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Title: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on May 24, 2018, 11:31:57 PM
05/24/18 - I have a rather long blog going of my adventures on two other forums, ADV and sport-touring.org. I'll continue the blog here when i post all the updates of late and sadly many of the ADV crowd that lurks here will see the same ole, same ole... I'm a history buff and I pick out sights to see that have historical value to me and living smack dab in the middle of VA puts me a stones throw away of civil war sites. Soooo... if you don't like history and/or civil war history, this ain't your thread.

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Rather then just adding onto my ride report on this scoot I figured I would just post a thread on the Vespa 946. Any and all are welcome to post anything you wish on this thread. As always this thread will be filled with up with lots of pictures and in general meandering of what I'm getting into on the 946. Scooters (to me) are all about just having fun so come on in, I'll leave the light on for you.

If you wish to read the ride report it can be viewed here.
http://maxi-scoots.com/scoot/index.php?topic=9243.0 (http://maxi-scoots.com/scoot/index.php?topic=9243.0)

I'm creeping up on 3,000 miles quickly on the first month of ownership and thought I would post my experiences to date. When I got home from Austin I quickly cleaned her up because Bella was covered in bugs and grime in general. Later on in the near future I'll give her a proper detail. I used wheel cleaner on the rear rim as it had quite a bit of build up of brake dust and grim in general. Sprayed it on and hosed it off 2 to 3 minutes later. The clear-coat on the rear rim started to delaminate almost immediately.  :facepalm: :wow:  <sigh>...

So I called up Moto Richmond and explained the issue. A very nice gal in service by the name of Rachel Ballard said bring it on by. So I motored on down there, roughly an hour away and spoke with Rachel. I explained that I most likely caused this to happen and I didn't expect it to be covered under warranty. She took a few cell pics and shot the claim off to Piaggio. It was approved for a new rim in less than an hour. I was shocked!  :hail: :hail: :hail: I made an appointment to have it installed the following week and there was no issues. I couldn't be more pleased. I guess once in a blue moon it pays to be honest!
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-vt7LPhD/0/bc901ebc/L/6A973E2B-39D6-49A5-8864-4EFA1A93B100_zpsnopas1zy-L.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-vt7LPhD/A)

And a few pics from Moto Richmond.
Lots of good stuff hiding in the corners of this shop.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-Nw7KkJB/0/f3c78fb2/L/1947526B-DBDB-46CE-8409-FE78636AED3C_zpsrbcptlua-L.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-Nw7KkJB/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-hcLhjPb/0/510d0740/L/8A0A64AF-2B75-4A7D-9674-9466CF6B9E81_zpspfetrmrc-L.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-hcLhjPb/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-4TRDCf2/0/96e7796b/L/0203B74B-7D3D-425F-881A-0EAC416BA599_zpsev9mdlgr-L.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-4TRDCf2/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-5KpJbCJ/0/90759fd3/L/DF3B2A90-1FF2-4EF2-B687-7C4F47137920_zpse1v3v5wa-L.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-5KpJbCJ/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-GgmPrc9/0/40b45a51/L/D77588BC-006F-436A-A61C-7A4481B83763_zpsr1fn927a-L.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-GgmPrc9/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-G8PcPJF/0/7cffa926/L/C8EE6D2A-7237-4843-93A4-A3B4517D50A4_zpsrjrwcizg-L.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-G8PcPJF/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-ft7vJkc/0/c6701267/L/4995B950-0868-449D-B8E1-EA1813430960_zpsnkzss7pz-L.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-ft7vJkc/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-DHBbWmV/0/c984cf53/L/7BFFD14C-183D-43BF-88F8-4EE2806C0550_zpsicyponf0-L.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-DHBbWmV/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-P9PJkNx/0/7612aee3/L/6E214FAB-A70A-491F-B263-1D23052B4155_zpsds7lkzac-L.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-P9PJkNx/A)




Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on May 24, 2018, 11:32:42 PM
A couple of random pics on the way home from that day.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-JzGcDmL/0/8dceaca2/L/C46D1509-5CAB-4F41-9131-F1E42349EB69_zpsja6dfhls-L.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-JzGcDmL/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-HG8Jgv8/0/04cc4bb4/L/7DD7322F-3B05-4EF9-A774-A685B213D265_zpsyb07idjm-L.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-HG8Jgv8/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-JPHkFcz/0/2a520552/L/2BB1CF3D-ECE1-421D-9730-EA8CFE76D71F_zpsf4dd9as1-L.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-JPHkFcz/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-ZXHGZHs/0/d8bc3647/L/E4CE02CD-62C2-45E5-9BF0-D269D317FD10_zpsge3mss9o-L.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-ZXHGZHs/A)

I stopped in a coffee shop in Mineral and they had keychains for sale and one was blue. lol No! I didn't buy it.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-F4nCHps/0/f12269c1/L/19D6099A-886C-471E-B17C-F3FCC75714B8_zpsi3i1p9ky-L.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-F4nCHps/A)

Love this time of year!
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-5MpQg8F/0/157da6da/L/B10D74F0-A214-4ECC-9AEF-18B952E1425F_zpszqh6gevb-L.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-5MpQg8F/A)


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on May 24, 2018, 11:33:05 PM
Like I mentioned earlier I'm creeping up on 3,000 fast and the majority of those miles have been in the rain. So I want to detail the Vespa and get a peek at all the nooks and crannies to see if there's and surface rust or the likes popping up. Usually it's a small issue in the area that the VIN is stamped on the frame. We shall see...

I typically detail my bikes once a month. Get all the bugs off and in general get them looking sharp. It's also a good way to get an up close look at your bike for loose bolts or other issues that might crop up.

When I took delivery, Vespa 946 owners get a nice gift box that contains some goodies in there and the rear pillion seat. I asked AF1 to install if for my journey home thinking in a pinch I might need the real estate to Rok-Strap a bag to. In the end I didn't need it so I want to remove it at the I think the scoot looks better with the solo seat.

Here's a pic of the dual setup.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-7jhMvQk/0/06308ecb/L/2CB198C3-DD3B-453E-9A57-A34C94D90E03_zpskhqm12h9-L.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-7jhMvQk/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-bkFzqvC/0/47a8c226/O/FD28D820-F3FB-4AE4-8E02-7685DDD80EAC_zpsqwhvqadj.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-bkFzqvC/A)


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on May 24, 2018, 11:33:31 PM
Here's a down view of the section I'm going to remove.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-7jhMvQk/0/06308ecb/O/2CB198C3-DD3B-453E-9A57-A34C94D90E03_zpskhqm12h9.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-7jhMvQk/A)

First the leather seat pad.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-Sm9J7Rm/0/b7c7f76f/O/0C9940B0-A74A-40AF-9153-24C2B6690381_zps9uukbbhg.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-Sm9J7Rm/A)

Then the main seat and the inner shroud.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-WPw7mTm/0/889e209d/O/9E88D584-C3F6-4B25-ADE1-0225F3BDC22B_zpshgvt7mea.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-WPw7mTm/A)

Yep, just as I thought, here's where the VIN is and I want to get that cleaned up right away.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-cR9gHms/0/07ef315e/O/01850414-8FA0-42C0-B1C0-E3D217FBEA9A_zpsoeytcnrs.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-cR9gHms/A)

What I use to halt rust/corrosion in it's track is ASF-50. Google this stuff, it's amazing! If you ride year round on salted roads, this stuff on your rims will fend it off nicely.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-mdnGM3R/0/2b7e5fce/O/210A4B9C-D236-4100-9231-BE669E9C3FBC_zps09j0lnw8.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-mdnGM3R/A)

I cleaned up the stamped VIN and shot a small dose of ASF-50 into the cap then just used a Q-tip to apply to the area. Using the spray can for this application would crop dust the whole scooter. ;)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-MqdGk2f/0/97489e37/O/79477339-EEAF-4B63-9143-176E3587A740_zpsbpxlvuzh.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-MqdGk2f/A)

I'll check on it a year from now and I promise you it will look just like it does now.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-B45T43p/0/7a69e2ab/O/EB01800A-661E-42C4-BC0B-2368D37E0A20_zpsmtaqdqc1.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-B45T43p/A)

While the seat is completely off I usually heavily wax the areas that are covered up from body parts that are hard to reach.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-gG4GQQm/0/197c036c/O/22AAC5FF-4F66-4EFB-8ACA-4AFDED4834B6_zps6e00eeya.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-gG4GQQm/A)

Here's a pic of the cast pillion seat which weights in at 8lbs 4 oz.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-dNpsRP2/0/c202c6ea/O/17285AEC-35B6-4D0B-94A3-879F8FCEA447_zpsxgn6xvff.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-dNpsRP2/A)


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on May 24, 2018, 11:33:58 PM
I would like to share how I detail my bike in hopes that it may help help someone. Specifically, I'll be using 3 items for the lions share of detailing.

 - Poor Boy's Leather Stuff (for the seat and my leather gear)
 - Chemical Guy's Wet Butter Wax
 - Chemical Guy's Jet Seal
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-4LkNh5j/0/5b285df8/O/6747216A-94CE-47BC-A1A0-4C5D4F414D48_zpsibvieagd.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-4LkNh5j/A)

The leather stuff does a really decent job of getting stains off the light gray leather seat and conditions the leather as well. My leather gloves, coat and boots take a beating from road grim and bugs here in Va so I tend to got though this stuff on a regular basis.

The butter wax is greasy and easy on, easy off. Not very protective so I use the Jet Seal as a follow-up. They make a Jet Seal for matte paints as well. This stuff is amazing in the sense of putting a hard shell over your wax job and as a result the luster remains for many years to come.

These pictures don't really do it justice but you can see the reflection of the bottom of the seat like a mirror.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-ZgTQmKk/0/85519c8e/O/EE907DB0-0099-4D73-BCBE-3A52865A77C8_zps06tl6k8s.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-ZgTQmKk/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-KB4zdVJ/0/111322af/O/CIMG1907_zpszwoq425a.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-KB4zdVJ/A)

The paint is well protected and just pops now when you look at it. Here's a good view of the solo seat or as the Italian's call it Bellissima! Which I prefer.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-Cw7gbc2/0/b32e0d6a/O/CIMG1902_zps2siwxugy.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-Cw7gbc2/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-snjkR6N/0/843f25b5/O/CIMG1903_zps8knghuy4.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-snjkR6N/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-sfh2XP6/0/d1ddc2c0/O/CIMG1904_zpsa7tqja1v.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-sfh2XP6/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-KKmBXMv/0/15316e68/O/CIMG1905_zpsjcsjjdde.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-KKmBXMv/A)

I finally got my misspelled tag sorted at DMV. Woohoo! ;)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-WrZg2TC/0/00dcd517/O/CIMG1906_zpsaokjmgns.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-WrZg2TC/A)





Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on May 24, 2018, 11:34:39 PM
One of the scooters I sold, the Piaggio BV350 went to Alex and he resides in Philly about 1 mile away from Revzilla. He was doing to the BRPW camping trip this week and made a pit stop at Casa De Redneck and crashed here for the night. I got to catch up with him and hear about his adventures. He took a 3,000 mile trip through Egypt on a Sym 150 scooter and it was fascinating to hear about it.

On his way home to Philly!
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-JMhX8nx/0/ffe8cfdf/O/FAB3A599-572C-4D50-AE0B-A034A3306BBF_zpswpwllocy.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-JMhX8nx/A)


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on May 24, 2018, 11:35:06 PM
I took a nice two day short trip this weekend on Bella. I've been going to a PT massage therapist for my sciatica in Front Royal and I'm happy to report I'm having good success on this front. The weather was looking bad per usual. I think the only weather this Vespa has seen has been rain. lol So I motored out of Lake Anna and cut up to Culpeper, took a right on 15 to Remington, 621, 15, then right on Ben Venue. BV is a short run but amazing technical piece of tarmac.Then 522 to Front Royal.

Here's a view of my route.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-GpJ7zM5/0/03498be0/O/map_zpsyxqykocw.png) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-GpJ7zM5/A)

I had stuffed in my Kriega 6 good sized ribeyes packed with two freezer packs that I had been marinating in Lee & Perrins and a bourbon/brown sugar rub! I also had my dock kit, rain suit, two changes of clothes, laptop, chargers, tinted shield, a doggy life preserver I bought my niece for their pup and a copy of Labyrinth to watch with the kids. Love that movie! My pack was over G'd!
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-zws54Jc/0/a9f58afe/O/F6559B82-4322-464A-840B-866A8AA3B44F_zpsvdyxtqwt.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-zws54Jc/A)

And the weather when I got to PT... As usual I'm a dripping mess walking into the joint.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-87VB66Q/0/a4f4f9b0/O/3881F47D-BF8C-4B5C-9CF4-C96A90D26139_zpshrbr5tbj.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-87VB66Q/A)

After PT I motored up to Luray. A beautiful town right on the Blue Ridge mountains and worth visiting on two wheels. The stormy weather made for some spectacular smokey mountain views.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-G3fKdD2/0/970ccf27/O/5C7EF274-197F-4302-BF06-469F5B080C10_zpsr4mmjagz.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-G3fKdD2/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-QF8WjjT/0/04509d0b/O/7A4F402A-2ADF-4114-BA1C-63000A965DB1_zpstih9yvbq.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-QF8WjjT/A)

Right at dusk it was amazing! Sadly I don't have a decent camera to capture the beauty.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-JKVJgNZ/0/1d360dfe/O/C46A9A08-ADA1-40C7-AA57-B27FB60EF027_zpsmim8cnnw.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-JKVJgNZ/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-mV9rZWF/0/60413584/O/65738805-13E8-40E7-A83D-CAC631A347CF_zpsk9edute1.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-mV9rZWF/A)



Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on May 24, 2018, 11:35:34 PM
After supper we broke out some small fireworks for the kids and had a few beers around the bonfire.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-WnWQCDJ/0/76ddf892/O/9FF0D03C-AD71-4581-96E6-3943A56CB093_zpsnlbtpuzq.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-WnWQCDJ/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-mpxqb25/0/373be33e/O/92E56D6C-78D6-40B9-B357-DA43A49924F7_zpsthwy6ik0.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-mpxqb25/A)

The next morning my nephew-in-law took the 946 for a spin. He loved it!
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-rBvqJjp/0/7679199c/O/BB267452-B07E-4F2D-88C4-CA584A6E390E_zpseqharock.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-rBvqJjp/A)

We decided to go to a local brewery and here's a few pics of Luray.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-HGLJVmB/0/19aa80b3/O/208C645E-2D40-49DD-9096-36B71EDF8066_zpscw1qanza.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-HGLJVmB/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-bPn6fZZ/0/e9fd7c4d/O/AEE90583-7CB1-42E0-9571-ABECA3680AE6_zpsboeio0ff.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-bPn6fZZ/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-kC56bTq/0/36f49de8/O/4CE802B3-F158-411B-ADB9-CBF0AA30003C_zps6ymi1sz2.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-kC56bTq/A)

Hawksbill Brewery, all of their brews are from local crops in the area and they are brewed on the premises.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-W5bQP9T/0/c019d2f9/O/V6_zpsigqcaeoy.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-W5bQP9T/A)

Pimp!
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-5vC2RrL/0/31eeb14a/O/EBD858FF-E4FF-4748-A80D-4BF62160AF9F_zpssryaaz81.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-5vC2RrL/A)

One of the twins.  8)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-mf6nRxG/0/d364c6c7/O/2CF41D00-8B08-4DC3-BF36-A3396110130C_zpsi5q6fwfx.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-mf6nRxG/A)

While we were there a freight train rolled through and blew the horn. Good night it woke the dead!
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-Bkb6jrQ/0/52f1b519/O/3568C814-B11E-4B82-8BD6-7D7AD5C4E6BE_zpsxlafqcrp.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-Bkb6jrQ/A)

My neice.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-Lndfz4x/0/89efc47b/O/42EA9883-DD89-4A73-8EED-126F59731E0B_zps2hisc2rz.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-Lndfz4x/A)

Some random pics my niece took.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-N3snmxR/0/7feb39f8/O/V2_zpsnhl8pdvu.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-N3snmxR/A)

Nice shot of my flab...
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-mfDdGxX/0/2ed13df2/O/V3_zps5qcndqyj.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-mfDdGxX/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-fxqCnxW/0/c501b583/O/V4_zpsll3ijmrw.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-fxqCnxW/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-gdbrQ2J/0/3d75740c/O/V5_zpsp7do8pjz.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-gdbrQ2J/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-vmSBcZj/0/31ee7671/O/V_zpsllny1wie.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-vmSBcZj/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-qS639Dm/0/faa5458e/O/V7_zpsgtbnc3bs.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-qS639Dm/A)

Thanks for reading!

Life is short, enjoy the ride.

