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The Open Road => Ride Reports => Topic started by: Virginian on June 11, 2017, 03:40:48 PM

Title: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on June 11, 2017, 03:40:48 PM
Rather then just adding onto my ride report on this scoot I figured I would just post a thread on the Vespa 946. Any and all are welcome to post anything you wish on this thread. As always this thread will be filled with up with lots of pictures and in general meandering of what I'm getting into on the 946. Scooters (to me) are all about just having fun so come on in, I'll leave the light on for you.

If you wish to read the ride report it can be viewed here.
http://www.sport-touring.org/index.php?topic=4691.0 (http://www.sport-touring.org/index.php?topic=4691.0)

I'm creeping up on 3,000 miles quickly on the first month of ownership and thought I would post my experiences to date. When I got home from Austin I quickly cleaned her up because Bella was covered in bugs and grime in general. Later on in the near future I'll give her a proper detail. I used wheel cleaner on the rear rim as it had quite a bit of build up of brake dust and grim in general. Sprayed it on and hosed it off 2 to 3 minutes later. The clear-coat on the rear rim started to delaminate almost immediately.  :facepalm: :wow:  <sigh>...

So I called up Moto Richmond and explained the issue. A very nice gal in service by the name of Rachel Ballard said bring it on by. So I motored on down there, roughly an hour away and spoke with Rachel. I explained that I most likely caused this to happen and I didn't expect it to be covered under warranty. She took a few cell pics and shot the claim off to Piaggio. It was approved for a new rim in less than an hour. I was shocked!  :hail: :hail: :hail: I made an appointment to have it installed the following week and there was no issues. I couldn't be more pleased. I guess once in a blue moon it pays to be honest!
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And a few pics from Moto Richmond.
Lots of good stuff hiding in the corners of this shop.
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Title: Re: Vespa 946 Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on June 11, 2017, 03:43:55 PM
A couple of random pics on the way home from that day.
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I stopped in a coffee shop in Mineral and they had keychains for sale and one was blue. lol No! I didn't buy it.
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Love this time of year!
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Title: Re: Vespa 946 Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on June 11, 2017, 03:58:52 PM
Like I mentioned earlier I'm creeping up on 3,000 fast and the majority of those miles have been in the rain. So I want to detail the Vespa and get a peek at all the nooks and crannies to see if there's and surface rust or the likes popping up. Usually it's a small issue in the area that the VIN is stamped on the frame. We shall see...

I typically detail my bikes once a month. Get all the bugs off and in general get them looking sharp. It's also a good way to get an up close look at your bike for loose bolts or other issues that might crop up.

When I took delivery, Vespa 946 owners get a nice gift box that contains some goodies in there and the rear pillion seat. I asked AF1 to install if for my journey home thinking in a pinch I might need the real estate to Rok-Strap a bag to. In the end I didn't need it so I want to remove it at the I think the scoot looks better with the solo seat.

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Title: Re: Vespa 946 Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on June 11, 2017, 04:09:24 PM
Here's a down view of the section I'm going to remove.
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First the leather seat pad.
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Then the main seat and the inner shroud.
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Yep, just as I thought, here's where the VIN is and I want to get that cleaned up right away.
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What I use to halt rust/corrosion in it's track is ASF-50. Google this stuff, it's amazing! If you ride year round on salted roads, this stuff on your rims will fend it off nicely.
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I cleaned up the stamped VIN and shot a small dose of ASF-50 into the cap then just used a Q-tip to apply to the area. Using the spray can for this application would crop dust the whole scooter. ;)
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I'll check on it a year from now and I promise you it will look just like it does now.
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While the seat is completely off I usually heavily wax the areas that are covered up from body parts that are hard to reach.
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Here's a pic of the cast pillion seat which weights in at 8lbs 4 oz.
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Title: Re: Vespa 946 Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on June 11, 2017, 04:38:26 PM
I would like to share how I detail my bike in hopes that it may help help someone. Specifically, I'll be using 3 items for the lions share of detailing.

 - Poor Boy's Leather Stuff (for the seat and my leather gear)
 - Chemical Guy's Wet Butter Wax
 - Chemical Guy's Jet Seal
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The leather stuff does a really decent job of getting stains off the light gray leather seat and conditions the leather as well. My leather gloves, coat and boots take a beating from road grim and bugs here in Va so I tend to got though this stuff on a regular basis.

The butter wax is greasy and easy on, easy off. Not very protective so I use the Jet Seal as a follow-up. They make a Jet Seal for matte paints as well. This stuff is amazing in the sense of putting a hard shell over your wax job and as a result the luster remains for many years to come.

These pictures don't really do it justice but you can see the reflection of the bottom of the seat like a mirror.
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The paint is well protected and just pops now when you look at it. Here's a good view of the solo seat or as the Italian's call it Bellissima! Which I prefer.
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I finally got my misspelled tag sorted at DMV. Woohoo! ;)
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Title: Re: Vespa 946 Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on June 11, 2017, 04:51:17 PM
One of the scooters I sold, the Piaggio BV350 went to Alex and he resides in Philly about 1 mile away from Revzilla. He was doing to the BRPW camping trip this week and made a pit stop at Casa De Redneck and crashed here for the night. I got to catch up with him and hear about his adventures. He took a 3,000 mile trip through Egypt on a Sym 150 scooter and it was fascinating to hear about it. Hopefully he'll chime in here as he got to try out the 946 and I think he took a video.

On his way home to Philly!
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Title: Re: Vespa 946 Meanderings
Post by: Mr. Whippy on June 12, 2017, 07:25:12 PM
Man that's a beautiful scoot.
Title: Re: Vespa 946 Meanderings
Post by: Max Wedge on June 13, 2017, 05:51:45 AM
Man that's a beautiful scoot.
I agree. It works just like its supposed to. You look at it and a little voice in your head goes, "That's cool. I want a Vespa."
Title: Re: Vespa 946 Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on June 19, 2017, 03:29:18 PM
I took a nice two day short trip this weekend on Bella. I've been going to a PT massage therapist for my sciatica in Front Royal and I'm happy to report I'm having good success on this front. The weather was looking bad per usual. I think the only weather this Vespa has seen has been rain. lol So I motored out of Lake Anna and cut up to Culpeper, took a right on 15 to Remington, 621, 15, then right on Ben Venue. BV is a short run but amazing technical piece of tarmac.Then 522 to Front Royal.

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I had stuffed in my Kriega 6 good sized ribeyes packed with two freezer packs that I had been marinating in Lee & Perrins and a bourbon/brown sugar rub! I also had my dock kit, rain suit, two changes of clothes, laptop, chargers, tinted shield, a doggy life preserver I bought my niece for their pup and a copy of Labyrinth to watch with the kids. Love that movie! My pack was over G'd!
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And the weather when I got to PT... As usual I'm a dripping mess walking into the joint.
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After PT I motored up to Luray. A beautiful town right on the Blue Ridge mountains and worth visiting on two wheels. The stormy weather made for some spectacular smokey mountain views.
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Right at dusk it was amazing! Sadly I don't have a decent camera to capture the beauty.
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Title: Re: Vespa 946 Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on June 19, 2017, 03:41:24 PM
After supper we broke out some small fireworks for the kids and had a few beers around the bonfire.
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The next morning my nephew-in-law took the 946 for a spin. He loved it!
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We decided to go to a local brewery and here's a few pics of Luray.
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Hawksbill Brewery, all of their brews are from local crops in the area and they are brewed on the premises.
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Pimp!
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One of the twins.  8)
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While we were there a freight train rolled through and blew the horn. Good night it woke the dead!
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My neice.
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Some random pics my niece took.
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Nice shot of my flab...
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Thanks for reading!

Life is short, enjoy the ride.

Eric



Title: Re: Vespa 946 Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on June 19, 2017, 03:50:30 PM
Time to head home so I cut across the Shenandoah National Forest. Beautiful piece of road to enjoy the scoot on and it wasn't raining!
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Shit house lilies are popping up everywhere.
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Until next trip, thanks for reading.

Eric

Life is short, enjoy the ride.
Title: Re: Vespa 946 Meanderings
Post by: st2sam on June 19, 2017, 05:40:42 PM

Thanks Eric, always enjoy your Meanderings.  :thumbsup:

Title: Re: Vespa 946 Meanderings
Post by: kendenton on June 19, 2017, 05:52:36 PM
Looks like you're having a great time!
Title: Re: Vespa 946 Meanderings
Post by: viffergyrl on June 19, 2017, 05:57:16 PM
Love the continuing adventures of Bella! :bigok:
Title: Re: Vespa 946 Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on August 25, 2017, 10:54:52 AM
Thanks for the kind replies. I'm just sharing life, nothing very interesting here.
Title: Re: Vespa 946 Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on August 25, 2017, 11:14:32 AM
Resurrected from the photobucket debacle. More to come on.....

Eric's Excellent Adventures on a Scooter! 
Title: Re: Vespa 946 Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on August 30, 2017, 08:58:49 PM
So what's Virginian been up to?

Today's update is the only modification I have planned for Bella. To meet U.S. DOT standards they put winkers on stalks all the way around. I literally cannot stand them so I rooted around and found the OEM part numbers for the LED signals.

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You have to tear down the scoot quite a bit to get this job done. In this case I don't mind as it gives me a chance to get the grit and grime of almost 4,000 miles mostly in the rain.
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Here's a look at the rear turn signal entry and you can see what I'm talking about.
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Pop off the Piaggio badge and there's a bolt to hold on the front fascia.
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Remove the from panels and floorboards.
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Title: Re: Vespa 946 Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on August 30, 2017, 09:17:24 PM
I ordered the resistor from Revzilla as it's a plug-n-play.

https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/competition-werkes-universal-led-flasher-relay (https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/competition-werkes-universal-led-flasher-relay)

Here's a view of the stock relay vs. the one to accommodate the LED signals.
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Find the correct wiring harness for the appropiate signal and pull it down for access.
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But first you must decide on a suitable place to fit the resistors, as they can heat up to over 100°C in operation (with long signalling or using your hazard warning lights if you break down), so they need a little cooling air. They should not be completely enclosed or mounted in direct contact with a plastic surface. It's a good idea to make a little mount plate out of sheet aluminium and place that in the bike.

The new signals are a Piaggio OEM part as the scoot should be.
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Title: Re: Vespa 946 Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on August 30, 2017, 09:25:30 PM
Remove the stock signals.
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Nip the ends off the wires and add a connector that mates with the new signals. Be sure to use the little rubber condom as it make the connector waterproof. (snicker)
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After I got her temporarily wired up I wanted to text it before I buttoned her up. Here's a quick 12 second video.
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The front took  a 3 pin connector and the rear took a 2 pin connector. I ordered them on fleabay or you can find them on Amazon.
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Title: Re: Vespa 946 Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on August 30, 2017, 09:37:03 PM
Be sure to check all your metal tabs for the bodywork as they tend to rust quickly if not treated.
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And here's the final product finished as Piaggio intended, Frenched in and smooth!  Clean up the scoot nicely and why have stalks on a big butt? Removing the stalks make the curves stunning to me! Love a clean looking big butt! ;)
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I have a long(ish) ride coming up in a week so lots to come weather permitting!


Il 946 è intagliato da un angelo e dalla bellezza personificata.

The 946 is carved from an angel's tear drop and beauty personified to be.

Life is short, enjoy the ride.

Eric
Title: Re: Vespa 946 Meanderings
Post by: Papa Lazarou on August 31, 2017, 12:57:44 AM
Piaggio agreeing to a new wheel rim...wonders will never cease.
Title: Re: Vespa 946 Meanderings
Post by: Jim on August 31, 2017, 01:45:28 AM
Look nicer - am I missing the front "after" image? 

A surprising amount of wiring under the front floorboards! Seems like a reasonable fuse placement (water resistant / covered decently?)
Title: Re: Vespa 946 Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on August 31, 2017, 09:28:17 AM
Look nicer - am I missing the front "after" image? 

A surprising amount of wiring under the front floorboards! Seems like a reasonable fuse placement (water resistant / covered decently?)

Jim,

The front signals are incorporated into the running lights that pre-existed so now they're dual purpose. I hope this answers your question and thanks for stopping by and reading.
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Post by: Max Wedge on August 31, 2017, 10:45:30 AM
Those look very well built. New lamps are definitely better.
Title: Re: Vespa 946 Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on September 10, 2017, 11:44:18 AM
My family is renting a cottage (off season) at Kitty Hawk, NC (OBX) and the plan was to take the Vespa down and enjoy trip as well. Irma has been threatening to put the kibosh on the whole trip but as luck would have it the show is going on.
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After my trip from TX on the Vespa where I saved a couple of turtles crossing the road on my way home , my friends are calling the me the turtle whisperer. ;) I was shopping for a new helmet and found this one. The Vespa is slooooow like a turtle and I feel compelled to always stop and get them out of harms way.

I bring to you the AGV K3 SV Tartaruga Helmet. I love it!
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Sure enough not one mile from my home into the trip I bump into this fellow. The vibrant colors Mother Natures gives him/her (?) just stunning camo.
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Thanks to Radon222 for doing me a solid and making some suggestions on my route, here's a peek at the planned route.

Love st.o for help. You guys and gals never fail.
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Post by: Virginian on September 10, 2017, 12:10:08 PM
I should mention that I tend to post a boat load of meaningless pictures. It's my hope that some of you enjoy them.

So I took back roads around Lake Anna and spit me out onto US 95 followed the James River. I mean to tell you today's riding weather was perfect!

Leaving home.
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Somewhere along the James River
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There was a hosted triathlon going on and it was a little problematic getting around some of the event riders.
 
First stop Jamestown, VA where quite frankly this country got started in October 1st, 1608 by an English investment colony. There's quite the museum here if you happen by.
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Each flagpole tells a brief history of that state. Here's a couple from my region.
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Just a couple of pics from the museum to share but definitely a scenic area and well worth your time to visit. There was a rather large Pocahontas exhibit as well. 
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pocahontas
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I cannot imagine traveling from England to Virginia in one of these ships. I've done quite a bit of sailing in my lifetime and I just shudder looking at these ships...

Next up the Ferry!

(more to come)
Title: Re: Vespa 946 Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on September 10, 2017, 12:13:19 PM
I'm sitting on the beach writing this with a Corona in my hand feeling very fortunate today for the weather, the spectacular view, wifi that reaches the beach, good health and my family that is with me.

Life is good!
Title: Re: Vespa 946 Meanderings
Post by: R Doug on September 10, 2017, 01:17:30 PM
I'm sitting on the beach writing this with a Corona in my hand feeling very fortunate today for the weather, the spectacular view, wifi that reaches the beach, good health and my family that is with me.

Life is good!


That is good!



 :clap:
Title: Re: Vespa 946 Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on September 10, 2017, 02:03:30 PM
There's a ferry operated VDOT that takes you from Jamestown to Scotland that's free.

Waiting on the ferry.
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Here she comes apply named Pocahontas.
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Loading up there some birds hanging out for the ride. ;)
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I asked a nice lady to snap my pic.
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The James River was named after King James who approved the grant for the English expedition to Virginia.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_River

I made it to Kitty Hawk with not much notable to take pics of by suppertime. The wind picked up in the evening and taking the long bridge from Point Harbor over to OBX was a little hairy. Whitecaps across the entire body of water.

My view for the week!
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Title: Re: Vespa 946 Meanderings
Post by: R Doug on September 10, 2017, 02:37:21 PM
I'm happy the weather (Irma) worked out for you to pull off this trip.  We missed you in Sparta.
Title: Re: Vespa 946 Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on September 10, 2017, 07:37:01 PM
Here's a quick video I threw together crossing on the ferry.

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A couple of small bridges.

https://vimeo.com/233227846
Title: Re: Vespa 946 Meanderings
Post by: Bryan.VFR on September 11, 2017, 08:30:28 AM
Glad the weather worked out for you. I always enjoy reading your adventures. And good pics, too.  :beerchug:
Title: Re: Vespa 946 Meanderings
Post by: Max Wedge on September 11, 2017, 10:58:32 AM
Glad the weather worked out for you. I always enjoy reading your adventures. And good pics, too.  :beerchug:
Indeed!
Title: Re: Vespa 946 Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on September 13, 2017, 02:26:09 PM
When I arrived the wind was howling with the outer edges of Irma, 35 to 40 mph gusts.
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We got a bushel of crabs for supper. ;)
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Random shots...
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I wanted to visit some of the light houses. Here's the first one, Bodie Island Light Station.
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In this picture it marks all the ship wrecks on the coastline.
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Next up the Cape Hatteras Light Station, this one is the last one on the peninsula.
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There's a tremendous amount of history regarding these light houses. There's a book I want to read Women Lighthouse Keepers. During the civil war women manned these light stations while their husbands were off to war in effect keeping the shipping commerce up and rolling.

https://www.uscg.mil/history/uscghist/Women_Keepers.asp (https://www.uscg.mil/history/uscghist/Women_Keepers.asp)

The U.S.S. Monitor sank off the coast of Hatteras as well. The Monitor had become famous when it prevented the Confederate ironclad Merrimack—renamed the Virginia—from breaking the Union blockade of the James River that was stifling the rebellious states' ability to wage battle during the U.S. Civil War. After 140 years under water they're still trying to bring up the ship.

Read about it here!
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2003/12/1204_031205_monitor.html (http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2003/12/1204_031205_monitor.html)

Also a German U Boat was sunk 35 miles off the coast of Hatteras. Off Hatteras was known as Torpedo Alley or Torpedo Junction as the U Boats attacked merchant ships relentlessly. Ships sailed by the dozens daily past this point.

Here's a quick story of just one of them.
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The U-boat skipper, Hans-Dieter Heinicke, had a crippled submarine and was headed home when he spotted the juicy allied convoy off the coast of North Carolina.

Although Heinicke, 29, had a damaged boat, he had sunk only three ships on his four prior patrols and probably saw the 19 merchant vessels of convoy KS-520 plodding south at 8 knots as a chance to redeem himself.

About 4 p.m. on July 15, 1942, about 30 miles off Cape Hatteras, U-576 attacked. In the ensuing free-for-all, the sub sank one ship and damaged two others but was assailed by aircraft and escorts, and sank with all hands.

Researchers announced that they had discovered the wreck of U-576, as well as the wreck of the sunken merchant ship, and hailed the find as a rare snapshot of a little known chapter of World War II.

In the case of the American freighter Pipestone County, torpedoed off Cape Henry, Virginia, in April 1942, Heinicke surfaced near the lifeboats and gave the survivors provisions. He apologised for sinking their ship, and no one was killed. <----- Amazing!
The abbreviated name “U-boat” comes from the German word unterseeboot, meaning submarine or undersea boat.

Read about it here.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/sunken-world-war-ii-german-u-boat-and-freighter-found-off-coast-of-cape-hatteras/2014/10/21/5374c262-5938-11e4-8264-deed989ae9a2_story.html?utm_term=.e7fe962eb559 (https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/sunken-world-war-ii-german-u-boat-and-freighter-found-off-coast-of-cape-hatteras/2014/10/21/5374c262-5938-11e4-8264-deed989ae9a2_story.html?utm_term=.e7fe962eb559)

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They're building a new bridge that is amazing to me with the hollow engineering.
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Look at the size of this section suspended.
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Sub par pictures but it's the best I can do scooting along...
Title: Re: Vespa 946 Meanderings
Post by: Max Wedge on September 14, 2017, 05:41:58 AM
Nice! Looks like a great time.
Title: Re: Vespa 946 Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on September 16, 2017, 04:53:12 PM
Nice! Looks like a great time.

Thanks, just a quick trip! Winter is closing in fast!
Title: Re: Vespa 946 Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on September 16, 2017, 05:03:40 PM
Time to finish this leg up of the trip!

I rode home today and the weather was terrific. Wow, I lucked out all week on the weather... Just a few pics as nothing was really notable. Yesterday we hit up the beach and aquarium. First a couple critter pics and they had many sea life from the local area.
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When I buy t-shirts I tend to purchase them from places like the National Parks that helps support as the profit goes to helping keep the doors open. This particular facility is a med clinic for turtles of all things. I asked how many patients they get a year. Her reply was 500 to 800 turtles a year, most from prop strikes from boats like this big boy that's on the road to recovery.
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I'm a Batman fan in a big way and had to have this t-shirt! ;)
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I loved this one as well as I feel it expresses exactly how I've felt most of my life.
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Post by: Virginian on September 16, 2017, 05:14:20 PM
A Tommy Bahama ad I saw in one of the surf shops. ;)
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Po Boy for lunch!
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The view at lunch.
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My pirate kite for my niece.
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Off to Xscape, fun
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Last one, a tiny frog hung out with me for bit.
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I rode home and stopped in Williamsburg for gas.
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I broke 4,000 on the ride home.
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By the numbers.
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One last thing, I think I've told y'all I'm a numbers guy. Believe it or not, I've been tracking exactly how many miles I've ridden in my lifetime and on this trip home I broke 1,000,000 miles. No fanfare, no plaques or award, just a warm fuzzy and a sense of accomplishment.

Life is short, enjoy the ride.

Thanks for reading,

Eric
Title: Re: Vespa 946 Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on February 12, 2018, 10:12:35 AM
I'm planning a trip to AmeriVespa which is being held in Richmond, VA this year, June 6 - 10th. I'm unsure if I'll just commute to the events or get a room at the Graduate Hotel which is rather pricey. I know there's very few scooter fans on this site but it's a very fun event and lots of riding going on tailored to many interests and riding styles. If/when I go there will be a bunch of pics per usual.

So y'all scooter riders hiding in the closet, time to come out!  :naughty:
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https://www.amerivespa.net/ (https://www.amerivespa.net/)

Wednesday June 6
5pm: Meet & Greet
Scoot Richmond

217 W 7th St, Richmond, VA 23224

Thursday June 7
8:30am – 5pm: Rally registration
Graduate Hotel

Richmond VA 23220

9:30 am – 5pm: Rides
All rides leave from the parking lot of Graduate Hotel

Rides may change, we will keep the schedule updated!
Ride 1 History Long Ride

Civil War Battlefields (Spotsylvania)- no cost – return by 5:00

​Ride 2 Local Character Ride

Foodie Tour – return by 2:00

​Ride 3 History Local Ride

Seven Hills of Richmond – return by 2:00

​Ride 4 History Destination Ride

Hanover Courthouse / The Parson’s Cause reenactment – return by 2:00

​Ride 5 Cool off Destination Ride

Cobblestones Park – Admission $12 – return by 5:00

​6pm: Event
Maymont

1700 Hampton St, Richmond, VA 23220

​Friday June 8
8am – 5pm: Rally Registration
Graduate Hotel

Richmond VA 23220

​9:30 am – 5 pm: Rides
All rides leave from the parking lot of Graduate Hotel

​Rides may change, we will keep the schedule updated!

Ride 1 History Long Ride

Jamestown Settlement - no cost – return by 5:00

​Ride 2 History Local Ride

Richmond and the Revolutionary War – return by 2:00

​Ride 3 Local Character Ride

Craft Brewery Tour – return by 2:00

​Ride 4 Local Character Ride

Quirky Shops Tour – return by 2:00

Ride 5 Cool off Destination Ride

Hadad’s Lake – Admission $15 - return by 5:00

7pm-11pm: Dance Party
The Broadberry
2729 W Broad St, Richmond, VA 23220

Bands:TBA

Saturday June 9
9:30 am – 1 pm: Rides
Rides leave from the parking lot of Graduate Hotel

Rides end at the Richmond International Raceway

​Rides may change, we will keep the schedule updated!

Ride 1 Fast Ride

Indian Summer 11 – return by 1:00

​Ride 2 Fast Ride

Indian Summer 10 – return by 1:00

​Ride 3 History Local Ride

Richmond and the Civil War – return by 1:00

​Ride 4 Cool off Local Ride

Pony Pasture Park – no cost – return by 1:00

​Ride 5 Local Character Ride

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden – Admission $13 – return by 1:00

Ride 6 Local Character Ride

Antique shop tour – return by 1:00

​Ride 7 History Destination Ride

Berkeley Plantation – Admission $11 – return by 1:00

10am - 4pm: Vendor Exhibits


1:00 pm – 5 pm: Gymkhana
Richmond International Raceway

600 E Laburnum Ave Richmond, VA 23222

Gymkhana begins at 2 pm, Raffle at 3 pm
Gymkhana/Scooter Games/Scooter Judging/Vendor Exhibits
 
6pm: Pre Banquet Cocktail Hour

Graduate Hotel

Richmond VA 23220

​7pm: Banquet

TBD

Richmond VA 23220

Dinner & Banquet

​10:00 pm: After Party

XXXX Rooftop Bar

​Sunday June 10
Pankcake Breakfast with vendor exhibits & last raffle
 
9:30 am – 11:30 am: Pancake Breakfast & Raffle
Byrd Park

600 S Boulevard, Richmond, VA 23220

Sponsored by AVAILABLE SPONSORSHIP

12 pm - Til: Unofficial Post Rally Gathering

Hadad's Lake
Title: Re: Vespa 946 Meanderings
Post by: Jim on February 12, 2018, 10:31:58 AM
I've been tracking exactly how many miles I've ridden in my lifetime and on this trip home I broke 1,000,000 miles. No fanfare, no plaques or award, just a warm fuzzy and a sense of accomplishment.

Congrats.

What counts?  Miles on bicycles as a kid? Driving other peoples cars? Just your own vehicles?

What is the GPS location of the million mile spot?
Title: Re: Vespa 946 Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on February 12, 2018, 10:45:40 AM
I've been tracking exactly how many miles I've ridden in my lifetime and on this trip home I broke 1,000,000 miles. No fanfare, no plaques or award, just a warm fuzzy and a sense of accomplishment.

Congrats.

What counts?  Miles on bicycles as a kid? Driving other peoples cars? Just your own vehicles?

What is the GPS location of the million mile spot?

Jim,

That was just on my 2 wheels, so scooter or m/c only. I really don't know the exact spot but is was somewhere in NC on my return trip from the beach. Thanks!

Eric
Title: Re: Vespa 946 Meanderings
Post by: Jim on February 12, 2018, 01:08:57 PM
WOW - one million on your own scooter / MC - that is a milemarker! 

...and you're 90 years old, yes?? LOL
Title: Re: Vespa 946 Meanderings
Post by: Papa Lazarou on February 12, 2018, 01:53:52 PM
Methinks he needs to go with his heart-and buy a Guzzi.
Title: Re: Vespa 946 Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on February 12, 2018, 07:48:16 PM
Methinks he needs to go with his heart-and buy a Guzzi.

I've had a few and there will be one more before I leave this world, this I promise.
Title: Re: Vespa 946 Meanderings
Post by: oilhed on February 13, 2018, 09:00:44 AM
So y'all scooter riders hiding in the closet, time to come out!  :naughty:
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Most beautiful Vespa ever.  If only they coulda squeezed that 300 in it.
Title: Re: Vespa 946 Meanderings
Post by: Vulcanbill on February 14, 2018, 01:44:02 PM
HOLD UP, WAIT A MINUTE (ain't nothing but tutti fruitti get on the floor...  )

You can't just glaze over something like a million miles, dude.  That's not an insignificant milestone.  I think you need to take that from the scooter thread and create it's own thread worthy of ooooooh and aaaaaaah admiration by the rest of us.  That's a big freakin deal.  We were having the million mile conversation this morning.  NPR was touting a guy who did memoirs ... a truck driver who had driven over a million miles.  We were like, big deal.  That's his job.  We would hit a million miles of just our commute in 25 years.  But to do that on two wheels is a really big accomplishment.  Tracking it all is nearly as daunting. 
Title: Re: Vespa 946 Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on March 29, 2018, 03:31:46 PM
80*F/26.6*C today and I'm out running errands.
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A quick stop at Floozie's Pie Shop. The best pie evar! http://www.flooziespieshop.com/ (http://www.flooziespieshop.com/) Places like this are becoming extinct in the sense of mom & pop diners. To me they are the pinnacle of where to stop when traveling on two wheels. For those of you coming to the spring meet this place is 30 minutes away.
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They also do incredible cakes, here's a few for the holiday season.
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Title: Re: Vespa 946 Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on March 29, 2018, 03:45:17 PM
Louisa Courthouse
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Like most of rural Virginia there's veteran's memorials at the courthouse.
Louisa County Courthouse is a historic courthouse building located at Louisa, Louisa County, Virginia. It was designed by architect D. Wiley Anderson from Richmond and built in 1905. It is a two-story, five-bay, porticoed Classical Revival brick structure. It measures 59 feet wide and 63 feet deep and features a pedimented portico supported by four Ionic order columns. It has a modified hipped roof topped by an octagonal drum, dome and lantern. Associated with the courthouse is the contributing old jail built in 1818, and rebuilt in 1868 after a fire; the Crank Building (1830); R. Earl Ogg Memorial Building (1917); and a Civil War monument.

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1990.
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The jailhouse built in 1818.
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1905 gate to enter.
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John Mercer Langston's birth place. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Mercer_Langston he was a member of the Virginia's U.S. House of Representatives in 1890.

John Mercer Langston (December 14, 1829 – November 15, 1897) was an abolitionist, attorney, educator, activist, diplomat, and politician in the United States. An African American, he became the first dean of the law school at Howard University and helped create the department. He was the first president of what is now Virginia State University, a historically black college.

Born a free black in Virginia to a freedwoman of mixed race and a white planter father, in 1888 Langston was elected to the U.S. Congress as the first representative of color from Virginia. Joseph Hayne Rainey, the black Republican congressman from South Carolina, had been elected in 1870 during the Reconstruction era.

In the Jim Crow era of the later nineteenth century, Langston was one of only five African Americans elected to Congress from the South before the former Confederate states passed constitutions and electoral rules from 1890 to 1908 that essentially disenfranchised most blacks and many poor whites, excluding the blacks from politics. After that, no African Americans would be elected from the South until 1973, after the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965 was passed to enforce their constitutional rights. In addition, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the gerrymandered district lines that southern white Democratic State legislatures had drawn to dilute their power and prevent blacks from having enough of a presence in any district to be able to elect a representative of their choice. At the time, most blacks supported Republican Party candidates, both white and black.

Langston's early career was based in Ohio where, with his older brother Charles Henry Langston, he began his lifelong work for African-American freedom, education, equal rights and suffrage. In 1855 he was one of the first African Americans in the United States elected to public office when elected as a town clerk in Ohio. John was a great-uncle of the renowned poet Langston Hughes.

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Until the next episode, tune in same channel and same time for Vespa 946 Meanderings.

Eric
Title: Re: Vespa 946 Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on March 29, 2018, 07:48:23 PM
Two last stragglers I forgot...
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The bag hook to the rescue!
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Title: Re: Vespa 946 Meanderings
Post by: kneescrubber on March 30, 2018, 07:56:54 AM
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I want a helmet like that.
Title: Re: Vespa 946 Meanderings
Post by: minimac on March 30, 2018, 09:08:37 AM
Thanks for the kind replies. I'm just sharing life, nothing very interesting here.

 Might not be interesting, but looks like fun!
Title: Re: Vespa 946 Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on April 01, 2018, 10:40:02 AM
http://youtu.be/E_sncxuvD3A (http://youtu.be/E_sncxuvD3A)

I bumped into this very short 48 second video on Vespa 946s being hand made.

Happy Easter folks!
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on April 14, 2018, 11:27:38 AM
I'm planning a scooter trip to Charleston, SC to see the Hunlee. Would anyone have any recommendations for decent scenic roads in this part of the country?
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Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on April 14, 2018, 12:31:35 PM
PS: I asked DantesDame to move this thread to the ride reports. My threads seem to wander in so many different directions... That said, I changed the title to be non brand specific and I'll post all my travels on any scoot in this thread.

Many thanks to DantesDame for helping!

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Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: leeo45 on April 14, 2018, 02:03:13 PM
I read all of this (up to Floozies pies) when it was originally posted.    I just read it again now that it popped up in the ride reports and it was great the second time too.   Senility can have a few minor benefits.  :o   

Congrats and major accolades on the million miles.   That is quite an accomplishment and also a lot of opportunities to see great things without having to look through windows.   I haven't kept track of my mileage over the years but suspect I've ridden less than half of that.   And thanks for posting all of the pictures and commentary in your ride reports.   You have some great pictures and it is very interesting to read, plus it is an inspiration to get out and ride.    I suppose it should be an inspiration to do more cleaning, waxing, and detailing on my bikes too, however it hasn't quite triggered any action just yet.   Beautiful scoot.  Thanks again for taking the time to post all of this.   
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on April 15, 2018, 12:03:36 PM
I read all of this (up to Floozies pies) when it was originally posted.    I just read it again now that it popped up in the ride reports and it was great the second time too.   Senility can have a few minor benefits.  :o   

Congrats and major accolades on the million miles.   That is quite an accomplishment and also a lot of opportunities to see great things without having to look through windows.   I haven't kept track of my mileage over the years but suspect I've ridden less than half of that.   And thanks for posting all of the pictures and commentary in your ride reports.   You have some great pictures and it is very interesting to read, plus it is an inspiration to get out and ride.    I suppose it should be an inspiration to do more cleaning, waxing, and detailing on my bikes too, however it hasn't quite triggered any action just yet.   Beautiful scoot.  Thanks again for taking the time to post all of this.

leeo45,

You know, it's very kind remarks like this that make it worth while to post.

