@fledermaus avatar
UTC

Veni, Vidi, Posti
2007 LX150 2015 GTS (on the bench) 2017 BV 350
Joined: UTC
Posts: 12016
Location: Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
 
Veni, Vidi, Posti
@fledermaus avatar
2007 LX150 2015 GTS (on the bench) 2017 BV 350
Joined: UTC
Posts: 12016
Location: Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
UTC quote
Wow, you're starting off with a bang. Should be running pretty well by now with break-in.

Wonder how that seat feels for the distances you've put on. I went from a well-worn LX seat to a brand new GTS and the two hour ride was getting hard on my backside. Fine since, but think it needed a bit of breaking in too...

Great pics and narration. Hope the rest of the trip goes seamlessly!
OP
@virginian avatar
UTC

Hooked
'14 Vespa 946, '18 Yamaha Xmax
Joined: UTC
Posts: 369
Location: Spotsylvania, VA
 
Hooked
@virginian avatar
'14 Vespa 946, '18 Yamaha Xmax
Joined: UTC
Posts: 369
Location: Spotsylvania, VA
UTC quote
External inline image provided by member with no explanatory text
External inline image provided by member with no explanatory text
External inline image provided by member with no explanatory text
External inline image provided by member with no explanatory text
External inline image provided by member with no explanatory text
External inline image provided by member with no explanatory text
External inline image provided by member with no explanatory text
External inline image provided by member with no explanatory text
External inline image provided by member with no explanatory text
External inline image provided by member with no explanatory text
External inline image provided by member with no explanatory text
External inline image provided by member with no explanatory text
External inline image provided by member with no explanatory text
External inline image provided by member with no explanatory text
External inline image provided by member with no explanatory text
External inline image provided by member with no explanatory text
External inline image provided by member with no explanatory text

These scooters were designed to pack up like a suitcase so you could transport it on a small plane. Pretty cool!
External inline image provided by member with no explanatory text
External inline image provided by member with no explanatory text
⚠️ Last edited by Virginian on UTC; edited 1 time
OP
@virginian avatar
UTC

Hooked
'14 Vespa 946, '18 Yamaha Xmax
Joined: UTC
Posts: 369
Location: Spotsylvania, VA
 
Hooked
@virginian avatar
'14 Vespa 946, '18 Yamaha Xmax
Joined: UTC
Posts: 369
Location: Spotsylvania, VA
UTC quote
I will own one of these someday!
External inline image provided by member with no explanatory text

External inline image provided by member with no explanatory text
External inline image provided by member with no explanatory text
External inline image provided by member with no explanatory text
External inline image provided by member with no explanatory text
External inline image provided by member with no explanatory text
External inline image provided by member with no explanatory text
External inline image provided by member with no explanatory text
External inline image provided by member with no explanatory text
External inline image provided by member with no explanatory text
External inline image provided by member with no explanatory text
External inline image provided by member with no explanatory text
External inline image provided by member with no explanatory text
External inline image provided by member with no explanatory text
External inline image provided by member with no explanatory text
External inline image provided by member with no explanatory text
External inline image provided by member with no explanatory text
External inline image provided by member with no explanatory text
External inline image provided by member with no explanatory text
External inline image provided by member with no explanatory text
External inline image provided by member with no explanatory text
External inline image provided by member with no explanatory text
External inline image provided by member with no explanatory text
⚠️ Last edited by Virginian on UTC; edited 1 time
OP
@virginian avatar
UTC

Hooked
'14 Vespa 946, '18 Yamaha Xmax
Joined: UTC
Posts: 369
Location: Spotsylvania, VA
 
Hooked
@virginian avatar
'14 Vespa 946, '18 Yamaha Xmax
Joined: UTC
Posts: 369
Location: Spotsylvania, VA
UTC quote
External inline image provided by member with no explanatory text

Rotax powered HD!
External inline image provided by member with no explanatory text

External inline image provided by member with no explanatory text
External inline image provided by member with no explanatory text
External inline image provided by member with no explanatory text
External inline image provided by member with no explanatory text
External inline image provided by member with no explanatory text
External inline image provided by member with no explanatory text
External inline image provided by member with no explanatory text
External inline image provided by member with no explanatory text
External inline image provided by member with no explanatory text
External inline image provided by member with no explanatory text
External inline image provided by member with no explanatory text
External inline image provided by member with no explanatory text
⚠️ Last edited by Virginian on UTC; edited 2 times
OP
@virginian avatar
UTC

Hooked
'14 Vespa 946, '18 Yamaha Xmax
Joined: UTC
Posts: 369
Location: Spotsylvania, VA
 
Hooked
@virginian avatar
'14 Vespa 946, '18 Yamaha Xmax
Joined: UTC
Posts: 369
Location: Spotsylvania, VA
UTC quote
Pop quiz! Anyone know the reference to this photo I took?
External inline image provided by member with no explanatory text
⚠️ Last edited by Virginian on UTC; edited 1 time
OP
@virginian avatar
UTC

Hooked
'14 Vespa 946, '18 Yamaha Xmax
Joined: UTC
Posts: 369
Location: Spotsylvania, VA
 
Hooked
@virginian avatar
'14 Vespa 946, '18 Yamaha Xmax
Joined: UTC
Posts: 369
Location: Spotsylvania, VA
UTC quote
I stopped for one more gas stop before I quit for the day. Yep, I'm in the south. My peoples!
External inline image provided by member with no explanatory text

Broke 1,000 miles on the scoot.
External inline image provided by member with no explanatory text

Got her tucked away at the hotel.
External inline image provided by member with no explanatory text

A well deserved jack & coke.
External inline image provided by member with no explanatory text

By the numbers...
External inline image provided by member with no explanatory text

(more to come tomorrow)
⚠️ Last edited by Virginian on UTC; edited 1 time
@twinbrother avatar
UTC

