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Molto Verboso
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Sat Oct 10, 2020 10:55 pm quote
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You're still coming to Nashville, right?
. Shaping up for Friday or Saturday afternoon - 16th/17th. Will hit you up as it solidifies.
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Wave as you goes past
We did as we left LA! Didn't you see us?!
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You didn't need two ramps, just a bigger run up.
Craig: you too are trouble.
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Awesome! Fly safe.....
Noticed there was a marker on my map added ever so close to Florence. Know anything about that ? 🙂. Thanks!
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Looking like ‘oodles’ of fun!
Fantastic to get out.
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Don't you dare go through Atlanta and not stop at the Varsity
Ha. I have a certain history there. Majestic, Woody's, and of course - some incomprehensible orders placed at the Varsity - which were memorized and served (I think)... Like the nod for Nola - seems like it is a shoe in!
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Hack looks amazing.
Have a great trip.
Marfa is in the plans for a ride of some kind - will keep you posted on dates if y'all are up for a little fun.

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Sun Oct 11, 2020 5:18 am quote
charlieman22 wrote:
A marathon week as I tried to tie everything up before leaving.
Didn't help that I had to replace the tankless water heater.
Tried to have it done - but was offended by the price and decided it couldn't be that difficult - which it wasn't - but it cost me a day and some YouTube tutorial watching.

Realized late in the game that my son had more stuff then we could fit - so I made some "adjustments" to the truck prior to exit so it all would fit.
Also decided this was the week to rebuild my steering damper, paint the chassis where it was bare metal from welding work, and put a lift under the cylinder.
More on that later - on my thread.
Spoiler alert - its a little scary to ride.

Crossing America at an interesting moment in time.
Looking forward to a few rides - and perhaps dropping in on some fellow NSMVers.

Cheers from the road,
-CM
This will be the trip of a lifetime and memory’s that will top anything 2020 has thrown at.
I can’t stop laughing at the family portrait, the pose on the dog
Molto Verboso
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Sun Oct 11, 2020 8:48 am quote
charlieman22 wrote:
Noticed there was a marker on my map added ever so close to Florence. Know anything about that ? 🙂. Thanks!
That's if the trip takes a detour to the Central Oregon Coast, you KNOW where to go!
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Sun Oct 11, 2020 12:02 pm quote
Big “Awwwww” at the father-son-dog-scoot portrait. Handsome foursome, for sure. And the beginning of an awesome trip you’ll never forget.

Can’t wait to follow your journey. So excited for you guys!
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Sun Oct 11, 2020 4:03 pm quote
This is gonna be fun! I hope we get to see more of 3rd member of Team Charliemen and that he gets highly involved on your big adventure! Doggie's name?

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Sun Oct 11, 2020 5:10 pm quote
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You're still coming to Nashville, right?
. Shaping up for Friday or Saturday afternoon - 16th/17th. Will hit you up as it solidifies.
Awesome . Lemme know plans once they sort out and I'll have to figure out some places to ride to from East Nashville this week.
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Mon Oct 12, 2020 4:47 am quote
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Hack looks amazing.
Have a great trip.
Marfa is in the plans for a ride of some kind - will keep you posted on dates if y'all are up for a little fun.
Houston is home base... (Although I can always be talked into a road trip to Marfa for the first ever Hack & Gin scooter rally!!)
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Mon Oct 12, 2020 9:14 am quote
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Houston is home base... (Although I can always be talked into a road trip to Marfa for the first ever Hack & Gin scooter rally!!)
Marfa is a loooong way from Houston. Hell, Marfa is a looong way from anywhere, except maybe El Paso.
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Mon Oct 12, 2020 9:22 am quote
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Birdsnest wrote:
Houston is home base... (Although I can always be talked into a road trip to Marfa for the first ever Hack & Gin scooter rally!!)
Marfa is a loooong way from Houston. Hell, Marfa is a looong way from anywhere, except maybe El Paso.
Ohh... verily... I love that town and that area though. I'd make an adventure of it. Take the scoot and visit Marathon, Terlingua, and then rolll over to Alpine and Marfa.
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Mon Oct 12, 2020 9:27 am quote
It's an acquired taste

I have cousins scattered all over West Texas, New Mexico, and even Southern Colorado. I grew up outside Dallas and had an aunt in Alamagordo. Her husband was stationed at White Sands and used to take us out on the missile range to go off-roading, so I've spent a lot of time in that part of the world, as well as Amarillo, where my dad mostly grew up.

