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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Andyhorror, Jun 4, 2011.
Wish there were more youngsters like you out there showing what can be done.
Really well done. Will follow you along the way. Really like the idea of a small scooter....Be Safe, enjoy.....
Looks like your Scootin threw some Killer terrain! That concrete park looks sick! Hit me up if you coast threw Chicago. Have fun and try not to ride behind landscapers! Hahaha:
Man, it's one thing to do something like that on a 650 dual sport, but on a scooter? And solo? And all that's happened is the rack broke?
You are THE FRICKEN MAN!!!!!!!!!!!!
Fantastic RR! Totally loving it. Inspiration for a trip on my Linhai 300. You liking that little tent you have? I am slowly getting prepared, and need good, packable, lightweight things like that! Tell me more! Love the pics. Your bike appears to be holding up better than some dual sport 650's I've seen in here.
Seriously. Hat's off to you, friend!
thanks man the support that i see on adv really helps me.
the road has been hard on me, my gear, and my scooter. no the rack is not all the that broke just the first. most of the attachments for the plasctics have broken the taillight lense constantly wants to come off. the plastic underseat area that supports the back half of the of the scooter has some serious cracks. i havent gone a week since ive hit washington, without having some tire issues. right now my scooter is sitting in the street outside of a cafe loosing air from the rear from a punture that turned into a tear.
if ur taking a trip on a scooter, make sure the frame is reinforced all the way back and you have lots of plugs and patches. if you have tubeless tires anyway.
the tent i like, it has kept me dry through the whole northwest, once im in it atleast. if i did it over again i would have gotten a one man with the vestibules, would have packed smaller and weighed less. the room of the two person i think is unnecessary if all your doing is reading or working on the computer before you go to sleep. eureka make a badass one man for the goverment called the TCOP. its camo!.
again thank you everyone the support really helps
Hey Andy, looking forward to seeing more photos of your trip as you get a chance to update. The photos with you in them are great as it brings you into the picture. It is fun to share your adventure this way.
Good on you for taking on such an adventure, way to go Andy. Glad to see that the spirit of adventure lives on in today's younger people too.
Once you have this experience in your blood, I know you will be looking for other adventures as you get older. Great affliction to have Andy.
We await your updates, ride safe, take lots of photos.
Running the shoulder is hard on the tires, a real flat-fest. When you get to be an old duff in your rocker these will be the memories that bring a smile. You're doing well.
tent shaking "come out hands first please, hello, hands first please" is what i woke up to in the kalispell city park. Apparently it wasnt leagal to be camping there. this was at 4am. Only an hour earlier than my alarm was set for. might as well take advantage and take my time gettin on the road and be riding by the time i should have been waking up. i punched seattle into the gps and it said arrival was 7 so i thought, hey i can make that in a day no problem. somewhere in the mountains of montana i decided to stop and do some jumpin jacks and such to try to feel alive again. i looked down at my blowby tube and noticed a decent amount of oil is coming out and even onto the swingarm cover. im a little worried about this still it looks like quite a bit of blowby but i think that some of it will stop when i get some fresh oil in her. The weather was great the rest of the way out of montana at 40deg and rainy. though as soon as i hit the idaho border the sun came out and the rain stopped. the terrain even begain to change with the prairies beginning in between the mountains. idaho was a pretty quick ride with nice weather. seems like as soon as i hit the washington state line the rain came. i stopped in deep river to fuel up and shoot for spokane. the attendants immediately came out and were asking about my trip and giving me route advice. the lady asked me if i had had any troubles during the trip "no flats or anything?" i told her "no" and the guy said "you just jinxed him." i know this doesnt sound real but sure enough i get a couple miles down the road and i start losing speed really fast and the back end feels really fishy. my tire is flat! i pull off the road like 20 ft and try to figure out the easiest way and decide that its to just tip the bike over on its side for the easiest access to the tire. the tools are in the middle of everything on the rear rack to most of my stuff needs to be unpacked. so at this poin the scooter is on its side and my stuff is strewn all over the side of the road. about this time people start pulling over to ask me if im alright. it definitely looked like i had wrecked. some guy, john stopped to see that im okay and stays and hangs out with me anyway while i plug the holes in my tire, great guy. so a statey stops and wonders whats goin on, i tell him im alright he leaves a few more people stop and ask a fire truck stops! i tell em that im okay few more people then an ambulance! then a few more after that and finally im done. i think that it took me longer to tell all the people that stopped i was okay than it did to actually repair the tire. i thought about going back and givign the lady a bunch of shit but too many miles to make and not enough time. oh yah by this time my gps is telling me that i will arrive at midnight fuck i read 7am and the gps said 7pm and i still need to make fuel stops. little did i know that i was in for many more miles of hill climbing. through spokane i didnt see any rabid dogs running the streets like i had that there was, but everyone did drive like assholes. past coulee city was a place called dry falls they were amazing! im sad that i couldnt get any photos of the actual falls, i was able to bring the camera out just after this tho. aw shit i didnt know that washington had mountains too, but dang is this gorgeous. going through the wenatchee national forest in the total dark was great and only a little scary. there was smell in the air so sweet i longed to stay there but i had already set my mind to make seattle. just turn on the blinker to let the lights in the rear view know im ahead. at this point the gps is saying i will arrive at my destination at 1:30am driving down the last set of mountains on 2 i hadnt eaten anything since noon or had any water since probably 2 and had about 5 hrs of sleep the night before. I was in a very bad way with many more miles to go. at one point there was snow on the side of the road, fog, i couldnt see with the sheild down, and i couldnt see with the sheild up. the worst thing that i have ever put myself through in my entire life, up at 4am through a time zone gaining an hour and arriving at chad's at 2am. all in all 600miles in 23hrs straight driving. had i known that i was goin to do this on this day i would have gotten some iron butt shit together maybe id have something to show for it. i did however push what i thought were my limits and almost certainly found out what they really are. im glad that i did it now but i would never do it that way again. especially down the mountains. i have never been so glad to see my friend chad in my lifehe said that when i arrived i didnt look like or act like myself. dark eyes and dark demenor. but i had made it and i was ok for some time.