Thank you,

Eric
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on April 16, 2018, 02:41:13 PM
I have lots of scooting plans this spring and summer and I'll try to keep this thread updated with my pointless pictures and posts. Here are a few highlights that I have on my agenda this year. Some of you may know that I love history so I tend to pick a historic site to visit and turn a ride into a learning experience. I'm a huge Civil War and WWII fan, throw in some plane and train museums and I'm happy as a clam at high tide! Here's a peek of things to come, hopefully...
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- AmeriVespa, Vespa's granddaddy of them all events in Richmond (tons of pic from that event coming) https://www.amerivespa.net/ (https://www.amerivespa.net/) Done 06/18
- The Hunley, first submarine to sink a warship that forever changed naval history https://www.hunley.org/ (https://www.hunley.org/)
- Gettysburg, needs no introduction, that forever cemented America's outcome of the Civil War https://www.nps.gov/gett/index.htm (https://www.nps.gov/gett/index.htm) Done 07/18
- Fredericksburg Battle Field, America's Battlefield https://www.nps.gov/frsp/index.htm (https://www.nps.gov/frsp/index.htm) - Done 04/18/18
- Anteitam National Battlefield - The Bloodiest Day in American History--Hope for Freedom https://www.nps.gov/anti/index.htm (https://www.nps.gov/anti/index.htm)
- Harper's Ferry - A must see if you haven't visited before. https://www.nps.gov/hafe/index.htm (https://www.nps.gov/hafe/index.htm)]https://www.nps.gov/hafe/index.htm
- American Armoured Foundation, Inc. Tank Museum - A must see if you're a WWII buff https://www.aaftankmuseum.com/ (https://www.aaftankmuseum.com/)
- The Virginia Museum of Transportation - They are supposed to have a decent train museum and I want to see and possibly ride the famous Virginia 611 http://www.vmt.org/collections/rail/steam-locomotives/steam-locomotive-norfolk-and-western-class-j-611/ (http://www.vmt.org/collections/rail/steam-locomotives/steam-locomotive-norfolk-and-western-class-j-611/)
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- I'll be headed back to OBX come early September so look for the usual beach stuff there
- Late September I'm off to Hawaii (never been) and hope to rent a scooter and see some of the island that I'll be staying on

I'll share my thoughts on the Xmax vs. the 946 as we go along. If any of you good folks have any specific questions or pics you need, just ask away and I'll get you some answers. This thread is about life, nothing more, nothing less. I welcome any and all folks to chime in. I'm just a VA redneck trying to enjoy what's left of my life and wish to share my adventures with the m/c and scooter community. So post your thoughts, pictures, jokes and climb aboard.

Eric
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: RBEmerson on April 17, 2018, 09:55:12 PM
South to SC from VA. Of course there's Skyline Drive and the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on April 17, 2018, 09:57:33 PM
South to SC from VA. Of course there's Skyline Drive and the Blue Ridge Parkway.

I was chatting with Doug who gave me some suggestions. Here's my first cut at it. Thanks for the suggestions!
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Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on April 18, 2018, 04:12:55 PM
I was out scooting today and took a few too many pics... If you don't like history, stop reading here! lol

As I'm breaking in the motor of the Xmax, I decided to take lonely country roads around my area and weave my way back to Fredericksburg.

Here's a few random shots.
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Take a look at this very old tree, the trunk was darn near the width of the bike. If this tree could tell stories I bet it would have a few over the last 100 years...
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Anyone remember Tyler Risk from st.n? Today is her birthday and we've been friends for a while. Anywho, she loves old barns so I posted this for her on FB.
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Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on April 18, 2018, 04:26:44 PM
Next stop Fredericksburg Battlefield
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America's Battleground
Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Wilderness, and Spotsylvania--this is America's battleground, where the Civil War roared to its bloody climax. No place more vividly reflects the War's tragic cost in all its forms. A town bombarded and looted. Farms large and small ruined. Refugees by the thousands forced into the countryside. More than 85,000 men wounded; There are a total of 15,243 Civil War interments, of those, only 2,473 were identified. Really sad...

The military park encompasses four major Civil War battlefields: Battle of Fredericksburg, Battle of Chancellorsville, Battle of the Wilderness, and Battle of Spotsylvania Court House. It also preserves four historic buildings associated with them: Chatham Manor, Salem Church, Ellwood Manor, and the house where Stonewall Jackson died. The ruins of the Chancellor family mansion are included. There are two visitor centers staffed by Park Service rangers, one in Fredericksburg near the foot of Marye's Heights, and another at the Chancellorsville site. Exhibit shelters are staffed on a seasonal basis at Wilderness and Spotsylvania Court House. Chatham Manor in Stafford County is open daily. All sites are free.

The park was established as Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania County Battlefields Memorial National Military Park on February 14, 1927, and transferred from the War Department August 10, 1933. The lengthy name remains its official designation—75 letters, the longest name of any unit in the national park system. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on October 15, 1966. The park includes 8374 acres (33.89 km2), of which 7369 acres (30 km2) are owned by the Federal government. Over 500,000 people visit the battlefield each year.

This is a time period home that the Nat'l Park Service has converted into the welcome center.
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All of nature is just starting to blossom and bloom and makes for a great day to get out.
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Some random shots that maybe are noteworthy.
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This picture gives you an overview of each engagement.
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Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on April 18, 2018, 04:40:49 PM
I'll let the quotes and pictures speak for themselves.
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Different ordnance used. Only about 8% kill ratio using cannons during the civil war but the damage it did to the to morale and troops was immeasurable.
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This was interesting because technology in firearms and cannons didn't have rifled barrels yet in the field. This cannon shot put the rifling on the actual shell., thus termed long range.
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In this tube that went from floor to ceiling housed musket balls and rounds that were collected on the Fredericksburg battlefield.
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The chaplain's uniform, a very rare artifact.
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The telegraph that was used during this engagement. Fascinating!
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I'll get back to scoot'n here in a few... please bare with me.
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on April 18, 2018, 05:09:33 PM
The push of the Union army.
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This statement may not be telling the whole truth. Looters were shot or hanged on sight by any acting commander on both sides, simply put it wasn't tolerated. President Abraham Lincoln was shot (by a southerner John Wilkes Booth) on April 15th, 1865 and killed just 5 days after General Lee surrendered and the civil war was over. Looting and burning of all the south happened in retaliation. So I'm really unclear as to why this happened to Fredericksburg as it was months before?
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Here's a fascinating story about a flag.
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This wall shows pictures of Fredericksburg's finest.
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Each picture was on hinges and when you swung it open it told the tale of that individual.
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On to the cemetery.
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Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on April 18, 2018, 05:24:53 PM
This is the very stone wall that confederates fought behind and died by the thousands...
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The Fifth Corps Army of the Potomac
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The thousands of unmarked gravestones had two numbers on them, the first number was the lot that his/their bodies were found, the second number represents how many unknown soldiers were buried here.
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Medal of Honer recipient.
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The view from the cemetery overlooking Fredericksburg. You can just see my scoot...
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In this private cemetery lies Presidents General George Washington's nephew.
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The original gate to enter the private plot.
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Several of the gravestones were destroyed by Union cannons.
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Random shots...
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The Willis building.
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It seemed no matter where I was my shadow was in every picture. Apologies...
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The iconic VA fences that could be taken up and moved so livestock wouldn't feed too much on the same location.
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The park service offers free tours and the volunteers will walk groups around and go into great detail about events here. Our park service in the U.S. rocks and the unsung heroes of the volunteers should be recognized.
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One last picture I neglected to share. Many of the gravestones had fresh flowers on them. Most have dried up and died but my take away from seeing this is the families losses are still felt to this day and relatives come visit on a regular bases which I think is amazing!
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Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on April 18, 2018, 05:28:54 PM
I walked away from this battlefield with a heavy heart of all the loss of life here. So I motored down into the old town for a cup of coffee to gather my thoughts. 
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Caramel latte thank you very much.
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Thanks for reading,

Eric
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: st2sam on April 19, 2018, 08:00:29 AM
 :clap:

Thanks Eric.
History & Science were my favorites in school.

On a side note.
 At best, I've mixed emotions about monuments for the Confederacy.  (having to remove so many of them is another story we won't discuss here.)
After reading your post. I have feelings for both the North and South armies.  Americans fighting for their believes.  :bigok:
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on April 19, 2018, 08:17:09 AM
:clap:

Thanks Eric.
History & Science were my favorites in school.

On a side note.
 At best, I've mixed emotions about monuments for the Confederacy.  (having to remove so many of them is another story we won't discuss here.)
After reading your post. I have feelings for both the North and South armies.  Americans fighting for their believes.  :bigok:

Sam,

At the risk of upsetting good folks off on this topic, my feelings are as such. I'm neither ashamed nor proud of the south regarding the civil war. It was what it was and didn't happen on my watch. My family fought on both sides so to me it was a looser all the way around for everyone. These posts are not to glorify the civil war or the south, just reporting the news of a lot of history that surrounds my immediate area. When I visit these sights in VA you can feel the tone of the a sore looser (to me).

Look at it this way, if I lived in Rome and scooted around to all the Roman monuments, would I feel bad that Caesar controlled what? 2/3rds of the earth through pillage? Same could be said for the British empire and the vikings. Like it or not, mankind has done atrocious things globally since the age of time. A person doesn't have to agree with the driving force but to admire the technological, history and yes science that was happening during those conflicts.

That said, if this topic is annoying or upsetting anyone, I'll delete ASAP. I want no parts of it on any level and will investigate history privately. It's a tightrope I'm walking sharing this stuff and I hope it is presented in a respectful manner for all folks.

I am proud that I have lived in VA most of my life and will always be a Virginian.

Eric
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: st2sam on April 19, 2018, 08:26:31 AM
:clap:

Thanks Eric.
History & Science were my favorites in school.

On a side note.
 At best, I've mixed emotions about monuments for the Confederacy.  (having to remove so many of them is another story we won't discuss here.)
After reading your post. I have feelings for both the North and South armies.  Americans fighting for their believes.  :bigok:

That said, if this topic is annoying or upsetting anyone, I'll delete ASAP.

Eric

 :eek:
Are you kidding me.
Do Not!

IMO, anyone who feels your post was annoying or upsetting better get a life.
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on April 19, 2018, 08:47:26 AM
Sooner or later I'll scoot my way down to Colonial Williamsburg and Yorktown. Williamsburg, a city in the U.S. state of Virginia, was capital of the Virginia Colony from 1699 to 1780 and played a significant role in the American Revolution. It forms the “Historic Triangle” together with Jamestown and Yorktown. Its heart is Colonial Williamsburg, a historic district and living-history museum where actors in period costume depict daily Colonial life in the streets, stores and workshops. I've already covered Jamestown and hope to get to the 'hat trick" on this topic. How the U.S. got started and gained their freedom by throwing up the middle finger to the King of England is another epic journey. This will open the doors to me for places to go visit, meet good people and travel on two wheels to get there. Maybe it will entice others to come visit and start their own journey? I'm a self admitted history dork.   :bigok:

Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: RBEmerson on April 20, 2018, 10:02:53 AM
On a practical level, thanks for a look at the Fredericksburg area. I had no idea about how extensive the NP is. It's now on my list of places to stop while on an extended trip.

On a philosophical level, "those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it."
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on April 21, 2018, 04:18:22 PM
On a practical level, thanks for a look at the Fredericksburg area. I had no idea about how extensive the NP is. It's now on my list of places to stop while on an extended trip.

On a philosophical level, "those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it."


Thanks for stopping by and posting! Now let's see some adventures of you on your new FJ!

I was out running errands today and made quite a few stops. First stop was Fredericksburg Motor Sports for some oil, filter and what not for the first service on the Xmax which is coming up quickly.
While I was at the parts counter they had this pic sitting on the counter. Yes, that's a patron of the place! Bwahahaha!  :crazy: :confused: :wow:
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Stopped at a historic marker, nothing epic.
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1 mile from the yammerhammer shop is George Washington's "childhood" home. Hmmm.. I've never stopped to look but the sun was shining and I was in no rush, why not.

So I scoot on in and I'm greeted by the welcome center. Ferry Farm George Washington Center. http://www.kenmore.org/ff_home.html (http://www.kenmore.org/ff_home.html)
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Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on April 21, 2018, 04:27:32 PM
So I went inside and was milling about to see if there was anything interesting. They had very little to showcase in the welcome center as far as artifacts. That said, here's what they did have...
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Soooo... I promply signed the register and rolled out to see the grounds and GW's "home"!
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Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on April 21, 2018, 04:39:19 PM
A beautiful manicured estate.
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I walked along the pathe to get to the main attraction, GW's boyhood home! Signage to get you pumped about being there. There's some nuggets of info here that might be noteworthy.
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As I approach the "home" I'm greeted by this curator.
- Him: "May I see your badge?"
- Me: Um, I waited a half hour for the lady at the desk but she seemed over G'd so I just walked back here.
- Him: So I'm going to have to ask you to leave the premises and take no more pictures until you get a pass. 
- Me: Ummm...okay, can I ask one question? Is that GW's boyhood home pointing behind him.
- Him: There is no record what his house looked like and this home is a typical representation of what a home looked like back from that era.
- Me: So all the banners and what not are conjecture as well?
- Him: Yes
- Me: Have a good day sir.

So I snapped one pic of the alleged home and bounced. Honestly, I felt like going back to the welcome center and changing what I wrote in the visitor log...
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My advice is take a pass  on seeing this sight.  :thumbsdown: :thumbsdown:
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on April 21, 2018, 04:51:26 PM
So I stopped by the Indian of Fredericksburg on the way home. They are offering demo day on April 24th & 25th. Stop by and have a go on one of their finest.
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Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: RBEmerson on April 23, 2018, 09:16:28 AM
You probably hit the resident self-impressed fool. NTL, I would have updated the book - "being ejected after staff too busy to sell a pass here. Compliments withdrawn." Of all the NP's and SP's I've visited, nobody has been nasty. Some have been "no slack", but not like that. Needless to say, at least one reader will be voting with his feet...
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on April 23, 2018, 10:52:49 AM
You probably hit the resident self-impressed fool. NTL, I would have updated the book - "being ejected after staff too busy to sell a pass here. Compliments withdrawn." Of all the NP's and SP's I've visited, nobody has been nasty. Some have been "no slack", but not like that. Needless to say, at least one reader will be voting with his feet...

I should also mention that it's free admission. I've been thrown out of a lot of places in my life but this was a first, a Nat'l Park!  :gerg:
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on April 23, 2018, 05:51:49 PM
I took a few moments to share my thoughts with a member on ADV on a comparison between my two scoots that he asked. I thought it was noteworthy enough that I would post it here.

By the way, there's one of st.o's own lurking in battle scooters on ADV checking out scooter threads. He shall remain nameless but we have a closet scooterist in the closet.

Quote from: Jim T, post: 34788697, member: 7108
My vote is definitely to amend your 946 thread to include the Xmax. I'll be interested to hear how the Xmax compares to your 946 and how you'll use it vs the 946.

Jim

Jim,

I didn't reply to you remark in the Xmax thread as I needed to put some thought into it. I'm abut 400 or 500 miles into the Xmax and have a somewhat better feel for this scoot and I'll share my thoughts on the it vs. the 946 which are polar opposites of each other in the scooting world.

I view the world through a different lens than most so please take my remarks lightly.

Let's start with the ups and downs of both.

Vespa 946 <---- see what I did there, text is the same color as my scoot ;)
+ Single cylinder 4 stroke, air cooled, SOHC - 3 valve
+ Style, just a beautiful scoot (subjective)
+ Air cooled, may be a benefit to some folks for simplicity
+ 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
+ Handling and suspension is right decent
+ ABS & traction control
+ LED lights except DOT winkers (modified by me)
+ up to 100 mpg (U.S. gallon)
+ Brakes are incredible
+ 2 year factory warranty
- Dealer network is very lack luster
- Mine is slooooow but when it gets there it holds like a freight train
- Cost of parts
- Air cooled, may be a negative to other folks
- Service intervals are sooner
- Not much real estate for a passenger
- Minimal gauges
- Price
- Fuel filler is a major PITA, sprays gas when topping off 100% of the time
- Have to pop the seat to fill with fuel

Yamaha Xmax
+ 292cc liquid-cooled 4-stroke, SOHC single cylinder; 4 valves
+ HUGE storage at 45L
+ Yamaha reliability
+ Room for a tall person
+ ABS & traction control
+ Fit and finish decent
+ Seat is actually not bad, no hump-ectomy necessary
+ LED lights except DOT winkers (will be modified by me)
+ 70 to 80 mpg (U.S. gallon)
+ Excellent real estate for a passenger
+ Gauges are a stand out feature
+ Adjustable windshield and handlebars
+ Very good stock OEM winshield
+ Top speed around 100, cruising at 75 to 85 mph is effortless
+ The perfect size for a maxi scoot (to me)
+ Brakes are incredible
- Looks like every other Japanese scoot
- 1 year factory warranty
- Typical tabs everywhere that are easy to snap when removing bodywork

So there's a few of my thoughts regarding real world experience on these two scoots. Now which one would I choose to keep if I could only have one? The 946 hands down despite my lengthy list of negatives listed above.

The Xmax does it all flawlessly. I do mean all, 2 up, utilitarian, storage, rack & topbox if you wish, etc. The 946 does it with grace and style to me. Wherever I go, people young and old walk up to me and just want to chat about the Vespa. The smile I have on my face every time I ride it is hard to explain.

The 946 and I have been on a huge adventure starting the day I bought her. Honestly, in all my riding decades I have never been hit with so much bad weather literally for days. She marched through it 12 to 14 hours a day and kept me safe. So to be fair, I have a bond with this scoot that no other scooter can dethrone.

In closing I suggested that I view the world through a different lens then most at the beginning of this post. Theretically let's say I had my choice of a 2018 BMW R1200RT with all the goodies or a 2018 Yamaha TW200 or Suzuki VanVan and a little money to prep it to take a trip from VA to AK. I would take the TW200 all day long! To me the adventure starts by just having just enough to get the job done, not 10 times the amount of what it takes to get there. I would have more fun setting up a TW with nav, making racks and attaching hard bags, where to store the gas can, etc. etc. I promise you I would have an epic journey to share on my ride report/day tripp'n.

When I'm on my last legs laying there in bed and my life is coming to an end, I will not be reminiscing the many times I've ridden across country on 1,000+cc m/c. I will be laying there remembering the epic journey on my 946 or if I chose the TW like mentioned above.

So I am most definitely the wrong person to ask advice or opinions on pretty much anything. I always seem to take the hard road and take a beating along the way. My father used to say, "the definition of an adventure is a disaster that worked out."

Pops and I after we dared each other to go to Seattle for a cup of coffee. Stopped at Luguna Seca to see my favorite racer John Kocinski, bought my first ever pair of riding boots there, had nothing but  a backpack with a couple changes of clothes, none of my gear was waterproof back then, performance awards for both of us in Carmel, what a freak'n adventure that was...

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Thanks for reading,

Eric
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: oilhed on April 23, 2018, 06:56:53 PM
By the way, there's one of st.o's own lurking in battle scooters on ADV checking out scooter threads. He shall remain nameless but we have a closet scooterist in the closet.

Who?!!!

Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on April 23, 2018, 06:59:11 PM
By the way, there's one of st.o's own lurking in battle scooters on ADV checking out scooter threads. He shall remain nameless but we have a closet scooterist in the closet.

Who?!!!

Ah hah! There he is!  :wings:
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: RBEmerson on April 25, 2018, 08:27:16 PM
You probably hit the resident self-impressed fool. NTL, I would have updated the book - "being ejected after staff too busy to sell a pass here. Compliments withdrawn." Of all the NP's and SP's I've visited, nobody has been nasty. Some have been "no slack", but not like that. Needless to say, at least one reader will be voting with his feet...

I should also mention that it's free admission. I've been thrown out of a lot of places in my life but this was a first, a Nat'l Park!  :gerg:
Oh, fer cryin' out loud. That's past imagining...  :nuts:
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: radon222 on April 26, 2018, 06:52:16 AM
By the way, there's one of st.o's own lurking in battle scooters on ADV checking out scooter threads. He shall remain nameless but we have a closet scooterist in the closet.

Who?!!!

Holy crap! Its already leaking oil.  In three spots!!!     ;D :bigok:
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: minimac on April 26, 2018, 03:14:09 PM
I spotted Oilhed there also, but was too polite to mention it. Could be considering an XMax?
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: oilhed on April 26, 2018, 03:17:47 PM
I’d love another scoot. But while that Xmax looks great today I’m drooling over the Honda X-ADV or maybe the BMW C400X.
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Blunder on April 27, 2018, 02:14:06 AM
Quote
That said, if this topic is annoying or upsetting anyone, I'll delete ASAP. I want no parts of it on any level and will investigate history privately. It's a tightrope I'm walking sharing this stuff and I hope it is presented in a respectful manner for all folks.

I am proud that I have lived in VA most of my life and will always be a Virginian.

Eric

Don't change a thing. You're out and about on two wheels and posting your experiences. I think that's what this place is all about.

When I drove a truck for a living I hit every state in the lower 48 except for Vermont and I took every rare opportunity to visit the local history, and does it have some history that bears some thought and contemplation. You're doing it via scooter and sharing it here.

Thank you.

BTW,  I'm happy to be a Cali/Nevada guy. I don't think I could live anywhere else.  8)
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on April 27, 2018, 03:59:29 PM


Don't change a thing. You're out and about on two wheels and posting your experiences. I think that's what this place is all about.

When I drove a truck for a living I hit every state in the lower 48 except for Vermont and I took every rare opportunity to visit the local history, and does it have some history that bears some thought and contemplation. You're doing it via scooter and sharing it here.

Thank you.

BTW,  I'm happy to be a Cali/Nevada guy. I don't think I could live anywhere else.  8)
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Thank you!

Soo... I'm scoot'n today and happen upon this baby box turtle. Shuffled him off into the woods.
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Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on April 28, 2018, 07:21:04 PM
I scooted up to see my family today and as luck would have it my nephew-in-law and my BIL so we went for a nice country road ride along the Shenandoah River. Talk about 3 amigos, we have Harley dude, Ducati dude and scooter boi. lol
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Stopped off to see my great niece Ava play her first soccer game.
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Settled in for a nice lunch. Life was most excellent today.
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Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on May 11, 2018, 06:47:05 PM
I scooted down to Wegmans, the best grocery store evar!
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Nobody does holidays like Wegmans, check out the entryway for Mother's Day.
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Picked up some clams and some Alaskan King crab legs for Mother's Day supper along with some roses. Don't forget your misses this Mother's Day even if you have no kids. She takes care of you and your pets with the same love.
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Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on May 24, 2018, 08:46:59 PM
Out scooting today running some errands!
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I hope everyone has a good Memorial Day holiday this weekend!
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on June 04, 2018, 06:24:26 PM
AmeriaVespa starts this Wednesday and I'll be meeting up with two friends at the cabin and then headed to Richmond. We'll see how the roads are getting there as it's been a little crazy weather wise.

I'll do my best to get lots of pictures for folks and try to get them posted by the end of each day. Tomorrow I'll detail the 946 and get packed for the trip. I'm not sure if I'll post a Glympse, not exactly an epic trip. lol

More to come in 48 hours!

Eric
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Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on June 06, 2018, 07:18:08 PM
Just got checked in at the Graduate Hotel in Richmond!

First my friends riding down with me met up at Casa De Redneck. Alex who bought my old BV350 and Ahmed is visiting from Egypt to attend the event. Ahmad offers scooters tours across Egypt.
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Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on June 06, 2018, 07:30:39 PM
We get parked in the underground parking and first sight I see is one or two of the 2018 Scooter Cannonball contestants. I believe the beige scoot is Brooks!
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Up in the hotel lobby. ;) The one on the right is being raffled off.
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Hmmm??? We must of gotten the doghouse room. lol
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Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: leeo45 on June 06, 2018, 09:10:47 PM
Great pictures and interesting scoots.

Just got checked in at the Graduate Hotel in Richmond!

First my friends riding down with me met up at Casa De Redneck. Alex who bought my old BV350 and Ahmed is visiting from Egypt to attend the event. Amed offers scooters tours across Egypt.
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Is this the same Ahmed who founded the CEC (Cross Egypt Challenge)?    If so, cool guy and great that he is able to visit and ride in the U.S.
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on June 07, 2018, 04:01:13 PM
Great pictures and interesting scoots.

Just got checked in at the Graduate Hotel in Richmond!

First my friends riding down with me met up at Casa De Redneck. Alex who bought my old BV350 and Ahmed is visiting from Egypt to attend the event. Amed offers scooters tours across Egypt.
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Is this the same Ahmed who founded the CEC (Cross Egypt Challenge)?    If so, cool guy and great that he is able to visit and ride in the U.S.

Leo,

Correct, that is him.
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: viffergyrl on June 07, 2018, 04:06:34 PM
Scooteristas!
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on June 07, 2018, 04:12:06 PM
We hit up a pool hall that was the chosen hangout this evening and was in walking distance so we could partake. :) Scooters covered the front and side.
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I chatted with gal that had a two tone red/whiTe Vespa that was stunning. She was super proud of it and she should be.
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The scene!
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Bulleit on the rocks for me!
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First person I recognize is GoPam who just completed her first Cannonball. It was great hearing about her adventures on the journey.
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GoPam orders a drink and they randomly hand you a coaster. Amazing what hers said on the title!
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The front is a partial pic of the art a local did and is hanging in the bar.
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So off we went to find this piece of art. Bam!
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Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on June 07, 2018, 04:15:43 PM
How about an Allstate.
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I'm sorry I didn't catch this young couples names but they were having a great time.
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We didn't get to eat so we stopped at an all night diner and found this place where I ordered a pattymelt.
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Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on June 07, 2018, 04:24:18 PM
A couple of random pics and I'll be darned if I forgot these fine folks names. Apologies.
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Alex and Ahmad on the right, Brook and his lovely wife on the left.
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The room keys have famous peeps on them that I think have stayed in the old Graduate Hotel.
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This concludes day 1!
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on June 07, 2018, 04:58:02 PM
Scooteristas!

Yep! Sitting in the bar in the hotel updating this thread
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Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: st2sam on June 07, 2018, 06:00:52 PM
Eric your killing me!

I'm actually thinking of buying a scooter! 
But don't worry, if I do, it'll be a BIG one. :headscratch:

Correct me if I'm wrong, but you seem to enjoy the smaller scooters?

Anywho, thanks for sharing your adventure, can't wait for "the rest of the story".  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on June 07, 2018, 09:22:49 PM
So I opted for the long ride of the available rides today and motored out to Monticello. Home of our 3rd U.S. president and author of the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson.
https://home.monticello.org/

First a few pics from the garage as there always seems to be a new batch when I happen by.
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We scooted along country roads for 70 to 80 miles and when we arrived at Monticello we stopped for gas. Everyone was in festive spirits!
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Bagel tried out the 946.  ;) He rode his Vespa 4,600 to get here from CA.
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We stopped for lunch and had some awesome southern fried chicken.
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This fine gent from NC had the big screen of navs! Wow!
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Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on June 07, 2018, 09:30:56 PM
Next stop Monticello! ****History Alert!****

We entered at the David M. Rubenstein Center. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Rubenstein
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Looks like TJ had brass balls! ;0
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Look familiar? Monticello is on the U.S. nickel or back then known as a half dime.
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Check out these trees! The trunk on this one was 6' wide!
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This one had branches that extended 20 yards, yes I said yards. They are so heavy the they grew back down to the ground.
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Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on June 07, 2018, 09:41:13 PM
Some fun facts.
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Thomas Jefferson had a thing for clocks and an anti-thing for grandfather clocks. Every room had multiple clocks that most were weight driven like this one. Inside it had a pulley system which used heavy weights which only lasted 6 days. TJ stated his entryway was only a 6 day wall height, not a 7. lol The engineering in this home is astounding for the 17th century. Sadly no pics of the interior as we were not allowed.

Note this clock only had 1 hand.
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At the entryway if you looked up was a compass driven by the weather vein on the roof. Fascinating stuff! I should mention that 90% of this home and artifacts are real.
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Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on June 07, 2018, 09:47:53 PM
Thomas Jefferson hoped that his family would be able to live on at Monticello after his death. He left the property to his daughter, Martha Jefferson Randolph, and her children. Jefferson's enormous debt load, however, as well as the expenses of maintaining the building and lands proved too much to handle. Although there were several belated plans to save Monticello for the family, nothing came of them, and Mrs. Randolph put Monticello and its furnishings up for sale. Much of Jefferson's furniture, plate, and farm equipment, as well as 140 slaves, were bought at a public auction in 1827. The idiosyncratic mansion proved harder to sell. Finally, four years after the auction, the house and property went to an eccentric Charlottesville druggist, James Barclay, for $7,500.

James Barclay despised Jefferson's political ideals, and had very little interest in the great house itself. He wanted the land for a scheme that would turn Monticello into a silkworm farm. In order to plant mulberry trees, Barclay tore out many of the trees Jefferson had planted and uprooted the extensive gardens. Within three years, the project predictably failed, and Barclay now looked around for a buyer. In 1834, he sold the house and surrounding land for $2,500 to Uriah Phillips Levy, an officer in the United States Navy.

Uriah Phillips Levy really believed in TJ's freedom of religion, thus bought and preserved his home out of respect till the U.S. bought it back. If it wan't for Mr. Levy, it would be gone.

TJ was broke at the end of his life. The war of 1812 broke out and Washington lost it's library in that war as it was burned down to the ground by the British. TJ (being broke and needed the $$ sold his book collection to the U.S. which is the Library of Congress today.

Uriah Phillips Lev really was a facinating man and should be remembered.
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Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on June 07, 2018, 10:23:32 PM
Piaggio held a welcome meet and greet at the Maymont Robbins Nature Center.
https://maymont.org/animals/nature-center/

So I motored over there to see what all the hubbub was. Here'a pic in the lobby as I entered.
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And it's on! Another scooter throw down.
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45s! Man, I'm old...
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I met many new folks and what I really enjoyed was the positive energy and good nature all these folks had.

Oh yeah, The drakes and geese attack! lmao
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Meanwhile back at the hotel, some more random shots. Mid-evil pimp!
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Helix in the house!
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This pic doesn't do this scoot justice. Simply put, it was stunning. Two tone in portifino green with a painted on pinstripe in brown to match the brown leather seat. Well played!
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This concludes day 2.

(more to come)

Life is short, enjoy the ride.

Eric
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on June 07, 2018, 10:28:11 PM
Eric your killing me!

I'm actually thinking of buying a scooter! 
But don't worry, if I do, it'll be a BIG one. :headscratch:

Correct me if I'm wrong, but you seem to enjoy the smaller scooters?

Anywho, thanks for sharing your adventure, can't wait for "the rest of the story".  :thumbsup:

Sam!

Come to the dark side Sam. BTW, I'm not your father. lol

I do enjoy the smaller scoots as it's a 'real' challenge to do all the things I do effortlessly on a m/c but a hoot to do on a micro level. The Xmax 300 is no joke though. It will cruise at 80+ and has a ton of storage so pick your poison. It's a whole different kind of fun on a level that most folks don't even register on their radar. You're welcome to come and barrow either on my scoots and go take a journey on it. See if it makes you smile. You might be surprised.

Eric
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: st2sam on June 08, 2018, 07:18:06 AM
Sam!
Come to the dark side Sam. BTW, I'm not your father. lol
I do enjoy the smaller scoots as it's a 'real' challenge to do all the things I do effortlessly on a m/c but a hoot to do on a micro level. The Xmax 300 is no joke though. It will cruise at 80+ and has a ton of storage so pick your poison. It's a whole different kind of fun on a level that most folks don't even register on their radar. You're welcome to come and barrow either on my scoots and go take a journey on it. See if it makes you smile. You might be surprised.
Eric
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Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on June 08, 2018, 01:56:19 PM
Day 3

Back in the bar in the ac cooling off with a Legend Brown Ale, a fine VA brown ale!
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Let's start the day to see what's in the garage this morning. ;)
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I took off early to go top off my tank and I happen upon this. An air pump that takes credit cards at $1.50 a pop. wtf...
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Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on June 08, 2018, 02:09:32 PM
Rode back to the hotel to pick up my swag kit and check out the raffle goodies.
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This mornings ride it to Petersburg, VA. So I milled about and talked to many folks going on the rides today. This scoot was awesome for a rat bike. Broken plastic all around, sprayed red blood all over it and the fury seat to top it off.
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General Lee scoot, must be a Dukes of Hazard fan.
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I've been wanting to chat with this rider in particular. Hands down my favorite scoot at AmeriVespa! Turns out it belongs to a another Cannonballer Cynthia hailing from PA. She rode this awesome 2-stroke P200 4,300 to 4,500 miles across the U.S. I asked her what she used for her routing, she stated she used a roller and color coded the turns. Pretty freak'n awesome. Respect!
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She calls her scoot Sloppy Joe and loves octopuses. Love it!
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The horn cover.
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Check out the octopus seat and there's a medallion/button thing dead center. I asked what the heck and did it bother your bum? She said no, it keeps me awake! LOL
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I asked what the deal was with the spark plug on the floor board, she said she put it on in Arizona and wanted to see if it would fall off, been there all the across the U.S.
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61,000 legit miles on her scoot!
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Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on June 08, 2018, 02:25:54 PM
****History Alert****

The scoots at Petersburg Battlefield.
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Meet Cynthia.
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The Siege of Petersburg: The Longest Military Event of the Civil War

Nine and a half months, 70,000 casualties, the suffering of civilians, thousands of U. S. Colored Troops fighting for the freedom of their race, and the decline of Gen. Robert E. Lee's Army of No. Virginia all describe the Siege of Petersburg. It was here Gen. Ulysses S. Grant cut off all of Petersburg's supply lines ensuring the fall of Richmond on April 3, 1865. Six days later, Lee surrendered.

