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Molto Verboso
2004 Vespa ET4, 2009 Vespa S150, Suzuki Burgman 200
Joined: 08 Oct 2006
Posts: 1793
Location: Florida Keys
Sun Jun 21, 2015 9:23 am quote
Took an all day trip across the Everglades Friday to explore a backroad I'd seen previously but never explored.

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Molto Verboso
2004 Vespa ET4, 2009 Vespa S150, Suzuki Burgman 200
Joined: 08 Oct 2006
Posts: 1793
Location: Florida Keys
Sun Jun 21, 2015 9:26 am quote
To avoid Florida's Turnpike and I-75 I took Krome Avenue to Highway 27 and turned west on a dirt road is driven previously through Holey Land, an off road recreational vehicle area in Southern Palm Beach county. I love the contrast of Florida's big sky Coubtry with my home in the Florida Keys.

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Molto Verboso
2004 Vespa ET4, 2009 Vespa S150, Suzuki Burgman 200
Joined: 08 Oct 2006
Posts: 1793
Location: Florida Keys
Sun Jun 21, 2015 9:29 am quote
It was an hour long ride over mostly hard packed gravel at 30 in 3rd gear until I got to pavement at Snake Road the main drive north to the Big Cypress Seminole Village

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Molto Verboso
2004 Vespa ET4, 2009 Vespa S150, Suzuki Burgman 200
Joined: 08 Oct 2006
Posts: 1793
Location: Florida Keys
Sun Jun 21, 2015 9:32 am quote
There's a gas station ( with cold water!) in the village but I carried a spare gallon just in case. The Seminoles have made a lot of money from gambling, their reservation butts up against Fort Lauderdale so they have a lot of income! It shows in the first rate facilities in the beautifully paved village.

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Molto Verboso
2004 Vespa ET4, 2009 Vespa S150, Suzuki Burgman 200
Joined: 08 Oct 2006
Posts: 1793
Location: Florida Keys
Sun Jun 21, 2015 9:38 am quote
The next section was an open ended adventure exploring the unknown- to-me Western Boundary Road which the maps say joins the village to the State Highway 29. I soon lost pavement and was back in dirt, completely alone in the pine forest.

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Molto Verboso
2004 Vespa ET4, 2009 Vespa S150, Suzuki Burgman 200
Joined: 08 Oct 2006
Posts: 1793
Location: Florida Keys
Sun Jun 21, 2015 9:39 am quote
Some of it was quite scenic.

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Molto Verboso
2004 Vespa ET4, 2009 Vespa S150, Suzuki Burgman 200
Joined: 08 Oct 2006
Posts: 1793
Location: Florida Keys
Sun Jun 21, 2015 9:40 am quote
I was having fun on my 230 pound adventure bike.

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Molto Verboso
2004 Vespa ET4, 2009 Vespa S150, Suzuki Burgman 200
Joined: 08 Oct 2006
Posts: 1793
Location: Florida Keys
Sun Jun 21, 2015 9:41 am quote
But six miles into the nine mile exploration the way forward came to an abrupt halt. Bugger.

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Molto Verboso
2004 Vespa ET4, 2009 Vespa S150, Suzuki Burgman 200
Joined: 08 Oct 2006
Posts: 1793
Location: Florida Keys
Sun Jun 21, 2015 9:47 am quote
My only option to get home 200 miles south was to retrace my steps to avoid riding miles out of my way. The ideal speedy shortcut would be ride direct to I-75 and take that and the Turnpike to Homestead. But I wasn't riding my Bonneville... So it was retrace each step home!

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Molto Verboso
2004 Vespa ET4, 2009 Vespa S150, Suzuki Burgman 200
Joined: 08 Oct 2006
Posts: 1793
Location: Florida Keys
Sun Jun 21, 2015 9:49 am quote
I soft seized on the 18 mile stretch which sucked as I was struggling to keep out of thruway of high speed Friday night vacationers heading to the Keys.

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Molto Verboso
2004 Vespa ET4, 2009 Vespa S150, Suzuki Burgman 200
Joined: 08 Oct 2006
Posts: 1793
Location: Florida Keys
Sun Jun 21, 2015 9:51 am quote
My wife rescued me in Key Largo with the trailer and the great trip ended ignominiously... And with a promise to investigate what idiocy I did to my poor scooter. Good explore though!

