All about scooting...

Discussion in 'Battle Scooters' started by CaptnJim, Jan 10, 2018.

  1. kantuckid

    kantuckid Long timer

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    MPG is weird sometimes. I remember years ago in SCCA club doing mileage runs for fun with that group.
    My Ford truck keeps track of engine hours moving and at idle on the oil meter puter. Even though we live in a very rural area with zero red lights and not one stop sign for first 25 miles away from us westward, and most always truck travel is on hwys not urban the idle hours run right on 10% of total engine hours. A scoot is no different as the road & load dictates engine operation.
    Point is that stops and redlights really do add up overall, PTW's included.
    "Perhaps the Blonde" is lighter too?:lol2 In racing & mpg weight really matters?:-)
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  2. CaptnJim

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    It's on the blog link... for those who don't want to go there: the PCX is faster off the line. It was about a bike length ahead until I caught her at around 30 mph, then pulled ahead at 40. The Vespa has more horsepower and a better HP to weight ratio... but I do outweigh the Blonde by a pound or 50. The Vespa has a higher top speed and feels a bit more solid at 65 mph... the extra weight helps there. Joan has tried the Vespa a couple times and definitely prefers the PCX; I see the charms of both.

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  3. cdwise

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    Having a choice is a lovely thing because one size or item doesn't fit everyone. The PCX it's anyway lovely Scott just not my style. Technically there are better scoots but none of them have the appeal for me that a Vespa does but fuel injected with ABS and ASR is advanced enough for me even if the horsepower by cc isn't as much as say the Xmax.
  4. CaptnJim

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  5. Dan V.

    Dan V. Been here awhile

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    When we took the the train ride there last year we saw hundreds of deer along that road - Mama was close by for sure! I think I have spotted deer on each of my rides here in West Michigan lately - I would think that the hot weather would have them deep in the cool woods, but what do I know? They appear to love the road shoulders when it is hot for some reason....
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    Means that soft, tender grass is growing giving them some good eating.
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    BMWBUD Should be old enough to be better.

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    That was a young one. Around here, the fawns are born around the 1st of June. May vary in other parts of the country. At any rate, it should have listened to mama and not played in the road! :1drink
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    They're pretty to look at but I don't want them around when I'm riding or driving.
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  9. CaptnJim

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    The only scooter content today was using it as a camera test platform:

    A few years ago, Joan urged me to get a GoPro (Hero 3 Black). Not sure how much "action" she was expecting, but I did give it a try on the scoots, the boat, the kayaks... it was a real pain in the posterior. Small buttons and a confusing sequence of button pushes that need to be done to do the simplest adjustments to the camera. Extreme wide angle only. It was such a chore to use, it spends most of its time in the case. On the rare occasion I pull it out, it reminds me what a pain it is.

    I have been looking for another camera to use on the scoots, and considered the new GoPro Hero 2018, which is supposed to be MUCH easier to use. No ties to GoPro, I decided to check out the other current options in this genre. For about 1/4 the price of a Hero 6 or 40% less than GoPro's new entry level, I decided to order an Akaso V50 Pro. It comes with more accessories than the GoPro, including 2 batteries and a charger, a waterproof case, a remote, a bunch of mounts. It has an LCD touch screen and one of my favorite features: 4 different lens views (extreme wide, wide, regular, narrow)... this alone makes it more functional for my use than the GoPro.

    Here's the link to some tests on the first day with it...

    http://captnjim.blogspot.com/2018/07/ncd.html

    It is small...

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    I used the handlebar mount (made for a bicycle handlebar) on the mirror stalk on the Vespa... proof of concept. It works, but I will probably buy an inexpensive Ram Mount ball for a tripod mount to make it faster and easier to attach and remove.

    One more camera to add to "the tools."

    I think this inexpensive camera will get a lot more use than the GoPro it replaces.
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  10. The Virginian

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    Good stuff Capt'n! Thanks for sharing.

