SoCal Scooterist's Meanderings

Discussion in 'Battle Scooters' started by sealsam, Dec 16, 2013.

  1. simbaboy

    simbaboy Lansing MBS Supporter

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    I wish I had bought the Vanvan when @Chillis was selling his.
    I think Karima would like the VV more than the TW200 that she never uses.
    Look at the front tire on this one for sale locally.

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  2. Chillis

    Chillis Long timer Supporter

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    That belongs to a member here, right?

    Hate to say it but I want a VanVan again!
  3. simbaboy

    simbaboy Lansing MBS Supporter

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    Its a local seller on Craigslist. Not sure if he is an inmate or not.
    Imu
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  4. Chillis

    Chillis Long timer Supporter

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    I think he is an inmate.
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  5. MYUMPH

    MYUMPH 'Ol Timer Supporter

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    He may be an inmate, but the one that posted on the VV page is from across the pond. He also put a DR200 tank on his, as well as a bunch of other farkles.
  6. Chillis

    Chillis Long timer Supporter

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    That is the one I'm thinking of.
  7. The Virginian

    The Virginian Long timer

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    I'll take the T-dub over the VanVan, I'm a Yamaha fanboy.
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  8. Chillis

    Chillis Long timer Supporter

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    Me too but I'm not going anywhere without FI!
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  9. MYUMPH

    MYUMPH 'Ol Timer Supporter

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    Damn, you're hurtin me there big guy!
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  10. simbaboy

    simbaboy Lansing MBS Supporter

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    I like my TW200 for dirt, gravel and simple Moab trails.
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  11. villageidiot

    villageidiot Long timer Supporter

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    that van van is a fuckin DEAL Imu, super rad, and will be GREAT in sand.
  12. WYO George

    WYO George Epstein didn’t kill himself

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    I like the TW myself, but I just placed an order for fifteen more Van Vans for our training fleet. They are great training bikes and a bit more comfy than the TW which is good for the students.
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  13. villageidiot

    villageidiot Long timer Supporter

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    lets face it, fuel injection doesn't hurt either. no TINY pilot jets to clean out (or drill 2 sizes up to eliminate popping on closed throttle)
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  14. WYO George

    WYO George Epstein didn’t kill himself

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    Ever since I added fuel filters to our bikes I’m down to about two pilots jets a year with 60 bikes in my fleet. I don’t disagree that the EFI is a nice touch, but I’m also not one to rule a bike out for having a carb. The nice thing about the carb is my students get to learn how to operate a fuel supply valve and a choke.

    still, given the choice of anything on the market I opted for Van Vans :) I’m just waiting to hear back on availability since they are being discontinued for US sales....
    I’ll hopefully know next week if I get them or have to go with something else
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    villageidiot Long timer Supporter

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    i prefer a carb for many reasons, but for a fleet of bikes that likely sit during the winter, EFI gotta be nice.

    what do ya do with all the old bikes?
  16. WYO George

    WYO George Epstein didn’t kill himself

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    We surplus them out on a publicsurplus.com

    by time we get rid of them they aren’t worth having. I have some training bikes from the early 90’s! We finally have a new administrator that I convinced to start buying bikes to get us on a ten year rotation, but meanwhile... lots of junk for me to keep running. Not that I’m complaining about the work!
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    :rofl
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  18. sealsam

    sealsam Sam...I am. Supporter

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    ^^

    Lot's of Van Van, TW talk up there.


    As an ex VV owner, that was the perfect Moab bike, not SoCal bike. If I lived close to good stuff, right out of the driveway type stuff, I woulda definitely kept it. With the CRF250L I'm pushing the lower limit as it is. I do want to ride, don't want to truck all the time to the good stuff.


    My VV in it's element,

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  19. sealsam

    sealsam Sam...I am. Supporter

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    The Loop con't, 2nd day headin' back to the beach.


    The west bound ride on this day will take me 'up the hill' through Julian, Ramona, Escondido, Carlsbad, then north to Seal.

    I'm leaving the Borr valley @ 600' to head up the Banner Grade to Julian @ 4200', it's colder up there, so I wait till about 9 before leaving just to let the mountain area warm up a bit.

    I exit Borrego south on S3, Yaqui Pass Rd, a very scenic short 6 mi. hop over to Hwy 78. The road says Pass Rd but only rises to 1700', but it is a beautiful ride through the rocky canyon with some grades @ 10%. Fun on weekday morning with no cages around!

    The first part of the route,

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    Leaving the valley,

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    Winding through Yaqui Pass,

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    Once merged on 78 I quickly get to the base of Banner Grade, then it'll be a quick 7 mile climb up to Julian, where I knew my payoff will be a wonderful warm muffin & hot chocolate at the Julian Pie Co. :dukegirl

    I'm layered up for this. Julian gets snow during the right time of year, I'm ready.

    Up the hill I go, wait a minute. I'm watching the temp guage...temp is going up as I climb. WTF? Inversion. Common during our Santa Ana conditions, used to play with our heads during my flying days.

    I get to Julian hotter than hell, didn't feel the hot choc thing so I kept riding. Old pic, too hot to stop.

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    I do make time for a quick pic stop and unlayer,

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    I choose to keep moving west knowing I'll stop in Santa Ysabel just 7 miles down the road.


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  20. sealsam

    sealsam Sam...I am. Supporter

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    The Loop ride continues,



    SR78 becomes SR79 in Julian, a bit confusing for some trying to follow a GPS cause eventually SR78 picks up again in Santa Ysabel, my next stop and home of the Julian Pie Co.'s 2nd store which is my goal.

    A quick stop in Wynola just west of Julian,

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    Typical NE San Diego county views across these rolling valleys with sweeping wonderful views, this looking down toward Santa Ysabel,

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    Made it!,

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    Sat on the bench a while enjoying a hot Hot Choc, fishing the phone for what may be coming up on the ride toward Ramona or Escondido. I found something that may be of some interest, a bit quirky, and probably pissing off a bunch of neighbors...ya, I gotta see this.

    Preview,

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    ^^ The road between Santa Ysabel through Ramona ending just east of Escondido is very very scenic and quite beautiful, rolling hills dissecting many small farms and horse properties, I enjoy this part of the route. The growth through this area over the years has been tremendous but still is a joy to ride.



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