The pleasure of riding - Favourite aromas
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Hooked
GTS 300ie Touring
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Location: Limassol, Cyprus
Mon Jan 07, 2019 2:32 am quote
Thought I would start a new thread. What smells do you notice whilst out scootering? Here are a few of mine:-

1. Rain immediately before or after a shower or downpour
2. Pine trees
3. Roasting coffee beans coming from a shop in my home town of Lancaster (UK), the smell drifting down the street on roast day was amazing
4. The warm smell of my scooter inside my garage after being out for a long ride

Andrew
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Mon Jan 07, 2019 3:44 am quote
The sea when you're getting close to the coast

Honeysuckle when it fills the air in the summer

I also quite like following old Lammys burning 2-stroke

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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 07, 2019 4:43 am quote
1. Orange blossoms in season when riding with Lostboater around the groves of South Florida.
2. Marijuana smoke from open windows of cars ahead of me when riding slowly or at stops.
Addicted
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Mon Jan 07, 2019 4:50 am quote
Spring time, except when the local farmers are spreading liquified manure on their fields.....
Hooked
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Location: sw fla
Mon Jan 07, 2019 5:02 am quote
What Bill said - orange blossoms. I'm close enough that I don't have to wait for him or Ken to show up.
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2010 BV TOURER 500ie
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Location: Lakeshore, ON, CANADA
Mon Jan 07, 2019 6:38 am quote
The smell of malted grain from the local distillery.
The smell of fresh baked bread.
The smell of new mown grass.
Veni, Vidi, Posti
2007 LX150 2015 GTS 2013 BV 350
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Location: Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
Mon Jan 07, 2019 7:25 am quote
KABarash wrote:
Spring time, except when the local farmers are spreading liquified manure on their fields.....
Yeah. Inspires bad jokes about "dairy aire." Worse these days with CAFOs.

We have a commercial bakery on my commute....occasionally get blasted by the sickly sweet smell.

Otherwise, freshly mown lawns, freshly cut hay, lilacs, ozone after a rainstorm....
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Mon Jan 07, 2019 7:36 am quote
1. Fresh cut lumber when scootin' past the lumber yard
2. Manure when driving past a field of cows
3. Roadkill skunks (many around here)
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2006 GT200
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Location: Moscow, Idaho
Mon Jan 07, 2019 8:07 am quote
I've lost most of my sense of smell but, along with feeling each subtle change in temperatures, this remains one of my favorite riding perks.

Sweet wheat fields in June and early July.
Cherry blossoms.
Cottonwood trees and water in late summer.
Pine.
Rotting leaves in fall.
Fresh marijuana from the massive, legal grow-op out by the airport.
Hooked
2018 LIBERTY 150S
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Location: Ohio
Mon Jan 07, 2019 8:58 am quote
Cow poop and wood smoke at sunrise.
Makes me smile every time...Ö


And I'm a city kid.
O.S.
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GTS 300 Super
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Location: West Sacramento, CA
Mon Jan 07, 2019 9:10 am quote
Starting sometimes in late March but generally it's April-May:
Blooming Jasmine.

Love to HATE the smell of Burgers cooking at a stop just after a bridge on my commute home.

The "fresh" scent of trees and the city after a rain.
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Location: Jacksonville, Florida
Mon Jan 07, 2019 9:36 am quote
OldSchooot wrote:
Cow poop and wood smoke at sunrise.
Makes me smile every time...ÖAnd I'm a city kid.
O.S.
Beautiful photo! Sort of like those beautiful shots posted regularly by tdrake.
Photos are part of what I like about MV.
Bill
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Mon Jan 07, 2019 10:24 am quote
Only experienced it once but the smell of the fields as they were cutting/harvesting lettuce in the early morning very near the Central California Coast. It's an aroma that has stuck with me for several years now.

Closer to home there's the smell from the massive brewery when they are offloading hops by the train car load. The aroma from a local bbq/steakhouse in mid- afternoon when most of the days' bbq'ing is done.

