Official Cannonball 2014 thread.
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Hooked
2009 GTS, 2013 Buddy, italjet Velocifero, yamahopper
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Location: Nor Cal
Mon May 26, 2014 7:54 am quote
I've enjoyed following the Scooter Cannonball Run in previous years. This year I'm riding in it and want to know how to post updates here.

One truckload of 5 scooters just headed north from Nor Cal yesterday; mine, Maroy, Eric A, Teacherquinn,, and Dave B (feb31st).

We'll be be reuniting with them in Prince George on 5/31.

The Cannonball leaves from Hyder, AK on June 3, and arrives in !New Orleans on June 12.

I have no clue what will happen in-between!!
World Traveler
2007 LX150 Daring Plum Leonardo Da Vespa
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Posts: 26833

Mon May 26, 2014 7:55 am quote
Thanks for starting one. Good luck. What are you riding? Will be watching and of course envious.
Addicted
GTS 250
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Location: Lehigh Valley, PA
Mon May 26, 2014 8:10 am quote
In years past Jess/MV created the Official Thread, I forget if it was sticky or not but it was nice. Shameless edit. http://www.followride.com is slowly adding more Cannonball Riders... and tweaking. Like 2012, I am happy to share the check-in JSON stream with MV if they want to incorporate into the map.

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World Traveler
2007 LX150 Daring Plum Leonardo Da Vespa
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Mon May 26, 2014 8:11 am quote
FEB good luck to you too. Are you riding the 250?
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The Hornet (GT200, aka Love Bug), 'Olive' (GT200) and 'Dimples' - a GTS 300
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Location: Pleasant Hill, CA
Mon May 26, 2014 8:21 am quote
Let's make this the official one...

...

...done.
World Traveler
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Mon May 26, 2014 8:26 am quote
Good.
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Kymco Downtown 300i - The Cloven in Twain
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Location: South East Great England of Britishland
Mon May 26, 2014 8:31 am quote
fact
I will be glued to this thread for obvious reasons.

Please have a safe ride.

See you in NOLA.

Bill x
Hooked
2009 GTS, 2013 Buddy, italjet Velocifero, yamahopper
Joined: 16 May 2007
Posts: 401
Location: Nor Cal
Mon May 26, 2014 8:32 am quote
jimc wrote:
Let's make this the official one...

...

...done.
Thanks!!

I'm riding 2009 GTS, red (THE fastest color), with an aux gas tank, so 5.3~ gal on board. I'm a newby to GPS, so will be relying on Matt (4n6iscool) or Mark (Maroy) to get me there!!

I just checked in on followride.com, #29. Rider photo is view from my bedroom window, which I will miss!!
Sponsor
Granturismo, BV250, Quota, Dragster, MP3
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Location: Charleston, SC
Mon May 26, 2014 8:57 am quote
Good luck, and may the best GT200 win.
Ossessionato
2006 Vespa GT (Rocket): 2005 Vespa GT (Razzo): 2007 Vespa GT (Vanessa): 2013 Honda NC700X: 1965 Lambretta Li 125
Joined: 26 Sep 2006
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Location: Jacksonville, Florida
Mon May 26, 2014 10:16 am quote
Motovista wrote:
Good luck, and may the best GT200 win.
GT200's, like mine, are a good option. To be competitive, hey must be very well prepared with auxiliary tank and lots of speed with a rider who gets the mission. I am approaching it with a plan of a separate spare tank, thorough preparation, good GPS skills and a willingness to ride quickly all day.

I am looking forward to posting about my experiences, along with reading what the other riders have to say and the responses of those following.

It is the adventure of a lifetime for many of us.

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My ride, the rocket ship.

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Strapped to the hated trailer. We prefer to ride.



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BMW R1200GS 'The Toilet'
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Mon May 26, 2014 10:17 am quote
Favorited... or should that be favourited?
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Granturismo, BV250, Quota, Dragster, MP3
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Location: Charleston, SC
Mon May 26, 2014 10:47 am quote
WLeuthold wrote:
Motovista wrote:
Good luck, and may the best GT200 win.
GT200's, like mine, are a good option. To be competitive, hey must be very well prepared with auxiliary tank and lots of speed with a rider who gets the mission. I am approaching it with a plan of a separate spare tank, thorough preparation, good GPS skills and a willingness to ride quickly all day.

I am looking forward to posting about my experiences, along with reading what the other riders have to say and the responses of those following.

