-(

    that said, i hope my retirement is as adventurous as yours!
  16. MiniBike

    MiniBike Been here awhile

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    Sorry to hear of your loss. Prayers for you and your family Capt'n.
  17. CaptnJim

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    Thanks, folks. Pulled the batteries out of the scoots, and put them to bed for a while. As long as the house survives hurricane season, we'll be scooter riding again in the fall.

    Post some photos and stories. I just got word that one of the other captains where I'm contracted this summer may not be there, so I will probably be working more than I intended (less play time). I'm going to need some scooter content to keep me fired up.

    Have fun - ride safe.

    Captain Jim
  18. fullmetalscooter

    fullmetalscooter Let me take this duck off

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    Sorry for your lose .