Driving out in that part of the world was always a bit surreal, especially when you'd get to the areas where there was just Nothing. You would only see a couple cars per hour, no divided highway, and nothing but dust and scrub brush. Beautiful in its own right, though.
Molto Verboso
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Tue Oct 13, 2020 11:19 am quote
Update
Drove up to Jackson Hole - then across Wyoming to Spearfish SD just north of Custer Nat. Park. Roads were fabulous. How Fabulous you ask? We decided to unload the scoot and take a day of riding in.

Typing this from the passenger seat - finally have some bars on the phone.
Here is a lil' snippet.
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https://youtu.be/s7RDAx58TxY


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leaving Jackson Hole

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Fixing the tarp

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Fixing the tarp again

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This might be why...

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Looking ridiculous while trying to stay sane

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Tue Oct 13, 2020 11:42 am quote
^^^ he needs a skateboard, but you'll need to slow down!
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Tue Oct 13, 2020 11:43 am quote
Fantastic video and photos...will be a wonderfull Ride.. Wish you Luck...
By the way, Love your sidecar 👍👍
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Tue Oct 13, 2020 12:23 pm quote
Very cool ! How do you load and unload the scooter with the sidecar from the truck ?
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Tue Oct 13, 2020 1:55 pm quote
Moto64 wrote:
Very cool ! How do you load and unload the scooter with the sidecar from the truck ?
I can answer this one as I've witnessed it in person.

CM devised a super ingenious motorized winch system that can be affixed behind the cab of virtually any rental truck. It slowly yanks the scoot + hack up the ramp and into the truck bed. Has to be seen to be fully appreciated.
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Tue Oct 13, 2020 1:58 pm quote
And here I thought it was just a series of ramps and a willingness to risk it all on the runup.

I'm not surprised to hear it's much safer and more effective than that, though I'm now sad I won't get to see him go full Dukes of Hazzard into the truck bed.
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Tue Oct 13, 2020 3:19 pm quote
Sweet.
Molto Verboso
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Tue Oct 13, 2020 7:08 pm quote
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Handsome foursome
hahaha. Indeed. 🙂
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Houston is home base... (Although I can always be talked into a road trip to Marfa for the first ever Hack & Gin scooter rally!!)
This forum is better than playboy - which as a teen - I read strictly for... the pictures.
I'll keep you posted on the return leg! We will of course need T shirts to commemorate such a rally should it evolve.
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Fantastic video and photos...will be a wonderfull Ride.. Wish you Luck...
By the way, Love your sidecar 👍👍
Thanks! Everyone needs one. 🙂
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Doggie's name?
. That's Charlie.
It's complicated.
(He did not make the trip - tho he insisted in posing for the exit pic.)
He's shaved down now - I like to let him grow out to full Bob Marly over xmas.
Sometimes I join him.
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That's if the trip takes a detour to the Central Oregon Coast, you KNOW where to go!
That'l have to be part deux - but its on the list!
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Very cool ! How do you load and unload the scooter with the sidecar from the truck ?
carefully! - SoCal has it - tho he saw the less refined version (and had to help with some lifting!). smooth as glass now.

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Harbor freight is my friend. remote control winch avoids me becoming YouTube Darwin Awards winner. Careful look shows extending bar that clamps on truck bed tie downs and locks in.

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Tue Oct 13, 2020 7:18 pm quote
Absofreakinglutely amazing adventure!!
Molto Verboso
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Wed Oct 14, 2020 12:53 am quote
charlieman22 wrote:
. That's Charlie.
It's complicated.
(He did not make the trip - tho he insisted in posing for the exit pic.)
He's shaved down now - I like to let him grow out to full Bob Marly over xmas.
Sometimes I join him.
The reason I said “oodles” of fun. Suspect there is some oodle in Charlie? Maybe golden?

But remember DDWRWD?
Don’t die while riding with dogs...
Stuffed ones are much safer.

Ps... more snap Here’s my golden doodle (or as we call them in NZ retrodoodle) Chase.

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Wed Oct 14, 2020 6:37 am quote
Fantastic pics! Keep the updates coming when you can.
bodgemaster
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Wed Oct 14, 2020 11:29 am quote
Awesome vid CM. Scoot sounds tight.

