SoCal Scooterist's Meanderings

Discussion in 'Battle Scooters' started by sealsam, Dec 16, 2013.

  1. sealsam

    sealsam Sam...I am.

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    Hey Tom,

    From what I read on the Kymco forum, letting the bike loosen up as one racks up the miles, seems to be a common theme. Since this thing only has about 130mi., it's got along way to go. The bottom line on the Like is, my wife loves it. Keepin' momma happy has always been healthy for both of us.

    Any travel plans on that BV?

    Hope to see you on the Mission ride!

    Sam
  2. sealsam

    sealsam Sam...I am.

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    Hello Burgi,

    I haven't had a chance to really accelerate with much vigor on the Like, since we're still breaking it in, but that won't last for long.

    That Bonnie looks fantastic!:tb

    What's the plan for the MT trip? Where are the two of you headed? Glacier? Have you ever been up there before?

    Over the past 9 years, I've spent a good amount of time in MT.. My m.i.l. lives in Bigfork, just south of Kalispell. The wife have ridden the RT there many times over the years, trying to varying the route each time. If you find yourself going through Bigfork...Burger Town is the place. :clap:thumb

    If headed to Going to the Sun, watch the opening dates up to Logan Pass, it is usually late June or early July before they get that hwy open.

    Of course we can all expect a RideReport and pics. :ear

    I look foward to hearing about that trip...


    Sam
  3. tclhb

    tclhb Been here awhile

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    I think I'll do another trip in September Sam. Maybe San Diego? I'll let you know.
    Glad your wife like the Like.
    I'm planning on the Mission ride. Hope to see you there!
  4. Burgi

    Burgi laying low

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    The plan is to trailer the bikes to a friend's ranch outside of Dillon. I say plan cause our tow vehicle is a POS (we spend $$ on bikes not a car:wink:). Despite our intentions we have to keep our fingers crossed that it makes it through the desert. :eek1
    From there we will head through Yellowstone out to Cody, WY, then over the Columbia Falls with the hopes of crossing GttS. Just checked the NPS web site and you are correct, looks like they have a good bit to go to get it fully open. :cry
    We will pass through Bigfork so I will make note to try and get burgers. :clap
    From there we will go down to the 12 and take that to Idaho before heading back to Dillon.
    My only time in that area was on a cross country train trip and my husband has never been. Everyone tells me to watch out for animals, not what we accustomed to in this area!
    What route do you take to get up there when you ride the RT?
  5. sealsam

    sealsam Sam...I am.

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    Hi Burgi,

    The routes on the RT have varied over the years, from WA we've used 2, also used 395 all the way home that same trip. From the east when visiting Rushmore, we used 90. Of course slabbed it up 15. The loop west of Butte, Hwy 1 through Phillipsburg, is very nice. Just NW of Missoula is 200 to 83, The Swan as it's known to locals, is very worthy, but lots of wildlife!

    Cody is fantastic, one of my favorites cities. Julie & I used Cody as base camp for three nights last summer. Tons to do and see in the area, the Buffalo Bill Center being the pinnacle, everything 'western' is in there. We caught the rodeo & chuckwagon dinner one evening, and that was a great move on our part.:thumb The BB Reservoir & dam are just west of town, and well worth taking a look around.

    When going through Bigfork, if you find yourself in Harvest Foods, please make sure my b.i.l. Rick is hard at work(Hi Rick :wave). If you get shut out on the GttS road, there is still plenty to do in the area. Kalispell is big city stuff with all the conveniences, and Whitefish is very picturesque. North of Whitefish is the Whitefish Mountain Resort that you can ride gondola's to the top of the mountain, with great views toward Glacier. If you're really killing time, 93 to 37 thru Libby, to 2 is a hec of a loop.

    And I know Dillon all too well. I always seem to stop there for fuel, rest or food. January of '13 I was in the McDonalds parking lot putting new windshield wipers on the Jeep in a blowing snow storm, that was one of the best 'rewards' coffee I've ever had!

    North of Yellowstone; The Chief Joseph Hwy & Beartooth Pass, enough said.

    You two are gunna have a blast!

