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Old 01-04-2011, 02:50 PM   #51
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Location: Roswell, GA
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Originally Posted by klaviator View Post
It looks like it will be another great day in the Rocket City; 50 degrees and mostly sunny. This will be my third day in a row of riding and a great way to start the new year.

First I have some business to take care of. I want to make sure I can get my scooter into the back of my truck. I had built a ramp extender and want to try it out.

I started with 4 pieces of 2 x 4 but had to go to 6 to reduce the ramp angle enough that the scooter wouldn't ground out.

Next on today's agenda, take my DR250 out and see how a motorcycle feels now that I've been riding a scooter.

Here they are side by side:

So I jumped on the DR and headed off. After riding the Super 8, the DR felt big and high effort......and it's only a 250 The super 8 has a much lighter throttle, no clutch, and it's even much easier to get on since I don't have to lift my leg over the seat.

I quickly come to the first speed bump that are all over the apartment complex roads. I can just ingnore it on the DR. A 21 inch front tire and long travel suspension just soak up and speed bumps or even pot holes.

The steering on the DR is much slower than the super 8 and heavier. Thats not to say the DR has heavy steering, it's much lighter than say a 600cc sport bike, it's just heavy compared to the super 8. Of course the DR has much more power, probably between 2 and 3 times as much.

I head straight south and eventually come to the Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge.

Just like yesterday, lots of muddy water but no actual sign of wildlife
So I head back. I have errands to run.
Today was also nice in Roswell so I took all three bikes out for a spin. Coming off the DR650 and on to the Agility makes the Kymco really feel like a toy (but a fun toy). I remember when I got the DR, I had been riding a WeeStrom for a year and the DR felt like a motorized bicycle on the ride home from the dealer, it was so light and maneuverable compared to the Wee. Now, the scooter is the one that feels like a motorized bicycle and the DR feels like a real motorcycle! Funny how perceptions can change, isn't it?
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