What I don't miss is the stench from the GIANT duck farm that used to be inches from the freeway on my way to and from work. You could avoid it in the car by rolling up the windows but no such relief while on two wheels.
Hooked
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Location: Pretoria, South Africa
Mon Jan 07, 2019 10:49 am quote
Jacaranda blossoms in Spring.
Fields of canola in flower.
Sea spray on coastal rides.

Mostly the clean, fresh smell after those short summer afternoon thundershowers...
Veni, Vidi, Posti
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Location: Oregon City, OR
Mon Jan 07, 2019 11:44 am quote
My favorite riding experience of them all - go for a ride on a back road in the countryside early on a summer morning. You will go through little dips in the road where you pass small creeks (called criks around here ). Cool air remains in those hollows and they are rich with the smell of water and vegetation. Doesn't get much better than that!
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Mon Jan 07, 2019 12:29 pm quote
honeysuckle, grape vines, gasoline, fresh asphalt, fresh cut grass, wet leaves, wet pavement in the summer, campfire smoke, the ocean, low tide and fish smell
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Tue Jan 08, 2019 6:40 am quote
Anyone interested in bringing out a new range of scooterist toiletries would have a field day with this thread
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1976 Super (x 2), 1974 Primavera (x 2), 2006 Fly 150
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Location: So Cal
Tue Jan 08, 2019 10:49 am quote
Definite increase in herb smell from passing cars here in California since legalization
Addicted
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Tue Jan 08, 2019 5:30 pm quote
A tortuous thread!
I lost 90% of my sense of smell three years ago.
Unless itís under my nose, I miss it.
And if I do smell something, it usually doesnít smell correct to the item.

I did enjoy orange blossoms, BBQ or steakhouses, baked goods!
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Tue Jan 08, 2019 6:09 pm quote
I'd be happy to smell the inside of my helmet.
Hooked
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Tue Jan 08, 2019 6:28 pm quote
When up in the NE it was lilac and honeysuckle. In Florid it's orange blossoms.

Paul
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Wed Jan 09, 2019 8:58 am quote
Riding behind a car being driven by a lovely perfumed woman.
Molto Verboso
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Location: Minneapolis USA
Wed Jan 09, 2019 10:56 am quote
Nose on the Road
As already related, the countryside smell of Dairy/Pig/Turkey Farms is definitely memorable. I actually enjoy the damp smell of the forest on a narrow tree covered lane.

Also, it is not a complete country ride with out an occasional skunk.

Bob Copeland
Minnesota
Molto Verboso
GT200 & GTS250 & NC750X & Royal Enfield Pegasus
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Wed Jan 09, 2019 2:06 pm quote
Re: Nose on the Road
Bob Copeland wrote:
I actually enjoy the damp smell of the forest on a narrow tree covered lane.
I'm totally with you on that.
Veni, Vidi, Posti
2007 LX150 2015 GTS 2013 BV 350
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Location: Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
Wed Jan 09, 2019 2:37 pm quote
Not actually something I smelled, but riding through WVA and VA on the way to AV last summer, I hit a stretch where I started sneezing incessantly...a real treat in a FF At one point we headed north and in a short time it quit entirely.

Weird.

No pleasure, believe me.
Molto Verboso
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Location: Mims, Florida USA
Wed Jan 09, 2019 3:03 pm quote
The smell of the Indian River here, some like it, some donít. That and the two stroke smell at stoplights is my favorite.
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LXV 150 Midnight Blue
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Location: Karawang
Wed Jan 09, 2019 5:17 pm quote
Freshly cut grass
Roasting cloves (in the industrial estate)
Cinnamon
Two-strokes


I notice no one has the smell of rain as their favourite
Ossessionato
MP3 500, GTS 250 (both 2008 MY), 2010 Can Am Spyder RT-S, 2012 Honda NC700 DCT
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Wed Jan 09, 2019 5:24 pm quote
waspmike wrote:
I notice no one has the smell of rain as their favourite
The smell is nice, but with rain I like the sound, as it tends to drown out everything else.
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