Hooked
Primavera125
Joined: UTC
Posts: 136
Location: Thailand
 
Hooked
@twinbrother avatar
Primavera125
Joined: UTC
Posts: 136
Location: Thailand
UTC quote
I am flabbergasted!
I thought it was going to take two weeks....
Thanks for the story and the pictures!
UTC

Hooked
2012 Vespa GTS300ie
Joined: UTC
Posts: 307
Location: California
 
Hooked
2012 Vespa GTS300ie
Joined: UTC
Posts: 307
Location: California
UTC quote
Get a "bike lane" sign and you can grab the scooter tag on ADV. Then your next one can be "your scoot with a catfish plate" Razz emoticon
@pigletpilot avatar
UTC

Molto Verboso
Gina, 1965 Vespa 180SS, Bella,1968 Vespa 150 Super, Mia, 2017 Vespa Primavera 70th Anniversary 150ie, Gabriella, 2017 GTS300 ABS
Joined: UTC
Posts: 1883
Location: Hamilton/Kirikiriroa, NZ
 
Molto Verboso
@pigletpilot avatar
Gina, 1965 Vespa 180SS, Bella,1968 Vespa 150 Super, Mia, 2017 Vespa Primavera 70th Anniversary 150ie, Gabriella, 2017 GTS300 ABS
Joined: UTC
Posts: 1883
Location: Hamilton/Kirikiriroa, NZ
UTC quote
What a museum. Really impressed that you started with a New Zealand built bike, the Britten. John Britten was a great designer and motorcycle builder taken too soon.
OP
@virginian avatar
UTC

Hooked
'14 Vespa 946, '18 Yamaha Xmax
Joined: UTC
Posts: 369
Location: Spotsylvania, VA
 
Hooked
@virginian avatar
'14 Vespa 946, '18 Yamaha Xmax
Joined: UTC
Posts: 369
Location: Spotsylvania, VA
UTC quote
Back on the road next stop BRPW.

http://glympse.com/0B08-A43Z
@mjrally avatar
UTC

Veni, Vidi, Posti
73 & 74 Rally, 76 ET3, 80 P200, 06 PX150, 59 Ser 2, 65 Silver Special, 90 V5N 50, 2015 HD Road Glide Special
Joined: UTC
Posts: 5093
Location: Oceanside, CA
 
Veni, Vidi, Posti
@mjrally avatar
73 & 74 Rally, 76 ET3, 80 P200, 06 PX150, 59 Ser 2, 65 Silver Special, 90 V5N 50, 2015 HD Road Glide Special
Joined: UTC
Posts: 5093
Location: Oceanside, CA
UTC quote
Looks like your half way there
Forum member supplied image with no explanatory text
OP
@virginian avatar
UTC

Hooked
'14 Vespa 946, '18 Yamaha Xmax
Joined: UTC
Posts: 369
Location: Spotsylvania, VA
 
Hooked
@virginian avatar
'14 Vespa 946, '18 Yamaha Xmax
Joined: UTC
Posts: 369
Location: Spotsylvania, VA
UTC quote
Ok, so I make my way onto the BRPW about 4:30, figured I get get in an hour or two's riding. Had 1/3 tank of gas. It's all up hill so I'm running out of gas quickly.

I decide to turn back as the nearest gas station is 18 miles away. 15 miles into going to get gas I realize I left my backpack at one of the lookouts while I was dealing with resolving the gas issue. Oh crap! So I turn around and go back to where I left it.

So I finally make it back it's dark out now, pouring rain and my back pack was still there! Hell to the yeah! A couple of gals were there cleaning up vomit...

They were nice... I mumbled something about I'll be damned there's still honest peeps in the world.

So standing in the rain they're taking pics of each other so I offer to take their pic. Take a couple of love bird shots and off I go in the dark in the rain.... I'm wet, cold, tired and super annoyed at myself.

So I'm cruising at 25 to 30 mph limping to the gas station. A branch falls directly in front of me on the road. No time to stop on wet roads so I jump it as best I can with the 2 seconds I had to react. The scoot shrugged it right off. The branch was 4" in diameter.

I'm white knuckled, I'm cold, I'm tired, I'm on fumes and now I'm jumping logs. Perfect!

So I finally make to the gas station. Scoot holds 2 gallons. It took 1.9 to fill. I ask mini mart dude hitting on Honey Boo Boo in the next pump over if there a motel. Sure 2 miles up the road. Cool!

I finish gassing up and put my wet shit back on for the 14th damn time and head to the hotel. Sold out! So is the other 3 around the same area.
Gal says let me call around... I'm standing there dripping there's literally a pool of water where I'm standing. There two rooms left at xyz joint up the road and hands me the phone. The phone starts squealing and the gals says it's from my metal snap on my collar so I fart around with trying ,different ways to hold the phone and I can finally talk to the other hotel and make a reservation.

Soooo I put my wet gear on for the 15th damn time and get on the freeway, in the pouring rain, visibility is still crap and find this place. I'm in the room, went to make a bourbon, the ice maker out of ice. Fucking perfect.

Ok, rant over...

The upswing is I got my backpack back, I didn't run out of gas, Bella is a log hopp'n machine, I'm safe and sound drying off in a hotel.

I'll post some pics in a few when I get my color of vision back.
@tdrake avatar
UTC

Ossessionato
2006 GT200
Joined: UTC
Posts: 2980
Location: Moscow, Idaho
 
Ossessionato
@tdrake avatar
2006 GT200
Joined: UTC
Posts: 2980
Location: Moscow, Idaho
UTC quote


Adventuring!
OP
@virginian avatar
UTC

Hooked
'14 Vespa 946, '18 Yamaha Xmax
Joined: UTC
Posts: 369
Location: Spotsylvania, VA
 
Hooked
@virginian avatar
'14 Vespa 946, '18 Yamaha Xmax
Joined: UTC
Posts: 369
Location: Spotsylvania, VA
UTC quote
Day 4 369 miles - 1,364 miles total

First some random shots.
External inline image provided by member with no explanatory text
External inline image provided by member with no explanatory text

Old school soda pop
External inline image provided by member with no explanatory text

