Scooters Across America: San Francisco to New York

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Jeffrode, Jun 24, 2014.

  1. Jeffrode

    Jeffrode Adventurer

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    My Dad cam up with this crazy idea of riding scooters across america. and just a couple of week ago I found out that I had my summer open so I decided to join him. Now the plan is this Buy cheep Chinese scooters and ride from San Francisco to New York. Shopping on Craigslist we found a 150cc scooter for $100 and went to look at it. It did not run but we went for it. We go it home and put a new battery in it and it started and ran just fine. So this would become my ride. Next my Dad decided to by a CT70 Chinese copy and we found one in LA new. Plan now in order we started the ride today.

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    6/23/2014: OK after all the planning the ride really begins today: We are in downtown San Francisco and will be headed to Sacramento today.

    The day started through Golden Gate Park and through the city. Jeffrey stopped at a city shop for some bananas

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    Then came the crossing the golden gate bridge. See our video to see how funny we look on the small bikes as we run wide open across the bridge.

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    We took a side trip through the back streets of Sausalito, cool homes back here

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    Then we headed north through the Golden Gate Nat'l Recreation Area. Very beautiful back here, and cool windy and steep roads.

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    Then came lunch in Petaluma at the: 4th&Sea Fish & Chips, awesome mom and dad type shop.

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    You guessed it we had the Fish and Chips

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    After lunch came the start of hot weather, I hope these little bike can take it, and us too

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    We rode along the Sacramento River for about 50 miles as we headed up into Sacramento.

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    Ok, Day1 complete, everything went well, and the bikes still seem to be fine. Although my CT70 seems to be shifting hard, and it even jumped out of 2 gear once. I hope it makes it, only 4100 miles left.

    Video of Crossing the Golden Gate Bridge
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  2. RiderRick

    RiderRick Been here awhile

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    I will ride along, be safe and have fun!
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  3. cabanza

    cabanza Smooth Operator

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    Looks awesome! Can't wait to read more! :clap
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  4. Freerydejunky

    Freerydejunky Hooligan

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    Ahhh another GPSKevin ride.

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  5. IslandMonkey

    IslandMonkey Been here awhile

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    Lookin' good. I think I'll tag along.
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  6. dedave

    dedave Gold in dem dare hills

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    What's the plan? Camping?

    Can you a list of how and what gear?

    How fast can you average? That 7 seems a bit small for any real speeds.
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  7. Jeffrode

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    6/24/2014: Today was to begin in Sacramento, CA and work our way through the mountains today and dropping into the desert going through Carson City and along highway 50 to Fallen, NV.

    The morning started out perfect waking up in Sacramento to perfect riding weather. Left the city headed out into the mountains

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    We worked our way through the city streets on our way over to the mountains and the beautiful countryside of northern California.

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    Had a great time winding up in the mountains through the forest roads. The tree canopy engulfed the road and just gave us a great shaded, remote country road to take in with all the miles. Continued through the trees wrapping along the hills to our first gas stop which happened to be this little country store and restaurant.

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    Continued to play around in the hills on awesome roads that brought you back to your childhood, just having fun cruising around with your friends, weaving in and out of the forested corners. Then I got him and he got me back.

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    That is I got a squirrel and he got me. I think I ended up with the upper hand since I wasn’t killed. We then continued on and worked our way down into Tahoe after overcoming our biggest obstacle.

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    We worked and worked the bikes were full throttle and were working as hard as they could to reach the summit. They kept Klim-ing up to the summit and reach the highest we have ever taken them, 7382 ft. Then we dropped down into Tahoe. Just an incredible view on the lake from the highway.

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    We went down to town and had a great lunch at BOB DOG Pizza, It was a great end to the first half of the day. Next we went down into Carson City and then worked our way across Highway 50, “The Loneliest Highway” towards Fallen, NV.

    Youtube from the day

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  8. Jeffrode

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    dedave, it is all motels for us, no camping so we are not carrying much gear. This is my Dad vision of America at 35mph Why???. The bikes max do 40mph max but likely will not go the distance if we run them wide open. So we will see.
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  9. refokus

    refokus Hmmmmmm

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    You two have some giant balls to ride the Small Chinese scooters across the country. Good luck! I will be tagging along on this adventure.

    Scooters are really cool by the way. :thumb
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  10. mtnman

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    Go Kevin and Jeff!:clap
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  11. Tsotsie

    Tsotsie Semi-reformed Tsotsi

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    Go for it!
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  12. Vikingtazz

    Vikingtazz Will ride for food.

