Full Throttle Touring - 150 through the Rocket City

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

  1. klaviator

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    Back to the ride report. Saturday was forecast to be a sunny but chilly day. It started with frost warnings for early in the morning with a predicted high of mid 50s by late afternoon. Needless to say I didn't rush out first thing in the morning. I would be riding solo because Steve had his son and DIL coming to visit. I finally got on the road around 11 with temps in the 40s. My first stop was to get the scooter tag. The tag was "big rock". I took this pic with my phone.

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    Then I decided to also get the pic with my camera which was when I realized I had forgotten it:baldy

    So I posted the pic and went back and got my camera. A little later I took a pic for the new tag:

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    The tag was "Big foot, black bear other animal statue. I didn't expect anyone to find another big foot but later that day @rdhood, who rode with us on Thursday found a big foot cut out similar to this somewhere in the area.

    I rode on. It was a beautiful morning.

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  2. klaviator

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    My destination:

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    My Like was not the only scooter there.

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    There is a story behind this scooter. It is a 2009 Piaggio BV250. It is owned by the brother of the TWoS owner. He picked it up with very low miles in immaculate condition for a very reasonable price. A couple of weeks ago Steve was here and talked to the owner of this scooter. The guy asked Steve if he wanted to ride it so he did. He was very impressed. Then the guy told him about a Vespa for sale locally. This Piaggio, the Vespa 250 GTS and my old Sport City 250 all use the same motor.

    Anyway, Steve decided to go check out the Vespa. He went hoping he wouldn't like it because he already had 4 bikes. Well, he loved it and ended up buying it for $1100. Just the accessories that came with the scooter cost that much and the Vespa was easily worth twice that.

    Since it was cold the crowd at TWoS was much smaller than it would have been on a warm day.

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    They were serving lunch but no inside dining. No problem there were plenty of picnic tables outside, properly spaced of course.

    The view from the porch.

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  3. klaviator

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    After hanging out a while and talking to various people it was time to ride some more. I rode a short distance and took a pic of Woody Lake.

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    Then I came back and took several pics of the waterfalls right across the street from TWoS.

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    Then I was off to ride the "cooler run". This is a 36 mile loop that goes south on 60, left on 19, left on 129 over Blood Mountain and left on 180 back to TWoS. This is about as good of 36 miles of twisties as you will find anywhere. 60 had been repaved in the last year or two as was 19. Then it was 129 up Blood mountain. This is the same US129 that runs through Deal's Gap and is known as the dragon. As 129 twists and turns its way up Blood mountain it has two lanes going up much of the time. This makes for an awesome ride and allows for easy passing of slower traffic. Even though I was on a 150cc scooter and going uphill the whole way, I took advantage of that extra lane as the car traffic was all going slower than I was:ricky I was having too much fun to take a lot of pics and only got one.

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    I stopped at the store on top and talked a bit with an ST1300 rider. I tried real hard to infect him with the scooter virus:lol3

    I rode down the mountain and stopped to get a pic of the lake at Vogel State Park.

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    Then I rode up 180. There wasn't much traffic and I only had to pass one car. I was also passed by one GS rider.

    I stopped to take some pics and happened to catch some cars coming by. This area, like the area around Deal's Gap had become a playground for fast cars.

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    The reason I stopped.

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    Just across the road, Lake Winfield Scott.

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  4. klaviator

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    I stopped again at TWoS. There weren't very many people there. I got a pic of Suches Creek.

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    The picnic tables with social distancing signs.

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    Then I headed North on 60. This road has been one of my favorites since I first rode in in 1990. The combination of almost non stop curves, some tight and some easy sweepers, combined with peaceful scenery make this road a joy to ride.

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    Everything is such a bright green this time of year.

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    Eventually I turned off of 60. I was nearing Steve's place when I saw him riding the other way on his Vespa. He was doing a test ride to make sure the belt change was successful. He said it made a big difference in accelleration and was smoother. We rode a few miles and then swapped bikes. This was my first time riding a Vespa. The riding position of the Vespa was much roomier than the Like. I think the typical NBA player could probably fit on a Vespa. The seat was comfortable. Being a 250 it was of course much faster than the Like. The ride was much smoother. What surprised me was that the steering was also much lighter. It felt twitchy although the scooter handled fine. I think it's something that would feel normal once I got used to it.

    We stopped for dinner.

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    Country Fried Steak, Mashed taters and veggies:dukegirl

    After dinner we headed for Steve's place stopping by the Toccoa river for a few last pics.

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    The next morning I loaded up and drove home. I'm glad I got away for a bit. I was starting to go stir crazy from the Covid lockdown. It was good to see life starting to turn towards normal.
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  5. rdhood

    rdhood Been here awhile

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    It was good riding with you. I already have a couple of new paths through the mountains on the Blue Ridge side to add to my daily rides!
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    I was getting confused with Sam and Eric's threads in BS. Oops!
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  8. klaviator

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    I understand. Us scooter riders all look alike:lol3
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    You're one of the tall ones with a bunch of bikes!

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  10. eaglescan

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    Some thoughts on the KLX decision. I had a 2006 KLX 250 new and it was a good off road bike, but in those days I used it on the highway to work as well. It was a handful in fast traffic at 50 + mph and there was a big bridge I had to go over , sometimes cross winds. That's when it was a handful, they were coming out with the BMW X challenge , so I ordered that and traded up.
    My point is , it depends on how much slab you need to ride to get to the dirt.
    I read the report on comparing the 230 and it sounds like a good choice if you like the fit.
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    Morphous! Awesome! :super

  12. klaviator

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    Good meeting and riding with you. I'll see you again in Maggie Valley if not before.
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    Any bike is a compromise. I have owned a couple of smaller dual sport bikes, an XT350 and DR250. Neither were highway cruisers. My KLR650 was great on the highway but was heavy off road. If I need to go a long distance on the highway the bike will be riding in the back of my truck. One advantage of a lightweight dual sport is that it's easy to load and unload. Ideally I'd like to get a KLX250 or 230 and a lightweight adventure bike like the G310GS or KTM 390ADV but that's not going to happen anytime soon.
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    Interesting that they put the headlight on the fender. Having worked for one of the big three automakers, when I see things like that I normally think they forgot the headlight and had to put it somewhere.
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  15. klaviator

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    Most Vespas don't have the headlight there. The GTV was supposed to be a retro looking model. I prefer the looks of the GTS but the GTV look is growing on me. Steve told me the GTV gets a lot of attention. People look at it when parked at TWoS and he gets a lot of waves and thumbs up when riding it.
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    I have often thought about having the mods move my meandering thread to Day Trippin'... I really am outta bounds in BS.
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    As long as whiners aren't on a flag fest, should be good.

    I have a hard time keeping up with all of the threads. You have the one in Day Trippin as well, right?
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    I do just history based content. Sorry, for the derail Win.
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    The thing is that most of the folks in BS don't normally look outside of BS. If you moved your thread you would get less activity from other BS folks but you would pick up some from people who would never think to look as BS to find a ride report. I started this report in Day Trippin because it never occured to me to do it in BS. It worked out because I do have a lot of motorcycle content although that wasn't my intention when I started this thread. I also like the fact that many people not normally interested in scooters have read my thread and a number have told me that this thread gave them the inspiration to give scooters a try. Ultimately I think of myself as a rider, not a motorcycle or scooter rider. Both are two wheels and an engine.

    Don't worry about the derail. This thread has never been on rails. One person reading this thread posted that it was like a box of chocolates:lol3
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    Win... stop spreadin’ the scooter virus!!!

    as it is I am asymptomatic and who knows when I’ll fully come down with it... :sick
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