I pull into the first overlook.
External inline image provided by member with no explanatory text
External inline image provided by member with no explanatory text
External inline image provided by member with no explanatory text


Here's a short 9 second clip of the sounds of the river. For me it was a surreal moment with all the hustle and bustle to get here to hear just nature doing it's thing.
A little further down the road there was a cool kayak area with an obstacle course paddling upstream from side to side to go through the gates. Lots of folks enjoying the river today despite being overcast.
External inline image provided by member with no explanatory text
⚠️ Last edited by Virginian on UTC; edited 2 times
OP
@virginian avatar
UTC

Hooked
'14 Vespa 946, '18 Yamaha Xmax
Joined: UTC
Posts: 369
Location: Spotsylvania, VA
 
Hooked
@virginian avatar
'14 Vespa 946, '18 Yamaha Xmax
Joined: UTC
Posts: 369
Location: Spotsylvania, VA
UTC quote
I cross over into NC, yes these are out of order but I'm too tired to edit.
External inline image provided by member with no explanatory text

Came across this... Size matters? It's not the size, it's what you do with the size!
External inline image provided by member with no explanatory text

OooOooo! I'm getting close!
External inline image provided by member with no explanatory text

Then the skies open up and it's getting really bad. I navigated the bad weather till I just didn't feel good about it and took the next exit. It happen to have a McD's in a gas station deal. Look at the water poring off the awning over the pumps. I traversed 6"+ water accumulated on the road in many areas.
External inline image provided by member with no explanatory text

This is my "Eric's fun meter is pegged look."
External inline image provided by member with no explanatory text

Things lighten up a bit so I venture on. This is where I should have thrown in the towel and just gotten a room.. It's 4:30 PM now and I find the Welcome center which is open till 5 PM.
External inline image provided by member with no explanatory text

Yep, locked up and no one home...
External inline image provided by member with no explanatory text
External inline image provided by member with no explanatory text
External inline image provided by member with no explanatory text

So I start creep'n north on the BRPW, drizzling but not real bad.
External inline image provided by member with no explanatory text
External inline image provided by member with no explanatory text

First overlook.
External inline image provided by member with no explanatory text
External inline image provided by member with no explanatory text
External inline image provided by member with no explanatory text
External inline image provided by member with no explanatory text

Next one.
External inline image provided by member with no explanatory text
External inline image provided by member with no explanatory text
External inline image provided by member with no explanatory text

The tunnels.
External inline image provided by member with no explanatory text

The overlook where I left my backpack.

Love this photo!
External inline image provided by member with no explanatory text
External inline image provided by member with no explanatory text
External inline image provided by member with no explanatory text

Actually it was 1.83 gallons of gas when I got fuel .
External inline image provided by member with no explanatory text

That's all I got for today folks. The weather is supposed to be worse tomorrow. We shall see what life brings tomorrow...
⚠️ Last edited by Virginian on UTC; edited 1 time
@mjrally avatar
UTC

Veni, Vidi, Posti
73 & 74 Rally, 76 ET3, 80 P200, 06 PX150, 59 Ser 2, 65 Silver Special, 90 V5N 50, 2015 HD Road Glide Special
Joined: UTC
Posts: 5093
Location: Oceanside, CA
 
Veni, Vidi, Posti
@mjrally avatar
73 & 74 Rally, 76 ET3, 80 P200, 06 PX150, 59 Ser 2, 65 Silver Special, 90 V5N 50, 2015 HD Road Glide Special
Joined: UTC
Posts: 5093
Location: Oceanside, CA
UTC quote
Sorry about the rain and bag. I'd say a lazy Saturday indoors at a hotel with a hot tub is a good idea. Recharge your batteries and let the weather pass.
OP
@virginian avatar
UTC

Hooked
'14 Vespa 946, '18 Yamaha Xmax
Joined: UTC
Posts: 369
Location: Spotsylvania, VA
 
Hooked
@virginian avatar
'14 Vespa 946, '18 Yamaha Xmax
Joined: UTC
Posts: 369
Location: Spotsylvania, VA
UTC quote
I'm going to try and outrun the storm and stay ahead of it. Maybe pick up the BRPW further up. Better to enjoy it another day then to have another day like yesterday.

http://glympse.com/06VN-G217
OP
@virginian avatar
UTC

Hooked
'14 Vespa 946, '18 Yamaha Xmax
Joined: UTC
Posts: 369
Location: Spotsylvania, VA
 
Hooked
@virginian avatar
'14 Vespa 946, '18 Yamaha Xmax
Joined: UTC
Posts: 369
Location: Spotsylvania, VA
UTC quote
http://glympse.com/07RV-ZJ08

Powering through the storms on the mighty Bella
⚠️ Last edited by Virginian on UTC; edited 2 times
OP
@virginian avatar
UTC

Hooked
'14 Vespa 946, '18 Yamaha Xmax
Joined: UTC
Posts: 369
Location: Spotsylvania, VA
 
Hooked
@virginian avatar
'14 Vespa 946, '18 Yamaha Xmax
Joined: UTC
Posts: 369
Location: Spotsylvania, VA
UTC quote
Powering I mean*
@twinbrother avatar
UTC

Hooked
Primavera125
Joined: UTC
Posts: 136
Location: Thailand
 
Hooked
@twinbrother avatar
Primavera125
Joined: UTC
Posts: 136
Location: Thailand
UTC quote
Heroic!
.