Eric





Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on May 24, 2018, 11:36:14 PM
Time to head home so I cut across the Shenandoah National Forest. Beautiful piece of road to enjoy the scoot on and it wasn't raining!
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-2pPJnSF/0/f01f9d0b/O/36C295F6-0C47-4750-80C6-7BD01A41F282_zpsejc1vcrw.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-2pPJnSF/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-XH5sT6V/0/fa8dc15e/O/46F50313-730F-4951-8EA1-2CB72D598A48_zpspref2let.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-XH5sT6V/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-MKcW7H5/0/190031e1/O/A78DDCF1-5208-44ED-BC68-46B65F3ADE13_zpsep9mmhje.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-MKcW7H5/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-25sMZxn/0/66973534/O/3F8BC634-89F6-4742-82D5-52857B11787D_zpsnjmhvity.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-25sMZxn/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-6n29Vsn/0/effe7ecc/O/DE7E61C0-C2B9-4474-A1B2-912A3F0F89FF_zpsfmgdkn1l.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-6n29Vsn/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-hbZLdNw/0/e503c938/O/496B1D7F-4A6A-4857-91B7-56EAFA44B7E4_zpsu1kuqtam.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-hbZLdNw/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-MQRTnnT/0/b0a19a38/O/1FC34A3E-32D9-4C55-963F-CC54A5670AE6_zpsuoipg3nb.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-MQRTnnT/A)

Shit house lilies are popping up everywhere.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-zbQPxmQ/0/235d50da/O/E94BC20E-2848-4062-9338-EFC247A7A365_zpsa9uyvdhs.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-zbQPxmQ/A)

Until next trip, thanks for reading.

Eric

Life is short, enjoy the ride.


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on May 24, 2018, 11:36:43 PM
So what's Virginian been up to?

Today's update is the only modification I have planned for Bella. To meet U.S. DOT standards they put winkers on stalks all the way around. I literally cannot stand them so I rooted around and found the OEM part numbers for the LED signals.

Here's a look at the U.S. stock winkers.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-vTkz4dP/0/04fae31a/L/IMG_7900-L.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-vTkz4dP/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-KKmBXMv/0/15316e68/L/CIMG1905_zpsjcsjjdde-L.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-KKmBXMv/A)

You have to tear down the scoot quite a bit to get this job done. In this case I don't mind as it gives me a chance to get the grit and grime of almost 4,000 miles mostly in the rain.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-qKmXMrk/0/252ba24d/L/IMG_7899-L.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-qKmXMrk/A)

Here's a look at the rear turn signal entry and you can see what I'm talking about.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-KrXLMfD/0/74cba276/L/IMG_7901-L.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-KrXLMfD/A)

Pop off the Piaggio badge and there's a bolt to hold on the front fascia.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-SGD6fcW/0/d5d19de1/L/IMG_7904-L.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-SGD6fcW/A)
 
Remove the from panels and floorboards.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-4scHXG3/0/c528a25f/L/IMG_7905-L.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-4scHXG3/A)


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on May 24, 2018, 11:37:04 PM
I ordered the resistor from Revzilla as it's a plug-n-play.

https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/competition-werkes-universal-led-flasher-relay (https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/competition-werkes-universal-led-flasher-relay)

Here's a view of the stock relay vs. the one to accommodate the LED signals.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-LMSvHjp/0/947fcf08/X2/IMG_7907-X2.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-LMSvHjp/A)

Find the correct wiring harness for the appropiate signal and pull it down for access.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-jTTvwP9/0/4231335d/XL/IMG_7908-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-jTTvwP9/A)

But first you must decide on a suitable place to fit the resistors, as they can heat up to over 100°C in operation (with long signalling or using your hazard warning lights if you break down), so they need a little cooling air. They should not be completely enclosed or mounted in direct contact with a plastic surface. It's a good idea to make a little mount plate out of sheet aluminium and place that in the bike.

The new signals are a Piaggio OEM part as the scoot should be.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-QW4BNMW/0/2e2ef67d/XL/IMG_7909-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-QW4BNMW/A)


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on May 24, 2018, 11:37:26 PM
Remove the stock signals.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-ZX3Pdw9/0/de1ae9f3/XL/IMG_7910-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-ZX3Pdw9/A)

Nip the ends off the wires and add a connector that mates with the new signals. Be sure to use the little rubber condom as it make the connector waterproof. (snicker)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-XVLv7cG/0/2f4524f2/XL/IMG_7912-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-XVLv7cG/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-jpM4P6N/0/b8e84bbc/XL/IMG_7913-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-jpM4P6N/A)

After I got her temporarily wired up I wanted to text it before I buttoned her up. Here's a quick 12 second video.
https://vimeo.com/231792371 (https://vimeo.com/231792371)

The front took  a 3 pin connector and the rear took a 2 pin connector. I ordered them on fleabay or you can find them on Amazon.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/10-Kit-2-Pin-Way-Sealed-Waterproof-Electrical-Wire-Connector-Plug-Terminal-Set/141654621467?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649 (http://www.ebay.com/itm/10-Kit-2-Pin-Way-Sealed-Waterproof-Electrical-Wire-Connector-Plug-Terminal-Set/141654621467?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649)




Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on May 24, 2018, 11:37:52 PM
Be sure to check all your metal tabs for the bodywork as they tend to rust quickly if not treated.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-CwKk3CZ/0/5d8ab205/XL/IMG_7916-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-CwKk3CZ/A)

And here's the final product finished as Piaggio intended, Frenched in and smooth!  Clean up the scoot nicely and why have stalks on a big butt? Removing the stalks make the curves stunning to me! Love a clean looking big butt! ;)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-wPhVwvr/0/54734498/XL/IMG_7918-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-wPhVwvr/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-vsgR653/0/02b146e3/XL/IMG_7919-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-vsgR653/A)

I have a long(ish) ride coming up in a week so lots to come weather permitting!


Il 946 è intagliato da un angelo e dalla bellezza personificata.

The 946 is carved from an angel's tear drop and beauty personified to be.

Life is short, enjoy the ride.

Eric


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on May 24, 2018, 11:38:59 PM
September 2017 - My family is renting a cottage (off season) at Kitty Hawk, NC (OBX) and the plan was to take the Vespa down and enjoy trip as well. Irma has been threatening to put the kibosh on the whole trip but as luck would have it the show is going on.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-kbKxb3W/0/c92968a0/O/irma.png) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-kbKxb3W/A)

After my trip from TX on the Vespa where I saved a couple of turtles crossing the road on my way home , my friends are calling the me the turtle whisperer. ;) I was shopping for a new helmet and found this one. The Vespa is slooooow like a turtle and I feel compelled to always stop and get them out of harms way.

I bring to you the AGV K3 SV Tartaruga Helmet. I love it!
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-fNZ9v4H/0/880304a8/XL/IMG_8018-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-fNZ9v4H/A)

Sure enough not one mile from my home into the trip I bump into this fellow. The vibrant colors Mother Natures gives him/her (?) just stunning camo.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-4mmdn2m/0/5b3e55d4/XL/IMG_7955-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-4mmdn2m/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-MBJFgCP/0/f21bea5a/XL/IMG_7957-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-MBJFgCP/A)

Thanks to a member on st.o for doing me a solid and making some suggestions on my route, here's a peek at the planned route.

Love st.o for help. You guys and gals never fail.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-cbjbXS8/0/63487faa/O/KH3.png) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-cbjbXS8/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-ZwfVm6L/0/8c20d18f/O/KH2.png) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-ZwfVm6L/A)


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on May 24, 2018, 11:39:24 PM
I should mention that I tend to post a boat load of meaningless pictures. It's my hope that some of you enjoy them.

So I took back roads around Lake Anna and spit me out onto US 95 followed the James River. I mean to tell you today's riding weather was perfect!

Leaving home.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-Z2NDkzR/0/6d9935b0/XL/IMG_7972-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-Z2NDkzR/A)

Somewhere along the James River
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-RCkKQ6M/0/360d27d5/XL/IMG_7974-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-RCkKQ6M/A)

There was a hosted triathlon going on and it was a little problematic getting around some of the event riders.
 
First stop Jamestown, VA where quite frankly this country got started in October 1st, 1608 by an English investment colony. There's quite the museum here if you happen by.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-BRkmSV6/0/ece6cc92/XL/IMG_7975-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-BRkmSV6/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-P2PhXrd/0/a6808ea6/XL/IMG_7976-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-P2PhXrd/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-BF9vq3g/1/ab2ef809/XL/IMG_7977-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-BF9vq3g/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-MWPjcGh/0/8200ace1/XL/IMG_7978-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-MWPjcGh/A)

Each flagpole tells a brief history of that state. Here's a couple from my region.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-JpjkxCh/0/871968eb/XL/IMG_7980-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-JpjkxCh/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-jWcGXQK/0/a82ad379/XL/IMG_7982-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-jWcGXQK/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-QXZ7K4N/0/7c5b7b8b/XL/IMG_7984-XL.jpg) (https://-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-QXZ7K4N/A)

Just a couple of pics from the museum to share but definitely a scenic area and well worth your time to visit. There was a rather large Pocahontas exhibit as well. 
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pocahontas
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-qWQTt9g/0/c7005bd1/XL/IMG_7988-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-qWQTt9g/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-ZVjCfrv/0/3fb6d4b6/XL/IMG_7989-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-ZVjCfrv/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-VZHfm8m/0/e7561ffa/XL/IMG_7990-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-VZHfm8m/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-FsspzGZ/0/a778d4de/XL/IMG_7991-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-FsspzGZ/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-g8RxhL8/0/054ca4a8/XL/IMG_7992-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-g8RxhL8/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-CQkfsT3/0/beb62a5e/XL/IMG_7993-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-CQkfsT3/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-3zVpJhm/0/2789cf84/XL/IMG_7994-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-3zVpJhm/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-rb35Mj7/0/45161e11/XL/IMG_7995-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-rb35Mj7/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-LBRRC9Z/0/c1156930/XL/IMG_7996-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-LBRRC9Z/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-Fxc6RR4/0/e786ad7a/XL/IMG_7997-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-Fxc6RR4/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-Rdk9hck/0/f4c9a6a1/XL/IMG_7998-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-Rdk9hck/A)

I cannot imagine traveling from England to Virginia in one of these ships. I've done quite a bit of sailing in my lifetime and I just shudder looking at these ships...

Next up the Ferry!

(more to come)


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on May 24, 2018, 11:39:54 PM
I'm sitting on the beach writing this with a Corona in my hand feeling very fortunate today for the weather, the spectacular view, wifi that reaches the beach, good health and my family that is with me.

Life is good!


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on May 24, 2018, 11:40:15 PM
There's a ferry operated VDOT that takes you from Jamestown to Scotland that's free.

Waiting on the ferry.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-2gx7VHG/0/72575f3f/XL/IMG_8002-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-2gx7VHG/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-ggLrQ9V/0/19c989be/XL/IMG_8001-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-ggLrQ9V/A)

Here she comes apply named Pocahontas.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-JNt9Qbj/0/9bca96fa/XL/IMG_8003-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-JNt9Qbj/A)

Loading up there some birds hanging out for the ride. ;)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-CVx8xLL/0/55c98c72/XL/IMG_8004-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-CVx8xLL/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-hLTQT9L/0/6376bc01/XL/IMG_8005-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-hLTQT9L/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-3JHkB8N/0/97884806/XL/IMG_8006-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-3JHkB8N/A)

I asked a nice lady to snap my pic.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-Dtxq3Dm/0/28f3a831/XL/IMG_8007-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-Dtxq3Dm/A)

The James River was named after King James who approved the grant for the English expedition to Virginia.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_River

I made it to Kitty Hawk with not much notable to take pics of by suppertime. The wind picked up in the evening and taking the long bridge from Point Harbor over to OBX was a little hairy. Whitecaps across the entire body of water.

My view for the week!
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-fDJJLWp/0/14f0b97f/X2/IMG_8017-X2.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-fDJJLWp/A)


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on May 24, 2018, 11:40:55 PM
Here's a quick video I threw together crossing on the ferry.

James River Ferry 090917 on Vimeo (https://vimeo.com/233230876)

A couple of small bridges.

https://vimeo.com/233227846


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on May 24, 2018, 11:41:18 PM
When I arrived the wind was howling with the outer edges of Irma, 35 to 40 mph gusts.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-hBS4vtB/0/fb38b8a6/X2/IMG_8011-X2.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-hBS4vtB/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-fDJJLWp/0/14f0b97f/X2/IMG_8017-X2.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-fDJJLWp/A)

We got a bushel of crabs for supper. ;)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-XLn5TgL/0/01b8255c/X2/IMG_8022-X2.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-XLn5TgL/A)

Random shots...
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-pFGFQX7/0/112d5bca/X2/IMG_8043-X2.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-pFGFQX7/A)

I wanted to visit some of the light houses. Here's the first one, Bodie Island Light Station.
https://www.nps.gov/caha/planyourvisit/bils.htm (https://www.nps.gov/caha/planyourvisit/bils.htm)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-RQbbdTS/0/1e60e16f/X2/IMG_8046-X2.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-RQbbdTS/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-qz3gpkK/0/ad33cdc3/XL/IMG_8045-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-qz3gpkK/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-KP38pbg/0/3a4a025a/XL/IMG_8048-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-KP38pbg/A)

In this picture it marks all the ship wrecks on the coastline.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-ThthgZB/0/8fdb1abc/X2/IMG_8047-X2.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-ThthgZB/A)

Next up the Cape Hatteras Light Station, this one is the last one on the peninsula.
https://www.nps.gov/caha/planyourvisit/chls.htm (https://www.nps.gov/caha/planyourvisit/chls.htm)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-vQbTmhK/0/21f7584c/X2/IMG_8055-X2.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-vQbTmhK/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-5gFBWTk/0/b3c594a8/X2/IMG_8054-X2.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-5gFBWTk/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-Wq79BSC/0/55c16a8a/X2/IMG_8056-X2.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-Wq79BSC/A)

There's a tremendous amount of history regarding these light houses. There's a book I want to read Women Lighthouse Keepers. During the civil war women manned these light stations while their husbands were off to war in effect keeping the shipping commerce up and rolling.

https://www.uscg.mil/history/uscghist/Women_Keepers.asp (https://www.uscg.mil/history/uscghist/Women_Keepers.asp)

The U.S.S. Monitor sank off the coast of Hatteras as well. The Monitor had become famous when it prevented the Confederate ironclad Merrimack—renamed the Virginia—from breaking the Union blockade of the James River that was stifling the rebellious states' ability to wage battle during the U.S. Civil War. After 140 years under water they're still trying to bring up the ship.

Read about it here!
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2003/12/1204_031205_monitor.html (http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2003/12/1204_031205_monitor.html)

Also a German U Boat was sunk 35 miles off the coast of Hatteras. Off Hatteras was known as Torpedo Alley or Torpedo Junction as the U Boats attacked merchant ships relentlessly. Ships sailed by the dozens daily past this point.

Here's a quick story of just one of them.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-wkQ8D22/0/5259f04b/L/u-756-L.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-wkQ8D22/A)

The U-boat skipper, Hans-Dieter Heinicke, had a crippled submarine and was headed home when he spotted the juicy allied convoy off the coast of North Carolina.

Although Heinicke, 29, had a damaged boat, he had sunk only three ships on his four prior patrols and probably saw the 19 merchant vessels of convoy KS-520 plodding south at 8 knots as a chance to redeem himself.

About 4 p.m. on July 15, 1942, about 30 miles off Cape Hatteras, U-576 attacked. In the ensuing free-for-all, the sub sank one ship and damaged two others but was assailed by aircraft and escorts, and sank with all hands.

Researchers announced that they had discovered the wreck of U-576, as well as the wreck of the sunken merchant ship, and hailed the find as a rare snapshot of a little known chapter of World War II.

In the case of the American freighter Pipestone County, torpedoed off Cape Henry, Virginia, in April 1942, Heinicke surfaced near the lifeboats and gave the survivors provisions. He apologised for sinking their ship, and no one was killed. <----- Amazing!
The abbreviated name “U-boat” comes from the German word unterseeboot, meaning submarine or undersea boat.

Read about it here.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/sunken-world-war-ii-german-u-boat-and-freighter-found-off-coast-of-cape-hatteras/2014/10/21/5374c262-5938-11e4-8264-deed989ae9a2_story.html?utm_term=.e7fe962eb559 (https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/sunken-world-war-ii-german-u-boat-and-freighter-found-off-coast-of-cape-hatteras/2014/10/21/5374c262-5938-11e4-8264-deed989ae9a2_story.html?utm_term=.e7fe962eb559)

Here's a few more random pics of the ferry area...
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-x4FtpQ9/0/c0f2f26c/X2/IMG_8050-X2.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-x4FtpQ9/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-QmTfxZd/0/ac0eef99/X2/IMG_8051-X2.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-QmTfxZd/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-CQM9BDh/0/d2b431ab/X2/IMG_8052-X2.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-CQM9BDh/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-fQZsFnc/0/d2be8561/X2/IMG_8053-X2.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-fQZsFnc/A)

They're building a new bridge that is amazing to me with the hollow engineering.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-tM7CN5p/0/e1dd229a/X2/IMG_8058-X2.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-tM7CN5p/A)

Look at the size of this section suspended.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-NVJC6kV/0/30eee89f/X2/IMG_8059-X2.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-NVJC6kV/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-7qfh32J/0/9022a0e9/X2/IMG_8060-X2.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-7qfh32J/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-7hqjH27/0/faf563de/X2/IMG_8061-X2.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-7hqjH27/A)

Sub par pictures but it's the best I can do scooting along...


