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Old 06-06-2007, 06:28 AM   #31
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These relics of a bygone era still come in useful out here. Cell coverage is spotty at best ( another advantage of the Everglades) and my instrument tried to tell me all circuits were busy most of the time. I managed to miss an important message from my boss.
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Old 06-06-2007, 06:29 AM   #32
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Excellent ride and report!

That is indeed a very interesting area for those fortunate enough to get out and explore. In the early 70s I went to college in GA with a guy who was part of one of the pioneering farm families in south Dade County. I got invited down a few times and saw that area from Goulds and Naranja all the way to Key West as it used to be. Then thanks to Uncle Sam's generousity, I lived down around Perrine from 79-81 and then in Key West from 83-88. I saw so much development and change back then. Today I still use Krome Avenue once a year on my way to the track at Homestead and avoid the megalopolis of West Palm-Miami. Seeing the sign offering 5 acre ranch/hpmesites kind of shocked me, but not really if you know what I mean.

Nice scooter, too!
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Old 06-06-2007, 06:30 AM   #33
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Its early in the day but I'm hot, and I'm separated from my home by just a few straightaways, bridges and 200 miles of jostling highway.
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Old 06-06-2007, 06:32 AM   #34
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The Keys, unlike the 'glades have transparent blue water, cool breezes and plenty of traffic ( and cell signals).
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Old 06-06-2007, 06:33 AM   #35
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And i found a curve, a sweeper of the more relaxed kind really. But had I had a clutch I might have had to drop a gear or two to speed through it...
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Old 06-06-2007, 06:42 AM   #36
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Cool. Our very own Florida Cracker ride report. Sad to see the Lennar plague is encroaching on the 'Glades. Time for a good hurricane.

What was the total fuel consumed? 3.8 gallons?
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Old 06-06-2007, 06:54 AM   #37
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Interesting country...one of the few state's I haven't been to. Surprised to see the temp guage..surely not water cooled?
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Old 06-06-2007, 07:04 AM   #38
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Er yes- water cooled, fuel injected, rev limited, four valve flat single. The modern Vespa is an amazing contraption and quite put me off at first with my happy memories of the two stroke simplicity of vintage Vespas, but I have warmed up to it. Quite a bit. It shocks people to pieces when they try to keep up from a light in their cages!
As for development its crazy, the open fields in the last five miles of the turnpike are all built up now with $100,000 tract homes; Key West next year will be a difficult town to visit- 520 hotel rooms will be torn down and a new 500-room convention center will rise from the dust in 2009.Make your reservations now for 2008 as the city is expected to resemble a ghost town!
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Old 06-06-2007, 07:16 AM   #39
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Stellar report! I rode a big portion of the same areas you did on two different rides, back in Dec 04 on a rented ST1300 and in summer 05 on my FZ1, between Naples / Miami via Tamiami. Didn't see any black panthers, huh?
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Old 06-06-2007, 10:01 AM   #40
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You sir... You are nuts :) It takes a brave man to take a vespa out away from the city..
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Old 06-06-2007, 10:34 AM   #41
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You sir... You are nuts :) It takes a brave man to take a vespa out away from the city..
Thanks! To get such accolades on a site where people ride so much and so far is the best.
Joking aside I really do like the Vespa in particular as a touring two-wheeler and there are lots of down to earth reasons why I'd rather ride this (not in real dirt!) than a conventional motorcycle.
My avatar is a self portrait of me on the Tropic of Cancer in Mexico in 1981. Its a P200E which I rode from New York to san Francisco over 6 months. I tested the vespa-as-tourer concept on that ride and found it agreed with me.
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Old 06-06-2007, 11:17 AM   #42
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Its a P200E which I rode from New York to san Francisco over 6 months.
Belated ride report please! THAT sounds like an adventure.
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Old 06-06-2007, 11:18 AM   #43
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Great report, love your attitude and style.
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Old 06-06-2007, 12:59 PM   #44
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How big an engine does the GTS have? Top speed?
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Old 06-06-2007, 01:16 PM   #45
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250 cc watercooled four valve overhead cam flat single. CVT transmission.
22hp (claimed) 74 mph claimed. I've seen 96mph on the turnpike with the wind at my back. Probably87 in GPS-world. 65 mph max into a strong headwind. Claimed weight is 320pounds.
Its fuel injected and gets good mileage.
I'v seen a minimum 62 mpg with a large windscreen 68-75mpg with my current flyscreen type.
The scooter is as stable as a motorcycle at high speeds, in gravel and while doing figures-of-eight. I have better balance nearly stopped at a light than I have ever had on two wheels.
The GTS is notorious for a low speed wobble in the handlebars between 25 and 35 mph (indicated) which will never be felt if you keep both hands lightly on the bars.
Maintenance is as follows: new rear tire every 3-4,000 miles. Front tire twice that. Oil changes every six thousand and I add a few ounces from time to time between changes.
The CVT belt ($135) is supposed to be changed every 6,000 miles but some people have taken it to twice that before it snapped....
Beyond that there is a whole world of accessories and stuff to be added.
For people thinking about traveling you have a large underseat storage, available topcase on the standard rear rack and I use an additional front rack for added carrying capacity. You can also sling saddle bags if you want to carry the kitchen sink.
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