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Forum: Battle scooters Yesterday, 08:29 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 354
Posted By cdwise
Sadly Aprilia quit bringing into the US anything...

Sadly Aprilia quit bringing into the US anything larger than a 50cc (grrrr) and Honda only brought the SH 150 for a limited time. If they brought the SH 300 I'd certainly consider it whenever it...
Forum: Battle scooters 01-22-2015, 02:14 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 3,363
Posted By cdwise
You didn't ride a "plastic Vespa" around any...

You didn't ride a "plastic Vespa" around any parking lot. Vespas have very little plastic with a metal unibody frame not a tube and plastic frame. All modern Vespas with the exception of the rare...
Forum: Battle scooters 01-18-2015, 03:37 PM
Replies: 128
Views: 8,407
Posted By cdwise
Quite likely none, the Buddy 125 accelerates very...

Quite likely none, the Buddy 125 accelerates very nicely and handles twists and turns like the nimble thing it is.
Forum: Battle scooters 01-16-2015, 12:23 PM
Replies: 128
Views: 8,407
Posted By cdwise
Amerivespa http://amerivespa.org/

Amerivespa http://amerivespa.org/
Forum: Battle scooters 01-16-2015, 12:21 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 3,363
Posted By cdwise
Cheap 50cc Chinese scooters marketed to people...

Cheap 50cc Chinese scooters marketed to people who lost their license because of DUIs are in a class by themselves - piss poor performers and do not represent what a quality scooter is capable of....
Forum: Battle scooters 01-15-2015, 09:22 AM
Replies: 128
Views: 8,407
Posted By cdwise
I know a few folks heading to Amerivesapa in Indy...

I know a few folks heading to Amerivesapa in Indy this summer who are planning on taking the scenic route including "The Gap". I haven't decided what my summer trip will be yet but if I ride up from...
Forum: Battle scooters 01-15-2015, 08:53 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 3,363
Posted By cdwise
I live in the Rockies. We have 3 scooters and no...

I live in the Rockies. We have 3 scooters and no motorcycles. 2 BV 500s and a Derbi Boulevard 150 (another Piaggio company with Vespa ET 4 engine) for my teenager. I've never had a scooter bog down...
Forum: Battle scooters 01-14-2015, 07:42 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 3,363
Posted By cdwise
Summers in Houston, hop on the scoot no engine...

Summers in Houston, hop on the scoot no engine between my legs to make the already steaming temps worse. That's one reason you see less motorcycles in Houston in the summer than any other season. ...
Forum: Battle scooters 01-13-2015, 08:55 PM
Replies: 144
Views: 6,909
Posted By cdwise
Up in the mountains are you? That's what I was...

Up in the mountains are you? That's what I was seeing around Breckenridge last week but I saw $2.19 in Frisco today. Paid $1.86 at Costco in Denver last week when we went to visit my mother in law.
Forum: Battle scooters 01-12-2015, 01:57 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,428
Posted By cdwise
The only armored hoodies I've seen at cycle gear...

The only armored hoodies I've seen at cycle gear were from Street & Steels with "tribal" graphics on them advertising their brand. What I like about the GoGo Gear ones are how they look like a normal...
Forum: Battle scooters 01-12-2015, 10:09 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,428
Posted By cdwise
I don't think there are tall sizes but I'd...

I don't think there are tall sizes but I'd suggest calling Arlene and talking to her about just what you need in terms of length. I love my GoGo Gear hoodie. Soft, comfie, causal but still offers...
Forum: Battle scooters 01-08-2015, 08:51 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,918
Posted By cdwise
FWIW, the 50cc scoots rode together much of the...

FWIW, the 50cc scoots rode together much of the time in 2010 though cannonball riders often ride alone.
Forum: Battle scooters 01-06-2015, 01:27 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,918
Posted By cdwise
There have been. This year the only 50cc, a...

There have been. This year the only 50cc, a Scarabeo 50 conked out the first day but in 2010 OZ finished on a Honda Ruckus though the Zuma 50 didn't finish.

