Full Throttle Touring - 150 through the Rocket City

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  1. klaviator

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    When we got back to the motel there were a few cars there. I headed to the scenic area out back and there were some people there. It turned out to be the new owners of the motel. A couple of young guys from Asheville had just bought the place and were planning on upgrading it and trying to increase the business. One guy was in commercial real estate and one was a web designer/marketing guy. They are hoping to attract outdoor type people. The two main attractions in the area seem to be tubing on the Green River and a zip line place practically next to the motel. It seems that they got a fair amount of business on weekends during the summer but the place is pretty dead during the week. Of course we were there on weeknights in September which is off season for tourism.

    So my thoughts on this motel. Its old but the rooms were recently renovated and overall were pretty nice. We had a couple of issues the first night. One the Shower drained real slow. Two, when I went to get in bed it was wet!. The managers were pretty prompt in taking care of both problems.

    Then there was the air conditioner. It would periodically cycle on. A couple of minutes after turning on it would go into "hyper drive". It was pretty loud. It didn't bother me too much but Steve had to put in ear plugs to sleep.

    This place it right off the interstate and has a great view but it is a bit pricey and it is older. It also doesn't have a lot of restaurants nearby. I think they would need to lower the price a bit to attract those weekday travelers just wanting a bed for the night. It is a great location for riders to base out of. Would I set up a group event there? Maybe. The roads nearby are fantastic and i think with a bit of exploring I could come up with two or three days of routes.

    Some pics from that evening.

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    It would be nice if the motel were oriented a bit differently to get a better view of sunset and sunrise.

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  2. klaviator

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    Sunrise Wednesday morning.

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    Then it was time to pack up and head for home. The plan was to pretty much reverse the route we took here except for going around Hendersonville, not through it.

    The roads we took to bypass Hendersonville weren't great but they were a pleasant ride even though traffic limited our speed. At least we didn't have to deal with any traffic lights.

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    It was cloudy with rain forecast for later in the day.

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    We stopped at the same overlook in SC as we did the first day. Best I can tell the lake we could see was Lake Jocassee in SC.

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    My scooter was loaded such that it would balance on the centerstand with both tires off the ground.

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    We rode some fun, curvy roads in SC, NC, and then GA.

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    We stopped for lunch in Clayton then continued on.

    Lake Rabun Rd is one of the twistiest roads in the State and a blast on a small scooter:ricky:ricky:ricky

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    Its NOT a road to push hard on since it has multiple driveways and very limited sightlines with building, walls and trees right on the side of the road.

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    Approaching Helen, GA.

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    It started raining lightly on us but not hard enough for me to bother putting on any rain gear.

    Ricky Russel Raceway:ricky:ricky:ricky

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    Riding through the N. GA. countryside.

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    Trip wrap up:

    Total mileage on the like was around 600 miles. 200+ on the first and last day and around 160 on the middle day. I know a lot of big touring bike riders wouldn't be impressed but we were on curvy roads almost all the time. I thought the mileage was about right although I could easily have done a bit more. This was only my second time actually touring on a tiny scooter. The first was my five day trip on my Super 8 a few years ago. I have gone touring on my bigger scooters but that just didn't seem like a big deal. Even the 155cc SMax was considerably bigger and faster than either of my Kymcos.

    So how did the Like do? Overall I thought it did pretty good. It gave me a couple of scares when it wouldn't start but eventually it did start and didn't strand me. It was pretty comfortable. Not Gold Wing comfortable but that's OK because it was way more fun on the roads we were riding. Carrying stuff for a three day trip was no problem. I could easily do a 4 or 5 day trip on it. Power and speed? Mostly OK except going up steep hills and when stuck behind slow traffic. Passing is a real challenge with only 13.4 HP.

    The Like is a big improvement over the Super 8. It has a much more comfortable seat, more internal storage and a bigger gas tank. I didn't feel the need to carry extra fuel like I did with the Super 8.

    The trip itself? Overall the riding was fantastic. It would be hard to beat the roads on this trip if you are a curvaholic like I am. The weather wasn't perfect but pretty close the first two days. I think we picked a great time of year for this area. We didn't spend a lot of time a higher elevation like Maggie Valley so it would probably been really hot in July or August. September is off season so that probably kept the traffic lighter. It would be pretty in October but there might have been more tourists around:dunno

    I'm already thinking about going back next year. It will probably be a 4 day trip instead of 3. I wouldn't mind having a few more people along but I don't think I'll make it into a big event like "Beat the Heat".

