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Molto Verboso
Vespa LX150 GTS250ie GTS300 MP3 250
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Location: St. Pete, Fla
Wed May 16, 2018 2:23 pm quote
Ok, I just finished 4,000 miles in 21 days on Fred (GTS300) from FLA to SFO.
A great time and a great ride with almost perfect weather. To much to post and write about here so you can go to the blog and I am putting up a slide show here.
The blog is here: https://2018scooter.blogspot.com/p/we.html

I flew home and this weekend I will be driving back to California with a trailer load of scooters for the Cannonball. I am not riding this year but driving the Scooter Conestoga in support. I will try to post here.

After that 8,000 mile round trip I will fly back to California, get Fred out of the closet and ride back to FLA. I will post a little here but mainly it will be in the blog that I will post here later.

Now here is some pictures of the westward trip.

Ossessionato
2 X 74 Rallys, 66 Bluebadge, 76 ET3, 80 P200, 65 Li225 Silver Special, 86 Elite 80, 2015 HD Road Glide Special, 2011 Ural Tourist
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Location: Oceanside/ SF
Wed May 16, 2018 3:06 pm quote
Wow! Some pics.
Foiled
Joined: 06 Jul 2007
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Location: Naples
Thu May 17, 2018 2:06 am quote
Wow. Its almost like riding along with you. Great stories sir.
Ossessionato
2017 Vespa GTV 300, 2017 BMW C650GT
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Location: Downtown Toronto
Thu May 17, 2018 4:20 am quote
Great pics and the blog a great read!

*EDIT* I do however blame you for me having a song by The Cars stuck in my head...
Molto Verboso
Vespa LX150 GTS250ie GTS300 MP3 250
Joined: 11 Dec 2009
Posts: 1821
Location: St. Pete, Fla
Thu May 17, 2018 6:41 am quote
Thank you gentlemen for you kind words. Glad you are riding along with me. This year, even after the dashes across country, there is more to come!
Veni, Vidi, Posti
2007 LX150 2015 GTS 2013 BV 350
Joined: 13 Sep 2012
Posts: 7494
Location: Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
Thu May 17, 2018 8:41 am quote
So, whatcha been doing in your spare time?

Enjoyed following you in your blog. Glad the trip went well.
Hooked
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Fri May 18, 2018 8:23 am quote
Re: People call me crazy
lostboater wrote:
Ok, I just finished 4,000 miles in 21 days on Fred (GTS300) from FLA to SFO.
A great time and a great ride with almost perfect weather. To much to post and write about here so you can go to the blog and I am putting up a slide show here.
The blog is here: https://2018scooter.blogspot.com/p/we.html
Just read through your entire blog - and it was insanely entertaining! Thank you for sharing it here - and for the oodles of cool photos you incorporated. It sounds like a memorable trip!

Just have one minor question - in one or two photos, it looks like you have (or are wearing) a Nolan N44 Helmet - is that correct?

I'm only asking because I converted to an N44 several years ago, after years of a heavier and quieter Schuberth - both of which are fine helmets for eyeglasses wearers. Wearing the Schuberth was a little like wearing an insulated Cadillac limousine on my head - oh so quiet and comfortable - but the visibility was a tad on the limited side, to say the least. My N44 (which is a electric-dayglo-orange (and probably visible in orbiting satellite photographs) has amazing visibility - especially laterally - kind of like riding with a huge, comfortable ultra-wide fishbowl atop my craniuim which allows me to see much, much more than the Schuberth ever did. The downside is more wind and road noise, but so far it's been a more-than-acceptable tradeoff for me.

Thanks again for your post!
Molto Verboso
Vespa LX150 GTS250ie GTS300 MP3 250
Joined: 11 Dec 2009
Posts: 1821
Location: St. Pete, Fla
Fri May 18, 2018 2:10 pm quote
Re: People call me crazy
MiguelATF wrote:
lostboater wrote:
Ok, I just finished 4,000 miles in 21 days on Fred (GTS300) from FLA to SFO.
A great time and a great ride with almost perfect weather. To much to post and write about here so you can go to the blog and I am putting up a slide show here.
The blog is here: https://2018scooter.blogspot.com/p/we.html
Just read through your entire blog - and it was insanely entertaining! Thank you for sharing it here - and for the oodles of cool photos you incorporated. It sounds like a memorable trip!

Just have one minor question - in one or two photos, it looks like you have (or are wearing) a Nolan N44 Helmet - is that correct?

I'm only asking because I converted to an N44 several years ago, after years of a heavier and quieter Schuberth - both of which are fine helmets for eyeglasses wearers. Wearing the Schuberth was a little like wearing an insulated Cadillac limousine on my head - oh so quiet and comfortable - but the visibility was a tad on the limited side, to say the least. My N44 (which is a electric-dayglo-orange (and probably visible in orbiting satellite photographs) has amazing visibility - especially laterally - kind of like riding with a huge, comfortable ultra-wide fishbowl atop my craniuim which allows me to see much, much more than the Schuberth ever did. The downside is more wind and road noise, but so far it's been a more-than-acceptable tradeoff for me.

Thanks again for your post!
Yes it is a Nolan. I have had several. One that I took a nose dive over the handle bars on a Cannonball and it saved my face. I like it because it is more comfortable on my fat face. It is noisy with my mid-screen, but I am willing to compromise for the comfort. I have to have ear plugs in to make it comfortable. I tried other modular helmets but have come back to the Nolan.
Molto Verboso
Vespa LX150 GTS250ie GTS300 MP3 250
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Location: St. Pete, Fla
Fri May 18, 2018 2:13 pm quote
fledermaus wrote:
So, whatcha been doing in your spare time?

Enjoyed following you in your blog. Glad the trip went well.
Lets see...today I dug holes, put up shelves, etc. etc. etc. on the honey do list so I can leave again.

Oh yea, and I bought a MP3 from a friend. That story will come if I ever find time to go to Pittsburgh to pick it ups.
Veni, Vidi, Posti
2007 LX150 2015 GTS 2013 BV 350
Joined: 13 Sep 2012
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Location: Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
Fri May 18, 2018 6:24 pm quote
lostboater wrote:
fledermaus wrote:
So, whatcha been doing in your spare time?

Enjoyed following you in your blog. Glad the trip went well.
Lets see...today I dug holes, put up shelves, etc. etc. etc. on the honey do list so I can leave again.

Ah, so that's how that works!
Ossessionato
2006 GT200
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Location: Moscow, Idaho
Wed May 23, 2018 10:56 am quote
Wow, yeah, all that mileage makes me think the Cannonball ain't no big thang.

Looking forward to meeting you soon!
Hooked
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Location: Boulder, CO
Fri May 25, 2018 7:12 am quote
Fascinating SANE journeys! I noticed a GPS on your mirror stem. Which one is it and what mount did you use? What do you recommend?
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