Fri Jun 17, 2022 8:02 pm

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Fri Jun 17, 2022 8:02 pm linkquote
So…as bad as the previous week started (WTF, Piaggio?), it concluded wonderfully, and surprisingly quick (way to go, Piaggio!), and I could finally get on with the big deal of the week: Thelonica's first trip into Gotham - in fact, my first scoot into Gotham since last November on Melody, shortly before her swan-song.

My dealer had helpfully topped off the tank before I picked Nica up. I'm still amazed at how fast a replacement fuel pump was procured and installed (rather sad how we've been conditioned to anticipate the very worst in situations like this), but there she was, firing up nicely as I pointed her home Tuesday afternoon. The following day, I saddled up with my tech kit and rolled from the driveway in near-perfect weather.

First observation on the road: Overall, people are driving a bit slower than I remember. I'm largely chalking that up to fuel prices, even though that doesn't seem to explain (most) Prius and Tesla drivers also seeming to ease up on the throttle; Your typical Prius pilot, at least in these parts, normally seems to adopt a muted version of GTA drive-it-like-you-stole-it attitude…I half-expect seeing a bumper sticker on one proclaiming "I WANTED a Supra, But…"

Second observation on the road: Yes, I'm starting to notice the HPE's midrange torque more than before, now that I'm finally getting some sustained higher-speed seat time. Since I had to deal with several construction-related bottlenecks heading up to NYC, I took note of roll-on performance from 40-45mph, and, yeah, there's that bit more kick running up to 60-65, and even from 50-70, though a tad less-pronounced. I kept my general cruising speed around 65-70 on the Garden State Parkway; interestingly, the New Jersey Turnpike is generally slower than the GSP, and this day was no different, with speeds frequently dipping into the low-to-mid 50s.

Google Maps wanted to take me farther North to the George Washington Bridge, then South to my destination. I really wasn't interested in this, and insisted on taking my chances with extra traffic through the Lincoln Tunnel. It was a bit of a slog, but I'm betting the extra hit wasn't more than ten minutes, tops. I also wanted to limit my exposure to the Henry Hudson Parkway/West Side Highway, which I've known my entire life, and has seriously seen better years, based on my last trip along its Northern half near the GWB. My tech gig for the day was in the heart of my old neighborhood on the Upper West side, and while way too much of the place has changed radically, enough has remained intact to elicit the occasional warm-fuzzy.

One of the biggest warm-fuzzies was after wrapping up the gig a bit after 7 PM, when I packed up the bike and rode South to West 96th Street between West End Avenue and Riverside Drive, and pulled into a Mobil station I've known since I was all of five years old. (That's 1961 to you.) I chatted with the attendants while filling up telling them (again) about my Dad pulling in for a fill-up, at a time when the attendants still cleaned the windshield and checked the oil…and gave me a lollipop (and if I asked for one, a map). Then, hopping back on, I make a right turn and roll onto the Henry Hudson, swing around the underpass and head South, stopping briefly for a few quick snaps of the bike along Riverside Park. Then back though the Lincoln Tunnel, then the slightly-precarious run along 495 before hitting the Turnpike for some sixteen miles, then turning off for the Parkway, dialing in some Steely Dan for the remainder of the trip, the evening air just slightly cool.

It really is great to be back on the road.


Pegasus of my Past: It's been around almost long enough to be landmarked.


The Other Side of the Hudson: At last, for Nica.


The Route: a little under 70 miles, each way.


The Cost Of Premium: Yeah, I can deal.



Last edited by amateriat on Sun Jun 19, 2022 6:41 pm; edited 4 times in total
Fri Jun 17, 2022 11:58 pm

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Fri Jun 17, 2022 11:58 pm linkquote
Fuel is far cheaper in your part of the world than the UK, a quick calculation tells me we would of paid the equivalent of $10.20 for the same amount of fuel you put in.
Sat Jun 18, 2022 2:31 am

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2018 Vespa 300 GTS Touring
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Sat Jun 18, 2022 2:31 am linkquote
Glad to see ya bike riding & in NYC. I know the gas station you stopped off at. I used to play tennis near by at the clay courts near there. That is the only gas station that exists with a building on top. The underpass to get on Henry Hudson going south is horrible, really horrible, and in the evening/night it is not fun, then you have to come out from under there and merge into 50-60mph traffic from a cold stop with no ramp to get on from.
Glad you are back and enjoying the Vespa... Stay safe and more good riding.
Sat Jun 18, 2022 11:34 am

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Sat Jun 18, 2022 11:34 am linkquote
I am at that station all the time - I love riding up Riverside DR to the GWB......I prefer that to west side highway.

I needed a new fuel pump too and my bike was at Vespa Brooklyn for 2 days and bam!

