Wed Jul 29, 2015 12:59 pm

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2016 GTV
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Wed Jul 29, 2015 12:59 pm linkquote
And so it begins:

With only around 200 miles on the new scooter; bring home mileage, a short jaunt and around town errands. It was time for a shake-down day ride.
Lessons learned:
1. Charge the camera.
2. Check the SD card for space or get a new one.
3. Small-town (Pop. <500) restaurants can be closed mid-week.
4. Going airborne on a scooter is more exciting than on a MC

Slabbing across the central valley to the first big cut off; slabbing still sucks even on a scooter.



Two lane-ing it to the next, a little more fun. Those Rail crossing taken at speed on a motorcycle cause the front end to get lite, will send a scooter airborne. I was not prepared for this, nor do I want to repeat this action.



Stopping along the way.



A scenic view and looking at what's to come; some call it the "Baby Dragon" more of a gordian knot. Jamming the twisties was fun and puckery. Not much engine braking.




Lunch, café is closed and the Hotel Jeffery has burned.





Impressions: After 43 years of motorcycles and a 242 mile ride later.
Seat not as bad as you all make it out to be, shocks a little stiff, not harsh, forks better set up than more than a few of my stock bikes, very little if zero dive, gas mileage 65mpg rocks; I am very happy with my choice at purchase. I'll take more and better photo's next go round. My xext installment my first three farkles!
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Wed Jul 29, 2015 1:19 pm

Veni, Vidi, Posti
GTS 300ABS, Buddy 125, Buddy Kick 125
Joined: 29 Dec 2007
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Location: Oregon City, OR
 
Veni, Vidi, Posti
GTS 300ABS, Buddy 125, Buddy Kick 125
Joined: 29 Dec 2007
Posts: 12217
Location: Oregon City, OR
Wed Jul 29, 2015 1:19 pm linkquote
Duck Dodgers wrote:
Seat not as bad as you all make it out to be, shocks a little stiff, not harsh, forks better set up than more than a few of my stock bikes, very little if zero dive, gas mileage 65mpg rocks;
The seat on the BV 350 is fine - as long as you fit it. I do, and I find it quite comfortable. And, yes, the suspension on the BV is better than most. Thanks for the photos. Glad you enjoyed your ride.
Wed Jul 29, 2015 4:00 pm

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2007 GTS 250
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Posts: 48
Location: Central Cali foothills
 
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Location: Central Cali foothills
Wed Jul 29, 2015 4:00 pm linkquote
You were in my town, Mariposa, today! My temp thing read 109' when I drove to a meeting at 1:30 this afternoon.

Looks like a great trip!
Wed Jul 29, 2015 4:14 pm

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'14 Piaggio BV 350
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Location: Seacoast New Hampshire (USA)
 
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Location: Seacoast New Hampshire (USA)
Wed Jul 29, 2015 4:14 pm linkquote
I lived in Merced, thought these roads & places looked familiar! Nice photos, glad you enjoyed the ride!
Mon Aug 17, 2015 2:32 pm

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Location: Planet X
 
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Posts: 237
Location: Planet X
Mon Aug 17, 2015 2:32 pm linkquote
Well, Duh! an obeservation.
Not a "farkle" update yet. Still checking them out as to "stay or go" status. Just cuz you can do it, just cuz it looks cool; does not mean you need it and can't live with out it.

Observation: I was returning from an appointment this AM and as the Central Valley was heating up. I reflected on my ride over. Beside really enjoying the scooter, I noticed a real lack of engine heat coming from underneath and around my legs. I know the design of a scooter makes this a "well, Duh!" observation.

It was still welcome as the temp was 98 degrees before noon. That's between 36 and 37 degrees celsius in over 98% of the rest of the world.
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Tue Sep 22, 2015 8:01 am

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Location: Planet X
 
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Posts: 237
Location: Planet X
Tue Sep 22, 2015 8:01 am linkquote
3 plus Farkles
3 Farkles as promised. Plus 3


# 1. Cruise control: Go Cruise. Works well enough.

I've had , large o-rings for friction ,Throttle locks, throttle screws, vista cruise, cramp busters and wrist rests. This one is simple and easily slips in the cubby or your pocket. Around $20-It is pricey for a plastic/nylon thingy but, cheaper than carpel tunnel surgery. I may get an Omni Cruise down the road.


#2 Tie down point. A footman loop.

This is a "footman loop" or strap bracket. Costs around $10 bucks at a jeep or kayak store; a buck at the tractor supply. Add about $5 in stainless fasteners and you are still under $10. A loop strap and 2 RockStraps holds the duffle in place and is perfect for an old VenturaRack sport bag. I drilled out the torx screw and used an M4 button head bolt. Cuz if it was going to fail it would have been out in the middle of nowhere or on a tall bridge. No more duffle.


#3 Electronic holder: Ram Ball mount.

There are a few posts/threads on the 1 inch ball. I chose the 5/16 size. Around 12-15$ depending on supplier and shipping.They are limited to 1 lb or .5kg. I did not feel comfortable bouncing any big weight on the wind-screen mount. The bracket holding it is home made. I also think it is better looking proportionally. The RamMount is ¼-20 female. I'm in the process of making a correct dimension M5 .80 to ¼-20 stud or thing-a-ma-bob.




Plus 1 USB port.

3-8$ this one has 1 port some have 2. I have this and a short Iphone cord. I can also us the USB for my GPS. Worth noting: this circuit is always on and not keyed.


Plus 2 Bead-Rider.

I've had this on half a dozen bikes. It is great for those high 90 and 100 plus degree days. Thousands of taxi drivers can't be wrong. I remove it in the winter. I paid around 30$ shipped many years ago. Probably more now.



Plus 3 Garage Door Opener. I've used this on 3 bikes and a scooter now. This time the the Gray industrial velcro is "stealthy" .



I'm sorting out my electrical add-ons presently. I'll limit it to 3 or 4 circuits, plus a new horn. I've narrowed the list to; an always on circuit for charging, and keyed circuits for heated grips, heated gear, aux lights, usb port on outside (yes there is a port in the cubby you can put an adapter in), and a power source for the yet to be chosen top box. This is more than 4, I KNOW. "Sorting out" is the key issue.


I plan on this (the electrical) after the 2000 mile mark. I need more riding time to think about what I really need versus - want.

Any suggestions on aux lights and heated grips?


I am viewing the BV as a keeper. I want to use quality hardware, a cost-effective eye and keep cutting, drilling and welding to a minimum.
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Tue May 24, 2016 5:34 pm

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2016 GTV
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Posts: 237
Location: Planet X
 
Hooked
2016 GTV
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Posts: 237
Location: Planet X
Tue May 24, 2016 5:34 pm linkquote
Just a fill up and home.
Ok.. so the gas is low really early warning light was on. I could get 10-20 more miles till I really needed a fill up. High for the day was to be 75 and a 10% chance of rain. So I rode 14 miles to the gas station. A full tank...hmmm....turn around and go home or....

I headed west over ah ... "the hill." Gusty wind warnings, not as bad as I thought. Keep to the slow lane. .... pass trucks, get back in side and get passed. On the other side of the hill.... This BV 350 ain't that bad. I can now turn back with the thought.. I can take this thing most anywhere. or if I take a left......

I can get to here...



and further up the road I can get here.


Press on...



I stop at a turn out to see what has gone by and what lies ahead.



10% or a slight chance of rain, 75 is the predicted high for the day..... Press on....




I've reached the top of the mighty Panoche Summit a dizzying height of some 2200 plus ft.
Home, Duck, home..... Press on...



Slight chance of rain... I need a slight chance of winning the lottery.



A slight chance of rain is behind me... Rain? what rain?



Looks like blue skies ahead.



The homeward leg.



A California fixer-upper?

Those who notice these thing (do you have a life?) will see a Malossi wind screen and a new top case. Top case is the bomb. If you take off your large Give windscreen for summer it will rain in a week. If you take your water proof liner out of the top case it will rain in a week.

All in all a nice little journey after "just going to fill it up and come home." That reminds me I need to get more gas.
Wed May 25, 2016 1:08 pm

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Location: Spotsylvania, VA
 
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Posts: 369
Location: Spotsylvania, VA
Wed May 25, 2016 1:08 pm linkquote
Nice write up and thanks for posting up your mods. I just took delivery today of a used '13 BV350 with less than 100 miles on it.

Eric
Wed May 25, 2016 8:05 pm

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Location: Gainesville, FL
 
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Location: Gainesville, FL
Wed May 25, 2016 8:05 pm linkquote
Virginian, I recommend replacing the clamps on the coolant hoses. They are horrible and prone to leak after a year or two. Here's the post I made almost a year ago when I realized I had almost run completely out of coolant one day.
Wed May 25, 2016 9:17 pm

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Posts: 450
Location: SE Louisiana
 
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Location: SE Louisiana
Wed May 25, 2016 9:17 pm linkquote
Ditto, on that, Waterboyz.

Duck. Wow those are some mighty lonely looking places. Miles and miles of miles and miles.
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Sat Mar 11, 2017 5:42 pm

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Location: Planet X
 
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2016 GTV
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Posts: 237
Location: Planet X
Sat Mar 11, 2017 5:42 pm linkquote
I has been awhile since I added to my thread. So today, I thought; go for a ride and let the MV folks your still kick'n.

So, I took a short 60 plus mile loop today, nothing fancy - take a ride to post a few picks, play some scooter tag on ADVrider and.......sooooo

I stopped in this town to record the 83 degree outside temp as indicated on the bike. I also answered my wifes text as the last thing I said was; "I am putting the scooter on the charger. I may get out for a ride today."

Ooops, she noticed the scooter was gone. Battery charger/alternator same difference right?



Temp:



Then I continued through the country side. To the San Juaquin Valley National Veterans Cemetery.



History folks - each tree memorializes a lost US Navy Submarine.



From: 1915



To: 1968



It was a quiet a peaceful ride. Ride leisurely and reflect. Enjoy, contemplate and accept the day and what is.............



Because the next turn could be wrought with danger.



A.T.G.A.T.T. , all the gear all the time - cuz ya never know. (Sign says: Warning Rattlesnakes)
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Thu Nov 25, 2021 4:56 pm

Hooked
2016 GTV
Joined: 10 Apr 2015
Posts: 237
Location: Planet X
 
Hooked
2016 GTV
Joined: 10 Apr 2015
Posts: 237
Location: Planet X
Thu Nov 25, 2021 4:56 pm linkquote
Well, didn't post much of the next 8000 miles or so.

Only Posting to say so long BV. No more Duck'n around.



Thu Nov 25, 2021 6:17 pm

Veni, Vidi, Posti
2007 LX150 2015 GTS 2013 BV 350
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Location: Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
 
Veni, Vidi, Posti
2007 LX150 2015 GTS 2013 BV 350
Joined: 13 Sep 2012
Posts: 10337
Location: Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
Thu Nov 25, 2021 6:17 pm linkquote
Oh, noes!

Where to next?
Fri Nov 26, 2021 7:46 am

Hooked
2016 GTV
Joined: 10 Apr 2015
Posts: 237
Location: Planet X
 
Hooked
2016 GTV
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Posts: 237
Location: Planet X
Fri Nov 26, 2021 7:46 am linkquote
fledermaus wrote:
Oh, noes!

Where to next?
Watch for Duck's return in the upcoming episodes of "As seen on G "TV".

Here we are during pre-production.

A new to me. One owner LOW mileage acquisition.





Fri Nov 26, 2021 8:36 am

Veni, Vidi, Posti
2007 LX150 2015 GTS 2013 BV 350
Joined: 13 Sep 2012
Posts: 10337
Location: Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
 
Veni, Vidi, Posti
2007 LX150 2015 GTS 2013 BV 350
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Posts: 10337
Location: Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
Fri Nov 26, 2021 8:36 am linkquote
Woot! I'll stay tuned!

Someone actually OWNED it to put those miles on?
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