    Now it's time to get ready for the next event. Dual Sporting Tellico is less than 2 weeks away!!


    Oh yeah, one more thing to make Rich regret that he didn't come with us. We didn't do any riding on Thursday but that doesn't mean we didn't have any fun!

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  6. Al-Rider

    Al-Rider Been here awhile

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    Great trip report. Never been to that area. Definitely on the to do list. Hope to see you tellico in a couple weeks to try some dual sport riding.
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    What an EPIC ride!! I'm jealous!
    Then to top it off, you end it at the Gun range! Dang it!!!!
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    What’s a comfy highway cruising speed for that 300 Vespa?
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  9. klaviator

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    I don't have much experience with 300 Vespas. Steve's Vespa 250 GTV tops out around 75 MPH (GPS) but he prefers to stay off highways. The 300 doesn't have any more horsepower than the older 250s except for the new 300 HPE. I know a lot of people do ride them on interstate highways. My old Aprilia 250 which used the same motor as the Vespa would easily cruise at 70+.
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  10. Raptorman

    Raptorman Retired Raptor Keeper

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    I concur with everything Rocketman Win has posted. :beer It's was an 8-9 trip with the only negatives being the Like's early hick up, the so-so NC brisket I had and the motel's need of some TLC. The riding was a 10 no doubt! The Vespa 250 never felt without enough power. I could pass any slower traffic even thought I had to pick the spots and it felt so good in the tight twisties. :p3rry

    My next posts will be just a dump of additional photos. Win deserves some showtime! He's Bad! :rilla LOL!
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    Stella!!! My Scooter is broke!!! :muutt:hair:becca:doh:(:devildog
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    Win busting a move aka Dirty Dancing style! :imaposer
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    I can't believe I ate that entire Oktoberfest Platter? I had to walk away from half of my second mug of fine Spaten Amber Marzen straight from Munich. :( It's was all awesome but at a cost. :flush LOL! Great trip Win! Like Rich I'm ready for some Team Green Dual Sporting! :wings
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  15. klaviator

    klaviator Long timer Supporter

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    Thanks for all the pics:thumb:thumb

    The long term weather forecast looks great for Tellico and some Team Green Dual Sporting:rayof
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  16. Chethro

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    The Like is a pretty scoot, but I like the Vespa too. The increased power of a Vespa 250/300 would be nice when you need it. :D

    This one is pretty sporty looking... Is there storage in the front fairing/nacelle and under the seat?

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    Do the Harley guys wave back? :lol3 I would be sure to wave at all of them.
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    The scooters do get a lot of attention, especially Steve's Vespa. Steve kept pointing out how his Vespa had more power when we hit a steep hill or needed to pass and he was right about that but there is something about a really small, sub 300 pound bike that a bigger bike just can't match. A 150 just feels more like a toy and we all know that toys are so much fun to play with. Years ago I had a Kymco Super 8 150 and an Aprillia Sport City 250 which used the same motor as the Vespa. The Aprillia was much faster than the 150 but it was also bigger and about 70 or 80 pounds heavier. When I walked out to the garage it was the little Kymco that called my name and was the one I rode the most. Now I have the Like and a Majesty 400 and a couple of motorcycles but I ride the Kymco more often than all the others combined.

    Someday I'd like to get a Vespa but I'll probably always also have a tiny scooter.

    Storage. Both scooters have underseat storage but not big enough for a full face helmet. For this trip Steve packed all his stuff under his seat and in his tail box. I put my stuff under the seat and in a dry bag on the seat which left my tail box mostly empty. My Like has a little glove box in the front fairing. Steve's Vespa looks like it should have a glove box as well but I don't think it does:dunno

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    The Vespa is Liquid cooled so the radiator is under the front fairing. The Kymco is air cooled.

    As for Harley riders, most seem to wave back.
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    It was pretty there. May 4, 2019. Last pic taken of my baby. Trip ended ~5 miles NE shortly after on way back to Marion, NC.
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    Hard to like that post because I know how that day turned out for you.:(
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    Last pic taken of my baby tipped me off it wasn't good, not knowing the story. It was a nice looking bike.