Mid Winter Whinging
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Veni, Vidi, Posti
LX190
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Location: New Zealand
Fri Jan 12, 2018 5:37 pm quote
Canít ride and unhappy about it?

Tell us all about it.
Hooked
'66 Super 150
Joined: 11 Jul 2017
Posts: 397
Location: MN
Fri Jan 12, 2018 5:54 pm quote
Yes. I drove my favorite scooter route earlier this week, re-living the sun-dappled moments around the lake in the summer and the crisp crunchy moments zipping through the fall leaves and the downright freezing cold moments in late November bundled to the max. I felt happy and wistful just thinking about how much fun it all had been.

Next riding season seems like forever away. Will it ever come?

In the meantime, I should rebuild the carb.....
Ossessionato
2010 Orange S150
Joined: 25 Sep 2008
Posts: 3504
Location: Olympia, WA, USA
Fri Jan 12, 2018 6:03 pm quote
I've been riding but a number of rear wheel skids in this wet weather over the past week have made me realize I need a fresh rear tire stat! Until then, I'm grounded
Veni, Vidi, Posti
2007 LX150 2015 GTS 2013 BV 350
Joined: 13 Sep 2012
Posts: 7727
Location: Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
Fri Jan 12, 2018 7:16 pm quote
I roll my car past my scooter every day in the garage. She looks lonely.

OTOH, it's about -10 wind chill tonight, and I think the better of riding.
Ossessionato
GTS300 Super Blue Gaiola
Joined: 01 Nov 2005
Posts: 2442
Location: Sydney, Australia
Fri Jan 12, 2018 7:36 pm quote
The Mocker wrote:
I've been riding but a number of rear wheel skids in this wet weather over the past week have made me realize I need a fresh rear tire stat! Until then, I'm grounded
Time to upgrade to a Vespa with ASR!
Molto Verboso
2017 GTS300 Supersport (The Yella 'Un aka The Sting)
Joined: 13 May 2017
Posts: 1914
Location: UK, EU
Sat Jan 13, 2018 1:49 am quote
I haven't ridden for about two weeks because of lots and lots of rain and salt on the roads. It looks like we are to get a dry spell and once the roads have dried out I intend to go for a spin.
Hooked
Vespa PX 125 Settantesimo
Joined: 01 Feb 2017
Posts: 452
Location: Norf Wheezy
Sat Jan 13, 2018 2:51 am quote
I am still riding on the days it is not raining but can't do my usual routine of riding to the pub and sitting outside with my bike which is frustrating.

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Addicted
1979 P200E / ZNEN Amore 150 / Genuine Buddy 170i / Genuine Stella 4T
Joined: 31 Jul 2014
Posts: 653
Location: Grand Rapids, MI
Sat Jan 13, 2018 3:42 am quote
A couple of weeks ago we had a day where we hadn't had snow in a couple of days. I told my wife I was going to give the P200E ten kicks and if I didn't get a response I was done.

Kick number 8 she fired up. So of course I HAD to take her around the block. Once I got through the snow and slush to the main road I was fine for three glorious miles.

