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Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 08-08-2014, 06:32 AM
Replies: 2,893
Views: 391,454
Posted By bvardi
Actually I did do some touring around the Tel...

Actually I did do some touring around the Tel Aviv area (as missile alerts, time, and jet lag permitted.) - definitely an interesting place. It was a weird combination of European and not European...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 08-07-2014, 05:22 PM
Replies: 2,893
Views: 391,454
Posted By bvardi
Odd commute

A few weeks back I had to travel to my company's main network and security office for some training. I don't drive a car. So to make my way from the hotel to the office where I would be working, I...
Forum: Ride reports 07-30-2014, 09:26 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 6,675
Posted By bvardi
We leave for that at the end of next week. So...

We leave for that at the end of next week. So far one scooter is still in the shop, we don't have an exact plan for the route, and we haven't even put all the camping equipment together.

So... ...
Forum: Ride reports 07-17-2014, 03:34 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 6,675
Posted By bvardi
Thanks! Actually in a few weeks I'm finally...

Thanks! Actually in a few weeks I'm finally doing the trip east - and I'm quite sure Jack will be along for the ride.
Forum: Battle scooters 07-14-2014, 06:00 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 6,957
Posted By bvardi
Life has been somewhat chaotic and busy lately. ...

Life has been somewhat chaotic and busy lately.

First of all... the sidecar Vespa I was planning on taking on the trip just died a few weeks back... and then I realized it was seized solid.
...
Forum: Battle scooters 05-26-2014, 08:14 PM
Replies: 180
Views: 19,099
Posted By bvardi
Sorry to hear about the Stella, but glad you are...

Sorry to hear about the Stella, but glad you are ok!

Only been rear ended once.... fortunately was on my Ural and it ended up far worse for the guy who hit me. Still sucked though.

Hope his...
Forum: Battle scooters 05-23-2014, 06:37 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 6,957
Posted By bvardi
This week had a hub decided to lose all the...

This week had a hub decided to lose all the splines.... which made things a trifle... stopped.

Old hub combined with slightly worn axle combined with bigger CC's and sidecar - apparently not the...
Forum: Hacks 05-15-2014, 07:09 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 53,115
Posted By bvardi
"Going Sideways" Rally, July 25,27,27 in Ennismore, Ontario, Canada

Registration is now open at http://www.sidecarclub.ca/ride2.html (Scroll to the bottom of the rally page, then click on the registration link to go into the registration process)

The rally is a...
Forum: Battle scooters 05-07-2014, 09:34 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 6,957
Posted By bvardi
Well this spring has been a bit nuts (and a touch...

Well this spring has been a bit nuts (and a touch cold) but I've gotten the Vespa and sidecar out and around. (My other sidecar rig is in the shop, so it has been my drive to work for the last...
Forum: Battle scooters 04-29-2014, 01:31 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,084
Posted By bvardi
"Sadly, many scooterists won't even consider my...

"Sadly, many scooterists won't even consider my 1980 P200e vintage because it was considered a modern upgrade to the all metal Vespas (the top of the headset and the horn cast are plastic on the P...
Forum: Hacks 03-12-2014, 12:56 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,145
Posted By bvardi
As DirtyDR said, it is an Inder sidecar. (Cozy is...

As DirtyDR said, it is an Inder sidecar. (Cozy is a very similar one as well)

Not sure how much the motorcycle version goes for (the one I have is specific to the vintage styled vespa scooters or...
Forum: Hacks 03-12-2014, 08:48 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,145
Posted By bvardi
Does this count? ...

Does this count?

http://bvardi.smugmug.com/photos/i-Rfk2PRg/0/M/i-Rfk2PRg-M.jpg

Put this together as a spare sidecar rig (my daily rider is a Ural tourist). Found an extra cheap scooter...
Forum: Battle scooters 02-06-2014, 05:38 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 6,957
Posted By bvardi
Planning continues... Charted out a bunch...

Planning continues...

Charted out a bunch of potential hotels. Mostly to avoid staying at the Bates motel lookalike places, while also finding out where the inexpensive places are.

