taking on BAJA with 7 hp!!!

Discussion in 'Battle Scooters' started by damasovi, Dec 14, 2011.

  1. damasovi

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    what?

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  2. damasovi

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    so it is the end of April and here we gooo!!

    My friends from Ensenada Scooters and me went out for a ride this last Sunday. we were 3 scooters, and 1 suv with more people. We went for a local trip since 2 out of the 3 scooters were having there first outside the city adventure.

    Weather could have been better, as we had drizzle for ALL the road north ! and at parts was so foggy that I could not see more than 30 feet in front of me, the good thing was that there was no traffic.

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  3. damasovi

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    so, sunday was our day, and we were not going to let some little drizze stop us!!! no way, not even the 2 rookies who had never gone outside the city limits on there scooters! no way, we were ready!

    8:20 am or so, and we were on the road! lite but constant drizzle, fog but on the good side, no wind and no traffic, so they (rookies) could go as fast or as slow as they need it, and slow WE WENT!

    We went north east and had no stops until I was hungry and a little wet, so I said we should stop at ovr restavrant, el Cachanilla, a little bit short on the "target restaurant" and I am glad we did. My thinking was that it was going to be a very low visibility morning, and getting on a main road (2 lanes) doing only 30-35 mph was NOT a good idea. I ask everybody and they all said, "lets have breakfast!!"
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    At the restaurant we met other motorcyclist that we had past before, and they had past us, mostly choppers and 1 klr (the smartest of that group, lol!). INside we had warm food and coffee, also they all said I was a bad friend, since I did not mention that water gets people wet, and when ridding you get cold!!! wth??? ok so they are very new in 2 wheels so they need all the gear that I after 8 years have.

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    aaa we had so much fun!! we talk about a lot of things, scootering, walking, kids, scooters, travel, food and everything in between.

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    then it was time to go! I had hope that the drizzle had gone away, after all it was only morning food... but even do it was mid day, the "morning" coastal fog was not going away, not even at noon and we were inland.

    A shoot of the 3 riders!
    from right to left: Hugo, Yasmin and me.
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    Hugo's family has a big house or a small ranch in San Antonio and he said we should go to check it out for next time, so that is what we did.
    There we were met by Hugo's family, parents, cousins, sister, brothers and a couple of his kids, so it was a great place.

    more latter!
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  4. RandyMarsh

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    This is a great thread!! I would love to come down there and ride my Ruckus around while i practice my espanol!! I'm pretty far up North though amigo :1drinkseguir a caballo!
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  5. damasovi

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    thanks amigo Randy, any time you want to come just let me know! how far north are you? because the little rockus is too little for many of the roads up north.

    any way continuing... We went to the ranch in San Antonio and as soon as we got a little closer to the coast the drizzle return. HEre is a picture of the worse part of the fog.

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    by the way all the pictures were taken by Antonio the "official" medic and photographer of the group. He does not have a scooter, but thinks his wife may buy one this year so he just come a long, and he is a cool guy.

    Once we got into the ranch we were in for a surprise! Hugo's father has a small winery and here come them bottles of red wine!!! damm!!! it was a tempranillo blend and it was just what we need it to let that heavy breakfast go away!

    BY then it was all fun and games, the little girls (2 girls my Harley 4 years old, and the real 4 month old baby) had gone to sleep, so we had a break.
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    the scooters
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    this day was all about family and friends!!
    my harley and me doing a 3 laps aroud the yard

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    the 3 scooterist, from left to righjt, Hugo, Yasmin, me and my wife Tania
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  6. YOUNZ

    YOUNZ Been here awhile

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    If the price is too high and the product is not selling, the seller isn't making a killing. He just doesn't want to lose the investment, which includes overhead! Labor and exchange rates also dictate price.
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  7. damasovi

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    another weekend, another day ridding! this time with a another Vespa

    b first a portrait that my friend took.
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  8. damasovi

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    well it is almost 2 months ago since my last update, and the reason are that I am lazy and that I don't have a lot to say, expect the little around town that I do and one or 2 fun rides, both under the 100 mile mark still, but they are as fun as hell!!

    here are some images from the last 3-4 rides that I have not post it.
    the one we had a lot of tun was going to La Bufadora with my friend Luis who we shall call La Stella, and he drives a vespa 200 and here he is in a small stop to let traffic go:
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    I have no idea why he likes to ride with me, he has so much more power with almost double the motor (200 vs 103) So we did have a lot of fun and there was some road construction that I was worry for the vespa... but La Stella did not complain so we just went. Here is me on the same spot
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    nothing just the Pacific
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    before you get to la bufadora there is a little detour to 'La lobera" where I went the other time but this time it was sunny so we had to go !
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    the end of the 3-4 mile road
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    from this point you can see a dirt road that will get you very close to the water, and I ask La Stella if he wanted to try it, and it did not look that bad.. he said yes, and boy was I wrong to go down! it was rockier and nastier that it look from above, so I lot or break and no pictures going down, the good thing is went down and did not kiss the dirt.

