Scootin Through the North Carolina Mtns - 2 up on an Aprilia CS250

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by klaviator, May 31, 2011.

  1. achtung3

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    Love your scoot! Great pics and it seems that your are having a great time, it shows us that there is no need to have a big bulky machine to have real fun.

    Keep the pics coming and thank's for sharing. Pretty inspiring.

    The older I get the smaller the bike I want! I will be there.
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  2. tastroman

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    Looks like you are putting her to good use.

    I find those 10mph turns much easier with a CVT.
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  3. klaviator

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    Thanks. Luckily, none of the roads were as heavily trafficked as I expected for a holiday weekend.

    I agree with you on the big bulky machine. Although big may be more comfortable, especially on the highway, on the roads I like to ride, smaller is more fun.


    Smaller and lighter also make those hairpins easier and much more fun:ricky
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  4. klaviator

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    After our "extreme off road adventure":lol3:lol3, we got back on 28 and had fun on more curves:ricky Then 28 turned into a 4 lane, 55 MPH road for about 20 miles or so. This was not the best place for a small 250cc scooter but it did the job. We did slow down some on the long steep hills, but then it was easy cruising going down hill.

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    Eventually, 28 became a 2 lane road again and the curves began. First there were lots of high speed sweepers and the some nice tight turns. The last section before getting to Deals Gap is particularly nice with great curves and also very scenic as it runs along the water.

    We pulled into Deals Gap expecting a huge crowd.

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    It really wasn't that busy. It was no more crowded than when I came here back in March. The mix of bikes was quite different though. Back in march there were lots of serious sport bikes. Today the parking lot was dominated by Harleys.

    There was one other bike with an ADV sticker, a Triumph Tiger. I had met the rider before although I never new his name. He introduced himself and of course I promptly forgot it:baldy Having CRS disease is a terrible thing.

    We did get him to take our "we were there" picture.

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    Then we walked around and looked at bikes. A BMW R1200GS caught Debbi's eye because it had some really rugged looking aluminum luggage on it. I explained that it was designed to handle really rugged adventure riding. The thing that caught my eye was that there was not a spec of dirt anywhere on the bike:huh So much for rugged adventure riding:lol3

    It was nearly noon and it was starting to get hot. So, how hot was it you ask?

    It was so hot that this Harley burst into flames.

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  5. klaviator

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    After hanging out for a while, it was time for lunch. We timed it perfectly, there was no line at the counter. 10 minutes later there was a line of about 15 people. Lunch was good, but nothing note worthy.

    After lunch we decided that since traffic was lighter than expected, we would go ahead and ride through Deals Gap. No doubt there would be some law enforcement present but the word was that they were only ticketing flagrant speeders. I figured we would be OK if I kept it under 40 or so:evil

    So off we went. Debbi decided to try some action photography. Here's a sample of her shots. Enjoy the ride.

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    OK, are you dizzy yet. Actually, this road is much twistier than it looks in the photos. There are 318 curves in 11 miles.
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  6. klaviator

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    As I mentioned earlier, traffic was much lighter than I expected for a holiday weekend. There was still some traffic however. As usuel, most of the cars and cruisers go through here at a snails pace so even though I was taking it easy, we soon came up behind a slow moving cage. I had no intentions of trying to pass today so I just pulled over and then waited for a few minutes to give us a clear road for a couple of miles and then pulled over again. I only had to do this a few times. I just can't handle going that slow, I think I would fall asleep. Since that would be dangerous, I rode fast enough to be safe:evil

    It was still an ejoyable ride down to the overlook where we turned around. One of the reasons we rode through the Gap was to get our picture taken by some professional photographers. There where a number of them out today although we seemed to catch some of them by surprise. Unlike all the straight pipe Harleys or even sport bikes, I don't think they heard us coming. Most of them still got plenty of pictures of us riding by. I thought that US129 Photographers got the best pics and best of all, they where running a buck a picture special for Memorial Day weekend. Where else can you get a professional photogragher to take your picture for a dollar???

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  7. achtung3

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    Not fair! You two are having too much fun! Way more than me.:D
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  8. ShimrMoon

    ShimrMoon Been here awhile

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    Hey, it doesn't matter that you trucked over to NC, we're glad you came and you showed all the haters that you can have a blast on a little ole 250 scooter, 2 up at that! You don't have to have the latest, greatest whatever...