Park Units
Petersburg National Battlefield is composed of three major units and an additional managed component.

Eastern Front Visitor Center and Park Tour Road
Located off Virginia Route 36 east of Petersburg, the Eastern Front Visitor Center is the main visitor contact station for the Battlefield. Here, visitors can view exhibits and movies about the Siege of Petersburg as well as view Battery #5, an important early site in the Siege. The park entrance fee is also collected on the Eastern Front Visitor Center access road.[citation needed]

After leaving the Visitor Center, one can begin their park tour. A motor tour route runs from Virginia Route 36 to US Route 301. Along the way, visitors can view sites such as Fort Stedman and The Crater.

Five Forks Battlefield
Main article: Five Forks Battlefield
Located in Dinwiddie County about 14 miles (23 km) southwest of downtown Petersburg, this unit contains the site of the Battle of Five Forks, which destroyed a sizable portion of the remaining Confederate Army of Northern Virginia. Sometimes called the "Waterloo of the Confederacy," Five Forks helped set in motion a series of events that led to Robert E. Lee's subsequent surrender at Appomattox Court House.[citation needed]
https://www.nps.gov/pete/index.htm (https://www.nps.gov/pete/index.htm)

This pic depicts the mounts where the fort used to stand.
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Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on June 08, 2018, 02:35:12 PM
We skedaddled back to the hotel so folks could catch the afternoon ride. There was oodles of folks ready for the next round of rides.
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My man on the dragon scoot!
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Here's a quick video of one group heading out.
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I walk up the entrance and Zero has a tent and two of their bikes on display.
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I had an interesting chat with the rep of Zero. Confederate m/c is now Curtiss Motorcycles and going with Zero's platform to build their bikes. I asked how climbing into bed with Curtiss is going? He stated in not, we sold them a couple bikes, they dismantled them and built their bikes around their platform. They have no business agreement with them. Hmm... We talked in depth about longevity, range, warranty, recharging, etc. etc. Facinating and exciting stuff happening on 2 wheels.

That's it for now, going to order another brown ale and see what kind of trouble I can get into tonight!

(more to come)
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Mossyrocks on June 08, 2018, 06:02:25 PM
Eric your killing me!

I'm actually thinking of buying a scooter! 
But don't worry, if I do, it'll be a BIG one. :headscratch:

Correct me if I'm wrong, but you seem to enjoy the smaller scooters?

Anywho, thanks for sharing your adventure, can't wait for "the rest of the story".  :thumbsup:


You may have to get in line for this one-  Honda Super Cub, the best-selling vehicle of all time, returns to USA (http://www.foxnews.com/auto/2018/06/08/honda-super-cub-best-selling-vehicle-all-time-returns-to-usa.html)

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Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: oilhed on June 08, 2018, 07:23:48 PM
Eric your killing me!

I'm actually thinking of buying a scooter! 
But don't worry, if I do, it'll be a BIG one. :headscratch:

Correct me if I'm wrong, but you seem to enjoy the smaller scooters?

Anywho, thanks for sharing your adventure, can't wait for "the rest of the story".  :thumbsup:


You may have to get in line for this one-  Honda Super Cub, the best-selling vehicle of all time, returns to USA ([url]http://www.foxnews.com/auto/2018/06/08/honda-super-cub-best-selling-vehicle-all-time-returns-to-usa.html[/url])

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Whaaaat!   Take my money!   So want. 
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on June 09, 2018, 10:46:01 PM
We went to Bandito Burritos for happy hour and it was on!
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Someone had tickets to a minor league game the Richmond Flying Squirrels!
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I ordered  pile of nachos and we all shared.
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Next stop was Broadberrys which was kind of a bar with a stage for bands and an outside patio. AmeriVespa reserved the whole joint. We got kicked out qt 11 PM, and I do mean kicked out. They were serious about closing the doors at 11. Weird...
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So we went to the hotel bar downstairs, just closed at 11:30 but the rooftop bar was open. So we went up there. They close at midnight and got in for last call and kicked out of there. lol No pictures of the rest but I can say I've been kicked out of 3 bars in one night. ;)

This concludes day 3

(more to come)
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on June 09, 2018, 10:57:17 PM
So I got up this morning to meet some friends for breakfast and I bump into Dan from ADV hailing from Michigan. He recognized my helmet he and his lovely wife came over to thank me for my blogs that I post and that they enjoy them. I am humbled by such kindness, many thanks!
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A random mural painted on the side of a building. Ummmm, put down the crack pipe!
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We stopped a great place to get a bite to eat and I rode up on the sidewalks. My friends were kind of freaked out! I said VA and DC are very scooter friendly and as long as you're not blocking the sidewalk, good to go. They were all sketchy about it and low and behold the scoots were still there after breakfast. ;)
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Biscuits and sausage gravy for me. Hey! What can I say, I'm a redneck.
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The others.
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Veggie sausage. Sacrilege!
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Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on June 09, 2018, 11:12:14 PM
We bounced outta there and beat feet over to the Richmond Raceway where some folks chose to take their scoots on the race track. I wanted to see the gymkhana!

But first a couple of pics of the scene. There must of been over 300 scoots there.
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I loved the Betty Boop Mermaid.
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Japanese anime anyone?
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I'm a huge Guzzi fan and this bike was absolutely flawless.
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BMW had a tent set up with some of their products. Their electric scoot was stunning and brilliant at the same time.
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This pic of the colored dash was a terrible pic but was amazing to see in person.
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Zero had their tent setup as well. I had no idea they offered an ADV bike.
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Vespa showed us a peek at their 2019 line up and I must say the flat red was stunning.
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Ahmad set up and was telling folks about his scooter tours through Egypt, Africa and India.
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That's it for tonight, I'm bushed. It's midnight and the rain has set in pretty hard tonight. I hope to wake up tomorrow to blue skies for my trip home. I have some neat video of the gymkhana to share and I'll get this chapter of my adventures wrapped up tomorrow.

Thanks for reading,

Eric

Life is short, enjoy the ride.
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on June 10, 2018, 01:26:38 PM
Gymkhana videos, all are very short, maybe 1 minute long unedited raw footage. Yes, I'm lazy!

Race
https://vimeo.com/274362211
https://vimeo.com/274362199
https://vimeo.com/274362194
https://vimeo.com/274362175


Barrel Racing
https://vimeo.com/274362375
https://vimeo.com/274362359
https://vimeo.com/274362342
https://vimeo.com/274362328
https://vimeo.com/274362315
https://vimeo.com/274362282
https://vimeo.com/274362272

Frisbee Toss
https://vimeo.com/274362252
https://vimeo.com/274362243

Slow Race
https://vimeo.com/274362236


Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on June 10, 2018, 01:27:01 PM
I have a few more but you get the idea.
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on June 10, 2018, 01:45:30 PM
They were throwing out CoolAss seat covers to the crowd and Dan's wife got one. It was hot and she made a great hat out of it! LOL
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Cheech & Chong socks! My life is complete now! lmao
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This lucky fine gent won the vintage Vespa in the raffle! My tradition of a loosing streak in raffles continues for over half a century! Woohoo!
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This is "THE" pic of the trip to me and my new screen shot for my PC. The sign in front of Richmond Raceway with my 946 in the O! Love it, pun intended! ;)
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Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on June 10, 2018, 01:52:00 PM
The "V" is made out of helmets.
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So we skedaddled off to the banquet supper in this grand building.
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Scoots galore per usual.
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Nice Trumpet bobber parked out front.
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The supper was held in a ballroom done up in Egyptian motif.
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This young lady won the brand new modern Vespa (I think a Primavera). Everyone was super happy for her. The awards banquet was a big hit.
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Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on June 10, 2018, 01:54:57 PM
Whoops, I forgot one pic at the racetrack. I was helping this lady stow her very heavy collapsible awning in its hardcase to fly it back to CA. Ummm, it was a Kodak moment. Hehe
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Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on June 10, 2018, 02:00:38 PM
Loaded up the scoot this morning a little hung over... The upswing is the rain had subsided so I jetted out of there and skipped the breakfast.
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This lady was rolling out with her pup.
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I took scenic back roads home and of course a turtle was crossing the road. So I turn around, snap a pic and he pees all over me. Like where did he hide all that pee. No good deed goes unpunished.
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My home state I'm so proud of.
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Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on June 10, 2018, 02:21:04 PM
By the numbers. AmeriVespa was in my back yard so not very tall numbers this trip but still manage some quality scooting!
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I want to take a moment to thank AmeriVespa as they did a fabulous job. The event went off without a flaw and they should be congratulated. 7 Hills Scooter Club who hosted this event and quite frankly worked their buns off planning the day trips, leading the rides and many, many more venues.  http://7hillsscooterclub.com/ (http://7hillsscooterclub.com/)

I hope that this AmeriVespa posts gives y'all a flavor of what AmeriVespa is all about. I met hundreds of folks and I can honestly say a better crowd of folks you will not meet. There's loads of cool stuff for the raffles so that just about everyone goes home with a prize.

Until my next update of Virginian's Scooter Meanderings.

Peace!

Eric
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: st2sam on June 10, 2018, 07:09:53 PM
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California plates! :o
Is it possible?

Looks like a hell of a lotta fun was had by all, thanks again Eric for sharing. :thumbsup:


Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on June 10, 2018, 07:13:17 PM
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California plates! :o
Is it possible?

Looks like a hell of a lotta fun was had by all, thanks again Eric for sharing. :thumbsup:

Yes, there were dozens there from CA. I'm unsure if that gal trailered or rode but I met many that rode coast to coast, mainly because of the Scooter Cannonball Run. There are some very serious riders in this groups and they had awards at the banquet for long distant riders that came.  8)

Sam,

As always thanks for replying in kind. I get it, scoots aren't really a venue of sport touring most likely boring to folks here. I appreciate it.
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on June 13, 2018, 08:45:59 PM
Whelp... i headed to Minneapolis this weekend to pick up a 1981 Vespa P200 E, 19 hours each way driving. What i wouldn't give for a wingman to help with the diving. I can't wait to get my paws on this beast. This will be next winter's project.
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Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: oilhed on June 14, 2018, 10:33:59 AM
Wow an actual Vespa!   It looks like the Genuine Stella.
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on June 14, 2018, 10:01:29 PM
Here's an awful pixelized video the seller sent me. I'm in a fleabag motel by Cleveland, half way there!
https://vimeo.com/275112505

(more to come)
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on June 18, 2018, 08:46:02 AM
I just got back home from a trip to Minneapolis, MN to fetch this lovely scoot which will be this years restoration project.

First off, some of the roads I travels were rough to put it mildly. So much that over time I sheared both L bolts that hold the trailer gate up. So I MacGyver'd what was left of the L bolt to get home.
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Gauge and warning lights are in right decent shape.
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It appears to be missing the on - off switch.
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Piaggio grips
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The top box is in surprisingly good shape but it missing one of the reflectors on the right side.
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And the heart of her. Heaven knows how old the spare tire is.
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Front fender is rough.
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Pet carrier.
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Suspension is shot front and rear.
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Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on June 18, 2018, 08:47:22 AM
I met up with some friends from another scooter forum, I had the honor and pleasure of meeting up with Bob and Cathy in Chicago for my first deep dish pizza. I am amazed at the kindness of the 2 wheeled community. Thank you Cathy! Cathy has a Honda Silverwing she's put 70,000 miles on and Bob rides a GS.
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Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on June 18, 2018, 09:16:10 AM
It lives!
https://vimeo.com/275639055
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: oilhed on June 18, 2018, 01:00:40 PM
I met up with some friends from another scooter forum, I had the honor and pleasure of meeting up with Bob and Cathy in Chicago for my first deep dish pizza.
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That pizza looks amazin'!
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on June 23, 2018, 08:07:10 PM
I was wrenching in the garage all day and VucanBill stopped by for a visit! Daisy Mae was super happy to meet a new friend.
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Back to wrenching...
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on June 23, 2018, 09:06:37 PM
While I'm waiting on parts I put some elbow grease on here today. More on that later in another thread...

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A quick (mandatory) video of me riding her. lol
https://vimeo.com/276664346
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Vulcanbill on June 25, 2018, 09:12:40 AM
I was wrenching in the garage all day and VucanBill stopped by for a visit! Daisy Mae was super happy to meet a new friend.
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Back to wrenching...

And I got to ride the Yamaha!!!  A short ride but still enough to realize scooters have come a long way from the Helix 250 I rode to get my license in HI back in the day.  Not at all what I would have expected from a scooter.  I'm not a scooter guy at all but I could see spending some time on that thing and being perfectly comfortable.  I think having come to terms with the CVT in the car probably prepped me for acceptance of that no gears feeling.  It wasn't unsettling at all. 

Thanks Eric.  :)
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on June 25, 2018, 09:58:10 AM
 :bigok:
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on June 26, 2018, 11:42:33 AM
I got her running pretty good but the clutch needs adjusting bad. I decided to go on an adventure today. I took the P up to Joe Joe's for a pizza and sub run, round trip about 25 miles. The adventure part of this ride is if I would make it, it did! Well that's a start.  :smoking:
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Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: viffergyrl on June 28, 2018, 06:13:23 PM
Running errands one day I spotted this modern one. I do like the green with brown leather.

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Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on June 28, 2018, 06:22:07 PM
Running errands one day I spotted this modern one. I do like the green with brown leather.

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 :bigok: Thanks for sharing! The portifino green is definitely stunning! 
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Vulcanbill on July 02, 2018, 11:29:10 AM
your next project:

https://winchester.craigslist.org/mcy/d/cc-hwy-legal-trike-scooter/6631746675.html

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Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on July 09, 2018, 10:27:33 AM
your next project:

https://winchester.craigslist.org/mcy/d/cc-hwy-legal-trike-scooter/6631746675.html

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Umm, NO! lol
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on July 09, 2018, 10:28:10 AM
What an exciting weekend we had. Bob and Cathy rode out from Chicago to Philly for their nephew's wedding and they swung south for a quick visit at Casa De Redneck. They didn't even get their helmets off before I handed them a cold beer. Traveling around Philly, Baltimore, DC can be more than a challenge. After they cleaned up we all settled in for a nice supper.
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I was poking around in the garage looking at their rigs. I have never seen a Silver Wing up close and wow, it's a big scoot! Cathy's steed standing tall.
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Look at her set! I tips me lid it Bob and Cathy for the technology that their fingertips while on the road.
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We had a good breakfast and Cathy took a terrible pic of me rustling up some grub for everyone.
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Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on July 09, 2018, 10:43:28 AM
The route we planned for the day was 522 to 33 west, hang a right on Skyline Drive and head north to Front Royal. Grab a quick bite to eat and then double back on 340 to 221 through the Shenandoah Nat'l Forest, shoot back down 522 to Lake Anna. Skyline Drive has a 35 mph speed limit so traveling along there and stopping at overlooks was the goal. We had the most perfectweather for riding. As in the best day weather wise this year! Woohoo!
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The first stop.
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We met these two gents from NY that were enjoying the day as well.
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Their choice of rides.
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Post by: Virginian on July 09, 2018, 10:49:51 AM
A rest stop.
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Post by: Virginian on July 09, 2018, 11:23:28 AM
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Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on July 09, 2018, 11:26:43 AM
So we settled in for a nice chicken alfredo supper and watched Evel Live to see Travis make a few jumps.
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And they're off to Chi-town and hopefully the roads I put them on will e rewarding on their way home.
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Eric
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: oilhed on July 09, 2018, 12:52:30 PM
Love the lil white scoot!  Beemer?
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on July 09, 2018, 01:20:25 PM
Love the lil white scoot!  Beemer?

Yamaha Xmax 300, here's a mini review I'm working on.

http://www.sport-touring.org/index.php?topic=5499.0 (http://www.sport-touring.org/index.php?topic=5499.0)

Thanks for stopping by and reading.

Eric
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: oilhed on July 10, 2018, 01:37:10 PM
Oh that's your new scoot!  Didn't recognize it as a Yammie.  Lookin' good!
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Post by: Virginian on August 01, 2018, 12:03:25 PM
Nothing exciting today, just grabbing some tags for scooter tag.

County line
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Carry on!
  :tinfoil: :banana: :chili:
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on August 21, 2018, 07:43:48 PM
And we have mystery guest visiting Casa De Redneck! Conchscooter rode a Burgman 200 from Key West , FL to Niagra Falls to complete his 1500 Iron Butt. Well played Michael!
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Post by: Virginian on August 21, 2018, 07:46:58 PM
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Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: coho on August 21, 2018, 09:10:29 PM
And we have mystery guest visiting Casa De Redneck! Conchscooter rode a Burgman 200 from Key West , FL to Niagra Falls to complete his 1500 Iron Butt. Well played Michael!
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That. Is. Awesome.
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Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: oilhed on August 22, 2018, 09:04:24 AM
Good deal!  I didn't even know there was a 200cc Burger.  So whats his route look like?
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on August 22, 2018, 01:06:48 PM
Good deal!  I didn't even know there was a 200cc Burger.  So whats his route look like?

Mark,

I don't know what route he took but his visit was on the way home. You can ask him here in this ADV thread he started.
https://advrider.com/index.php?threads/1500-miles-on-a-baby-burgman.1333577/

Eric
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on August 22, 2018, 01:16:56 PM
I just got back from escorting Conchscooter around some nice country roads covered in canopy trees, got him pointed in the right direction for his destination in Florence, SC this eveing. The scooter gods have smiled upon us this day with no rain... yet...

First a few pics to get caught up here. I left the garage open and banner up for the welcome wagon upon his arrival. Yeah, I know I already posted this pic. Martinis in hand it was a celebration of life in the making.
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Booted Mrs. Vs car out of the garage to make space. hehe
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I love the Key West Mile Marker 0 key ring!
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Went out for supper and got him a proper ribeye with a nice garlic butter pad melting down on it.
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We pigged out and had the waitress take the obligatory photo. That's the owner in the background photo bombing our pic. lol
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A couple more beverages and Mr. Sandman was calling.
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Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on August 22, 2018, 01:38:00 PM
We got up fairly early looking forward to doing some riding but he wanted to take a spin on my P200e. I dove into the kitchen to scare up a artery slamming breakfast. Cheddar cheese omelets, extra think applewood smoked bacon, and my world famous cheddar cheese biscuits with drizzled garlic butter over them.  Well... maybe not world famous but they're famous in my world. ;) He bought one new in 1981 and toured all over the west coast as well as in South America. I hope he writes his memoirs about that trip someday.

Thus the instant bond with the P200e to fumigate the neighborhood of any mosquitoes. Off he goes in a cloud of smoke!
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At one of the stops this morning I had to twist his arm to try out the 946.
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Final stop as this is where I jumped off to head home and wished him all the best on his journey home.
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I get within about 20 miles from home and the heavens open up and a frog strangler came pouring down. Of course I don't have my rain gear with me. Gah! I get home and start peeling off the soaked layers and I get a big grin on my face as I'm staring at my rain covered helmet. Another page has been turned in my riding portfolio and I'm blessed to have met another fine person to share my adventures with and have them share theirs with me. This was a great day in my life and hopefully it was for Conchscooter.
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Eric
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: st2sam on August 22, 2018, 03:41:52 PM
 :clap: Awesome job again Eric!

Thanks for the link and sharing this with us.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: vfrmike on August 22, 2018, 07:12:53 PM
 Looked like a great time for all...Eric you are truly a super host.
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: bungie4 on August 23, 2018, 03:16:44 PM
Look at me all social networked and shit looking for the like button.

Good job!
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on August 23, 2018, 06:55:53 PM
:clap: Awesome job again Eric!

Thanks for the link and sharing this with us.  :thumbsup:

Thanks Sam, not much on this update.

Look at me all social networked and shit looking for the like button.

Good job!

Thanks!

Looked like a great time for all...Eric you are truly a super host.

Ummm, not really. I just know when I travel I really enjoy the camaraderie of hearing about other folks adventures and mishaps. Sure beats sitting in a hotel by yourself. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Don't be a stranger, you know the way!

I just serviced the 946 and put two coats of was on her and I'm headed to OBX for a week. I'll post my adventures when I get on the road. You would think I would learn to detail the bike after the trip and not before. lol
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Post by: Virginian on August 24, 2018, 04:27:36 PM
Out running errands and ran into a critter. Yes, I was wearing my tortuga helmet. ;)
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Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Vulcanbill on August 25, 2018, 07:54:10 AM
Used to ride with a guy that would detail before a trip then every morning he would take a washcloth and ice bucket from whatever flea bag we were staying in and wash his bike down before we took off for the day.  Wax made the bugs come off easier.
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on August 26, 2018, 05:41:23 PM
I was out riding today and a very old man looked to be hauling home two barn finds. The one on the right is a Matchless and the BMW (maybe an R27?) I don't know my older beemers. I wish I had gotten a few better pics and I hope pops restores them.
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Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: oilhed on August 26, 2018, 08:38:20 PM
saaaaaweet!
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on August 27, 2018, 10:33:22 AM
***No scooter content alert***

Okay, a quick down and dirty write up on Gettysburg Bike Week. https://www.gettysburgbikeweek.com/ (https://www.gettysburgbikeweek.com/)

This weekend was going to be smoking hot so I left at o-dark-thirty and met up with my BIL Philbilly in Front Royal at & 7am. We jetted up 522, 340 up through Harper's Ferry and had our first issue in Frederick, MD. (or as I call it Fredneck, MD) hehe

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Philbilly got a flat tire... yay... Now I brought my tire plug kit but I forgot the WGs have tubes... yay...
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As luck would have there's a right decent HD dealer in Frederick, (bought 2 Road Kings from this place) and they were just opening their doors. Had a truck there to pick him up in 25 minutes. Their tow truck was awesome in the sense it had air bags and the driver damn near set the tail on the ground. Pretty sweet!
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So we hung out in some random parking lot waiting for the tow truck.
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While they were getting Philbilly squared away I was milling about. A Saweet (yes, 2 syllables) '35 was on display in the service area.
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Post by: Virginian on August 27, 2018, 10:38:23 AM
A couple of random shots.
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A big shout out to CJ at Frederick HD. He and the tech Jeff got Philbilly back on the road in 90 minutes from cradle to grave. https://www.hdoffrederick.com/ (https://www.hdoffrederick.com/) It's not very often I give a HD dealer props but I personally travel a long ways to do business with these good folks here.
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By this time our friends rolled up to meet us at the HD dealer Paul and Sarah. We decided to grab a bite to eat and I said I know a killer place for a crab sammich that's .1 miles away. They were shocked that I knew about places to eat so far from home.  Note the crab wind mill (for better choice of words) by the May's sign and the propellers on it were crab claw hammers twirling.

May's Diner! A must do if you swing through these parts! https://maysrestaurant.com/ (https://maysrestaurant.com/)
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No filler, 100% crab.
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Paul took us on back roads all around Gettysburg which had little to no traffic on them. Sadly, I didn't capture the routes. We couldn't check in the motel till 3 pm so we dumped our gear behind the counter and rolled to Battlefield HD in Gettysburg. Wow! There was thousands of bikes there and the store itself is huge! https://www.battlefieldharley-davidson.com/ (https://www.battlefieldharley-davidson.com/)

Part of the parking lot...
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The usual stuff at any Harley fest in the parking lot.
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Post by: Virginian on August 27, 2018, 10:47:43 AM
Stopped for gas and a small block 350 on trike...
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Checked in the hotel and threw Paul the keys to my WG to have a go. He and all his buddies ride baggers and were bust'n on Philbilly and I about old school. So I zinged back with "any of you wet behind the ears Louis Vuitton handbaggers care to slap some money on the counter I'll make ya look bad on my WG. hehe All in good fun! Guys always bust on each other, it's what we do.

Paul loved it and said I get it, I feel like I'm driving a Winnebago compared to the WG. (wish I had my XR that day...) I never understood the German helmet thing, only thing missing was a paper puncher on top. lol
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We took some back road and he led us to Sach's covered bridge. They hung Confederates inside this bridge and as the story goes, it's supposed to be haunted by pissed off spirits.
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Sach's Covered Bridge - America's most Haunted bridge. Read about it here: http://www.astonishinglegends.com/astonishing-legends/2018/4/22/sachs-covered-bridge (http://www.astonishinglegends.com/astonishing-legends/2018/4/22/sachs-covered-bridge)
The Sachs Covered Bridge was built around 1854 at a cost of $1,544. On July 1, 1863, the bridge was crossed by the two brigades of the I Corps of the Union Army heading towards Gettysburg. The III Corps also crossed the bridge heading to the Black Horse Tavern. Four days later, the majority of General Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia retreated over the bridge after the Union victory in the Battle of Gettysburg.

The bridge was designated Pennsylvania's "most historic bridge" in 1938 by the predecessor of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, the Department of Highways. After a plan in 1960 to replace the bridge, the Cumberland Township officials voted to close the bridge to vehicular traffic, while leaving it open to pedestrians, on May 9, 1968. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on August 25, 1980.

On June 19, 1996, a flash flood knocked the bridge from one of its abutments and it incurred substantial damage; an iron bridge on the Marsh Creek was also heavily damaged and another destroyed. A $500,000 restoration on the bridge was already in progress before the flood; an additional $100,000 was raised to repair the damage incurred. The bridge was rededicated on July 21, 1997.


Rode through the battlefield. I could spend an entire day here. So much crucial history of how this country unfolded happened right on this very battleground. Each of the states that had men fight at Gettysburg erected monuments for their fighting boys they lost. Some were simply put amazing!

New York
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The view from this monument.
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I will revisit alone someday and view each of the monuments from our great states.

http://www.historynet.com/battle-of-gettysburg (http://www.historynet.com/battle-of-gettysburg)

Fought
Union Army: 82,289
Confederate Army: 75,000

Casualties
23,049 Union
28,063 Confederate

To put that into perspective:

- 116,516 American deaths in WW1
- 405,399 American deaths in WW2
- 43,891 American deaths in Korean War
- 58,167 American deaths in Vietnam
- 624,511 American deaths in the Civil War
- 51,112 American deaths in Gettysburg alone...

Over 50,000 American's died that day.... In my last job I worked for a 3 star general who is on the board of directors at Gettysburg. We took the staff of 80 people for a private tour of years ago and I believe 50 years after this battle a reunion was held in 1913 and these young men here in their 60s and 70s then, held up cones to their ears because most were deaf to hear the president Woodrow Wilson's recital Lincoln's Address. 50 fights broke out during that reunion with the old guys. Still some strong feelings back then.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1913_Gettysburg_reunion (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1913_Gettysburg_reunion)

http://youtu.be/mVjD2DaB4bY (http://youtu.be/mVjD2DaB4bY)

Okay, okay, back to bikes and stuff. Sorry folks...
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on August 27, 2018, 11:01:03 AM
After riding most of the battlefield we decided to head back into town and get a bite to eat.
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Wall to wall bikes everywhere! It was a complete jam session trying to ride through Gettysburg and the bikes were overheating combined with the super hot weather we roasted. Paul and Sarah took us to Blue & Gray Bar and Grill. OMG, this place was just awesome. Great food at a great price. You had the blue and the gray side of the menu. lol
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Depending on which side of the menu you ordered from you got a flag representing.
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Downtown.
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Off to the event. The parking situation at the event.  :o  :crazy:
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Getting ready for Lita Ford. Lita was in a group with Joan Jett called the Runaways. When they broke up the gals went off and did their own thing. Most of you have probably heard this duet with Ozzy. FWIW, Philbilly and I took an Uber to and from to avoid the inevitable shit show and so we could tip a few.
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Here's a small video I took at the concert:
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Not much else to share at the event. I'm not a fan of these type of events as they tend to be a shit show. Vendors selling crap made in China with skulls and flames all over it, carny food at stupid prices, etc. Phil wanted to see Lita Ford so we rolled and spend most of the weekend riding the surrounding area. Definitely a good time.

Stopped in Harper's Ferry for gas and re-hydrate.
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This was a very big day for Phil as this was his first road trip overnighter for him in over 25 years. I've worked hard to get him back into motorcycling and so far he's having the time of his life.

I'm not a fan of these type of events but it was a huge success because Paul and Sara took us touring some amazing back roads away from the event. Paul and Sara are to be wed in October and I'll be attending and I'm looking forward to seeing friends unite and start their journey in life together. PA has some really, really good tarmac in these parts! I loved seeing Lita as well but for the rest of it , it's pretty much over priced carny food and tents set up selling crap made in China with skulls and flames on it. Would I do this ride again? You betcha!

Peace  :smoking:

Eric
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: radon222 on August 27, 2018, 11:53:35 AM
Love the Gettysburg write up..but when did you say you were heading to the beach?
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on August 27, 2018, 12:28:21 PM
Love the Gettysburg write up..but when did you say you were heading to the beach?

I leave early this Saturday morning and will most likely take the same route that you recommended. Loads of pics coming on that trip I'm sure.  8)

Eric
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: radon222 on August 27, 2018, 12:33:03 PM
Not completely sure what we're doing this weekend.  But we're around.
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on August 27, 2018, 12:35:07 PM
Last silly update... I've been wrenching on the P200e and have it running really well! I just need to fix the front brakes and the suspension. Between these two items it's an experience to ride.

I replace the odometer sight glass.
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Out grabbing tags for another forum today while picking up lunch.
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Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on August 27, 2018, 12:36:37 PM
Not completely sure what we're doing this weekend.  But we're around.

I'll be passing through your area if you want to grab a cup of coffee? It's going to be a very lazy ride and somewhat of a grind being Labor Day weekend. The traffic will suck like no other.
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on August 30, 2018, 05:03:10 PM
I was just making some final adjustments for my scooter trip to Nags Head, NC using the supplied software Tyre for my TomTom Rider 400. Normally I just hook up the nav to my PC and just click the upload button. Not so this time, it appears that Google maps that Tyre piggybacked off of put the halt to all other apps using Google Maps. So transferring the (.trf) file from Tyre isn't compatible any more.

So I log onto Tyre to see what the issue is.

4 September 2017 by Michel van Hagen
Due to a problem on the Google server, Tyre is currently not able to calculate any routes. This happened before, and we hope that this problem will be solved quickly.
Unfortunately, other errors come with this problem, such as errors in creating waypoints.

Via www.myrouteapp.com (http://www.myrouteapp.com), you have a good alternative to making routes and exporting to your GPS.
http://www.tyretotravel.com/ (http://www.tyretotravel.com/)

So I called TomToms customer service line which transfers you out to Calcutta... The gent never heard of Tyre mapping, I'm like dude it's your supplied software for the Rider 400. He instructed me to use mydrive.tomtom.com which is kind of a quick fix.

So I rerouted my planned route on MyDrive and was able to port it over to the GPS. My takeaway from this is the Google machine is getting nasty big and squeezing out the small players. I'm very quietly disconnecting myself from Google as I don't agree with this type of practice.

Tyre's proposed route.
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The same route more or less on MyDrive.
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The real time traffic issues this evening.
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And ported over to my Rider 400.
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Ain't technology grand?  :lamer:

(more to come)
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: viffergyrl on August 30, 2018, 06:07:07 PM
Back to paper maps, I think.
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on August 30, 2018, 06:08:58 PM
Back to paper maps, I think.

I do believe that this is my last hurrah for GPS's. I'm debating on whether to sell this one while it's still worth something? Anywho, let's get to the beach'n!  ;)
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: st2sam on August 30, 2018, 07:52:32 PM
Back to paper maps, I think.
Anywho, let's get to the beach'n!  ;)

  :popcorn:
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: oilhed on August 31, 2018, 10:12:40 AM
Back to paper maps, I think.
I do believe that this is my last hurrah for GPS's. I'm debating on whether to sell this one while it's still worth something? Anywho, let's get to the beach'n!  ;)
I love using a GPS.  On my fifth, third bought new, all on close-out.
But I always plot on the device and have never figured out uploading.
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on August 31, 2018, 05:57:34 PM
All packed up and I'll leave at o-dark-thirty tomorrow morning! Woohoo! I'm officially on vacation!  8) :beerchug: :banana: :chili:
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Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on September 01, 2018, 08:21:33 AM
I'm about 1/3 of the way to Nags Head and the roads and weather have been perfect. :)
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on September 01, 2018, 09:14:58 AM
Here is a Glympse of my location: https://glympse.com/0B07-8N99
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: leeo45 on September 01, 2018, 11:50:27 AM
Here is a Glympse of my location: https://glympse.com/0B07-8N99

Woo Hoo!    Less than two hours to go.   Glad the weather is treating you well.   I love the Outer Banks.   One of the best places in the East for windsurfing.    Have a great vacation.
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on September 01, 2018, 02:22:42 PM
Here is a Glympse of my location: https://glympse.com/0B07-8N99

Woo Hoo!    Less than two hours to go.   Glad the weather is treating you well.   I love the Outer Banks.   One of the best places in the East for windsurfing.    Have a great vacation.

Thanks Leo!

I started at daybreak this morning as I knew it was going to be hot today with a 50/50 chance of rain. The day started out with 100% humidity and steaming already. A bit foggy too!
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It's really tough to 'make' time and pull over to take photos, with that said here a few I took.

I was blessed with many roads with canopy trees.
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A gas and restroom stop.
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I passed through Jamestown, VA to get to the ferry.
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Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on September 01, 2018, 02:30:18 PM
Next I drove up to the ferry and got in line. It's amazing how many times go to take the ferry and it's always on the other side. lol
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Folks out enjoying the great weather.
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Seagulls seemed right at home too.
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Here comes the mighty Pocahontas! I love this pic. :) 
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These fellows were warbling their throats the whole time. Musta been trying to scare up a girlfriend. ;)
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The rest of the trip is kind of boring just traveling down the peninsula to Kitty Hawk, OBX area.

My view for this week.
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Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: viffergyrl on September 01, 2018, 02:35:06 PM
Yay scooters!
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on September 01, 2018, 02:51:43 PM
Yay scooters!

Ah yes! Viffergyrl, my only scooter fan!  8)
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: R Doug on September 01, 2018, 03:53:11 PM
Nice view.  Where will you be meandering next?
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on September 01, 2018, 08:49:11 PM
Nice view.  Where will you be meandering next?

I don't know? I'll figure it out when I get there.  :headscratch: :redface:
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: oilhed on September 02, 2018, 08:28:32 AM
All packed up and I'll leave at o-dark-thirty tomorrow morning! Woohoo! I'm officially on vacation!  8) :beerchug: :banana: :chili:
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Sport-tourer!
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: tankhead on September 02, 2018, 09:43:27 AM
Right on Eric.  Nice
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: sleazy rider on September 02, 2018, 08:00:10 PM
We got up fairly early looking forward to doing some riding but he wanted to take a spin on my P200e. I dove into the kitchen to scare up a artery slamming breakfast. Cheddar cheese omelets, extra think applewood smoked bacon, and my world famous cheddar cheese biscuits with drizzled garlic butter over them.  Well... maybe not world famous but they're famous in my world. ;) He bought one new in 1981 and toured all over the west coast as well as in South America. I hope he writes his memoirs about that trip someday.

Eric


Eric, your scooter bud was just involved in a somewhat serious accident on his scooter shortly after getting home.  He's in the hospital with a triple break in the pelvis and other broken bones after being t-boned by a car.


https://advrider.com/index.php?threads/conchscooter-bites-the-dust.1337256/


I can't post on ADV at the moment, but I sure hope his sense of humor is a health elixir on his body. 
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on September 02, 2018, 08:14:05 PM
I'm aware as he called me the moment it happened. I've been debating about posting it.
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: sleazy rider on September 03, 2018, 08:03:13 AM
I'm aware as he called me the moment it happened. I've been debating about posting it.


Sorry, I didn't know, but he did start the thread on ADV while sitting in the ER and has updated it very regularly since.  Hope he heals well and proper.
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on September 03, 2018, 11:32:16 AM
Conchshooter:

1/2 mile from his home he T-boned a car. I got a frantic phone call from Michael while he was laying there waiting for the EMS to arrive. I have spoken with him and he at the time felt he was at the end of his road and needed to say a few things to folks. He called his wife to give an update but more so the tell her he loved her. He called me next and we had phone connectivity issues so he left a voicemail. Eric... It' Michael.... I had a bad wreck... my leg hurts... love you... bye... is all that was said.

After some time I was able to reach him and find out the severity of is accident.

His post:
I got T- boned. Simple as that. I had driven up the connecting road to US One and within half a mile I was at speed limit, 45 mph and passing two cross streets near the Square Grouper restaurant. I saw the white compact entering on the right stop for the large pick up in front of me. Inexplicably it pulled forward on my approach. I knew I was fucked and I saw what was coming. With ABS brakes I just pulled hard on both levers on my Baby Burgman. I hit the sedan at the front wheel and I never lost consciousness. I’m writing these words from my bed in Intensive care at Jackson Memorial, Miami. I have a major operation in a few hours to reassemble my pelvis. I trust I won’t bleed out in the table but it is a possibility.

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Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on September 03, 2018, 11:37:13 AM
So I'm digesting all this as best I can and was close to scratching the beach trip to take a plane to Miami for nothing else than moral support. I spoke with his wife who said she would keep my advised of his condition.

My takeaway from my friendship is staggering to me. I had no idea that I made that big of an impression on him to think of reaching out to me when he thought he was at the end of his rope. I'm choked up and humbled by folks in this world from time to time. This would be one of those times.

I wasn't going to post another mans business on this forum but you guys and gals got a glimpse of my interaction so I hope my posts are taken in the right light.

I have said it a thousand times in my posts; life is short, enjoy the ride. I mean it sincerely and let the people you care about know exactly what's in your heart today.

Eric
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: viffergyrl on September 03, 2018, 12:01:01 PM
He'll need you as time goes on, so think about that. There's that whole recovery period of ups and downs. I think you'll be really good at helping him through that because it will be a long haul for him.
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on September 03, 2018, 12:11:21 PM
Back to our regularly scheduled nonsense...

One of my nieces Erika (named after me :) ) is with child and chose to do the gender reveal the first night here. She and her husband got the envelope from the doc and sealed it and gave it to my sister Kim.

Kim set up a way to reveal for all to get involved.
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Balloons frilled with pink or blue sparkly stuff. Everyone threw a dart and color spooge flew. The most of what color is the gender.
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It's a boy! Erika and Chris taking in what just happened. Tears of joy!
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Checking the sonogram (?)
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Their doc has a sense of humor. hehe
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Out for fresh seafood at our favorite place to celebrate!
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In the restroom. hehe
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I had crab stuffed mushrooms and oysters Rockefeller, yum.
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Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on September 03, 2018, 12:16:40 PM
A walk on the beach the next morning with coffee.
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Breakfast at Stack 'em High.
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Next stop Ho2OBX waterpart. I've never been to a waterpark before.
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The concrete was sooooo hot that i scalded my feet in the first 20 minutes. Yikes!
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We had a blast and road all the slides and loved the surfing on the manmade wave, I could spend all day on that! Sorry no pics of me busting my ass..
 

Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on September 03, 2018, 12:22:45 PM
Dinner at the cottage tonight and a big ol pot of chili with some homemade cornbread. Woohoo! Terrible pic of my sis, she'd be pissed if she saw this.
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My bday is coming up this week so the famn damily decided to surprise me last night with a bday throwdown.
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Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: R Doug on September 03, 2018, 02:06:46 PM
Dang, Eric.  I'm tore up about the T-bone innocent.  Would you please keep us updated as you hear news?

Thanks.
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on September 03, 2018, 08:48:29 PM
He'll need you as time goes on, so think about that. There's that whole recovery period of ups and downs. I think you'll be really good at helping him through that because it will be a long haul for him.

I will, this I promise.

Dang, Eric.  I'm tore up about the T-bone innocent.  Would you please keep us updated as you hear news?

Thanks.

Will do Doug.
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on September 07, 2018, 10:22:31 AM
Michael update:

I slept really well last night through constant interruptions with Dilantin and Oxycodone every four hours. I had a hard time catching my breath after surgery apparently so they left me intubated and that sucked balls. My wife went looking for help and found the nurse texting and created holy hell. She’s off the floor. Bit of a scene I’m told.
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I wanted to thank all of you for your comments and. concerns. I am deeply touched, indeed I started crying as you wrote about going about your days worrying about me. Your support and kindness is overwhelming. I feel cherished in a way that I never previously had. My wife tells me she burst into tears at Kentuckids friend request (wife was posting updates on FB viewable by friends only)

PT people are happy with my performance today. I’m exhausted- 15 minutes sitting up unassisted kicked my butt!
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I'm happy to report he's over the really rough part of his healing process and on the road to speedy recover. He's shopping for another Burger 200 as i type this.
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on September 07, 2018, 10:28:06 AM
I won't spam anymore family bologna as it's boring stuff. I'll post my adventure on the ride home tomorrow morning.

My scalded blistered feet have been killing me!  :firedevil: :baldy:
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Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: viffergyrl on September 07, 2018, 10:38:18 AM
Thanks for the update on Michael and the pictures. Glad to see he's making progress.

You and Doug need to stop hurting yourselves while on vacation. Dorks.
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on September 08, 2018, 11:16:09 AM
Thanks for the update on Michael and the pictures. Glad to see he's making progress.

You and Doug need to stop hurting yourselves while on vacation. Dorks.

 8) 8) 8)
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on September 08, 2018, 12:57:45 PM
Back home and finishing up this page in my meanderings. I won't spam anymore family bologna as it's boring stuff...

Here's a few sunrises, they really are spectacular at OBX.
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Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on September 08, 2018, 01:03:28 PM
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Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on September 08, 2018, 01:06:45 PM
Da food!  :eek: :inlove:
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Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on September 08, 2018, 01:14:12 PM
And the Mermaid nightlight that gave me nightmares!
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Sunrise
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5 AM I fire up Bella and kneel to every bike I've owned for 40 years to get us home safely. Kind of a prayer thing between me and my bikes.
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First stop for gas in Williamsburg. There's a lot of history here that I need to dig into. "America's Historic Triangle", Williamsburg, Jamestown, & Yorktown.
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Overcast skies threatening to rain and canopy trees.
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Bella has 5,400 hundred miles on her now and she has been rock solid.
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By the numbers.
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476 miles
10.1 hours seat time
47 mph Average speed
67 mph Top speed

Nothing epic, just life in the slow lane.

Thanks for stopping by and reading. Life is short, enjoy the ride.

Eric
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on September 08, 2018, 01:34:48 PM
I've been checking on Michael daily and spamming him with pics and jokes trying to keep his spirits up.

Currently my digestive system is spasming out
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and I can take nothing by mouth for two days! Grr
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Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on September 10, 2018, 08:10:37 AM
Mrs Conchscooter said he is still in ICU, doing his exercises, but still can't drink anything. She thinks he might barter her for something to drink.
A good thing is he got a shave. Supposedly the nurse that shaved him is very attractive. Of course it could just be the meds!!!!
Other good thing is still no blood. Yesterday he had 2 units but hasn't needed any since.....Good news for the day.

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Have been stir crazy in the intensive care unit and Jackson South in Miami. I am much better but still intubated. Got a shave yesterday! The outside world seems remote after 8 days here
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on September 20, 2018, 12:25:52 AM
Mrs. V is born and raised in Seattle and attended Seattle University. So we are pitstopping in Seattle for a day or two before we're off to O'ahu. So the inlaws picked us up at Seatac and off we go to visit some of Mrs. V's old stoping grounds.

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First stop for lunch, the Metropolitan Grill. Yum! Mrs. V's fav restaurant in the whole world.
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The appetizer of dungeness crab is amazing!
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I had the 1/2 French Dip Au Jus with a cup of clam chowder.
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Amazing bar at this place.
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Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on September 20, 2018, 12:35:29 AM
I was speaking with the bartender about bourbons and they had an extensive list to choose from. They had select made small batches for the The Met from Buffalo Trace, Woolford Reserve and Rare Eagle. I've never seen a restaurant have "their version" of these fine bourbons.

The bartender was kind enough to let me try a sample of each.
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My sister in-law. Always a good time to see family!
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Next stop was Pikes Market. Mrs. V loves the maple bars!
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Always an eclectic crowd at the Pikes Market!
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The taste of home when she took a bite of the maple bar. :)
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Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Vulcanbill on September 20, 2018, 06:05:50 AM
No love for Rachael?
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on September 20, 2018, 09:16:18 AM
No love for Rachael?

Who's Rachael?
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: oilhed on September 20, 2018, 09:56:28 AM
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The appetizer of dungeness crab is amazing!
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Amazing bar at this place.
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Looks mighty good!
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: coho on September 20, 2018, 09:58:54 AM
No love for Rachael?


Who's Rachael?


Rachel's the bronze Market Foundation piggy bank. She was behind you at the fish throwing stand.
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Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on September 20, 2018, 10:07:57 AM
No love for Rachael?


Who's Rachael?


Rachel's the bronze Market Foundation piggy bank. She was behind you at the fish throwing stand.
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AH! We're so pressed for time that we ran in to get her maple bar and ran out. Just skimming the surface here in my meanderings. :)
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on September 20, 2018, 10:27:26 AM
*** History alert! ***

January 27, 1791

Whiskey Tax of 1791

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After a spirited debate, the House passed, by a 35 to 21 majority, the Excise Whiskey Tax—legislation that proved wildly unpopular with farmers and eventually precipitated the “Whisky Rebellion.” The measure levied a federal tax on domestic and imported alcohol, earmarked to offset a portion of the federal government’s recent assumption of state debts. Southern and western farmers, whose grain crop was a chief ingredient in whiskey, loudly protested the tax. In 1794, farmers in western Pennsylvania attacked federal officials seeking to collect tax on the grain they had distilled into whiskey. The administration of President George Washington dispatched a force of nearly 13,000 militia to put down a feared revolt. Resistance, however, dissipated when the troops arrived. This happened in parts of Virginia as well..

So all the farmers (rednecks) pulled up their stakes and set up distilleries in TN and KY. It all started with our first president George Washington. Hmmmm those boys are getting paid?!!!! Send some troops and tax them. These boys said, oh hell no! lol

After the moonshiners set up shop they packed their whisky into oak barrels to store it and floated it down the mighty Mississippi River to New Orleans. A great way to transport it undetected. Most folks don't know this but whisky was clear back then. By the time it floated down the river the oak barrel had tinted the whisky color to caramel that we know today.

Bourbon whiskey /bɜːrbən/ is a type of American whiskey, a barrel-aged distilled spirit made primarily from corn. The name ultimately derives from the French Bourbon dynasty, although the precise inspiration for the whiskey's name is unsettled; contenders include Bourbon County in Kentucky and Bourbon Street in New Orleans, both of which are named for the dynasty. Bourbon has been distilled since the 18th century. The use of the term "bourbon" for the whiskey has been traced to the 1820s, and the term began to be used consistently in Kentucky in the 1870s. While bourbon may be made anywhere in the United States, it is strongly associated with the American South, and with Kentucky in particular. As of 2014, the distillers' wholesale market revenue for bourbon sold within the U.S. is about $2.7 billion, and bourbon makes up about two-thirds of the $1.6 billion of U.S. exports of distilled spirits.

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The House of Bourbon reaches as far back as the mid 13th century and boasts descendants as famed as Louis XIV (aka The Sun King) and Louis XVI (aka The King Who Got Freakin’ Beheaded). However, it’s important to note how unlikely it is that bourbon whiskey was named directly after French royalty. It’s more likely the booze was named for Bourbon County, Kentucky, where much of the sweet elixir was (and still is) distilled in the 19th century.

More than you ever wanted to know about bourbon.

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Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on September 20, 2018, 11:58:16 AM
Okay, here's what I've been able to research for scooter rentals in O'ahu.

http://scooterrentalsoahu.com/reservations/ (http://scooterrentalsoahu.com/reservations/) Their website is sketch as to what you can rent?

https://hawaiiscootcoupe.com/ (https://hawaiiscootcoupe.com/) Looks like a slingshot type scoot.

https://hawaiimoped.com/ (https://hawaiimoped.com/)  [USER=98769]@Huladog[/USER] recommended. Hooligan or a Burger 400

When I arrive I'll call all three and go from there and I welcome any opinions if you have any. I know this is a reach on this forum but your never know if one of you have traveled this path?  :bigok:
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: viffergyrl on September 20, 2018, 12:02:05 PM
I was wondering when scooter content was coming.
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on September 20, 2018, 12:03:10 PM
I was wondering when scooter content was coming.

Sorry about that...  :redface:
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: oilhed on September 20, 2018, 01:10:25 PM
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shays'_Rebellion
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: st2sam on September 20, 2018, 04:08:46 PM
I was wondering when scooter content was coming.
Sorry about that...  :redface:

No need to be.
Everybody knows scooter's are where it's at, especially so where your going. :thumbsup:

I have been following Conchscooter's progress on the ADV board.
That poor boy really took a hit and I wish him the best.

Keep it coming Eric, I enjoy all your posts.  :thumbsup:

Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: viffergyrl on September 20, 2018, 04:48:32 PM
I was wondering when scooter content was coming.

Sorry about that...  :redface:

No worries, just...  :pokestick:
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on September 22, 2018, 07:52:46 PM
Okay, trying to keep some scooter content on here.

On our way to the hotel. No helmet law here in HI and if you look closely that's a bicycle helmet.
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My hydration(s) for the week.
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Supper last night, beer battered mahi fish sticks with a beet infused ketchup, accompanied with parmigiana cheese fries.
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Post by: Virginian on September 22, 2018, 07:59:17 PM
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Post by: Virginian on September 22, 2018, 08:12:20 PM
Today's meanderings was a snorkeling off a nice catamaran.
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My brother-in-law slipped and cracked his head. They sent a rescue jetski out but they got a cork in the hole in his head and we ventured on. :)
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The captain's cousin was running a drone out to take pics! Very cool.
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The captain of the drone popped in to say hi.
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A sea turtle, apologies as I was unable to get a good picture of him/her. Those of you that are friends on my facebook get hammered with what I call "Critter Cam" pics. What I choose to share on FB.
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And here's a short video of the dolphins.
https://vimeo.com/291315937



Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on September 22, 2018, 08:17:12 PM
And finally some scooter content. (before I get kicked off of this forum) Here's  look at what the staff rides to work here at the hotel.
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This dude or dudette is a looooooong way from home.
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Icebear Maddog
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Burgers
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(more to come)
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: tankhead on September 23, 2018, 08:17:35 AM
Fantastic pictures!!!!  Bravo!!! Glad for you.
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: leeo45 on September 23, 2018, 09:35:47 PM
Wow, that looks like a scooter rally every day at the hotel.    Quite a diverse assortment.   Great pictures of the scoots and the vacation spot.

Sorry to hear about your brother-in-law's accident, but glad you had the right size cork on board.   

Have fun in HI.   
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: oilhed on September 24, 2018, 08:10:58 AM
My hydration(s) for the week.
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Supper last night, beer battered mahi fish sticks with a beet infused ketchup, accompanied with parmigiana cheese fries.
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Now you got my attention.  So jealous!  It's like fish & chips in Ireland without the cold & rain...
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Vulcanbill on September 24, 2018, 09:38:07 AM
I don't know what it's like now but when I lived there, scooters were like mosquitos.  When I would take my nighthawk downtown, it was difficult to find a place to park far enough away from a scooter to avoid association.   ;D
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on November 14, 2018, 01:03:38 PM
Just a quick update on Conchshooter/Michael, he's out of rehab PT now and just got home to his bride and his pup Rusty. His spirit to overcome this has been amazing and I continue to be amazed at what folks can do when they put their mind to it. He has been through bloody hell and still has a long road in front of him. When his life settles down I'll fly or maybe auto-train down this winter and take him and his wife out for a ribeye.

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I sent him a care package with some artwork on it as his birthday is Halloween as well.
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He's truck'n right along these days.
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A few things to lift his spirits.
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And Rusty has waited 2 months to see his best friend on his bed.
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Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: R Doug on January 19, 2019, 05:39:53 AM
You're a good friend, Eric.  How's Rusty doing today?
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on January 19, 2019, 07:43:09 AM
Michael and Rusty are going for long walks daily and life is good for them. :)
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: bungie4 on January 19, 2019, 08:23:43 AM
You're a good friend, Eric.  How's Rusty doing today?

This. It seems we've got another class guy in our midst.
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: st2sam on January 19, 2019, 08:24:43 AM
Michael and Rusty are going for long walks daily and life is good for them. :)
:thumbsup:
I have been following his recovery on ADV., that man took a big hit.
I have taken a few good shots, none that bad, a few days in the hospital, six months back to normal was the biggest.
It took over a year before I felt comfortable riding my motorcycle again.
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on January 25, 2019, 05:07:30 PM
More to come!

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Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: radon222 on January 26, 2019, 07:16:47 AM
What a coinydink...I've been work in NJ for the latest couple and the field office for the company I'm consulting to just happens to be right next door to a MC dealer,  including Husky,

   Please say that key to something that looks like these??

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Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: radon222 on January 26, 2019, 07:18:01 AM
P.S.  - Don't forget to plan a ride to Valentines, VA this year to mail off cards to your lovely's  ;)
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: st2sam on January 26, 2019, 09:05:25 AM
More to come!
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O00oooo this is gonna be good!
  :popcorn:
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on January 27, 2019, 10:19:31 AM
I started another thread on this bike should you have any interest. http://www.sport-touring.org/index.php?topic=6025.msg178915;topicseen#msg178915 (http://www.sport-touring.org/index.php?topic=6025.msg178915;topicseen#msg178915)


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Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on February 04, 2019, 04:48:09 PM
I was out meandering today and stopped at one overlook for a quick pic or three. What a treat to have upper 50s in February, seize the day!

Stopped by the dealership for some parts.
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A quick gas stop.
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A spectacular view on a winter's day.
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Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: sleazy rider on February 05, 2019, 04:38:57 PM
I was walking to the local store for a soda yesterday and saw this little beauty in the parking area.  Yamaha FZ-S, 150cc and retails for $2600US here in Mexico.  I want.



Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on February 05, 2019, 04:45:06 PM
Trying to capitalize on the nice weather I traveled out to Colonial Beach for a cup of coffee, roughly 60 miles each way.
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Temperature got as high as 72*F/22*C which is amazing for this time of year. Normally in the spring and summer these roads offer canopy tree shade as I carve my way around Fort A.P. Hill.
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When I get there I just soak in the scenery and revel in the moment as life is good today.
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Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on February 05, 2019, 04:46:19 PM
I was walking to the local store for a soda yesterday and saw this little beauty in the parking area.  Yamaha FZ-S, 150cc and retails for $2600US here in Mexico.  I want.

Man... I hope you get something like that, what a cool bike and rolling fast on a small bike is a hoot!
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on February 25, 2019, 08:03:39 AM
My friend Michael that I posted about above is on the road to recovery and still a couple months out from riding. In the mean time I've been keeping my radar open for a replacement of his beloved Burger 200 and I found one in Houston, TX with only 375 miles on her for a steal of a price. That's the good news, the bad news is he's in no condition to travel for a fly and ride let alone a trailer drive to and from The Keys to Houston.

So I'm stewing on the the idea of helping him out with the idea that I have cabin fever here in VA as it is still a tad sketchy weather here. Hmmm.... so I called him up and many texts later we decided I'll fly out one way to Houston, ride it to the Keys, toss him the keys, catch a plane back to the Old Dominion! What could go wrong?

Conchshooter's new steed!
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This will not be a stop and smell the roses tour but a delivery tour with some points of interest pictures. Talk about deja vu, a third of the route is almost the same route I took when I purchased my 946. Here's roughly the route I have planned as best I can as I have 24 hours to do my job, prep and pack, buy tickets, etc., etc. I'll stop in Louisiana to visit some friends and the work my way down the left coast of FL and eventually to Key West. I hope Mother Nature cuts me some slack on this trip as she has pounded me on the last couple. I'll post my adventure (not much of one) here with many pics and a glympse of my location should you have any interest in where I'm at on this journey.
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My plane leaves Richmond at 6 AM tomorrow morning so I'll be up and headed to the airport at 4 Am, here we go another redeye...

(more to come)
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: viffergyrl on February 25, 2019, 08:17:23 AM
Yeah.... that will be epic.
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: st2sam on February 25, 2019, 08:25:12 AM

My plane leave Richmond at 6 AM tomorrow morning so I'll be up and headed to the airport at 4 Am, here we go another redeye...
(more to come)

 :popcorn:
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on February 25, 2019, 09:15:50 AM
The route is planned!  8)
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Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Andrew on February 25, 2019, 07:35:01 PM
 :pope:      :popcorn:
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on February 26, 2019, 10:22:38 AM
Here is a Glympse of my location: https://glympse.com/0BTZ-0Q9Q
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: radon222 on February 26, 2019, 11:29:42 AM
Ha!!  If you run into trouble anywhere between Houston and New Orleans give a shout.  #2 son is in Lake Charles with a trailer   :bigok: :bigok:
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on February 26, 2019, 11:40:17 AM
Awesome, just stopping for lunch.
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on February 26, 2019, 12:11:03 PM
Awesome, just stopping for lunch. I forgot to eat, the weather is crap and visibility is bad.
Here is a Glympse of my location: https://glympse.com/02XD-5H5E
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: viffergyrl on February 26, 2019, 12:57:49 PM
Both links have expired. You be careful.
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on February 26, 2019, 01:26:15 PM
Ok let me get a fresh one, somethings hokie with the app.
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Post by: Virginian on February 26, 2019, 01:26:52 PM
Here is a Glympse of my location: https://glympse.com/0BMX-RWFY
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: leeo45 on February 26, 2019, 01:28:47 PM
Awesome, just stopping for lunch. I forgot to eat, the weather is crap and visibility is bad.
Here is a Glympse of my location: https://glympse.com/02XD-5H5E

Hopefully the weather will clear up for you as you head east.    Stay safe and have fun.     It is great that you are picking up and delivering this scoot for a friend in need.   


And welcome to Louisiana !     1:59 CST    You are making good progress.   
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on February 26, 2019, 03:18:23 PM
I'm going to stop in Scott, LA and call it a day. I've been going hard since 2:30 this morning. About another 32 miles to go for the day. If I have the energy I'll do a proper write up for the day.
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on February 26, 2019, 06:26:56 PM
Okay, here's the quick down and dirty of the day.

I was worried about hooking up my nav so I ordered a RAM ball mirror stem mount, Amazon didn't get it to me in time. Boooo! So this is what I have to work with and the Burger's handlebar is cladded.
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I'm up at 2:30 am and out the door to the airport at 3 am and on the plane at 5:30 am. I got hit with a check in fee for one of my bags for $30 as this time they wouldn't let me wear it as a hat. lol
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Gas, quick mart and casino in LA. Swing!
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Get to Houston and catch a cab to the dealership, as you can see it's pouring and very foggy out. Yay!
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By the time I get to the dealership the rain had let off a tad. Man, what nice dealership!
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I hustle up into the dressing room and don the rain gear hand head out to look the scoot over. The salesman was taking in the back to fill it with gas. Nice!
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I brought a thick strip of rubber and wrapped it around the mirror stem and used the handlebar clamp. It worked like a champ!
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Once I got on the road the bike started smoking bad. I pulled over 1 block away and they overfilled the oil. So I googles a wally world and off I went in a cloud of smoke. I purchased a turkey baster and sucked enough oil out into  a water bottle and fired her up, she's all good now. Found the nearest gas station to drop the used oil off to recycle and off I went into the fog and the rain.

No real scenic pics but here are a few when I would stop to check the bike
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I had forgotten to eat and I was getting wet in the crotch and front of my shirt so I pulled over into a Mc'Ds. Ummm... I left my fly open and the pooling water was pouring into my crotch and wicking up my shirt. Put that on my list of thing I wish I never did.
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Just got to the hotel and will get showered up and off to find some boudin and craklins! Woohoo!

Umm, Michael's scoot is getting broken in quick!
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Left to go...
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And my weaksauce numbers for the day.
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Just got unpacked and TSA did the cavity search on my Kriega
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Tucked away nicely in front of the hotel for the night.
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Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Andrew on February 26, 2019, 06:48:29 PM
Considering the time you started out riding, weather and other issues, you covered a lot of ground. 

Your a good man, many props your way  :clap:
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on February 27, 2019, 07:44:38 AM
Here's the scene this morning with thunderstorms on the way, I'm packing up to get out of here and hopefully outrun the bad weather.
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Inside the hotel I see a Xmas tree. I'm like what the heck and I see it done up in Marti Gras.
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Last nights supper. Boudin made with crawdads was yummy!
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Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on February 27, 2019, 08:45:48 AM
Here is a Glympse of my location: https://glympse.com/0E7H-YA29
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: smoker on February 27, 2019, 11:01:49 AM
 :popcorn:
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on February 27, 2019, 01:14:28 PM
I finally blew out of the bad weather. I just stopped in Mississippi got gas, food and give my buns a break.

(More to come)
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: leeo45 on February 27, 2019, 06:57:37 PM
Glad the weather cleared up for you.   You are making good progress.    What was the criteria for heading up towards Hattiesburg and back to Mobile instead of staying on I-10?   

Stay safe
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on February 27, 2019, 08:12:25 PM
Glad the weather cleared up for you.   You are making good progress.    What was the criteria for heading up towards Hattiesburg and back to Mobile instead of staying on I-10?   

Stay safe

Thank you for the well wishes. My criteria was put into my nav to make the fastest route with no tolls. Tolls are a problem on 2 wheels for me fumbling with money and gloves and in TX they don't have manned toll booths so I got a few photo rewards last time I rode through there.
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: viffergyrl on February 27, 2019, 08:25:15 PM
Be sure to post up a new Glympse link! Where are you tonight?
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: leeo45 on February 27, 2019, 08:44:38 PM
Be sure to post up a new Glympse link! Where are you tonight?

He's at the Hampton Inn, Pensacola West.    ;D   The last Glympse link is still working for me.
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: viffergyrl on February 27, 2019, 08:48:48 PM
Be sure to post up a new Glympse link! Where are you tonight?

He's at the Hampton Inn, Pensacola West.    ;D   The last Glympse link is still working for me.

Thanks! It says 'no longer available' when I click the link.
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on February 27, 2019, 09:06:59 PM
Wow! What a day and I have lots to share...

I wake up after a solid 8 hours rest to this. Soggy, threatening thunderstorms, rain, the usual.
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I start getting on it to outrun whatever Mother Nature had in store for me blast down I10. Hands down I10 is the most dangerous road I have ever ridden on in my life twice. Every stop I made folks ask during chit chat to be careful on I 10 as they drive like maniac. They're 100% correct...

I have a long day ahead of me and want to get a full bite out the miles I need to munch. The weather was cool and a bit cold so I had my liners in and was quite comfortable buzzing down the road.

Woohoo Mississippi!
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I wanted to stop for the Alabama pic but there was no shoulder to pull over. I pulled off the road and did some ADVing to get this pic. hehe
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One stop for gas was at Tater's in AL. Yep, I'm in the south, my peoples.
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One of the very few scenic pic was where the U.S.S. Alabama is stored. I wish I had the time to visit...
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The mighty Alabama!
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I finished my trip today making it to Pensacola FL. (there's a welcome to FL sign in this pic on the left, I wanted to get the jet in the pic)
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I have been mulling over to share an incident with folks but after further thought I decided I should as kind of a PSA. At one gas stop I pulled off I was the only person at the pump. I keep my radar going when I'm on the bike or off for stops. I saw someone approaching me in a creeper kind of way and my spidy sense started tingling.

The gent creeps up from my backside and get within 10' so I turn around and ask, "do we have a problem?"
He says no, "I just wanted to ask you if you have a few dollars to spare?"
I say, "no, have a nice day."
He says, "then I'll just take your wallet." (as he pulls out a knife)
I say, "son, don't do this as it's not going to go well."

As fast as I can I cracked him with the crown of my helmet I'm still wearing and down he goes in a heap and starting to leak from his face. I took the knife he dropped and put it against the curb and stomped on it and broke it in half. Hopped on the Burger and got the hell out of there.

I found another gas station to refuel and got back on the road. The adrenaline was flowing in me and I was shaking like a leaf for 20 minutes. Why do I mention this? Because I feel it is a PSA (public service announcement) to folks who travel on the road alone. Situational awareness is paramount so keep your eyes open wherever you pull into on the road and protect yourself at all times.

No I'm not proud of what I have done nor am I ashamed. I felt I was in harms way swiftly dealt with it. In retrospect did I handle the situation appropriately? idk... If I had a chance to just leave I would have but in this case I didn't. No, I wasn't going to detain him and call 911 as we all know how this would go down, he attacked me and there I am defending myself. So let your conscience be your guide...

Stats for the day.
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789 miles to go and 405miles today.
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I have a few equipment failures that I'll write about later as I'm too tired tonight. I will share some more of this leg of my journey when i get more time to digest it. I want to thank all the good folks that have reached out to me via PMs, text, and post offering their homes, or a hot meal. I'm trying meet with a few that are somewhat on my journey but the goal is to get conchshooter his bike without a mark on it in a timely manner and get home back to my life.

Peace,

Eric
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on February 27, 2019, 09:10:26 PM
Be sure to post up a new Glympse link! Where are you tonight?
Pensacola, FL, I usually shut down glympse when I get to where I was going.
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on February 27, 2019, 09:13:42 PM
Oh, and for Micheal, she's all tucked away at the entrance of the hotel for the night.
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Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Jim on February 27, 2019, 11:18:41 PM
I wanted to stop for the Alabama pic but there was no shoulder to pull over. I pulled off the road and did some ADVing to get this pic. hehe
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LOL - And I thank you for going above and beyond.
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: st2sam on February 28, 2019, 06:23:23 AM
Thanks for sharing the whole story.

IMHO you did the right thing, most stations have camera's at the pumps.
So lets hope the creep takes his broken weapon, licks his wound and goes home, and you don't get a call from the police.
AND hope the weather stays dry for the rest of your ride.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on February 28, 2019, 07:53:08 AM
I'm up and rolling this morning and was have a cup of joe and looking over the scoot. There's a black epoxy like substance leaking out of the muffler cap. It is quite hard and crusty like a well cured epoxy. Thoughts?
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Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: minimac on February 28, 2019, 08:36:51 AM
You did well and dealt with the situation in an expedient fashion. Don't even think twice about it. Best wishes for a safe remainder of the trip and back home. Tonight kick back, enjoy a few adult beverages, and sleep well!
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: smoker on February 28, 2019, 08:37:00 AM
Holy crap Eric, glad you're ok and didn't get poked!

Note to self, never F@*k with a 7 foot tall dude on a scooter.
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on February 28, 2019, 09:09:42 AM
Packing up to hit the road after a hearty breakfast.
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3 for 3, starting my day in the rain...
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I'll post a glympse here in a minute.

(more to come)
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on February 28, 2019, 09:41:21 AM
Here is a Glympse of my location: https://glympse.com/026N-V8D6
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Vulcanbill on February 28, 2019, 12:51:41 PM
From Kim regarding the incident...  And I quote:

 :hail:
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: st2sam on February 28, 2019, 05:15:42 PM
Holy sh!t Eric, more rain?

Hey look on the bright side. You can always get a side job testing foul weather gear?  :lol:

Oh, and remind me never to ride down South with you.  :bigsmile:
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: leeo45 on February 28, 2019, 08:23:41 PM
Looks like another day with good progress.    About 500 miles remaining to Key West.   

And Yikes!!!   Glad nothing worse came out of the gas station encounter.    I'm not quite sure how I would have handled that.   It makes me think about my practice of always removing my helmet when I stop.    Fortunately, despite almost always traveling by myself and at all hours of the day and night, I have not had the misfortune of such an event.    Glad you are OK and safely jumped back on the road.   

The weather forecast looks pretty good for tomorrow so hopefully you'll break your string of rainy mornings.   Stay safe.
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on February 28, 2019, 08:29:01 PM
Today was uneventful and my goal was to make it to Newberry, FL to meet up with some scooter friends cashcow and his friend Ken, a very good scooter rider and has done the Iron Butt 2 times and also competed in a couple of Cannonball Rides. They were kind enough to buy me supper and a beverage this evening and put me up for the night.

I started the day off with a hardy breakfast from the Cracker Barrel, what can I say I love their hash brown casserole.
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Yep, rain again...
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Not much adventure to share here as I plowed through the rain for 8 hours and roughly 400 miles. This one stretch of road clearly had been hammered by a hurricane as I saw 1,000s of acres of trees snapped off, homes destroyed, and business' with ruins. This went on fo 50 miles and was sobering to see as it felt like a wasteland. In this pic at a gas stop you can see a couple trees snapped off.
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I finally got to Newberry and met up with cashcow and Ken. The entryway to the place had the moss/ferns flowing from the trees.
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They treated me to a nice Mex supper and beverages!
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The three amigos having a great supper.
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Roughly 400 miles to go and I'll knock out most of it tomorrow and meet up with Conchshooter in the morn on Saturday.

Thanks for reading!

(more to come)
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on February 28, 2019, 08:32:29 PM
From Kim regarding the incident...  And I quote:

 :hail:

Thanks Bill, please say hi to Kim for me.

Holy sh!t Eric, more rain?

Hey look on the bright side. You can always get a side job testing foul weather gear?  :lol:

Oh, and remind me never to ride down South with you.  :bigsmile:

Yep, I think I'm taking over Doug's crown since he hung up the spurs.

Looks like another day with good progress.    About 500 miles remaining to Key West.   

And Yikes!!!   Glad nothing worse came out of the gas station encounter.    I'm not quite sure how I would have handled that.   It makes me think about my practice of always removing my helmet when I stop.    Fortunately, despite almost always traveling by myself and at all hours of the day and night, I have not had the misfortune of such an event.    Glad you are OK and safely jumped back on the road.   

The weather forecast looks pretty good for tomorrow so hopefully you'll break your string of rainy mornings.   Stay safe.

Yep, just about done with this chapter in my riding reputois. As always you are very kind in your replies to my thread. Thank you for stopping by and reading.
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on March 01, 2019, 07:15:38 AM
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Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Bryan.VFR on March 01, 2019, 07:27:13 AM


Note to self, never F@*k with a 7 foot tall dude on a scooter wearing a helmet.
Fxd that for you.

+1, I think you totally did the right thing. The number one priority is you and your health. I think it was an easy, quick way to resolve the situation.
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on March 01, 2019, 08:23:59 AM
Thank you guys, I'm still somewhat shaken up over that incident. In 40 years of riding a lot miles I've never had something like that happen.
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on March 01, 2019, 08:28:17 AM
On another note at the Mex place last night I dropped my phone in the gravel and broke the screen in 3 places. :(  I'll see if I can find a place to fix it on my travels.
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: viffergyrl on March 01, 2019, 09:13:29 AM
It's always something, right?  :)

Quote
No, I wasn't going to detain him and call 911 as we all know how this would go down, he attacked me and there I am defending myself.

As a woman who has traveled by herself on a motorcycle, lived by herself for most of her life, and lived in urban areas, I can tell you that I put a lot of forethought into my safety. I've been lucky, but I don't count on that. Don't go through life unaware.

It's a lot easier to take of things yourself than to involve the police - up to a point. I'm sure that varies per person. Keep your spidey sense going and get that phone fixed (get a case - it's cheap insurance).
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on March 01, 2019, 09:40:34 AM
Well said! Thanks for the advice Viffergirl.
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on March 01, 2019, 04:55:51 PM
Checked into a hotel in Naples and will finish this trip tomorrow with 217 miles to go.

Here are a couple pics stolen from cashcow that he posted on MV.
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Today was uneventful with really nothing of interest. Amazingly it was calling for rain when I left so I made like a good Catholic and pulled out in a hurry!
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Ken and Bill were off to a breakfast and were expecting to get wet as well.

I forgot to post this pic last night and I blame that on the margaritas but total miles for yesterday were 373.
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The Burger has burnt zero oil this entire trip, I check every gas stop. You can't really see in this pic but it's 3/4 full and has remained there for the duration.
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Stopped at Bob Evans for lunch. Good night, it's like Seizure World had a jail break and rolled into this joint...
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Stats for the day. 317 miles for the day.
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My nav has been intermittent so these number aren't accurate but will get you in the right church, maybe the wrong pew... Roughly about 1,361 miles total...
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On a down note, you can see in the Bob Evans pic the muffler cap is missing. It had vibrated loose and started to melt on the muffler. I just removed it and stowed it, I'll order Michael a new one when i get there. I'm super bummed about this...
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Thanks for read and as always, life is short, enjoy the ride!

Eric

Tomorrow will be much more rewarding pictures, I promise!
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on March 01, 2019, 05:00:27 PM
PS: The motel I'm at has a place to eat and a lounge and it's karaoke night! Dayyummnnn, I'm strolling through tall cotton now!  :lol: :snork:
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: leeo45 on March 02, 2019, 02:19:44 AM
PS: ... a lounge and it's karaoke night! Dayyummnnn, I'm strolling through tall cotton now!  :lol: :snork:

Are those the "more rewarding pictures" you mentioned?    :eek:

Glad the trip is still going well.    Seems strange that sustained highway speeds would melt that muffler cap.
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on March 02, 2019, 04:54:34 AM
Up early to get the show on the road.

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Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on March 02, 2019, 07:10:07 AM
Just crossed the Everglades in pea soup thick fog. In the home stretch about 157 miles to go.
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on March 02, 2019, 08:53:28 AM
Stopped in Key Largo with 84 miles to go. I have this sudden urge to sport a wifebeater t-shirt and zories.  ;D
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: tankhead on March 02, 2019, 10:21:34 AM
God speed Eric.  Good job with the punk. Glad you are posting up about your philanthropic journey.  You, my man, are a good egg.

Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on March 02, 2019, 12:37:37 PM
I'll get this thread updated later but here's a short video. I'm here and more importantly the bike is in one piece.

https://vimeo.com/320965809
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: viffergyrl on March 02, 2019, 01:10:06 PM
That is just awesome.  :thumbsup:  :inlove:
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on March 02, 2019, 09:00:15 PM
I just got back from an amazing supper and I'll try to update this chapter in my moto profile.

Today was my lazy day of the trip. Just a couple hundred miles and I will have completed my mission at hand. I first want to apologize for all the type-os and bad grammar during this trip. I have been trying to fend off texts from family and friends, pm's from members on 3 forums, updating 3 forums, updating glympse, trying to answer or thank each and every one of you for your suggestions and help in general. All while standing in the rain with a cellphone pecking away with waterlogged fingers. (that's my excuse and I'm sticking with it)

I woke up very early today wanting to get a jump on the day as I kind of knew the weather would get hot as the day went on. I checked out of the motel and was on the road by 6 am this morning. As I traversed the Everglades the fog set in and was really thick. As in I can't see more than 20 yards thick.
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Meanwhile I'm passing caution signs of "panther crossing" for many miles. My inside voice was saying, would that be the bees knees if I plow into a panther on the end of this journey? I was treated to an amazing sunrise as I motored on.
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As I broke out of the Everglades I was hit with South Florida traffic. All lanes entering Rt 1 turnpike were blocked with no way to access so I turned around and tried from the opposite direction, no joy... So I weaved my way through a bunch of heavy traffic and found another access to Rt 1 a few miles south. As soon as I jumped on the toll road there was a newer Kia on fire in the middle of the road. Huge plumes of black smoke rising! I scooted around that and got on my merry way.

During my run down the peninsula maintaining sane speeds I was getting almost 90 mpg, so I believe cruising at 55 to 60 mph you will achieve 200 miles per tank full with plenty left for reserve.
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Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on March 02, 2019, 09:15:36 PM
I didn't stop to eat as Conchshooter had said there would be a nice meal waiting for me when I arrive. I'm not much of an early breakfast kind of person and if I do have a hardy breakfast I skip lunch.

On one fuel stop I was sitting there giving my butt a break as it was hurting in a big way. As I reflected upon that moment I felt the mighty Burgman 200 was fairing much better than I was after all we have been through.
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During another fuel stop, again resting my backside... this fellow pulled up on his HD bagger. I greeted him and he asked where I was from. I gave him the Reader's Digest version of the backstory behind this trip. He said, I know exactly why you're making this trip for Conchshooter. He had just come from a memorial for his best friend who was hit a week ago and died. He was on a 250 mile ride trying to clear his head. My heart sank as I digested what he just shared. Here i was having the best ride this day of my entire trip and here he was having the worst ride of his life trying to shake off what has happened in his life. Never judge another man/woman till you walk a mile in their shoes. You just don't know what they're dealing with in life.
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At one stop (as I'm going stir crazy being alone so much) I had to chuckle for a moment. All my life I have been a a wannabe hardcore Harley rider. I was wearing my  SOA hat across America on a 200cc scooter. T'was a good day in my life.
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I finally rolled up to Michael's home and there he was filming the occasion as I came into view cover on many miles of of slag, rain, and bugs.
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Tears of joy crept out of the corners of my eyes as I tried to be manly and pretend they weren't there. His lovely wife took a photo of us shortly after.
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Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on March 02, 2019, 09:25:21 PM
Michael and his wife took me out for a lovely supper and I had the pan seared scallops with caramelized onions, butternut squash with spinach. Yum!
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There were crayons on the table for children and Michael started doodling.. Hmmm... I can't imagine where his mind is at!
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I asked the waitress to take a pic and she happily complied.
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The stats for today.
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The stats for the trip (but not accurate as my nav was intermittent). The total miles by my calculation were 1,603. Wow, about half way across the United States! I have a warm feeling come over me when I think about this as a sense of accomplishment. (I know, I'm a geek on stuff like this)
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Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on March 02, 2019, 10:09:39 PM
This trip was fabricated and set into effect in a whopping 48 hours and I was on a plane to go fetch his scoot. The dealership was pushing back on him in a big way that they would not store the scoot even though it was paid for in full. Thus the sense of urgency as good a deal like this on that exact scooter doesn't grow on trees.

What folks don't know is I telework, so everyday on this trip after riding all day I have been doing my job via remote on a laptop on the go and getting very little sleep. Simply put, I'm worn out... I will return home on Monday as I didn't book my return flight home till today. I knew if I pre-booked it an incident would happen, flat tire, mechanical breakdown and I would loose my flight. I'm going to race home and pick up all the balls I dropped in my professional life and well as my personal life as soon as I get home.

In closing, I would like to say a few things if I may. A while ago I decided to spend my spare time writing or quasi blogging my road trips or adventures. Admittedly I'm terrible at it, so it's a self improvement thing for me and your are my targeted audience. I try hard to post facts, stats, and document the feeling or tone of what I'm dealing with good or bad. I'm a terrible writer and photographer but I do the best I can with what limited knowledge and resources that I have. I will continue to do so as I enjoy it and it has made me open up my personal life to the world wide web. Scary right? Actually no, it has opened doors to many, many good folks to cross my path in life and bless me with their presence.

I would encourage anyone to jump in the deep end and start a 'meandering' thread of your adventures! Try to greet each person that you might just be meeting your next best friend. This very thing has happened for me with Michael. I am a very wealthy man as a result...

The world is full of amazing people if you give them half a chance. What I choose to do in my life I call a RAOK (random act of kindness), this trip was RAOK for me. You will be amazed if you reach out and help a fellow rider at how you feel about yourself as a person. We are all just people on this planet for a very short time. Do something nice and go meet some of them.

I have a few thank yous to deal out here:
cdwise - Cheryl, who spent quite a but of time talking me through some issues setting up my nav on fly and what roads to possibly take.
villageidiot - Colby, for offering to personally help fund this trip.
Cashcow - Bill, for the offer in kind to put me up, buy me a hit meal and drinks.
Zigzagguzz  - For offering your constant traffic and weather update along the way.
mugwump - Dorian, who tried to get me the parts here in VA that Amazon didn't deliver in time to rig the nav and support overall in general.
Radon222 - for the #2 son when I was going through LA.
Bueller - For offering his RV to crash i accompanied with supper and a beer.
And the countless number of folks that sent me PM's who shall remain nameless offering me support on the 'incident' at the gas station when I was doubting my actions.

I'm sure I've forgotten a few but thank you to all! Please know that I knew all along that that I was never alone on the road at any given time. I had a support system that I didn't know was there when I left and magically was there as I traversed the country.

I know I'm a nerd or geek on this stuff but I thought I would share my thoughts anyways.

Sincerely,

Thank you for reading my insignificant stuff and as always; life is short, enjoy the ride!

Peace,

Eric
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on March 02, 2019, 10:40:32 PM
PS: These pics were stolen form Conchshooter and his narrative.

Well. At last that’s over and I don’t have to worry anymore. Lunchtime! Water glimpse dining
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He seems in remarkably good shape. As does, more importantly, the Burgman...
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Now we have lunch. Multi ethnic food porn. Layne’s home made pozole- Mexican hominy soup and Indian naan.
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Under the close observation of Rusty the wonder dog.
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Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: st2sam on March 03, 2019, 07:34:06 AM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:

Always a treat reading your epic ride-adventures,
 look forward to reading many more.

Thanks Eric!
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Vulcanbill on March 03, 2019, 07:59:03 AM
Don't sell yourself short.  I don't care about much on the interwebz.  Yet I find myself drawn to these adventures and actually make an effort to get to the computer just to catch up.  Grammar and spelling must not be too bad cuz I'm kind of a nazi (when reading others' stuff) and I'm not offended at all.  You get a pass for this type of RAOK.  I even read your build threads and modification to existing bikes just for the read and photos. 

Keep doing what you're doing.  You're probably having more of an affect than you will ever know. 

Good on ya, Mate!
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: tankhead on March 03, 2019, 08:52:46 AM
Congrats Eric!!!
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: viffergyrl on March 03, 2019, 09:59:57 AM
Don't sell yourself short.

Keep doing what you're doing.  You're probably having more of an affect than you will ever know. 

Good on ya, Mate!

^This × a bazillion
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: slayman on March 03, 2019, 12:26:42 PM
Awesome adventure report Eric! Your reports need no apologies. The fact that you take the time to share them with us is enough. I wish I'd been able to follow along in "real time". Well done!
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: leeo45 on March 03, 2019, 12:39:20 PM
Don't sell yourself short.

Keep doing what you're doing.  You're probably having more of an affect than you will ever know. 

Good on ya, Mate!

^This × a bazillion

Yep, exactly.   And that is especially true this time of year when sometimes it's hard to tell this is a motorcycle forum.

Safe travels on your flight back home.
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on March 03, 2019, 04:50:24 PM
I did some exploring today.
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The one request I had I asked Conchshooter for was to stick my toes in gin blue water just once before I head back home to the snow and cold.
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A wave came and stole my thunder of the photo op but it was awesome. Mission accomplished!
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Some random pics.
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There were scoots everywhere and are a viable means of transportation here in the Keys.
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The cemeteries that were above ground were fascinating. In this particular cemetery lies the bodies of many of the sailors from the U.S.S. Battleship Maine which that sank in the Havana harbor during the Cuban revolt against Spain, an event that became a major political issue in the United States. The mighty USS Maine was the first U.S. Navy ship to be named after the state of Maine. It was commissioned in 1895 and sank in 1898. They brought several of the bodies back here to Key West for a proper burial.

Read about it here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Maine_(ACR-1)

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After Michael gave me the tour of the area we went to the Hogfish Grill for lunch. I had the fresh fired shrimp and chips and he had the hogfish sammich with Swiss cheese and mushrooms. Yum!
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A truck parked out front.
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I have a flight to go home tomorrow and will arrive in the evening and from what I'm told it was snowing there yesterday.

As I close this chapter on my moto life tomorrow I'll turn the page to a fresh sheet of paper and start working on my next chapter. Thanks for stopping by and reading The Virginian's Meanderings.

Eric
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on March 07, 2019, 11:10:17 AM
Western ho!

So here a few thoughts on my next big adventure.

A friend in AL and I have got this idea of hauling his Kymco Like 150i and my Vespa 946 out west and riding to some places that most people wouldn't consider riding a scooter. I'll drive down to AL in one day, load up and we drive west. Unload and hit hard! What kind of places? I know we can't hit all these so it's just in the spitball'n stage. Timeframe would be either this may or in August.

1. Pikes Peak.
2. Mt Evans.
3. Valley of the Gods, Moki Dugway and out to Muley Point.
4. Shaffer Trail and part of the WRT and maybe some other stuff around Moab
5. The Burr trail.
6. Zion NP
7. Grand Canyon North Rim
8. ????

And whatever else sounds intriguing. Doing all of these places on one trip might not be practical and I'm not expecting to get them all. We want to get some great pictures at some of those places. That might mean getting up real early to catch the sunrise or waiting for the sunset.

I know that 150cc will not be enough to keep up with traffic on a lot of roads out west but it's a hell of a lot of fun. It just wouldn't be nearly the adventure on my full size bikes.

So right now it's just an idea in my head.

Any ideas for other places I should go?

There will be my usual day drips to historical sites throughout the year but this one would be kind of a big deal to me. I posted this in Region 1 as well as many folks don't visit this thread.
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: smoker on March 07, 2019, 03:18:44 PM
Black bear pass to Telluride. ;D
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Vulcanbill on March 07, 2019, 05:29:45 PM
Definitely pikes peak and moab (which includes canyonlands, arches, and dead horse point state park).  While in CO, take the park road through RMNP, and while black bear is mildly tongue in cheek, there are some of those passes that aren't that hard.  Last Dollar Road is totally doable and even some of corkscrew from 550 heading up the mtn depending on how motivated you are. 

http://vulcanbill.blogspot.com/2014/09/kims-perspective-today-was-phenomenal.html (http://vulcanbill.blogspot.com/2014/09/kims-perspective-today-was-phenomenal.html) - last dollar road and ophir pass

canyon is soooooo far away from everything and I don't think Zion has much payoff from a parked on the side of the road perspective

I'd throw Yellowstone in there and there's some pass nearby that would be a hoot on scooters. 
Title: Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on March 07, 2019, 05:59:41 PM
Very helpful guys, thanks!
Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on April 21, 2019, 02:05:18 PM
Out for a 300 mile ride this Easter Sunday. Happy Easter folks!
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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: vfrmike on April 21, 2019, 04:31:14 PM
 Looks like a great Easter activity on a cool bike--Happy Easter!
Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on April 22, 2019, 08:40:15 AM
Looks like a great Easter activity on a cool bike--Happy Easter!

Thanks Mike, hope to see you if you're passing through VA, come stay a spell.
Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: vfrmike on April 22, 2019, 09:33:32 AM
Thanks Eric, had a little health issue on 3/18 and had a few stints placed in the old ticker, so I'm convalescing in Canyon Lake Tx at the moment dying to get back on the bike.  Really wanted to make the May meet but that pretty much looks impossible. Anyway thanks for the invite and enjoy the new Harley and Husky, both look like a blast!  BTW the twisty roads out here are diving me nuts with no bike :-[.
Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: jimmy on April 23, 2019, 08:51:58 PM
Hey Mike, I bet them stints are gonna fix you right up!  Good for another 100,000 Miles!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on April 23, 2019, 09:18:51 PM
Hey Mike, I bet them stints are gonna fix you right up!  Good for another 100,000 Miles!  :thumbsup:

And then some! Well said Jimmy!
Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: vfrmike on April 23, 2019, 10:06:05 PM
Hey Mike, I bet them stints are gonna fix you right up!  Good for another 100,000 Miles!  :thumbsup:

but sadly no more donuts:(
Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: minimac on May 04, 2019, 07:19:33 AM
I know Eric won't say anything, but he's got some surgery scheduled for the 7th. Best wishes for a quick and easy recovery, my friend!
Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on May 27, 2019, 12:22:57 PM
Memorial Day is a time for Americans to reflect on the contributions of those one million who made the ultimate sacrifice for us. Because of the courage of these veterans, we enjoy the opportunities and freedoms today.

Memorial Day is not to be confused with Veterans Day; Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving, while Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans.

Try to take a brief moment to reflect on the sacrifice of those who cannot.

Happy Memorial Day!

We had a family throw down at the lake this holiday. Philbilly (my BIL) brought his Harley for a full service, new tires, flushed the brakes and we both got to try out the HF lift. It worked like a champ.
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For supper we rolled with a bushel of crabs!  8)
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Even my great niece was down with the crabs.
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Fishing in the. morning.
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Ava caught her first fish ever in her pjs. lol
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Took Philbilly (his real name is Phil, and I branded him after hillbilly) out for a scenic 45 minute run to make sure the bike was good to go. So yes, some scooter content!
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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on June 03, 2019, 09:59:47 AM
I had an exciting weekend this week. Mrs. V and I were hosting a fund raiser and everyone's cell phone goes off at the same time.
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A tornado touched down 10 miles from our home and luckily we have no damage.
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I rode up this weekend to see my great niece graduate from HS.  Bianka graduated from HS this weekend with honors. She was (I think) in the top 5 students in the graduating class. Not only did she graduate with 13 honors she also earned her associate's degree at the same time. Bianka will now take the next step in life as she attends UVA pre-law in the fall.

Her parents are amazing parents and B's accomplishments are a testimony to their heart, soul and dedication to bring Bianka into this world and make her a champion of life.

We stopped for lunch in Luray at the Moonshadow Resturant and I had the cheese grits and shrimp that was amazing! Wow, I have to revisit this place and the prices of their dishes were very inexpensive.
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I treated myself to a nice VA amber lager, it was kind of cool to see a m/c on the bottle.
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Words cannot describe how proud I am of this young lady. GO GET EM B!!!
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I was trying out a new app I stumbled into that tracks your ride. It can be used for hiking, kayaking or whatever you wish. Kind of cool actually. It's a short 2 minute view...
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Here's a couple of scenic pics from the day. The morning was cool and overcast, a perfect day for a ride.
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I hope everyone is getting out and riding this late spring!

Thanks for stopping by and reading.

Eric
Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: st2sam on June 03, 2019, 06:04:25 PM
I hope everyone is getting out and riding this late spring!
Yes I have, and posted a few pics in region six.

Thanks for keeping your Meandering Thread going-sharing with us. :thumbsup:


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on June 21, 2019, 06:02:07 PM
We have had an unexpected visitors this week at Casa De Redneck. Remember Bob and Cathy form Chicago? They loved VA so much they made a return visit. They made it to Bristow, VA and were planning on riding down to the cabin on Wednesday. Tuesday was nothing but frog strangler downpours that they got caught in.

The view out my kitchen window on Tuesday...
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They made it in one piece and shoved a beer in their hand as soon as they rolled up.
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We went out to supper at one of our favorite watering holes Callie Opies and had a grand supper. http://callieopiesorchard.com/ (http://callieopiesorchard.com/)
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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on June 21, 2019, 06:12:22 PM
I had to work on Thursday so they were on their own. I flipped them the keys to the car and off they went to visit the Battlefields of Fredericksburg. After they got home I took them to another fav watering hole. The Mason Dixon Cafe! Love this place. http://www.mason-dixoncafe.com/ (http://www.mason-dixoncafe.com/)

Meatloaf with fried mac & cheese. Bob crushed the mac & cheese before he even got to the meatloaf.
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Steak & cheese bread with fried mac & cheese.
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I had the shrimp & grits. Yum!
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A sign on the restroom, seem about right and legit for today's climate! lol
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Next door is Carl's ice cream which is to die for!
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Yep, paper hats included.
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Happy campers tonight!
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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on June 21, 2019, 06:29:22 PM
Okay, let get to the riding shall we!

They had an itch to see Monticello, home Thomas Jefferson our 3rd president and imo the most influential president this country has ever had. (more on that later)

What a beautiful day weather wise today! We took country roads all the way to Monticello. Sorry, no pics of the trip.

At Monticello.
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TJ has started documenting all plant, animal and bug life in North America.
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Here's an actual currancy for the 1700s for $100 that was for sale in the gift shop for the princely sum of $800.
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The entryway is noatable for two things in this pic, 1. the one handed clock, 2. there's a weather vain on the roof that runs down to the front porch so you could tell which way the wind was blowing from the front porch. We were not allowed to take pics of the interior but that 1 handed clock had another clock attached to the entryway that was 2 handed and had seconds. All of this was driven by weights and TJ wanted a 7 day clock. His walls were 15' high (I think) and this only allowed for a 6 day clock wind so he cut holes in the floor for the weights so they could accommodate 7 days. Fascinating stuff to me!
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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on June 21, 2019, 06:35:25 PM
A few more...
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Slaves toilet.
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In the main dining room, the left side of the fireplace has a false panel that's a dumbwaiter that led to the wine cellar, tap on the floor and mysteriously a fresh bottle of wine would appear.
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The kitchen...
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They would dump hot coals on the top to cook off of and the ashes would filter down into the brick openings.
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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on June 21, 2019, 07:05:17 PM
And the last of the pics.
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A few parting thoughts about Thomas Jefferson... please skip ahead as my narratives are a bit boring.

Thomas Jefferson hoped that his family would be able to live on at Monticello after his death. He left the property to his daughter, Martha Jefferson Randolph, and her children. Jefferson's enormous debt load, however, as well as the expenses of maintaining the building and lands proved too much to handle. Although there were several belated plans to save Monticello for the family, nothing came of them, and Mrs. Randolph put Monticello and its furnishings up for sale. Much of Jefferson's furniture, plate, and farm equipment, as well as 140 slaves, were bought at a public auction in 1827. The idiosyncratic mansion proved harder to sell. Finally, four years after the auction, the house and property went to an eccentric Charlottesville druggist, James Barclay, for $7,500.

James Barclay despised Jefferson's political ideals, and had very little interest in the great house itself. He wanted the land for a scheme that would turn Monticello into a silkworm farm. In order to plant mulberry trees, Barclay tore out many of the trees Jefferson had planted and uprooted the extensive gardens. Within three years, the project predictably failed, and Barclay now looked around for a buyer. In 1834, he sold the house and surrounding land for $2,500 to Uriah Phillips Levy, an officer in the United States Navy.

Uriah Levy deserves to be remembered  as his family preserved TJ's estate for 90 years before the government bought it back to make it a "state" park. 90% of the orgional artifacts in Monticello can be credited to the Levy's that are on dispal today. Not a Nat'l park, as VA still believes that the FEDs do not have VA's best interest at heart. Uriah adored TJ for his freedom of rights and freedom views. Being a Jewish Naval officer was no joke back in the 1700s, early 1800s.

TJ was broke at the end of his life. The war of 1812 broke out and Washington lost it's library in that war as it was burned down to the ground. TJ (being broke and needed the $$ sold his book collection to the U.S. which is the Library of Congress today.)

Arguably, imo TJ was is the greatest president this country has ever known. He authored the Declaration of Independence, that to this day stands the test of time and that globally "most" other nations used this document to model their rights and freedoms for their countries. More than half of the 193 countries now represented at the United Nations have a founding document that can be called a declaration of independence. ... Think about that for just a second... the impact of this man's work.

He founded University of VA, let us not forget the Louisiana Purchase that essentially doubled the size of the nation and lastly he commissioned the Lewis & Clark expedition. Think about the expansion of the U.S. because of the Lewis and Clark expedition.

Despite his freedom views he personally had 200 slaves up until he died and in his will only released 5. He fathered 6 kids with one of the slaves that no one knows their relationships extent to this day.
Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on June 21, 2019, 07:10:32 PM
We rolled out of Monticello to wrangle up some lunch and stopped at the BBQ Exchange in Gordonsville. Yum!
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Bob and Cathy head back to Chi-town tomorrow and will be missed. Until next time...

Life is short, enjoy the ride.

Eric
Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on June 29, 2019, 06:01:40 PM
A couple of stragglers that I forgot to post...

Either pop or myself bought this BMW sweatshirt while we were touring Germany over 20 years ago and has been sitting in my closet for decades. I thought Bob might enjoy it and hopefully it would fit?! It did fit and he loved it.
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Bourbon took a shine to Bob and was his shadow during their stay.
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These pics stolen from Cathy...
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Helmet hair at it's finest. I'm shocked no one on here has beat on me about my hair. lol I'll be 57 soon, full head of hair and no gray so what the heck, I'm letting it grow out. Funny story about my hair, when we were driving to Callie Opie's for supper I was telling our guests about an incident that happened last week a this restaurant. An old school rocker with long hair and balding (what I call a skullet instead of mullet) rolled in with his gal. This gal was staring at me through the meal. She finally came over and said, "I have to tell you I love your hair", starts running her finger through my hair. WTF???  :wow: :confused: So I blew it off and when I took our guests there, you guessed it; skullet and the hair rapest were there.  She does another drive by to our table and says, "I still love your hair". WTF X 2... I'm ready to go get a flattop after this...
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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on June 29, 2019, 06:04:29 PM
Off they go back to Chi-town and hopefully I put them on some good roads.

btw, Cathy has put 70,000 miles on that Silverwing scooter.
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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on June 29, 2019, 06:09:07 PM
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Hitting the Blue Ridge Mountains tomorrow morning and riding out there was a 5% chance of rain. So I risked it not bringing my rain gear. Said goodbye to Bourbon and off I went winding through the mountains.
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Yep, I found the 5% chance of rain. Gah!
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The next morning we hit the mountains and sorry to say, I didn't get any good pics. Stopped at the Apple House for a bite to eat.
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Felt like Xmas in this place but the food was good and a right nice place to set a spell.
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The menus on the wall were all their craft beers and wines that have been brewed in VA. Stated where each one was located and how far away they were from the Apple House. This place makes fresh apple fritters every morning. You know the ones that look like a cow pie with glaze.  8) They are delicious and to die for here. Been coming here ever since I was a child for over 50 years.
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Just a snapshot of my life today. Back to scoot'n real soon and get this thread rolling again.

Eric
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Post by: viffergyrl on June 29, 2019, 06:50:51 PM
Mmmmm.... apple fritters.

All righty then - are you inheriting the mantle of Rain Man Doug?
Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on July 03, 2019, 03:19:07 PM
Mmmmm.... apple fritters.

All righty then - are you inheriting the mantle of Rain Man Doug?

Sadly, I believe I do wear that tarnished crown lately...  ???

Out running errands today and it's mighty hot, the heat index is over 100*F and it isn't a dry heat! ;)

Happy 4th of July to all my scootista's & m/c friends that live in the U.S.
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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on September 02, 2019, 05:16:05 PM
Time for a few updates....

Not much riding in this update of my meanderings... There was a nice fellow on ADV that is 74 and bouncing back from a debilitating stoke so his Harley/BMW days have come to pass and wanted a Vespa. His local dealer kind of threw him a curve ball so I offered to help him get his new scoot home. I/we found a handy deal on 2020 Vespa Touring in Accident, Md of all places. https://www.xps-usa.com/ (https://www.xps-usa.com/)

So we chatted on the phone and he drove to Redneckistan, VA to stay for the night. The plan was to leave in tandem in the morning and drive up to MD, then make our way back to NC.

Meet Doug with a plate full of shrimp and grits.
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So we were up nice and early and hit the dusty trail to go get his new scoot. The dealership is a little over 4 hours away from me and real close to Pittsburgh.

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Post by: Virginian on September 02, 2019, 05:18:46 PM
We got up early and with a cup of joe down the hatch out the door we went with great expectations of today's events around 7 AM. The dealership is about 4 hours away from home so we had a lazy morning stopping for a hockey puck from McD's with Doug chasing me in his car. VA > WV > MD, that's the plan!

Almost heaven, West Virginia
Blue Ridge Mountains, Shenandoah River
Life is old there, older than the trees
Younger than the mountains, blowing like a breeze
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Almost there.
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We shot up through Winchester, VA, Paw Paw,WV, Cumberland, MD and then to Accident, MD. Accident, MD is right near the Eastern Continental Divide. The Eastern Continental Divide or Eastern Divide or Appalachian Divide is a hydrographic divide in eastern North America that separates the easterly Atlantic Seaboard watershed from the westerly Gulf of Mexicowatershed. The divide nearly spans the United States from south of Lake Ontario through the Florida peninsula, and consists of raised terrain including the Appalachian Mountains to the north, the southern Piedmont Plateau and lowland ridges in the Atlantic Coastal Plain to the south. Water including rainfall and snowfall, lakes, streams and rivers on the eastern/southern side of the divide drains to the Atlantic Ocean; water on the western/northern side of the divide drains to the Gulf of Mexico. The ECD is one of six continental hydrographic divides of North America which define several drainage basins, each of which drains to a particular body of water.

