Touring by "scooter"

Discussion in 'Battle Scooters' started by gumshoe4, Aug 31, 2012.

  1. cdwise

    cdwise Long timer

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    The number of folks who would say "you rode all the way from Texas on that" when I'm riding a 500cc Scarabeo or BV is impressive. Heck, I even had folks make similar comments when I was touring on a Burgman. It is fun to pass bigger and heavier motorcycles when I'm going 85-90. Most don't realize its a "scooter" until I'm even with them but at a gas station quite a few do. When they've waved "goodbye" or just rush off to get away from "a scooter" when you leave a stop at the same time they do then seem quite surprised that you stay with them until the next light or construction stop or whatever. Scooters are too associate with small displacement 50cc level scoots for many to realize just how capable they really can be.
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  2. cbolling

    cbolling Here...Hold my Beer.

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    Great trip. I love the Silverwing. Hope to own one someday.:wink:
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  3. sinned

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    Luv'd the photos - very scenic.
    Rode around NZ many times, but spent 3 months riding there in MArch-June one month was on a rented 250 Majesty which was great to ride off the pavement as it was light and very flick-able. The other two months I bought a Brugman Exec (650) which was excellent for the distances I was covering on a daily basis, but not so good on the off road sections due to its weight and wider diameter tyres. Still had a great time... touring on a scooter is lots of fun, and I like the ability that large scoots provide many amenities and offer plenty of protection from the elements. This means to me that even if the weather isn't ideal for riding, I'll usually still give it a shot, whereas if I was riding one of my other traditional motorcycles I'd likely give it a miss. The only wish I have is that someone comes out with a maxi scooter that offers everything found on the maxis' but has the ability to handle off pavement better...

    I'm wondering if the NC700D integra might fit the bill, with better than average off pavement/off road manners for a maxi?
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  4. oldbeatupguy

    oldbeatupguy Been here awhile

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    It was good talking with you in Shaniko! Perhaps we'll meet again.

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  5. gumshoe4

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    Hey there!! I remember you...you have the C109! That was a nice chat in a most improbable place...

    Hope all is well. I made it back without any issues and had a good little run.

    Hope to see you down the road.
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  6. cdwise

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    BTW, will you be going to Amerivespa next year since it's being held in San Diego? Our Sports City is already in California so I've made my reservations already. Just a question of whether my son (the reason the SC is in Californa) will be there or my husband (technically the SC is his) will be with me and what I'll be riding if one or both of them do come.
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  7. Bama Gringo

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    Why in the hell more people arent touring by maxi scooter is beyond me! they are such great machines. I do more riding on my majesty 400 than on any motorcycle iv ever had. well, except for a vstrom i once had.

    but seriously, a maxi scooter is ideal for a multi day ride. theres the comfort, storage, rain protection, ease of use, low weight distribution, etc.

    im crazy about this majesty 400. it runs on the interstate just fine . i was concerned about that before i bought it. but with just me and my gear , its got good power. faster than most average cars for sure! top speed about 100mph. i wouldnt tour 2 up on it though.

    for instance, this coming weekend, im packing a bag and heading to the mtns for 3 days. it will be about 400 miles per day avg.

    iv had it since july and put 3000 miles on it already! heres some pics of it...

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  8. CaseyJones

    CaseyJones Ridin' that train

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    Well...I just finished a mountaintop round-trip in Colorado, with my Burgman 650. Yup, it's comfortable...no monkey-arse and no numbness from vibration in the grips. But, but, BUT...

    First, grip on the road isn't anything to write home about. I felt spookiness on some of the sweepers and hairpins...I was actually slower than a few cages. And with the Tupperware...I was afraid of dragging something; pulling off something big and spinning out. As you can imagine, traffic was pretty heavy on the Million Dollar Highway.

    Second...seating position, while comfortable, doesn't give the command of the machine that straddling it does. It's like...the difference between sitting down alongside your dog, and straddling him between your legs as you try to "remonstrate" with him. The sitting position is comfortable. It's not one where I feel I'm dominating the machine through the maneuver.

    That said...it was a good trip. Just not one where I really got to show off or get the adrenaline flowing....

    (THAT was for walks around town at 10,000 feet. GASP! GASP!)
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  9. gumshoe4

    gumshoe4 Been here awhile

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    Nice Majesty photos, cmn.

    I have to agree with you, Casey...I had similar concerns regarding the SWing handling in several places along the way. My other scooter, the Piaggio BV500, handles better than the SWing and is very similar to a standard motorcycle in its handling characteristics.