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the most kinds of tobasco i have ever seen
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an amazing b-fast
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goodbye mountians hullo idaho
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should have taken a photo of entering idaho, but i was too entranced with the sun on my face and happy about it
it started to rain as soon as i hit the wash state line so these photos are far into washington
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i wish that everyone could this as i did. the sun over the clouds and mountains
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the road was like this for miles and down a 6grade
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the sky and scenery only got more beautiful as i went on
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coming into the town of wenatchee. this place looked like something unreal, in a valley where secret people live
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much of what i saw i didnt take photos of. i thought to myself about to take the picture, no this just for me
Cool report !
And you are proof that it's not what you ride, it's that you get your ass off the couch and ride !
Here's a shot of Dry Falls for you .
I saw a show about the falls and floods several years ago on Educational TV and it impressed me as a place to see if I ever made it to Washington. Well worth the trip .
Really enjoy your ride report. I think it's great you're riding a scooter. What a way to see the country. Keep on rolling and don't forget to take pics.
Do you mostly hug the right side of your lane or take your part out of the center?
Any cager issues while on the open road?
Very brassy ones, be alert, good RR
I'm really enjoying your report. I don't know why, but the scooter and small cc rides capture my imagination.
I'd also be interested to know if you've had any issues with cage's. It seems like riding on the should might be scary in traffic.
When you hit seattle let me know. I'll give ya some food or gas, whatever u need.
If you make it down the Southern Oregon Coast we can hook you up with a decent quiet camping spot.
Great small bike trip report, thank you.
I've done some small bike tours, you get used to using your mirrors and planning for turn offs on narrow roads.
Although most people come down highway one from Oregon and go through San Francisco you are welcome to pitch your tent on my lawn, use the kitchen, bathroom, whatever.It is in a very nice and quiet part of Oakland (7 miles east of San Francisco), if you're heading this way.
awesome man i really appreciate it. Im in san fran right now and terribly behind on the report. I appreciate all of the help, and words of encouragement that everyone has offered. it looks like im going to be taking mostly US82 on my way to florida, so if anyone along that way has a yard for me to put the tent up in, i would Greatly appreciate that. im wondering now how many times im going to type appreciate.
cars have actually been pretty courteous. i think that i had more close calls while i was still in michigan. as i get to traveling drivers are so used to seeing bicycles on the road that i fall into nearly the same category. yes to do spend alot of time looking in the mirror to see whats coming and it scare the shit out of you when a truck comes flying by the you didnt know was back there beforehand.
oh yes the flats have been an absolute bear. on more than one occasion ive been in a situation that the only thing i could do is pump the tire up with my hand pump and drive until the tire is too flat to drive on then pump it back up and start the process over. its really annoying and im hoping that when i get to the east i will have more choice of roads and not have to ride the shoulder much.
there was an incident recently that outlined a few things for me: driving on the shoulder can be dangerous, motorcycle pants are now a must and levis dont cut it even on a scooter, drinking enough water is important, and helmets are imperative. the reason for all of these will have to hold you all in suspense until the incident in question is up for the community to see.
Awesome adventure so far. Enjoy the west and don't be in a hurry to get to Florida. It's real hot and humid here in the southeast and the scenery doesn't compare to out west except maybe in the Smoky Mountains.
Andy, incredible courage and ride report. If your C3 travels bring you through Decatur, AL pm me and I will put you up for a night in a hotel or a campground unless you prefer a backyard full of beagle shit. I am serious on my offer. Good luck and stay safe.