Other than that, no. 15ļ and icy today. I park my car right next to our three bikes in the garage, and every day I cry a little.
Molto Verboso
2017 GTS300 Supersport (The Yella 'Un aka The Sting)
Joined: 13 May 2017
Posts: 1914
Location: UK, EU
Sat Jan 13, 2018 3:56 am quote
I feel the same as you, although our weather is not as bad as yours. I look out of the window at my patio and see my scoot there covered up but dying to be ridden. I think I ought to be able to go out on it tomorrow though.
Ossessionato
Modded Vespa 2017 GTV 300, BMW 2017 C650GT
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Location: Downtown Toronto
Sat Jan 13, 2018 4:43 am quote
From + 11 c to -17 and snow in a day.
Molto Verboso
2017 GTS300 Supersport (The Yella 'Un aka The Sting)
Joined: 13 May 2017
Posts: 1914
Location: UK, EU
Sat Jan 13, 2018 4:55 am quote
Wow, that's some change. Anyone know how Florida is? My sister and brother-in-law and family are holidaying there since Wednesday this week.
Ossessionato
Modded Vespa 2017 GTV 300, BMW 2017 C650GT
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Posts: 3600
Location: Downtown Toronto
Sat Jan 13, 2018 5:00 am quote
Attention wrote:
Wow, that's some change. Anyone know how Florida is? My sister and brother-in-law and family are holidaying there since Wednesday this week.
Oh no, please don't have the Florida MV contingent weigh in! It will make some of us sad Their whining will at most consist of "it was rainy, so I left the scoot at home today"
Molto Verboso
2017 GTS300 Supersport (The Yella 'Un aka The Sting)
Joined: 13 May 2017
Posts: 1914
Location: UK, EU
Sat Jan 13, 2018 5:08 am quote
I'm not sure my relatives will find it as warm as they had planned for. Your 11 degrees, was that Celsius? Obviously it has not gone down to minus 17 where I live but the daily highs are currently hovering around 7 degrees Celsius. Not too cold to ride in but I want to keep my GTS salt free so waiting for dry roads.
Hooked
GTS300 SuperSport ABS
Joined: 10 Aug 2009
Posts: 194
Location: Toronto, ON
Sat Jan 13, 2018 5:08 am quote
Harbinger wrote:
From + 11 c to -17 and snow in a day.
And when it was +11, it was pouring rain.. and today it's -13.. Talk about anticipation, I installed an Akrapovič pipe on my GTS the day I put it away for the winter storage at the end of November. Can't wait to ride again in the Spring and this year, winter in Toronto has been unusually cold and snowy.
Ossessionato
Modded Vespa 2017 GTV 300, BMW 2017 C650GT
Joined: 21 May 2017
Posts: 3600
Location: Downtown Toronto
Sat Jan 13, 2018 5:21 am quote
mingo wrote:
Harbinger wrote:
From + 11 c to -17 and snow in a day.
And when it was +11, it was pouring rain.. and today it's -13.. Talk about anticipation, I installed an Akrapovič pipe on my GTS the day I put it away for the winter storage at the end of November. Can't wait to ride again in the Spring and this year, winter in Toronto has been unusually cold and snowy.
Yup, it's a nasty one. I've been out every week on the scoots but there have been some cold rides. Just got my new heated glove liners this week and will get to put them through the paces once this snow is cleared. There's enough traffic around here that it only takes a day or so of no snow for the roads to be ok. It's the roundabout going down to our underground parking I need to be mindful of, the Vespa has lost some traction a few times.

I went with the Remus but mostly just because it's what Vespa had in stock. I'm happy with it and definitely prefer it over the stock exhaust.
Ossessionato
2018 Yamaha Xmax (Max), 2006 Vespa GT (Rocket): 2005 Vespa GT (Razzo): 2007 Vespa GT (Vanessa): 1965 Lambretta Li 125
Joined: 26 Sep 2006
Posts: 3881
Location: Jacksonville, Florida
Sat Jan 13, 2018 6:40 am quote
Attention wrote:
Anyone know how Florida is?
North Florida gas been cold (below freezing a few nights, snow in Tallahassee). But I have continued riding.

South Florida is warm all winter.

Bill
Molto Verboso
2014 Commuter BV350(34,000)/2015 Scoot Life BV350(9,000)/2010 El Diablito SH150i(28,000)
Joined: 27 Dec 2013
Posts: 1951
Location: Orange Park Florida
Sat Jan 13, 2018 7:48 am quote
WLeuthold wrote:
Attention wrote:
Anyone know how Florida is?
South Florida is warm all winter. Bill
That's what you say
I don't have cold weather gear(heated gloves) that let's me ride below 40f. I'll be driving the van to work all next week.
Veni, Vidi, Posti
2008 MP3 500, 2013 BV350
Joined: 13 Oct 2012
Posts: 6161
Location: Ashburn, Va. Home to the Internet
Sat Jan 13, 2018 7:59 am quote
I have a chance to ride, got some good rain for two days and the streets looks salt free. So, may go for a cold ride tomorrow. If we don't get snow Tues the streets will still be salt free and the end of next week is suppose to be in the 50's
Molto Verboso
Triumph Street Scrambler 2018, Suzuki VanVan200 (sold), 2015 Sprint 125 (sold)
Joined: 12 Apr 2015
Posts: 1483
Location: Finland
Sat Jan 13, 2018 8:03 am quote
Just did some cross country skiing in the forest nearby, in a mild winter weather (-3C) and trees around like from a snowy post card - that was nice! I don't carry my phone with me when skiing, otherwise would have taken a pic.