It is the adventure of a lifetime for many of us.
I'll give you the same sage advice I am sharing with all my co-competitors. You need to carry about 4 80lb bags of cement to fill in any impassible potholes you encounter. And at night, especially in Canada and the Rockies, you should store all your open containers of food like honey, jelly and candy bars under the seat, so nobody steals it.
Ossessionato
2006 Vespa GT (Rocket): 2005 Vespa GT (Razzo): 2007 Vespa GT (Vanessa): 2013 Honda NC700X: 1965 Lambretta Li 125
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Mon May 26, 2014 11:11 am quote
Motovista wrote:
You need to carry about 4 80lb bags of cement to fill in any impassible potholes you encounter.
I could probably carry these bags with the super firm new shocks you sent to me. I am quite certain that it wouldn't bottom out even on the biggest bumps at any speed.
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2012 BV 350
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Location: Vestavia Hills, AL
Mon May 26, 2014 11:55 am quote
Best of rides to all the competitors. I look forward to following all the riders and reading of your experiences daily!
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Granturismo, BV250, Quota, Dragster, MP3
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Location: Charleston, SC
Mon May 26, 2014 11:59 am quote
WLeuthold wrote:
Motovista wrote:
You need to carry about 4 80lb bags of cement to fill in any impassible potholes you encounter.
I could probably carry these bags with the super firm new shocks you sent to me. I am quite certain that it wouldn't bottom out even on the biggest bumps at any speed.
Wait until you hit some hard fast corners. They are phenomenal. I'm bringing my official Malossi shock adjusting tool, and you can rent it for a very nominal fee, which will of course vary depending on how close we are to anyone else who might have one.

I got some Under Armour Man Spanx yesterday. They raised my voice a couple octaves and remind me of a scene in the movie Barcelona where one of the characters is telling a girl about his cousins penchant for wet leather undergarments because they tighten as they dry. They're going to take some getting used to.
Right now I'm going through my wardrobe with the "half the clothes, twice the money," travel adage in mind and trying to decide between bringing my English Plimsoles or Aqua Shoes for something to wear at the end of the day when the boots come off.
Tomorrow I drop the hounds off with their babysitter, Wednesday I head to Tennessee and then it's North To Alaska.
Hooked
LX150, GT200
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Posts: 364
Location: Queens, NY
Mon May 26, 2014 4:12 pm quote
Game On!
Boxed her up this past Friday. Hoping to rendezvous in Portland, OR tomorrow.



Veni, Vidi, Posti
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Location: Wichita KS USA
Mon May 26, 2014 5:00 pm quote
This is a good opportunity to say good luck and break a leg to all CB'ers. I will be living vicariously through you.
Thunder Thief
2010 GTS 300 Super & 2015 Kawasaki Versys 650 LT
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Location: Land of the Merry.
Mon May 26, 2014 5:49 pm quote
Good luck and safe travels to you all!
Veni, Vidi, Posti
GTS 250ie, Scarabeo 500ie, SportCity 250, BV 500, Buddy 125
Joined: 05 Apr 2008
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Location: Houston, TX/Breckenridge, CO
Mon May 26, 2014 8:16 pm quote
I'm on my way. Today has been exciting and I am very glad I wasn't riding in today's weather. Hit high winds and torrential downpours to the point where visibility was less than 60 feet. While we were in that mess saw a collapsed portico on the front of what used to be a gas station now some other business but couldn't tell what because of all the emergency vehicles. Somewhere in the mess the right windshield bracket lost its connector despite having Loctite on it and the left side was twisted so that the windshield was in front of the glovebox. So I'll have a call into AF1 tomorrow to see if by chance they have replacement bracket to reinstall the windshield that was undamaged or alternatively if they have either of the two smaller ones in stock they can overnight so it will arrive with the tire on Weds.

Something hit the left trailer tail light and smashed it with the second bout of high winds and downpour. This time at least the visibility was better even if lightening was closer. So its a good thing our hotel tonight is right next to Wal-Mart so we can replace that light before we get a ticket.

On the plus side, the scoot has stayed very stable on the trailer which handled the weather and road conditions extremely well. Found the missing GPS so I have a spare now.

