Looking for a crew trip from NYC to Key West
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2008 Vespa LX 50, 1964 Vespa 150 VBB
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Tue Sep 12, 2017 6:36 pm quote
Hi, Vespa lovers. Planning to make a trip some time between now and next summer, looking for people who would like to join. Easy off major highway route, average 350 ml/day, camping overnight. I note the route is not new and has been done b4, but still very tempting. Please chime in.
Molto Verboso
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Wed Sep 13, 2017 4:20 am quote
Two thoughts. Good luck finding non-highway roads in NJ.
350 miles a day on non highway roads (not direct travel, traffic lights, gas stops, meal stops, weather) sounds like at least 12 hour days in the saddle. I imagine that's almost four 12 hour days each way. Throw in camping and my old bones say no. YMMV of course.
Enthusiast
2008 Vespa LX 50, 1964 Vespa 150 VBB
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Location: Brooklyn, NY
Wed Sep 13, 2017 11:04 am quote
Hey there. I know it sounds a little crazy, but doable non the less. I agree that some highways are unavoidable, but thats not a problem. 300 cc is helpful on HW. My bones are not that old and I am willing to try.
Molto Verboso
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Wed Sep 13, 2017 11:40 am quote
I'm not debating it nor am I telling you it's a bad idea. You said "chime in" so I did with my thoughts. Like I posted, YMMV.
Hooked
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Wed Sep 13, 2017 3:15 pm quote
I can probably jump on for an early spring ride down there
Addicted
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Wed Sep 13, 2017 6:02 pm quote
Sounds a little crazy, but doable.
I'd love to join up with you when you pass through Pensyltukky. Alas I don't think my 150 is up to a trip like that.
I'd also worry about my arse more than my bones at 12+/- hours a day in the saddle.
Molto Verboso
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Thu Sep 14, 2017 1:16 am quote
If you don't try you won't know.
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Thu Sep 14, 2017 6:51 am quote
Vintage1 wrote:
I'm not debating it nor am I telling you it's a bad idea. You said "chime in" so I did with my thoughts. Like I posted, YMMV.
And i thank you for that)
Enthusiast
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Thu Sep 14, 2017 6:53 am quote
KABarash wrote:
Sounds a little crazy, but doable.
I'd love to join up with you when you pass through Pensyltukky. Alas I don't think my 150 is up to a trip like that.
I'd also worry about my arse more than my bones at 12+/- hours a day in the saddle.
II am looking into AirHawk right now. That thing saves arses.
Molto Verboso
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Thu Sep 14, 2017 2:28 pm quote
hvost2000 wrote:
Vintage1 wrote:
I'm not debating it nor am I telling you it's a bad idea. You said "chime in" so I did with my thoughts. Like I posted, YMMV.
And i thank you for that)
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250 GTS
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Location: Charlotte, NC
Thu Sep 28, 2017 9:17 am quote
I did Charlotte to the Finger Lakes in NY this summer. All back roads, 1500 miles round trip. Took 4 eight hour days.

As you planning gets closer let me know. I am up for it!
Hooked
1974 Vespa Primavera 125, beater TnG
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Thu Sep 28, 2017 9:42 am quote
Are you planning on having a support vehicle to carry things like tents, sleeping bags, etc. I'm pretty new to scootering and love the idea of touring, but handling all the gear seems a little rough.
Enthusiast
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Sun Oct 01, 2017 4:19 am quote
Bazziemoto wrote:
Are you planning on having a support vehicle to carry things like tents, sleeping bags, etc. I'm pretty new to scootering and love the idea of touring, but handling all the gear seems a little rough.
Hi there!
Sleeping bags and tents are very light and compact nowadays and I think can be carried individually on the bikes. No, no support car, defeats the purpose. Hotels in case of emergency) I am checking on different postings on how much gear you need for bike camping, it will all fit. Cheers
Enthusiast
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Sun Oct 01, 2017 4:20 am quote
Donovan wrote:
I did Charlotte to the Finger Lakes in NY this summer. All back roads, 1500 miles round trip. Took 4 eight hour days.