When the going gets tough,
the tough gets going....
Forum member supplied image with no explanatory text
⚠️ Last edited by Twinbrother on UTC; edited 1 time
OP
@virginian avatar
UTC

Hooked
'14 Vespa 946, '18 Yamaha Xmax
Joined: UTC
Posts: 369
Location: Spotsylvania, VA
 
Hooked
@virginian avatar
'14 Vespa 946, '18 Yamaha Xmax
Joined: UTC
Posts: 369
Location: Spotsylvania, VA
UTC quote
I'm at my families safe and sound. Bourbon in hand and frozen. I'll post what I can here in a bit.
@rolling_stoned avatar
UTC

Member
2016 Vespa GTS 300
Joined: UTC
Posts: 14
Location: Somerville MA
 
Member
@rolling_stoned avatar
2016 Vespa GTS 300
Joined: UTC
Posts: 14
Location: Somerville MA
UTC quote
loving this trip
beautiful bike and a trip to last a lifetime! hoping to take a multi-day roadtrip this summer and your posting is stoking that fire.
OP
@virginian avatar
UTC

Hooked
'14 Vespa 946, '18 Yamaha Xmax
Joined: UTC
Posts: 369
Location: Spotsylvania, VA
 
Hooked
@virginian avatar
'14 Vespa 946, '18 Yamaha Xmax
Joined: UTC
Posts: 369
Location: Spotsylvania, VA
UTC quote
Day 5 411 miles - 1,775 miles total

So I wake up from the overpriced fleabag motel that I was happy to get last night hoping for a better today. I check the weather and there's a nasty front coming. So I scratch the BRPW, load up and try to outrun the storm.

External inline image provided by member with no explanatory text

This tale has gone from:

- Stop and smell the roses tour
- To: War of the Roses tour
- To: Run Forest Run

http://youtu.be/x2-MCPa_3rU
[URL=http://s164.photobucket.com/user/DeathWraith07/media/2014%20Vespa%20946%20Bellissima/E04FB8DC-4E69-4BD1-8836-04D63DFE497B_zpszx70q72t.png.html]External inline image provided by member with no explanatory text[/URL]

The scene at the motel, note the nice wrecked cars lined up.
External inline image provided by member with no explanatory text

So I start blasting down the freeway to beat this storm. (as best I can on a scooter) I pull off in Galax, VA for gas and it was about to get real nasty out. This is what I have ridden in for the last 200 miles but when it started lightening and thunderstorms, I'm out!
External inline image provided by member with no explanatory text
External inline image provided by member with no explanatory text

So I sat this one out for a bit and got a bite to eat. Nothing but gross food in this quick stop...
External inline image provided by member with no explanatory text

After about 45 minutes wait I see a pocket in the storm and suit up to punch my way through the storm to find this pocket. I finally get to it and surf that for quite a bit missing the really nasty weather. This pic was the next gas stop in Salem, VA.
External inline image provided by member with no explanatory text
External inline image provided by member with no explanatory text

I roll up to my families in Front Royal to seek shelter and warm up as the temps were 48*F/8.9*C, factor in soaking wet, terrible winds and wind chill factor... It sucked....

That bad news about using Glympse is your family know exactly when you're rolling up.

Here's a short video of my arrival.
The trip is essentially over but I'll pad the stats a little more when I make it home to Spotsylvania later today.

Total miles on the odometer.
External inline image provided by member with no explanatory text

Total for the day.
External inline image provided by member with no explanatory text

Thanks for reading,

Eric
⚠️ Last edited by Virginian on UTC; edited 2 times
@mjrally avatar
UTC

Veni, Vidi, Posti
73 & 74 Rally, 76 ET3, 80 P200, 06 PX150, 59 Ser 2, 65 Silver Special, 90 V5N 50, 2015 HD Road Glide Special
Joined: UTC
Posts: 5093
Location: Oceanside, CA
 
Veni, Vidi, Posti
@mjrally avatar
73 & 74 Rally, 76 ET3, 80 P200, 06 PX150, 59 Ser 2, 65 Silver Special, 90 V5N 50, 2015 HD Road Glide Special
Joined: UTC
Posts: 5093
Location: Oceanside, CA
UTC quote
Nice job Cleatus!
@tdrake avatar
UTC

Ossessionato
2006 GT200
Joined: UTC
Posts: 2980
Location: Moscow, Idaho
 
Ossessionato
@tdrake avatar
2006 GT200
Joined: UTC
Posts: 2980
Location: Moscow, Idaho
UTC quote
That's some serious mileage considering the ccs, wheel diameter, and time of year. Extra points for having survived.

Safe to say you and the bike are now well acquainted?

Nicely done!
@baudler avatar
UTC

Foiled
Racing 60's Sprint - 'Red' Primavera
Joined: UTC
Posts: 1306
Location: Rock Hill, SC
 
Foiled
@baudler avatar
Racing 60's Sprint - 'Red' Primavera
Joined: UTC
Posts: 1306
Location: Rock Hill, SC
UTC quote
Mostly freeway riding?
OP
@virginian avatar
UTC

Hooked
'14 Vespa 946, '18 Yamaha Xmax
Joined: UTC
Posts: 369
Location: Spotsylvania, VA
 
Hooked
@virginian avatar
'14 Vespa 946, '18 Yamaha Xmax
Joined: UTC
Posts: 369
Location: Spotsylvania, VA
UTC quote
Baudler wrote:
Mostly freeway riding?
The plan was to spend quality time on the BRPW. Mother Nature threw me a curve ball.
OP
@virginian avatar
UTC

Hooked
'14 Vespa 946, '18 Yamaha Xmax
Joined: UTC
Posts: 369
Location: Spotsylvania, VA
 
Hooked
@virginian avatar
'14 Vespa 946, '18 Yamaha Xmax
Joined: UTC
Posts: 369
Location: Spotsylvania, VA
UTC quote
I have roughly two more posts to contribute to this ride report.

- Finish up the ride report, provide stats, cheers & jeers
- Write up on my gear that worked and didn't work

I just rode home from Front Royal to Spotsy, roughly another 78 miles and you know what? It wasn't raining! Cold but no rain.

First a few pics from some of my favorite spots on the way home.
External inline image provided by member with no explanatory text
External inline image provided by member with no explanatory text
External inline image provided by member with no explanatory text
External inline image provided by member with no explanatory text
External inline image provided by member with no explanatory text
External inline image provided by member with no explanatory text

And Bella being introduced to my XR1200
External inline image provided by member with no explanatory text

Stats:
External inline image provided by member with no explanatory text
External inline image provided by member with no explanatory text


Day 6 78 miles - 1,853 miles total Yeah, I'm a numbers guy. (the nav is showing a little less as I didn't use it to venture out for supper)
- Max speed 72 mph
- Average speed 49 mph
- Seat time 36 hours
- 23 fuel fill ups
- Average mpg 60.8
- Best mpg 74.9
- 31 gallons of gas burned
- Fuel cost $89.49
- Average fill up cost $3.89
- Average Price per gallon $2.87

External inline image provided by member with no explanatory text
External inline image provided by member with no explanatory text

Amazing moments:

- About an hour after I left the dealership in Austin I was riding along with traffic and there was this old fellow on the side of the road selling
watermelons. As I passed by and he made eye contact with me his face lit up like a Christmas Tree and had the greatest smile. He waved hello to
me with such enthusiasm!I don't know what provoked it but it was a warm fuzzy for me.
- Somewhere on I10 I saw my first Armadillo. It was road kill Tango Uniform (tits up) but still it was the first one I've ever seen in my life. One of
many in TX, LA, MS that I saw.
- Somewhere on I10 (I10 just went on and on) I saw a turtle crossing the road. I said to myself, dammit turn around so I did and ran across I10
fetched him and gave him a fighting chance in life. A fellow can never have too many karma points banked. This was 1 of 3 turtles I saved. No,
I'm not a tree hugg'n kind of guy but I felt compelled...
- I met many folks I'm proud to call my friends
- Many 'twinkies' i.e. young gals felt the need to film me or take a pic of me riding down the road. I'm quite sure I'm on a couple of FB pages being
laughed at by other 'twinkettes"! I gave each and every one of the a hardy wave.
- The euphoria of traveling almost 2/3rds of the U.S. on a small scooter. I'm overwhelmed with pride and self satisfaction and words cannot
describe. An experience that I have had many times on a m/c but doing so on a scooter was empowering.
- In MS I'm scoot'n along and two HD riders rolled up next to me, full pirate outfit, jackets no sleeves, tatts showing, and had their best mean look
on their faces. You know the one they practice in the mirror? Riding next to me I look over trough my iridium blue visor, nod my head a couple of
times with approval and give them the metal death horns sign. They both busted out laughing and gave me the thumbs up and motored on. In
my mind they got it, a man/woman on two wheels in the wind.
- I figured I would get a lot of questions on this trip as it unfolded so I printed up some business cards on my PC that directed them to this thread
and others on different forums I haunt. Many wanted to follow my journey and it was really slick way to share that information. Btw, I ran out of
cards to give out after I printed 50...
- Barber Museum! Go! Nuff said.
- The mighty Vespa 946 proved to be stone cold reliable and not once hiccuped or skipped a beat! Giusto!
- Glympse! I'm going to get a little long winded on this topic. What a joy to share my trip virtually and in real time. I chose to do this for a couple of
reasons. For safety, as I figured there would be a
quite a few viewers that knew exactly where I was at should I need help. Many folks wrote me saying; hey! my brothers/dad/mom/etc lives right
there. I know in my heart they would help or reach
out if I needed it. What Glypmse manifested into was a whole different animal. I had on average 130 to 150 viewers tracking on my journey. They
seemed to really enjoy being in the know in real time and somehow made my ride report more compelling. My loved ones adored being able to
know where I was at and it gave them a little piece of mind in a small way. It's a free app, don't leave home without it!

Jeers:
- The lions share of the trip was in the pouring driving rain. We can't predict this stuff so all you can do is adapt and overcome, which I did. Mother
Nature pounded me and Bella 3 of the 5 days I was on the road which drastically cut into my miles per day I wanted to achieve of 500 leaving lots
of time to explore the BRPW.
- Cancelling the whole BRPW. This was heart breaking as I hammered through so many areas I wanted to explore but didn't have the time so in a
way I put all my eggs in one basket only to have
Mother Nature smash the basket.
- Food, I rarely got to enjoy a nice meal as by the time I got to the hotel there was not much near for restaurants. Again, I'm sure I'd reply
differently if I got to ride the entire BRPW...
- I'm not a fan of showing my mug on the 'net. If I do it's only to share a basic emotion that I'm experiencing.
- On the last leg of the trip it was just drizzling and very windy. I got behind this one semi that I swear he veered off the road onto the rumble
strips that had water pooled in each divot throwing
spray on me. If I'm lying I'm dying this happened 50+ times.
- The fleabag hotel... The next room over a dude was pounding his gal in a good way. The bad news is the headboard backed up to my wall. So I
banged on the wall and yelled, "Hey! Move the bed back a little or hurry the f*** up and have a happy ending! My scooter and I are trying to
rest!" I heard a soft conversation and they both busted out laughing. hehe

Random thoughts:

When I write about anything, ride reports, my builds, etc I just tend to write as it happens. To me you capture the feeling or tone of what's going on. If the situation is bad, tell it like it is. I can't stand reading anything that has been filtered and is full of unicorns pooping rainbows. Tell the truth and nothing but the truth. I try hard to provide documentation that supports what I'm seeing, feeling or experiencing. In essence, don't candy coat your reports, speak the truth and speak from your heart. Just my 2 cents...

So in closing...

Mea Culpa

To all my friends that wanted to see the BRPW pictures. I tried my best and failed in epic fashion. With a little luck later on this summer I'll have another go with Bella.

Eric

Life is short, enjoy the ride!
⚠️ Last edited by Virginian on UTC; edited 2 times
@twinbrother avatar
UTC

Hooked
Primavera125
Joined: UTC
Posts: 136
Location: Thailand
 
Hooked
@twinbrother avatar
Primavera125
Joined: UTC
Posts: 136
Location: Thailand
UTC quote
Thanks for a great report!
Beautifully written and hundred percent to the point.
I really enjoyed reading it, hope there is a folloow up.
Sorry for the rain...
@fledermaus avatar
UTC

Veni, Vidi, Posti
2007 LX150 2015 GTS (on the bench) 2017 BV 350
Joined: UTC
Posts: 12016
Location: Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
 
Veni, Vidi, Posti
@fledermaus avatar
2007 LX150 2015 GTS (on the bench) 2017 BV 350
Joined: UTC
Posts: 12016
Location: Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
UTC quote
Clap emoticon Clap emoticon Clap emoticon

Awesome ride and narrative! AFAIK, you're the first person to take such an epic ride on a 946. Glad you arrived intact....when you wrote about jumping that branch, I thought "oh, great, a nice new scooter in the shop before it's barely broken in.

Have a great year with your new steed.
@slowlaneshane avatar
UTC

Hooked
Scooterless (Previously owned Ruckus, Zuma, Burgman 400, GTS 250 & 300, & BV 350)
Joined: UTC
Posts: 303
Location: Saint Augustine, Florida
 
Hooked
@slowlaneshane avatar
Scooterless (Previously owned Ruckus, Zuma, Burgman 400, GTS 250 & 300, & BV 350)
Joined: UTC
Posts: 303
Location: Saint Augustine, Florida
UTC quote
Awesome!
Thank you for sharing your 946 adventure with us!
@lostboater avatar
UTC

Ossessionato
Vespa LX150 GTS250ie GTS300x2 sold 'em
Joined: UTC
Posts: 2380
Location: St. Pete, Fla
 
Ossessionato
@lostboater avatar
Vespa LX150 GTS250ie GTS300x2 sold 'em
Joined: UTC
Posts: 2380
Location: St. Pete, Fla
UTC quote
Excellent
As a journey man rider I know exactly were you are coming from. Thanks for taking us along.
OP
@virginian avatar
UTC

Hooked
'14 Vespa 946, '18 Yamaha Xmax
Joined: UTC
Posts: 369
Location: Spotsylvania, VA
 
Hooked
@virginian avatar
'14 Vespa 946, '18 Yamaha Xmax
Joined: UTC
Posts: 369
Location: Spotsylvania, VA
UTC quote
Thanks for the kind replies. I glad some of you enjoyed my ride report!
@slowlaneshane avatar
UTC

Hooked
Scooterless (Previously owned Ruckus, Zuma, Burgman 400, GTS 250 & 300, & BV 350)
Joined: UTC
Posts: 303
Location: Saint Augustine, Florida
 
Hooked
@slowlaneshane avatar
Scooterless (Previously owned Ruckus, Zuma, Burgman 400, GTS 250 & 300, & BV 350)
Joined: UTC
Posts: 303
Location: Saint Augustine, Florida
UTC quote
Your MV profile shows an Smax listed. Do you still own it? And if you don't mind, after riding over 1,800 miles on your 946, how do you think the 2 compare?

A head-to-head battle between these two 155cc scoots.

It would be an interesting read!
OP
@virginian avatar
UTC

Hooked
'14 Vespa 946, '18 Yamaha Xmax
Joined: UTC
Posts: 369
Location: Spotsylvania, VA
 
Hooked
@virginian avatar
'14 Vespa 946, '18 Yamaha Xmax
Joined: UTC
Posts: 369
Location: Spotsylvania, VA
UTC quote
SEVANS wrote:
Your MV profile shows an Smax listed. Do you still own it? And if you don't mind, after riding over 1,800 miles on your 946, how do you think the 2 compare?

A head-to-head battle between these two 155cc scoots.

It would be an interesting read!
I do and it's up for sale to fund the 946. Interesting thing is you're the second person to ask me this question. Here's a copy and paste from ADV where I posted the same ride report.
klaviator, post: 32095263, member: 93043 wrote:
Let me start out by saying no way would I do a ride like this. That doesn't mean I didn't totally enjoy following along as you did it. Congrats on completing this ride. I must say I am impressed by the performance of the Vespa......and of course the rider too!

I'll be interested to read your thoughts on the Vespa vs your Smax. I'm still leaning towards getting an Smax to replace my Kymco but following this report has put the possibility of getting a Vespa back in my mind.
First off Klav, thank you for reading my adventure and I thoroughly enjoy your posts. You contribute to the forum on many levels and I appreciate your hard work.

This is a tough one for me to answer. If you're practical, the Smax all day long. The motor out performs the Vespa inside and out. If ascetics are your cappuccino then the Vespa wins hands down. Here's my seat of the pants assessment.

Yamaha:
+ Storage
+ Greater top speed, the 4V motor is amazing!
+ Stone cold reliability
+ 0 - 60 will leave the Vespa in the dust
+ Dealer network
+ Fuel fill up without popping the seat
+ Water cooled
+ Assuming 2016 or newer LED headlight, outstanding
+ Accessories are a lot less $$, i.e. top box, rear rack, hand warmers
+Cost a lot less $$
- Seat sucks
- mpg is quite a bit less then the Vespa, don't use this RR as an example of mpg for the Vespa, I pushed it hard
- Styling of the Smax is like most Japanese scoots these days, Transformers look.
- Fit and finish compared to the Vespa
- Leg room is horrible
- front forks are dreadful to me

Vespa 946
+ Style, just a beautiful scoot (subjective)
+ Air cooled, may be a benefit to some folks for simplicity
+ The 155cc Sprint/Primavera has storage, my 946 has none
+ Fit and finish is amazing
+ Reliability? I put mine through the wringer and she stood tall, many others swear by them on this front, time will tell
+ Seat on the 946 is awesome, I can't reply about the Sprint
+ Handling and suspension, I give the nod to the Vespa, much more sure footed and very stable
- Dealer network is very lack luster
- Mine is slooooow but when it gets there it holds like a freight train, I suspect the Sprint to be much better as it weighs less
- Cost of parts
- Air cooled, may be a negative to other folks

Fire away if you have anymore questions!

