What was your longest scooter ride?
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some scooters & a bonnie black
Joined: 07 May 2007
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Location: Clumpus Ohio
Thu Aug 02, 2007 9:19 am quote
Only had my scooter for a month or so but, from Columbus to the PVSC Band Camp rally and back - 160 miles each way.

PVSC throws a great rally.
Hooked
BV350
Joined: 24 Jul 2006
Posts: 374
Location: Denver
Thu Aug 02, 2007 9:39 am quote
Copied over from Nukie's post on the Gallery:

Our SQREAM Scooter Club rode from Denver to Steamboat Springs on July 27-29.

Some fun facts:

Total miles traveled: 478.

Highest elevation point: 11,786 feet above sea level.

Mountain passes crossed: Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park and Rabbit Ears Pass near Steamboat Springs.

Top scooter speed: 84 mph.



More pics at:
http://www.sqream.net/sqream/Steamboat/index.html#DSC00135.html
Ossessionato
Joined: 03 Oct 2006
Posts: 2017
Location: Palmdale, California
Thu Aug 02, 2007 9:42 am quote
DaBinChe wrote:
over 540 miles in one day on a fiddy...over 2535 miles in 6 days on the same fiddy on the same trip....scooter cannonball here I come!!! too easy
I'll ask....what's a fiddy? 50cc? Geesh.
Ossessionato
Joined: 03 Oct 2006
Posts: 2017
Location: Palmdale, California
Thu Aug 02, 2007 9:51 am quote
Our Amerivespa trip was stretched out over 2 weeks but here are some stats:

Most miles in a day: 409 miles. We did this amount twice.

Miles traveled TO Seattle from Wrightwood: 1560 miles in 4 days

Miles FROM Seattle to Wrightwood: 1490 miles in 6 days

Miles for entire trip, including cruising around Seattle: 3190 miles

Our 10 days on the road we averaged just over 300 miles a day.

The experience and memories: Priceless.....kinda matches my signature doesn't it?
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Thu Aug 02, 2007 11:01 am quote
677 miles around lake erie in '05 and '06. 2001 yamaha vino 50cc. 26.5 and 28 hrs.

multiple 200+ mile one day trips on a 1980 p200.
Veni, Vidi, Posti
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Joined: 18 Jun 2007
Posts: 5796
Location: Acworth, GA
Thu Aug 02, 2007 11:48 am quote
So far, not very long... San Jose --> Santa Cruz and back, via backroads. About 90 miles total. Still, it was a BLAST of a ride!
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'07 Scarabeo 500i.e./ '05 Vino 125
Joined: 18 Jul 2007
Posts: 59
Location: Chica-go
Thu Aug 02, 2007 12:24 pm quote
I didn't manage quite as much as the Californians who went to Amerivespa.
But in the first 16 days after purchasing my Scarabeo 500ie, I put about 2000 miles on it.

Four significan riding days
1) 4 days after purchase - Monroe, WI for lunch. ~410km round trip
{in shop for 48 hours for first service @ 960km}
2) 9 days after purchase - western PA for wedding ~770km
3) 4 days later - PA to east-central OH to visit family ~340km
4) 2 days later - OH to NW Chicagoland ~600km

Most of the distance was on one of the following highways US-12, 20, 22, 30, 36, or 60.
Although I did ride I-80, 90, 190 and 480 for a few brief stretches.


For those that say I'm cheating on a 500 .
I have had a 100+ afternoon on my Vino 125. Started riding, went to the lake and turned north.
Next thing I knew, I was in Wisconsin. Found my way back (after fighting a stong headwind)
after about 4 hours total.