And every forum needs a dog thread. Say hi Zuko.

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Wed Oct 14, 2020 11:34 am quote
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Every forum needs a dog thread.
We're doing this now, are we?

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Josie, aka "Faithful Hound #2"

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Travis Barker, aka "Faithful Hound #1"

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Wed Oct 14, 2020 2:09 pm quote
Oh, Man!!!!

The pics and video are awesome!

Loved the jaunt down Main Street Deadwood, SD. Hope you stopped for a pint at the famous Saloon No 10, where Wild Bill Hickok was assassinated. It’s the first bar I ever took my kids to. For Sarsaparilla Root Juice, of course. The bartender had great jokes, albeit totally inappropriate for the under 21 set....

Stylish retro (Biltwell Gringo and Bonanza?) helmets and bangin’ leather jackets, too.....

Ride of a lifetime!
Molto Verboso
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Fri Oct 16, 2020 5:30 pm quote
Kimono - we ate at an outdoor spot - but parked behind a biker bar.
When we got back to the bike to leave - some of the guys came out to talk to us. Was a spectacular day.

SoCal - scoot ran great - given that I lifted the cylinder and got about 3 minutes to choose what my jetting was gonna be. Its rich - but still ran great on some pretty big hills with a passenger in the sidecar.

Pheas' - indeed labradoodle. Missed the initial double entrendre... Nice.

Son is set up in his new place in Det. Nice digs - guitar/keybaord - and of course vid game console - all in place.

Caught a bit of the vespa bug on this trip.
First time he has asked to ride it.
(now! when its got a hair trigger for a throttle! yikes!)
Head to west side tomorrow - then down to Nashville for a beer and ride with Chandlerman on Sunday afternoon.

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Loading up for a BBQ at my son's place. I of course offered to go pick up the charcoal. Man - I love me some Ace Hardware where ever I go

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One of the Charliemen famous family photos - shot when the kids and the dog were a lot younger! Hitting me a bit as I drop my son off and head on.

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Fri Oct 16, 2020 5:38 pm quote
charlieman22 wrote:
...then down to Nashville for a beer and ride with Chandlerman on Sunday afternoon.
Have one for me!
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Sat Oct 17, 2020 1:53 am quote
Gunga Din, a journey of epic proportions.

my last was is in 01 in the cuda. ice chest, tool box, a few spares in a cardboard box and a paper atlas. oh, and a radar detector. santa monica at dawn for some sand between the toes and a pic, Virginia beach for the same six days later. picked up my pops in chi-town on my way back and hauled balls back to socal. there were times that we went plaid.

i'll never forget it as long as i live.

pops dropped the last quarters and played his final 45's a few back, but i still got the warhorse so maybe a 20yr reunion is in order.

machines, we can rebuild. it's the memories, those are what last.

-g
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Sat Oct 17, 2020 5:29 am quote
I've got my own backseat driver, more like I smell treats up there quit holding out old man.

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Sat Oct 17, 2020 5:38 am quote
I'm working on some destinations now. It's tough when I've only lived here a week, but I have a few ideas. Still trying to figure out how to get out into the hills a little bit, plus a stop or two.
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Sat Oct 17, 2020 3:20 pm quote
Trying to help out...
Being a Kiwi , living in Melbourne, i may not be the best person to offer advice, as my entire U.S.A. geography comes from T.V. & movies, where aliens (& evertone else) seems to attack or go to or be from the same place, but as others from here chipped in (ie Ginchi & Craig (who has a hometown advantage) I may as well... so here are my maps of places to go & things to see along the way...

Tips:
Beware of Zombies, Aliens, Red-necks, oompaloompas & Moose.
Remember your GUN!

P.S. the reason I happen to have so many map references onhand is due to living with a school teacher, who recently gave a project involving (treasure) maps

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My map of the U.S.A. (if i was a Cartographer)... This is pretty much how "we" get to see "your" country... except, there is a fence somewhere & friendly people ("aye, what?") to the north.

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Gotta go to Washington... that is, unless Aliens have already attacked it!

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Kentucky seems like a nice place & easy to find.

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Not sure she is the best person to follow, nor ask for directions...

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... but, once you uncover her map, you surely know you will be going places you have never been before

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Mon Oct 19, 2020 11:43 am quote
Yesterday, Charlieman was kind enough to swing through Music City and join me for my first-ever scooter ride through Nashville.

We had rain from late morning until just before he rolled into town, but the weather cleared up and we had a great run through both some long, empty stretches of speed runs, past my new-house-to-be, and then headed downtown to turn the tourists' heads on Broadway--which Charlieman did like you wouldn't believe.

This being a scooter outing, something had to go wrong. Before we left and were discussing route length, I said we should probably get gas. Needless to say, we didn't so we were on the highway heading back to FOB Chandlerman, I ran out of gas half a mile from the house. So I piled in the sidecar and we rode back to the house, grabbed the truck and a gas can, and returned to my stranded scoot. poured in the dregs of his gas can and got it back to the house uneventfully.

I shot a whole bunch of painfully shaky go-pro footage, so I'll see if I can't extract some bits and post them in the next day or so.

After we got The Unicorn back in the truck, we headed out for some dinner at a local place before we send Charlieman on his way for a well-deserved rest before he got back on the road today for Georgia.

All in all, a GREAT day on the scoots and an awesome time all around.

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two scoots, one skyline

Molto Verboso
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Mon Oct 19, 2020 1:03 pm quote
Fantastic day.
There was always the chance chandlerman might be an axe murderer - as many of you may also have been thinking.
Turns out to be a good great guy!
Nice family as well.
Who knew?

Sidecar did come in useful - it’s tru - but only for the last mile.

Scoots ran great - when fueled - and we got a fair number of looks and shouts as we went through town which was cool.

Below a shot I took at same spot.
Interested to see some of the bumpy video of chandlerman posts.

Fun day!
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Mon Oct 19, 2020 1:04 pm quote
^^^

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Molto Verboso
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Mon Oct 19, 2020 1:16 pm quote
SEB.
I’ll b stealing a few of your images - with the map of the states being the pinnacle. Hahaha. Tks
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Mon Oct 19, 2020 1:17 pm quote
charlieman22 wrote:
There was always the chance chandlerman might be an axe murderer - as many of you may also have been thinking.
Just because I didn't axe-murder you doesn't mean I'm not an axe murderer. Maybe my axe was just in storage. Or maybe i'm one of those Vegan Axe Murderers who only axe-murders trees.

Whatever my axe-murdering status, it was great to get together and ride. This town is PERFECT scootering territory, no matter what kind of riding you like to do.
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Mon Oct 19, 2020 5:50 pm quote
I feel like the term Axe-Murderer signifies some sort of career choice - if you've only done it once as an amatuer, does the title still apply?

Seems like a good time was had, judging by the weary attitude at the end of the day (I'm looking at you, lean on the button guy). Jealous.
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Mon Oct 19, 2020 6:05 pm quote
chandlerman wrote:
charlieman22 wrote:
There was always the chance chandlerman might be an axe murderer - as many of you may also have been thinking.
Just because I didn't axe-murder you doesn't mean I'm not an axe murderer. Maybe my axe was just in storage. Or maybe i'm one of those Vegan Axe Murderers who only axe-murders trees.

Whatever my axe-murdering status, it was great to get together and ride. This town is PERFECT scootering territory, no matter what kind of riding you like to do.
...and in what year did Huey Lewis release their most accomplished album, and what was the name of it?
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Mon Oct 19, 2020 6:08 pm quote
chandlerman wrote:
This being a scooter outing, something had to go wrong. Before we left and were discussing route length, I said we should probably get gas. Needless to say, we didn't so we were on the highway heading back to FOB Chandlerman, I ran out of gas half a mile from the house. So I piled in the sidecar and we rode back to the house, grabbed the truck and a gas can, and returned to my stranded scoot. poured in the dregs of his gas can and got it back to the house uneventfully.

so that must have been MANY hard left hand turns in order to keep your 6' of social distancing then?
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Mon Oct 19, 2020 6:15 pm quote
Cmen united
one word, jelly!
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Tue Oct 20, 2020 3:00 am quote
charlieman22 wrote:
Fantastic day.
There was always the chance chandlerman might be an axe murderer - as many of you may also have been thinking.
Turns out to be a good great guy!
Nice family as well.
Who knew?

Fun day!
Whats the chance that there would be 2 axe murderers that both ride Vespas having lunch together ?
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