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Discussion in 'Battle Scooters' started by klaviator, Jul 1, 2013.
Wonderful thread klaviator!
The way you've mixed that scoot with the big boys is fantastic!
It's been fun riding my scooter with the big bikes. I can outrun most of them in the curves The riders in this group are very accepting of different types of bikes. We had pretty much all types of bikes on this ride. The really cool thing is that I've been working hard to get more scooter riders involved and it's starting to pay off. Last year I was the only scooter showing up for these rides. On this ride we had 5. Trucker Jay who is also on this forum rode all the way from Chattanooga, about 2 hours away, to attend this ride.
I had a great time. I made this today for my wife as a Thank You Honey for a day to do whatever I wanted to do.
Went for a 370 mile ride on my Sport City. Everyone else in the group was on bikes with at least 1300cc. It was another great ride.
Full story and more pics are here: http://bamarides.com/ride/planned-rides/short-notice-ride-to-loveless-june-1st/
Did a couple more "motorcyle" rides on scooters this last week.
First I went dual sporting on my Kymco.
I got mud all over my scooter and actually had to wash it
Then another ride with the big bikes.
This time I wasn't the only scooter rider. Duanew1, another inmate here came along on his HD200.
It was a mystery BBQ ride. We went to a small BBQ place that had been recently redone on the Restaurant Impossible TV show. I tried fried pickles for the first time.
Although most of the riders where on big touring bikes, they still liked to ride twisty roads.
I got these pics while riding with my right hand and taking pics with my left.
GREAT photos! The ones with the muddy roads made me think of the ratio of time riding to time cleaning.
Like you, I have been "single-handing" photos while riding - I'm enjoying the illustrated ride reports!
Great pics...I was wondering about how you grabbed those. I think it was ??you?? that mentioned that the trick of the point-and-shoot on a lanyard around your neck for fast access. That trick has now become one of the pieces of gear that I always put on while gearing up for a ride.
Love these ride reports!
Rode with the big boys again. This time on my Super 8, and I led the ride. There were 3 other small scooters.
And 6 bigger bikes.
An interesting mix of bikes. Ever offer to swap while on a ride? Since getting the scooters, we have only ridden with the two of us. Well, that's the way we have generally done it - the Blonde does not like to ride with a group. I'm OK with it, if I know the other riders.
I like my scoot a lot, but I think it would be hard-pressed to keep up with that sport-tourer Concourse. The only time I miss shifting is on hills with twisties... can't pull out of a corner the same with the scoot, and it would be nice to have the engine braking on curving downhills.
I enjoy seeing the mix of bikes you ride with!
A while back I did swap bikes on a ride. I swapped my Aprilia for a WR250. The guy on the WR ended up getting a Sym HD200 recently. Still has his WR too but rides the Sym a lot.
A while back I led a ride two up on my Aprilia. There where 2 Concourse 14's on the ride as well as other big bikes. I went into a section of curves and when I came out I looked into my rearview mirrors.........there was no one there.
I really haven't had problems keeping up. In the curves The big bikes often slow me down. Of course if I rode with a bunch of fast riders on sport bikes it would be a different story. However, I have led sportbike rides on my KLR650.
Went to a bike night set up by a local dealer. Of course I was the only one there on a scooter. It was pretty dead. I hung out for around an hour and a half. It was pretty boring so I left.
You are the best ambassador for scooting. The ride is the thing and yours are full of the sheer joy of the thing as always!
Great stuff Klaviator! Enjoy seeing your pics and narration.
Today I decided to use my bikes for what they were meant for.
So I went for a scooter ride on my scooter. Nothing exciting, just a trip to Wally World.
Well, except for this which happened on the way.
Then I went for a motorcycle ride on my motorcycle.
We do have some interesting road names here in Alabama.
Then I went for a scooter ride on my other scooter.
I'll be camping at TWoS with my wife this weekend and riding the N. GA. MTNS this weekend. Any of you headed that way this weekend?
Chasing some sportbikes while riding one handed and taking pics with my left hand.
A little dual sport action:
And I even saw Elvis:
Full ride report is here: http://bamarides.com/ride/ride-reports/minimalist-camping-in-the-n-ga-mountians-for-the-4rth/
Went for another motorcycle ride on a scooter today. This time I rode my Super 8 instead of my Aprilia. I was planning on riding my KLR but someone wanted to ride his Vespa 150 on the ride so I rode my Super 8
We had around 25 bikes with the usual diversity found on Bamarides.
We couldn't quite keep up with most of the group on the straight roads but had no problems in the curves. It wasn't an issue since the leader waited for everyone to catch up at all turns. On top of that we were not the slowest riders there.
I got some pics on the go.
I also got the chance to ride two of the bikes I have been considering buying.
And Kawasaki Versys:
Near the end of the ride a friend on an ST1300 asked my if I wanted to swap bikes. So i got to ride a ST1300 and he got to ride a scooter for the first time.
I ended up riding around 210 miles for the day. That's my longest ride on my Super 8. As usual, it was cool riding a little scooter with all the big bikes.
Looks like tons of fun klaviator!
It's gotta be nice to have such close access to all the good riding. You've got some quality action shots from the seat, I always enjoy seeing that view!
btw, that Versys sure looks good. Good luck in the search.
It was a lot of fun. it is great to have good riding close by. I don't have to go far to find nice roads, paved or un-paved. It's also great to have people to ride with. When I left California I thought I would have to come back to California to be near great roads and people to ride with. For a long time that was true as I lived in Floriduh, Mi, MD, ME, and AL(Montgomery). Georgia was a good place to live from a riding perspective. The roads in N. GA and further north into TN and NC are some of the best in the country. I thought moving to Alabama would be a step backwards. The roads here aren't quite as good but the people are great. And I can still head over to N. GA, TN, and NC on a weekend ride.
As for the Versys, my search is over. The dealer is holding a yellow one for me. I just need to head over on Tuesday with my checkbook
Some more pics form the ride taken by someone who is a far better photographer than me. I think these pics really show the diversity of the bikes & riders that we had on this ride:
I think too many people think there is a big difference between motorcycles and scooter riders. We are ALL riders.
One more pic: