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Ossessionato
2009 MP3 500 - The Iridescent Chameleon, 2007 Yamaha Vino 125, 2016 Indian Scout Sixty
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Fri Aug 02, 2019 1:25 pm quote
fledermaus wrote:
CubsKing99 wrote:
On an unrelated note, thinking about this trip reminded me that I should finally get around to updating my states ridden map from my trip in June...
Looks like somebody didn't ride to Amerivespa in Seattle.
Nor did I rent a 50cc like they were advertising just off the cruise ship in Ketchikan, AK. I seriously considered it, but didn't pull the trigger. The fact I was in flip-flops and shorts and didn't have time to get back on the boat, change, get back off, ride, and get back on AGAIN was really what decided it...

Someday I'll get back there...

Mark
Ossessionato
2006 Vespa GT (Rocket): 2005 Vespa GT (Razzo): 2007 Vespa GT (Vanessa): 2009 Yamaha Zuma 125 (Zoom): 2018 Yamaha Xmax (Max),
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Location: Jacksonville, Florida
Sun Aug 04, 2019 5:18 am quote
I tried booking the hotel last week and was given a rate or $179.

The front desk guy said his boss had to approve the $96. rate and would call me back later that day.

They never called and I forgot about it until this morning.

So I tried again and got a very nice front desk worker. She first quoted the higher rate that I was resigned to take, but I told her about the blocked in rooms for Wisconscoot and she booked me at the lower rate.

Much appreciated, even if we aren't coming to save money.

It is always better to get a good deal.

Looking forward to the time together.

Bill
Hooked
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Location: Liberty, MO
Sun Aug 04, 2019 11:30 am quote
Have fun with the variety of rides Dave. Maybe next year I'll join you once the health is better. I still remember you talking about the concept a few years ago. I do miss the red machine. Anyway, enjoying the Burgman 650 a whole different ride. Be sure to post those photo's during and after the event.

Rob
Veni, Vidi, Posti
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Sun Aug 04, 2019 5:32 pm quote
rudderpedals wrote:
Have fun with the variety of rides Dave. Maybe next year I'll join you once the health is better. I still remember you talking about the concept a few years ago. I do miss the red machine. Anyway, enjoying the Burgman 650 a whole different ride. Be sure to post those photo's during and after the event.

Rob
Hey, Rob,

Good to hear from you. Yep....we'll have photos!

All right...next year then...in the mean time, keep getting better.
Veni, Vidi, Posti
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Mon Aug 05, 2019 2:16 pm quote
Routes set!
I've tweaked routes for the last time, I swear.

The routes are on the website, Ridewithgps.com.

Hoping these links work.

Friday: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/30762393

Saturday: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/30763614

Both days roughly 130 miles. Guess we'll have more time to rest than usual on Saturday!

No word from a few of you (scroll up to a prior post).
Ossessionato
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Mon Aug 05, 2019 2:33 pm quote
The event I was going to break off for on Saturday has been called off so I'll be able to ride all the way. Looking forward to Wisconscoot!
Veni, Vidi, Posti
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Mon Aug 05, 2019 5:00 pm quote
JKJ-FZ6 wrote:
The event I was going to break off for on Saturday has been called off so I'll be able to ride all the way. Looking forward to Wisconscoot!
Well, cripes, I was just looking at a likely peel-off spot for you.

Okay, well, I guess we get to keep you. Sounded like a plan otherwise....
Member
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Location: Iowa
Tue Aug 06, 2019 12:01 pm quote
I tried to trace on to a paper map your tour links but could not always find your route I.D. hwy #s, etc. The route sounds very RURAL (good!) and we will all rely on our masterful leader to get us to lunch, etc with little or no problems (smile). After all, what could be difficult with following the alphabet?
Veni, Vidi, Posti
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Tue Aug 06, 2019 2:23 pm quote
RussBees wrote:
The route sounds very RURAL (good!) and we will all rely on our masterful leader to get us to lunch, etc with little or no problems (smile).
Yes...cowpie-dodging is part of the gymkhana portion.

Well, fingers crossed that it all comes off seamlessly... but perhaps you know better by now.
Veni, Vidi, Posti
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Tue Aug 06, 2019 3:19 pm quote
Bonus
Just in case you're looking for an extra diversion, there's also a Rendezvous scheduled for the same weekend, just down the road.

http://www.reedsburg.org/events/details/heritage-day-rendezvous-10961

There may be some 19th century wood-fired scooters on show there.
Ossessionato
2006 Vespa GT (Rocket): 2005 Vespa GT (Razzo): 2007 Vespa GT (Vanessa): 2009 Yamaha Zuma 125 (Zoom): 2018 Yamaha Xmax (Max),
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Location: Jacksonville, Florida
Wed Aug 07, 2019 4:53 am quote
Now, Sam has found a pickup truck in Jacksonville that he wants me to secure and bring it to him on my trip up.

That puts me bringing a scooter in the bed of the truck.

Ride Wisconscoot, then riding 1200 miles home.

I think Rocket can do that, so it may be the scooter of choice, but not sure yet.

Also no certainty that the truck will work out.

Nothing is ever as simple as it should be.

Life is like that.

Bill
Veni, Vidi, Posti
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Wed Aug 07, 2019 1:57 pm quote
List as of today:

JKJ-FZ6
gitder
Madison Sully
Bill Leuthold
Sam Leuthold
Joe Metzger
Russ Bees
CubsKing
Bob Copeland
Werner
wmak
dbeth

Bob Wilbrandt
Roger H
Mike

I've got a way to contact all of you, so we're good to go on that end.

Bill, seems like you're keeping things, er, interesting. Expecting Sam got a good truck.

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Yamaha XMax 300
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Location: Wisconsin
Thu Aug 08, 2019 5:45 am quote
I am going to try to get over for both of the days, looks like some great routes through many roads of my childhood!

I see Saturday's route includes the free ferry at the Wisconsin River (no bridge across on hwy 113! Great choice, and great ice cream on the south side.

The routes are some gorgeous country and I look forward to meeting you all. What time do you plan to roll out in the mornings since I won't be staying at the hotel?
Veni, Vidi, Posti
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Thu Aug 08, 2019 7:37 am quote
dbeth wrote:
I am going to try to get over for both of the days, but teacher prep may hamper one of the days (we have in-service week M-Th and our first day with students is Sept. 3). I need to see my status as of Thursday night.

I see Saturdays route includes the free ferry at the Wisconsin River! Great choice, and good ice cream on either side.

The routes are some gorgeous country and I look forward to meeting you all. What time do you plan to roll out in the mornings since I won't be staying at the hotel?
Friday's ride starts after lunch (1:00), so you should be good there. We'ii leave from the hotel.

Saturday hasn't formally been set, but let's plan on 9:00 unless there's too much chomping at the bit.....

Look forward to meeting you!
Ossessionato
2006 Vespa GT (Rocket): 2005 Vespa GT (Razzo): 2007 Vespa GT (Vanessa): 2009 Yamaha Zuma 125 (Zoom): 2018 Yamaha Xmax (Max),
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Location: Jacksonville, Florida
Sat Aug 10, 2019 1:38 am quote
There is a guy, Ken, on Battle Scooters who bought a new Vespa GTS 300 HPE.

He lives in Wisconsin and heard about Wisconscoot from me.

He booked rooms for both nights, so he is committed.

Bill
Veni, Vidi, Posti
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Sat Aug 10, 2019 1:16 pm quote
WLeuthold wrote:
There is a guy, Ken, on Battle Scooters who bought a new Vespa GTS 300 HPE.

He lives in Wisconsin and heard about Wisconscoot from me.

He booked rooms for both nights, so he is committed.

Bill
Good to know...thanks Bill.
Lurker
BMW C 650 GT
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Location: Elmhurst, IL
Mon Aug 12, 2019 6:42 pm quote
I am still in and can be reached at tcdolan@hotmail.com. Unfortunately, my daughter scheduled my granddaughter’s first birthday party in Chicago on Saturday so I will only be able to ride on Friday.
Lurker
2012 GTS300
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Location: Madison, Wi
Wed Aug 14, 2019 12:26 pm quote
New here
Hey ya'll,

I am new here, just registered today, about a month after buying used GTS300, and bumped into this event.

I live in Madison and am thinking about making it to WisconScoot. Never been before, but rode with Scoot Jockeys in Milwaukee back in the day on Fly50 and Stella.

I wouldn't stay in Reedsburg, either ride there from Madison for start of one of the rides (depends on wife's schedule, one of us gotta watch our toddler daughter) or meet you somewhere along the ride.

Besides lunch on Saturday, do you guys pullover anywhere?

I would love to meet some Madison scooter/Vespa folks.

Cheers!
Veni, Vidi, Posti
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Fri Aug 16, 2019 2:05 pm quote
Re: New here
joeh wrote:
Hey ya'll,

I am new here, just registered today, about a month after buying used GTS300, and bumped into this event.