    Just come on back to visit the "Old North State" anytime. :D
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  9. feline

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    What a great time! Thanks for bringing us all along!
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  10. klaviator

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    Can't have "too much fun"


    I think I enjoyed the ride more on my scooter than I would have on a MV Augusta, Ducati, or other high performance sport bike, especially Deals Gap. Riding Deals Gap on a fast bike with the slow traffic and law enforcement present would have been more frustrating than fun.
    Besides, I enjoyed having Debbi Along. The Aprilia is surpisingly comfortable two up, more than many larger bikes.

    As for coming back, I'll be trucking back up in a week or so to do some dual sport riding:ricky



    Thanks for following along!



    I still have a little more to post. I've been having computer problems but I'll try to finish up soon.
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  11. klaviator

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    The trip back through the Gap after turning around at the overlook was a little slower. The first cage we came up behind pulled over and let us by but we soon came up behind another. We pulled over to give it some space but soon the car we passed caught up so we pulled back out......and soon caught up to the cage in front. We repeated this several times.

    We passed by the Deals Gap resort.

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    It was not very busy. We didn't bother to stop but just continued on 129 towards Robbinsville.

    We passed a herd of cruisers and touring bikes coming the other way.


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    We passed the "fugitive" dam

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    Harrison Ford was not jumping today:lol3
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  12. klaviator

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    129 runs along the Cheoah river for a while making it a very pleasant and scenic ride.

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    We passed through Robbinsville, followed 129 to 19. Took a left on 19 and right on one of the best roads in the area, Wayah Rd.
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  13. klaviator

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    It was getting pretty hot and I wanted to cool off so we stopped along Wayah road and....

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    At least my feet were cool.

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    Then Debbi and I decided to take the same picture but we framed them quite differently. So who is the better photographer?

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    or me?

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    After this stop we continued down Wayah Road. It's a great ride and very scenic but we were getting tired and didn't get any pics. Then it was back to Franklin to load up and head home.

    It was a great weekend. The Aprilia worked out pretty well and we both enjoyed being on it. We'll be doing more trips on it in the future.

    Thanks for following along.
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  14. DirtDOG

    DirtDOG Same Dog, New Tricks

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    Didn't you used to ride an EX500?
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  15. klaviator

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    I sure did. I had an 89 EX500. Put 66,000 miles on it. It was a GREAT bike. So where do I know you from, was it the HSTA?
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  16. DirtDOG

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    Yes it was.
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  17. klaviator

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    It's a small world.

    I don't have any sport bikes any more, just Dual Sports and scooters, but I ride them all like they're sport bikes:D
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  18. brunstei

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    Great report as always, Win!

    Hope you continue to enjoy the Aprilia. I had an SR50F with the oil-injected DiTech engine which I derestricted and did vario tuning on (this was before I had my bike license). It was a very stable, comfortable, and peppy scoot for a 50, and I still smile when I think back to going down the road in heavy rain on it, a pair of Joe Rocket saddlebags loaded on because I was on a multiday trip, and a Triumph Tiger 2-up passes me. We meet up about 4 miles later at the ferry landing waiting for the boat to Tsawwassen, and the look on his face when he realized it was only a 50, was priceless. It would run a good 90 km/h no problem one up, and 80+ 2-up.
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  19. GotMojo?

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    Good stuff! I love Deals Gap. And I hear ya on how annoying it can be to get stuck behind slow traffic that won't use the paved pull-offs. I too avoid the place on weekends and holidays. Early and late day during the week is great. There is NOTHING like a completely uninterrupted run through all 300+ curves. You quickly learn how to avoid traffic by pulling off and waiting a few minutes to let the road clear, but when it's busy, even that doesn't work very well.

    Curious... how many miles do you get out of a tank of gas? And how much fuel does it hold?
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  20. klaviator

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    I have no doubt that I'll continue to enjoy it. I went for another ride the following weekend, this time solo in the N. Ga Mtns. I ended up chasing a group of guys on 650-1200cc bikes for a while. Just like the guy amazed you were on a 50cc scooter, I think I opened a few eyes on what could be done on a scooter. The link to that ride is here: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=694932




    A I posted, I normally won't go near Deals Gap when I think it will be busy. I was surprised that it really wasn't that crowded. I enjoyed it but I was riding 2 up on a scooter I wasn't used to yet so I was fine just taking it easy. I would have been bored riding through solo on one of my dual sports. Even without traffic, there was too much LEO presence.

    As for mileage on the Aprilia, I have been getting 72-83 MPG and it has a 2.4 Gal tank. I ran it to the low fuel light one time. It came on at 138 miles and I filled up at 142 miles - 1.95 Gallons. I figure I can safely count on a range of around 165+ miles
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