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    Haha - love it!
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  13. nm767

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    This is great. I'd love to do this on a big bike with my dad. I'm jealous of the time you have. Tagged to follow along. Good luck


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  14. Firemanmike69

    Firemanmike69 Been here awhile

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    I'm in to see your adventure good look guys looks like lots of fun so far
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  15. mceee

    mceee Welcome to the dark side!

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    This is awesome, I'm there! You guy's be really, really careful. Road rage ain't no joke now a day's!
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  16. Jeffrode

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    6/25/2014: Today we began in Fallon, NV and work our way across the desert floor and over some mountains towards our final destination Wells NV.

    The morning started out bright and early leaving from Fallon at 6:45 since it was a long day ahead of us of some 397 miles. We started out on the loneliest road in America traveling across the desert.

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    This section was long and very flat but not as boring as you might think. It had some interesting scenery changes and even quite a few hills.

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    We had to work at having out scooters climb any and every hill along the day so, when there was a sign showing the pass we had to take a picture. There were a total of 9 passes so that shows that it isn't just a boring, flat old desert road. It had some nice scenery changes. The highest pass was at 7600 ft which is our new record for these little scooters and they just kept motoring along smoothly. We came to a couple old mining towns during the day.

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    These little old towns, such as Eureka, had just that great old time American mining vibe and just these very cool and authentic mining culture bestowed in them. We also went over the one of the famous trails that lead to the west.

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    Thats right the Pony Express Trail, we even found out that my dad could imitate a old cowboy. We continued on putting more and more miles under our belt until we had the first major failure.

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    Thats right we had a footpeg failure on the little 70. Okay, so it isn't as bad as you think just the little rubber cover came off. This was bad news for us though because we had to spend an hour looking back and forth on the highway for it.

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    We found it a 100 yard back from where we stopped and were able to hit the road again and motored on for our last 100 miles. This is also when we ran into our first rain of the trip. It happened to just be a little sprinkle and was a nice way to cool off.

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    411 Miles on Small Bikes WOW
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  17. longrides1

    longrides1 Been here awhile

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    You guys are awesome, wish I had the time to do that with my son.

    Kevin I don't think you need to worry about getting a ticket on those speed demons.:rofl:rofl
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  18. Jeffrode

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    6/26/2014: Today we began in Wells, NV and were headed towards Rupert, ID.

    The morning had a little bit of a late start due to the fact that we were up till midnight working on the bikes. We were able to fix the scooters problem it was just the belt. put the old belt back on the bike and it ran fine again. That is why you shouldn’t change parts on the bike dad. He has always said don't take apart more than you have to so we should have listened to his own advice.

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    Started out a little cold and looked as it was going to be a cold rainy day. We each started with just an sweatshirt and our klim jackets. As the day progressed the weather turn worse and worse mile by mile.

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    We finally reached the end of the Nevada and got to Idaho.

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    Yeaaa, we finally made it across the nevada deserts and the little scooters are making it closer to New York. Once we crossed the state line the weather was looking really bad so we decided to put on all of our rain gear; waterproof gloves, boot covers, rain pants, and our jackets. Then we motored on and in about 2 miles we reached the rain.

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    We keep on seeing the sun off in the distance and hoping that we were leaving the storm since we still had 80 miles to travel. We got really close 10 times and every time we were close my dad’s route decided to turn and head right back towards the center. For the next hour we battled the rain and the tractor trailers flying by us and blinding us with all the water they threw up. We even saw some lightning off in the distance. We got off the main highway and hit some of the back roads and then in typical roulette fashion we came to a dirt road.

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    Now it was interesting going down a dirt road covered with gravel and ruts as well as having mud laid over the top. The little scooter didn't really like it especially with its tiny 10in tires and the suspension being only springs. This reminded me of riding a mechanical bull just hang on and hope you stay one. We worked and worked and finally made it the 7 miles down the dirt road and reach the pavement. Since we were back on hard stable ground the rain now decided to stop and we continued into town. Today we battled the elements not the distances like the day before, traveling a total of 170 miles. Let hope that tomorrow is not the worst of both having 220 miles and looks like it is going to rain.

    The Story of Jeffrey's Scooter

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  19. Jasonjetski

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  20. scrappyscooter

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    In for the ride.:clap
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