Full Throttle Touring - 150 through the Rocket City

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by klaviator, Dec 29, 2010.

  1. red bud

    red bud alky w/motorcycle problem

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    never made it to the shop

    (yet)

    but I met the owner several times in memphis

    bet he wouldn't remember me, but I remember him

    a great guy with some funny stories


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  2. red bud

    red bud alky w/motorcycle problem

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    the green ones his, he did the tat on it :yikes


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    how bout a little critter bike rap




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  3. 15's Pop

    15's Pop Been here awhile

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  4. klaviator

    klaviator Long timer Supporter

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  5. red bud

    red bud alky w/motorcycle problem

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    yelp that's them,

    i'm rethinking that black bike is the dude that owns the bike shop the green one is the dude in the purple hat on the right in my first pic


    he lost his points cover on the tat & while they looked for in he found a Copenhagen or skoal can and put that over it

    the last time I saw it, it was still on there
  6. CROSSBOLT

    CROSSBOLT Been here awhile

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  7. klaviator

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    I'm out of the Alabama heat for a week. The main purpose of this trip is to help my parents get ready to move but I did bring a scooter along so I could do a little riding. It was a nice and cool 59 degrees yesterday morning as I headed out.

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    There are some curvy roads around here but I just ended up taking pictures of bridges. At least this next pic has a curve in it:D

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    I have taken at this same spot with different scooters in it.

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    I decided to be a real hooligan and ride down a short walking path to get this next shot:D

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    I was surprised how well the Like has handled the crappy road surfaces up here. I think the suspension has softened up since new and the City Grip rear tire rides much better than the OEM tire did.
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  8. CROSSBOLT

    CROSSBOLT Been here awhile

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    Where? Or did I miss that?
  9. klaviator

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  10. klaviator

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    I really like this bridge. I think I have pictures of all my scooters at this spot:

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    I also have take pics of all my scooters by this red brick road.

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    As always, the roads around here are a bunch of patches and tar snakes. A bunch of roads are closed for resurfacing. I went through one construction zone which used policemen as flagmen at each end:scratch That's gotta be expensive. Maybe it's a local ordnance?

    Typical road surface and construction signs are everywhere.

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    I thought the Like would be a rough ride on these roads but it wasn't too bad.
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  11. black 8

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    I've never seen a red brick road used in that manner before, usually I've just seen them on the main drag in the town square... that must have been expensive and laborious when compared to simple asphalt...
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  12. Fireman1000

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    And slick!!
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  13. klaviator

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    I don't know how slick it might be when it's wet, I've been on it several times and it never felt slick. It is a rough ride. It's certainly not practical or economical but it is unique and has some history. I found this article on the re-building of this road: https://www.chemmasters.net/pdfs/FallsRoadCS.pdf
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    There are several brick streets in downtown Macon, GA. When I was assigned to Engine 2, my officer stressed not to use the Jake Brake on them when it was raining. And even then be very cautious when driving the truck on them.
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  15. klaviator

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    I went for another morning ride.

    Squires castle:


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    Another bridge.

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    Ohio's most common snake, the Tar Snake:D

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    Spicciani2 Been here awhile

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    If it actually lasts for 80 years the effort could be worthwhile...
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    Much of my hometown, Topeka, KS the streets were brick and many still are brick in the victorian hoods. One of my MC stories is about my cousin riding a 125 Harley through an old traffic circle there on brick streets-these circle were the old kind with trees and bushes-yes he tore his ass up on that one when he came out the other side!
    Klav, Thanks for the RR, I like riding in OH and may be up there next week, then WV and back south.
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  18. Phipsd

    Phipsd Older but not wiser.

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    Michelin Citygrips are a great scooter tire on lighter machines and superb in the wet. They transformed my Citycom.
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  19. klaviator

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    I have a City Grip on the rear and it works great. It rides better than the OEM and will last much longer. The don't offer a city grip in the US in the proper size for the front. Maybe they will since the Vespa Sprint used the same size but if not I will use a Power pure.
  20. klaviator

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    I'm back in Ohio after driving up yesterday. I was looking forward to cooler weather but it was 94 well up into Ohio.

    Today was cooler but very humid with a chance of rain. I went for a ride anyway.

    Typical NE Ohio roads. This was Chagrin River Road.

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    So why did I bring my Like with it's 12" wheels to ride these crappy road surfaces? Speed limits are typically 35 but as low as 25 and rarely over 40. Riding my other bikes around here would be like using a sledgehammer to drive nails. With all the traffic and cops around here it would just be frustrating on a bigger bike.

    One advantage of the low speed limits? I stopped for gas and calculated 100 MPG:-)

    Shortly after filling up I got on a road with a 50 MPH speed limit:yikes

    So I twisted the throttle almost to ludicrous speed....OK maybe around 55:D

    Then the engine started cutting out and losing power:dirtdog

    Crap!! not again. I limped it into a parking lot. I would barely run but it idled OK. It wasn't the same problem as before.

    I pulled off some stuff to get to the motor.

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