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  6. sealsam

    sealsam Sam...I am.

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  7. tclhb

    tclhb Been here awhile

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    I'll be there! 👍
  8. sealsam

    sealsam Sam...I am.

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    Our monthly Long Beach Scooter Group ride took us on a somewhat short ride, 60 mile round trip, up to one of California famed missions. Mission San Gabriel is the fourth of the 21 CA missions that were established by Father Junipero Serra.

    The mission was established in 1771
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    The grounds are well kept and manicured beautifully. These are a few of the newer gravestones, some date back to the late 1700's.
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    Waiting patiently to get the 'hell' out of here.
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    My buddy & I broke off from the group a little early, so we had a little time to check out the oldest operating McDonald's, it's a cool sight to see with a nice little museum documenting the history of McDonald's. No, we did not eat there.
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    Another great day to be out with 16 other scooter pirates. A shout out to Tom(BV350) & Marvin(fellow HD200 rider), nice seeing you guys!:thumb

    BTW, when parking down hill at a mission parking lot, gravity will make your scooter take a nap. CRAP!:asshat
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    See ya soon RedRockRider, StG, & Simbaboy! :wave
  9. villageidiot

    villageidiot Long timer

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    ^^^^ go back to that McDonald's....... They're the only mcdonalds in the state that sells deep fried apple pies anymore. It's worth the drive from Fountain Valley.

    Spoken by a true fatass.
  10. Burgi

    Burgi laying low

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    Hello from Montana! You didn't tell me it is forever raining up here:huh
    The side stand on your HD has been fixed to reduce the spring tension hasn't it? Doesn't look like the drop mucked it up to bad, just a little more character. :D
  11. sealsam

    sealsam Sam...I am.

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    ...and that's gunna be worth the drive from SB also. Thanks for tip!
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    sealsam Sam...I am.

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    Hey Burgi,

    Bummer on weather, very sorry to hear that. Where you guys at?, My b.i.l. in Bigfork did mention they've had more rain than usual, but getting nice this week he said, 90 degree nice, in fact. Hope you're headed that way.

    Good tip on the spring tension, but after a quick search in the SYM forum, there may be issues on the side stands on the HD's. Bottom line is don't park downhill without a stop, me not too smart!

    Hope the riding wx gets better for the two of you! Where do we find that RideReport??

    Sam
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    Chillis Land Barge Pilot

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    Isn't a member of ADV or three taking a trip through NV and UT soon?
  14. sealsam

    sealsam Sam...I am.

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    I did manage to get in a little KLX time this week in the mountains of Southern Utah. Got to meet up with a few ADV inmates, not our first time riding together, I sure have a great time with these folks.

    On top of Brian Head Peak, just over 11k ft.
    Me, Simbaboy, StG & RedRockRider
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    Looking over to Cedar Breaks.:D
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    Thanks everyone for checking in. :super
  15. sealsam

    sealsam Sam...I am.

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    Your quick brianwheelies!
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    Chillis Land Barge Pilot

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    I have a picture in exactly the same spot as your second photo.

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  17. Phipsd

    Phipsd Been here awhile

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    I love Utah! I got stuck in the snow turning my WaterBuffalo around near the top of Cedar Breaks. The next day I got zapped by a bolt of lightening at Bryce Canyon. When the flash and the sound are together and you FEEL it; it's close.

    On my next trip down that way I'm tempted to take the Citycom. It would handle it no problem.
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    tclhb Been here awhile

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    Looks fun!
  19. sealsam

    sealsam Sam...I am.

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    Great shot brianwheelies!

    I've never been on a quad, gotta give that a try some time.

    I just saw your Area 51 post, very interesting, I'm looking forward to see where that goes.
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    sealsam Sam...I am.

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    Yep, the weather can get wicked in the southwest, especially at altitude, glad you made it through.

    Funny you mention the WaterBuf, I was talking with my brother today about his 10 bikes(all pretty much classics)and his '76 Blue WB came up in conversation. Gotta love those two strokes!

    I don't see why that Citycom would be any issues in UT, actually, probably a ton of fun.

    Thanks for checking in Phipsd.