Eric
⚠️ Last edited by Virginian on UTC; edited 1 time
@slowlaneshane avatar
UTC

Hooked
Scooterless (Previously owned Ruckus, Zuma, Burgman 400, GTS 250 & 300, & BV 350)
Joined: UTC
Posts: 303
Location: Saint Augustine, Florida
 
Hooked
@slowlaneshane avatar
Scooterless (Previously owned Ruckus, Zuma, Burgman 400, GTS 250 & 300, & BV 350)
Joined: UTC
Posts: 303
Location: Saint Augustine, Florida
UTC quote
Sweet!

Thank you for sharing this info & your impressions of them...very thorough.

I've never posted a ride report before. You've inspired me to finally make one. I have a ride this week...not as long as yours of course! Just for 4 days on an 800 mile round trip within Florida. This Thursday, I'll ride solo about 400 miles from St. Augustine to Pensacola to meet up with some riders from Scoot Pensacola. The next day, we'll ride about 178 miles from Pensacola to Apalachicola to meet up with some riders from 7 Bridges Scooter Club out of Jacksonville. We'll do some local rides around the area on Saturday and then head home on Sunday.

Jami of Scoot Pensacola is calling it the "Cola 2 Cola" Ride. I'm sure it will be fun!

And thank you again for sharing your 946 Adventure with us!
7 Bridges Scooter Club in front of the Gibson Inn, Apalachicola, Florida.  Photo credit: Jami of Scoot Pensacola
7 Bridges Scooter Club in front of the Gibson Inn, Apalachicola, Florida. Photo credit: Jami of Scoot Pensacola
⚠️ Last edited by SlowLaneShane on UTC; edited 1 time
OP
@virginian avatar
UTC

Hooked
'14 Vespa 946, '18 Yamaha Xmax
Joined: UTC
Posts: 369
Location: Spotsylvania, VA
 
Hooked
@virginian avatar
'14 Vespa 946, '18 Yamaha Xmax
Joined: UTC
Posts: 369
Location: Spotsylvania, VA
UTC quote
SEVANS wrote:
Sweet!

Thank you for sharing this info & your impressions of them...very thorough.

And thank you again for sharing your 946 Adventure with us!

I've never posted a ride report before. You've inspired me to finally make one. I have a ride this week...not as long as yours of course! Just for 4 days on an 800 mile round trip within Florida. This Thursday, I'll ride solo about 400 miles from St. Augustine to Pensacola to meet up with some riders from Scoot Pensacola. The next day, we'll ride about 178 miles from Pensacola to Apalachicola to meet up with some riders from 7 Bridges Scooter Club out of Jacksonville. We'll do some local rides around the area on Saturday and then head home on Sunday.

Jami of Scoot Pensacola is calling it the "Cola 2 Cola" Ride. I'm sure it will be fun!
I can't wait to read your ride report! Be safe and calm weather for your trip. Scooter emoticon

Eric
⚠️ Last edited by Virginian on UTC; edited 1 time
@tdrake avatar
UTC

Ossessionato
2006 GT200
Joined: UTC
Posts: 2980
Location: Moscow, Idaho
 
Ossessionato
@tdrake avatar
2006 GT200
Joined: UTC
Posts: 2980
Location: Moscow, Idaho
UTC quote
Well, just think of what the weather would have been like if you hadn't saved those turtles, eh?

I suppose on the brightside you now still have the BRPW to look forward to, and you got to have a hella adventure in exchange for a sweet ride.

Many sweet rides ahead!
OP
@virginian avatar
UTC

Hooked
'14 Vespa 946, '18 Yamaha Xmax
Joined: UTC
Posts: 369
Location: Spotsylvania, VA
 
Hooked
@virginian avatar
'14 Vespa 946, '18 Yamaha Xmax
Joined: UTC
Posts: 369
Location: Spotsylvania, VA
UTC quote
I think it's imperative to share what gear worked and what did not under the circumstances that your journey put your gear through. So I'll share a few tips about my gear in hopes that it helps another traveler. I should mention that I'm cheap so I tend to buy last years stuff on close outs.

Gear:

Let's start with my helmet. The most crucial part of my gear to me. I'm a gear whore and have 8 helmets. Why did I choose my AGV for this trip? Simply put, it provided the most safety and the least noise levels that I've experienced. This particular helmet has about 75,000 miles on it and is getting tired. As it has never let me down it performed magnificently.

This helmet is/was from their high end GT-Tech line, Pista GP is their new name for 2017 helmet line. Back then it was roughly $1,000 but I bought it on sale for $800. Also I'm a huge Rossi fan! So try to stick with the best fitting helmet brands that offer the best protection. Shoei, Arai, AGV, to name a few. Remember, it's all you have when your head hits the road at 70 mph.
External inline image provided by member with no explanatory text
External inline image provided by member with no explanatory text

My jacket is a REV'IT! Shield Jacket. About $239 TMD, waterproof with minimal venting, pocket for back protector, attaches to my britches. It did its job very well and was good choice for this trip. I stayed dry for roughly 8 hours of riding in the rain, after that water was creeping down my neck. It's cheap, waterproof and gets the job done. I'm not a fan of having membrane layers to zip in and out. It has a zip out liner for cold riding. This jacket is a very poor choice for summer/hot riding as it truly fails in the venting department. Fall-Winter-Spring is where it's at.
https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/revit-shield-jacket
External inline image provided by member with no explanatory text

My britches are REV'IT! Sands 2 on close out. These pants have gortex membrane, zip in thermal liner and armor. Yes, I hate the membrane but I just leave it in permanently and forget about it. It too has minimal venting. They stayed waterproof about the same time, 8 hours of driving hard rain. After that water started to seep into my crotch area from the belt line. I want to say I paid about $180 tmd. The pockets are not waterproof so beware what you place in them.
External inline image provided by member with no explanatory text

My boots are el cheapo AeroMoto Renegade Waterproof Motorcycle Boots. At $69 U.S. they fall into the disposable category. Use them and toss them when they show signs of giving up the ghost. They are rock solid waterproof during all bad weather conditions. Seriously, these rock for the dollar!
http://www.compacc.com/p/aeromoto-renegade-waterproof-motorcycle-boots
External inline image provided by member with no explanatory text