After two weeks there is the yearly, largest motorcycle exhibition in Finland in Helsinki. They have an indoor track, where you can test ride quite a good selection of new bikes - that's my next target

I did look under the plastic, light cover of my bike the last week. It's always a bit surreal to see the bike there, waxed and cleaned after summer, snow laying around in the ground just next to it
Ossessionato
2018 Yamaha Xmax (Max), 2006 Vespa GT (Rocket): 2005 Vespa GT (Razzo): 2007 Vespa GT (Vanessa): 1965 Lambretta Li 125
Joined: 26 Sep 2006
Posts: 3881
Location: Jacksonville, Florida
Sat Jan 13, 2018 9:20 am quote
breaknwind wrote:
WLeuthold wrote:
Attention wrote:
Anyone know how Florida is?
South Florida is warm all winter. Bill
That's what you say
I don't have cold weather gear(heated gloves) that let's me ride below 40f. I'll be driving the van to work all next week.
You are in the cold North Florida.
Molto Verboso
Vespa GTS 250ie
Joined: 02 Jun 2015
Posts: 1071
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
Sat Jan 13, 2018 5:36 pm quote
I rode to Napa and will do so again tomorrow and Monday.
My pinkies got cold because it was 58F and dry.
Ossessionato
2006 GT200
Joined: 23 Feb 2016
Posts: 2480
Location: Moscow, Idaho
Sat Jan 13, 2018 5:47 pm quote
Hmm...supposed to get up to 46 manana and sunny or partially sunny...heavy rains cleared away the snow...hmm....
Veni, Vidi, Posti
2007 LX150 2015 GTS 2013 BV 350
Joined: 13 Sep 2012
Posts: 7727
Location: Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
Sat Jan 13, 2018 6:55 pm quote
Just started getting hopeful with a recent thaw, but then it got icy and they scattered salt everywhere....and the mercury plummeted. So, back to fantasizing about riding....
Molto Verboso
2013 Vespa 300 Super, 2007 Burgman 400
Joined: 30 Mar 2014
Posts: 1327
Location: Minneapolis USA
Sat Jan 13, 2018 7:58 pm quote
Cold in Minnesota
I do enjoy looking at my two scooters in the garage - but no conditions to actually ride. -13 F in my town. I fire them up weekly to keep the batteries alive. Alas, must wait until the new riding season.

As I post this message, I am enjoying a good cigar and brandy.

My scooter group has a Winter Pizza party planned for next week. We meet again in March to plan our group rides for the next season.

I took up the 5 string banjo last year to survive the off season.
Best wishes to all of you.

Bob Copeland
Frost Bite Falls Minnesota
Veni, Vidi, Posti
LX190
Joined: 12 Oct 2007
Posts: 5185
Location: New Zealand
Sat Jan 13, 2018 9:21 pm quote
Bob Copeland wrote:
As I post this message, I am enjoying a good cigar and brandy.

My scooter group has a Winter Pizza party planned for next week.
Youíre not really on board with this whinging thing, are you?
Molto Verboso
2004 Vespa ET4, 2009 Vespa S150, Suzuki Burgman 200
Joined: 08 Oct 2006
Posts: 1792
Location: Florida Keys
Sun Jan 14, 2018 12:39 am quote
Overnight lows around 55 in Key West with strong north winds. Which when you are used to 82 American degrees (28 Canadian) year round is a bit cool. Hence the handlebar muffs And a fleece for the ride home at dawn. I work nights.

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Molto Verboso
2004 Vespa ET4, 2009 Vespa S150, Suzuki Burgman 200
Joined: 08 Oct 2006
Posts: 1792
Location: Florida Keys
Sun Jan 14, 2018 12:43 am quote
There is one road. It is straight and flat. And currently filled with angry snowbirds who donít like Vespas. But it is sunny.

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Molto Verboso
2004 Vespa ET4, 2009 Vespa S150, Suzuki Burgman 200
Joined: 08 Oct 2006
Posts: 1792
Location: Florida Keys
Sun Jan 14, 2018 12:47 am quote
Oh well whinge away.

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Molto Verboso
Triumph Street Scrambler 2018, Suzuki VanVan200 (sold), 2015 Sprint 125 (sold)
Joined: 12 Apr 2015
Posts: 1483
Location: Finland
Sun Jan 14, 2018 2:49 am quote
Re: Cold in Minnesota
Bob Copeland wrote:
I do enjoy looking at my two scooters in the garage - but no conditions to actually ride. -13 F in my town. I fire them up weekly to keep the batteries alive. Alas, must wait until the new riding season.

As I post this message, I am enjoying a good cigar and brandy.

My scooter group has a Winter Pizza party planned for next week. We meet again in March to plan our group rides for the next season.

I took up the 5 string banjo last year to survive the off season.
Best wishes to all of you.