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Post by: Virginian on September 02, 2019, 05:19:12 PM
We see Doug's scoot dead center all shined up with a 'sold' label on it. I like to think this pic is when a person and their dream come together, a good day indeed it was.
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After the features and benefits demonstration they shuffle Doug in the back to roll him for his cash. So I meander about the store. All I can say is wow, they just picked up Vespa not that long ago and they have some stock not to mention Betas, Aprillias, MGs and few others.
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They even had a red 946!
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If I could have any Vespa in the place it would be this one. I love the gloss gray color.
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The new V85 ADV bike from MG!
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There's a little bit of coin in this nook in the store. Each one of those Aprilia's is in the neighborhood of 15 to 30K each.
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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on September 02, 2019, 05:20:48 PM
Doug getting his demonstration of the features on the display.
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We wrestled with getting it loaded on the rear rack of my car for about an hour in the heat. We were ready to jump in the a/c of the car.
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Put it in reverse to head to NC. Yep, still there... whew...
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Me watching the whole way to NC.
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This is what it looked like all the way to his house. Nothing but rolling mountains and green trees.
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Passing through a tunnel and arriving back in VA on the other side.
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VA doesn't look much different.
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Then NC, woohoo!
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Pretty near a full moon tonight.
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Safe and sound in his garage. I'm off to bed to drive home in the morn.
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Thanks for stopping by and reading.

Eric
Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on September 02, 2019, 05:24:22 PM
In other news this happened about 20 yards away at dusk. Pics are crappy as my phone doesn't do well in low light conditions.
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Here's a quick 22 second video (pardon the very foul language)  :o
https://vimeo.com/348830626
Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on September 02, 2019, 05:31:36 PM
June and July were the hottest months on record here so I wasn't getting much riding done.

I've been working on the boathouse so not much riding going on of late. Bourbon my shop foreman was on the scene causing trouble. :facepalm:
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Bourbon was trying to Finding Nemo, as he looked tasty!  :bigsmile:
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Building a rack to store the life jackets and shelves all around.
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This wall when finished will house the fishing poles that clip on.
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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on September 02, 2019, 05:53:17 PM
I bumped into a meandering soul Wolfeboats from ADV on the BRPW! Actually this was planned as his wife had an event to attend in Harper's Ferry so he brought his scooter and we're Going to hit up the BRPW.
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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on September 02, 2019, 05:56:09 PM
Pigging out at Outback which was a stones throw away from the hotel up in Waynesboro.
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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on September 02, 2019, 06:11:29 PM
YOLO

You only live once....

I did the first service on the Svart and here's what popped up.
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And the residue in the oil pan.
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I contacted my dealer and got the, "there should be some shavings speech." I sent them pics and here's the service manager's response.

Husqvarna wants your vin# and mileage to start a log on it. They also request you bring the oil filter in to us for examination. They did say that it is considered normal to see debris in the screens. With the log being created, if it becomes an issue they have documentation.
I personally think you may have something going south, but we need to go with Husky's recommendations. Do you have any bad sounds from the engine? Can you bring the bike for me to listen to when you bring the filter?


Long story short, the motor was indeed going south so I beat on the dealer to beat on Husky morning noon and night. They got very close to what I paid for the bike and traded it in. I just don't have the time or patience to sit this one out during prime riding season. This will take months to fix and straiten out. So there goes my hopes and dreams of a fun small bike to ride this summer.

So I'm labeling this update yolo... So I need to come clean with battle scooterista's. I traded in the Husqvarna on a 2020 Vespa GTS 300 supertech. At the end of the day I know where that bike is headed and what will be involved to straiten it out and I'm just not willing to walk the extra mile during riding season. So I made an irrational decision and purchased a GTS 300 that I think I will enjoy immensely. I feel like a squirrel and fellow riders are most likely laughing at me..
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Enter another bad decision, thus the yolo... I love the dove gray with the yellow accents.
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About as new as you can get.
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I won't really comment on the Husqvarna situation more as I do not have nice things to say. I love the product but simply put I got a bad apple...

(More to come tomorrow)

Enjoy the ride, life is short.

Eric

P.S. The dealership forgot to give me my owner's manual so he texted me a pic of it. lol I'll pick it up next week and will have to wing it on the supertech stuff.
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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on September 02, 2019, 06:14:57 PM
I have loads more to share so I'll update this some more tomorrow.
Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: viffergyrl on September 02, 2019, 07:30:44 PM
Wowzer.
Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: st2sam on September 02, 2019, 08:26:28 PM
Wowzer.

Wowzer is right.

Eric, I will say this.
 "Talk about a round about way to get that gray Vespa you wanted!"   :lol:
Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on September 03, 2019, 07:55:23 PM
I didn't make it out of the dealership 1 lousy mile before I got rained on. Gah!

I was in a hurry to get home to try and ride with Wolfeboats on the Blue Ridge Parkway but today wasn't happening so we exchanged texts and we are staying Waynesboro, VA and will hit up the BRP tomorrow.

All set up at the hotel. Hmmmm.... seems legit, the blue and the gray meet in Virginia?!
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An Outback a stones throw away we had a great meal and enjoyed swapping war stories. I have a new friend in life. :) Wolfeboats bought my supper tonight becuase I help Doug get his new scoot. Wow, what a nice gesture.
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(More to come tomorrow)

Enjoy the ride, life is short.

Eric

Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on September 03, 2019, 07:58:56 PM
I got home very late last night and hydrated and went to bed. Riding for hours in 100* F heat zaps my energy and I wilted right after a shower.

We were up at 7 and met for coffee and breakfast at 8 am. This pic is wolfe and me figuring out the route for today's ride. Temperature was rising quickly by this time in the morning so we gassed up and headed to higher elevations to beat the undeniable heat that was looming.
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First stop.
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Love this picture!
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Wolfe beaming with pride and joy!
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There's a hiking trail at many of these lookout stops as well. I hiked my happy buns over to the scooter and hit the parkway!
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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on September 03, 2019, 08:03:48 PM
Now I will premise this with say I/we didn't take too may lookout pics as they tend to all look the same after while. I hope you don't mind?

Wolfeboats getting a nice backdrop for his scoot for a pic opportunity.
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Another stop...
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The weather as we climbed higher and higher elevations felt like air conditioning! It really was quite nice out riding in the heat today.
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A few feeble attempts at some kind of artistic photos...
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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on September 03, 2019, 08:05:32 PM
Now some of you may remember me talking about the James River that spits out down at Jamestown? Here's the mighty James river passing through the Blue Ridge Mountains.
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So this very spot was a choke point and Gen. George Washington knew it to protect Richmond and transport much needed resources.
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And the aqueduct lock as seen today.
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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on September 03, 2019, 08:11:12 PM
We stopped for lunch at Peaks Otter Lodge, if you are traveling the BRP this a great place to grab a room with a view to die for and the restaurant was amazing too. Read about it here.
https://www.peaksofotter.com/ (https://www.peaksofotter.com/)

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Our view during lunch! Not too shabby for a couple of meandering scootistas!
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The food was fresh cooked and fairly priced for what you got.
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Wolfe's seafood sammich.
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Some of the trees around here have to be hundreds of years old. For all we know old George Washington himself could of took shade under this tree?
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Parked with all the other riffraff that was out today!  ;D
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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on September 03, 2019, 08:14:26 PM
The treasure find on the day, the very last unicorn in the U.S.; a gas station with 3 hoses so I don't get ripped off on pumping premium AND!!! it was ethanol free. lol
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Last stop of the day at the ranger station before I had to peel off and start the 100 degree death march home.
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In closing I would like to say that I have a new friend through this forum and by reaching out to yet another member has made a quality impact on my life and another soul meandering out on the open road. Don't talk about, do it folks! I promise you will reap huge rewards.


A few texts from Wolfeboats when I got home last night. Our memorable awesome sauce waitress at Outback.
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And a heartfelt note from Wolfeboats, thank you my friend! Until next time..
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Thanks for reading my meanderings and remember, life is short, enjoy the ride!

Eric
Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on October 04, 2019, 01:30:16 PM
One last terrible pic of me that Wolfeboater took and shared with me.
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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on October 04, 2019, 01:30:40 PM
When I get time and a few more hours/miles under my belt I'll share some thoughts about this particular variant that Vespa is offering, specifically focusing on the SuperTech and if it's worth the extra Lira. I'll be needing a first service soon.
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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on October 04, 2019, 01:31:06 PM
TBT - Throw Back Thursday
The scooter that started it all, Briggs & Stratton, no brakes!
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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on October 04, 2019, 01:33:00 PM
Into everyone's day a little rain must fall...


I have a upper respiratory infection, bronchitis  so off to the doc's and then to the Pharmacy to pick up meds (thus the Bruce'd in scooter tag) and when I left the Pharmacy  someone had knocked over my GTS. Yay... Picked it up, went in the CVS and spoke to the manager to view the surveillance tapes and no joy there.

Mirror
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Brake lever
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Center stand
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LH lower right platic panel
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Edge molding and under belly a little
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Front fender
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I called Scooter West and I spoke with their parts person (who shall remain anonymous) and I didn't even get to finish my ask before he interrupts me saying 1. too new i can't get parts 2. All I have is brake lever and a bar end 3. may take up to 3 or 4 months. 4. I will have to call and find out 5. I don't have any pricing. So I waited for him to spew his spiel, then said I have heard 5 reasons NOT to order from Scooter West and I have yet to have 1 reason to do business with you. I have an issue that needs resolved and whether it takes 3 days or 3 months has no bearing on the resolution, I need answers not claimed information that is 100% speculation. Do your damn homework and call me back. Man I was hot! He emailed me this late last evening here's some of the parts that I need. Looks like a $450 tip over. Ouch!   :hs1: There goes my painted topbox I wanted...  :head:

I'm so annoyed by this persons attitude and treatment that I called AF1 where I purchased my 946 from and waiting for them to get back with me.
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So I'll order a few pieces at a time and get her 100% over winter and yes, this is a sad day but it will not tarnish my riding experience and enjoyment of owning this fine scoot. As my pops used to say when things get rough; "more Christians and bigger lions, bring them on!"  lol

Snip: Here's the story behind that saying..., no I'm not very religious, just always remembered the quote
As you probably know, in the early days of Christianity the NFL and hockey hadn’t been invented yet, so to satisfy the public’s lust for violence, Christians were thrown into the Roman coliseum to be eaten alive in front of sold out crowds. Why? Well, not because they were violent, mean criminals who deserved death. Many historians believe that the biggest reason behind this unthinkable brutality was the nature of their message. Christians dared to carry on the same message that got Jesus killed:
Jesus told him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me” (John 14:6).
Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on October 04, 2019, 01:33:27 PM
When life is throwing you raspberries, go for a ride. Believe me it's therapeutic, to hell with the rain.
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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on October 04, 2019, 01:45:49 PM
Supertech
Is it worth it?

So you're thinking about getting a new '20 Vespa HPE, there's only 8 different trim levels (I think) to choose from. Is that too many for essentially the same scooter? You have the GTS, GTS Super, GTS Touring, GTS Yatch Club, Sei Giorni,  and GTS 300 Notte (murdered out, last years drive train so no HPE) finally the GTS Supertech! There is zero difference in the riding and handling of all of the models, the spring rate is the same for all of them and only the spring color is changed from model to model. The pricing ranges from $7,149 for the base model and in my case the Supertech sells for a whopping $7,749.

So what I'm attempting to answer here is the Supertech worth the extra $600? I won't answer that question for you but provide real world use and my synopsis of it. Hopefully my testimony will answer the question for you.

For your $600 you get what I call the farts & darts package, which I happen to love! Blacked out wheels, murdered out with a T-tech sticker, yellow tinted badges, yellow stitching on the two tone vinyl seat, blacked out horn chevrons, yellow front spring and the Vespa Mia. (more on that later) Oh, and you get only one choice on color Grigio Materia translated means Gray Matter. So Internally I'm going to take a guess and say the farts & darts package adds maybe $100 or 200 to the price of admission. That leaves roughly $400 to $500 for the Vespa Mia.
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What Vespa says:

SUPER-CONNECTED WITH VESPA MIA

Riding is safer and more practical then ever with the new Vespa Mia connectivity system on board the Vespa GTS [bgcolor=#FFF500]SuperTech[/bgcolor]. Using Bluetooth to connect your Smartphone to the bike’s electronic system, it allows you to handle calls and messages, choose your music and access data about the bike, performance parameters and trip statistics, with ease.

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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on October 04, 2019, 01:52:08 PM
The Mia or the heart of the Supertech is all housed in your TFT (A thin-film-transistor liquid-crystal display) screen connected via Bluetooth to your smartphone, basically a cool color screen. Much like the Kymco Noodoe.

When you first turn on the scoot you are treated with an animated Vespa flash screen. Note: the usable screen is only a portion of the entire dash, the rest of the dash houses the idiot lights.
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You can set your display to day or night settings or have it on automatic which the dash has a photostatic eye to switch to different modes for less glare.
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Your setting you can change the language, configure miles or kilometers, back-light, and graphics.
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Here's an example of the "graphics", ooo ahhhh! lol What I call the swimming pool at the bottom. I prefer the tasteful small Vespa logo.
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The info also provides you miles, trips meter, mpg, miles to empty, and a couple other features.
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Let's get to the heart of it! The menu is operated via a joystick located by the horn button, Up, down, right and left with the "push in" to select, much like a mouse button.
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I pair my phone with my Sena S20 so I (hopefully) have audio for music, nav and warnings.
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Let's talk about the navigation for a minute. Vespa uses their own mapping app that is not based on Google Maps, Waze, or others so it's a stand alone mapping app.
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You have the option to filter your route a bit which it works very well!
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On my trip to Antietam yesterday I rode through an area that had a speed camera set up, I got an audible tone warning me and a warning on the dash and yes, it was spot on. I think [USER=305942]@CashCow[/USER] recently got nabbed in MD by one of these...
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Note the speed warning icon just to the right of the gas pump. That's telling you the posted speed limit at that piece of road you're riding and flashes if you exceed it. Well... the speedo is generous by 3 to 5 mph so I'm always going over the speed limit to accommodate and the flashing is a bit annoying...
Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on October 04, 2019, 01:56:28 PM
The bad news is I get no audio in my Sena for nav, just tones for warnings. For reference I'm using a Samsung Note 9 Galaxy and this may work for iOS? I am getting audio for music, podcasts, phone calls, audio beeps when I get SMS texts etc. The joystick does allow me to skip from song to song, the up/down should adjust the volume but this feature does not pair up with my phone and Sena. No biggie, I have the rotary dial on my Sena.

The Vespa mapping app DOES tax your battery on your phone so you will need to keep your phone plugged in to a USB charging port at all times. There's a USB port in the pet carrier on all GTS's. I experienced about 40% loss in battery usage on my phone in 1.45 hrs. of use not on a charger. The bad news is the pet carrier gets HOT as it's tucked behind the radiator and its plumbing. ON 100*F+ days I would pull my phone out to take pic and was unable to do so because the phone was overheated and went into self protection mode. On normal riding temps it has been fine.
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How accurate is the nav? Well... this is a two part answer. In one sense if I have say a 70 mile destination set, as it ticks down it lops off 10 mile increments, so not very accurate. But, when you drop below 10 miles to your destination it becomes spot on and counts down the tenths of a mile and even yards when you get real close. Here's an example.
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The Vespa app has some detailed information that it keeps track of shown here.
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Turn off your scooter and Poof! It's gone.  :headscratch: Bizarre to me...
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However it does retain an ongoing record or your travels, even when you refuel.
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This is getting WAY too long winded. So let's get to my summary. Would I get the Supertech Mia for the $400 to $500 bump in price, the short answer is yes. I'm the worlds worst at getting lost so nav is imperative for me, I have been a user of the Garmin 550 for 10 years and within the last 2 years upgraded to the TomTom Rider 400. More money than the Supertech nav plus Ram mounts, running wires to charge it that when get moisture inevitably short out the power and my nav craps out. Happened many times on Michael's delivery. I have had a cradle release snap off and was unable to remove the nav on a much longer trip. Another $150 to replace that.

To have it all wired into the bike (with no maps mind you) and not have to worry about removing the nav off the bike when i'm traveling long distance to make a pit stop is huge for my needs. Now when Wolfeboats and I were in the Blue Ridge Mountains I lost cell signal and poof! my nav was on hold. There's your argument for a GPS based nav. That said the cell phone maps/navs are much more intuitive and easier to program routes and change on the fly.

So pick you poison folks! I'm hopeful that Piaggio/Vespa first attempt at this arena on nav is cutting its teeth on this scoot and I look forward to firmware updates and updates on the nav application.

I hope my thoughts help out a future 2020 Vespa buyer. Apologies for the long winded read if you even labored through that mess.

I'm at 800 miles on my scoot and the first service is tomorrow.

Peace!

Eric

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Let's get back to meandering, shall we?
Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Bryan.VFR on October 05, 2019, 07:25:59 AM
Eric, sorry to hear you're under the weather a little. Real sorry to hear about the tipover!  >:( But I'm glad to see you not letting it get you down, to the point of even enjoying a ride in the rain. I always enjoy reading your in depth reviews of the bikes/scooters/etc you ride. That Vespa sounds like a pretty sweet scoot.  8)
Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: vfrmike on October 05, 2019, 07:55:12 AM
Eric hope you heal up quickly.  The tip over sucks, but the parts seem reasonable enough especially for an Italian--definitely not DUfuckingCATI prices.  Ride on with the battle scars they'll heal up soon.  Take care.
Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: st2sam on October 05, 2019, 08:53:58 AM
Eric, sorry to hear you're under the weather a little. Real sorry to hear about the tipover!  >:( But I'm glad to see you not letting it get you down, to the point of even enjoying a ride in the rain. I always enjoy reading your in depth reviews of the bikes/scooters/etc you ride. That Vespa sounds like a pretty sweet scoot.  8)

This ^  :clap: ...
Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Skee on October 05, 2019, 04:09:19 PM
Sam had me worried for a minute, I thought you were hurt on the tip-over. 

Heal up fast; both of you.

The integrated GPS looks like a great feature.
Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: st2sam on October 06, 2019, 12:29:35 AM
Sam had me worried for a minute, I thought you were hurt on the tip-over. 
Heal up fast; both of you.

  :snork:
Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on October 07, 2019, 07:41:43 PM
At the shop now to get a written estimate for the damage to see if I want to process an insurance claim  And as luck would have it, there's a firmware update for the Supertech.
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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on October 07, 2019, 07:47:35 PM
An interesting discussion with Allstate, my m/c insurance company. It appears I'm a "Gold" status meaning I haven't had any claims or infractions in ages.

Gold
Your Gold Protection package contains the following features:

Accident Waiver Enhancement feature
Safe Driving Deductible Reward feature
So that means my $250 deductible is reduced one time to $50 and I won't get dinged for a claim on my premiums. The risk here is if have an accident after this claim then my premiums will go up for the next 3 years. Now my total premiums per year is $335 full coverage for the HD and two Vespas. No big deal if that did happen in my opinion. FWIW, the 2020 Vespa 300 GTS costs me $116.84 to insure annually as a point of reference for folks.

So I'm going to file a claim and straighten the GTS out 100%, do the labor myself and pocket half the tab claimed (I need to call Allstate and make sure they're cool with that). I will most likely come out on top roughly $700 to the good, it is bizarre how the insurance game is played to me. I'm a bit OCD about keeping my bikes in tip top shape so I have to do what I have to do.

Regarding the first service, there were no notable issues and the GTS is performing magnificently during break in and I'm good to go. The firmware update was performed yesterday when I got the estimate of repairs for the damage. This particular shop dabbles in Vespa and it's not their bread & butter so they fumbled getting that updated for hours... (never done one before lol)

I will post up my repairs after I get the parts and shake down Allstate on the monies.
Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on October 07, 2019, 07:57:32 PM
I'm 1,000 miles/1,600 kilometers into my GTS journey and here are a few stats as she's breaking in. Here's a few of my thoughts on the new HPE Vespas. Honestly, she's smooth as silk, better than any scooter I've ridden. Piaggio really hit a home run on the refinement of this bike. I had never ever ridden a 300 Vespa before I took delivery of this one and to date it has been a very positive experience. It's right quick off the line and handles beautifully with zero oil consumption and ease of start when cold and the fuel injection and mapping has been spot on in my opinion during the first 1,000 miles.

My expectations were a bit low for power with regards to the 278cc engine. In the back of my puny mind I was mentally prepared for a riding experience much a kin to say the Honda Forza. Not so, it has exceeded my expectations on power band, smooth delivery of that power and I was shocked how well the suspension works on this bike.

The time came for Vespa to upgrade to Euro 4 emission standards, Vespa also polished the 278cc engine of the GTS 300 to improve its power and torque to the highest level ever installed on a Vespa. The GTS 300 powerplant has undergone a very substantial redesigning, to the point that it has been renamed 300 HPE (High Performance Engine).

The 300 HPE unit delivers a claimed 23.8 hp at 8,250 rpm while peak torque is increased by 18 percent, to 19.2 pound-feet at 5,250 rpm. Peak power and peak torque are separated by a range of 3,000 rpm, a remarkable and strong confirmation of the high efficiency of the new 300 HPE unit. To get the best out of HPE, the CVT transmission has been refined in its centrifugally actuated automatic clutch and the dimensioning of the belt and related expansible pulleys. I think the real story here is the torque delivery and not the horsepower increase .
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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on October 07, 2019, 07:58:57 PM
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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on October 07, 2019, 08:04:48 PM
Antietam National Battlefield

The Bloodiest Day in American History--Hope for Freedom

****History Alert - scroll ahead if you have no interest****

I usually post a boat load of pics with a few thoughts and then share a paragraph or two at the end of this ride report. I rode up to Front Royal to ride with Philbilly my BIL who is my riding partner to check out Antietam. To put that into perspective, Antietam is only 55 - 60 miles away. I'm experimenting with Vespa mapping app and see how well it does so I can do a proper report on the "Supertech" at a later date.

You can read about Antietam Here. https://www.nps.gov/anti/index.htm (https://www.nps.gov/anti/index.htm)

The entryway
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Tandem ammo wagons that were used that were horse drawn
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Artillery
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Rifles barrels
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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on October 07, 2019, 08:26:17 PM
The battle was over with the Union sitting on three sides, waiting for the next day. During the night of the 18th, General Lee pulled his troops back across the Potomac River, leaving the battle and the town to General McClellan. It was the bloodiest day in United States history, with a combined tally of 22,717 dead, wounded, or missing.
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The welcome center and museum.
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There are so many monuments from every state that was here, a person could spend day finding them all as they're spread throughout the National Park, so I'll only post a few examples.

New York
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The battlefield
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Thoughts of a few important people... worthy of zooming in and reading.
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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on October 07, 2019, 08:36:24 PM
On a lighter note these guys cover the fields by the thousands.
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One landed on my scoot
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Did you know there was a namesake aircraft carrier, the U.S.S. Antietam?
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The museum
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Friend or foe?
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In the gift shop cartridge load candy.
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I didn't know the Irish fought on the gray side so I bought this book to read up on the topic.
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Many of the photos and artifacts are loaned, donated or willed to the museum.
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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on October 07, 2019, 09:00:31 PM
Eric, sorry to hear you're under the weather a little. Real sorry to hear about the tipover!  >:( But I'm glad to see you not letting it get you down, to the point of even enjoying a ride in the rain. I always enjoy reading your in depth reviews of the bikes/scooters/etc you ride. That Vespa sounds like a pretty sweet scoot.  8)

Thank you Bryan, you are very kind to share your thoughts.

Eric hope you heal up quickly.  The tip over sucks, but the parts seem reasonable enough especially for an Italian--definitely not DUfuckingCATI prices.  Ride on with the battle scars they'll heal up soon.  Take care.

Mike, thank you my friend. I hope you are on the mend as well and back on your red rocket!

Eric, sorry to hear you're under the weather a little. Real sorry to hear about the tipover!  >:( But I'm glad to see you not letting it get you down, to the point of even enjoying a ride in the rain. I always enjoy reading your in depth reviews of the bikes/scooters/etc you ride. That Vespa sounds like a pretty sweet scoot.  8)

This ^  :clap: ...

As always, thank you Sam.

Sam had me worried for a minute, I thought you were hurt on the tip-over. 

Heal up fast; both of you.

The integrated GPS looks like a great feature.

Thank you sir!
Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Vulcanbill on October 08, 2019, 07:10:44 AM
TBT - Throw Back Thursday
Schwinn Charger

Ape hangers, metal-flake banana seat, raked front end, I thought I was Evil Knievel back in those days!
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Dude...I had that bike in gold, I had that exact shirt and I had the same hair. Kim thought my sister sent me that pic...of me.  I recall vividly removing the training wheels when I was like three or something, riding down the street, crossing an alley, popping back up on a curbed sidewalk and smacking into the side of a white van.  I also recall lining up several friends on the sidewalk and jumping them just like evil Knievel using a few red bricks and an unknown piece of lumber. Best friend in the last position of course.  Wow. Where it all began.
Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Mr. Whippy on October 09, 2019, 03:36:55 PM
These danged Vespa pictures are making me itchy about getting a new scooter... >:(

 8)
Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on October 15, 2019, 12:58:04 PM
Some more meanderings...

Today's is wash and detail all the bikes day.

Pro Tip: Use your leaf blower after washing your scoot and you can blow off 95% of the water without ever touching the bike.
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Also when waxing a Vespa just pull up the floorboard strips to avoid getting wax on the rubber.
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Post by: Virginian on October 15, 2019, 01:02:39 PM
Some random shots of the day...
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These two are a bit corny.  :popcorn:
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Post by: Virginian on October 15, 2019, 01:04:35 PM
Brake lever replaced, waiting on a batch of other parts to come in.
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Post by: Virginian on October 15, 2019, 01:09:23 PM
Cooter's Place
Yes, you read that right~

After all the civil war posts I decided to lighten the mood a bit, destination Cooter's Place! Now Cooter (Ben Lewis Jones) was the mechanic that kept Bo and Luke Duke's Charger on the road outrunning the the sheriff Roscoe P. Coltrane and Boss Hogg.

Here's the planned route today.
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You pass through Sperryville which is a very small quaint town.
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It spits you out at the mouth of the Shenandoah National Park. This area is kind of our "Rock Shop" so you're likely to see all walks of life on two wheels in these parts.
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Folks, rt 211 is not to be missed if you're in this neck of the woods. Amazing!
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Not long after you crest the mountains you pop out in Luray. Be sure to Check out Luray Caverns if you visit, a must see!
Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on October 15, 2019, 01:13:59 PM
Now a little backstory on Cooter, actor Ben Jones. What most folks don't know about Ben ( a local Virginian) was his political career. Here's a snip...

Following the end of The Dukes of Hazzard, Jones entered the political arena as a Democrat. In 1986, he ran unsuccessfully against Pat Swindall for a seat in the United States House of Representatives from Georgia, garnering 47% of the vote, more than expected. He ran again in 1988, against Swindall, this time easily winning with 60% of the vote. Jones was narrowly re-elected in 1990, but in 1992, following redistricting which moved his home into another district, he was defeated in the Democratic primary election. In 1994, he ran against the then-House Minority Whip and soon-to-be House Speaker Newt Gingrich. Jones received 35% of the vote.

Jones has since returned to acting, as well as becoming a well-known writer, writing many political essays and a one-man play about Dizzy Dean in which he plays the famous "Gashouse Gang" pitcher and baseball announcer.

In 1998, he broke from most Democrats and called on President Bill Clinton to resign during his impeachment. Jones is still active in the Democratic Party. In 2002, he ran unsuccessfully for a seat in the United States House from Virginia against Republican incumbent Eric Cantor, thus becoming one of very few recent American politicians to seek elective office in more than one state.
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Now as a child growing up in VA and watching the Dukes of Hazzard and having a serious crush Daisy Duke, we would frequent his place for a barn pick'n. He had a band called Cooter’s Garage Band and all were welcome to come and set a spell and play with them. Kind of an open house and it's still that way today!

Here' s the scene...
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The view folks have in these parts is amazing!
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He's gone to great pains to reconstruct the garage exactly as it was on the TV show.
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Post by: Virginian on October 15, 2019, 01:19:19 PM
Random pics.
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They have a museum inside, more DOH stuff than you can shake a stick at.
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And sure enough the boys were pick'n when I was there. Yes, I joined in on banjo, no I will not put myself on a public forum in that manner.
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Here's a short video that's about 1 minute long to give you a flavor.
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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on October 15, 2019, 01:21:58 PM
They had a small area for folks to watch movies of the Hazzard gang and their happenings.
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Cooter is usually there and always happy to autograph anything you wish. The other actors and actresses show up a couple times a year here and throw down. I have met them all and they are solid down to earth folks.

I popped in Daisy's Diner for a quick bite to eat. Chilly cheese dog, thank you very much.
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Yes this is a cheesy post, what can I say. I love cheesy! :) In the back of my mind I can hear Jeff Foxworthy saying, "you might be a redneck when you scooter over to Cooter's!"

You never know what's going to be posted in my thread and I like it like that. Life is a box of Cracker Jacks, open up and there's always a surprise.

Thanks for stopping by and reading my rubbish.

Peace,

Eric

PS: It's all free!
Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on October 15, 2019, 01:26:42 PM
TBT - Throw Back Thursday
Schwinn Charger

Ape hangers, metal-flake banana seat, raked front end, I thought I was Evil Knievel back in those days!
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Dude...I had that bike in gold, I had that exact shirt and I had the same hair. Kim thought my sister sent me that pic...of me.  I recall vividly removing the training wheels when I was like three or something, riding down the street, crossing an alley, popping back up on a curbed sidewalk and smacking into the side of a white van.  I also recall lining up several friends on the sidewalk and jumping them just like evil Knievel using a few red bricks and an unknown piece of lumber. Best friend in the last position of course.  Wow. Where it all began.
Bill,

Nice! Do you have a pic of the Schwinn to share? The Charger and the Stingray were the ones everybody wanted back then. Thanks for stopping by, reading and commenting.

Eric
Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: viffergyrl on October 15, 2019, 01:52:26 PM
That looks like fun!
Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: coho on October 15, 2019, 02:08:01 PM
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Cop car parked across six motorcycle spaces. That's some verisimilitude there.  C:-)

Dammit, Roscoe.
Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: sleazy rider on October 15, 2019, 03:02:05 PM
lol, me and a buddy stumbled across a similar place while out riding the north end of the Natchez Trace parkway.  Awesome stuff!
Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on October 17, 2019, 09:47:27 AM
That looks like fun!

It was!   :)

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Cop car parked across six motorcycle spaces. That's some verisimilitude there.  C:-)

Dammit, Roscoe.

Right!


Americana at its best!
lol, me and a buddy stumbled across a similar place while out riding the north end of the Natchez Trace parkway.  Awesome stuff!
Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on October 17, 2019, 09:53:33 AM
A few pics of my ride home and I'll quit spamming Battle Scooters with silly pics. :spam

Folks tend to name their bikes/scooters and typically I name them a gals name. Well, I'm going to name the GTS The Gray Ghost, a famous soldier that fought for the south that I'll write about on another day. I very quietly roll up and disappear like a ghost on my GTS.

The Gray Ghost Vineyard
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I call this pic "morning wood"
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A couple pics from a lazy country road.
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Lastly, a couple of tags and grabs for scooter tag.
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I hope many of you are out and in the wind.

Eric
Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on October 17, 2019, 09:58:03 AM
TBT - My first motorcycle ever!
1977 Yamaha RD400 in Chappy Red
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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on October 17, 2019, 10:00:42 AM
Mrs. V and I planned a trip to Auckland, NZ to attend a business related conference but I wasn't able to go for a multitude of reasons. Mrs. V shared a pic from that trip.
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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on October 17, 2019, 10:04:16 AM
While I'm waiting on parts for the GTS for repair I broke out the heat gun and removed all the Warning labels.
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Here in VA you are required to have a vehicle inspection. Some smacktard at the shop put it on the leg shield, grrr... So off with the inspection! I'll have to find another spot to place it.
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That's all I have for today! Carry on.

(I have lots lore to share as I'm catching up on my threads)
Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on October 18, 2019, 06:11:21 PM
So this evening as the temperatures very quietly are dropping I loaded up Bella and headed to the mountains, broken toe and all. The sun was shining and it was a perfect evening for a scoot!
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It's close to Halloween so I don the pumpkin head and get on down the road.
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A few random pics from today's ride.
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Some roads lead to gold!
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Fall is falling and the leaves haven't turned yet but they're close. Not an epic trip, just a ride to clear my mind for the day. I hope all of you are in the wind and enjoying life.
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Life is short, enjoy the ride.

Eric
Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on October 26, 2019, 03:45:43 PM
Kind of an impromptu update. Okay, here's the latest scooter project. I have a nephew that wants to try his hand at scooters. So after many discussions he opted for a 50cc scoot and wants to do it on the cheap. (who doesn't?) I originally found a Metropolitan but it was well weathered when I went to see it and in disrepair at it price range I took a pass.

Next I found a Ruckus in disrepair not running at somewhat a handy price. I had to venture in towards D.C. to look at it which if you live in these parts is a mess fo sho!

The deal on this scoot is the folks daughter used it on campus going to University of Maryland. Brought it home and it got parked in the backyard where it sat for 3 years. It will not start now and (hopefully) will make a good project scoot to resurrect for my nephew.