As you planning gets closer let me know. I am up for it!
Hi, Donovan!
You are so welcome, will keep you posted!
Enthusiast
2008 Vespa LX 50, 1964 Vespa 150 VBB
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Sun Oct 01, 2017 4:22 am quote
So this is how the preliminary route looks like. Please comment and let me know if the link works. Cheers!
https://www.myrouteapp.com/en/social/route/613033?mode=share
Molto Verboso
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Sun Oct 01, 2017 10:46 am quote
hvost2000 wrote:
So this is how the preliminary route looks like. Please comment and let me know if the link works. Cheers!
https://www.myrouteapp.com/en/social/route/613033?mode=share
To see the route requires us to register. I don't wanna.
Enthusiast
2008 Vespa LX 50, 1964 Vespa 150 VBB
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Mon Oct 02, 2017 8:33 am quote
I see. Let me try to fix that!
Hooked
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Mon Oct 02, 2017 9:30 am quote
hvost2000 wrote:
Sleeping bags and tents are very light and compact nowadays and I think can be carried individually on the bikes.
It's a lot harder on a vintage SF.
Enthusiast
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Mon Oct 02, 2017 6:14 pm quote
https://roadtrippers.com/map?a2=t!19266191&lat=32.34021026557386&lng=-83.83331392721755&utm_campaign=trip&utm_medium=share&utm_source=copy&z=4.556952055609544

Lets see if this one works!
Enthusiast
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Mon Oct 02, 2017 6:17 pm quote
Bazziemoto wrote:
hvost2000 wrote:
Sleeping bags and tents are very light and compact nowadays and I think can be carried individually on the bikes.
It's a lot harder on a vintage SF.
It is going to be a challenge on a SF. But with more then one bike the bigger items can be sorted out between bikes.
Molto Verboso
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Tue Oct 03, 2017 4:32 am quote
hvost2000 wrote:
https://roadtrippers.com/map?a2=t!19266191&lat=32.34021026557386&lng=-83.83331392721755&utm_campaign=trip&utm_medium=share&utm_source=copy&z=4.556952055609544

Lets see if this one works!
That just brings me to a beginner's tutorial on how to do a route.
Enthusiast
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Thu Oct 05, 2017 11:05 am quote
you have to copy the entire URL, not just click on the link. Just copy and paste it into your browser, otherwise its not working. Sorry
https://roadtrippers.com/map?lat=28.164999032373586&lng=-98.45698925510106&utm_campaign=trip&utm_medium=share&utm_source=copy&z=3.6389740581273617&a2=t!19266191
Hooked
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Thu Oct 05, 2017 11:50 am quote
So it looks like this trip takes a week or so? Are there any additional options for getting back with the bikes without having to take an extra week to ride back?
Enthusiast
2008 Vespa LX 50, 1964 Vespa 150 VBB
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Location: Brooklyn, NY
Thu Oct 05, 2017 6:30 pm quote
Bazziemoto wrote:
So it looks like this trip takes a week or so? Are there any additional options for getting back with the bikes without having to take an extra week to ride back?
I am considering an option of riding back to Miami area and then arranging shipping. Being a car transporter in the past I can say that it is way easier to find a good deal out of Miami rather than KW.
Molto Verboso
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Location: Minneapolis USA
Wed Oct 11, 2017 8:54 am quote
Love Group Riding
Sounds like a great adventure. Perhaps as riders, we break into two
group riding categories. Young and bullet proof, Older and comfort driven.

I agree with 350 miles a day (Off Expressway) being to ambitious. I rode
my GTS300 200 miles to Wisconscoot 2017 from Minneapolis to Richland Center Wisconsin. We took secondary roads, stopped every hour, it was
marvelous. Qualifier: I am 69 years old. Even at 200 miles, my butt
was plenty sore.

So, go for it. No Pain, No Gain. It will all be a great adventure. From this
old farts perspective, stop or slow down occasionally and smell the roses.

Bob Copeland
Frost Bite Falls Minnesota
Molto Verboso
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Location: Florida Keys
Tue Oct 17, 2017 12:31 pm quote
With advance planning you can do the auto train back from Orlando to DC. Not cheap but great fun. Even sitting up. Especially in the rain.

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Hooked
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Tue Oct 24, 2017 12:28 pm quote
My thoughts, having done NYC to Key West before:

You CAN stay off highways in New Jersey, AND escape the state without paying tolls. The rough shape is Holland Tunnel, to Truck Route 9, to US-22. It's not pretty and the sky bridges are still tall and fast-moving, but it's possible.

350 miles per day off expressways is ambitious. It's a long day and totally possible, but to do it day after day for a week, it will be arduous. Especially if you hit bad weather. Even on a GTS 300, I would aim for about 250 miles per day if staying off freeways, to leave room for mishaps, weather, sightseeing, or just a long lunch (once you hit the south it's BBQ land!). A few 300+ mile days on expressways will help cover distance. If possible plan a couple 'flex' days every 4 days or so. I understand time is a constraint, but rest is important to stay safe, and camping doesn't always make for the best sleep.