I live in Madison and am thinking about making it to WisconScoot. Never been before, but rode with Scoot Jockeys in Milwaukee back in the day on Fly50 and Stella.

I wouldn't stay in Reedsburg, either ride there from Madison for start of one of the rides (depends on wife's schedule, one of us gotta watch our toddler daughter) or meet you somewhere along the ride.

Besides lunch on Saturday, do you guys pullover anywhere?

I would love to meet some Madison scooter/Vespa folks.

Cheers!
Madison's a rough crowd, but I think we can find someone to introduce you to.

A lot of the group are from further away though.

Im a bit frazzled from traveling, but home tomorrow, and will give a possible meeting point some thought. There is a locator app that might be useful so you could figure out where the heck we are. I'll have to give you the secredt password too...

Looking forward to meeting you.
Veni, Vidi, Posti
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Location: Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
Sun Aug 18, 2019 9:38 am quote
Update
Guessing this is pretty much the final roster:

JKJ-FZ6
gitder
Madison Sully
Bill Leuthold
Sam Leuthold
Joe Metzger
Russ Bees
CubsKing
wmak
dbeth
Ken Sutton
Tom Dolan (Friday)
ismatts (Saturday)
Mr and Mrs Luckyscroller?

Bob Wilbrandt
Roger H
Mike

Looks like Werner is having shoulder surgery and he and Copeland are out. So we're at around 16 at the moment.

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Xmax-300
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Location: Between Madison and Milwaukee
Mon Aug 19, 2019 10:47 am quote
Hello,
I came across this thread from another forum. I will also be taking a day trip up to Reedsburg to ride with you guys. I am coming from Madison area as well.

See ya Saturday on my Xmax
Veni, Vidi, Posti
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Location: Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
Mon Aug 19, 2019 11:28 am quote
WOOT!
Hey, looky here what I found!

This could be either good or bad news for all of you.

https://gravelmap.com/browse/wisconsin

Trying to double check the Saturday route....road of concern isn't listed, checking with Richland County Highway Dept..if nothing noted, we're on with the original route.
Veni, Vidi, Posti
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Mon Aug 19, 2019 5:43 pm quote
Re: WOOT!
fledermaus wrote:
Hey, looky here what I found!

This could be either good or bad news for all of you.

https://gravelmap.com/browse/wisconsin

Trying to double check the Saturday route....road of concern isn't listed, checking with Richland County Highway Dept..if nothing noted, we're on with the original route.
Bring it!
Veni, Vidi, Posti
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Location: Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
Tue Aug 20, 2019 5:47 am quote
Re: WOOT!
Madison Sully wrote:
fledermaus wrote:
Hey, looky here what I found!

This could be either good or bad news for all of you.

https://gravelmap.com/browse/wisconsin

Trying to double check the Saturday route....road of concern isn't listed, checking with Richland County Highway Dept..if nothing noted, we're on with the original route.
Bring it!
This could either be a curse or a godsend.
Veni, Vidi, Posti
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Location: Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
Wed Aug 21, 2019 2:25 pm quote
Did I forget?
Here's the Friday route for those who are itching to know...

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/30762393

And Saturday....though still open for tweaking.....

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/30763614
Ossessionato
2006 Vespa GT (Rocket): 2005 Vespa GT (Razzo): 2007 Vespa GT (Vanessa): 2009 Yamaha Zuma 125 (Zoom): 2018 Yamaha Xmax (Max),
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Location: Jacksonville, Florida
Thu Aug 22, 2019 3:17 am quote
I am in Lafayette, IN this morning.

Meeting Sam at his office in Lisle, then we are riding into Wisconsin where we will find a hotel for the night.

See you guys for lunch tomorrow.

Bill
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Thu Aug 22, 2019 4:09 am quote
What IS the plan for meeting up for lunch tomorrow?
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Yamaha XMax 300
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Thu Aug 22, 2019 5:21 am quote
I'm planning on being over at the hotel around 12:30 tomorrow, pending I can actually get my XMax in for it's first service this afternoon. It was supposed to get done last week, but they didn't have the oil filter in, and it's supposed to come in today. I'm already over the initial 600 mile check by about 150 miles now, and don't really want to push it too much farther. I wanted to have this done with easily enough time to get ready for Wisconscoot...and now it's really pushing it....grrrrr

(I'm not very mechanically-inclined and feel better about letting someone more capable take care of this first service for me.)
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Xmax-300
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Thu Aug 22, 2019 6:20 am quote
A dealer by my house has a filter in stock (Rock River Powersports). I ordered mine online. Amazon, here in 2 days.