Sold! Another scooter adventure to get another person on 2 wheels in the wind.
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Got it home and finally got some time to crawl allover it and see what I'm dealing with.
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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on October 26, 2019, 03:48:39 PM
First item of order was to knock the stink off of it so I hit it hard with the pressure washer using a de-greaser.
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Throw it up on the lift and let's find out how bad...
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I pulled the panels off and it seems some critter was was storing winter's food in there.
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It's 100% bone stock so that's a good point to start from.
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Bad gas and totally varnished.
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Looks like some mouse was mealing on some of the wires, luckily no core of the wires have been compromised, just the outer shroud.
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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on October 26, 2019, 03:51:25 PM
Air filter is not too bad.
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Pic doesn't tell the story but the oil is coal black.
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I pulled the gas tank and there were more surprises underneath.
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The spark plug is tired.
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Fuel filter is shot.
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Coolant is shot.
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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on October 26, 2019, 03:55:34 PM
So it appears I have my work cut out for me on this project. On the surface and in no particular order I need to do or replace the following:

- Oil change
- Fuel Filter
- Coolant flush
- New spark plug
- New jets and rebuild carburetor or new carb
- Seafoam the dickens outta the gas tank or replace
- Replace all fuel lines
- Air element
- Replace fuel pump
- Replace both brake levers
- And some miscellaneous crush washers, gaskets, and tidbits.
 
Here's a good pic of the carburetor.
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I flushed the coolant and take a look at this, it came out green.
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Then turned tan? What the heck?
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And remained separated? Thoughts anyone?
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Changed the oil. Gotta love the ease of maintenance of an old GY6 Honda motor!
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The oil screen was not congested and cleaned up for reinstall.
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Finally took a peek at the CVT. Wow, it was dirty. I cleaned it up and will dig into that when I get the motor straitened out first.
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Parts are on order so I buttoned her up and set her to the side till I get some supplies. Actually she's cleaning up nicely imo!
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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on October 26, 2019, 03:57:22 PM
Now I have never really wrenched on a GY6 so this will be a leaning experience for me.

I took the carburetor off and dissembled it. The jets were all clogged and for kicks and grins I cleaned them up and slapped it back together. I shot some starter fluid on the intake and she fired right up. Woohoo! First time in 3 years. But! Running rough as a cob and barely at 25% of it's red zone.

So there ya have it. That's what's happening at Casa de Redneck this week. Thanks for looking in on my meanderings!

Eric
Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: garry on October 26, 2019, 04:12:03 PM
But it runs!
Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: viffergyrl on October 26, 2019, 05:53:31 PM
IT'S ALIVE!!!!!
Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on October 26, 2019, 07:02:04 PM
But it runs!

Indeed it does!  ;)

IT'S ALIVE!!!!!

I have much to update on this build, but pizza and wings first tonight!
Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on October 28, 2019, 11:30:54 AM
My parts that are on order for the Ruckus will be here in part tomorrow and the rest on Friday. So let's get to it!

So I went grocery shopping for the my scoot.
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So based on a friends recommendation I've removed the gas tank and loaded it up with Coke and a handful of nuts and bolts. Sealed her up and shook the daylights out of it. Well... with the vented gas cap Coke shot up right through it from the carbonation and shot up my nose and hosed my face. Bwhahaha  :redface:
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I'm not sure if the low fuel switch is working but I'll have a go and see what I can do when I do final assembly.
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I took an angle grinder and attached a wire cone brush and spiffed up the tank knocking off most the corrosion. It came out pretty good actually, I'm not sue if I'm going to paint it or not?
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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on October 28, 2019, 11:35:24 AM
Next up the kick starter isn't returning when you kick it. From what I've read they all are pretty much not so good. So I disassembled it and cleaned up all moving parts and re-greased it. It works like a champ now!

Before.
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I will mention 2 tools that are just awesome if you do a lot of wrenching. The Milwakee impact driver is amazing on tearing down a bike in minutes. The DeWalt 'gyro' screwdriver rocks for anything light duty and has torque adjustment. What I mean by gyro is the more you tilt it one direction or the the other the faster it engages. Both tools have LED lighting when in operation which helps.
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All of the turn signal tabs are tweaked or bent a little from being dumped. I use a crescent wrench firmed up tight and just tweak them back gently.
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Pro tip: If you're worried about your finish, powdercoat or paint save your old work gloves and cut off a piece to use with the wrench. Works every time. ;)
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One of the bent signal tabs has started to rust a tad from I assume when the powdercoating was compromised. I have used ACF-50 for years, it stops rust in its tracks. It sprays on and foams up then saturates the area coating it. I believe this stuff is aircraft quality.
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While I'm waiting on parts I disconnect every wiring harness and give it a a good dose of Dielectric grease. All bolts on final assembly will get blue Locktite.
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A small protip: If you wrench on Japanese bikes please do yourself a favor and purchase a JIS (Japanese Industry Standard), this is the correct screwdriver to mate properly with your bikes screws. Yes! They do make that big of a difference. About $12 on Amazon here. A #2 will handle most of your needs and the "impacta" variant have a metal cap on the handle when you need to strike a screw with a hammer.
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And there she sits ready for a some parts love. With a little luck I can wrap up this project by the early part of next week.
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Peace,

Eric
Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on October 28, 2019, 11:39:37 AM
$53 dollars for fuels hoses... Ouch!  :o
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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on October 28, 2019, 11:42:46 AM
Time for a Ruckus among us update!

The postal gods are smiling upon me.
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First I treated the areas on the frame that are also the engine mounts for rust.
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I ordered the proper caps to seal them up from the elements.
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Next replaced the sparkplug.
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Replaced a missing bolt for the rear fender.
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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on October 28, 2019, 11:45:46 AM
Next up to replace the jacked up levers.
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The parking brake was tweaked as well so I ordered one as it was cheap.
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The new carburetor installed along with the fuel filter, Fuel pump, fuel lines and one way valve.
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The carnage...
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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on October 28, 2019, 11:47:56 AM
So after a a couple of Coke treatments to the gas tank here's a view into the gas tank. Clean as a pin!!!
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Taped up the areas I didn't want paint.
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My fabbed  paint booth drying process. ;)
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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on October 28, 2019, 11:52:20 AM
I had no idea the Ruckus was water cooled until I bought this scoot.  8)
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Okay, I final assembled the Ruckus and heres a quick 14 second video of the first start up. It fired right up and please note that the rattling you hear is the Ruckus vibrating on the metal lift on the center stand. Woohoo, purrs like a kitten!  :bigok:

https://vimeo.com/368905675

Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: leeo45 on October 28, 2019, 02:32:48 PM
Great work as always.   It sounds like my Honda lawn mower when it is running.    ;D

I have never seen coolant do exactly that.   The only thing close was when I had a diesel injector seal fail and there was diesel fuel in the coolant.   That was fairly obvious due to the smell.   
Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on October 28, 2019, 02:58:25 PM
Great work as always.   It sounds like my Honda lawn mower when it is running.    ;D

I have never seen coolant do exactly that.   The only thing close was when I had a diesel injector seal fail and there was diesel fuel in the coolant.   That was fairly obvious due to the smell.

Lee,

A good friend of mine who is a very good tech said the following: "sometimes coolant will separate/coagulate if its not regularly warmed up to temperature, also coolants don't always mix."

Thanks for stopping by and reading.
Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: st2sam on October 28, 2019, 04:34:28 PM

  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Thanks for sharing, awesome job!   (as expected  ;))

OH, and thank God I'm not a Coke drinker.     :crazy:
Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Bryan.VFR on October 29, 2019, 07:13:15 AM
I'm sorry, but I literally LOL'd at the Coke!  :lol:

That being said, if I ever bought a neglected bike that needed to be brought back to life, I'd definitely make the trip to VA to have you do it. You are really meticulous, and I would have no trouble trusting something you've wrenched on.  :clap:
Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on October 29, 2019, 10:01:02 AM

  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Thanks for sharing, awesome job!   (as expected  ;))

OH, and thank God I'm not a Coke drinker.     :crazy:

Right! Thank you Sam.

I'm sorry, but I literally LOL'd at the Coke!  :lol:

That being said, if I ever bought a neglected bike that needed to be brought back to life, I'd definitely make the trip to VA to have you do it. You are really meticulous, and I would have no trouble trusting something you've wrenched on.  :clap:

You should have heard the cussing as that fiasco was going on. lol Thank you Bryan.
Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on October 29, 2019, 10:05:09 AM
I rode it for 5 miles and she ran dang good as it's trying to digest any spooge I didn't manage to get on cleansing of the entire fuel system. My question is to the aficionados of the Ruckus is this; on flat ground she will do 30 mph (indicated), on even the slightest upgrade she drops to indicated 25. On a slight downhill she will hit 35 mph in a hurry. Does this sound about right and is there a restriction plate in the new carb that is capping out its performance?

After I put 5 miles on her I checked the coolant. Yikes! That was fresh coolant!
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Another recommendation from an ADV peep; after a wild goose chase to find citric acid I found it Wally World. I mixed up a batch and flushed the radiator.
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After starting it again with the citric acid and letting it warm up for 5 minutes it started to look murky again.
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I'll spiff up the battery box with a coat of wax and remove the University of MD parking stickers.
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If I get time I'll post a ride video of how she rolls now. So that's it for Virginan's meanderings.

Eric
Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on October 29, 2019, 10:08:28 AM
Out getting a fresh tank of gas and hopefully a short video of it performing.
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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on October 29, 2019, 10:12:39 AM
Okay here's some raw footage (2 minutes +) and my GoPro was cutting in and out. (I hate the damn GoPro) but you get the idea of how's she's running. Remind me never to purchase a Gopro ever again...
https://vimeo.com/369040112

On a side note the citrus acid in the distilled water really did a nice job of flushing and cleaning up the radiator. Just be sure to flush it shortly after using baking soda and distilled water to neutralize the acid. It took 7 flushes in this case to really get it clean.


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on October 29, 2019, 10:25:25 AM
After about 15 miles I was seeing no change in the reservoir for the coolant so I was thinking the thermostat was defective. (purple coolant)
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After a 25 mile run she finally broke loose and is working properly.
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I flushed the radiator 7 times, no real gunk coming out, just murky looking water. I've put in fresh coolant and buttoned that up. The last thing to do is change the final drive fluid but I need a syringe to suck out the old and I don't have one at this time. I'll take this scoot up to my nephew's and drop it off, I want him to put 100 or 200 miles on her and we'll (with him) do another oil change and change the final drive oil at that time. This ones done and the gray ghost needs to get back on the lift to reassemble.

So here's the story of my nephew and this kind of ties into the "Why millennial's don't buy motorcycles" thread. Skeeter, my nephew is 19 and has no driver's licence, he doesn't want to get one because it opens the door to more responsibility. He and most of his friends view the world through this lens... So they bounce through life mooching rides or just not going anywhere. He has shown an interest in scooters over the years as his weird uncle keep rolling up on one.

After several discussion with him I discussed a 49cc scoot, no license needed, no insurance needed, just a VA walking ID (every state is different). He seemed to gravitate to this concept, so I'm financing this scoot and will keep it mechanically sound. We have agreed on a payment plan and spoke in depth about the repercussions if you don't pay. Simply put, miss a payment I will call and you have xxx amount of time to make good, if that doesn't happen I'm on my way to repossess the scoot and it will be sold and all proceeds go to hip Nat'l Bank of Uncle Eric.

So this is my attempt to get this young man to stand on one leg at least and we shall see how this plays out. Tomorrow I drive up to drop it off with some minimal gear to get him started. With a little luck it will take hold and motivate him to a better quality of life being mobile.   

Thanks for stopping by and reading!

Eric
Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: bungie4 on October 30, 2019, 12:28:34 PM
Cool.
Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: st2sam on October 30, 2019, 04:17:30 PM

Best Uncle Ever!  :smiley_thumb:
Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: viffergyrl on October 30, 2019, 04:58:59 PM
So if the nephew fails to follow through, dibs on first refusal.
Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on October 30, 2019, 05:20:10 PM
So if the nephew fails to follow through, dibs on first refusal.

Sure! :)
Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on October 31, 2019, 09:14:18 AM
Happy Halloween
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The Gray Ghost is back on the lift and I'm waiting on one bolt I dropped and hit my foot never to be seen again as it shot across the garage. I spent an hour tearing up the garage looking for it. Gah!
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It's located top dead center of the leg shield.
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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on November 01, 2019, 03:15:56 PM
And Skeeter is tagged and legal. Vaya con dios~
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Packing up tonight to head to Vegas and meeting some of my riding friends coming out from SoCal. Woot Woot!
Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on November 14, 2019, 09:08:34 PM
Vegas is a little cooler then I thought it would be! I had an interesting situation with 2 mock show girls I may share about.  Very Happy
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There's not much scooter content here in Vegas but did see a few things notable.

Evil Kneivel
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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on November 14, 2019, 09:09:10 PM
I met up with Sam, Colby and Brian. Here's a quick pic and I'll post the rest when I settle in for the evening.
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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on November 14, 2019, 09:09:43 PM
Sam, Colby and Brian met me at the hotel and we were off for breakfast.
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After breakfast they offered to run me out to Red Rock Canyon Nat'l Park. Wow! What a grand view we had just outside Las Vegas! I had no idea.... There was a rental scooter so we do have some scooter content..
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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on November 14, 2019, 09:10:16 PM
Sandstone blocks.
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A few more pics as we were parting.
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We stopped at a great place called Cottonwood Station.
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I had my first Montucky Cold Snack - Montana's beer.
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At breakfast I had prepared a strange gift for my scooter thugs Virginian style. (The El Polo Loco is an inside joke)
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With a pic of each of their bikes on the back.
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Colby was very generous and had custom pocket knives made for us. Way cool!
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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on November 14, 2019, 09:10:52 PM
In closing I would like to say thank you to each of these fine fellows. I'm absolutely blown away that someone would hop in a car and drive all the way to Vegas to have a meal with me. Honestly, I don't deserve such kindness and I'm humbled by all the gentlemen. Imu, we missed you and wished you were there. I am blessed beyond belief from many folks here in Battle Scooters. Gentlemen from the bottom of my heart, thank you.

Eric
Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: st2sam on November 15, 2019, 07:10:33 AM

Eric, as always, thanks for sharing.
(your really love'in your scooter time :thumbsup:)
Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: viffergyrl on November 15, 2019, 07:48:52 AM
Wow! That's pretty cool!
Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on November 15, 2019, 10:56:58 AM
Chillis turned me onto a place to go investigate and get away from the debauchery in Vegas. There's a saloon called the Pioneer Saloon that dates back to 1903 that's rich with history.
http://www.pioneersaloon.info/ (http://www.pioneersaloon.info/)

If you're riding through it's worth a stop by for a look see.

This place is chock full of history but much of it has been demolished/burned down like the old two story hotel. Also bullet holes in the wall in the saloon where somebody was shot during a poker game. This saloon is also where Clark Gable waited out word or Carol Lombard's safety after her plane crashed into the mountain out back. Sadly she passed away...
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The bullet holes where a dude got shot and died over a poker game.
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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on November 15, 2019, 11:19:53 AM
Spotted a Cub here in Vegas. Any of you scooter hoodlums?
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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on November 15, 2019, 11:31:03 AM
Last item of maybe interest to some of you we hit up the Neon Boneyard. Here is where all the old neon signs from Las Vegas' hay day go to rest and it was cool to see these from many years ago. As luck would have it they had a Tim Burton exhibit. If you're a TB fan it would be worth your time to peruse these pics. The bone yard was way cool as well. Read about it here. https://www.neonmuseum.org/ (https://www.neonmuseum.org/)

Some of TB's doodles.
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That's it for this trip, back to scooters in a few days as I'm waiting on parts.

Life is short, enjoy the ride!

Eric
Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on November 15, 2019, 11:40:22 AM
So here's the story of the two mock show girls. There were two gals dressed up in show girls outfits and you can take pics with them. After the pics they hit me up for $40 each for the service. I said that's a bit stout don't you think for 2 minutes of work? They replied well our employer takes a cut, blah, blah...

I said, wow! What a coincidence! Don't you know who I am? I'm the Virginian on Battle Scooters, I'm world renowned! My company only charges $30 to have your pic taken with me. So here's $10 each for your trouble and bounced.

I heard a lot of mf'n going on in the background. Hehe
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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on November 18, 2019, 04:13:38 PM
My missing link, the screw I ordered arrived on Saturday. Has anyone else notice that e-commerce sites are trending towards sending a confirmation email of your order accompanied with a picture?
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And it's arrival.
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I ordered a rather large item from China and received a confirmation email as well with a pic and just received it as well. This one got hung up in customs for three months.
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And this sticker was on it as well.
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Anywho, what a wild world we live in! I'll have Gray Ghost up and rolling this week and hope to be riding it soon.
Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on November 18, 2019, 04:21:47 PM
A small update on Skeeter and the Ruckus, I had to prod him a few times to get a status update while I was away. He had a zero mph tip over and the scoot is no worse for the wear. Welcome to our world and crossing over that bridge Skeet.
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A 100 miles into it and he's still alive. Score!

The missing bolt for the Gray Ghost should be arriving soon and I will get that one back on the road dodging snow flakes. I did very well in Las Vegas and absconded some of my ill gotten gains for a few tidbits for the GG. I checked on a windscreen and should mention that I gravitate towards OEM as I feel the hardware is superior.

First I looked at a winter screen that somewhat covered your hands. Holy smokes!!!! $341 dollars, I passed on this one and aesthetically I just don't like it.
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So off to the fly screen and hopefully it's cheaper. Nope!
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Odd thing is the part number is alien to google and Piaggio so the parts person at AF1 is chasing that rabbit down the hole for me. Either way it will be 6 to 8 weeks to get. Doh! Either way, AF1's followup with me is second to none.

Next up when I get the time is to order a rear rack and painted to match top box. Cha-ching! Pimp'n ain't easy...

Thanks for tuning in to my mess of a thread.

Eric
Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on November 27, 2019, 05:51:51 PM
AF1 got back with me and Kirk had taken the time to mount, take pics and email the different screens for mt Gray Ghost. I am at a loss for words at this kind of service. Customer for life I am!
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I emailed him back, I'll take it! Within 30 minutes I was billed the the item was packaged and tracking into was sent to me. So this windshield is on the bench waiting to be installed. I have turkey day tomorrow with my family and I'll be doing final assembly on Black Friday or Saturday.

To all my scooter and motorcycle friends, I wish you all the best this Thanksgiving and hope you share it with loved ones.

Sincerely,

Eric
Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: viffergyrl on November 27, 2019, 05:56:47 PM
And to you as well.... Happy Thanksgiving!
Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: leeo45 on November 27, 2019, 06:09:21 PM
AF1 got back with me and Kirk had taken the time to mount, take pics and email the different screens for mt Gray Ghost. I am at a loss for words at this kind of service. Customer for life I am!

I emailed him back, I'll take it! Within 30 minutes I was billed the the item was packaged and tracking into was sent to me. So this windshield is on the bench waiting to be installed. I have turkey day tomorrow with my family and I'll be doing final assembly on Black Friday or Saturday.

To all my scooter and motorcycle friends, I wish you all the best this Thanksgiving and hope you share it with loved ones.

Sincerely,

Eric

Outstanding service from AF1.    I'm not getting a scooter just yet, but I added an AF1 Racing bookmark to my browser.    Always enjoy the updates.

Happy Thanksgiving !
Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on December 05, 2019, 10:07:13 AM
TBT - Throw Back Thursday

Pop's 1946 Indian Chief side-hack with a functional reverse circa 1985 (I think?)
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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on December 07, 2019, 05:55:01 PM
Final assembly of the Gray Ghost went smooth as silk and I installed a pigtail for my Battery Tender and heated Jacket. I cant say I'm a fan of it hanging out from the battery mat but I'll remove it come spring.
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I installed the OEM windshield that I ordered from AF1 as well. I mentioned that I prefer OEM windshields as I feel Piaggio does a magnificent job planning ahead during design and development. In this case there's two large holes to accommodate the windshield as seen in this pic.
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The main spar of the windshield have compression rubber stoppers for a easy install.
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One thing notable is that Vespa places a hologram sticker with a specific serial number on their windshields. I guess knock offs are getting a tad out of hand?
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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on December 07, 2019, 06:07:20 PM
After a very easy install I removed the warning stickers on the windshield and you guessed it, the stickers leave a nasty residue of glue on the windshield.
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Pro tip: Use Zippo or Ronson lighter fluid, it melts the glue away like magic!
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Got her all installed and then realized I forgot to install the mirrors!!!  :facepalm: So I had to remove the windshield and then install the mirrors.
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The Gray Ghost is ready for winter duty!  :smoking:
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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on December 07, 2019, 06:16:37 PM
One thing that may be notable is the crest ornament on the front fender is actually  an arch with a space in it. Something I've never seen on a Vespa.
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After hooking up the pigtail for the Battery tender I knew I had to reset the gauge cluster back to English, mph, clock, etc., etc. I was playing Xmas carols off my phone on the Bluetooth speaker and when I turned the scoot on the Mia picked right up on what I was playing. lol
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I hope all of you are in good health and in the wind this holiday season. Thanks for stopping by and reading my meanderings.

Eric
Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: tankhead on December 08, 2019, 10:24:04 AM
Happy holidays to you my friend.  Beautiful pics and I am digging your long hair. 

Ps> I do see a fingerprint on the vespa arch pic. LOL  ;D

 Otherwise it's as clean as a whistle.  Best of luck with it.
Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on December 09, 2019, 08:45:50 PM
Thank you Chris, very kind words and all the best to you and your family this Christmas.
Title: Re: Vespa 946 Meanderings
Post by: exploring/carolina on December 11, 2019, 07:41:00 PM

A quick stop at Floozie's Pie Shop. The best pie ever!

Eric,

Enjoy reading about your adventures, projects, and seeing the fine photos.

When I saw photos of Floozie's pie shop, it looked familiar. We camped close to Louisa last spring, had lunch and bought a Pie at Floozie's! Fine food and nice folks!

Merry Christmas to you and your Family!

Title: Re: Vespa 946 Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on December 11, 2019, 09:07:34 PM

A quick stop at Floozie's Pie Shop. The best pie ever!

Eric,

Enjoy reading about your adventures, projects, and seeing the fine photos.

When I saw photos of Floozie's pie shop, it looked familiar. We camped close to Louisa last spring, had lunch and bought a Pie at Floozie's! Fine food and nice folks!

Merry Christmas to you and your Family!

Wow! First thank you for the kind words on my posts. Second, I wish I had known you were so close by. Should your meanderings ever bring you this way again, please hit me up and I'll make sure you have a room with  view, a fine supper and something cold to drink. And a Merry Christmas to you and your family.

Eric
Title: Re: Vespa 946 Meanderings
Post by: exploring/carolina on December 12, 2019, 08:55:16 AM

Wow! First thank you for the kind words on my posts. Second, I wish I had known you were so close by. Should your meanderings ever bring you this way again, please hit me up and I'll make sure you have a room with  view, a fine supper and something cold to drink. And a Merry Christmas to you and your family.

Eric

Eric,
 
Thanks!!!!!!!!!

We camp around the nation with our travel trailer rig. Had the pleasure of camping at Hungry Mother SP Marion, VA last October when the leaves were at peak, absolutely beautiful. Next exploring trip during 2020 to VA (no date set yet) we plan to take a motorcycle on a trailer and rent one of their cabins at Hungry Mother SP. The SP is next to RT. 16, "Back of the Dragon". Can't wait to take Debbie for a two up ride on Rt. 16. We also rode bicycles on the "Virginia Creeper" during this trip, want to go on another Creeper ride,  too. 

Best Regards,

Bill
Title: Re: Vespa 946 Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on December 12, 2019, 02:35:55 PM

Wow! First thank you for the kind words on my posts. Second, I wish I had known you were so close by. Should your meanderings ever bring you this way again, please hit me up and I'll make sure you have a room with  view, a fine supper and something cold to drink. And a Merry Christmas to you and your family.

Eric

Eric,
 
Thanks!!!!!!!!!

We camp around the nation with our travel trailer rig. Had the pleasure of camping at Hungry Mother SP Marion, VA last October when the leaves were at peak, absolutely beautiful. Next exploring trip during 2020 to VA (no date set yet) we plan to take a motorcycle on a trailer and rent one of their cabins at Hungry Mother SP. The SP is next to RT. 16, "Back of the Dragon". Can't wait to take Debbie for a two up ride on Rt. 16. We also rode bicycles on the "Virginia Creeper" during this trip, want to go on another Creeper ride,  too. 

Best Regards,

Bill

Well Bill, don't be a stranger! Thanks again for commenting.
Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on December 12, 2019, 02:37:56 PM
TBT - Throw Back Thursday


A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away...
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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on December 24, 2019, 09:42:25 AM
So I was telling Bourbon I've been good this year and Santa was going to hook me up. ... I don't think he's buying it...  :mad:
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Merry Christmas, Happy Boxing Day or Happy Hanukkah all my scooter and m/c friends.

Eric
Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Vulcanbill on December 26, 2019, 02:09:16 PM
So I was telling Bourbon I've been good this year and Santa was going to hook me up. ... I don't think he's buying it...  :mad:
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Merry Christmas, Happy Boxing Day or Happy Hanukkah all my scooter and m/c friends.

Eric

Bourbon looks like he was designed and fabricated by Tim Burton in that pic.  :)

Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on December 26, 2019, 02:13:02 PM
So I was telling Bourbon I've been good this year and Santa was going to hook me up. ... I don't think he's buying it...  :mad:
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Merry Christmas, Happy Boxing Day or Happy Hanukkah all my scooter and m/c friends.

Eric

Bourbon looks like he was designed and fabricated by Tim Burton in that pic.  :)

Bill,

I snapped that pic in a the middle of a yawn and it looked like he was laughing.  ;)
Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Vulcanbill on December 26, 2019, 02:20:19 PM
He's awesome.  Can't wait to meet him.
Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on December 29, 2019, 08:44:00 AM
It's raining pretty hard today as I've been riding during this unseasonably warm weather for the last week. So time for an update!

I'm planning a trip for 2020, either MOAB or hit up the south west, TBD. I want to make this ride once again from a minimalist point of view and thought long and hard about taking one of the Vespas but I fear it's a bad idea as the CVT transmission will have a tough go of it riding many dirt roads on the west trip and a no go on MOAB. So for the past year I've been trying to pick up a good used TW200 as I'm partial to the tuning fork. It amazes me how those 30 year old designed bikes retain their value.

After much debate I decided to work towards purchasing a new bike and spend this winter setting up for this trip. I've been looking at Honda CRF250L, Yamaha XT225 and Yamaha TW200.

So I was getting ready to buy beat up scooters and bikes and flip them to foot the bill, kind of what I do every winter to feed my addiction. But! When I was on my Vegas trip (I'm not much of a gambler) I was hitting the penny slots up. I had a tremendous win streak for 3 days in a row and cashed out and ran away. Mrs. V absconded most of it but I kept enough to literally pay for this bike.. Woohoo! It got so bad the the hotel was issuing me W2s. Crazy... Apparently if you win in anything gambling over the amount of $1,200 it's an automatic W2.
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Being an old school Harley rider I was super salty that the SOA slot wasn't paying anything ever!
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Spin forward to now I've been researching for which bike to to go with. I landed on the CRF250L Rally, larger tank and some weather protection. As luck would have it Honda has a warehouse full of non ABS 2018s and offered a $1,000 rebate. They started popping up on Cycletrader for incredible prices. I found one at a steal of a price at Track N' Trail up in PA close to State College. Road trip for 10 hours round trip.
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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on December 29, 2019, 08:54:47 AM
It was a little chilly on the ride home...
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A warm streak here in the east so away I go!
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I was out grabbing tags yesterday and was taking a pic of the racetrack and a sheriffs deputy rolled up on me. She was just checking on me to see if I was okay and was super nice! Even let me grab a pic with her.
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So that's the latest un-epic adventures of mine this week. I have some really cool ideas for setting up this bike and this will be my winter project this year.
Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on December 29, 2019, 09:01:33 AM
So last night Mrs. V and I went out for supper to celebrate life, also Daisy Mae's birthday and I had a nice ribeye with plenty left over for the pups when we got home.
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One parting shot, you know you live in the south when your local little league team is named the Biscuits!
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I wish all of you good health, happiness, and the best year of your life coming up in 2020. Happy New Year folks.

Life is short, enjoy the ride.

Eric
Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Vulcanbill on December 29, 2019, 10:54:49 AM
Sweet. Let me know if you wanna polish your off road chops on that thing.  I have just the place.  Mrawesome and smoker are witnesses to the fun that can be had.  I hear it's supposed to be warm Wed.  😎
Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: leeo45 on December 29, 2019, 02:27:54 PM
Very cool new bike.   Congrats!   I noticed it in the Wyldkat thread and was wondering when we would get the formal introduction.   

They get great reviews and certainly have a well proven engine.   It should be a good, do-it-all, go-anywhere dual sport that's perfect for your trip out west.   
Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on December 31, 2019, 07:24:31 AM
TBT - Throw Back Thursday


A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away...
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Here's the story behind this bike.

I believe I shared this story on the BMW thread a while back but I'll re-post it here if you didn't catch it there. As some of you may know my father was a test pilot and he wanted to have some fun with his new K100. In that photo of me absconding pop's bike to hit up the Ortega Hwy you can see the start of the transformation. He has Corbin make a gunfighter seat that kind of locked you in and the windshield is an Aeroflow.  Paige Ortiz, founder of Aeroflow was good friends with my parents and it wasn't unusual to see him kicking around on ride or us riding out to visit him. On the other side it's sporting a hand crafted muffler made by Matt Capri of Luftmeister in Long Beach. Matt Capri has been tuning BMWs since he helped build Reg Pridmore’s Daytona-winning boxer superbike in the Seventies. The name means “Air master”, and the firm from Long Beach in California has been making K-series models blow harder since 1988. He topped the 200 mph barrier on a K bike at Bonneville. Matt doesn't have a stellar reputation but that's another story... Pop loaned him that bike to do some R&D on making pipes for K bikes.
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Now the rest of the story is my parents were both very active in BMW-MOA. My mother wrote many articles for MOA during her tenure. Pop wanted to paint that bike like a fighter jet but the Airforce had boring battleship gray planes so he opted to do an F14 Tomcat theme. I should mention that there were no vinyl wraps back then and what you are looking at is hand painted.  (the Navy always had and still does the coolest paint schemes) Called up a friend that was an active F14 pilot and rode that bike down to Mirimar for a photo shoot that eventually made the cover of BMW-MOA May 1989.

The Navy or DoD (I don't remember) got a case of the ass about one of 'their' F14s being filmed with a German motorcycle. Dear sir curse you letters went back and forth and they got it sorted. Here's the cover of the magazine.
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And you can read the reference to issues at hand making this happen in a blurb in the magazine.
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One of the prints from that photo shoot that I need to get matted and framed one day. You can see better Matt's Luftmeister pipe  in this pic as well.
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My parents were pretty innovative folks in life and me, I'm just the skippy son with the mullet along for the ride. Sure their examples spurred me on to create my RD400 into a cool race bike but I pale by comparison. So to be clear when i share some of these pics we are laughing at, I was a starving broke young man trying to make my way through the world like most other folks. I just hit the lottery with my parents.

PS: Charles Bohner was the staff photographer for Douglas Aircraft and a friend of pop's. He was kind enough to drive down and take these beautiful pics and deserves to be remembered and a hardy shout out.

Happy New Year to each and every one of you. May 2020 be the best year of your life.

Eric
Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: st2sam on December 31, 2019, 10:48:10 AM
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Great story Eric, thanks for sharing.
I hope we'll be able to share a ride sometime, somewhere in 2020.  :thumbsup:

Happy New Year to you and your family.  :beerchug:
Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: viffergyrl on December 31, 2019, 01:49:22 PM
Thanks for the stories! Please continue on in 2020.

 :clap:
Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on December 31, 2019, 03:43:58 PM
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Great story Eric, thanks for sharing.
I hope we'll be able to share a ride sometime, somewhere in 2020.  :thumbsup:

Happy New Year to you and your family.  :beerchug:

Sam,

I would enjoy that and I'll see what I can do to get up your way.

Thanks for the stories! Please continue on in 2020.

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My silly thread doesn't bring much to the table but I try to provide M/C content for folks to read on a rainy day. You are always kind to me in my threads and I thank you for that. Say?! Have you seen Dangerous Dan? Last i heard he was headed out to the left coast.  ;)
Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Bryan.VFR on January 02, 2020, 07:39:58 AM
Thanks for the stories. I always look forward to reading your posts. Sound like you had a couple of really cool parents.  8) That's pretty awesome.

Track N Trail...hmm. I'm pretty sure that's where I got my VFR from in 09. A bit of a drive from CT, but they had what I wanted at a price I liked. Don't remember much, if anything, about the dealership.

Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Cablebandit on January 02, 2020, 11:35:44 AM
It was that last of the State College PA dealers.  They've now moved out of "town" as well due to a planned development that will need their old space.

The new place is huge compared to the old one so I think they've really expanded their offerings.  Especially in the used dept.
Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on January 02, 2020, 11:52:38 AM
It was that last of the State College PA dealers.  They've now moved out of "town" as well due to a planned development that will need their old space.

The new place is huge compared to the old one so I think they've really expanded their offerings.  Especially in the used dept.

I want to say that the new facility was a concrete place and I did see over 50 used bikes on the showroom. (Roughly, I didn't count). Is Kissell still up by state college?

On a side note I took 81 up then cut over a mountain to get to this place. It looked like a killer m/c road and I can post if folks wish?