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on May 24, 2018, 11:42:09 PM
Time to finish this leg up of the trip!

I rode home today and the weather was terrific. Wow, I lucked out all week on the weather... Just a few pics as nothing was really notable. Yesterday we hit up the beach and aquarium. First a couple critter pics and they had many sea life from the local area.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-x5BHs96/0/80cd61d7/L/IMG_8067-L.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-x5BHs96/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-PWHdvb2/0/b83dffd2/L/IMG_8071-L.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-PWHdvb2/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-Pb4fj5S/0/8583909c/L/IMG_8072-L.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-Pb4fj5S/A)

Albino
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-QvQ3JX4/0/ae55d6e6/L/IMG_8073-L.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-QvQ3JX4/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-LJDQjCm/0/b929f64a/XL/IMG_8068-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-LJDQjCm/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-rwv8vZ9/0/486b4fb3/XL/IMG_8078-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-rwv8vZ9/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-hTBHGSh/0/4872bb67/XL/IMG_8077-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-hTBHGSh/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-SqgcVwh/0/9865eec6/L/IMG_8081-L.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-SqgcVwh/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-dXCWSb4/0/eb83b095/L/IMG_8082-L.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-dXCWSb4/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-nqZNqMP/0/28af0392/XL/IMG_8083-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-nqZNqMP/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-ttVnSKT/0/a46ef127/X3/IMG_8084-X3.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-ttVnSKT/A)

When I buy t-shirts I tend to purchase them from places like the National Parks that helps support as the profit goes to helping keep the doors open. This particular facility is a med clinic for turtles of all things. I asked how many patients they get a year. Her reply was 500 to 800 turtles a year, most from prop strikes from boats like this big boy that's on the road to recovery.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-9QhfxBs/0/65af8d86/X3/IMG_8074-X3.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-9QhfxBs/A)

I'm a Batman fan in a big way and had to have this t-shirt! ;)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-zpGv4VK/0/8035a74d/X3/IMG_8086-X3.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-zpGv4VK/A)

I loved this one as well as I feel it expresses exactly how I've felt most of my life.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-MmSgWXX/0/b26086df/XL/IMG_8087-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-MmSgWXX/A)



Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on May 24, 2018, 11:42:38 PM
A Tommy Bahama ad I saw in one of the surf shops. ;)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-K2bHDjz/0/a46cafe1/X3/IMG_8089-X3.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-K2bHDjz/A)

Po Boy for lunch!
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-jSrcRKQ/0/49f48912/X3/IMG_8091-X3.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-jSrcRKQ/A)

The view at lunch.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-ZkHxPsd/0/8446454d/X3/IMG_8090-X3.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-ZkHxPsd/A)

My pirate kite for my niece.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-SzMNtwp/0/ad3451a9/X3/IMG_8101-X3.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-SzMNtwp/A)

Off to Xscape, fun
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-xTc2tzd/0/5615b087/X3/IMG_8106-X3.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-xTc2tzd/A)

Last one, a tiny frog hung out with me for bit.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-2GfMmnT/0/4ccd2f2e/X3/IMG_8117-X3.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-2GfMmnT/A)

I rode home and stopped in Williamsburg for gas.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-RNqSpbk/0/6fb7a43f/X3/IMG_8124-X3.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-RNqSpbk/A)

I broke 4,000 on the ride home.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-QJJcnnM/0/ef501ffc/X3/IMG_8126-X3.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-QJJcnnM/A)

By the numbers.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-sfbszwq/0/077e20c8/L/IMG_8128-L.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-sfbszwq/A)

One last thing, I think I've told y'all I'm a numbers guy. Believe it or not, I've been tracking exactly how many miles I've ridden in my lifetime and on this trip home I broke 1,000,000 miles. No fanfare, no plaques or award, just a warm fuzzy and a sense of accomplishment.

Life is short, enjoy the ride.

Thanks for reading,

Eric


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on May 24, 2018, 11:43:22 PM
February 2018 - I'm planning a trip to AmeriVespa which is being held in Richmond, VA this year, June 6 - 10th. I'm unsure if I'll just commute to the events or get a room at the Graduate Hotel which is rather pricey. I know there's very few scooter fans on this site but it's a very fun event and lots of riding going on tailored to many interests and riding styles. If/when I go there will be a bunch of pics per usual.

So y'all scooter riders hiding in the closet, time to come out! <----- This was aimed at the m/c riders on the forums I haunt. ;)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-Cw7gbc2/0/b32e0d6a/L/CIMG1902_zps2siwxugy-L.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-Cw7gbc2/A)

https://www.amerivespa.net/ (https://www.amerivespa.net/)

Wednesday June 6
5pm: Meet & Greet
Scoot Richmond

217 W 7th St, Richmond, VA 23224

Thursday June 7
8:30am – 5pm: Rally registration
Graduate Hotel

Richmond VA 23220

9:30 am – 5pm: Rides
All rides leave from the parking lot of Graduate Hotel

Rides may change, we will keep the schedule updated!
Ride 1 History Long Ride

Civil War Battlefields (Spotsylvania)- no cost – return by 5:00

​Ride 2 Local Character Ride

Foodie Tour – return by 2:00

​Ride 3 History Local Ride

Seven Hills of Richmond – return by 2:00

​Ride 4 History Destination Ride

Hanover Courthouse / The Parson’s Cause reenactment – return by 2:00

​Ride 5 Cool off Destination Ride

Cobblestones Park – Admission $12 – return by 5:00

​6pm: Event
Maymont

1700 Hampton St, Richmond, VA 23220

​Friday June 8
8am – 5pm: Rally Registration
Graduate Hotel

Richmond VA 23220

​9:30 am – 5 pm: Rides
All rides leave from the parking lot of Graduate Hotel

​Rides may change, we will keep the schedule updated!

Ride 1 History Long Ride

Jamestown Settlement - no cost – return by 5:00

​Ride 2 History Local Ride

Richmond and the Revolutionary War – return by 2:00

​Ride 3 Local Character Ride

Craft Brewery Tour – return by 2:00

​Ride 4 Local Character Ride

Quirky Shops Tour – return by 2:00

Ride 5 Cool off Destination Ride

Hadad’s Lake – Admission $15 - return by 5:00

7pm-11pm: Dance Party
The Broadberry
2729 W Broad St, Richmond, VA 23220

Bands:TBA

Saturday June 9
9:30 am – 1 pm: Rides
Rides leave from the parking lot of Graduate Hotel

Rides end at the Richmond International Raceway

​Rides may change, we will keep the schedule updated!

Ride 1 Fast Ride

Indian Summer 11 – return by 1:00

​Ride 2 Fast Ride

Indian Summer 10 – return by 1:00

​Ride 3 History Local Ride

Richmond and the Civil War – return by 1:00

​Ride 4 Cool off Local Ride

Pony Pasture Park – no cost – return by 1:00

​Ride 5 Local Character Ride

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden – Admission $13 – return by 1:00

Ride 6 Local Character Ride

Antique shop tour – return by 1:00

​Ride 7 History Destination Ride

Berkeley Plantation – Admission $11 – return by 1:00

10am - 4pm: Vendor Exhibits


1:00 pm – 5 pm: Gymkhana
Richmond International Raceway

600 E Laburnum Ave Richmond, VA 23222

Gymkhana begins at 2 pm, Raffle at 3 pm
Gymkhana/Scooter Games/Scooter Judging/Vendor Exhibits
 
6pm: Pre Banquet Cocktail Hour

Graduate Hotel

Richmond VA 23220

​7pm: Banquet

TBD

Richmond VA 23220

Dinner & Banquet

​10:00 pm: After Party

XXXX Rooftop Bar

​Sunday June 10
Pankcake Breakfast with vendor exhibits & last raffle
 
9:30 am – 11:30 am: Pancake Breakfast & Raffle
Byrd Park

600 S Boulevard, Richmond, VA 23220

Sponsored by AVAILABLE SPONSORSHIP

12 pm - Til: Unofficial Post Rally Gathering

Hadad's Lake


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on May 24, 2018, 11:45:44 PM
March 29th 2018 - 80*F/26.6*C today and I'm out running errands.
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A quick stop at Floozie's Pie Shop. The best pie evar! http://www.flooziespieshop.com/ (http://www.flooziespieshop.com/) Places like this are becoming extinct in the sense of mom & pop diners. To me they are the pinnacle of where to stop when traveling on two wheels. For those of you coming to the spring meet this place is 30 minutes away.
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They also do incredible cakes, here's a few for the holiday season.
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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on May 24, 2018, 11:46:26 PM
Louisa Courthouse
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Like most of rural Virginia there's veteran's memorials at the courthouse.
Louisa County Courthouse is a historic courthouse building located at Louisa, Louisa County, Virginia. It was designed by architect D. Wiley Anderson from Richmond and built in 1905. It is a two-story, five-bay, porticoed Classical Revival brick structure. It measures 59 feet wide and 63 feet deep and features a pedimented portico supported by four Ionic order columns. It has a modified hipped roof topped by an octagonal drum, dome and lantern. Associated with the courthouse is the contributing old jail built in 1818, and rebuilt in 1868 after a fire; the Crank Building (1830); R. Earl Ogg Memorial Building (1917); and a Civil War monument.

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1990.
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The jailhouse built in 1818.
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1905 gate to enter.
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John Mercer Langston's birth place. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Mercer_Langston he was a member of the Virginia's U.S. House of Representatives in 1890.

John Mercer Langston (December 14, 1829 – November 15, 1897) was an abolitionist, attorney, educator, activist, diplomat, and politician in the United States. An African American, he became the first dean of the law school at Howard University and helped create the department. He was the first president of what is now Virginia State University, a historically black college.

Born a free black in Virginia to a freedwoman of mixed race and a white planter father, in 1888 Langston was elected to the U.S. Congress as the first representative of color from Virginia. Joseph Hayne Rainey, the black Republican congressman from South Carolina, had been elected in 1870 during the Reconstruction era.

In the Jim Crow era of the later nineteenth century, Langston was one of only five African Americans elected to Congress from the South before the former Confederate states passed constitutions and electoral rules from 1890 to 1908 that essentially disenfranchised most blacks and many poor whites, excluding the blacks from politics. After that, no African Americans would be elected from the South until 1973, after the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965 was passed to enforce their constitutional rights. In addition, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the gerrymandered district lines that southern white Democratic State legislatures had drawn to dilute their power and prevent blacks from having enough of a presence in any district to be able to elect a representative of their choice. At the time, most blacks supported Republican Party candidates, both white and black.

Langston's early career was based in Ohio where, with his older brother Charles Henry Langston, he began his lifelong work for African-American freedom, education, equal rights and suffrage. In 1855 he was one of the first African Americans in the United States elected to public office when elected as a town clerk in Ohio. John was a great-uncle of the renowned poet Langston Hughes.

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Until the next episode, tune in same channel and same time for Vespa 946 Meanderings.

Eric


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on May 24, 2018, 11:46:52 PM
Two last stragglers I forgot...
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The bag hook to the rescue!
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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on May 24, 2018, 11:47:34 PM
http://youtu.be/E_sncxuvD3A (https://youtu.be/E_sncxuvD3A)

I bumped into this very short 48 second video on Vespa 946s being hand made.

Happy Easter folks!


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on May 24, 2018, 11:48:00 PM
I'm planning a scooter trip to Charleston, SC to see the Hunlee. Would anyone have any recommendations for decent scenic roads in this part of the country?
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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on May 24, 2018, 11:48:27 PM
I have lots of scooting plans this spring and summer and I'll try to keep this thread updated with my pointless pictures and posts. Here are a few highlights that I have on my agenda this year. Some of you may know that I love history so I tend to pick a historic site to visit and turn a ride into a learning experience. I'm a huge Civil War and WWII fan, throw in some plane and train museums and I'm happy as a clam at high tide! Here's a peek of things to come, hopefully...
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- AmeriVespa, Vespa's granddaddy of them all events in Richmond (tons of pic from that event coming) https://www.amerivespa.net/ (https://www.amerivespa.net/)
- The Hunley, first submarine to sink a warship that forever changed naval history https://www.hunley.org/ (https://www.hunley.org/)
- Gettysburg, needs no introduction, that forever cemented America's outcome of the Civil War https://www.nps.gov/gett/index.htm (https://www.nps.gov/gett/index.htm)
- Fredericksburg Battle Field, America's Battlefield https://www.nps.gov/frsp/index.htm (https://www.nps.gov/frsp/index.htm) - Done 04/18/18
- Anteitam National Battlefield - The Bloodiest Day in American History--Hope for Freedom https://www.nps.gov/anti/index.htm (https://www.nps.gov/anti/index.htm)
- Harper's Ferry - A must see if you haven't visited before. https://www.nps.gov/hafe/index.htm (https://www.nps.gov/hafe/index.htm)]https://www.nps.gov/hafe/index.htm
- American Armoured Foundation, Inc. Tank Museum - A must see if you're a WWII buff https://www.aaftankmuseum.com/ (https://www.aaftankmuseum.com/)
- The Virginia Museum of Transportation - They are supposed to have a decent train museum and I want to see and possibly ride the famous Virginia 611 http://www.vmt.org/collections/rail/steam-locomotives/steam-locomotive-norfolk-and-western-class-j-611/ (http://www.vmt.org/collections/rail/steam-locomotives/steam-locomotive-norfolk-and-western-class-j-611/)
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- I'll be headed back to OBX come early September so look for the usual beach stuff there
- Late September I'm off to Hawaii (never been) and hope to rent a scooter and see some of the island that I'll be staying on

I'll share my thoughts on the Xmax vs. the 946 as we go along. If any of you good folks have any specific questions or pics you need, just ask away and I'll get you some answers. This thread is about life, nothing more, nothing less. I welcome any and all folks to chime in. I'm just a VA redneck trying to enjoy what's left of my life and wish to share my adventures with the m/c and scooter community. So post your thoughts, pictures, jokes and climb aboard.

Eric


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on May 24, 2018, 11:49:49 PM
South to SC from VA. Of course there's Skyline Drive and the Blue Ridge Parkway.

I was chatting with a friend on another forum who gave me some suggestions. Here's my first cut at it. Thanks for the suggestions!
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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on May 24, 2018, 11:50:06 PM
I was out scooting today and took a few too many pics... If you don't like history, stop reading here! lol

As I'm breaking in the motor of the Xmax, I decided to take lonely country roads around my area and weave my way back to Fredericksburg.

Here's a few random shots.
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Take a look at this very old tree, the trunk was darn near the width of the bike. If this tree could tell stories I bet it would have a few over the last 100 years...
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Today is a friend's birthday and we've been friends for a while. Anywho, she loves old barns so I posted this for her on FB.
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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on May 24, 2018, 11:51:40 PM
Next stop Fredericksburg Battlefield
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https://www.nps.gov/frsp/index.htm (https://www.nps.gov/frsp/index.htm)

America's Battleground
Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Wilderness, and Spotsylvania--this is America's battleground, where the Civil War roared to its bloody climax. No place more vividly reflects the War's tragic cost in all its forms. A town bombarded and looted. Farms large and small ruined. Refugees by the thousands forced into the countryside. More than 85,000 men wounded; There are a total of 15,243 Civil War interments, of those, only 2,473 were identified. Really sad...

The military park encompasses four major Civil War battlefields: Battle of Fredericksburg, Battle of Chancellorsville, Battle of the Wilderness, and Battle of Spotsylvania Court House. It also preserves four historic buildings associated with them: Chatham Manor, Salem Church, Ellwood Manor, and the house where Stonewall Jackson died. The ruins of the Chancellor family mansion are included. There are two visitor centers staffed by Park Service rangers, one in Fredericksburg near the foot of Marye's Heights, and another at the Chancellorsville site. Exhibit shelters are staffed on a seasonal basis at Wilderness and Spotsylvania Court House. Chatham Manor in Stafford County is open daily. All sites are free.

The park was established as Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania County Battlefields Memorial National Military Park on February 14, 1927, and transferred from the War Department August 10, 1933. The lengthy name remains its official designation—75 letters, the longest name of any unit in the national park system. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on October 15, 1966. The park includes 8374 acres (33.89 km2), of which 7369 acres (30 km2) are owned by the Federal government. Over 500,000 people visit the battlefield each year.

This is a time period home that the Nat'l Park Service has converted into the welcome center.
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All of nature is just starting to blossom and bloom and makes for a great day to get out.
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Some random shots that maybe are noteworthy.
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This picture gives you an overview of each engagement.
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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on May 24, 2018, 11:52:01 PM
I'll let the quotes and pictures speak for themselves.
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Different ordnance used. Only about 8% kill ratio using cannons during the civil war but the damage it did to the to morale and troops was immeasurable.
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This was interesting because technology in firearms and cannons didn't have rifled barrels yet in the field. This cannon shot put the rifling on the actual shell., thus termed long range.
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In this tube that went from floor to ceiling housed musket balls and rounds that were collected on the Fredericksburg battlefield.
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The chaplain's uniform, a very rare artifact.
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The telegraph that was used during this engagement. Fascinating!
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I'll get back to scoot'n here in a few... please bare with me.


