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Old 03-11-2013, 06:56 PM   #61
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Personally, I think it takes balls of steel to ride anywhere in the Houston area. The home that we visit a couple months each year is in the Tropical Tip of Texas (South Padre Island area). If we have to pass through the Houston area, we plan it as best we can for non-rush hour times. If you can ride in Houston, you can ride anywhere!

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We are finding all kinds of roads in the Phoenix area that we have never been on, thanks to these scooters.

Here's today's outing...

http://captnjim.blogspot.com/2013/03/got-q.html



Plenty of waves... and smiles... and questions.

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Old 03-12-2013, 08:52 PM   #62
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Out again. We mixed it up, urban adventure cruising...

http://captnjim.blogspot.com/2013/03...of-skanka.html



Fueling up, we had the opportunity to get some real-world mileage numbers:
I went 115 miles, used 1.15 gallons... pretty easy to figure that at a nice even 100 miles per gallon. The Blonde went the same 115 miles, used 1.08 gallons, coming in at 106 miles per gallon. I can easily attribute that to the fact that I outweigh her; neither of us have been babying the throttle.

These little scoots just keep impressing me!

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Old 03-12-2013, 09:12 PM   #63
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Cap'n,

Sure have been enjoying this post. As someone who has been keeping an eye on the scooter market, the two scoot idea is very appealing to the Mrs., and you two are making that alot easier for me. Thanks for that. I also have been linking up to your blog.

BTW, on the Harley issue. When ever i'm on my older r100, I always make sure that when I park near a bike gathering I search out the Harley section. I squeeze right in, look around, and then announce, "Is this the good bike parking, or just Harley's". Pisses those leather-chrome heads off.

More pics are needed.
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Old 03-12-2013, 09:48 PM   #64
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Cap'n,

Sure have been enjoying this post. As someone who has been keeping an eye on the scooter market, the two scoot idea is very appealing to the Mrs., and you two are making that alot easier for me. Thanks for that. I also have been linking up to your blog.

BTW, on the Harley issue. When ever i'm on my older r100, I always make sure that when I park near a bike gathering I search out the Harley section. I squeeze right in, look around, and then announce, "Is this the good bike parking, or just Harley's". Pisses those leather-chrome heads off.

More pics are needed.
Thanks for the kind words, Sam... we're just having fun. One of my favorite bikes was an R1100RT after owning a series of Harleys. A Harley riding friend of mine asked, "How's the yuppie bike?"

I told him, "The bike is great! More comfortable than the dresser, and I'm doing fine with the surgery."

"Surgery?"

"Yeah, to get my nose turned up."



Another person's ride doesn't make mine better or worse. I'm fine joking with any bike owner... as long as they have a sense of humor.

We were at a WingDing in Madison, WI, years ago and some of the people there found out we lived near Sturgis.

One guy asked me, "Have you ever taken your GoldWing to Sturgis? I heard they beat you up if you show up on anything but a Harley."

He was serious.

I responded with, "Yes, that's true. When you come into town, they divide the traffic into 2 lanes: beating and non-beating. (long pause) Are you kidding me??"



Chopper, squid, sport tourer, cruiser, dirt riders, scooter pilots... most of us on two wheels have something in common... it's about the experience. And if you can laugh at yourself, it's good; or if you can laugh at someone else, it's even better!

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Jim

The Blonde is making riding plans for tomorrow, and told me about another ride she wants to do on Friday, to a festival. This is great - I don't even have to be the "tour director." Yeah, Sam, this is working out good!
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Old 03-12-2013, 10:51 PM   #65
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Capt...are you allowed to ride on the Tx toll road with those scooters???
BTW...nice rides
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Old 03-13-2013, 07:02 AM   #66
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Enjoy the new scoots, but do be careful around here. Phoenix has some REALLY bad drivers, and I believe they have more cell phone impaired drivers than anywhere else in the country. With those 150s you might be able to make it up to Canyon Lake/Tortilla Flats area. It becomes a major biker hangout on weekends this time of the year, mostly Harleys though. I've had my Genuine Stella up there a few times.
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Old 03-13-2013, 05:10 PM   #67
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Capt...are you allowed to ride on the Tx toll road with those scooters???
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No toll roads in our part of Texas (the Tropical Tip... WAY down south). The PCX 150 is supposed to be legal on Interstate highways... doesn't mean we'll be looking for that. These scoots are going to be taking us on the byways more than the highways.
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Old 03-13-2013, 05:13 PM   #68
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Enjoy the new scoots, but do be careful around here. Phoenix has some REALLY bad drivers, and I believe they have more cell phone impaired drivers than anywhere else in the country. With those 150s you might be able to make it up to Canyon Lake/Tortilla Flats area. It becomes a major biker hangout on weekends this time of the year, mostly Harleys though. I've had my Genuine Stella up there a few times.
Thanks, Jerry. We have traveled all over this country. Phoenix has some bad drivers, but they are pussycats compared to Texas. Yes, I know motorcyclists in every state think their drivers are the worst, but Texas seems to have a much higher proportion of aggressive drivers. I consider it NASCAR meets Tijuana Taxi!
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Old 03-13-2013, 06:38 PM   #69
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"Neighborhood cruising" in the desert...

http://captnjim.blogspot.com/2013/03/into-desert.html

Big Red & Little Red:



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Old 03-14-2013, 05:07 PM   #70
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The windshields are back-ordered... we need something to keep that hot dry wind from frying our faces...

http://captnjim.blogspot.com/2013/03/flip-top.html



Not a lot of miles today, but even better miles per gallon!

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Old 03-14-2013, 11:19 PM   #71
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Been here all my life, never heard of Verado. But very familiar with Buckeye. Used to work part time for a trucking company out there. I belong to a local model rocketry club, and our launch site is way out in Rainbow Valley, southwest of PIR and the Estrella Mountain development. I go through Buckeye to get there.
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Old 03-14-2013, 11:44 PM   #72
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My bad, Jerry - it's Verrado, with 2 "r"s.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Verrado
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Old 03-15-2013, 06:01 PM   #73
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Off to Scottsdale today. Here's my definition of "urban cruising"...

http://captnjim.blogspot.com/2013/03...-cruising.html

We stopped at the motorcycle shop to make an appointment for our break-in service. I have to chuckle about these scooters: so easy... and fun.

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Old 03-17-2013, 07:24 PM   #74
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It's worth the trip...

http://captnjim.blogspot.com/2013/03...orth-trip.html

Scootering off for Sunday breakfast.

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Old 03-18-2013, 09:29 PM   #75
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Live to ride, ride to eat...

http://captnjim.blogspot.com/2013/03...or-chicks.html

Fueling up today: my bike - 100 mpg, her bike - 109 mpg. I am truly amazed at the mileage we are getting on these scoots. Yes, I read what others are getting, but in real world use (cars, trucks, boats, RVs, motorcycles), I rarely seem to get what others state. Maybe I'm overly realistic?

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