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    I agree about the GoPro - got one as a "gift" before a Lake Tahoe ski trip. Beautiful pics, but absolutely maddening to use. Every time I got it out it required the instruction manual. Its permanent home now is now in the bottom of a drawer. Like many electronic gadgets, if you don't use them regularly they can be difficult.

    I recall a study by Philips a number of years back - the majority of electronic products returned as "defective" were actually fine. Owners just could not figure how to use them. Either poor design or old people like us owned them!
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    Deer are browsers not grazers. I know they eat grass but other stuff mainly.
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    Mother Nature threatened to rain on us most of the day, so we took it as a sign to clean up the scoots and the e-bikes... under the awning of the motorhome, just in case. It also gave me a chance to do a few more test photos with the Akaso V50 Pro on different settings...

    http://captnjim.blogspot.com/2018/07/more-testing.html

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    And, I put one of the mounts on a helmet - nothing goofy looking about this...

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    I look like a Tele-Tubby. :lol3

    Got the scoots back in their portable "garage" and the e-bikes all cleaned and lubed as the first few sprinkles dropped. Good timing.
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  14. CaptnJim

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    I mounted the camera on the bike today for a ride through Sturgis and Deadwood. Ever wonder what Sturgis looks like when the Rally isn't going on??



    This is what "0% chance of precip" looks like behind the windshield of the Vespa...

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    Riding through Boulder Canyon (between Sturgis and Deadwood)...

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    I stopped to see friends Dick and Pat, brothers who operate Sturgis Motorsport - they are now Moto Guzzi dealers as well as Yamaha, BMW, and Suzuki.

    The new camera set up, with the remote on the left grip, camera on the right mirror stalk, works well.

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    http://captnjim.blogspot.com/2018/07/its-my-fault.html
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    I mounted mine on top of the mirror on my Burgman 650 for a ride on the Back of the Dragon. The video I got was amazing and rock steady. If I wasn't so technologically challenged, I'd post it.
  16. Wentwest

    Wentwest How's that work?

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    @CaptnJim came to mind yesterday. I went to buy a 2007 BV250 (last year with a carb, so @JerryH will be happy) and the couple who sold it to me has been living in a motorhome and wandering North America for several years. The BV was their local ride, and they put about 5000 miles on it in 2 years, until life changed when a baby came along. (Obviously these are younger people). They bought a CR-V and decided to sell the scooter. Still wandering around with the 8 month old baby. The scooter and the RV are registered in South Dakota because it's cheaper there. Something to consider. Anyway, the scooter seems like a fine device, I rode it home about 45 miles, all freeways, and it ran well and was comfortable and speedy. Photos later.
  17. CaptnJim

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    Congrats on the BV! :clap Wandering around in a motorhome? Who'da thunk it? Yes, there are times (often) when a car is the appropriate vehicle as a toad (tow vehicle behind a motorhome). Since we lived in South Dakota for almost 30 years, we definitely understand the advantages of having SD as your state of residence. Once we eliminated the last of our SD holdings, we switched our "official" residence to TX - almost as good as SD, but the registrations and insurance are higher in TX.

    I did ask the Blonde if she was interested in another little bundle of joy, but since our daughter is in her mid-40s, Joan thought that might be too much of an age difference between siblings. :jack She did say that I can do that with my next wife... so, it isn't completely off the table. She and our daughter have talked about this: "I hope he has twins!" Yeah, those two are a laugh riot.

    Back on topic: that BV looks like it would be a nimble scoot; we're going to need to see some photos.

    Although, the GTS doesn't do too bad through the twisties...

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    One time, just for the fun of it, when we were trailering a 25' sailboat to the North Channel of Lake Huron, I attached a sign to the transom that read "I go where I'm "toad" to go" Got a lot of honks and waves from vehicles as they passed us.
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  19. CaptnJim

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    It only makes sense to have these two threads together...

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    'Cause I am all about making sense. :-)
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  20. Wentwest

    Wentwest How's that work?

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    OK, photos - fresh off the phone. And, no, it didn't come with the top case. I took that off my 87 Elite 150 to see if it would work out OK on the BV, and it will, so I'll buy another universal mounting plate and swap the box when I want.

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