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on May 24, 2018, 11:52:26 PM
The push of the Union army.
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This statement may not be telling the whole truth. Looters were shot or hanged on sight by any acting commander on both sides, simply put it wasn't tolerated. President Abraham Lincoln was shot (by a southerner John Wilkes Booth) on April 15th, 1865 and killed just 5 days after General Lee surrendered and the civil war was over. Looting and burning of all the south happened in retaliation. So I'm really unclear as to why this happened to Fredericksburg as it was months before?
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Here's a fascinating story about a flag.
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This wall shows pictures of Fredericksburg's finest.
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Each picture was on hinges and when you swung it open it told the tale of that individual.
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On to the cemetery.
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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on May 24, 2018, 11:57:44 PM
This is the very stone wall that confederates fought behind and died by the thousands...
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The Fifth Corps Army of the Potomac
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The thousands of unmarked gravestones had two numbers on them, the first number was the lot that his/their bodies were found, the second number represents how many unknown soldiers were buried here.
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Medal of Honer recipient.
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The view from the cemetery overlooking Fredericksburg. You can just see my scoot...
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In this private cemetery lies Presidents General George Washington's nephew.
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The original gate to enter the private plot.
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Several of the gravestones were destroyed by Union cannons.
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Random shots...
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The Willis building.
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It seemed no matter where I was my shadow was in every picture. Apologies...
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The iconic VA fences that could be taken up and moved so livestock wouldn't feed too much on the same location.
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The park service offers free tours and the volunteers will walk groups around and go into great detail about events here. Our park service in the U.S. rocks and the unsung heroes of the volunteers should be recognized.
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*** edited to add one more pic***
One last picture I neglected to share. Many of the gravestones had fresh flowers on them. Most have dried up and died but my take away from seeing this is the families losses are still felt to this day and relatives come visit on a regular bases which I think is amazing!
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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on May 24, 2018, 11:58:20 PM
I walked away from this battlefield with a heavy heart of all the loss of life here. So I motored down into the old town for a cup of coffee to gather my thoughts. 
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Caramel latte thank you very much.
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Thanks for reading,

Eric


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on May 25, 2018, 12:00:41 AM
I had a friend write a post that stated.

Thanks Eric.
History & Science were my favorites in school.

On a side note.
 At best, I've mixed emotions about monuments for the Confederacy.  (having to remove so many of them is another story we won't discuss here.)
After reading your post. I have feelings for both the North and South armies.  Americans fighting for their believes.


At the risk of upsetting good folks off on this topic, my feelings are as such. I'm neither ashamed nor proud of the south regarding the civil war. It was what it was and didn't happen on my watch. My family fought on both sides so to me it was a looser all the way around for everyone. These posts are not to glorify the civil war or the south, just reporting the news of a lot of history that surrounds my immediate area. When I visit these sights in VA you can feel the tone of the a sore looser (to me).

Look at it this way, if I lived in Rome and scooted around to all the Roman monuments, would I feel bad that Caesar controlled what? 2/3rds of the earth through pillage? Same could be said for the British empire and the vikings. Like it or not, mankind has done atrocious things globally since the age of time. A person doesn't have to agree with the driving force but to admire the technological, history and yes science that was happening during those conflicts.

That said, if this topic is annoying or upsetting anyone, I'll delete ASAP. I want no parts of it on any level and will investigate history privately. It's a tightrope I'm walking sharing this stuff and I hope it is presented in a respectful manner for all folks.

I am proud that I have lived in VA most of my life and will always be a Virginian.

Eric

I proposed the question on ADV if the content was suitable and respectful to all, those that replied said absolutely. So moving forward...


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on May 25, 2018, 12:01:27 AM
Sooner or later I'll scoot my way down to Colonial Williamsburg and Yorktown. Williamsburg, a city in the U.S. state of Virginia, was capital of the Virginia Colony from 1699 to 1780 and played a significant role in the American Revolution. It forms the “Historic Triangle” together with Jamestown and Yorktown. Its heart is Colonial Williamsburg, a historic district and living-history museum where actors in period costume depict daily Colonial life in the streets, stores and workshops. I've already covered Jamestown and hope to get to the 'hat trick" on this topic. How the U.S. got started and gained their freedom by throwing up the middle finger to the King of England is another epic journey. This will open the doors to me for places to go visit, meet good people and travel on two wheels to get there. Maybe it will entice others to come visit and start their own journey? I'm a self admitted history dork.   





Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on May 25, 2018, 12:01:51 AM
I was out running errands today and made quite a few stops. First stop was Fredericksburg Motor Sports for some oil, filter and what not for the first service on the Xmax which is coming up quickly.
While I was at the parts counter they had this pic sitting on the counter. Yes, that's a patron of the place! Bwahahaha!  :crazy: :confused: :wow:
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Stopped at a historic marker, nothing epic.
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1 mile from the yammerhammer shop is George Washington's "childhood" home. Hmmm.. I've never stopped to look but the sun was shining and I was in no rush, why not.

So I scoot on in and I'm greeted by the welcome center. Ferry Farm George Washington Center. http://www.kenmore.org/ff_home.html (http://www.kenmore.org/ff_home.html)
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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on May 25, 2018, 12:02:10 AM
So I went inside and was milling about to see if there was anything interesting. They had very little to showcase in the welcome center as far as artifacts. That said, here's what they did have...
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Soooo... I promply signed the register and rolled out to see the grounds and GW's "home"!
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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on May 25, 2018, 12:02:51 AM
A beautiful manicured estate.
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I walked along the pathe to get to the main attraction, GW's boyhood home! Signage to get you pumped about being there. There's some nuggets of info here that might be noteworthy.
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As I approach the "home" I'm greeted by this curator.
- Him: "May I see your badge?"
- Me: Um, I waited a half hour for the lady at the desk but she seemed over G'd so I just walked back here.
- Him: So I'm going to have to ask you to leave the premises and take no more pictures until you get a pass. 
- Me: Ummm...okay, can I ask one question? Is that GW's boyhood home pointing behind him.
- Him: There is no record what his house looked like and this home is a typical representation of what a home looked like back from that era.
- Me: So all the banners and what not are conjecture as well?
- Him: Yes
- Me: Have a good day sir.

So I snapped one pic of the alleged home and bounced. Honestly, I felt like going back to the welcome center and changing what I wrote in the visitor log...
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My advice is take a pass on seeing this sight.  (where's the two thumbs down emote?)


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on May 25, 2018, 12:03:10 AM
So I stopped by the Indian of Fredericksburg on the way home. They are offering demo day on April 24th & 25th. Stop by and have a go on one of their finest.
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(https://photos.smugmug.com/2018-Yamaha-Xmax-1/i-gzkkWSb/0/5ad0c772/XL/20180421_160613-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2018-Yamaha-Xmax-1/i-gzkkWSb/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2018-Yamaha-Xmax-1/i-zTDgpFv/0/57fc1707/XL/20180421_160618-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2018-Yamaha-Xmax-1/i-zTDgpFv/A)

Some nice look'n used bikes as well.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2018-Yamaha-Xmax-1/i-HNK6QH8/0/6091bd04/XL/20180421_160722-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2018-Yamaha-Xmax-1/i-HNK6QH8/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2018-Yamaha-Xmax-1/i-LZdxJGv/0/4fd3b877/XL/20180421_160759-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2018-Yamaha-Xmax-1/i-LZdxJGv/A)




Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on May 25, 2018, 12:05:39 AM
One member on here and also ADV asked me to compare the 946 vs. the Xmax. Here were my thoughts.

I took a few moments to share my thoughts with a member on ADV on a comparison between my two scoots that he asked. I thought it was noteworthy enough that I would post it here.

I didn't reply to you remark in the Xmax thread as I needed to put some thought into it. I'm abut 400 or 500 miles into the Xmax and have a somewhat better feel for this scoot and I'll share my thoughts on the it vs. the 946 which are polar opposites of each other in the scooting world.

I view the world through a different lens than most so please take my remarks lightly.

Let's start with the ups and downs of both.

Vespa 946 <---- see what I did there, text is the same color as my scoot ;)
+ Single cylinder 4 stroke, air cooled, SOHC - 3 valve
+ Style, just a beautiful scoot (subjective)
+ Air cooled, may be a benefit to some folks for simplicity
+ Fit and finish is amazing
+ Reliability? I put mine through the wringer and she stood tall, many others swear by them on this front, time will tell
+ Seat on the 946 is awesome
+ Handling and suspension is right decent
+ ABS & traction control
+ LED lights except DOT winkers (modified by me)
+ up to 100 mpg (U.S. gallon)
+ Brakes are incredible
+ 2 year factory warranty
- Dealer network is very lack luster
- Mine is slooooow but when it gets there it holds like a freight train
- Cost of parts
- Air cooled, may be a negative to other folks
- Service intervals are sooner
- Not much real estate for a passenger
- Minimal gauges
- Price
- Fuel filler is a major PITA, sprays gas when topping off 100% of the time
- Have to pop the seat to fill with fuel

Yamaha Xmax
+ 292cc liquid-cooled 4-stroke, SOHC single cylinder; 4 valves
+ HUGE storage at 45L
+ Yamaha reliability
+ Room for a tall person
+ ABS & traction control
+ Fit and finish decent
+ Seat is actually not bad, no hump-ectomy necessary
+ LED lights except DOT winkers (will be modified by me)
+ 70 to 80 mpg (U.S. gallon)
+ Excellent real estate for a passenger
+ Gauges are a stand out feature
+ Adjustable windshield and handlebars
+ Very good stock OEM winshield
+ Top speed around 100, cruising at 75 to 85 mph is effortless
+ The perfect size for a maxi scoot (to me)
+ Brakes are incredible
- Looks like every other Japanese scoot
- 1 year factory warranty
- Typical tabs everywhere that are easy to snap when removing bodywork

So there's a few of my thoughts regarding real world experience on these two scoots. Now which one would I choose to keep if I could only have one? The 946 hands down despite my lengthy list of negatives listed above.

The Xmax does it all flawlessly. I do mean all, 2 up, utilitarian, storage, rack & topbox if you wish, etc. The 946 does it with grace and style to me. Wherever I go, people young and old walk up to me and just want to chat about the Vespa. The smile I have on my face every time I ride it is hard to explain.

The 946 and I have been on a huge adventure starting the day I bought her. Honestly, in all my riding decades I have never been hit with so much bad weather literally for days. She marched through it 12 to 14 hours a day and kept me safe. So to be fair, I have a bond with this scoot that no other scooter can dethrone.

In closing I suggested that I view the world through a different lens then most at the beginning of this post. Theretically let's say I had my choice of a 2018 BMW R1200RT with all the goodies or a 2018 Yamaha TW200 or Suzuki VanVan and a little money to prep it to take a trip from VA to AK. I would take the TW200 all day long! To me the adventure starts by just having just enough to get the job done, not 10 times the amount of what it takes to get there. I would have more fun setting up a TW with nav, making racks and attaching hard bags, where to store the gas can, etc. etc. I promise you I would have an epic journey to share on my ride report/day tripp'n.

When I'm on my last legs laying there in bed and my life is coming to an end, I will not be reminiscing the many times I've ridden across country on 1,000+cc m/c. I will be laying there remembering the epic journey on my 946 or if I chose the TW like mentioned above.

So I am most definitely the wrong person to ask advice or opinions on pretty much anything. I always seem to take the hard road and take a beating along the way. My father used to say, "the definition of an adventure is a disaster that worked out."

Pops and I after we dared each other to go to Seattle for a cup of coffee. Stopped at Luguna Seca to see my favorite racer John Kocinski, bought my first ever pair of riding boots there, had nothing but  a backpack with a couple changes of clothes, none of my gear was waterproof back then, performance awards for both of us in Carmel, what a freak'n adventure that was...

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Fun-Stuff/i-LQ7GjNk/1/87462d2b/XL/20180423_173632-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/Fun-Stuff/i-LQ7GjNk/A)

Thanks for reading,

Eric


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on May 25, 2018, 12:06:47 AM
Soo... I'm scoot'n today and happen upon this baby box turtle. Shuffled him off into the woods.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2018-Yamaha-Xmax-1/i-ZVrNS5K/0/abfa2e59/XL/20180427_143034-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2018-Yamaha-Xmax-1/i-ZVrNS5K/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2018-Yamaha-Xmax-1/i-R9RvTRP/0/c26bec91/XL/20180427_143043-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2018-Yamaha-Xmax-1/i-R9RvTRP/A)


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on May 25, 2018, 12:07:37 AM
April 28th 2018 - I scooted up to see my family today and as luck would have it my nephew-in-law and my BIL so we went for a nice country road ride along the Shenandoah River. Talk about 3 amigos, we have Harley dude, Ducati dude and scooter boi. lol
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2018-Yamaha-Xmax-1/i-Q4M3fjK/0/8276f6d3/XL/20180428_111808-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2018-Yamaha-Xmax-1/i-Q4M3fjK/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2018-Yamaha-Xmax-1/i-cPJRNrZ/0/1228b0fa/XL/20180428_111815-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2018-Yamaha-Xmax-1/i-cPJRNrZ/A)

Stopped off to see my great niece Ava play her first soccer game.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2018-Yamaha-Xmax-1/i-XBTDHg6/0/5501494e/XL/20180428_094804-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2018-Yamaha-Xmax-1/i-XBTDHg6/A)
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Settled in for a nice lunch. Life was most excellent today.
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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on May 25, 2018, 12:07:57 AM
I scooted down to Wegmans, the best grocery store evar!
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2018-Yamaha-Xmax-1/i-3zSLGvr/0/83cee323/XL/20180511_173051-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2018-Yamaha-Xmax-1/i-3zSLGvr/A)

Nobody does holidays like Wegmans, check out the entryway for Mother's Day.
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Picked up some clams and some Alaskan King crab legs for Mother's Day supper along with some roses. Don't forget your misses this Mother's Day even if you have no kids. She takes care of you and your pets with the same love.
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Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there!


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on May 25, 2018, 12:09:17 AM
I have a few miscellaneous photos to post up but that's the lion's share of it.

Eric


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Clampett on May 25, 2018, 03:13:56 AM
Kewl beans Eric!!!


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on May 25, 2018, 03:51:34 AM
Not much scooting in this post but 2 weekends ago I hosted my first spring rally at Casa De Redneck. I was worried about a decent turnout.

The first two showed early so i took them on some of my favorite roads in VA. Then the rest started to trickle in.

All your roads belong to us!

Mine on the left, Jimmy's in the middle and VFRMike on the right. We took a short ride, maybe 200+ miles and cut back across 211 through the Shenandoah Nat'l Forest. The The roads were just perfect!
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2018-Sto-Spring-Meet-at-Lake-Anna-VA/i-KMpRbqj/0/0e30db22/XL/20180504_141255-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2018-Sto-Spring-Meet-at-Lake-Anna-VA/i-KMpRbqj/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2018-Sto-Spring-Meet-at-Lake-Anna-VA/i-vP76rK7/0/6f3e4cae/XL/20180504_154038-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2018-Sto-Spring-Meet-at-Lake-Anna-VA/i-vP76rK7/A)

OHScot and Bill sporting his brand new Trumpet he bought last week. He was sneaking in the first service in this photo at Casa De Redneck.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2018-Sto-Spring-Meet-at-Lake-Anna-VA/i-NXWHNCv/0/8ab50320/XL/20180504_154042-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2018-Sto-Spring-Meet-at-Lake-Anna-VA/i-NXWHNCv/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2018-Sto-Spring-Meet-at-Lake-Anna-VA/i-DT88qbH/0/6793adf5/XL/20180504_154209-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2018-Sto-Spring-Meet-at-Lake-Anna-VA/i-DT88qbH/A)

OHScot's beautiful K12GT!
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2018-Sto-Spring-Meet-at-Lake-Anna-VA/i-K6mbGkq/0/7409a510/XL/20180504_154747-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2018-Sto-Spring-Meet-at-Lake-Anna-VA/i-K6mbGkq/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2018-Sto-Spring-Meet-at-Lake-Anna-VA/i-vSdtnsw/0/daa992d0/XL/20180504_171051-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2018-Sto-Spring-Meet-at-Lake-Anna-VA/i-vSdtnsw/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2018-Sto-Spring-Meet-at-Lake-Anna-VA/i-4xVrJzH/0/cd536329/XL/20180504_175245-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2018-Sto-Spring-Meet-at-Lake-Anna-VA/i-4xVrJzH/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2018-Sto-Spring-Meet-at-Lake-Anna-VA/i-6jww3ZV/0/8089bddc/XL/20180504_181135-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2018-Sto-Spring-Meet-at-Lake-Anna-VA/i-6jww3ZV/A)

Holy crap and I was worried folks would show!
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Jager bombs!
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2018-Sto-Spring-Meet-at-Lake-Anna-VA/i-b5psFnX/0/17eb0e66/XL/20180504_204606-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2018-Sto-Spring-Meet-at-Lake-Anna-VA/i-b5psFnX/A)


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on May 25, 2018, 03:51:57 AM
At 3:30 in the morning I was up starting to prepare breakfast. I have to go back out and look in the garage. It looks like a m/c dealership. Wow!
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2018-Sto-Spring-Meet-at-Lake-Anna-VA/i-XN3WfQs/0/2b4ff9ca/XL/20180505_051041-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2018-Sto-Spring-Meet-at-Lake-Anna-VA/i-XN3WfQs/A)

Here's the scene where everyone is asking, "where are you going?" lol
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2018-Sto-Spring-Meet-at-Lake-Anna-VA/i-2tsXQcC/0/a4e6f044/XL/20180505_080458-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2018-Sto-Spring-Meet-at-Lake-Anna-VA/i-2tsXQcC/A)

VFRMike headed back home to Myrtle. Glad you made the trip!
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2018-Sto-Spring-Meet-at-Lake-Anna-VA/i-QCHJ4hz/0/bcf71b53/XL/20180505_081602-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2018-Sto-Spring-Meet-at-Lake-Anna-VA/i-QCHJ4hz/A)


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on May 25, 2018, 03:52:26 AM
Big Frank didn't fit in the bunk beds so we had to improvise. ;)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2018-Sto-Spring-Meet-at-Lake-Anna-VA/i-cXcWsDN/0/b9b7d386/XL/20180504_212351-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2018-Sto-Spring-Meet-at-Lake-Anna-VA/i-cXcWsDN/A)

Smoker in the house and Scott189 hiding in the back!
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2018-Sto-Spring-Meet-at-Lake-Anna-VA/i-VBjX2cn/0/a586c818/XL/20180504_212355-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2018-Sto-Spring-Meet-at-Lake-Anna-VA/i-VBjX2cn/A)

Tankhead squeaked in :)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2018-Sto-Spring-Meet-at-Lake-Anna-VA/i-dZZtxqS/0/b3564355/XL/20180504_212359-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2018-Sto-Spring-Meet-at-Lake-Anna-VA/i-dZZtxqS/A)

I'll get a few more pictures tonight, I was lucky to get these in with all that was going on.