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Hooked
'06 GTS250 '76 Jet 200 '81 100 Sport
Joined: 22 Aug 2006
Posts: 114
Location: Alberta
Thu Aug 02, 2007 1:01 pm quote
The one we're doing this weekend
It's time for Calgary's Scooter Rally, so about 10 of us from the Edmonton Crude City Scooter Club will travel down from Edmonton and 3 of us will ride the main hwy on our 250GTSs. Mileage, one way is 295km, so approx 600km to get there and back and then the riding we'll do while there. Could easily be 1000km over 3 days. I'm veery thankyful for my Corbin.
Hooked
black GTS250 and Suzuki V-Strom
Joined: 07 May 2007
Posts: 373
Location: San Jose, CA
Thu Aug 02, 2007 1:28 pm quote
a cure for sore butts on long trips
A last-minute addtion to my GTS250 for a long trip (I was one of the Californias who rode to Seattle and back for AmeriVespa.) saved my butt. It was the Airhawk seat cushion, medium cruiser size. This is a bunch of connected air cells (rubber) inside a terry cloth cover. It attaches to your seat. You inflate it by mouth, like an air mattress.

Before the Air Hawk, I would get sore after about 125 miles on the seat. With the Air Hawk, I was able to put in twice that distance before getting sore. A good thing, because I ended up putting over 350 mile days on this trip. I will use this product for all long trips from now on. I paid $180 for mine at a local shop.
Hooked
GTS
Joined: 26 Dec 2006
Posts: 168
Location: Wrightwood California
Thu Aug 02, 2007 5:08 pm quote
longest ride
3200 mile round trip. From Wrightwood California to Seattle Wash and back via the scenic routes. Best ride of our lives, but still too short.
Hooked
GT200
Joined: 13 Nov 2005
Posts: 124
Location: Redmond, WA
Thu Aug 02, 2007 5:19 pm quote
My longest ride was probably only about 100 miles in one day. From Redmond WA, out around Lake Sammamish then out to Snoqualmie Falls and back.
Ossessionato
Vespa GTS 250ie, and a GO-PED hehe!
Joined: 20 Nov 2006
Posts: 3752
Location: cleveland, UK.
Thu Aug 02, 2007 5:27 pm quote
margate. thats the longest ive done up to now.

next year itll be smashed, ill be going to the darkside rally.

ill probably have about 50 000 miles on my gts by then.
Hooked
2005 GT, 2002 ET4
Joined: 14 May 2007
Posts: 180
Location: Minnetonka, MN
Thu Aug 02, 2007 6:37 pm quote
After having read some of your experiences I have got to get on my scoot and ride a little further.

Mine longest is only about 120 miles in one day.
Ossessionato
GTS, LX, VSD, VSX, VNX, LD 125, Chucky, LI125
Joined: 21 Oct 2005
Posts: 4179
Location: San Jose CA
Thu Aug 02, 2007 6:42 pm quote
new total is 710 miles single day coming home from Seattle Amerivespa weekend....

Would have been lovely but for 104F and shredded variator belt.....suks to have to wrench on your bike after 680 miles 30 miles from home.....eeeee

It was a bummer losing napacoatch in Oregon but was special to find him again 400 miles south in Central CA......

710 miles....+ changed drive belt on hot bike on freeway.....12 hours 35 minutes......

that was along day....

can you say 'barn sour'?

lol

R

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Vespa LX50 "Lil Piggy"
Joined: 22 Sep 2006
Posts: 515
Location: Milwaukee, WI
Thu Aug 02, 2007 6:49 pm quote
100 mile dealer sponsored ride. On an LX50. What fun!
Petty Tyrant
GTS250 GTS300 MP3 500
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Posts: 29652
Location: Bay Area, California
Fri Aug 03, 2007 1:30 pm quote
Wow, funny how some threads get dredged up. This post was originally from the first week of MV's existence. As ritchj noted in June (when it got dredged up again) this is topic number 8.

My longest ride is now a bit, errr, longer than my original post. I've since managed an 800 mile day (Seattle to Oakland) in 18 hours, although I used two scooters. It was part of a longer trek from Oakland to Seattle and back that totaled about 2000 miles in all over 7 days.

I wonder what my future holds...
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Vespa LX50 "Lil Piggy"
Joined: 22 Sep 2006
Posts: 515
Location: Milwaukee, WI
Fri Aug 03, 2007 7:07 pm quote
DaBinChe wrote:
over 540 miles in one day on a fiddy...over 2535 miles in 6 days on the same fiddy on the same trip....scooter cannonball here I come!!! too easy
Okay, you win! I wish I had the time to do something like that!
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M@
Joined: 16 Oct 2005
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Location: Napa
Fri Aug 03, 2007 8:19 pm quote
glasseye wrote:
It was a bummer losing Napacoach in Oregon but was special to find him again 400 miles south in Central CA......
that was pretty neat
it was my last gas stop too
Hooked
1953 Vespa ACMA 125 / 2007 Burgman 650
Joined: 17 Dec 2005
Posts: 363
Location: Redding, Ca.
Fri Aug 03, 2007 10:26 pm quote
So far Redding to Roseville and back the same day.
Thinking (thinking!) of doing an Iron Butt 1000 someday (months, years, etc)
Sergeant at Arms
Weird 80's Vespas & Cool Vintage Lambrettas
Joined: 21 Oct 2005
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Location: The state of insanity, SoCal
Fri Aug 03, 2007 11:48 pm quote
lake tahoe loop... 1.5 times... same day...

on a *cough* *cough* stock PK125

i woulda made the full two loops, but i ran out of gas.

checked my mileage when i got home... 812km (505mi) for the weekend. yeah... eight tanks of gas...

best,
-greasy
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06 BV500, 01 CBR F4i, 86 Rebel
Joined: 24 Sep 2007
Posts: 19
Location: Wentzville, MO
Wed Sep 26, 2007 8:54 am quote
Joint the team!

661 mile in 10 hrs from Fort Worth TX to Wentzville MO. Average 66mph for 10 straight hrs. Max speed was 100 mph on the turnpike with the BV500.
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2005 PX150 Limited Edition
Joined: 14 Aug 2006
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Location: Not where I want to be!
Wed Sep 26, 2007 3:45 pm quote
350 km. Generally, if I go long distances it'll be on the bike, not the scoot.

jacqui
Molto Verboso
2005 ET2 70cc, 14 mirrors, 2 headlights, lots of LEDs and a 2005 GT200 restored after a crash, 1978 SIL Lambretta GP200 and a 1983 Cushman Truckster
Joined: 23 Apr 2006
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Location: Calgary AB
Wed Sep 26, 2007 4:19 pm quote
Funny, since Amerivespa (where I put on three thousand kilometers in a week) riding for 2, 3 or 4 hr.s on the hwy isn't such a big deal anymore. The GT200 is going full throttle most of the time on the highway. But I still like my ET2 for the city. It's full throttle and smells a little like an old lawnmower.
Hooked
GTS 250ie 2006, X9 2005, '84.5 FIAT Spyder Pininfarina
Joined: 07 Jun 2006
Posts: 271
Location: Riverside, CA
Wed Sep 26, 2007 5:58 pm quote
533 miles in a day From Riverside to Paradise, CA
440 miles in a day From Riverside. Ca to Flagstaff, AZ. Then the rewst of the week up and down to Sedona area, jerome and Cottonwood, from there to Scottsdale and hoem to Riverside. 1307 miles that week. Great vacation, only regret is I had no one with me to share it with! QB
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Suzuki Burgman Executive 650
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Posts: 799
Location: Walnut Creek, CA
Wed Sep 26, 2007 6:37 pm quote
So far, my longest day ride has been from Walnut Creek to Forest Hill and back to Walnut Creek, for a total of 290 miles. So far, my MP3 is less then two months old, and I already have 2,200 miles on it. I'd ride this baby coast to coast--I trust it that much!
Hooked
'73 Primavera 125 / '05 Stella/ '63 150GL/ '80 PX150E
Joined: 14 Oct 2006
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Location: Atlanta (Decatur), GA
Wed Sep 26, 2007 6:47 pm quote
jacqui wrote:
350 km. Generally, if I go long distances it'll be on the bike, not the scoot.

jacqui
Same for me my max on the GTS is probably 120 miles in a day, all the longer trips are on the bike. Although Id love to do a long ride but all my friends ride vintage and wouldnt be up for any long trips.
Molto Verboso
GTS(me)/GTV(wife)
Joined: 28 Aug 2006
Posts: 1228
Location: Mill Valley, CA
Wed Sep 26, 2007 7:02 pm quote
Mill Valley (Marin Co, north of SF) to Malibu and back over a 3 day weekend. Not as many miles as Tanya. But it was almost all along Hwy 1 so it didn't seem long at all. Riding an interesting road is the key to making the miles melt away.