    At the bottom this is what we saw
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    any one want some sea food?
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    then it was time to go up again... I had my worries about the vespa but La Stella just went for it! and twice I saw white smoke coming from scooter... but he made it

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    from here we went for some fish tacos at la bufadora!!
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  9. damasovi

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    so now I am over the 6 moths of ownership, and I have to say I am very happy with the Beat. It does everything I was expecting and does is it fine! I was hoping to get up to 30-40 mph and getting around 80 mpg and on both thing I got it ! cruising speed is 70 km/hr or 43+ miles so I get that and around 80-82 mpg.

    As you can read here, I have change a number of little things to make it better, the top box (over kill) the taller and wider side mirror (just enough) and foot pegs that I love for my 40-50 mile rides, and the clock to be on time for school!!

    What I don't like is that on cold mornings it takes long time to warm up, but if you what the manual says and leave it with with the shock on for 3-5 minutes, then it gets warm and it all works great. The brakes are not top of line, so I drive according, and the light it is a 35 watt useless that I will change/improve when fall comes and maybe add a windshield to make it a lot better for the cold weather.

    here is a recent pic of the kilometers I have done! I just had to stop for this one on my way to breakfast and on the libre hwy 1 going to Tijuana.(2,222.2km = 1,382 miles)
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    Maybe I will do more miles this coming semester if I do not take my girl to kindergarten, but if I do, no problem

    gracias for reading!
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  10. JerryH

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    "If the price is too high and the product is not selling, the seller isn't making a killing. He just doesn't want to lose the investment, which includes overhead! Labor and exchange rates also dictate price"

    Both Honda Corporate and Honda dealers do their best to rip off everybody they can. Honda puts their MSRP way too high to compete with comparable products. Then when you get to the dealer, you find the high MSRP is only the beginning. Honda now has a new Metropolitan in the U.S., and the MSRP is an amazingly low (for Honda) $1999 (you can get a new Kymco Agility 125 for that, same quality) In the Phoenix, AZ area, a $1999 Met goes OTD for over $3000, after the dealer gets through adding on all their bogus freight, dealer prep, and doc fees. And then they will do their absolute best to coerce you into spending another thousand $$$ on an extended warranty and service agreement. It is a total rip off. It should be a felony. I agree they are not making a killing, because they are not selling anything, and they don't deserve to be, pulling crap like that. I will never buy another new Honda. I used to own a 2007 Met, bought slightly used for half Honda's OTD price on Craigslist. And it did 40 mph. I understand the new one only does 35 mph.

    I have a 2009 leftover Yamaha Vino 125 that I got new OTD for under $3K, MSRP was $3500, so I didn't do to bad, considering it is Japanese. I also have a 2009 Genuine Stella 2 stroke that I got for $3K OTD. All I paid on it above the sale price was tax, title, and registration. That is the way it should be. Without a doubt, my next new scooter will come from Genuine or Kymco. Fed up with the Japanese scam artists.


    By the way, I really like that Beat. I think it's great that it is still air cooled and has a carburetor. I'm not really down on liquid cooling, other than it is something else to go wrong. But it is also easy to fix. It is old technology. The first Ford Model T was liquid cooled. But fuel injection and anti-lock brakes are 2 things I will never accept.
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  11. damasovi

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    somebody need it to get something of there head! ok amigo I heard you, HOnda is not that smart south of the border either... sometimes they gives us the little bikes (my Beat) and then the upscale 1800 cc bikes.... and nothing in the middle. I do not know why, maybe they think we Mexicans are very poor or very rich and nothing in the middle.

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  12. rajavw

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    Did you "test ride" your friend's blue Vespa Granturismo 200L se llama, "La Stella"?

    If so, would you consider getting one?
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  13. damasovi

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    No i Did not ride the vespa, and yes I would like to have one just by the looks of it. Maybe next time

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    Hi well it has been over 5 months since I posted something here, so I will put some pics from the rally that was hell back in July with people coming from the USA for an event call (maybe) run south of the border...well the people gader in san Diego CA and then come to km 74? of the hwy Tijuana-Ensenada for 3 days of Baja, our land, tacos, beer and a lot friends!

    well my friend Rajawn whom I had met from here ADV or the other site KLRWORLD since he had a KLR several years ago, and we had never met, so he calls me saying he is coming and that we should met... all cool right? I say "yes why not" but thinking it would be impossible due to family obligations, but then everything came together, and I get up to LA CETTO winery where he and many other... so my beat and me take off! and when I get there this is what I saw!

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    and despite all the glory that vespas and lambretas bring... well this is what I saw:
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    no contest, IT WAS THE SCOOTER!

    ok some other scooters
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    the last one from the winery
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    since the HOnda Beat is not sold in the USA I was ask about it "so what kind of Chinese scooter is this?" NOT A CHINESE I REPLY! "yes it is" NO "YES" NO "YES" and then my friend David said, "i need to see the VIN" wtf? should I even bother with this wine drunken dude? So I said, the VIN is under the frame, so I move the scooter over and too much dirt to see it, more demands!!! WELL DO YOU HAVE A TITTLE? wtf? really? who carries a tittle unless you are selling the bike? well I gave it a long tough and YES I DO HAVE THE VIN WRITTEN ON A PIECE OF PAPER... so in the State of Baja the ID card for a vehicle includes the VIN number... so it starts with a number 3 so everything settle, IT IS MADE IN MEXICO, now WE RIDE!! some 30-40 scooters take on Federal hwy 3 Tecate-Ensenada but before 2 km of dirt and a little sand!!!

    my favorite pic of the day, and some 40-50 people LIKE it on the event facebook!
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    small frame turns out to be the size of that vespa's frame, where now has more cc than when original.