(more to come)


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on May 25, 2018, 03:52:47 AM
Pizza!
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2018-Sto-Spring-Meet-at-Lake-Anna-VA/i-h8Cb77g/0/7668c01e/XL/20180505_200026-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2018-Sto-Spring-Meet-at-Lake-Anna-VA/i-h8Cb77g/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2018-Sto-Spring-Meet-at-Lake-Anna-VA/i-8G3JXXj/0/242a887a/XL/20180505_195927-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2018-Sto-Spring-Meet-at-Lake-Anna-VA/i-8G3JXXj/A)

Frank dusting off the oldies. ;)
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Jimmy taking the El Camino to get the pizzas!

(https://photos.smugmug.com/2018-Sto-Spring-Meet-at-Lake-Anna-VA/i-kBJP3zN/0/a6602a76/XL/20180505_193249-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2018-Sto-Spring-Meet-at-Lake-Anna-VA/i-kBJP3zN/A)

Scott189 and his son Eric. Two finest folks I have ever met.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2018-Sto-Spring-Meet-at-Lake-Anna-VA/i-MdC28LB/0/ed8e1e17/XL/20180505_183946-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2018-Sto-Spring-Meet-at-Lake-Anna-VA/i-MdC28LB/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2018-Sto-Spring-Meet-at-Lake-Anna-VA/i-5v9tn7r/0/9a965d6a/XL/20180505_183838-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2018-Sto-Spring-Meet-at-Lake-Anna-VA/i-5v9tn7r/A)

There's a wonderful story of this bike, more on that later. This is Slayman's ride.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2018-Sto-Spring-Meet-at-Lake-Anna-VA/i-72p59RM/0/09da7fd2/XL/20180505_183824-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2018-Sto-Spring-Meet-at-Lake-Anna-VA/i-72p59RM/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2018-Sto-Spring-Meet-at-Lake-Anna-VA/i-2kkhCBM/0/e4ffc1ec/XL/20180505_184241-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2018-Sto-Spring-Meet-at-Lake-Anna-VA/i-2kkhCBM/A)

Smoker making vroom vroom noises on the FZ.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2018-Sto-Spring-Meet-at-Lake-Anna-VA/i-PH87749/0/0c19118e/XL/20180505_183452-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2018-Sto-Spring-Meet-at-Lake-Anna-VA/i-PH87749/A)

MotoGP qualifying in the Saloon.
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Chill'n like a villain...
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2018-Sto-Spring-Meet-at-Lake-Anna-VA/i-m2NZFk6/0/2dad731c/XL/20180505_213110-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2018-Sto-Spring-Meet-at-Lake-Anna-VA/i-m2NZFk6/A)

Our Moroccan scooter contraband!  
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Manhattans Up via Bulleit bourbon.
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Group therapy!
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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on May 25, 2018, 03:54:16 AM
Tankhead was first to jet!
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Others soon followed.
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Quaker State boys represented.
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Eric is Chris' son, first father son m/c trip I believe. :)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2018-Sto-Spring-Meet-at-Lake-Anna-VA/i-6DNNT99/0/b821c34c/XL/20180506_081849-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2018-Sto-Spring-Meet-at-Lake-Anna-VA/i-6DNNT99/A)
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Loaded up Big Jimmy!
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He heard about American drivers so he opted to wear his helmet back to Canada, Oh Canada!
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Big Frank in the house. The GPS guru!
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Slayman!
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Two non-members are still asleep.. Hmmm  :headscratch: :headscratch: I'll have to roust these two up! lol Best friends from NC.
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Daisy Mae heard the rumble of all the bikes enough to interrupter her snack time. (which never happens) She's going to miss all the company.
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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on May 25, 2018, 03:55:35 AM
Moroccan Sam! Our scooter contraband attendee that was kind enough to share a load of cigars for the boys. (soon to be a member of st.o)
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(https://photos.smugmug.com/2018-Sto-Spring-Meet-at-Lake-Anna-VA/i-Wdb3Njj/0/f09ba063/XL/20180506_101627-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2018-Sto-Spring-Meet-at-Lake-Anna-VA/i-Wdb3Njj/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2018-Sto-Spring-Meet-at-Lake-Anna-VA/i-WFNjGkN/0/980d2949/XL/20180506_101635-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2018-Sto-Spring-Meet-at-Lake-Anna-VA/i-WFNjGkN/A)

The concludes my first hosting of a m/c meet and it was a huge success!

Thanks for reading,

Eric




Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on May 25, 2018, 03:56:31 AM
Out scooting today running some errands!
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I hope everyone has a good Memorial Day holiday this weekend!


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: minimac on May 25, 2018, 02:06:26 PM
Eric, you'll have to plan a scooter get together. Your place looks great(and the El Camino), and I'm sorry I missed this event. I'm glad you made the journey to the site. You guys coming over from the ADV and Sport Touring  boards are a great addition. I hope you decide to stick around!


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on June 05, 2018, 01:22:38 AM
AmeriaVespa starts this Wednesday and I'll be meeting up with two friends at the cabin and then headed to Richmond. We'll see how the roads are getting there as it's been a little crazy weather wise.

I'll do my best to get lots of pictures for folks and try to get them posted by the end of each day. Tomorrow I'll detail the 946 and get packed for the trip.

More to come in 48 hours!

Eric
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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on June 07, 2018, 02:21:32 AM
Just got checked in at the Graduate Hotel in Richmond!

First my friends riding down with me met up at Casa De Redneck. Alex who bought my old BV350 and Ahmad is visiting from Egypt to attend the event. Ahmad offers scooters tours across Egypt.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2018-Yamaha-Xmax-1/i-PfDz3Jz/0/8dfa36cf/XL/20180606_175116-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2018-Yamaha-Xmax-1/i-PfDz3Jz/A)

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The other guy in this pic is Alex as well, he own's a 946 in white with the red leather and a member on MV. ;)
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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on June 07, 2018, 02:31:09 AM
We get parked in the underground parking and first sight I see is one or two of the 2018 Scooter Cannonball contestants. I believe the beige scoot is Brooks!
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2018-Yamaha-Xmax-1/i-NBbPktX/0/33618b15/XL/20180606_194208-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2018-Yamaha-Xmax-1/i-NBbPktX/A)

Random shots.
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Check out these two twins!
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(https://photos.smugmug.com/2018-Yamaha-Xmax-1/i-hmSgd46/0/2f389419/XL/20180606_194254-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2018-Yamaha-Xmax-1/i-hmSgd46/A)

Up in the hotel lobby. ;) The one on the right is being raffled off.
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Hmmm??? We must of gotten the doghouse room. lol
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Nice of them to set a stand for my Rossi helmet!
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(more to come)


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on June 07, 2018, 11:17:39 PM
We hit up a pool hall that was the chosen hangout this evening and was in walking distance so we could partake. :) Scooters covered the front and side.
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I chatted with gal that had a two tone red/whiTe Vespa that was stunning. She was super proud of it and she should be.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-PHPxMwH/0/7d34e0c8/XL/20180606_212008-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-PHPxMwH/A)

The scene!
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Bulleit on the rocks for me!
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First person I recognize is GoPam who just completed her first Cannonball. It was great hearing about her adventures on the journey.
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GoPam orders a drink and they randomly hand you a coaster. Amazing what hers said on the title!
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-Zn8vDzd/0/89cd27aa/XL/20180606_213117-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-Zn8vDzd/A)

The front is a partial pic of the art a local did and is hanging in the bar.
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So off we went to find this piece of art. Bam!
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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on June 07, 2018, 11:18:40 PM
How about an Allstate.
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I'm sorry I didn't catch this young couples names but they were having a great time.
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We didn't get to eat so we stopped at an all night diner and found this place where I ordered a pattymelt.
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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on June 07, 2018, 11:24:35 PM
A couple of random pics and I'll be darned if I forgot these fine folks names. Apologies.
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Alex and Ahmad on the right and Brook and his lovely wife on the left.
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The room keys have famous peeps on them that I think have stayed in the old Graduate Hotel.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-C3ddQxG/1/c3c395f2/XL/20180606_204802-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-C3ddQxG/A)
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This concludes day 1!


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Maggie on June 07, 2018, 11:28:32 PM
Great pictures and reports!  Thanks for sharing.  Love the doghouse room.


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on June 08, 2018, 05:08:15 AM
Sitting in the bar at the hotel updating this thread.
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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on June 08, 2018, 05:09:06 AM
So I opted for the long ride of the available rides today and motored out to Monticello. Home of our 3rd U.S. president and author of the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson.
https://home.monticello.org/

First a few pics from the garage as there always seems to be a new batch when I happen by.
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A pic of us ready to roll on the ride today.
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We scooted along country roads for 70 to 80 miles and when we arrived at Monticello we stopped for gas. Everyone was in festive spirits!
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Bagel tried out the 946.  ;) He rode his Vespa 4,600 to get here from CA.
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We stopped for lunch and had some awesome southern fried chicken.
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This fine gent from NC had the big screen of navs! Wow!
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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on June 08, 2018, 05:10:13 AM
Next stop Monticello! ****History Alert!****

We entered at the David M. Rubenstein Center. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Rubenstein
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Looks like TJ had brass balls! ;0
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The view from his home.
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Look familiar? Monticello is on the U.S. nickel or back then known as a half dime.
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Check out these trees! The trunk on this one was 6' wide!
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This one had branches that extended 20 yards, yes I said yards. They are so heavy the they grew back down to the ground.
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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on June 08, 2018, 05:11:13 AM
Some fun facts.
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Thomas Jefferson had a thing for clocks and an anti-thing for grandfather clocks. Every room had multiple clocks that most were weight driven like this one. Inside it had a pulley system which used heavy weights which only lasted 6 days. TJ stated his entryway was only a 6 day wall height, not a 7. lol The engineering in this home is astounding for the 17th century. Sadly no pics of the interior as we were not allowed.

Note this clock only had 1 hand.
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At the entryway if you looked up was a compass driven by the weather vein on the roof. Fascinating stuff! I should mention that 90% of this home and artifacts are real.
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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on June 08, 2018, 05:11:55 AM
Thomas Jefferson hoped that his family would be able to live on at Monticello after his death. He left the property to his daughter, Martha Jefferson Randolph, and her children. Jefferson's enormous debt load, however, as well as the expenses of maintaining the building and lands proved too much to handle. Although there were several belated plans to save Monticello for the family, nothing came of them, and Mrs. Randolph put Monticello and its furnishings up for sale. Much of Jefferson's furniture, plate, and farm equipment, as well as 140 slaves, were bought at a public auction in 1827. The idiosyncratic mansion proved harder to sell. Finally, four years after the auction, the house and property went to an eccentric Charlottesville druggist, James Barclay, for $7,500.

James Barclay despised Jefferson's political ideals, and had very little interest in the great house itself. He wanted the land for a scheme that would turn Monticello into a silkworm farm. In order to plant mulberry trees, Barclay tore out many of the trees Jefferson had planted and uprooted the extensive gardens. Within three years, the project predictably failed, and Barclay now looked around for a buyer. In 1834, he sold the house and surrounding land for $2,500 to Uriah Phillips Levy, an officer in the United States Navy.

Uriah Phillips Levy really believed in TJ's freedom of religion, thus bought and preserved his home out of respect till the U.S. bought it back. If it wan't for Mr. Levy, it would be gone.

TJ was broke at the end of his life. The war of 1812 broke out and Washington lost it's library in that war as it was burned down to the ground. TJ (being broke and needed the $$ sold his book collection to the U.S. which is the Library of Congress today.



Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on June 08, 2018, 05:23:47 AM
Piaggio held a welcome meet and greet at the Maymont Robbins Nature Center.
https://maymont.org/animals/nature-center/

So I motored over there to see what all the hubbub was. Here'a pic in the lobby as I entered.
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And it's on! Another scooter throw down.
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45s! Man, I'm old...
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I met many new folks and what I really enjoyed was the positive energy and good nature all these folks had.

Oh yeah, The drakes and geese attack! lmao
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Meanwhile back at the hotel, some more random shots. Mid-evil pimp!
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Helix in the house!
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This pic doesn't do this scoot justice. Simply put, it was stunning. Two tone in portifino green with a painted on pinstripe in brown to match the brown leather seat. Well played!
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Ummm... waiting for the elevator...
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This concludes day 2.

(more to come)

Life is short, enjoy the ride.

Eric


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on June 08, 2018, 05:30:18 AM
Great pictures and reports!  Thanks for sharing.  Love the doghouse room.

Thanks Maggie! I hope my dribble is entertaining.

Eric


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on June 08, 2018, 08:56:46 PM
Day 3

Back in the bar in the ac cooling off with a Legend Brown Ale, a fine VA brown ale!
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Let's start the day to see what's in the garage this morning. ;)
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I took off early to go top off my tank and I happen upon this. An air pump that takes credit cards at $1.50 a pop. wtf...
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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on June 08, 2018, 09:09:47 PM
Rode back to the hotel to pick up my swag kit and check out the raffle goodies.
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This mornings ride it to Petersburg, VA. So I milled about and talked to many folks going on the rides today. This scoot was awesome for a rat bike. Broken plastic all around, sprayed red blood all over it and the fury seat to top it off.
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General Lee scoot, must be a Dukes of Hazard fan.
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I've been wanting to chat with this rider in particular. Hands down my favorite scoot at AmeriVespa! Turns out it belongs to a another Cannonballer Cynthia hailing from PA. She rode this awesome 2-stroke P200 4,300 to 4,500 miles across the U.S. I asked her what she used for her routing, she stated she used a roller and color coded the turns. Pretty freak'n awesome. Respect!
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She calls her scoot Sloppy Joe and loves octopuses. Love it!
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The horn cover.
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Check out the octopus seat and there's a medallion/button thing dead center. I asked what the heck and did it bother your bum? She said no, it keeps me awake! LOL
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I asked what the deal was with the spark plug on the floor board, she said she put it on in Arizona and wanted to see if it would fall off, been there all the across the U.S.
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61,000 legit miles on her scoot!
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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on June 08, 2018, 09:26:03 PM
****History Alert****

The scoots at Petersburg Battlefield.
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Meet Cynthia.
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The Siege of Petersburg: The Longest Military Event of the Civil War

Nine and a half months, 70,000 casualties, the suffering of civilians, thousands of U. S. Colored Troops fighting for the freedom of their race, and the decline of Gen. Robert E. Lee's Army of No. Virginia all describe the Siege of Petersburg. It was here Gen. Ulysses S. Grant cut off all of Petersburg's supply lines ensuring the fall of Richmond on April 3, 1865. Six days later, Lee surrendered.

Park Units
Petersburg National Battlefield is composed of three major units and an additional managed component.

Eastern Front Visitor Center and Park Tour Road
Located off Virginia Route 36 east of Petersburg, the Eastern Front Visitor Center is the main visitor contact station for the Battlefield. Here, visitors can view exhibits and movies about the Siege of Petersburg as well as view Battery #5, an important early site in the Siege. The park entrance fee is also collected on the Eastern Front Visitor Center access road.[citation needed]

After leaving the Visitor Center, one can begin their park tour. A motor tour route runs from Virginia Route 36 to US Route 301. Along the way, visitors can view sites such as Fort Stedman and The Crater.

Five Forks Battlefield
Main article: Five Forks Battlefield
Located in Dinwiddie County about 14 miles (23 km) southwest of downtown Petersburg, this unit contains the site of the Battle of Five Forks, which destroyed a sizable portion of the remaining Confederate Army of Northern Virginia. Sometimes called the "Waterloo of the Confederacy," Five Forks helped set in motion a series of events that led to Robert E. Lee's subsequent surrender at Appomattox Court House.[citation needed]
https://www.nps.gov/pete/index.htm (https://www.nps.gov/pete/index.htm)

This pic depicts the mounts where the fort used to stand.
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We stopped for lunch in a quaint cobblestone farmer's market that's been converted into a restaurant.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-KxRqtc4/0/d3ae001c/XL/20180608_113455-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-KxRqtc4/A)
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Of course here's the obligatory food pics. I had the smoked salmon cobb salad which was outstanding!
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-nFK77Hz/0/562246cf/XL/20180608_121534-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-nFK77Hz/A)
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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on June 08, 2018, 09:35:25 PM
We skedaddled back to the hotel so folks could catch the afternoon ride. There was oodles of folks ready for the next round of rides.
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My man on the dragon scoot!
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Here's a quick video of one group heading out.
https://vimeo.com/274140173

I walk up the entrance and Zero has a tent and two of their bikes on display.
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I had an interesting chat with the rep of Zero. Confederate m/c is now Curtiss Motorcycles and going with Zero's platform to build their bikes. I asked how climbing into bed with Curtiss is going? He stated in not, we sold them a couple bikes, they dismantled them and built their bikes around their platform. They have no business agreement with them. Hmm... We talked in depth about longevity, range, warranty, recharging, etc. etc. Facinating and exciting stuff happening on 2 wheels.

That's it for now, going to order another brown ale and see what kind of trouble I can get into tonight!

(more to come)


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Maggie on June 09, 2018, 01:19:29 AM
Looks like so much fun!!  Enjoy your brown ale!


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: msgtphil on June 09, 2018, 07:32:31 PM
Spiffy and interesting stuff!


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: CathyN on June 09, 2018, 07:58:35 PM
Eric, I am really enjoying your posts.  Finally got to catch up on them today.   Didn’t realize Amerivespa was this weekend let alone in Richmond, VA.  I have never attended one of there Rally’s.  They had one in Lake Geneva, Wi in 2012 which is about 65 miles from me.  Started riding late 2010 didn’t pay attention to rally’s back then.  Looks like your having fun. 

Your first get together was a success and looked like you all had a great time.  I agree with minimac you should organize a scooter meet.

I saw you posted a picture of the steam engine 611. That you would like to ride.  Bob and I have ridden on that engine many years ago and chased it a few times to get pictures.  Those were fun times.  Hope you can come down to Alabama this September so we can all meet you. 

Cathy


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Silver on June 09, 2018, 11:42:09 PM
The great photos just keep on coming. Thank you for sharing with all of us.


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on June 10, 2018, 05:49:13 AM
Eric, I am really enjoying your posts.  Finally got to catch up on them today.   Didn’t realize Amerivespa was this weekend let alone in Richmond, VA.  I have never attended one of there Rally’s.  They had one in Lake Geneva, Wi in 2012 which is about 65 miles from me.  Started riding late 2010 didn’t pay attention to rally’s back then.  Looks like your having fun. 

Your first get together was a success and looked like you all had a great time.  I agree with minimac you should organize a scooter meet.

I saw you posted a picture of the steam engine 611. That you would like to ride.  Bob and I have ridden on that engine many years ago and chased it a few times to get pictures.  Those were fun times.  Hope you can come down to Alabama this September so we can all meet you. 

Cathy

Cathy,

I really appreciate you taking the time to read and comment in kind. Thank you.



Looks like so much fun!!  Enjoy your brown ale!

Maggie,

Once again, thank you!

Spiffy and interesting stuff!

Mastersargent,

Many thanks!

The great photos just keep on coming. Thank you for sharing with all of us.

Silver,

Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

Eric


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on June 10, 2018, 05:49:20 AM
We went to Bandito Burritos for happy hour and it was on!
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Someone had tickets to a minor league game the Richmond Flying Squirrels!
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I ordered a pile of nachos and we all shared.
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Next stop was Broadberrys which was kind of a bar with a stage for bands and an outside patio. AmeriVespa reserved the whole joint. We got kicked out qt 11 PM, and I do mean kicked out. They were serious about closing the doors at 11. Weird...
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-8SmKpTX/0/fec13abd/XL/20180608_211001-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-8SmKpTX/A)
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So we went to the hotel bar downstairs, just closed at 11:30 but the rooftop bar was open. So we went up there. They close at midnight and got in for last call and kicked out of there. lol No pictures of the rest but I can say I've been kicked out of 3 bars in one night. ;)

This concludes day 3

(more to come)


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on June 10, 2018, 05:57:33 AM
So I got up this morning to meet some friends for breakfast and I bump into Dan from ADV hailing from Michigan. He recognized my helmet he and his lovely wife came over to thank me for my blogs that I post and that they enjoy them. I am humbled by such kindness, many thanks!
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A random mural painted on the side of a building. Ummmm, put down the crack pipe!
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We stopped a great place to get a bite to eat and I rode up on the sidewalks. My friends were kind of freaked out! I said VA and DC are very scooter friendly and as long as you're not blocking the sidewalk, good to go. They were all sketchy about it and low and behold the scoots were still there after breakfast. ;)
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Biscuits and sausage gravy for me. Hey! What can I say, I'm a redneck.
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The others.
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Veggie sausage. Sacrilege!
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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on June 10, 2018, 06:12:27 AM
We bounced outta there and beat feet over to the Richmond Raceway where some folks chose to take their scoots on the race track. I wanted to see the gymkhana!

But first a couple of pics of the scene. There must of been over 300 scoots there.
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I loved the Betty Boop Mermaid.
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Japanese anime anyone?
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I'm a huge Guzzi fan and this bike was absolutely flawless.
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BMW had a tent set up with some of their products. Their electric scoot was stunning and brilliant at the same time.
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This pic of the colored dash was a terrible pic but was amazing to see in person.
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Zero had their tent setup as well. I had no idea they offered an ADV bike.
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Vespa showed us a peek at their 2019 line up and I must say the flat red was stunning.
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Ahmad set up and was telling folks about his scooter tours through Egypt, Africa and India.
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That's it for tonight, I'm bushed. It's midnight and the rain has set in pretty hard tonight. I hope to wake up tomorrow to blue skies for my trip home. I have some neat video of the gymkhana to share and I'll get this chapter of my adventures wrapped up tomorrow.

Thanks for reading,

Eric

Life is short, enjoy the ride.


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Maggie on June 10, 2018, 02:41:45 PM
NO shortage of fun!!


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: CathyN on June 10, 2018, 05:52:10 PM
NO shortage of fun!!

+1


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: klaviator on June 10, 2018, 06:26:42 PM
Great job covering this event Eric :clap: :clap:.  You have definitely upped my motivation to try to make it to AmeriVespa in one of the upcoming years.


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on June 10, 2018, 08:28:06 PM
Gymkhana videos, all are very short, maybe 1 minute long unedited raw footage. Yes, I'm lazy!

Race
https://vimeo.com/274362211
https://vimeo.com/274362199
https://vimeo.com/274362194
https://vimeo.com/274362175


Barrel Racing
https://vimeo.com/274362375
https://vimeo.com/274362359
https://vimeo.com/274362342
https://vimeo.com/274362328
https://vimeo.com/274362315
https://vimeo.com/274362282
https://vimeo.com/274362272

Frisbee Toss
https://vimeo.com/274362252
https://vimeo.com/274362243

Slow Race
https://vimeo.com/274362236




Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on June 10, 2018, 08:45:41 PM
They were throwing out CoolAss seat covers to the crowd and Dan's wife got one. It was hot and she made a great hat out of it! LOL
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Cheech & Chong socks! My life is complete now! lmao
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This lucky fine gent won the vintage Vespa in the raffle! My tradition of a loosing streak in raffles continues for over half a decade! Woohoo!
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This is "THE" pic of the trip to me and my new screen shot for my PC. The sign in front of Richmond Raceway with my 946 in the O! Love it, pun intended! ;)
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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on June 10, 2018, 08:52:08 PM
The "V" is made out of helmets.
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So we skedaddled off to the banquet supper in this grand building.
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Scoots galore per usual.
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Nice Trumpet bobber parked out front.
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The supper was held in a ballroom done up in Egyptian motif.
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This young lady won the brand new modern Vespa (I think a Primavera). Everyone was super happy for her. The awards banquet was a big hit.
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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on June 10, 2018, 08:55:02 PM
Whoops, I forgot one pic at the racetrack. I was helping this lady stow her very heavy collapsible awning in its hardcase to fly it back to CA. Ummm, it was a Kodak moment. Hehe
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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on June 10, 2018, 09:00:43 PM
Loaded up the scoot this morning a little hung over... The upswing is the rain had subsided so I jetted out of there and skipped the breakfast.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-3XWjq2T/0/f5f2d2f0/XL/20180610_100717-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-3XWjq2T/A)

This lady was rolling out with her pup.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-T8KSJSL/0/1f41d1a9/XL/20180610_100524-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-T8KSJSL/A)

I took scenic back roads home and of course a turtle was crossing the road. So I turn around, snap a pic and he pees all over me. Like where did he hide all that pee. No good deed goes unpunished.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-N3Ms4Bp/0/92b043c7/XL/20180610_111648-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-N3Ms4Bp/A)

My home state I'm so proud of.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-Js6zrKq/0/03ad39c0/XL/20180610_111419-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-Js6zrKq/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-9J8vTW3/0/b623423e/XL/20180610_105156-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-9J8vTW3/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-sTcWSLj/0/b80c245a/XL/20180610_105145-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-sTcWSLj/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-XM6CTZq/0/cafca25a/XL/20180610_113250-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-XM6CTZq/A)



Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on June 10, 2018, 09:21:14 PM
By the numbers. AmeriVespa was in my back yard so not very tall numbers this trip but still manage some quality scooting!
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-CVnmBz6/0/16501ac9/XL/20180610_151413-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-CVnmBz6/A)

I want to take a moment to thank AmeriVespa as they did a fabulous job. The event went off without a flaw and they should be congratulated. 7 Hills Scooter Club who hosted this event and quite frankly worked their buns off planning the day trips, leading the rides and many, many more venues.  http://7hillsscooterclub.com/ (http://7hillsscooterclub.com/)

I hope that this AmeriVespa posts gives y'all a flavor of what AmeriVespa is all about. I met hundreds of folks and I can honestly say a better crowd of folks you will not meet. There's loads of cool stuff for the raffles so that just about everyone goes home with a prize.

Until my next update of Virginian's Scooter Meanderings.

Peace!

Eric


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Maggie on June 10, 2018, 11:06:41 PM
Thanks for sharing, Eric.  I love the barrel races!


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on June 10, 2018, 11:20:08 PM
Thanks for sharing, Eric.  I love the barrel races!

Glad you enjoyed it Maggie. I'm not very good at blogging and videos and such but I'm working on it. Just sharing life which is precious to me.

Eric


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Clampett on June 11, 2018, 01:12:15 AM
 :clap: for the turtle  :laugh:


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: minimac on June 11, 2018, 02:50:51 AM
Thanks for sharing Eric. I almost feel like I was there. Great job, great wite ups, great pics. Thanks!


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on June 11, 2018, 03:16:27 AM
Eric, I am really enjoying your posts.  Finally got to catch up on them today.   Didn’t realize Amerivespa was this weekend let alone in Richmond, VA.  I have never attended one of there Rally’s.  They had one in Lake Geneva, Wi in 2012 which is about 65 miles from me.  Started riding late 2010 didn’t pay attention to rally’s back then.  Looks like your having fun.  

Your first get together was a success and looked like you all had a great time.  I agree with minimac you should organize a scooter meet.

I saw you posted a picture of the steam engine 611. That you would like to ride.  Bob and I have ridden on that engine many years ago and chased it a few times to get pictures.  Those were fun times.  Hope you can come down to Alabama this September so we can all meet you.  

Cathy

Cathy,

I heard that next year's AmeriVespa will be in Lake Geneva, WI next year. 830 miles each way for me on my 155cc scoot should be hoot! Maybe I can meet you & Bob there? I'm still seeing what I can do on the Alabama event. It's not looking good as I'm taking a trip to HI and a beach family trip to OBX in September. I'll try though!  What was interesting is 80% of the "planned" rides for AmeriVespa were/are the stuff I had charted for this year. lol I'll get crack'n on the 611 here shortly! If you come to VA, please shout out if you need a pitstop!

Eric


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Clampett on June 12, 2018, 03:01:15 AM
Eric,
I was looking on fuelly and saw you had a Forza previously. For 300cc & up scoots, which has been your preferred scoot? And why?


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: CathyN on June 12, 2018, 06:31:07 AM
Eric,  thanks for the heads up on AmeriVespa 2019.  I totally missed it in 2012.  Our best friends live in Lake Geneva.  It is a pretty small town compared to the other host cities.  They must of liked it though since thier going back.  It is about 70 miles from us.  It would be great to meet up with you. 

Cathy


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on June 12, 2018, 04:03:52 PM
Eric,
I was looking on fuelly and saw you had a Forza previously. For 300cc & up scoots, which has been your preferred scoot? And why?

For a 300 class scooter the Forza falls short on many levels. I'll share my thoughts but please keep in mind it is just my opinion as I do not wish to disrespect Forza owners. The platform is great if you're long legged. The very wide seat makes a reach for the ground for inseam challenged folks. I was very cramped on it with my long legs. The instrumentation is stellar, as in easy to read with the right info. The under-seat storage is severely hampered due to the bucket being shallow. You are challenged to get any helmet in it. The suspension is by far the worst that I have ever encountered. It will jar the fillings out of your teeth. In fact it was so bad that I ordered Ohlins for the rear at $700 and it was a game changer for the ride comfort. The engine 279cc's and to me felt anemic. It pulled more like a 200cc scoot. It would do 70 mph but you were at the upper limits of the scoot. I bought mine new for a song (leftover), $3,700 otd non-ABS, put 2,000 miles on it. Rode it for a year and sold it for $4,000 with the Ohlins.

Side by side comparison to the Xmax, the Xmax outshines in every category. Performance, leg room, acceleration, top speed, cargo capacity. wind and weather protection. But the Xmax was/is quite a bit more money street price wise. One last thing, the bloody tabs. You know how bad your CTX1300D is with tabs breaking off on the panel? The Forza is X 10 worse. Evertime I disassembled that scoot another tab snapped off. The most brittle body work I've ever worked on.

The Forza is a great scoot at the right price to me but simply put the I tried it on for size and the glass slipper didn't fit. So no prince charming for me. I hope my thoughts have added some clarity for you.


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on June 12, 2018, 04:19:50 PM
Eric, you'll have to plan a scooter get together. Your place looks great(and the El Camino), and I'm sorry I missed this event. I'm glad you made the journey to the site. You guys coming over from the ADV and Sport Touring  boards are a great addition. I hope you decide to stick around!

minimac,

Of course I'll stick around till Maggie bums rushes me outta here! I'm kicking around a scooter meet at the cabin much like I did for st.o. I'm not sure i can host 40+ folks though... I can host maybe a dozen inside and all you want can camp by the lake on my property. It's more an issue of trying to feed that many & provide showers. If I do act upon this idea I'll reach out to Maggie and go from there.

Eric


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on June 14, 2018, 03:18:00 AM
Whelp... I'm headed to Minneapolis this weekend to pick up a 1981 Vespa P200 E, 19 hours each way driving. What i wouldn't give for a wingman to help with the diving. I can't wait to get my paws on this beast. This will be next winter's project.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/1981-Vespa-P200-E/i-kLsZnKV/0/54ff0c52/XL/1-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/1981-Vespa-P200-E/i-kLsZnKV/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/1981-Vespa-P200-E/i-tPxq9Wn/0/b207047b/XL/2-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/1981-Vespa-P200-E/i-tPxq9Wn/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/1981-Vespa-P200-E/i-8TPVqNQ/0/5495ce76/XL/3-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/1981-Vespa-P200-E/i-8TPVqNQ/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/1981-Vespa-P200-E/i-MswCBsG/0/5ce87d48/XL/4-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/1981-Vespa-P200-E/i-MswCBsG/A)

(more to come)


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: CathyN on June 14, 2018, 04:43:52 AM
Eric, when do you leave?  Or have you left already.  Are you driving through Chicago? I don’t know how tight your schedule is but maybe Bob and I could meet up with you grab a bite or cup of coffee or something.


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on June 14, 2018, 04:59:24 AM
Eric, when do you leave?  Or have you left already.  Are you driving through Chicago? I don’t know how tight your schedule is but maybe Bob and I could meet up with you grab a bite or cup of coffee or something.

I'll probably leave Friday and knock off most of the drive. I can reach out to you when I know a time frame but I'll have a trailer in toe. I don't trust a 37 year old scoot to make it home just yet. I'll send a PM when I get on the road. I would enjoy having a bite to eat and meeting you guys.

Eric


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: CathyN on June 14, 2018, 05:20:08 AM
Sounds good.  Text me when you know your time frame.  I work till  3:30 Friday, Bob till 5.  Saturday morning I have an appointment.  But rest of the weekend is open.

Cathy


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on June 15, 2018, 05:20:43 AM
Here's an awful pixelized video the seller sent me. I'm in a fleabag motel and hope to get on the road early in the morning.
https://vimeo.com/275112505

(more to come)


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Clampett on June 15, 2018, 05:20:13 PM
I'm anxious to see the photos as you progress to the finale.
Got a feeling it'll be better than when it was new.


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: CelticCross on June 15, 2018, 08:05:26 PM
Here's an awful pixelized video the seller sent me. I'm in a fleabag motel by Cleveland, half way there! God, get me outta Cleveland! lol
https://vimeo.com/275112505

(more to come)

I got to admit that you got my back up over the Cleveland comment.  Not lol  As one who has had an opportunity to stay in some of the least costly motels throughout the country, I never once thought bad about the community the motel was located in - just tried to never stay in another room from that chain.  So please explain what the heck your choice of a “fleabag” motel has to do with Cleveland.


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on June 18, 2018, 03:39:19 PM


I got to admit that you got my back up over the Cleveland comment.  Not lol  As one who has had an opportunity to stay in some of the least costly motels throughout the country, I never once thought bad about the community the motel was located in - just tried to never stay in another room from that chain.  So please explain what the heck your choice of a “fleabag” motel has to do with Cleveland.
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I'm sorry you feel that way. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

V/r,

Eric


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on June 18, 2018, 03:39:59 PM
I taken a few pictures in its present condition. As I dig into it I'll post the questions I have as I go along.

First off, some of the roads I travels were rough to put it mildly. So much that over time I sheared both L bolts that hold the trailer gate up. So I MacGyver'd what was left of the L bolt to get home.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/1981-Vespa-P200-E/i-GSbFGBj/0/f254ac74/XL/20180618_081008-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/1981-Vespa-P200-E/i-GSbFGBj/A)

Random pics of 37 years of use and abuse.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/1981-Vespa-P200-E/i-S3xRxnm/0/d76272b1/XL/20180618_084647-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/1981-Vespa-P200-E/i-S3xRxnm/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/1981-Vespa-P200-E/i-Nzgkbb8/0/3a5b6eca/XL/20180618_084727-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/1981-Vespa-P200-E/i-Nzgkbb8/A)

Gauge and warning lights are in right decent shape.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/1981-Vespa-P200-E/i-HmMPx9Z/0/8fd76a64/XL/20180618_084651-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/1981-Vespa-P200-E/i-HmMPx9Z/A)

It appears to be missing the on - off switch.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/1981-Vespa-P200-E/i-vzhd4xH/0/4e3dc939/XL/20180618_084656-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/1981-Vespa-P200-E/i-vzhd4xH/A)

Piaggio grips
(https://photos.smugmug.com/1981-Vespa-P200-E/i-bv4szRL/0/9efb9521/XL/20180618_084704-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/1981-Vespa-P200-E/i-bv4szRL/A)

The top box is in surprisingly good shape but it missing one of the reflectors on the right side.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/1981-Vespa-P200-E/i-ZmDvD8n/0/f4576307/XL/20180618_084713-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/1981-Vespa-P200-E/i-ZmDvD8n/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/1981-Vespa-P200-E/i-V78KMkS/0/3de3ddd3/XL/20180618_084716-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/1981-Vespa-P200-E/i-V78KMkS/A)

The warning label inside the topbox.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/1981-Vespa-P200-E/i-tz5csMJ/0/e21dce37/XL/20180618_085507-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/1981-Vespa-P200-E/i-tz5csMJ/A)

The rack for the box isn't too pitted and in good shape.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/1981-Vespa-P200-E/i-BhtXrL2/0/5b0791d9/XL/20180618_084823-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/1981-Vespa-P200-E/i-BhtXrL2/A)

Rear bumper has a crack.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/1981-Vespa-P200-E/i-72CKKQ3/0/6cd7e13f/XL/20180618_084721-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/1981-Vespa-P200-E/i-72CKKQ3/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/1981-Vespa-P200-E/i-nb9J9xn/0/9103740b/XL/20180618_084808-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/1981-Vespa-P200-E/i-nb9J9xn/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/1981-Vespa-P200-E/i-875KwWj/0/eb592de2/XL/20180618_084813-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/1981-Vespa-P200-E/i-875KwWj/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/1981-Vespa-P200-E/i-Z9kPpzf/0/ed89176a/XL/20180618_085529-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/1981-Vespa-P200-E/i-Z9kPpzf/A)

And the heart of her. Heaven knows how old the spare tire is.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/1981-Vespa-P200-E/i-bgTswRT/0/d245ee82/XL/20180618_085659-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/1981-Vespa-P200-E/i-bgTswRT/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/1981-Vespa-P200-E/i-VNH8zNW/0/1281ae9c/XL/20180618_085755-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/1981-Vespa-P200-E/i-VNH8zNW/A)

Front fender is rough.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/1981-Vespa-P200-E/i-6DsgPHW/0/ba67e39d/XL/20180618_084731-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/1981-Vespa-P200-E/i-6DsgPHW/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/1981-Vespa-P200-E/i-DH394fj/0/57679da2/XL/20180618_084739-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/1981-Vespa-P200-E/i-DH394fj/A)

Pet carrier.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/1981-Vespa-P200-E/i-Qp9rJ5C/0/bc8c8263/XL/20180618_085716-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/1981-Vespa-P200-E/i-Qp9rJ5C/A)

Suspension is shot front and rear.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/1981-Vespa-P200-E/i-rMvVM6V/0/e2f9edb8/XL/20180618_090012-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/1981-Vespa-P200-E/i-rMvVM6V/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/1981-Vespa-P200-E/i-wcRHNpd/0/1db9a46b/XL/20180618_090025-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/1981-Vespa-P200-E/i-wcRHNpd/A)


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on June 18, 2018, 03:42:15 PM
As posted by Cathy in another thread, I had the honor and pleasure of meeting up with Bob and Cathy in Chicago for my first deep dish pizza. I am amazed at the kindness of the 2 wheeled community. Thank you Cathy!
(https://photos.smugmug.com/1981-Vespa-P200-E/i-CnGMcbv/0/0c564465/XL/20180616_145159%280%29-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/1981-Vespa-P200-E/i-CnGMcbv/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/1981-Vespa-P200-E/i-tS7RbRF/0/f8cce03c/XL/20180616_142406-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/1981-Vespa-P200-E/i-tS7RbRF/A)


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on June 18, 2018, 04:17:54 PM
It lives!
https://vimeo.com/275639055


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Silver on June 18, 2018, 07:52:22 PM
This is a very enjoyable thread. I look forward to seeing and reading more when it comes. Thanks


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on June 23, 2018, 12:40:59 AM
While I'm waiting on some parts from across the globe to get a start on the P200E it has been raining hard for a while now in VA. I took these pics about 2 weeks ago.

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Fun-Stuff/i-SDCfVkM/0/eef1c961/L/9-L.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/Fun-Stuff/i-SDCfVkM/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Fun-Stuff/i-6sFffwR/0/6fb84c70/L/8-L.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/Fun-Stuff/i-6sFffwR/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Fun-Stuff/i-qxscGt6/0/438751af/L/6-L.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/Fun-Stuff/i-qxscGt6/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Fun-Stuff/i-tzSBqx7/0/02a4329f/L/7-L.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/Fun-Stuff/i-tzSBqx7/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Fun-Stuff/i-7W6KbW9/0/575008b2/L/5-L.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/Fun-Stuff/i-7W6KbW9/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Fun-Stuff/i-m5QF7tn/0/0038aea4/L/4-L.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/Fun-Stuff/i-m5QF7tn/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Fun-Stuff/i-vR55xgR/0/43b8bc3a/L/3-L.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/Fun-Stuff/i-vR55xgR/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Fun-Stuff/i-Wq6TLZs/0/065c0a56/L/1-L.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/Fun-Stuff/i-Wq6TLZs/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Fun-Stuff/i-Wcnvwj5/0/b84d79fa/L/2-L.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/Fun-Stuff/i-Wcnvwj5/A)


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on June 23, 2018, 12:41:51 AM
And I took these around the lake today.

Torrential rains poured down all last night. Not my digs but there's a few on the lake hating life.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Fun-Stuff/i-KHsJQvc/0/3d5f43da/XL/35963478_10213115300943497_1829894219737595904_o-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/Fun-Stuff/i-KHsJQvc/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Fun-Stuff/i-LhTDgCt/0/fd3c40be/XL/36063123_10213115302103526_4897968382097227776_o-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/Fun-Stuff/i-LhTDgCt/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Fun-Stuff/i-364PrBV/0/ef3fce20/L/35886340_10213115303583563_6812917698918350848_n-L.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/Fun-Stuff/i-364PrBV/A)


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: CathyN on June 23, 2018, 04:43:18 AM
Wow, I hope it drys up when we come down in two weeks.


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on June 24, 2018, 03:09:24 AM
I spoke too soon, this is my dock. lol Our jetski was headed out to sea to Davy Jones Locker, caught her in the nick of time.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Fun-Stuff/i-RF4Dp99/0/d78f6370/XL/20180622_184657-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/Fun-Stuff/i-RF4Dp99/A)

Inside the boathouse. Chris was camping on here a couple weeks ago. lol
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Fun-Stuff/i-rNxGCQX/0/56a27344/XL/20180622_185833-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/Fun-Stuff/i-rNxGCQX/A)


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on June 24, 2018, 03:09:46 AM
Wow, I hope it drys up when we come down in two weeks.

No worries, what goes up always comes down. ;)


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on June 24, 2018, 03:11:19 AM
I was wrenching in the garage all day and VucanBill (member of st.o another forum) stopped by for a visit! Daisy Mae was super happy to meet a new friend.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/1981-Vespa-P200-E/i-2WVkP32/0/caaf4ac0/XL/20180623_130443-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/1981-Vespa-P200-E/i-2WVkP32/A)

Back to wrenching...


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on June 24, 2018, 04:08:11 AM
While I'm waiting on parts I put some elbow grease on here today. More on that later in another thread...

(https://photos.smugmug.com/1981-Vespa-P200-E/i-dfhvBpj/0/d8a6ac83/XL/P200e-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/1981-Vespa-P200-E/i-dfhvBpj/A)

A quick (mandatory) video of me riding her. Just buzzing around the neighborhood checking a few items, not really riding anywhere.
https://vimeo.com/276664346


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Maggie on June 24, 2018, 04:21:40 PM
That water :-(   However that dog :-)


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: CathyN on June 24, 2018, 06:17:13 PM
That water :-(   However that dog :-)

+1


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on June 26, 2018, 06:44:40 PM
I got her running pretty good but the clutch needs adjusting bad. I decided to go on an adventure today. I took the P up to Joe Joe's for a pizza and sub run, round trip about 25 miles. The adventure part of this ride if I would make it, it did! Well that's a start.  :banana: :banana: :banana:
(https://photos.smugmug.com/1981-Vespa-P200-E/i-X6j5ZHM/0/ac053986/XL/20180626_121315-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/1981-Vespa-P200-E/i-X6j5ZHM/A)


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on July 09, 2018, 05:26:58 PM
What an exciting weekend we had. Bob and Cathy rode out from Chicago to Philly for their nephew's wedding and they swung south for a quick visit at Casa De Redneck. They didn't even get their helmets off before I handed them a cold beer. Traveling around Philly, Baltimore, DC can be more than a challenge. After they cleaned up we all settled in for a nice supper.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2018-Yamaha-Xmax-1/i-t3Pb3VL/0/f1ca5b71/XL/20180707_210632-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2018-Yamaha-Xmax-1/i-t3Pb3VL/A)

I was poking around in the garage looking at their rigs. I have never seen a Silver Wing up close and wow, it's a big scoot! Cathy's steed standing tall.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2018-Yamaha-Xmax-1/i-97smM7Q/0/7a79c3e6/XL/20180707_194220-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2018-Yamaha-Xmax-1/i-97smM7Q/A)

Look at her set! I tips me lid it Bob and Cathy for the technology that their fingertips while on the road.
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We had a good breakfast and Cathy took a terrible pic of me rustling up some grub for everyone.
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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on July 09, 2018, 05:43:19 PM
The route we planned for the day was 522 to 33 west, hang a right on Skyline Drive and head north to Front Royal. Grab a quick bite to eat and then double back on 340 to 221 through the Shenandoah Nat'l Forest, shoot back down 522 to Lake Anna. Skyline Drive has a 35 mph speed limit so traveling along there and stopping at overlooks was the goal. We had the most perfect weather for riding. As in the best day weather wise this year! Woohoo!
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2018-Yamaha-Xmax-1/i-x5c8Wnn/0/54e710a2/XL/Skyline-XL.png) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2018-Yamaha-Xmax-1/i-x5c8Wnn/A)

The first stop.
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We met these two gents from NY that were enjoying the day as well.
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Their choice of rides.
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Random shots.
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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on July 09, 2018, 05:49:44 PM
A rest stop.
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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Clampett on July 09, 2018, 06:20:28 PM
Good report and pics!!!!
Edit: Nice Silver Wing too!!!!!!!!! :2tu:


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on July 09, 2018, 06:23:10 PM
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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on July 09, 2018, 06:26:35 PM
So we settled in for a nice chicken alfredo supper and watched Evel Live to see Travis make a few jumps.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2018-Yamaha-Xmax-1/i-v2B3dSr/0/cc1fadb1/XL/Travis-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2018-Yamaha-Xmax-1/i-v2B3dSr/A)

And they're off to Chi-town and hopefully the roads I put them on will be rewarding on their way home.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2018-Yamaha-Xmax-1/i-7Ltb2Dz/0/7d019be4/XL/20180709_102114-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2018-Yamaha-Xmax-1/i-7Ltb2Dz/A)

Life is short, enjoy the ride.

Eric


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on July 09, 2018, 06:38:07 PM
Good report and pics!!!!
Edit: Nice Silver Wing too!!!!!!!!! :2tu:

Thanks! Wish you could of made it Larry.  :hug3:


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Maggie on July 10, 2018, 02:53:44 PM
Jealous, wish we could be there!


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: sirkitrider-2 on July 11, 2018, 04:21:35 PM
Ah, Skyline Drive ... fun memories for me and my pal Charles a couple years back ....
(https://s15.postimg.cc/a55teks87/IMG_3183.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/a55teks87/)

(https://s15.postimg.cc/auolqy87b/IMG_3190.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/auolqy87b/)

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(https://s15.postimg.cc/vrktvlyif/IMG_3524.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/vrktvlyif/)

Looks y'all had a great time too!

Sirkitrider


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on July 11, 2018, 04:45:35 PM
Ah, Skyline Drive ... fun memories for me and my pal Charles a couple years back ....
(https://s15.postimg.cc/a55teks87/IMG_3183.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/a55teks87/)

(https://s15.postimg.cc/auolqy87b/IMG_3190.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/auolqy87b/)

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(https://s15.postimg.cc/vrktvlyif/IMG_3524.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/vrktvlyif/)

Looks y'all had a great time too!

Sirkitrider

Great pictures Sirkitrider! Thanks for sharing.


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: CathyN on July 11, 2018, 05:19:06 PM
Eric and Lisa,

Bob an I had a wonderful time at your place riding, weather, conversation, food, bed a d beer of course the whole short stay was excellent.  Thanks, again for your gracious southern hospitality. 
Was a nice break from all the heat we endured the week prior to the wedding.

 We got home safe yesterday.  We will take my Swing in and have the steering bearings replaced in the next couple of days. 

Cathy


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on July 11, 2018, 06:01:26 PM
Eric and Lisa,

Bob an I had a wonderful time at your place riding, weather, conversation, food, bed a d beer of course the whole short stay was excellent.  Thanks, again for your gracious southern hospitality. 
Was a nice break from all the heat we endured the week prior to the wedding.

 We got home safe yesterday.  We will take my Swing in and have the steering bearings replaced in the next couple of days. 

Cathy

 :clap:


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: klaviator on July 11, 2018, 06:46:29 PM
It's great seeing stuff like this.  People meeting on a forum and then getting together in real life. 


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Maggie on July 11, 2018, 11:25:00 PM
It's great seeing stuff like this.  People meeting on a forum and then getting together in real life. 

Me too!


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on July 12, 2018, 04:26:04 AM
Eric and Lisa,

Bob an I had a wonderful time at your place riding, weather, conversation, food, bed a d beer of course the whole short stay was excellent.  Thanks, again for your gracious southern hospitality. 
Was a nice break from all the heat we endured the week prior to the wedding.

 We got home safe yesterday.  We will take my Swing in and have the steering bearings replaced in the next couple of days. 

Cathy


Sooo... tell us about Rt. 250 I put you on?! We want the details and pics if you have them? :)


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: CathyN on July 12, 2018, 04:59:25 AM
Eric and Lisa,

Bob an I had a wonderful time at your place riding, weather, conversation, food, bed a d beer of course the whole short stay was excellent.  Thanks, again for your gracious southern hospitality. 
Was a nice break from all the heat we endured the week prior to the wedding.

 We got home safe yesterday.  We will take my Swing in and have the steering bearings replaced in the next couple of days. 