BTW, I've done that ride in about 6 hours on the Ducati. Vespa took a bit less than 7. To keep your speed up on Hwy 1 on a Vespa you just have to plan your passes carefully!
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06 GT200
Joined: 13 Aug 2007
Posts: 95
Location: Dublin OH
Wed Sep 26, 2007 7:03 pm quote
Long ride
A few years ago, I rode from Columbus Ohio to Atlanta...about 575 each way.
Uphill and in the snow each way....
No really, it was a great ride. I had a 70mph Chetak at the time, all two lane.
I would do the freeway now with my Gt200. It is a smooth ride here on the freeways. I have a tourtank add on. Looks like a bedroll....holds 2.5 gals of gas. You can cut them into your line, or do what I did. Add a petcock and use the extra tank like a gas station. Just stop and filler up! TubaJim
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GT200
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Posts: 1208

Wed Sep 26, 2007 7:25 pm quote
Whiteknuckler wrote:
Thinking (thinking!) of doing an Iron Butt 1000 someday (months, years, etc)
Don't think about it, JUST DO IT! It's not that hard. Now that I've done it once, I want to do another one.
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06 BV500, 01 CBR F4i, 86 Rebel
Joined: 24 Sep 2007
Posts: 19
Location: Wentzville, MO
Thu Sep 27, 2007 4:20 am quote
Mesmer wrote:
Whiteknuckler wrote:
Thinking (thinking!) of doing an Iron Butt 1000 someday (months, years, etc)
Don't think about it, JUST DO IT! It's not that hard. Now that I've done it once, I want to do another one.
Yeah you're right. Just do it.

Best time to do a looooong trip should start out at 3 am in June, that's when the day light is longest of the year. You can drive fast during the day, but limited view of the road when it's dark.

During the trip back home at around 7:30PM last saturday, I was doing 80mph on a curvy section of I44, passing almost every vehicle on the road, a thought came across my mind, running over dead enimal on the road at 80mph. I was then slowing down and followed another car.

Safety overide evrything else.
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ET4, GT200, 64GS, Blue Angel, 72 Sprint
Joined: 30 Aug 2006
Posts: 62
Location: Seattle, WA
Thu Sep 27, 2007 6:16 am quote
Clocked 650 miles last weekend. Rode from Seattle to Richland, Wa over 5400 foot Chinook pass and back. Didn't plan on the return ride but my buddy ditched me. Luckily some other friends hung with me and also rode part of the way.

I did the ride one way a couple of years ago on my GT200 but this time I rode my P200. Quite a difference in power and comfort. On the GT it was a breeze, on the P it was a labor of love. And what's with the stiff head wind in both directions!

It ended up a great ride and the rally was a good time.

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Chinook Pass

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Bacchus Raucous wine tour

Drift Unit SC
1 Manual; 1 Auto; none other.
Joined: 20 May 2007
Posts: 1593
Location: SoSanJo CA
Thu Sep 27, 2007 6:19 am quote
Return trip from Amerivespa
Eugene OR to Santa Clara CA
approx 560mi

Start : 0500hrs
End : 1530hrs
Stops : only for gas

The ensuing week just sucked after the energy crash.
Hooked
Douglas 92L2/Bajaj Chetak/GS150 VS5
Joined: 08 Feb 2007
Posts: 293
Location: Newbury - Berkshire - UK
Thu Sep 27, 2007 6:48 am quote
450 miles in one day on the way back from EuroVespa in San Marino in June, took 3 days to get there and 3 days to get back - 2400 miles in 6 days!