    That said, will likely return to a motorcycle for touring at some point, but meanwhile, the SWing and the BV both serve me well indeed.
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  10. cdwise

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    Change your tires, I rode our Burgman 400 all over the Rockies without any grip issues except when crossing over Boreas Pass but that is a gravel road that well, turned out needed grading and the Burgman isn't a gravel road sort of bike. Personally, I prefered the BV 500 on the Million Dollar Highway and found the biggest impedement to be the large groups of Harley tourists - international riders on rented Harleys not always familiar with such heavy bikes. I do know what you mean about grip with the knees sometimes feeling more secure and a tunnel bag can give you some of that feeling back if you want though it will go away if you ride the twisties enough on a scooter.

    Our place in Colorado is at 10,800 feet so the first few days each time we go up is spent with that Grasp! Grasp! especially bringing in things to the house up 3 flights of stairs.
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  11. lowbuckrider

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    Sadly it does not look like I will be making it up to Tahoe this year maybe in the spring. but I thought my scoot did just fine on our trip up north

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    I will let you know when I or we head up.
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  12. miboso

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    Great trip report. I'll have to do one. Anyone coming up through Weed, give me a shout.
    I just returned from a 2 month trip to Indiana, down through the south to Florida, up to New York (including riding 2-up into the city to see a Wicked) then back to Cali.
    People were surprised to see I was touring on my Burgman 650 at all, then shocked when they realized I had ridden from California.

    Yeah, there is a reason that it is called a "Scootour":rofl
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  13. gumshoe4

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    That's right, Dave! People are shocked you're travelling on a "scooter"...it's really kind of funny and you get into all kinds of interesting conversations about it-way more than when I was riding a motorcycle. I think maybe non-riders are more willing to approach and talk because they feel less threatened or confronted. Or not...a psychologist, I ain't, but it is an interesting phenomenon.

    I was through Weed and Redding on my return leg...nice country up there.
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  14. knucklehead90

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    Next time you tour on your scooter up this way try riding the gorge from east to west or west to east on Washington Highway 14. Had you turned left at Maryhill onto 14 you'd have been there. It runs opposite Interstate 84 which is on the Oregon side - it is not heavily traveled. It comes out at Vancouver Wa. Ride it all the way to highway 101 to Astoria Oregon if you are heading back south from there - or go north along the Washington Coast. Not as scenic as Oregon 101 but there are lots of places to turn off and enjoy a quiet beach by yourself. Can't do that in Oregon.

    Another great highway is Highway 20 from Winthrop Wa. towards Mount Vernon and interstate 5. Its a great ride through scenic mountain passes (2) - gas up in Twisp or Winthrop - its (IIRC) 160 some miles between gas stations. Highway 20 begins on Whidbey Island in the San Juan Islands. If you were to ride highway 101 all the way north out of Oregon you'd either have to turn south towards Olympia or take the Port Townsend Ferry to Whidbey Island. Its a great way to see some of the San Juan Islands too. Great ride - I've done the ride through the Gorge over to 101 and north to Port Townsend and followed highway 20 several different times - just not recently. The ride over the North Cascades Highway (20) is something special. Kind of like driving in the Redwoods. You'll want to do it again once you've done it once. I've rode it many times - maybe 30 or more! I used to live in Arlington and had my motorhome and trailer in Winthrop for the summers - I'd ride the Harley over to the motorhome then trailer it up north of Wihthrop and camp along the river. From there I'd go riding or hiking or fishing - or just take it easy and unwind after a hard week of work.
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  15. brodon

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    Thanks for the photos and travel log. I absolutely love blogs like this where I can "share" the ride with the poster.

    This is a great reminder to take lots of photos to share on my trip to the Big Bend TX in April.

    A great choice. . . Silverwing. It was a Burgman or Wing that were my choices for my recent purchase, and I happened to find the Burgy first.

    Don

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  16. gumshoe4

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    N4TFF de W6LPH...

    Hey Don, in addition to my cell phone, I generally take a 2m/440 HT with me when I go touring or on local runs on the SWing. In some areas, there is no cell coverage, but there's often a repeater in range most places I go. This is important in case of an emergency.

    I don't talk with it while I'm riding, but when I stop for the night, it's also fun to dial up the local repeater and have a ragchew with whoever happens to be around. Sometimes, I get ignored and sometimes, particularly if the others on the machine find out I'm motorcycle touring, I have a pretty nice conversation.

    The HT and charger take up little room...
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  18. Kentucky

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    Check out my dlscooter trip from Spartenburg Sc to Los Angeles and back to Daytona Beach at www.kymcousa.wordpress.com. What would you like to see more of or less in my report. I will be doing more ride reports on their site.
    Barry
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