ey, You guys might like this photo The Dempster Highway and my Vespa

Discussion in 'Battle Scooters' started by Calotto, Apr 18, 2019.

  1. Calotto

    Calotto n00b

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    I made it to the Arctic Circle last year. Too muddy to get to Tuk.
    I might reattempt it in July when its drier.
    Anyway, I strongly recommend the trip and I am happy to to talk about touring on Vespas.

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  2. ZigzagguzzI

    ZigzagguzzI Long timer Supporter

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    Wow!!
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  3. Tromper

    Tromper Sagaciously Annoying Supporter

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    Nifty :)
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  4. HandKPhil

    HandKPhil Been here awhile

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    Cool adventure. Nice ride too. Kind of dreaming of a 2019 GTS....
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  5. The Virginian

    The Virginian YouTube n00b Supporter

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    Awesome!
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  6. Schmokel

    Schmokel Long timer

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    On the plus side, if the road gets too rough you can just sling the bike over your shoulder and walk it a bit. :D
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  7. pnw

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    Awesome. Did you start in Vancouver?
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  8. OldCoot

    OldCoot Been here awhile

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    cool picture. Excellent adventure. No windshield? Half helmet? How did those tires work?
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    Cosmic_Jumper Been here awhile

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    WT...! Now ya can't just drop this kinda shtuff on us and then walk away. Tell us more; "Well I woke up one morning and decided to the end of the frigg'n road", or what? Where'd ya ride from...how did you prepare the scoot? Fuel cell...extra tires for gravel? More, more, more.
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  10. OldCoot

    OldCoot Been here awhile

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    +1

    ^ What he said!
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  11. 11motos

    11motos Feral Rider

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    eh? ... you might have missed that exit to the coffee shop 3K miles back!!! lol
    seriously, good for you! I had a vespa a long - long time ago. Tough little machines in deed.
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  12. BMWBUD

    BMWBUD I couldn't hack it. Back on two wheels. Supporter

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    Way to go!
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  13. Wolfeboats

    Wolfeboats Been here awhile

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    C'mon man, how about a proper ride report.
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  14. Calotto

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    I started in the Okanagan. Covered 7500 km in 2 weeks. I had a one gallon roto can on the back rack, my clothes and lightweight camping gear in the yellow kayak bag. Under the seat was some spare tools and belt. I changed the oil, belt and put new Michelin’s on. And that’s about it.
    I passed crashed Beemers and was passed by KLRs etc, but I rode at a reasonable pace and only dumped it once at a very low speed into the mud. Nothing but some scrapes on the bike and on my ego.
    The mud on the Dempster is literally greasy, easy to tip over on. My goal was Tuktoyaktuk but it was apparent that the mud was too much for almost any bike. If I had gone a couple of weeks later, I’d have made it.
    This is my 3rd distance tour on the GTV 250 and no, I couldn’t keep up with the big displacement bikes but, I did keep up with traffic and the bike ran really well.
    I probably rode over a 1000 km on dirt/gravel with no issues.
    It’s some of the most beautiful country I have ever seen and the people were super friendly.
    Why would I take a Vespa? I love riding, the Vespa is comfortable on a long distance ride, reliable, and anyone can get there on a KLR or adventure bike, and I wanted to show that a rider could take a small displacement bike on an interesting journey.
    So I’m here to encourage those that are dreaming to stop dreaming and go.
    Go to Dawson City and have a Sour Toe Cocktail.
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  15. Calotto

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    Things I would do differently next time. I’d be more patient in the weather and I’d buy a better tent (not an orange nylon pup tent from the neighbours garbage can) and better rain gear.
    Memorable bits, the people in Keno Yukon, pop. 25, 2 bars and an amazing mining museum, the Australian psychic in Mayo, the three wise men that sheltered from a lightning storm in an outhouse on a treeless ridge on the Dempster, riding through torrential downpours, Dawson City itself.
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  16. ZigzagguzzI

    ZigzagguzzI Long timer Supporter

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    Thanks for the fill in! What a memory!
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  17. kantuckid

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    Good for you! No reason scooters can't see the world.:clap
    Regarding the psychic, how'd that play out? I once had a neighbor (she didn't drive) who ran around with her kooky friend who was into finding psychics who could help her get to the next part of her life via know whats next. They were illegal in KS where we lived so it was off to MO,or NE, etc..
    I'm liking a scoot tour with much less mud? I do quite well w/o mud?
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  18. ZigzagguzzI

    ZigzagguzzI Long timer Supporter

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    Dirt is for potatoes!
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  19. theloop

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    Its pretty funny that your vespa is all dirty and the klr in the background looks like its sitting on the showroom floor, at least that how it looks on the small screen of my phone.
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  20. pmillar

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    You neglected to mention the awesome water/coffee bottle from Costco that's sitting on your vespa's seat. At least it sure looks like the ones we have. Fantastic item for the price keeping cold things cold and hot things hot for a good long time. Now, if my wife and daughter would just stop using and losing them I might get to appreciate it more often...
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