That was 2 up on the GTS, didn't feel like too much of a struggle although the seat gets pretty uncomfortable after an hour or so!
Hooked
GTS (Roma), BMW R1200RT (Autobahn), BMW R1200R (Fraulein), Honda CRF 230
Joined: 26 Jul 2006
Posts: 411
Location: Bowie, MD
Thu Sep 27, 2007 7:18 am quote
I did about 250 miles on the Sprint around Maryland and PA just for fun. Took all day. I did 1117 miles for a Iron Butt 24 hour endurance "race" but that was on the BMW. I did 1852 in two days to bring a BMW back from New Mexico. I'm not sure but I think one year someone on a scooter did the whole 11 day Iron Butt rally on a scooter. The Iron Butt rally is an 11 day event where each day you cover a minimum of over 1000 miles a day. I cant remember if that guy finished.
Molto Verboso
GT200
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Fri Sep 28, 2007 2:55 pm quote
vdrowley wrote:
Clocked 650 miles last weekend. Rode from Seattle to Richland, Wa over 5400 foot Chinook pass and back. Didn't plan on the return ride but my buddy ditched me. Luckily some other friends hung with me and also rode part of the way.

I did the ride one way a couple of years ago on my GT200 but this time I rode my P200. Quite a difference in power and comfort. On the GT it was a breeze, on the P it was a labor of love. And what's with the stiff head wind in both directions!

It ended up a great ride and the rally was a good time.
Hey, I met you last weekend at Bachaus Raccous 5 and didn't realize you were an MV member. I was the one snapping all the pics of your bike on saturday at the Palm lunch stop. Did the potato make it home BTW?
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GTS Super
Joined: 08 Apr 2007
Posts: 5
Location: Albuquerque
Mon Feb 18, 2008 9:30 am quote
I bought my GTS at Erico Motorsports (they rock) in Denver, and rode it home to Albuquerque. Even though it was July, I came across rain and cold weather in the mountains. I took me 3 days! I was planning on one. Had a blast. Then, this past September rode 994 miles in 4 days from Abq to Pagosa Springs, Aspen, and Durango. Beautiful. Looking to ride around the Copper Canyon in Mexico some day soon. Anybody have ideas or suggestions on this?
Molto Verboso
2005 ET2 70cc, 14 mirrors, 2 headlights, lots of LEDs and a 2005 GT200 restored after a crash, 1978 SIL Lambretta GP200 and a 1983 Cushman Truckster
Joined: 23 Apr 2006
Posts: 1628
Location: Calgary AB
Mon Feb 18, 2008 10:10 am quote
There are no roads crossing the Copper Canyon, just the train. There are poorly maintained dead-end roads going into the Copper Canyon I wouldn't risk breaking down in.
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Piaggio MP3 500
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Location: San Diego, CA
Thu Oct 22, 2009 11:58 am quote
500 mi - single day
April 2009 - group ride to Joshua Tree National Park

500 mi - single day

Vista, CA (departed home at 5:30am) to
Laguna Niguel, CA to
Temecula, CA to
Joshua Tree National Park (near Palm Springs, CA)
Return Trip:
Temecual, CA to
Corona, CA (turned the wrong way and got lost)
Back to Temecula, CA to
Laguna Niguel, CA to (riding throug the mountains at night - UGH!)
Vista, CA (arraived back home at 8:00pm)

Photos - http://www.meetup.com/Beach-Cities-Scooter-Club/photos/581246/
Sir Frets-A-Lot
Vespa GT250ie/L, Honda Ruckus 50, Honda NT700V, Honda CB125
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Location: Bee eff eee.
Thu Oct 22, 2009 1:27 pm quote
Blast from the past!!!

Excellent. Fun to read us all as n00bz.
eeee-bip
Benelli TNT 125 "Bean Alley" Kymco AK550 The War to end all Wars
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Location: South East Great England of Britishland
Thu Oct 22, 2009 1:30 pm quote
Power
On the GT Dunkirk to Amsterdam 186 miles and in 4 hours.

On a BMW K100 RS Nothern Spain to just South of Paris in a day but my record is at 600 miles within 24 hours on a CX500.


Nice.

Bill XX

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