If you need, I can pick it up and bring it with me Saturday. It is also pretty easy to change the oil I could bring the tools.... Just would need a funnel and something to catch the oil.

LMK.
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Yamaha XMax 300
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Thu Aug 22, 2019 6:34 am quote
EDIT: The part is in and I'm good to go on my service this afternoon!

I'll see you all tomorrow!
Veni, Vidi, Posti
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Thu Aug 22, 2019 10:17 am quote
CubsKing99 wrote:
What IS the plan for meeting up for lunch tomorrow?
"Official" lunch is at Cancun Bay, 1232 E Main St- just into town a bit from the hotel. As they don't take reservations it's a more casual lunch...and if anyone doesn't like Mexican there are other options in the area. If anyone's running late, stop by anyway, just be sure to be back for the 1:00 departure.
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Thu Aug 22, 2019 6:07 pm quote
Re: Update
fledermaus wrote:
Guessing this is pretty much the final roster:

JKJ-FZ6
gitder
Madison Sully
Bill Leuthold
Sam Leuthold
Joe Metzger
Russ Bees
CubsKing
wmak
dbeth
Ken Sutton
Tom Dolan (Friday)
ismatts (Saturday)
Mr and Mrs Luckyscroller?

Bob Wilbrandt
Roger H
Mike

Looks like Werner is having shoulder surgery and he and Copeland are out. So we're at around 16 at the moment.
Metzler maybe?
Ossessionato
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Thu Aug 22, 2019 6:15 pm quote
Sam and I are in Madison tonight. Good beer town. See all at lunch tomorrow.
Bill
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Thu Aug 22, 2019 6:36 pm quote
Welcome to Wisconsin, where most are good beer towns
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Location: Minneapolis, MN
Sun Aug 25, 2019 5:47 pm quote
Friday Ride
Because I managed to mess up my video from Friday (anyone want to see miles and miles of pavement directly in front of my scoot?), Warren was kind enough to let me grab some images from video that he shot.

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Sun Aug 25, 2019 6:14 pm quote
Saturday Photos
Here are images from day 2.

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Dave cornering.jpg

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Ossessionato
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Location: Jacksonville, Florida
Sun Aug 25, 2019 6:29 pm quote
Another fine Wisconscoot.

Sam and I had a great time as usual.

I made it to Paducah, Kentucky today while riding home.

After another Mexican dinner, I had time to go through my photos.

Here are my best shots from both days.

Bill

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Sam with scooters trailing

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The fearless leader, fledermaus.

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Riding onto the ferry crossing the Wisconsin River.

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Sam

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New scooter rider, Ken, on his brand new 2020 Vespa GTS. He let me ride it. What a scooter! Ken is a good one too.

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Ossessionato
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Sun Aug 25, 2019 6:39 pm quote
Wisconsin. It's the cows...

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Veni, Vidi, Posti
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Sun Aug 25, 2019 6:53 pm quote
Great pictures! Not sure if I have anything better to add.

You guys sure got to see a lot of my back.

I think Ken's in....if he survived my abandoning him at the hotel with good humor, he's a keeper. *

Been said already, but I can't imagine a better bunch of folks to ride with. Fun, disciplined, and no complaining. I was just thinking some time back feeling a bit envious when reading about fun rides in other places. I don't think I'm missing anything but a change of scenery.....

*Before anyone else tells the story.... ready to start the first day's ride, running a bit late already, Ken shows up and checking into his room. I greet him and tell him not to worry....we won't leave without him. Then I turn around, walk out the door and pretty much start the ride....without him.

Plenty to think about in the meantime, but at our main stop an hour or more into the ride, someone says, "Hey, what happened to Ken?" Suddenly I remembered.

Guessing I will never live that down.
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Location: Minneapolis, MN
Sun Aug 25, 2019 6:58 pm quote
fledermaus wrote:
*Before anyone else tells the story.... ready to start the first day's ride, running a bit late already, Ken shows up and checking into his room. I greet him and tell him not to worry....we won't leave without him. Then I turn around, walk out the door and pretty much start the ride....without him.

Plenty to think about in the meantime, but at our main stop an hour or more into the ride, someone says, "Hey, what happened to Ken?" Suddenly I remembered.

Guessing I will never live that down.
I had already forgotten what happened with Ken. Thanks for refreshing my memory.
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