I live about 25 miles north of that gas station......in Rockland County......I am tempted to have a VESPA meetup sometime this summer and have a big cookout.
Sat Jun 18, 2022 12:00 pm

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Sat Jun 18, 2022 12:00 pm linkquote
RocklandDad wrote:
I am at that station all the time - I love riding up Riverside DR to the GWB......I prefer that to west side highway.

I needed a new fuel pump too and my bike was at Vespa Brooklyn for 2 days and bam!

I live about 25 miles north of that gas station......in Rockland County......I am tempted to have a VESPA meetup sometime this summer and have a big cookout.
Thats a cool idea, let me know & how I can contribute.
Sat Jun 18, 2022 12:27 pm

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Sat Jun 18, 2022 12:27 pm linkquote
RocklandDad wrote:
I am at that station all the time - I love riding up Riverside DR to the GWB......I prefer that to west side highway.

I needed a new fuel pump too and my bike was at Vespa Brooklyn for 2 days and bam!

I live about 25 miles north of that gas station......in Rockland County......I am tempted to have a VESPA meetup sometime this summer and have a big cookout.
A wee bit o' a stretch for me, but I might be up for it!
Sun Jun 19, 2022 7:01 pm

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Sun Jun 19, 2022 7:01 pm linkquote
Coddy wrote:
Fuel is far cheaper in your part of the world than the UK, a quick calculation tells me we would of paid the equivalent of $10.20 for the same amount of fuel you put in.
In fact, this is the second reason i never complain about gas prices, especially in a country where the V-8 is still lionized (though perhaps not as much as it once was).
baba12 wrote:
Glad to see ya bike riding & in NYC. I know the gas station you stopped off at. I used to play tennis near by at the clay courts near there. That is the only gas station that exists with a building on top. The underpass to get on Henry Hudson going south is horrible, really horrible, and in the evening/night it is not fun, then you have to come out from under there and merge into 50-60mph traffic from a cold stop with no ramp to get on from.
Glad you are back and enjoying the Vespa... Stay safe and more good riding.
Thanks, baba. We need to meet up again. Are you around for RevZilla's Grand Opening at the Navy Yard on the 24th?
Sun Jun 19, 2022 8:59 pm

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Sun Jun 19, 2022 8:59 pm linkquote
amateriat wrote:
In fact, this is the second reason i never complain about gas prices, especially in a country where the V-8 is still lionized (though perhaps not as much as it once was).



Thanks, baba. We need to meet up again. Are you around for RevZilla's Grand Opening at the Navy Yard on the 24th?
Yeah I should be able to make myself free. Wow I wasn't aware Revzilla is opening a NYC branch. I was planning on going down to Philly to buy myself TCX boots. Union Garage which was the local store that carried TCX, has shuttered and moved out to a new location (to be announced or so I believe)
Sun Jun 19, 2022 9:05 pm

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Sun Jun 19, 2022 9:05 pm linkquote
baba12 wrote:
Yeah I should be able to make myself free. Wow I wasn't aware Revzilla is opening a NYC branch. I was planning on going down to Philly to buy myself TCX boots. Union Garage which was the local store that carried TCX, has shuttered and moved out to a new location (to be announced or so I believe)
I have a pair of the TCX Hero boots and highly recommend them.

Miguel
Sun Jun 19, 2022 9:08 pm

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Sun Jun 19, 2022 9:08 pm linkquote
I want to get the TCX Hero WP I believe is what they are called.
Sun Jun 19, 2022 9:50 pm

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Sun Jun 19, 2022 9:50 pm linkquote
baba12 wrote:
I want to get the TCX Hero WP I believe is what they are called.
That's what I have, the TCX Hero WP. WP stands for waterproof. I've had then for about 3 years and 20k miles now. Comfortable, sure-footed, good protection. I don't ride in the rain so no assessment about the water proofness
Miguel
Mon Jun 20, 2022 2:52 pm

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Mon Jun 20, 2022 2:52 pm linkquote
Today in Gotham: Dance With Me George

Today: Some sage advice for anyone considering traveling to Bayside, Queens from New Jersey on a weekday:

1) Don't.

2) If, like me, you absolutely *have* to, leave early and give yourself lots of time. And, while Los Googles is your friend here, prepare to be redirected...a lot. Between switching off from the Garden State Parkway to the NJ Turnpike and the Throgs Neck Bridge, I got redirected FOUR times, seemingly to little avail; traffic was seriously slow through Fair Lawn, clean across the George Washington Bridge (yep, couldn't avoid it this time), all the way to and over the Throgs Neck, and eased up just five minutes before reaching my client, where I am right now. Think I'll mosey toward the Verrazano Bridge for the trip back...ugh, just remembered the *Belt*...

(The Vespa? Handled it all like a champ.)


Bayside, Queens: A nice place to visit, just not too often.


Like Old Times, Almost:: Buttermilk, in the lower Slope.

