Rocket & Me

Discussion in 'Battle Scooters' started by CashCow, Mar 31, 2019.

  1. Bueller

    Bueller Cashin? Super Supporter

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    @The Virginian I just rode it another hundred miles yesterday. Now over 300 miles, I’m not caning it yet but I’m ignoring the RPM limits listed for break in enough to maintain real highway speeds. The seat is starting to break in a bit and true to Asian engineering standards everything is working perfectly so far.

    Tomorrow’s weather looks good for another ride!
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  2. CashCow

    CashCow Rocketeer

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    Unfortunately, Bueller is back in Ohio now, because Sunday begins another Oyster Tour.

    This is one of my favorite types, a scooter / kayak trip with Ken, Dave and Larry.

    It is starting at Wakulla, with the kayaking on the Wakulla River.

    The Sunday weather looks to include rain, so Ken might be driving.

    I will try to ride, but not through a rain storm.

    Monday night will find us either in Cedar Key or Apalachicola.

    My work week has been stressful, so I am looking forward to a fun ride.

    I will post about it here.

    Bill
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  3. CashCow

    CashCow Rocketeer

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    If it looks real bad when I leave at 11:00, I could take Rocket in the bed of my truck.
    But there won’t be much riding there, so I might just take the Miata.
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  4. ZigzagguzzI

    ZigzagguzzI Been here awhile Supporter

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    Sometimes 4 wheels are more practical than 2.
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  5. The Virginian

    The Virginian YouTube n00b Supporter

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    Boy do I know what you mean. Every trip I take lately I get dumped on.
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  6. kpinvt

    kpinvt OLDnSLO Supporter

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    I can't wait to get dumped on. It'll be another few days before I can get the bikes out of storage. The ice in my driveway has changed to ankle deep mud in places.
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  7. wbdvt

    wbdvt Been here awhile

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    Too bad. Yesterday was nice in VT. Went out for a meander (85 mi) that included the Brandon Gap and lunch in Rochester.
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  8. CashCow

    CashCow Rocketeer

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    I checked again and decided that I could beat the rain if I left earlier.
    So I finished my work, let the dogs out and left at 9:45.
    I took the fastest Garmin route, mostly I-10, and arrived 175 miles from home at 12:30.
    No rain along the way, but it is raining now.
    It turned out that I could have taken my usual route and stayed dry.
    The next two days are going to be sunny and cool, so I am glad I have Rocket to ride.
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  9. wbdvt

    wbdvt Been here awhile

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    Good for you! I sure Rocket is happy that the Miata stayed home. Have a great time!
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  10. conchscooter

    conchscooter Long timer

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    Hey wait! I'm special! My mum told me so, years ago. But I still like this forum best.
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  11. CashCow

    CashCow Rocketeer

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    By the way, Rocket, my old Vespa GT, ran 135 miles on I-10 at 73 to 79 mph (gps).

    Smooth and solid the entire way.

    Never complained.

    What a fine scooter.
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  12. bdonley

    bdonley Long timer

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    Yay! Good to someone else rockin’ a GT!
    Mine’s a keeper. Adjustable shield, Corbin seat. On to the suspension next.... 61BE6C74-7FCD-4675-B1A4-32AE0CCC69C9.jpeg
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  13. CashCow

    CashCow Rocketeer

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    90,000 Miles!

    After another Oyster Tour with Lostboater this weekend, Rocket rolled home with 89,960 miles.

    Then I had to ride around town for work, leaving it at 89,980

    It tempted me too much, so I left work early, rode ten miles out I-10, then returned to my office where it rolled over.

    My review of owning a scooter 13+ years and 90,000 miles.

    Piaggio makes a very good scooter.

    Bill

    PS. It is on engine number two, so it isn't exactly fair. The first engine ran great to 40,000 miles, then had issues until I replaced it at 76,000 miles. I still have it and could repair it if I chose, but the new engine is sweet.
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  14. Bueller

    Bueller Cashin? Super Supporter

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    In 10,000 more miles it’ll be brand new again :clap
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  15. CashCow

    CashCow Rocketeer

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    Should I sell it after rolling over, the ad would read “Low mileage, garage kept 2006 Vespa GT”

    But I will never sell this one.

    Bill
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  16. The Virginian

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    No! :)
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  17. CashCow

    CashCow Rocketeer

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    Rocket is part of the family.

    Like a dog.

    Has been for a long time.

    Bill
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  18. minimac

    minimac Long timer

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    Besides, you'd have to change your blog title.
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  19. CashCow

    CashCow Rocketeer

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    When I started the blog in 2014, all I had was Rocket and a Malaguti Ciak 50.

    Rocket started to act up so I added to the fleet, as my wife says, but the title stayed the same even though I was riding other machines.

    But if Rocket were no longer around, I would have to change.

    That won't happen. Even if someone offered me $10,000, I would turn it down. Probably even much more.

    Bill
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  20. kantuckid

    kantuckid Long timer

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    My flip phone had a camera... then wifey washed it in my bibs...now i have none. O got out my old (old now days isn't really so old?) tiny Nikon camera to discover that I'd robbed the S-D card for a son's camera one holiday so bought a new chip for a Mexico ride in Jan/19 then AMLO turned off the gasoline pumps.

    I'm looking for a early summer ride...? I need to stop my springtime work regimen and throw a leg.

    Reality is that most riding groups, clubs, whatever have mostly graybeards involved. I went to BMW national rallies where there were thousands of riders and a bare handful of youngsters among the rest.
    As to MV, I go there and enjoy some people, avoid others when I can. Much Vespa expertise on MV! Also so people that try to rain on a thread. If MV is anything it's a place that can beat a subject to death over and over again?
    As for Jess, the owner and guru of MV he kicked me off early on ( I expressed that someone had made an AB repair comment that was wrong in process and he said he took me to be "yet another former MC rider who thought they knew everything better than scooter riders") and I later begged my way back on as there is a diverse group there much like anywhere in the rider world IMO. Good people die and others still exist all around us. MV has it's VG members as does Battle Scooters.
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