And...
Forum: Hacks 01-30-2014, 11:11 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,000
Posted By bvardi
Clothing - I'd pack more easy to wash, quick dry...

Clothing - I'd pack more easy to wash, quick dry things. Less clothing overall. (We packed WAY too much.... later on we rented a Ural and did a couple week trip in france... had much less packing...
Forum: Hacks 01-30-2014, 10:28 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,000
Posted By bvardi
Camping on a Ural is dead easy - though as others...

Camping on a Ural is dead easy - though as others have said, just have to be careful not to OVER pack. (See the below picture... we did Toronto to Victoria, BC on our Ural and we way overpacked the...
Forum: Battle scooters 01-11-2014, 02:50 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 6,957
Posted By bvardi
Thanks! Good to have feedback from people who...

Thanks! Good to have feedback from people who have been there. If I get lucky maybe I'll even find someone who has done it on a Vespa 2 smoke and sidecar.... though I'm not holding my breath. :)
...
Forum: Battle scooters 01-08-2014, 09:44 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 6,957
Posted By bvardi
Planning continues on the trip. Currently I...

Planning continues on the trip.

Currently I am pondering how well I can do the Cabot trail on a scooter/sidecar rig and just how punishing the twisties will be for that distance with a machine...
Forum: Battle scooters 12-27-2013, 08:58 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 6,957
Posted By bvardi
So we are thinking now the ferry to Newfoundland...

So we are thinking now the ferry to Newfoundland then to St. Pierre is going to be just too much expense (And riding the long way around might not be practical with our time allotted for the trip.) ...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-27-2013, 08:51 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 4,962
Posted By bvardi
I do the odd review for canadamotoguide.com - and...

I do the odd review for canadamotoguide.com - and can say that in my case at least I've never felt I had to write the review to keep the motorcycle distributor happy.

Now generally speaking,...
Forum: Battle scooters 12-12-2013, 03:09 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 6,957
Posted By bvardi
Thanks for the info! Gotta love the...

Thanks for the info!

Gotta love the impractical gene - it's what keeps life interesting, and madmen going across large distances in frankly ill-advised trips. Without which, we wouldn't have...
Forum: Battle scooters 12-12-2013, 11:57 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 6,957
Posted By bvardi
So I've been playing with google maps (because...

So I've been playing with google maps (because the one time it nearly killed me by sending me up a mountain pass road that was closed didn't quite convince me that I should stop using it.) and I came...
Forum: Battle scooters 12-05-2013, 09:32 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 6,957
Posted By bvardi
I'm a fortunately man in my choice of spouse......

I'm a fortunately man in my choice of spouse... my wife has agreed to do the trip on the Vespa's. (She may be less fortunate in HER choice of spouse... at least after the trip has taken place.)
...
Forum: Battle scooters 11-21-2013, 06:46 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 19,768
Posted By bvardi
Longest for me would be 450km from Toronto to...

Longest for me would be 450km from Toronto to Ottawa on a friday (on a Kymco B&W 250)

This was followed by doing a scooter endurance rally on a 50cc Tomos moped on the Saturday (roughly 800kms -...
Forum: Battle scooters 11-21-2013, 06:39 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 6,957
Posted By bvardi
True... thought of something like that, if we...

True... thought of something like that, if we charged one device at a time should work (don't want to drain the battery too much, as am not entirely sure of how much extra wattage these machines...
Forum: Battle scooters 11-21-2013, 06:20 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 6,957
Posted By bvardi
I think casually mentioning to the wife might be...

I think casually mentioning to the wife might be wearing her down on the idea.... will see over the winter if I can bring her around to the idea of this trip :)

(Instead of a Ural trip that is)
...
Forum: Battle scooters 11-17-2013, 06:30 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 6,957
Posted By bvardi
I'll put together a live blog site for the trip -...

I'll put together a live blog site for the trip - easy enough to throw one up

Think I might be redoing the shocks do I'll redo the buffers as well. As you said, good to replace those on a sidecar...
Forum: Battle scooters 11-17-2013, 06:28 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 6,957
Posted By bvardi
If I get as far as PEI I suspect will be going...