Bob Copeland
Frost Bite Falls Minnesota
These are words from a person who has some experience of real winters.
Hooked
2016 LXV 150 ie, 2009 GTS Super, 1978 Vespa P125
Joined: 06 Jul 2016
Posts: 327
Location: central Illinois USA
Sun Jan 14, 2018 5:12 am quote
Too cold in central IL for my old hands to be safe on the controls, rides are waiting for warmer weather and I am whining and moping.
Ossessionato
Modded Vespa 2017 GTV 300, BMW 2017 C650GT
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Location: Downtown Toronto
Sun Jan 14, 2018 5:25 am quote
maggiegirl wrote:
Too cold in central IL for my old hands to be safe on the controls, rides are waiting for warmer weather and I am whining and moping.
Heated gloves/liners and or grips make a big difference. I also have a pair of heavy duty Gore-Tex riding gloves that took some getting used to. It's really not that bad if you have CVT tranny. Still if you mostly just ride for pleasure yeah it's best to not go out.

Spent last night with some nice wine, some prescription herbal medication and listened to some old albums. I forgot how good New Boots and Panties was.
Ossessionato
2006 GT200
Joined: 23 Feb 2016
Posts: 2480
Location: Moscow, Idaho
Sun Jan 14, 2018 6:48 am quote
Re: Cold in Minnesota
Bob Copeland wrote:
I took up the 5 string banjo last year to survive the off season.
Clearly you married a saint!

Guitar and piano are my winter sanity for sure.
Hooked
2017 BMW C 650 GT
Joined: 10 Oct 2016
Posts: 138
Location: Brooklyn New York
Sun Jan 14, 2018 8:40 am quote
my baby is in hibernation.

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Kymco People 150 (sold), Suzuki TU 250 (sold), 2010 Triumph Bonneville T100, 2006 Vespa GTS 250ie
Joined: 14 May 2016
Posts: 906
Location: NJ
Sun Jan 14, 2018 9:29 am quote
Just spent about 2 weeks in south Florida, only to return to single digit temps and heavily salted roads. My bikes are parked until 50 degree days return.

w.
World Traveler
2007 LX150 Daring Plum Leonardo Da Vespa
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Sun Jan 14, 2018 10:36 am quote
I'm rocking the cooler temps. Almost need a jacket yesterday morning. High 60's gets a tad chilly when your doing 50-55mph.
Ossessionato
2006 GT200
Joined: 23 Feb 2016
Posts: 2480
Location: Moscow, Idaho
Sun Jan 14, 2018 3:56 pm quote
50 and sunny in January? Well alrighty then![/img]

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Ossessionato
2018 Yamaha Xmax (Max), 2006 Vespa GT (Rocket): 2005 Vespa GT (Razzo): 2007 Vespa GT (Vanessa): 1965 Lambretta Li 125
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Location: Jacksonville, Florida
Mon Jan 15, 2018 6:03 am quote
tdrake wrote:
50 and sunny in January? Well alrighty then![/img]
Looks like Cannonball prep day.

Did you try this road with the throttle wide open?

Bill
Ossessionato
2006 GT200
Joined: 23 Feb 2016
Posts: 2480
Location: Moscow, Idaho
Mon Jan 15, 2018 6:56 am quote
WLeuthold wrote:
tdrake wrote:
50 and sunny in January? Well alrighty then![/img]
Looks like Cannonball prep day.

Did you try this road with the throttle wide open?

Bill
Heh. No.

I've grown pretty comfortable riding gravel, but I ain't got that much faster.
Molto Verboso
Triumph Street Scrambler 2018, Suzuki VanVan200 (sold), 2015 Sprint 125 (sold)
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Location: Finland
Mon Jan 15, 2018 10:10 am quote
...more cross country skiing, this time in the dark and with a bit less snow. Still nice.

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Ossessionato
2015 GTS 300 Super (Melody)
Joined: 22 Apr 2015
Posts: 2002
Location: Asbury Park, NJ
Mon Jan 15, 2018 12:48 pm quote
Mike Holland wrote:
The Mocker wrote:
I've been riding but a number of rear wheel skids in this wet weather over the past week have made me realize I need a fresh rear tire stat! Until then, I'm grounded
Time to upgrade to a Vespa with ASR!
Let me say that while I'd never want to live without ABS and ASR/traction control, they aren't miracle workers, as my episode of about a month ago (in about two inches of snow/sleet) made clear.

Meanwhile: I'm on an Amtrak Northeast Regional heading home from an extended weekend in Boston, which mostly took my mind off the fact that road conditions up until the last few days have been rotten for riding. Melody's been idle for the better part if two weeks; I might take her out tonight for an errand-run which my existing gloves should just about handle (Just a few miles). 29į F is today's high.

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