Thanks for reading and commenting.

Eric
Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Cablebandit on January 02, 2020, 12:41:59 PM
Yup, it's been a few things over the years but one of the more recent tenants was a a concrete outfit.

Kissells has move down the road to Tyrone.


Was it 74 over the mountains?
Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on January 02, 2020, 01:23:41 PM
Yup, it's been a few things over the years but one of the more recent tenants was a a concrete outfit.

Kissells has move down the road to Tyrone.


Was it 74 over the mountains?
I think it was 75 that turned into 522.
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Post by: Virginian on January 06, 2020, 05:02:23 PM
Okay, I kicked the HD off the lift and up went the CRF, I'll try to share how I'm rigging it.
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All my parts came in that I ordered from Erin & Scott at SRCmoto.com , all  the parts were very well packaged and made of quality materials.
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I'm not going to do a step by step tutorial here but here's the finished product. Top rack anchors to the 4 bolts that OEM use for tie downs off the rear of the bike. The pannier sides anchor to the top rack and then lastly there's a cross support on the rear that anchors to the pannier sides, combined it's rock solid. I added the tool tube and it anchors to the transition of the rack to the pannier. The tool tube is nothing but a plastic tube with a giant O-ring gasket to make it waterproof. The tool tube will house 2 inner tubes, patch kit, and hopefully tools.  Slick!
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Gas can tucks in nicely on the left side.
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As I stated earlier, full access to the tool box on the bike.
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Some of you have may seen me use the Kriega bags on my trips. I love them as they adapt to every bike I have and I don't need a set of luggage for each bike as I flip them in and out of my garage. They're literally bomb proof regarding being waterproof. I have ridden through monsoons with them and not a drop! The inside is 'white' so I can see what in in the bag in low light conditions, the liner is washable and is Velcro'd in and is also replaceable. I've been using mine for rough;y 10 years and they a functioning perfectly.
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This is for demonstration purposes so I didn't tuck all the straps but you get the idea on how nicely they mate up to just about any rack. Stack them, put them on the side of the bags, use your imagination to get a tailored fit in an 'off the rack' world we live in.
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And lastly, the must have ADV sticker!
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This rig with a tank bag will be all I ever need as I really don't carry much. Now regarding tip overs and damage to the 'rally's' Tupperware, this rack sticks out far enough to prevent most get offs and incurring damage. Put on some decent hand guards and the rack you should be good to go. I take pride in thinking 10 steps ahead when I'm building something and yes the plastic damage was most definitely on my radar and this is my solution. 

Shades of things to come. I have this dash panel mocked up and I'm working getting it installed soon.
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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on January 06, 2020, 06:31:29 PM
Out for a ride Saturday, about 200 miles on January 4th in the Old Dominion and it was 61*f.
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I want me pot of gold! Still looking for it.. Lucky Charms will do though! ;)
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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on January 12, 2020, 01:57:58 PM
Dash plate installed and works a treat.
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January 12th and it's 68*F/20*C, time to ride.
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@Vantcptr  reached out to me on the forum and we got together for a ride today. One goal, Carolina BBQ! I took him on some of my lazy back country roads in my parts. Spectacular day for riding today. It's always a good day to meet another like minded rider especially close by. Thanks for reaching out to me.
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If you can't ride the world today, ride your state!

Eric
Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on January 17, 2020, 01:53:37 PM
10 hours labor to install that drag bars, thread/hide all the wiring and install heated grips. I will never do another job like that one again. Simply put, it sucked... 37*F/2.7*C today so let's give it a go shall we?  :o I'm super happy to get this task off my work bench and onto the next one.
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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on January 17, 2020, 01:58:59 PM
For those of you that ride in very cold weather I thought I would throw this out there on your radar. Every year on the infamous Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales are going on I check the usual places that I buy my gear at for decent sales. I decided to upgrade my base layer this fall, Freeze-Out Warm'R shirt and britches. All I can say is wow! This ain't your grandpa's long johns. Wind chill was in the 20s today and they outperformed my expectations! I'm not going to win any fashion shows rocking these when I'm getting dressed but they're worth the coin in my opinion.

https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/freeze-out-warmr-shirt?utm_source=CJ&utm_medium=affiliate&utm_campaign=8160060&PublisherName=VigLink&cjevent=815dafa5396311ea81a801520a240611 (https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/freeze-out-warmr-shirt?utm_source=CJ&utm_medium=affiliate&utm_campaign=8160060&PublisherName=VigLink&cjevent=815dafa5396311ea81a801520a240611)

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And some more parts showed up for the CRF!
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I have come to really enjoy winter here in VA as I finally take a step back and get to work on fun projects that keep me motivated when I choose not to ride much this time of year.

Thanks for stopping by and reading.

Eric

PS: The pinlock is amazing on the new helmet. Zero fogging on the face shield today which was an anomaly for me.
Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Bryan.VFR on January 21, 2020, 07:26:57 AM
I used the Cycle Gear version of those Freeze-outs and that was a big help. Those look really good. Stay toasty.  8)
Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on January 23, 2020, 12:41:22 PM
I used the Cycle Gear version of those Freeze-outs and that was a big help. Those look really good. Stay toasty.  8)

Thanks Bryan!

So it appears that Mrs. Sandy Claws did hook me up for Xmas and I had a new helmet under the tree this year.  :banana: :chili: The HJC RPHA 79 ST Forvic helmet, some designer I've never heard of? But! I love the color scheme with the gray ghost and it was on closeout. It came with a pin-lock shield with it which I have never seen before. In the past I always had to order one for $30 to $50 bones. Also the finish is metal flake which it cool.

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So, I'll be rock'n this helmet this year on the Vespa. I have retired 3 of my helmets this year as they're getting long in the tooth and I want to say helmet manufacturers recommend replacing helmets every 5 years. Might be a good time to look at your helmet and spring for a new one, it's cheap insurance when your head hits the road at 60 mph/96 kph. Buy the best that you can afford!

Features:
Advanced P.I.M. Plus (Premium Integrated Matrix Plus) construction: carbon fiber and carbon-glass hybrid fabric for enhanced shock resistance
Intake and exhaust top vents for maximum air circulation
Rear vent switch for easy control of air flow
Anti-fog smoke tinted sunshield deploys quickly
RapidFire shield replacement system: quick, tool-less shield removal and installation
Emergency cheek pads removal
Multicool interior with advanced anti-bacteria fabric provides enhanced moisture wicking and quick drying
Crown and cheek pads are removable and washable
HJ-26 anti-fog lens prepared shield
Includes anti-fog insert lens
Glasses-friendly EPS design
DOT and ECE approved

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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on January 27, 2020, 03:57:37 PM
Back to the Gray Ghost... last month I received the recall notice for the brake. I'm jammed up for the next two weeks putting out other fires so I took a shot and called the dealer to see if Piaggio would cover a tow as the scoot isn't safe to ride at this point. They said nope, so I called and left a voicemail at Piaggio's customer care number and we'll see how this pans out. If not I'll make the time and get it down there for the recall.
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I'm wrenching on the CRF and that project is about 95% done and ready for new adventures.

In other news I'm setting up a small scooter rally at Casa De Redneck this spring so chime in if you're interest and I'll keep you in the loop. If I'm feeling froggy I may host another St.o rally as well. I need to start a thread as folks may want to venture out to other areas of the country.


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on January 28, 2020, 12:24:14 PM
(here's a copy and paste from ADV forum)

Now regarding the scooter get together, I haunt 3 forums. The challenge here is I can host roughly 16 folks, a bunch of campers so to post this up to the entire ADV forum is just too much let alone two other forums. My thoughts are May 1st through the 4th, the first weekend in May. If we get down to crunch time we may have to slide the weekend back based on weather. I live on a lake so if any of you are kayakers, it might be a win if you tow your bike and kayak down and do some exploring of the 17 mile lake. I will ping a few members to lead some different rides based on interest. Think, Jamestown , Monticello, etc.

I will keep a rolling list and tag each person that states "I'm in" or a "definite maybe" and update this thread as we go. @sro99 and @jon_l , if you boys want to catch a redeye for the weekend, you two can grab whatever I have in the garage. So no excuses, cost of flying and some meals while riding is it. [USER=305942]@CashCow[/USER] please shoot this across the bow of Ken for me. I owe you two boys a tall beverage. @conchscooter Burger run time, I'll have the G&T ready for ya. Any of you hoodlums from CA want to have a go, chime in and I'll save a bike for you. @MYUMPH I know you won't be able to stay for the weekend but maybe you can come down for a ride and meal with the gang on you Burger 200 or Z125!

This will be primarily a scooter run but motorcycles are more than welcome. I will clear out the garage and we should be able to get most of the scoots/bikes in the garage each night. What's unusual about this offer is you will forfeit some privacy, think slumber party. One room has 4 bunk beds, so if 4 of you are in there and 2 snore, I can't help you. Capice? What you lose in privacy you gain in hanging out with 10 to 20 like minded folks to discuss the finer attributes of what we do. Have all the beverages you want and no worries on getting back to a hotel.

We provide breakfast each morning and fruit and water to stow in your tank bag for the road. All other meals are on you, so pizza, Chinese or the like and send someone to go get it, or we all convene at a restaurant and pig out. I'll post a list of GREAT roads to enjoy, many attractions to ride to and see if any interest, and provide links so you can do your due diligence if you so desire. We will provide all linens (wash cloth, hand towel, bath towel, sheets, pillows) for up to 16 folks. I have 3 full baths but only 2 are up for grabs, sorry my bathroom is mine!

So as this list grows and folks commit it may reach a cap and I'll have to cut it off. Campers are always welcome over and above the 16 cap.

In
@DandyDoug - lower bunk
@jon_l - lower bunk
@minimac - Air mattress reloading room
@tastroman - Bed in the loft
@ysrebob - in for Saturday, not staying

Definite Maybe
@OldCoot

(more to come)
Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on February 02, 2020, 08:26:18 AM
I checked with Piaggio America and they do not allow for towing. :( So the Gray Ghost goes in the shop on Monday for the recall, I'll be glad to get this fixed.

The scooter rally is coming along nicely and I'm less than 90 days out for that event and have lots to do for preparation. In the meantime I have put in a little more time on the CRF. I ordered a crash bar from T-Rex to protect the Tupperware on the bike when I dump it. I'm hoping it will do its job.
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This particular one bolts up to the engine bolts which I'm not really a fan of.
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Here she is all buttoned up. This was a rascal of a job as I needed an extra set of hands. Something noteworthy is I do like the rub strips on the side of the bars that are replaceable.
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I then ordered El Cheapo LED fog lamps and mounts from Amazon, plus some wiring loom. Unfortunately the LEDs are on back order but should be here this week.
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I prefer the webbed looms over the plastic ones.
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The diameter of the bar is smaller then the smallest rubber adapters allow so i used double sided tape. I'm hoping they won't vibrate going down the road.
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When the LEDs come I'll post an update and lastly I'm going to install a decent pair of hand guards. The OEM ones are just wind deflectors and will snap off on the first tip over. Then this bike is ready for adventures in 2020.

I'll put another 60 miles on it today and it will be due for the first service which I will knock out today.
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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Vulcanbill on February 02, 2020, 12:00:54 PM
So you’re ready to get her dirty.
Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on February 03, 2020, 09:37:51 AM
So you’re ready to get her dirty.
Yes indeed!  8)
Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Vulcanbill on February 03, 2020, 11:00:35 AM
So you’re ready to get her dirty.
Yes indeed!  8)

Have you done much off road riding?  Do you want to do a half day of skills building / refreshing / getting to know her in a known environment where you can get as many do-overs as you want or would you prefer to just throw caution to the wind and see what happens out in the sticks? 

And do you have any off road / ADV boots?  I'd strongly recommend getting some if not.  DAMHIK. 
Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: mr.awesome on February 03, 2020, 12:35:59 PM
So you’re ready to get her dirty.
Yes indeed!  8)

Have you done much off road riding?  Do you want to do a half day of skills building / refreshing / getting to know her in a known environment where you can get as many do-overs as you want or would you prefer to just throw caution to the wind and see what happens out in the sticks? 

And do you have any off road / ADV boots?  I'd strongly recommend getting some if not.  DAMHIK.

The key to good riding boots is actually wearing them, ...just sayin.   :pokestick:
Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: jimmy on February 03, 2020, 12:55:33 PM
Back in my motocross days, boots had no tread on the bottom.

Do good off road boots have tread?
Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Vulcanbill on February 03, 2020, 01:06:04 PM
So you’re ready to get her dirty.
Yes indeed!  8)

Have you done much off road riding?  Do you want to do a half day of skills building / refreshing / getting to know her in a known environment where you can get as many do-overs as you want or would you prefer to just throw caution to the wind and see what happens out in the sticks? 

And do you have any off road / ADV boots?  I'd strongly recommend getting some if not.  DAMHIK.

The key to good riding boots is actually wearing them, ...just sayin.   :pokestick:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZGSh9-hxjaw (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZGSh9-hxjaw)
Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on February 03, 2020, 01:24:07 PM
So you’re ready to get her dirty.
Yes indeed!  8)

Have you done much off road riding?  Do you want to do a half day of skills building / refreshing / getting to know her in a known environment where you can get as many do-overs as you want or would you prefer to just throw caution to the wind and see what happens out in the sticks? 

And do you have any off road / ADV boots?  I'd strongly recommend getting some if not.  DAMHIK.

Bill,

Not much at all so I'm a total n00b. No, I do not own offroad boots and I'll start researching them now. Thanks for the reminder! My best guess is start on the bunny slops and go from there. I'm a fairly competent ride and 'usually' can adjust to the conditions.

Eric
Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on February 03, 2020, 01:26:07 PM
I had a bit of a sketchy ride down to the dealer to drop off GG with no brake. My montra for the day was brake way early and leave lots of room!
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I'm having the front fender installed as well. I wrote on the fender bubble wrap to not install the side markers, it's written on the RO (repair order) as well.
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This is the last of the tip over damage, goodbye and good riddance. I'll be glad the get my gray ghost back on the rotation.
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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Vulcanbill on February 04, 2020, 07:37:16 AM
So you’re ready to get her dirty.
Yes indeed!  8)

Have you done much off road riding?  Do you want to do a half day of skills building / refreshing / getting to know her in a known environment where you can get as many do-overs as you want or would you prefer to just throw caution to the wind and see what happens out in the sticks? 

And do you have any off road / ADV boots?  I'd strongly recommend getting some if not.  DAMHIK.

Bill,

Not much at all so I'm a total n00b. No, I do not own offroad boots and I'll start researching them now. Thanks for the reminder! My best guess is start on the bunny slops and go from there. I'm a fairly competent ride and 'usually' can adjust to the conditions.

Eric

No worries.  We can easily spend a few hours just on the property working progressively more difficult scenarios at whatever pace you dictate.  I have a little bit of everything from groomed gravel to gnarly, rocky, steep climbs to nicely groomed loamy singletrack.  It's a very diverse 20 acres.  :)  After that, we can plan future rides down in the NF areas and hit some of the roads in those videos I posted elsewhere to really break her in.  Looking forward to it. 
Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on February 04, 2020, 07:43:35 AM
Right on! Thank you Bill!
Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Vulcanbill on February 04, 2020, 07:52:16 AM
No worries.  Let's get you properly addicted then you can start doing your own trip planning...  :)

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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on February 04, 2020, 08:09:56 AM
Damn! That's stunning!
Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Vulcanbill on February 04, 2020, 10:34:17 AM
Yeah...  it's ok.

 :D

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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on February 04, 2020, 02:50:21 PM
Wow, I don't know if I will ever make to a place that nice being a solo rider all the time. Thanks for sharing!
Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on February 04, 2020, 03:01:46 PM
Another unseasonbly warm day here so I wanted to try a new app called :Relive". It summarized my run today and posts some cool information like elevation, where you stopped for pics, speed and such into a 2 minute video on google earth I think?

As a rule of thumb most folks don't like clicking on an external link so I'm unsure if I'll use this app.

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Here's the pics of the day, just random shots.
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Drive through prayers! I'll take a super size please, done a lot of sinning...
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Nothing epic, just a 65 mile walk in the park.


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on February 06, 2020, 10:21:39 AM
GG was ready for pickup so we go on a balmy 37*F/2.8*C rainy day.  :confused: The upswing is it got up to 39*F/3.9*C on when I got home. Bonus points for no reflectors on the front fender.
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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: minimac on February 06, 2020, 10:46:54 AM
Needs more lights!
Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: leeo45 on February 06, 2020, 10:59:37 PM
Back in my motocross days, boots had no tread on the bottom.

Do good off road boots have tread?

Motocross boots still have little to no tread.    Good enduro and dual sport boots have tread.    Some of them look like hiking boots on the bottom.   They typically have softer flex in the ankles too.    You never know when, if, or how far you may want to walk or need to walk when you're out in the woods.   

Eric,   Glad to see the grey scoot is already back home and intact.  Thanks for sharing the adventures.   
Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on February 10, 2020, 09:37:45 AM
Back in my motocross days, boots had no tread on the bottom.

Do good off road boots have tread?

Motocross boots still have little to no tread.    Good enduro and dual sport boots have tread.    Some of them look like hiking boots on the bottom.   They typically have softer flex in the ankles too.    You never know when, if, or how far you may want to walk or need to walk when you're out in the woods.   

Eric,   Glad to see the grey scoot is already back home and intact.  Thanks for sharing the adventures.

Thanks Lee! I'm still researching boots, they're a bit expensive.

I managed to get a little wrenching in on the CRF yesterday. I installed the brackets for the LED fog lamps and I can't say I'm happy. There's too much compression with the big rubber clamp and I fear they may sag or rotate downwards when you hit a big bump. We shall see...
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The El Cheapo lights from Amazon finally showed up. They're quite robust and look like they'll take a beating.
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The Amazon light mounts have a much larger hole in theme to mount the lights then what I needed. I have trays of leftover nuts, bolts and tidbit from all the bikes I've worked on over the years and found some plastic spacers. They're bit too big so I cut to size and then used a Dremel to shave the outer edge to fit the hole.
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Looking sharp!
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I'm half way through the wiring up to the dash mounted switch. I've been using these 'low temp solder' wire connectors. All I can say is wow! Pop the wired ends in and hit it with the heat gun, it melts the solder, shrink wraps the connection, and I believe (?) there's electrical connector dielectric grease in there as well. Waterproofs the connection for bonus points.

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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Andrew on February 10, 2020, 07:59:20 PM



 


Looking sharp!
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Yes looking good! If I may, it looks like the mounts and lamps are pointed a bit off. By having the mounting brackets pointing the same direction as the lamps you have extended the fulcrum farther from the bars. Try pointing the brackets to the rear and the lights pointing forward, this will keep more of the weight over the mounting bar and less likely to twist.
Love the look of the lights how to they perform (focus, depth and brightness)?
Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on February 11, 2020, 09:53:03 AM

Looking sharp!


Yes looking good! If I may, it looks like the mounts and lamps are pointed a bit off. By having the mounting brackets pointing the same direction as the lamps you have extended the fulcrum farther from the bars. Try pointing the brackets to the rear and the lights pointing forward, this will keep more of the weight over the mounting bar and less likely to twist.
Love the look of the lights how to they perform (focus, depth and brightness)?

Thank you, I'll flip them around. When I get them functioning I'll post some pics of their performance.

Thanks again,

Eric
Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Cookie on February 17, 2020, 07:12:54 PM
Look at the size of this burrito!!!!!

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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on February 17, 2020, 07:38:33 PM
Look at the size of this burrito!!!!!

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 :twofinger:
Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on February 17, 2020, 07:38:57 PM
Cookie and K in Redneckistan!
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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: minimac on February 17, 2020, 07:45:02 PM
Do I spy a Cheesesteak? You know, it's only good if you get fries!
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Post by: Virginian on February 17, 2020, 07:47:36 PM
Do I spy a Cheesesteak? You know, it's only good if you get fries!

You do! But I don't eat much and could barely finish half that let alone fries.
Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on March 08, 2020, 03:03:39 PM
Out for a quick run today to grab some photo tags. Spring is springing and really good riding weather is just on the horizon. I hope to see all of you in the wind!
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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on March 12, 2020, 10:12:26 AM
I rode out to the one, the only Waffle House! Y'all know you love it! You know it's a particularly good one when there's a emergency clinic next door.  ;D The place was empty as folks are living in panic these days....
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There was one family behind me, parents and a son and when their tab came I overheard a debate about who had the money to pay. I waved the waitress over and paid their tab. RAOK

Smothered and covered!
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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on March 12, 2020, 07:39:13 PM
A nice quiet evening in the garage detailing Gray Ghost. A wash, blow dry, clay bar to pull the contaminants out of the paint, 3 coats of wax (butter wax, jet seal, hand rubbed quality carnauba wax); it's perfectamundo! I saw a fly land on GG and slide off and break a leg. :pope I hope to detail all of them by this weekend and then on to the cars. I'm close to getting all my gear cleaned and refurbished. Bug and pollen season is coming quick! :fpalm
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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on March 12, 2020, 07:46:43 PM



 


Looking sharp!
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Yes looking good! If I may, it looks like the mounts and lamps are pointed a bit off. By having the mounting brackets pointing the same direction as the lamps you have extended the fulcrum farther from the bars. Try pointing the brackets to the rear and the lights pointing forward, this will keep more of the weight over the mounting bar and less likely to twist.
Love the look of the lights how to they perform (focus, depth and brightness)?

I reversed the brackets like you suggested and they do seem to balance the weight of the light over the center more. Thanks for the tip!
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The left hand side had some clearance issues so I had to rotate it down the curve of the crash bar a tad.
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Andrew,

I didn't forget to take pics with these lights for spread and distance. I'll get to it and post up what I find here soon.
Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Jim on March 12, 2020, 11:13:49 PM
The place was empty

`stopped out to the local WH a month back - about 7pm - the place was near empty (one couple plus me). I commented and the ample staff available said - it's between Christmas credit card bills and tax refund time - every year it's quiet these few months.



Thx for the meanderings pix!  `love'm!
Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on March 14, 2020, 04:49:23 PM
I was out attending to my errands and my sciatica was giving me the business this week. I've been trying yoga but no joy there so I opted to try acupuncture. All I can say is WOW!, I'm a believer now, like night and day.
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One last one for the road...
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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on March 14, 2020, 04:49:51 PM
Next up it's my sister's birthday and the rear tire of Bella (946) is getting sketchy so I opted to take GG up to Front Royal to deliver her gifts. In typical Virginian fashion I wrapped all my gifts in wood patterned paper and twine which reminds me of our log home.
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A few country roads to get there and life was most excellent today.
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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on March 14, 2020, 04:50:26 PM
I just got home after a long ride and much to share. It's quite chilly here today so I poured a hot cuppa joe and let's get to it.
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****this part was to answer another fellow's question for a quick and easy detail, I left it in in hopes it might help someone here****

I have mentioned in past posts that I was the GM of a car dealership for over 20 years and I had my fair share of paint issues on brand new cars so I can somewhat say it is an area that I'm well rehearsed on.

Regarding my regimen on fending off slag, bug guts and exoskeletons, I use multiple layers of wax hand rubbed into the paint. Bug guts and bird poop are acidic here in the east and if left on for even 24 hours will perma etch into a large blemish on your vehicle. The darker the color of your bike, the easier it is to stain your paint with the sun literally baking it into your beautiful ride.

Now not everyone will go to the extreme I do but 'for me' it's therapeutic in the sense some folks might say that about mowing their yard. Open a beer, put on some good music and detail my ride. To me I enjoy this better then watching anything on TV. This also gives me time to close inspect my bike for any issues like loose bolts, unusual wear, etc. When I ride, I ride hard and I need the bike to do exactly what it's designed to with no hiccups. In my mind my life depends on it.

I'm getting too long winded here...

Here's the quick and easy way to deal with the bugs. Any of the quick shine products are almost always silicone based and yes, they do their job but at a price. The price is the protection has no legs for longevity. Most crap out there allow toxins to attack your paint in less than a week. Live in a dense area with jets flying over hourly, all that burnt jet fuel comes back to earth in the form of a film or water from rain, fog, mist, etc known as acid fallout.

A hand rubbed quality carnauba wax will last roughly 3 months, thus my reference to having legs. There are other alternatives that will last up to a year but I won't get into that.

First, strip all the wax or whatever is on your paint, use plain old dish washing soap like Dawn or Palmolive and it's very inexpensive. They have degreasers that will take off all products and get you down to the paint. There's a reason why they sell car wash soap, these products will clean your bike and leave the protective coating of wax behind.

There are new hybrids coming out that offer carnauba in a spray on variant. Meguires, Turtle Shell, Mothers all offer versions of it. This is what I use.
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A simple spray on, let it set up to a haze, buff off with a quality cloth like micro fiber. This method will have about a months worth of protection regarding having legs.

Yes, you can drape a wet  towel over your bike and helmet to 'soften' the bugs and slag for easy removal. The goal mentioned above is to provide you steed a protective coat that will protect your bike from permanently marring or staining your paint. Bonus points for easier bug removal off of a waxed surface vs. exposed paint.

My ride last evening on my pristine GTS I just detailed, look at the bugs on my helmet let alone the Vespa...
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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on March 14, 2020, 04:51:25 PM
After we celebrated my sister's birthday I bounced to get home as temps were dropping fast. I check the usual online social medias to keep up with family members and I happened upon this post from the Luray Police Dept. You gotta love small town police departments.
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I planned on passing through Culpeper on the way home and wanted to take a few pics to give folks a flavor of some of the small town here in Virginia.


But first a few pics for scooter tag (another forum), old country roads and then on to the main event. I hope you folks like pictures....
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The Blue Ridge mountains peeking.
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Random shots.
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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on March 14, 2020, 04:51:58 PM
I mosey into Culpeper with a destination in mind that I wanted to investigate and happen upon this mural. William and Mary here in VA is called Bill and the bitch.
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Back alleyways of Culpeper.
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Note the brick cobblestone, lamp clocks, old colonial buildings with white pillars.
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The architecture of the building on left with the roof-line sloping uphill.
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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on March 14, 2020, 04:52:27 PM
This small quaint area should be commended in the sense that they have preserved the original buildings and the businesses that built them.
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The light green structure was originally an Inn, you can see the old signage.
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The seafood restaurant in the above pic, here's a close up of the fish sign. Love it! They have a raw bar as well.
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This building was originally the post office, Farmers & Merchants Bank, and Clark & Co. grocers, all housing new stores today. Look at the brick work on the building on the right.
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Cameleer??
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The old movie theater still in operation with the neon sign on it touting 'air conditioning'!
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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on March 14, 2020, 04:53:07 PM
Today's trip was to visit the Culpeper National Cemetery.

- Eligibility
Burial in a national cemetery is open to all members of the armed forces who have met a minimum active duty service requirement and were discharged under conditions other than dishonorable. A Veteran's spouse, widow or widower, minor dependent children, and under certain conditions, unmarried adult children with disabilities may also be eligible for burial. Eligible spouses and children may be buried even if they predecease the Veteran. Members of the reserve components of the armed forces who die while on active duty or who die while on training duty, or were eligible for retired pay, may also be eligible for burial. For more information visit our eligibility web page.

During the American Civil War, the territory around the city of Culpeper was defended vigorously by both sides, as it was a strategic point almost exactly between Washington D.C. and the capital of the Confederacy, Richmond, Virginia. Numerous battles took place in the region, including the Battle of Cedar Mountain and the Battle of Chancellorsville. The dead from those conflicts were buried nearby in makeshift grave sites. After the war a reburial program was initiated, and in 1867, Culpeper National Cemetery was established to reinter many of the remains from the makeshift sites.

The original cemetery comprised 6 acres (2.4 ha), bought from Edward B. Hill of Culpeper for $1,400. The original Second Empire Victorian caretakers lodge was built in 1872 and was designed by Montgomery C. Meigs. Many improvements to the grounds and facilities at the cemetery were made during the 1930s as part of the New Deal. These make-work improvements included replacing the original 1870s tool house at the cost of $8,000 in 1934, raising and realigning 912 headstones in May 1934, by the Civil Works Administration, and realignment and re-setting 402 headstones in 1936 though a Works Project Administration project.

Having operated without any major improvements since the 1930s, the cemetery was closed to new interments on November 17, 1972. On September 1, 1973, administration of the cemetery was transferred from the U.S. Army to the Veterans Administration's new National Cemetery System created by the National Cemetery Act of 1973. In 1975 another 10.5 acres (42,000 m2) was donated by the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Burton-Hammond Post 2524, and in 2001 another plot of 12.3 acres (50,000 m2) was purchased, which has been developed for future interments. The cemetery was reopened to interments on January 16, 1978.

Culpeper National Cemetery was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1996. It is included in the South East Street Historic District.

The entrance is just over the railroad tracks.
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Notable monuments
The states of Maine, Massachusetts, New York, Ohio, and Pennsylvania have erected markers dedicated to regiments from those states who had members die in the Battle of Cedar Mountain.
The Maine monument is of granite construction and is dedicated to the 22 officers and soldiers from the 10th Maine Volunteer Infantry who died at Cedar Mountain.
The Massachusetts monument was erected by members of the 2nd Massachusetts Infantry in 1893.
The New York monument was erected in 1902 to honor the members of the 28th New York Volunteer Infantry, 1st Brigade, 1st Division, 12th Corps, Army Corps of the Potomac who died at Cedar Mountain.
The Ohio monument is of granite and bronze construction and was erected by the 7th Ohio Regimental Association.
The Pennsylvania monument was erected in 1910.
The Armed Forces Monument was erected November 1992 and was sponsored by the American Legion Post 330 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2524. The monument was officially dedicated May 28, 2001.
A memorial to all of the Unknown burials from the Civil War was erected in 1988 by the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Burton-Hammond Post 2524.
The seven and a half feet tall National Military Cemetery monument constructed from a cast iron seacoast artillery tube.

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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on March 14, 2020, 04:53:44 PM
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The Pennsylvania memorial off to the right.
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Unknown civil war soldiers buried 2 to 5 at a time with a number on top of the tombstone depicts how many are buried in that grave. Lots of blood spilled in Culpeper...
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May god rest their souls in peace.

Eric

Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on March 17, 2020, 08:53:43 AM
I was out picking up some lunch meat and saw this on the scoot yesterday. I hope all are doing well in these trying times.
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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on March 17, 2020, 03:03:45 PM
Out grabbing scooter tags and enjoying a beautiful day. I hope all of you get a ride in soon!
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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on March 17, 2020, 06:50:09 PM
A message from my local Vespa shop.


We're Open!!
To ensure the safety and health of our clients and our staff, Moto Richmond // Scoot Richmond is making a few changes right now.
We’ve been cleaning and sanitizing all common areas and commonly touched stuff on a near constant basis. We’ve suspended apparel try-ons, especially helmets. You’ll notice that our people are all wearing lovely nitrile gloves, and we can still allow you to sit on motorcycles as long as you wear some too. We have plenty! Use as many as you’d like! We’re practicing social distancing in the shop so please don’t mind when we show you the features on a motorcycle from 6 feet away, and we're limiting our shop and showroom capacity to 10 guests right now.
We have sorted out magic ways to do paperwork for a vehicle purchase using the magic of the internet, so if you are dying to buy a bike but don’t want to leave the house, let us know! We’ll handle your paperwork via FaceTime and offer contactless delivery of your motorcycle too.
Now, we know it’s spring and you many want to get your motorcycle serviced, so we’re offering free in-town and discounted out-of-town pickups and deliveries. Call us for details and we can keep you rolling no matter what the circumstances are.You know us, we’re a small business trying our ever lovin’ best to get through this, and we want to make it easy for us to help you AND for you to help US! This is weirdly the moment that motorcycles and scooters may be safer than just about anyplace else, so please know that at least some of us will be here until the government tells us we can’t be. Be excellent to each other, and wash your hands AND Your handlebars!

Love,
Chelsea and the Moto Richmond gang

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And a message from revzilla.

Dear RevZilla Customers,

During this stressful time, we at RevZilla are committed to supporting the needs of the riding community. We understand with limited options, people may want to ride now more than ever. The outdoors never looked so good.

Our goal is to enable riders to do what's right for their needs. We are sensitive to the spread of the virus and the majority of our staff are working remotely in order to minimize risk. RevZilla.com will remain operational and fulfill orders placed online to the best of our ability. During this period, all domestic orders will be shipped for free. We wish all the best for our customers, employees, and their families.

Two Wheels Down,
RevZilla
Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on March 17, 2020, 06:56:25 PM
I'm ordering perishables like tires, oil, filters ect. while I have some spare time. Revzilla had Michelin City Grips on sale! I'm not hording toilet paper but I am stocking up on what I normally blow through riding every season. Headed to the garage later this evening to service the CRF.

With Italy on lock down it's entirely possible Piaggio may run low on parts in the near future. So I ordered my consumables for the foreseeable future over summer.
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So roughly $80 clams U.S. to service the 946, oil change, final drive oil change and clean the air filter. Yeah, I'm bored today so no more updates... Carry on!

If you own a European bike and have maintenance in the near future, my advice is order now to keep you on the road.
Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Cookie on March 17, 2020, 07:35:01 PM
Look at it

LOOK AT IT!!!!!!!!!


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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on March 17, 2020, 07:36:21 PM
Look at it

LOOK AT IT!!!!!!!!!


 :twofinger:
Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Cookie on March 17, 2020, 07:38:05 PM



If you own a European bike and have maintenance in the near future, my advice is order now to keep you on the road.

I ordered mufflers for