If I get as far as PEI I suspect will be going all the way, but thanks :)
Forum: Battle scooters 11-15-2013, 06:33 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 6,957
Posted By bvardi
CAA does have AAA reciprocity.... though it may...

CAA does have AAA reciprocity.... though it may be a case of getting reimbursed with motorcycles in some areas due to differences in coverage (at least according to the CAA FAQ.) Motorcycle...
Forum: Battle scooters 11-15-2013, 06:31 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 6,957
Posted By bvardi
Actually I liked the prairies and Saskatchewan...

Actually I liked the prairies and Saskatchewan while doing the cross country trip on the Ural.... but we avoided the Trans Canada and went through the southern lesser highways. Better scenery by...
Forum: Battle scooters 11-15-2013, 06:28 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 6,957
Posted By bvardi
Actually in my experience, it's more often than...

Actually in my experience, it's more often than not going to be the pusher tire that will get the flat. (More weight, stress on it) At least the only flats have had on the Ural were both on the...
Forum: Battle scooters 11-13-2013, 06:42 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 6,957
Posted By bvardi
Very true - your body tends to get used to it. ...

Very true - your body tends to get used to it.

Actually the 21 hour day was pretty good up til hour 18 or so... when it turned cold, wet, foggy. That, combined with driving at night, on an...
Forum: Battle scooters 11-13-2013, 06:37 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 6,957
Posted By bvardi
CAA plus is a necessity for me... and has bailed...

CAA plus is a necessity for me... and has bailed me out several times - that will cover many tow situations in north America. I'll be loading down the sidecar with many spares for the bike as well...
Forum: Battle scooters 11-13-2013, 02:09 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 6,957
Posted By bvardi
Nice! I've done an 800km rally on a 50cc and...

Nice! I've done an 800km rally on a 50cc and by the end I think I had to just about have it surgically removed from my ass, so I definitely admire the fortitude needed to do that much distance on...
Forum: Battle scooters 11-13-2013, 02:05 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 6,957
Posted By bvardi
I wouldn't say so - I've done toronto to bc on a...

I wouldn't say so - I've done toronto to bc on a ural, done France in a sidecar (though that might not be epic for total distance in a trip it still was a blast). I do 800-1000km scooter and ural...
Forum: Battle scooters 11-13-2013, 09:47 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 6,957
Posted By bvardi
Very true... but I think first I'd do coast to...

Very true... but I think first I'd do coast to coast within Canada (but then after that, I'd need something for the "Next trip" so this could be number three on the big trip calendar :)

After...
Forum: Battle scooters 11-13-2013, 09:31 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 6,957
Posted By bvardi
That would be a trip... but unfortunately beyond...

That would be a trip... but unfortunately beyond time/budget restraints for me right now. (Would have to ship bike up to Alaska, then ship back from LA. to have the necessary vacation time to do...
Forum: Battle scooters 11-13-2013, 09:29 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 6,957
Posted By bvardi
I know, it was the Sym that had the swingarm bolt...

I know, it was the Sym that had the swingarm bolt unfasten itself. (I was riding it at the time.... unfortunately by the time I realized the bolt was undone, the nut on the end was long gone...
Forum: Battle scooters 11-13-2013, 08:09 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 6,957
Posted By bvardi
Hmm - Vermont. Hadn't considered going to the US...

Hmm - Vermont. Hadn't considered going to the US but definitely should. Right now the plan is "go east til you hit salty water"

And as for what can wrong - likely plenty. But it ain't an...
Forum: Battle scooters 11-12-2013, 08:29 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 6,957
Posted By bvardi
Here's the sidecar beast.... ...

Here's the sidecar beast....

http://bvardi.smugmug.com/Other/Camera-Awesome-Photos/i-4WQCv9t/0/L/CA_10011321444549-L.jpg

A 1980's PX125E kitted with a 177 kit, and an Inder sidecar added. The...
Forum: Battle scooters 11-12-2013, 08:16 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 6,957
Posted By bvardi
Looking at the math of a trip... 3600km in 14-16...

Looking at the math of a trip... 3600km in 14-16 days. Reserve 2 days because stuff happens, and mid journey you might just want a day to say "Screw it I'm not moving."

So then say 12 days......
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