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Ossessionato
Joined: 22 Oct 2011
Posts: 4083
Location: Tega Cay, SC
Sun Jun 21, 2015 4:38 pm quote
Were you running a colder plug for highway running? That is, were you using a 7 or 8 plug?
Molto Verboso
2004 Vespa ET4, 2009 Vespa S150, Suzuki Burgman 200
Joined: 08 Oct 2006
Posts: 1793
Location: Florida Keys
Sun Jun 21, 2015 5:27 pm quote
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Pre mix with main jet 119. I thought it was a little rich. Done 3500 miles commuting at 50+ mph up to WOT for ten miles at a time. No worries. Then WOT in traffic and dies.
I started the Vespa and it ran today but want to take the head off and see the damage.
Veni, Vidi, Posti
2007 LX150 2015 GTS 2013 BV 350
Joined: 13 Sep 2012
Posts: 8787
Location: Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
Tue Jun 23, 2015 7:40 am quote
Great report...except for the ending. Hope you get things sorted.

Your end of the road picture made me think, "Hmmm, Bush Ranch East??"
Ossessionato
PX200, Moto Guzzi V7 Cafe Classic
Joined: 22 Nov 2011
Posts: 2115
Location: Sydney, Australia
Tue Jun 23, 2015 1:46 pm quote
Bummer Conch. Hope it's not too bad. Looks like a great ride though.
Ossessionato
Vespa LX150 GTS250ie GTS300x2
Joined: 11 Dec 2009
Posts: 2035
Location: St. Pete, Fla
Tue Jul 21, 2015 3:36 am quote
Just catching up on ride reports. I missed yours. Looks like as much fun as you can have in south Florida. Adding a soft seize just added to the adventure. Well....since you got rescued anyway.
Addicted
Buddy 125, Scarabeo 150, Scarabeo 500ie, Triumphs, Vespa Sprint 150
Joined: 26 Oct 2007
Posts: 653
Location: Charleston,SC-Knoxville, TN- Sanibel, Florida
Tue Mar 14, 2017 4:27 pm quote
Great pics.....bummer about the soft seize though.

fried okra
Hooked
Genuine Buddy 125
Joined: 25 Jun 2014
Posts: 224
Location: Houston area
Sun Mar 19, 2017 6:30 pm quote
That was an awesome report and I am very sorry about the engine problems. Many of our public dirt roads in TX will dead end at a gate for an oil lease. I don't really blame the energy companies for keeping us out.
Molto Verboso
Gina, 1965 Vespa 180SS, Bella,1968 Vespa 150 Super, (Both NZ new Airco assembled), Francesca, 2006 Vespa LX150, Sofia, 2007 Vespa GT200
Joined: 21 Jan 2015
Posts: 1256
Location: Hamilton, NZ
Mon Mar 20, 2017 1:43 am quote
Great report and pictures. Pity about the ending, hope your damage is minimal.
Molto Verboso
2004 Vespa ET4, 2009 Vespa S150, Suzuki Burgman 200
Joined: 08 Oct 2006
Posts: 1793
Location: Florida Keys
Mon Mar 20, 2017 5:18 pm quote
I was surprised to see this story when I came to check out what others have been up to this Spring. Actually I got fed up..! I traded the P200 for an unused 2009 S150. The P200 left me stranded one time too many. Oh well. May have to try this with the orange popsicle...

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Vespa 250
Joined: 06 Aug 2016
Posts: 34
Location: Naples, FL
Mon Mar 20, 2017 6:11 pm quote
Good find
I took that a few months ago , always see the dual sports riding it
And decided to check it out on ride back from keys.

I had to squeeze it thru a couple closed gates but made it all the way to the memorial from first Inlet east of krome
Member
Vespa GTS300,P125 with 177 Pinasco kit. Vespa150s twist-n-go with a 190 Mallosi kit. 65 Allstate with P200 motor. Pile of crap Vietbodge
Joined: 27 Jun 2013
Posts: 21

Wed Jul 19, 2017 8:10 pm quote
I have a orange 2009 S150. Love it. I highly recommend the Malossi 190 kit. Really makes a difference.
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