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Heading out with windshield

Member
2009 gts 250/malossi shocks, 2008 mp3 400
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Location: Tacoma, WA
Mon May 26, 2014 9:27 pm quote
Just took a little RV weekend trip from Tacoma to Coeur D' Alene and back. Was dreaming of what the Cannonball would be like.
Hooked
2009 Piaggio BV250 & 2013 BMW C650 GT
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Location: Northern California
Mon May 26, 2014 9:52 pm quote
cdwise wrote:
...On the plus side, the scoot has stayed very stable on the trailer which handled the weather and road conditions extremely well. Found the missing GPS so I have a spare now.
Sounds like an exciting first day! Good to hear to the TiaB handled it well. Safe travels to AK and good luck. See you on NOLA
Hooked
LX150, GT200
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Location: Queens, NY
Tue May 27, 2014 1:00 am quote
Waiting...
Test



Hooked
'04 Stella 2T GB150 '85 Honda Elite CH150 '15 Genuine Roughhouse 50 '16 Genuine g400c deposit placed
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Tue May 27, 2014 3:07 am quote
Subscribed!
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Tue May 27, 2014 6:35 am quote
Re: Waiting...
4n6iscool wrote:
Test



It does not look like we have the map feature turned on yet.
Ossessionato
2010 ThunderFly 190, 2008 250 GTS
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Posts: 2125
Location: Springboro, OH
Tue May 27, 2014 6:42 am quote
Good Luck to all the riders...I wish swift and safe travels for all.

CD - Where did you get that trailer? That's a nice compact rig.
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Tue May 27, 2014 6:49 am quote
Gold Beach OR

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Molto Verboso
2007 LX150
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Tue May 27, 2014 6:57 am quote
Godspeed everybody! We'll be following with joy...and envy!
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2007 LX150 Daring Plum Leonardo Da Vespa
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Tue May 27, 2014 7:42 am quote
I'm getting excited now. Subscribed. Good luck to all.
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Tue May 27, 2014 7:43 am quote
Hey you guys need to put Yano in Hawaii. Not California. Everybody always forgets about us.
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MP3 250
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Tue May 27, 2014 7:45 am quote
judy wrote:
Hey you guys need to put Yano in Hawaii. Not California.
Actually, she has already left Hawaii and is in California.
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Tue May 27, 2014 7:47 am quote
I know but she's from Hawaii. Do you guys do it where people are from or where their bikes start off from?
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Tue May 27, 2014 7:55 am quote
judy wrote:
I know but she's from Hawaii. Do you guys do it where people are from or where their bikes start off from?
The FollowRide site is live. Some of the tags have already started migrating north. Each rider location is modified each time they check in. Yano's last check in was in San Diego.
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Tue May 27, 2014 7:57 am quote
Ok now i get it. Thanks. Yup she's on her way.
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The Hornet (GT200, aka Love Bug), 'Olive' (GT200) and 'Dimples' - a GTS 300
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Tue May 27, 2014 8:04 am quote
Re: Waiting...
Maroy wrote:
It does not look like we have the map feature turned on yet.
We could ask Jess to add the map feature to this thread - but my past experience showed this can be a 'World Wide Wait' feature. Best to add:
http://followride.com/
to one's bookmarks.
Veni, Vidi, Posti
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Location: Wichita KS USA
Tue May 27, 2014 10:20 am quote
Stupid question:

Where is the finish line in NOLA? Is it the Hilton or somewhere else?
Hooked
LX150, GT200
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Location: Queens, NY
Tue May 27, 2014 10:40 am quote
Update
Mt Hood and Mt Rainer.



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Kymco Downtown 300i - The Cloven in Twain
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Tue May 27, 2014 10:41 am quote
final
I really miss you all.

Ride safe eh ?

Bill xxx
Hooked
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Tue May 27, 2014 10:49 am quote
Max6200 wrote:
Stupid question:

Where is the finish line in NOLA? Is it the Hilton or somewhere else?
There is a ride heading from Amerivespa to meet us at the

Abita Brew Pub
72011 Holly Street
Abita Springs, LA 70420

From there we ride over to

The Transportation Revolution
901 Julia St
New Orleans, LA 70113

p.
Veni, Vidi, Posti
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Location: Wichita KS USA
Tue May 27, 2014 12:17 pm quote
So which one is the final check point for you:

Abita or TTPR? In other words will you be hanging out and relaxing at Abita?
Hooked
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Tue May 27, 2014 12:21 pm quote
We will hang out for a short time at Abita before parading in as a group to the scooter shop. All participates sill need to finish that last leg to score the points.
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