Rocket & Me

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

  1. Bueller

    Bueller Cashin? Super Supporter

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    Have you changed the belt yet?
  2. CashCow

    CashCow Rocketeer

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    Yes. It got changed at 15,000 miles.
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  3. CashCow

    CashCow Rocketeer

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    Exercise!

    As I get older, I know I have to do something to maintain some level of fitness.

    With a bad knee, walking doesn’t work out for me. That plus my need for speed would keep me on the couch if it wasn’t for my bicycle.

    Several months ago I started riding around my historic neighborhood. Early weekend mornings work, as traffic is light and it is cooler in the summer months.

    My bicycle is not a speed bike, but a seven speed city bike. Good for getting a workout.

    I found Map My Ride a while ago and rigged up a RAM mount, so I can see the progress while riding.

    the weather was nice this Thanksgiving morning, clear with temperatures in the low 60’s.

    I started faster than usual, and found my average around 13 mph. My fastest run so far was 12.8 mph a few times.

    It spurred me to push harder.

    I ran my usual route through the neighborhood streets to the local community college where I ran two laps, then back home.

    13.1 average for 25 minutes was a new record.

    maybe my year of being 64 will be a good one.

    Bill

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  4. DandyDoug

    DandyDoug Long timer Supporter

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    Good on ya !!

    I switched my work out from the recumbent exercise bike to the eliptical. Had too much back pain on the bike so I sold it.
    I can manage 30 min on the eliptical with no resistance but only go a bit less than A mile in distance.( That sounds almost embarrassing ) I have gone over a mile at times and truthfully , that a bunch of walking for me according to my neurologist. She say's she wishes she had more stroke patients that worked at it as hard as I do . So that's some comfort.
    I also use some 5lb weights when I'm watching videos on ADV. from all the youngsters riding to great places and sharing their stories.
    Oh yea, I also get a kick out of watching and listening to Go Pam and the Cannon Ball adventures.
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  5. Bueller

    Bueller Cashin? Super Supporter

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    I’m not supposed to tell folks, but I’m in the fitness protection program.
  6. CaptnJim

    CaptnJim Scooter Pilot

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    Since getting the new hip, walking and bicycling have become a daily endeavor. I was happy to switch from the small folder to my fat tire e-bike. Before anyone here plays the nimrod card, no, it isn't "cheating." I can set the bike gear and the pedal assist to give me a good, consistent workout. I shoot for 10mph for 30 to 40 minutes. Twice a day. And getting in a couple walks and exercises. I don't know... I may be getting too old for this crap. :evil

    I find exercising invigorating... I could watch others do it for hours.
  7. Wentwest

    Wentwest How's that work?

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    You are not getting too old for this crap! In fact, without this crap, you might not be getting too old. Keep moving, the human body was made to move. I do a long workout at a gym three times a week, mid-day, and many of the people I see there each time are older than me (73). One guy in nearing 90. They all do their routines regularly and they all (men and women) report that their spouses are happy to get them out of the house. Just do what you can do and try just a little bit more and the change in your body and your mood will be surprising.
  8. MiniBike

    MiniBike Still here...

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    That's a beautiful neighborhood to ride. I like walking it when MiniWife is at St. Vincents.

    FYI, ZenCog (bike shop) does some nice group rides through there during the holidays. Not sure whether they're still doing their Christmas Luminaria ride, but it was beautiful.
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  9. CaptnJim

    CaptnJim Scooter Pilot

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    Hey! I may be old, but... um, what was the question? :-) Just kidding. Exercising is a part of my daily routine, now. I don't think Joan is happy to get me out of the house, because I am a freakin' ray of sunshine.
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  10. CashCow

    CashCow Rocketeer

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    I have lived and worked in the neighborhood since 1985.

    It is my favorite part of the city.

    Bill
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  11. CashCow

    CashCow Rocketeer

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    What was old is new again!

    I was ordering an ignition switch for Razzo from Scooter Parts Co last week.

    to make the shipping cost worth it I looked for more items.

    So I got a four pack of oil filters for Max.

    Then I remembered that the horn cover Piaggio emblem on Rocket was badly faded and a tab broken. It was held in place by some sticky tape someone put on years ago.

    So I ordered this shiny new one.

    I also noticed the odometer. 93,000 for the old girl.

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  12. DandyDoug

    DandyDoug Long timer Supporter

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    Holy moley, 93k on a Vespa , that's gotta be some kind of a record. :clap
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  13. CashCow

    CashCow Rocketeer

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    I am certain that there are higher mileage Vespas out there.

    I haven’t seen one yet, but I know that they exist.

    Rocket is on engine number two, so it is not quite fair, but it has given me many happy experiences over the past 14 years. Many more to come, too.

    bill
  14. sealsam

    sealsam Sam...I am. Supporter

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    Thanks for that Bill.

    I've had an old Casio hanging from my handlebars to give me some kind of idea of how long I rode, now I've got a new way to track, :thumb.
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  15. CashCow

    CashCow Rocketeer

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    New farkles for Rocket.

    While replacing the badge on Rocket on Friday, I finally realized that it was time to change some stickers.

    The first sticker I put on Rocket was one from a ride through Rocky Mountain National Park in 2011. The sticker said RMNP and had gone from black letters on white background to dirty white on worn gray.

    I have had some flashy gold badges from the Vespa Club del Mediterraneo, a club badge plus smaller ones from Italy and Portugal.

    I also had several stickers from the 2018 SCR. I dropped out early, so never felt a need to put one on Rocket, but Kylie designed the logo, so I used it in replacement of a damaged Tail of the Dragon sticker.

    Now the old scooter is looking good.

    Bill

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  16. DandyDoug

    DandyDoug Long timer Supporter

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    I have some pretty cool old sticker, but cannot get up the courage to put them on my 2020 GTS.
    Maybe next year when it begins to show a little battle damage.
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  17. CashCow

    CashCow Rocketeer

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    BD9076C2-7862-4C83-94A2-1C88E664ECD7.jpeg Off again visiting courthouses.

    This one in Madison, Florida.

    Cold today.
  18. RolyKBiker

    RolyKBiker Road Worrier

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    Guilty or not guilty ?
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  19. CashCow

    CashCow Rocketeer

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    I can’t make myself put stickers on the beautiful Razzo either.

    It is 15 years old, but the paint and body still look new.

    I put stickers on the top case, but not the body yet.
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  20. DandyDoug

    DandyDoug Long timer Supporter

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    I might go crazy one day and put a few on the lower portion of my new wind screen . I need a new Moon Eye's sticker first.
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