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Hooked
GTS Super Sport
Joined: 02 Aug 2016
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Location: San Francisco
Mon Dec 26, 2016 6:10 pm quote
Going to be riding down the coast tomorrow.

This will be my first long distance trip. Looking forward to it.

I grew up in Monterey, so I know the way well, but always travelled by car.
Current plan is to go along highway 1 early in the morning and take some backroads to get from Santa Cruz to the Monterey Peninsula.

Probably going to be a bit on the cold side.
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Mon Dec 26, 2016 6:52 pm quote
Weather looks good for tomorrow. Take some pics and make everyone jealous
Molto Verboso
2006 GT200
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Location: Moscow, Idaho
Tue Dec 27, 2016 10:57 am quote
MJRally wrote:
Weather looks good for tomorrow. Take some pics and make everyone jealous
Yeah, this!
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Joined: 25 Nov 2015
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Location: Ingolstadt, Germany
Tue Dec 27, 2016 1:35 pm quote
Have a save Trip. Would love to do this too.
Take pictures.

J. M.
Hooked
GTS Super Sport
Joined: 02 Aug 2016
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Location: San Francisco
Wed Dec 28, 2016 11:07 am quote
Sorry guys, trip got postponed until this Friday.

Life getting in the way of my fun!
Hooked
GTS Super Sport
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Location: San Francisco
Sat Dec 31, 2016 2:46 pm quote
Well I'm back from my scooter run to Monterey. It was an awesome trip, though I was rather cold most of the journey, just did not wear quite enough clothes.

The majority of my trip was along scenic Highway One.

I travelled at the break of dawn. For long periods of time I had the highway all to myself. I avoided the freeways when I could and took local back roads.

Like I said, it was cold. I had layered up, but not quite enough, and my gloves were just not warm enough. Being a new rider it's these kinds of things I need to learn. However, the weather was calm, slightly overcast the first trip, but clear and mostly sunny on the return.

I'd actually ordered a flyscreen to install of the trip, but the shipper forgot the brackets! Even though he has express shipped them to me, they of course did not arrive in time for the trip. After riding 120 miles each way in the cold, I'm looking forward to riding with the flyscreen installed, I certainly learned how it might be easier to ride with one on.

I've travelled these roads my entire life, growing up along Highway 1, and know the layout of all the towns along the way. However the view from the scooter gave these roads a new appearance as you sit higher and of course don't have a car's frame around you.

This being the longest trip I've taken, it was nice to push myself a bit and see what the scooter can do. Apparently it tops out at around 78 mph, and it can cruise all day at 65. It also gave me a good chance to evaluate my gear. There's a strong possibility I may be riding up to Seattle this summer for AmeriVespa.

Of course, the best part of the trip was visiting a friend who I have known since kindergarten. That's the reason for the extra helmet on the back, so she could ride pillon. Though I've lived many places, I still consider Monterey and Pacific Grove my hometowns.

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Molto Verboso
2006 GT200
Joined: 23 Feb 2016
Posts: 1383
Location: Moscow, Idaho
Sat Dec 31, 2016 6:50 pm quote
Awesome! I have a lifetime of memories along that route, as well.

And yeah, surprising how much heat ye shed at those speeds, eh? After decades of hiking and mountain biking in the cold I'm still always underdressed on the scooter. The windscreen should really help, tho (tho not your hands).
Hooked
GTS Super Sport
Joined: 02 Aug 2016
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Location: San Francisco
Sat Dec 31, 2016 7:11 pm quote
Yeah, that and the weather was ranging from mid 40's to low 50's which you probably know is on the cold side for this area, though probably warm for Idaho!

Looking forward to more trips on this route.
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Piaggio BV250 Tourer - Vespa Primavera 150
Joined: 04 May 2016
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Location: Santa Maria, California
Sat Dec 31, 2016 10:22 pm quote
GVDB wrote:
Yeah, that and the weather was ranging from mid 40's to low 50's which you probably know is on the cold side for this area, though probably warm for Idaho!

Looking forward to more trips on this route.
Thanks for posting the great photos. I rode that stretch of road this summer heading north and I remember it even being cold then. I wouldn't enjoy it this time of year.

From my experience I think a windshield will help. When its really cold or raining I like to add Hippo Hands too.
Molto Verboso
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Sun Jan 01, 2017 3:22 am quote
Thanks for taking us along.
Molto Verboso
2006 GT200
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Location: Moscow, Idaho
Sun Jan 01, 2017 11:10 am quote
GVDB wrote:
Yeah, that and the weather was ranging from mid 40's to low 50's which you probably know is on the cold side for this area, though probably warm for Idaho!

Looking forward to more trips on this route.
Yeah, I was actually gonna come down to Santa Cruz for a few days to hang out with my ma, but it looked, and looks, like it ain't gonna be exactly California Dreaming down there this winter.
Hooked
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Location: San Francisco
Tue Jan 03, 2017 11:45 am quote
One thing I'll be looking to do is add a bit more power to the scooter, so I can have a little more on the freeways if I need it. I've heard the windshield helps a bit with that, as well as a performance variator, and aftermarket exhaust.

Already looking forward to the next trip. Maybe up North to Bodega Bay?
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