The longest day I've ridden on a smallframe was 283 miles. It was about 10 hours of saddle time, no break even for lunch. I would NOT count on doing that for several days straight.

I've heard lots of people love the Airhawk! It feels too much like an air mattress for me, so I use a sheepskin butt cover instead. These guys are good, I have the Pillion 1 on my GTS but am looking at buying a Medium. This seriously saves my ass. I know someone who puts a sheepskin OVER an Airhawk. It was like sitting on a cloud!

Also worth checking our are Crampbusters and throttle assists.

Good luck!
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Wed Aug 22, 2018 5:08 am quote
Check this guy out!
Just on the same topic about riding xxx miles per day!
just want you to check this guy out! he will be in the US soon, greatest story, lets connect and give him our community support
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Hooked
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Location: SW Florida
Wed Aug 22, 2018 9:37 am quote
I don't know of any good route in the NE but suggest you work you way to Front Royal Virginia and jump on the Skyline Drive. It will connect to the Blue Ridge Parkway. South of Ashville take 441 south to Leesburg Fl then 27 south to Everglade city. Now go East on 41 to Homestead Fl.,at homestead take 1 south to Key West.

Just below Homestead is Card Sound Rd. it goes east and will also take you onto Key Largo. I perfer this Route and always stop at Alabama Jacks for a bite to eat and to get infected wth the Keys Desease. All the nice folks in the Keys have it. time slows down and nothing gets done until ,if at all.

Alabama Jacks is an Old Florida place and a destination ride for the locals. Take a look: https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g34344-d491818-Reviews-Alabama_Jack_s-Key_Largo_Florida_Keys_Florida.html

When in KW my favorite lunch/diner spot is the Half Shell Clam Bar. Good food, especially the chilled shrimp, and good beer. Take a look: https://www.halfshellrawbar.com/

Have fun, be safe, and keep up-to-date on your travels.

Paul
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Thu Aug 23, 2018 12:39 am quote
Hi there,

I recently did 2/3 of the trip you're proposing, solo. What's the longest touring ride you've done to date?
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MP 3
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Location: St. Paul, IN
Sat Sep 22, 2018 5:51 am quote
Umm,what's the idea behind the trip?
I got people in KW, and I wouldn't want to turn and burn, I'd want to spend some time down there.
Not sure about camping...
Camping in KW is pricey or non-existant- unless you plan on shacking with the homeless over by the dog park.
There's so much to see and do in the Keys...I've spent 3 days traveling from Islamadora to KW on a mc and didn't see/do it all.
I could be interested, but not on a "hurry up and get there" trip.
Ossessionato
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Sun Nov 18, 2018 9:49 am quote
Did this trip ever happen? Doesn't seem so. If it did, I'd love to hear the details.
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Sun Nov 18, 2018 10:35 am quote
AFAIK it never materialized.
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Sun Nov 18, 2018 2:07 pm quote
I may be in...
Hi all, I am fairly new to this forum. This trip sounds like a blast. I am new to scooters, but not touring on two wheels or camping. If any of you want to do this trip in the future, with enough lead time I would likely be in.
JEB
Richmond, VA.
Ossessionato
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Sun Nov 18, 2018 4:24 pm quote
Re: I may be in...
Jebarrett wrote:
Hi all, I am fairly new to this forum. This trip sounds like a blast. I am new to scooters, but not touring on two wheels or camping. If any of you want to do this trip in the future, with enough lead time I would likely be in.
JEB
Richmond, VA.
Your BV 350 with a large top box should be a great ride for that sort of trip.
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Sun Nov 18, 2018 6:23 pm quote
Yeah...it’s the smoothest two wheeler I have ever had and I have had a handful of them. I did not expect to like it as much as I do. I think that the larger scooters like Burgman may be even smoother, but this bike was the largest that retained the “scooter feel” for me. It’s a good balance that my wife liked as well some of the others intimidated her.
Ossessionato
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Sun Nov 18, 2018 7:42 pm quote
Jebarrett wrote:
Yeah...it’s the smoothest two wheeler I have ever had and I have had a handful of them. I did not expect to like it as much as I do. I think that the larger scooters like Burgman may be even smoother, but this bike was the largest that retained the “scooter feel” for me. It’s a good balance that my wife liked as well some of the others intimidated her.
I love my BV 350 as well. An absolutely great scooter.
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