My backpack is a Alpinestars Orbit Backpack. I didn't skimp here as I need it to be absolute waterproof keeping my gear and electronics dry which it did flawlessly. It has a lip much like a dry bag that you fold over 3 times and snap it closed. I should mention the outside pockets are not waterproof. It house a bladder if hydration is your thing. It's not mine, if I'm thirsty I just pull over. I have no use for carrying heavy liquids on my back. It also comes with a laptop sleeve that Velcros inside. I didn't use it as the sleeve used up precious cargo space. Again, stone cold reliable under the worst of conditions. This will be my luggage when I travel on the XR.
https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/alpinestars-orbit-backpack
External inline image provided by member with no explanatory text
External inline image provided by member with no explanatory text

When I long distance ride invariably my ass hurts bad. About the 2nd or 3rd day I switch to these britches. (not in the habit of showing my under britches but in the spirit of helping others) These help quite a bit and will net you a few more days of riding with a little less pain. Yes, you look like you have a load in your pants but m/c gear doesn't make you like you have issues in one form or another, The key (to me) for underwear is no seams on your backside. Just replacing your normal under britches with no seam undies is a game changer. Check outdoor stores like REI or the like. This pair is made by Dainese and aren't made anymore. Bicycle shops have many options here as well.
External inline image provided by member with no explanatory text
External inline image provided by member with no explanatory text

My intent was to take some short riding movies on the BRPW, I use a GoPro Hero Session. I paid $180 for mine but I've seen them cheaper. No movies this trip but maybe next one? Love this mini cam! Waterproof with no exoskeleton plastic case to waterproof it. It can be operated via your smartphone via Bluetooth. Here's a cheesy example of a quick clip I took last summer.
External inline image provided by member with no explanatory text

Lastly my Kreiga US-20 Drybag. Wow, these bags just work on so many levels. It comes with all the attachments to attach to your bike or bike rack. Snap off and on with ease. 100% waterproof, very flexible as far as stacking other Kreiga packs on top or on the sides like luggage panniers. They make many sizes and this IS my go to bag for many years and has never ever failed. It's a bargain for $139. Get one, you won't regret it! If I had the OEM rack on the XR1200 I would have a US-30 ans a US-20 stacked for 50 liters of storage which is more than enough as I'm a minimalist traveler. I kept my MacBook air, all chargers, paperwork, and anything heavy in this bag filled to the brim. The bag cinches up like a compression sack.
External inline image provided by member with no explanatory text


Mophie waterproof smartphone case. It's waterproof, fits my iPhone 6+, 70% more battery backup and just works. 99% of all my pics are done with my iPhone. It must be waterproof as its the only thing I keep in my pants or jacket because in case of an off items dig into your body as your tumbling and cause more damage to you. On sale $69 tmd.
https://www.amazon.com/mophie-juice-pack-iPhone-600mAh/dp/B00TE8MZJS/ref=sr_1_1?s=wireless&ie=UTF8&qid=1493063293&sr=1-1&keywords=mophie+iphone+6+plus
External inline image provided by member with no explanatory text

Ram ball mount. I have one on every bike I own and for $17 I can mount my nav, iPhone or camera using Products. They come with mant different length screws for your triple tree or in this case on Bella the mirror stem. Shop around, I usually get them for $12. I use an Ram x-claw to hold my phone.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005J43I56/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
External inline image provided by member with no explanatory text

Held Air N Dry Gloves, they work on many levels. Slip your hand under the membranne you have air gloves for hot days. Slip your hand in the waterproof top part of the glove and my hands stay dray all day. The squeegee on the index finger is a must have. I bet it used it 1,000 times this past week. $250
https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/held-air-n-dry-gloves
External inline image provided by member with no explanatory text

Lastly my TomTom Rider 400, I freaki'n love this thing. It pairs up to my phone, Tyre maps are so much easier (for me) to use then Garmin's basecamp. I can play my music, hear the nav and make changes on the fly. On this trip I did get some water condensation that I need to address with TomTom. We'll see how that goes...
External inline image provided by member with no explanatory text

I normally carry a dock kit that I use for hunting and m/c trips. It always ready to go but since to a fly and ride the airlines require all you liquids be in a clear plastic bag, this trip a Ziplock bag was my dock kit.
External inline image provided by member with no explanatory text

Those are my cornerstones for traveling long distance, I hope it helps someone. The only other advice I have is use moisture wicking, quick drying shirts. They compress really small when packing, wash them in the sink and hang to dry, in the morning they're bone dry. You can do a trip carrying 2 shirts rotating. Catch the sales on leftovers from last year. Here's an example.
https://www.rei.com/product/883145/nike-cool-fitted-t-shirt-mens
⚠️ Last edited by Virginian on UTC; edited 3 times
@senna1rossi avatar
UTC

Hooked
Joined: UTC
Posts: 110
Location: Las Vegas
 
Hooked
@senna1rossi avatar
Joined: UTC
Posts: 110
Location: Las Vegas
UTC quote
OH WOW!!! HUGE CONGRATS ON THE NEW Nove Quarantasei!!

What are great adventure! Absolutely incredible!! I bet you have great memories! I'm so envious...

And I noticed the AGV GP-Tech Vale Rossi "5-Continents" replica!! You're missing the "Tribu..." visor decal, mate! Sorr, I'm a huge Vale fan. My idol, nest to Senna... heh.

Just brilliant, mate!
DoubleGood Design banner

Modern Vespa is the premier site for modern Vespa and Piaggio scooters. Vespa GTS300, GTS250, GTV, GT200, LX150, LXS, ET4, ET2, MP3, Fuoco, Elettrica and more.

Buy Me A Coffee
 

Shop on Amazon with Modern Vespa

Modern Vespa is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com


All Content Copyright 2005-2024 by Modern Vespa.
All Rights Reserved.


[ Time: 0.0426s ][ Queries: 4 (0.0029s) ][ live ][ 313 ][ ThingOne ]