Mon Jun 20, 2022 3:18 pm

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Mon Jun 20, 2022 3:18 pm linkquote
Good news, Nica is now ready for the parade.
Mon Jun 20, 2022 7:49 pm

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Mon Jun 20, 2022 7:49 pm linkquote
Madman Across the Water: Silly Stats & Stuff

It was a hair under 150 miles today. I believe Thelonica had everything thrown at it the New York/New Jersey area had to offer, including, but not limited to:

- Garden State Parkway (a non-issue at this point)
- I-95/New Jersey Turnpike (ditto)
- Rte 495 (a bit wild n' wooly, but doable)
- Cross-Bronx Expressway
- Brooklyn-Queens Expressway (it's…unique)
- Staten Island Expressway/Rte 440 (character-building)
- FDR Drive, 125th Street to Brooklyn Bridge (Imagine a cross between the Monaco Grand Prix and Baja 1000…or Mario Kart without the cute graphics and music)

Special Mention To:

- George Washington Bridge (the problem isn't the bridge itself, just staying aware of the serpentine assortment of exits on the Manhattan side coming up very, very fast; Google Maps actually is your friend here, although she might drive you a tad batshit with assorted reroutings later on)
- Throgs Neck Bridge (first time riding across it…slow, but uneventful)
- Brooklyn Bridge (what's that line from The Irishman? "It's what it is.")
- Rte 278 (to paraphrase a line from Buckaroo Banzai, "Wherever you go, there it is.")
- Verrazano-Narrows Bridge (best work Robert Moses did…and, thankfully, his last)

Bike Stats:

- From what I can gather so far, with just a bit under 1200 miles on the clock, the highest-mileage sweet-spot for Thelonica is somewhere between 55-60mph. This number has been steadily climbing, so I'm pretty sure the engine hasn't truly loosened-up yet. High point: 75.6mpg; low point: 50.8. ("Keeping it pinned", as Brandon Wise of RevZilla uses as his YouTube sign-off, makes the bike a tad thirsty, but it's all relative.)

- Top speed has gradually risen as well: my previous peak was a bit over 77mph. This time out, she hit an honest 80. The aftermarket tone ring appears to be truly doing its thing, but we'll see how things progress from here.

- Sustained Torque/Acceleration: This is a big one: the Driscoll Bridge, that 15-lane monstrosity in New Jersey, has one hell of an incline get up and over the Raritan River. Melody had her hands full maintaining 60+mph in either direction on the incline; Thelonica can accelerate to about 71mph and stay there past the crest, quickly reaching 75+ on the descent. This gets rather addictive.

- Suspension: The stock springers are…decent, so far. But I'll tell you this right now, the Malossis I had on Melody pretty much spoiled me. Fantastic damping control, and they never bottomed-out. I'll stick with the stockers for now, but I'll also be starting a fund for an eventual upgrade pretty soon.

Bottom-line is that I'm love-sick over Thelonica. She's doing pretty much everything I want and need, and she's a looker.




"Take my word, I'm a madman, don't you know?"

Tue Jun 21, 2022 7:30 am

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Tue Jun 21, 2022 7:30 am linkquote
Nica is beautiful. So happy this new ride makes you happy. Great news! The detailed report is fun to hear.

Lived in Bergen County NJ years ago and can't imagine the traffic now! Oh my!
Thu Jun 23, 2022 6:36 pm

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Thu Jun 23, 2022 6:36 pm linkquote
The Not-So-Small Stuff.


Just after my stopover at Buttermilk in Brooklyn's Southern part of Park Slope (kibitzing with the owner over a pint), I walked across the street for a decent pizza slice for ballast before hopping back on the bike for the trip across the Verrazano Bridge and onto home. While waiting for my owner, an older guy hobbled over for his order and stood to the side to indulge. I noticed his cane, but also noted his leather vest and boots, after which I cast my gaze just outside the pizzeria: there was what looked like a Harley Fat Bob, with a slightly-tattered seat, and while it wasn't exactly driveway-queen shiny, it was reasonably intact, and I was certain it was his ride. He noticed the helmet I was carrying by the strep in my left hand and nodded slowly. I'm sure he was quite the don't-fuck-with-me cat in his day, now mellowed-out by necessity, but not completely. I finished my slice and walked the half-block to where I parked Thelonica, suited-up, started-up, and got set to roll off, when I heard the Harley start up, with bike and rider rolling up to where I was stopping briefly, then tearing-ass off into the evening up Fifith Avenue. If I run into again, I'm definitely having a conversation.
Fri Jun 24, 2022 11:09 am

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Fri Jun 24, 2022 11:09 am linkquote
Today: Hangin' with the Zilla.

I was a little late arriving, but here I am, at RevZilla's Grand Opening. It's a three-day thing, and it'll be busier tomorrow and Sunday, but this is more my speed.


Today's Turnout: Not to bad for a Friday.


Obligatory Celebrity Selfie w/Spurgeon Dunbar. (Hey, he's a celebrity in my book.)


Two Floors Full: Actually bigger than their Philly store.


Looking Up: Kind of hard to miss.

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