I gather from reading on the website...
Forum: Battle scooters 01-05-2015, 01:32 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,918
Posted By cdwise
On the 2012 cannoball one of the riders had his...

On the 2012 cannoball one of the riders had his family driving support in their RV towing a garage worthy shop in a trailer behind them. I can't remember if he was riding a Stella or vintage but...
Forum: Battle scooters 01-04-2015, 09:54 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,918
Posted By cdwise
I don't think anyone here is "in denial" about...

I don't think anyone here is "in denial" about the risks of riding whether it is on a 50cc scooter or a 1700cc bagger. As for organizational challenges GPSKevin seems willing to undertake them. His...
Forum: Battle scooters 01-04-2015, 09:41 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,918
Posted By cdwise
Yes, I've ridden with people on Honda Mets. In a...

Yes, I've ridden with people on Honda Mets. In a group that is content to go their speed I do not consider them dangerous.

The only one that concerned me topped out at 28mph and gets slower than...
Forum: Battle scooters 01-04-2015, 12:56 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,918
Posted By cdwise
I'm not sure a comparison with the scooter...

I'm not sure a comparison with the scooter cannonball is appropriate though there have been 50cc scooters that finished the cannonball. This isn't a cannonball so I wouldn't ban 50ccs. Aprilia SR 50...
Forum: Battle scooters 01-03-2015, 10:31 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,376
Posted By cdwise
I've owned 2, first one a 2007 then I traded it...

I've owned 2, first one a 2007 then I traded it in for a NOS 2009. Both are the IE - aka lighter without hard cases not the older heavier GT version.
Forum: Battle scooters 01-02-2015, 09:13 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,428
Posted By cdwise
The hoodies are also armored and Arlene does...

The hoodies are also armored and Arlene does crash testing on her jackets. There are at least 3 layers of material in the hoodies. Outside is a lovely soft high thread count cotton. Kevlar is under...
Forum: Battle scooters 01-02-2015, 09:08 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,918
Posted By cdwise
With a $100 scooter I wouldnt bother but donate...

With a $100 scooter I wouldnt bother but donate it to someone instead since shipping would cost many times more than the scoot is worth.

For the cannonball many shipped to the start or went in...
Forum: Battle scooters 01-01-2015, 09:05 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,220
Posted By cdwise
FWIW, I don't consider a credit card part of my...

FWIW, I don't consider a credit card part of my scooter kit since I always have one with me on or off the scoot.
Forum: Battle scooters 01-01-2015, 08:56 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,918
Posted By cdwise
Here's the short version of the pre-trip: ...

Here's the short version of the pre-trip:

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Forum: Battle scooters 01-01-2015, 06:00 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,428
Posted By cdwise
Me too, that's why I'm in Breck leaving Houston...

Me too, that's why I'm in Breck leaving Houston to my kids.
Forum: Battle scooters 01-01-2015, 05:58 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,220
Posted By cdwise
Most of it under my seat, what I carry doesn't...

Most of it under my seat, what I carry doesn't add up to a kid's shoebox worth of stuff.
Multitool and flashlight live in the glovebox. OEM toolkit wherever it is the scooter maker meant for it to...
Forum: Battle scooters 01-01-2015, 05:52 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,918
Posted By cdwise
240 per day is just what he says if you read all...

240 per day is just what he says if you read all the info posted. Max of 50 bikes with the intent of breaking into groups of 4-6 based on size of scoot (or vintage bike), friendships and preferred...
Forum: Battle scooters 01-01-2015, 11:42 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,428
Posted By cdwise
You are welcome, let me know what you think of it...

You are welcome, let me know what you think of it after you ride in fit for a bit. I find mine too warm for Texas summers but great once the temps cool down to reasonable.
Forum: Battle scooters 01-01-2015, 11:39 AM
Replies: 300
Views: 57,031
Posted By cdwise
I used the K66 Four Seasons on the Scooter...