    My friend on his vespa
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    over the bridge on Guadalupe
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    over my should look
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    who says my 100 cc scooter can't go fast?
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    ok it is just on km/hr so it is like 80=50 mph so a little less
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    scootering can be dangerous, and today we got remind it! a guy (sorry about that I did not know the people) had an accident and I only took the pics because HE was at the end saying "now I will have big memory of Baja" so I think he was ok, I think he had a broken ankle after loosing control of his scoot.

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    after the accident we ALL slow down a bit, nobody wanted to go down, and we were remind it YES YOU CAN GO DOWN AND HURT YOUR SELF!!!

    the rally has people from all over the sprectrum, 2 and 4 T scooters, some new, some old, some cool and some soo cool! well on the way back Miss little frame run out of gas on her little vespa, so you have 3 options to fix it, a) walk the next 3 miles to the nearest gas stations, b) wait for somebody to bring you the gas, or c) have David with his leg push you all the way there... so it is option C!!! David, the dude that had to see you VIN # this time used his 6'4"? height to push her to the next gas station (I do not have a pic since I run out of battery) but I tell you it was fu**ing funny!

    here is David and little frame, and she is saying "and he push me all the way here with his leg!!"
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    cool scooters
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    aa a self portrait in the making
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    then we went for fish tacos... no pictures since we were so busy eating!!
    any way at the end we went to see prices for a Cuban trip for my friend Rajwn. It is a shame that americans can't go to Cuba directly so he was cheking pricess from Tijuana for him and his father... I think they need a translator and I just happend to speak spanish very well!!!

    so the last 4 friends before they go north to there camping place and I go home!
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    what a great day we had!!!

    Damasovi
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  17. damasovi

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    so yesterday my Beat turn 1 year old!!!:clap:freaky!!! so I gave her her service on Saturday and Sunday was time to ride somewhere!!

    So with no plan I just got up and went for gas, money and before I knew it I was having some kick ass omelet at my favorite place some 50 km away from the city..

    By the time I took this picture I had already gas up and done some 5 km or so,
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    So when I got to the restaurant I was not the only motorcyclist there, it is commune to find more motorcyclist there on the weekend so by now we all have seen each other at least, and some are even friends.
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    i don't take pics of food so I have non to show you, so instead I took some pics of the other parts of the road. THe day started sunny and fresh and as time went on, it got cloudy and fresher not warmer as I tough.

    On Saturday my Beat became a Decepticon:
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    nice rural road

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    OK let's go guys!!
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  18. Cortez

    Cortez BAZINGA!

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    Congrats!

    That was my average yearly mileage too.
    On this:
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    I'd love to try a Lead with snow tires today!
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  19. damasovi

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    wow!!! 4600+ km in a year on a bicycle!! I guess it is very possible for me too, since I do it mostly for going to work.

    well after finishing the meal I was going home BUT it was only like 10:30 and I did not wanted to go home. So when I got to the split on the hwy, on the left it read ENSENADA and on the right is said TIJUANA... well I will not go to Tijuana for sure, but how about the half way point? next to the beach.. (the sun was still out) so headed that way.

    I was a little worry since that was going to be a BIG hwy, with maybe more trafic than what I would like and my cruising speed of 65-70 km/hr (40-43 miles) well ... why not? SO I WENT!

    2 cars in total pass me on the way north, here was my first pass.. Just before getting to La MisiĆ³n where the County of Ensenada ends on the northern end.


    I wanted to go up to the top of the hill the one in the background, how ever to get there you have to go true a lock gate community and this time the guard was a total NO, since it had gotten colder and the sun was all cover with clouds I figure it was best to return another day. I had been up there once in 2007 but it was another guard.

    So I continue and by now I need it gas for the return trip. The Beat can go 160 km (100 miles) whit no problem, and my math said I was going to be around the 160-170 km mark, so I wanted to fill up to be 100% sure I had enough gas, no I continue north. THe next gas station was in Cantamar (or Primo Tapia) next to the Dunes... but OMG! it is close! even the mimimarket, so next stop was 15 km away in Rosarito.
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    Now it was thinking about all the crap i had to do when I return so I just gas up and return, I did take 1 more picture.

    Next to the Dunes by Cantamar.
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    All in all 200 km round trip!! this has been the longest ride I have ever done on the scooter and I think I want to do some other ones maybe in summer do a 350 km ride up to San Diego for one of them rallies!

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    Cortez BAZINGA!

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    40.000km (25k miles) in just under 8 years on 3 different bicycles. :wink: