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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    6/30/2014: Today we began in Sheridan, WY and worked our way across Wyoming and towards “biker heaven” aka Sturgis, SD.

    The morning started out just perfect weather with the sun out and wasn't too cold or windy just a slight breeze. Rode out of town and on some back farm roads. We even ran into a pack of chickens and boy were the rowdy, fighting chickens.

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    Okay, maybe they are rosters. There were lots of other figurines which was really neat. Next we continued on across the farmland and had to reroute due to another dirt road. Wish we had our wr’s with us would have been a lot of fun on the dirt. As we were going along today we ran into some deer.

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    We ran into a mom with her to little ones off to the side of road got a pic and headed on. Throughout the day we ran into more and more deer, last one that i counter was 49. That is a ton and 15 of them were all within 3 miles. Have to pay attention so you don't run into one. My dad paced one and figured out that a deer is as fast as a scooter. We continued on and ran into a construction zone.

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    In the middle of farmville, Wyoming we ran into traffic, is this the city or something? We waited for 20 min and then work our way following the pilot car. There were quite the ruts from previous cars which made it a little bit difficult for the scooter. Worked towards our lunch stop and had a quick bite to eat and headed out to catch the tail wind towards Sturgis.

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    Next we worked our way through some of the town and got gas. Passed by a bunch of trains and railway yards. Then we found a huge mining operation and figured out what all of the trains were therefor.

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    We continued on and then the road turned and we had to fight a head wind for the next hour, it also dropped the scooter speed down to 20 mph. It felt like we were barely moving and not getting any closer to Sturgis. We finally got there and the wild Ct70 had to get a picture by the sign.

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    Continued into town and were embraced with harley culture. The town is scattered with it and everything is biker this or biker that. We stopped in to the harley dealership and they all got a laugh about what we were doing but, really there were jealous.

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    That was it for the day we covered 230 miles mostly through farmland however it wasn't all that boring because there were rolling hills. Tomorrow we are headed to Interior, SD. Feels like we are almost home to SD.
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  2. ScottFla

    ScottFla Been here awhile

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    Awesome RR!
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  3. CharlestonADV

    CharlestonADV I do my own stunts!

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    How are those little scooter tires holding up?
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  4. Ol Man

    Ol Man Been here awhile

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    Great father/son adventure.
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  5. Racegun

    Racegun Single Track Mind!

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    Great Job guys! My son and I have been planning to do this for a while. Maybe next year.
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  6. JoshinBham

    JoshinBham fail

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    This rocks! IN!
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  7. Jedi2Rider

    Jedi2Rider Adventurer

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    Great Idea! I am in.:D
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  8. Jeffrode

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    7/1/2014: Today we had a late start due to the fact that it was raining when we got up. The goal however was to leave Sturgis, SD and work our way through the Black Hills and Badlands to Interior, SD.

    It had been raining a lot over the night and was still raining in the morning. Does the weather not know we are from Southern California and don’t know how to deal with the elements? Okay, we sat around for a little while hoping for it to clear off and then left.

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    We got all of our things together and then tried to get down some miles and work our way towards clear sky’s. We first headed though the Black Hills in the morning.

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    Got a picture at the sign and continued along the ride. We came to numerous historic little towns in the morning. Lots of them were set up as old mining towns and for tourism. One of the old towns we came to had an old Hudson dealership. Kinda cool, since they are not around anymore just show some of the american car history.

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    We continued through town and ran into many historic car mechanic shop and stores. Really brought you back in time and no it was not Radiator Springs. Ran across a couple stores with a bunch of antiques.

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    We flowed through the hills on our way to Mt. Rushmore. The are some gorgeous rocks and forests throughout the Black Hills. Did the name have some influence from the black clouds that sits above them just looking at you? Ran into some of the local logging trucks running up and down the road. Finally we arrived at our first destination and looked around for a bit and continued on.

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    Worked our way to our lunch stop and then towards the Badlands. First we covered miles and miles of rolling hills and farmland in order to arrive at the Badlands. It is really crazy how they are just formed in the middle of nowhere and the weird shapes that these hills formed.

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    Continued through and there were some spectacular formations in the hills. Worked our way around and rerouted since my dad choose another dirt road and ended up in Interior. We got here around 2:00 pm so we had a short day but it worked perfect.

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    We changed oil in the scooters and did our laundry. Even though we finished early we still cover 175 miles and had lots of great times. There were some cool curvy roads through the black hills and I even ended up dragging the scooters belly in a corner. For once even though it started out looking like it was going to rain it turned out to be a dry day. Tomorrow is back to being a long day with 300 miles to travel.

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  9. Jeffrode

    Jeffrode Adventurer

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    Help: The scooter started making a noise when starting. Does anyone know what the problem could be?

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    And what I can do to fix it?
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  10. Racegun

    Racegun Single Track Mind!

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    its is difficult to hear over the net, but it sounds like the starter bendix is not engaging the fly wheel....??? and is skipping ....
    1. Has it been giving any trouble?
    2. Can these be push started?
    3. Did you do the oil change correctly, have you done them many times before and therefor feel confident that the oil change was done correctly?
    4. When you changed the oil, did you use royal purple....:eek1 :loll Just kidding... just kidding...

    .....DID YOU DRIVE THRU DEEP WATER?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rY0ENaUA_Uc this might help

    you can find lots more like this on the net

    If there was a way to observe the moment the starter engages the flywheel that might help...

    If there was a way to examine the fly wheel and the starter drive gear...

    talk to your mechanic that is familiar with these machines and ask him to listen...

    also...it almost sound like the bearing surface of the bendix has no oil
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  11. Racegun

    Racegun Single Track Mind!

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    AND I WAS just going to ask about how they were holding up....
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  12. Jeffrode

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    Turns out they are holding up great, we have logged about 3k miles and this is the only issue. We put a new drive belt on just before starting the ride. And brought the old one with us. The new belt made a vibration in the scooter. So we put the old belt back on and the vibration is fixed. But after putting the old belt back on this starting noise started. ??? Could the old belt be squealing when stating? We can hope to get a new good belt in 3 days in Chicago.
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  13. Racegun

    Racegun Single Track Mind!

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    i will post this in the section were a lot of smart techs hang out:deal
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  14. MassiveLee

    MassiveLee Banned

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    If the sound is the starter motor spinning, but not engaging, it could be a very easy fix. My own 1150GSA did it early this spring. The solenoid is simply gripping and the magnetic force is not strong enough to overcome the friction. Simply take the starter apart, clean thoroughly with WD40 and regrease. Check the solenoid and it will most likely show gunked up, or dry.

    Time to spend a night in a motel with Wifi, not too far from a car parts shop if you need tools, and spend the late afternoon taking the scooter apart.

    Lee
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  15. ride4321

    ride4321 Long timer

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    Really enjoying this report, you guys rock!:clap

    Hope that noise is nothing serious.
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  16. Questor

    Questor More Undestructable

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    Get any speeding tickets? :D
    Sounds like you guys are having a great time, going slowly enough to see the geology change. It gives you a real perspective about the different parts of the country.
    Enjoy the ride and thanks for doing this Ride Report.
    Q~
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  17. luckychucky

    luckychucky Long timer

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    Looks like fun! I too think it's the bendix, part of the starter, you have a kickstarted, it isn't a show stopper. Probably just as easy to get the whole starter.
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  18. judomaniak

    judomaniak Been here awhile

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    thats awesome riding scoots across the states. great way to see the sceenery. drive safe and have fun. subscribed:clap
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  19. jub jub

    jub jub frumiousbandersnatch

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    I'm loving this. Hope you can figure out what's causing the noise.
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  20. Todd78d

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    Thanks for sharing you ride. Love the story, pictures and that it's father & son.
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