I used the K66 Four Seasons on the Scooter Cannonball. There was snow between Jasper & Lake Louise in Canada. Snow mixed with sleet crossing Rabbit Ears Pass south of Steamboat and they performed...
Forum: Battle scooters 01-01-2015, 11:16 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,918
Posted By cdwise
Scooters Across America

Anyone thinking of doing the Scooters Across America New York to San Franciscohttps://sites.google.com/site/gpskevin/gpskevin-ride-calendar/scooters-across-america

The concept is quite different...
Forum: Battle scooters 12-31-2014, 07:25 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,067
Posted By cdwise
Since my commute only involves a flight of stairs...

Since my commute only involves a flight of stairs whether I'm in Houston or Breckenridge the scoots stay in the garage. If you mean to my office away from my office (aka coffee house) then depending...
Forum: Battle scooters 12-31-2014, 07:20 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,220
Posted By cdwise
I keep some cash for gas just in case. For...

I keep some cash for gas just in case. For touring I use a camelback for hydration. A "purse" organizer is useful in the pet carrier to keep small tings from jumbling around like the multitool and...
Forum: Battle scooters 12-31-2014, 07:17 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 5,534
Posted By cdwise
Define "tour"? Cannonball had everything from 50...

Define "tour"? Cannonball had everything from 50 year old Vespas to 110cc modern Hondas from Alaska to New Orleans. Including a Helix with sidecar.

I've done 1,200+ on a Vespa GTS, 1,600 on a...
Forum: Battle scooters 12-31-2014, 07:06 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,376
Posted By cdwise
I owned a Burgman 400 and have test ridden Kymco...

I owned a Burgman 400 and have test ridden Kymco Xciting 500 and T-Max. Once my husband decided that he didn't like riding the Burgman I traded it in as soon as I could. I do not like the sitting...
Forum: Battle scooters 12-28-2014, 07:44 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,746
Posted By cdwise
Agreed, when I bought my first scooter I wanted a...

Agreed, when I bought my first scooter I wanted a Vespa but the only one available in my price range was a 50cc and that I knew wouldn't do. So I bought a brand new Buddy 125. In my case I'm glad I...
Forum: Battle scooters 12-28-2014, 07:34 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,376
Posted By cdwise
I have both a BV 500 and Scarabeo 500. I prefer...

I have both a BV 500 and Scarabeo 500. I prefer the Scarabeo, it has a better suspension and more comfortable seat. :D

Mine is 2009 IE version without the hard cases. I've taken it pretty much...
Forum: Battle scooters 12-27-2014, 10:43 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,068
Posted By cdwise
There's a thread on Modern Vespa about the...

There's a thread on Modern Vespa about the Corazzo and someone said if you use the Velcro it doesn't flap. Another said that they didn't want to put Velcro on their scooter but sitting on the sides...
Forum: Battle scooters 12-27-2014, 07:59 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,068
Posted By cdwise
Our Breckenridge scoots are parked for the season...

Our Breckenridge scoots are parked for the season with over 20" of snow in the last few days. Temp was -9 when we left for Denver and 1f when we returned.

On the topic of muffs I've seen the...
Forum: Battle scooters 12-27-2014, 07:47 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,746
Posted By cdwise
Check AF1Racing in New Brunfels/Austin. They...

Check AF1Racing in New Brunfels/Austin. They sometimes have discounts on left over models or demo scoots since you are in San Antonio. Deals are the exception not the rule when it comes to Vespas....
Forum: Battle scooters 12-27-2014, 07:43 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,121
Posted By cdwise
Since it is the same engine as the BV and...

Since it is the same engine as the BV and Scarabeo 500s it should be in excess of 90mph but your best source of info would probably be the MP3 forum on Modern Vespa...
Forum: Battle scooters 12-25-2014, 08:39 AM
Replies: 1,387
Views: 259,525
Posted By cdwise
Texas has M and MK which equate to the M1 and M2...

Texas has M and MK which equate to the M1 and M2 but recently changed the requirements for an MK to where you need an MSF course so unless you already hold an MK license and are content to stick with...
Forum: Battle scooters 12-23-2014, 09:33 AM
Replies: 144
Views: 6,909
Posted By cdwise
Got an alert that Southwest has a fare "sale"...

Got an alert that Southwest has a fare "sale" starting at $68 so something is happening.
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