Cathy


Sooo... tell us about Rt. 250 I put you on?! We want the details and pics if you have them? :)

I will when I catch my breath.  Been at the hospital with Bob’s Mom all day.  Got home at 8:30. She was transferred to a Rehab Senior Care facility late this afternoon.  Will see each her tomorrow also. 

Since Mom is doing better we will be going to the BMW Rally Friday and Saturday.  We will be driving and staying at a motel.  Originally we were going for four days and camping. plans change.  I will try and post something soon.  Wonderful wonderful road!


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Tn Traveler on August 17, 2018, 07:44:54 PM
Virginian:
You did a fantastic job re: the post & pictures. It doesn't
matter what you ride the proof is in the enjoyment of riding.
I was on the B/R Parkway last week then up to near Leesburg
there to Gettysburg NP. Four days-1056 miles on a Silverwing.
The enjoyment is riding. I wish I had a mounted video camera.
GREAT JOB
Joe


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on August 17, 2018, 07:50:07 PM
Virginian:
You did a fantastic job re: the post & pictures. It doesn't
matter what you ride the proof is in the enjoyment of riding.
I was on the B/R Parkway last week then up to near Leesburg
there to Gettysburg NP. Four days-1056 miles on a Silverwing.
The enjoyment is riding. I wish I had a mounted video camera.
GREAT JOB
Joe

Thanks Joe! I wish I had known and maybe could of met up with you or you could have pit-stopped here for the evening. I was just in Gettysburg a couple of weeks ago on my Harley and thought about posting that here but didn't because of no scooter content. There's great riding in that area!

Eric


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Tn Traveler on August 18, 2018, 02:49:40 AM
Are you coming to the Scottsboro Rally, I got away M-W.
I'll only be there Tue. about noon until wed. morning then
back home & get back to things. I'll be @ Red Roof inn.


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on August 22, 2018, 09:41:51 PM
Are you coming to the Scottsboro Rally, I got away M-W.
I'll only be there Tue. about noon until wed. morning then
back home & get back to things. I'll be @ Red Roof inn.

Sorry for the late reply, but sad I cannot go as I have a guest scooting by to stay at Casa De Redneck. Keep me in mind if you have future adventures planned!

Eric


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on August 22, 2018, 09:43:28 PM
And we have mystery guest visiting Casa De Redneck! Conchscooter rode a Burgman 200 from Key West , FL to Niagra Falls to complete his 1500 Iron Butt. Well played Michael!
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-s9dd7jH/0/a2102e37/XL/20180821_173817-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-s9dd7jH/A)
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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on August 22, 2018, 09:43:53 PM
I just got back from escorting Conchscooter around some nice country roads covered in canopy trees, got him pointed in the right direction for his destination in Florence, SC this eveing. The scooter gods have smiled upon us this day with no rain... yet...

First a few pics to get caught up here. I left the garage open and banner up for the welcome wagon upon his arrival. Yeah, I know I already posted this pic. Martinis in hand it was a celebration of life in the making.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-s9dd7jH/0/a2102e37/XL/20180821_173817-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-s9dd7jH/A)

Booted Mrs. Vs car out of the garage to make space. hehe
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I love the Key West Mile Marker 0 key ring!
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Went out for supper and got him a proper ribeye with a nice garlic butter pad melting down on it.
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We pigged out and had the waitress take the obligatory photo. That's the owner in the background photo bombing our pic. lol
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A couple more beverages and Mr. Sandman was calling.
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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on August 22, 2018, 09:44:21 PM
We got up fairly early looking forward to doing some riding but he wanted to take a spin on my P200e. I dove into the kitchen to scare up a artery slamming breakfast. Cheddar cheese omelets, extra think applewood smoked bacon, and my world famous cheddar cheese biscuits with drizzled garlic butter over them.  Well... maybe not world famous but they're famous in my world. ;) He bought one new in 1981 and toured all over the west coast as well as in South America. I hope he writes his memoirs about that trip someday.

Thus the instant bond with the P200e to fumigate the neighborhood of any mosquitoes. Off he goes in a cloud of smoke!
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-XkQ3Mrw/0/f42c98be/XL/20180822_075055-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-XkQ3Mrw/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-Fc523QT/0/a31afb7a/XL/20180822_075100-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-Fc523QT/A)

At one of the stops this morning I had to twist his arm to try out the 946.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-BzgkBsp/0/69024c5c/XL/20180822_100247-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-BzgkBsp/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-ZL7CZrg/0/f798e947/XL/20180822_100304-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-ZL7CZrg/A)

Final stop as this is where I jumped off to head home and wished him all the best on his journey home.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-jpSSjdg/0/a584cde3/XL/20180822_092045-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-jpSSjdg/A)

I get within about 20 miles from home and the heavens open up and a frog strangler came pouring down. Of course I don't have my rain gear with me. Gah! I get home and start peeling off the soaked layers and I get a big grin on my face as I'm staring at my rain covered helmet. Another page has been turned in my riding portfolio and I'm blessed to have met another fine person to share my adventures with and have them share theirs with me. This was a great day in my life and hopefully it was for Conchscooter.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-KC3DWrp/0/1b864a95/XL/20180822_135416-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-KC3DWrp/A)

Life is short, enjoy the ride.

Eric


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on August 24, 2018, 11:28:13 PM
Out running errands and ran into a critter. Yes, I was wearing my tortuga helmet. ;)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2018-Yamaha-Xmax-1/i-rZFzTwb/0/69bc0ff4/XL/20180824_142427-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2018-Yamaha-Xmax-1/i-rZFzTwb/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2018-Yamaha-Xmax-1/i-3QxJGfc/0/63089ced/XL/20180824_142407-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2018-Yamaha-Xmax-1/i-3QxJGfc/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2018-Yamaha-Xmax-1/i-JSD7hxC/0/720fb679/XL/20180824_142328-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2018-Yamaha-Xmax-1/i-JSD7hxC/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2018-Yamaha-Xmax-1/i-27mvhxJ/0/3c6d2f98/XL/20180824_142148-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2018-Yamaha-Xmax-1/i-27mvhxJ/A)


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on August 27, 2018, 12:46:37 AM
I was out riding today and a very old man looked to be hauling home two barn finds. The one on the right is a Matchless and the BMW (maybe an R27?) I don't know my older beemers. I wish I had gotten a few better pics and I hope pops restores them.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2018-Yamaha-Xmax-1/i-BzQzWB7/0/f5ca9ffe/XL/20180826_174101-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2018-Yamaha-Xmax-1/i-BzQzWB7/A)


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Maggie on August 27, 2018, 02:12:06 PM
How cool is that!!  Looks like a ton of fun!!

I'm booking my stay a Casa De Redneck asap


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on August 27, 2018, 06:38:18 PM
How cool is that!!  Looks like a ton of fun!!

I'm booking my stay a Casa De Redneck asap

You guys are welcome anytime. Just shoot me a pm and we'll figure it out.

Eric


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on August 31, 2018, 12:06:23 AM
I was just making some final adjustments for my scooter trip to Nags Head, NC using the supplied software Tyre for my TomTom Rider 400. Normally I just hook up the nav to my PC and just click the upload button. Not so this time, it appears that Google maps that Tyre piggybacked off of put the halt to all other apps using Google Maps. So transferring the (.trf) file from Tyre isn't compatible any more.

So I log onto Tyre to see what the issue is.

4 September 2017 by Michel van Hagen
Due to a problem on the Google server, Tyre is currently not able to calculate any routes. This happened before, and we hope that this problem will be solved quickly.
Unfortunately, other errors come with this problem, such as errors in creating waypoints.

Via www.myrouteapp.com (http://www.myrouteapp.com), you have a good alternative to making routes and exporting to your GPS.
http://www.tyretotravel.com/ (http://www.tyretotravel.com/)

So I called TomToms customer service line which transfers you out to Calcutta... The gent never heard of Tyre mapping, I'm like dude it's your supplied software for the Rider 400. He instructed me to use mydrive.tomtom.com which is kind of a quick fix.

So I rerouted my planned route on MyDrive and was able to port it over to the GPS. My takeaway from this is the Google machine is getting nasty big and squeezing out the small players. I'm very quietly disconnecting myself from Google as I don't agree with this type of practice.

Tyre's proposed route.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-TTwd8qD/0/53ac4ba9/XL/Beach%2009.18-XL.png) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-TTwd8qD/A)

The same route more or less on MyDrive.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-BBwsbXK/0/563396bf/XL/Screenshot_20180831-104538_Gallery-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-BBwsbXK/A)

The real time traffic issues this evening.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-g5hXVXZ/0/1fd427ec/XL/Nags%20Head%202-XL.png) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-g5hXVXZ/A)

And ported over to my Rider 400.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-zPvQS5f/0/68b136ca/XL/20180830_170829-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-zPvQS5f/A)

Ain't technology grand?  :lamer:

(more to come)


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on September 01, 2018, 01:04:56 AM
All packed up and I'll leave at o-dark-thirty tomorrow morning! Woohoo! I'm officially on vacation!  :banana: :banana: :banana:
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-KF2jRfq/0/e95fb81e/XL/20180831_184251-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-KF2jRfq/A)


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: klaviator on September 01, 2018, 11:30:27 AM
I wish I could get on the road packed so light.  I generally look more like the Beverly Hillbillies when I hit the road. 

All packed up for a weekend in the N. GA. Mountains.

(https://photos.smugmug.com/2018-pics/i-xDdcVZf/0/10dd0ba4/XL/P8310004-XL.jpg)


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on September 01, 2018, 03:17:57 PM
Woohoo! I can't wait to see your pictures klav! I'm about 1/3 of the way to the beach. Beautiful weather today.


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on September 01, 2018, 04:15:29 PM
Here is a Glympse of my location: https://glympse.com/0B07-8N99


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on September 01, 2018, 04:15:51 PM
Crossing the ferry


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on September 01, 2018, 09:23:34 PM
I started at daybreak this morning as I knew it was going to be hot today with a 50/50 chance of rain. The day started out with 100% humidity and steaming already. A bit foggy too!
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-dNtfwFB/0/ba012426/XL/20180901_071321-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-dNtfwFB/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-DQwwXKJ/0/7c08e837/XL/20180901_071341-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-DQwwXKJ/A)

It's really tough to 'make' time and pull over to take photos, with that said here a few I took.

I was blessed with many roads with canopy trees.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-58D8mSB/0/488de925/XL/20180901_083913-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-58D8mSB/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-ptbmKnt/0/f0a6471c/XL/20180901_082727-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-ptbmKnt/A)

A gas and restroom stop.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-CDhkLmC/0/cea49110/XL/20180901_092840-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-CDhkLmC/A)

I passed through Jamestown, VA to get to the ferry.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-MxLg7jJ/0/b43bcfba/XL/20180901_100628-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-MxLg7jJ/A)


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on September 01, 2018, 09:30:48 PM
Next I drove up to the ferry and got in line. It's amazing how many times go to take the ferry and it's always on the other side. lol
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-ww9z3HR/0/bebd8d9d/XL/20180901_100851-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-ww9z3HR/A)

Folks out enjoying the great weather.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-2cz7Zn3/0/dee4fcdc/XL/20180901_100854-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-2cz7Zn3/A)

Seagulls seemed right at home too.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-vd87KTn/0/4c80f4c2/XL/20180901_101220-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-vd87KTn/A)

Here comes the mighty Pocahontas! I love this pic. :) 
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-xz9rDSr/0/f72f3d82/XL/20180901_101708-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-xz9rDSr/A)

These fellows were warbling their throats the whole time. Musta been trying to scare up a girlfriend. ;)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-TQ26JNx/0/72cd32d4/XL/20180901_102819-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-TQ26JNx/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-DDK2rhB/0/d5705a3f/XL/20180901_102632-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-DDK2rhB/A)

The rest of the trip is kind of boring just traveling down the peninsula to Kitty Hawk, OBX area.

My view for this week.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-ssJFJzs/0/a545f29a/XL/20180901_145218-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-ssJFJzs/A)

(more to come)


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Maggie on September 02, 2018, 12:40:36 AM
Outstanding pictures.  Thanks for sharing.


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: CathyN on September 02, 2018, 06:45:24 AM
Outstanding pictures.  Thanks for sharing.

+1


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on September 03, 2018, 07:25:12 PM
Back to our regularly scheduled nonsense...

One of my nieces Erika (named after me :) ) is with child and chose to do the gender reveal the first night here. She and her husband got the envelope from the doc and sealed it and gave it to my sister Kim.

Kim set up a way to reveal for all to get involved.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-PL7WS75/0/22057991/XL/20180901_183648-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-PL7WS75/A)

Balloons filled with pink or blue sparkly stuff. Everyone threw a dart and color spooge flew. The most of what color is the gender.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-Xv8dGVH/0/4ffccb73/XL/20180901_183652-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-Xv8dGVH/A)

It's a boy! Erika and Chris taking in what just happened. Tears of joy!
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-wXLsDNn/0/5d62fdc7/XL/20180901_185232-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-wXLsDNn/A)

Checking the sonogram (?)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-rn5pCzz/0/aa9ca166/XL/20180901_185239-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-rn5pCzz/A)

Their doc has a sense of humor. hehe
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-TjNHHwN/0/3cc7ab3d/XL/20180901_191324-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-TjNHHwN/A)

Out for fresh seafood at our favorite place to celebrate!
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-dDmb7HN/0/8718c1a2/XL/20180901_195759-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-dDmb7HN/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-MFDnH2R/0/f3c8a07e/L/S1-L.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-MFDnH2R/A)

In the restroom. hehe
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-S73hzRt/0/45860351/L/20180901_204849-L.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-S73hzRt/A)

I had crab stuffed mushrooms and oysters Rockefeller, yum.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-75RsLgL/0/a0629fb9/XL/20180901_205005-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-75RsLgL/A)



Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on September 03, 2018, 07:26:48 PM
A walk on the beach the next morning with coffee.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-FpJBcxv/0/496cc61b/XL/20180903_074143-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-FpJBcxv/A)

Breakfast at Stack 'em High.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-XhBKNmg/0/ffbe6c8f/XL/20180902_094932-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-XhBKNmg/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-MD4T8LB/0/004f1be1/XL/20180902_105939-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-MD4T8LB/A)

Next stop Ho2OBX waterpart. I've never been to a waterpark before.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-Wt5BrC5/0/b2fb8009/XL/20180902_120300-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-Wt5BrC5/A)

The concrete was sooooo hot that i scalded my feet in the first 20 minutes. Yikes!
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-QS6v7kM/0/0bb182d7/XL/20180902_192244-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-QS6v7kM/A)

We had a blast and road all the slides and loved the surfing on the manmade wave, I could spend all day on that! Sorry no pics of me busting my ass..
 



Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on September 03, 2018, 07:27:40 PM
Dinner at the cottage tonight and a big ol pot of chili with some homemade cornbread. Woohoo! Terrible pic of my sis, she'd be pissed if she saw this.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-gT7WPvj/0/3ca03f85/XL/20180902_205054-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-gT7WPvj/A)

My bday is coming up this week so the famn damily decided to surprise me last night with a bday throwdown.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-DCTXbRN/0/013eb5b4/XL/20180902_214133-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-DCTXbRN/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-4wCZCFJ/0/ad391782/XL/20180902_213115-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-4wCZCFJ/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-XBNF6Nm/0/c935b100/XL/20180902_213623-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-XBNF6Nm/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-D9c9zNF/0/4c986403/XL/20180902_213641-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-D9c9zNF/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-4bkmrvw/0/3252fad0/XL/20180902_213046-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-4bkmrvw/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-cPJW4cb/0/65152d40/XL/20180902_212825-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-cPJW4cb/A)

Thanks for stopping by and reading.

(more to come)



Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Maggie on September 03, 2018, 11:14:11 PM
Congrats to your niece.  Happy Born On Day! Ouch re the feet!   The oyster look amazing!!


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: CathyN on September 05, 2018, 06:12:43 AM
Eric, thanks for sharing.  Looks like your having a great time.


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on September 08, 2018, 07:59:46 PM
I won't spam anymore family bologna as it's boring stuff.

My scalded blistered feet have been killing me! 
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-Pn6xPC3/0/522dcf98/XL/20180907_112618-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-Pn6xPC3/A)

Back home and finishing up this page in my meanderings.

Here's a few sunrises, they really are spectacular at OBX.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-L92z9SK/0/3bbdde8e/XL/20180907_065419-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-L92z9SK/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-QSLL8Xk/0/fd9016d7/XL/20180907_065053-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-QSLL8Xk/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-MgXDgRr/0/35c30e87/XL/20180907_064300-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-MgXDgRr/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-Cj9wLKb/0/3163b6f5/XL/20180907_063920-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-Cj9wLKb/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-zz6fxvt/0/4b87ab30/XL/20180904_070535-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-zz6fxvt/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-5rG7TdL/0/bd8e9b2c/XL/20180907_071525-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-5rG7TdL/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-SfHSqXv/0/13d6ec15/XL/20180907_064041-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-SfHSqXv/A)




Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on September 08, 2018, 08:03:39 PM
A few random shots...
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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on September 08, 2018, 08:07:01 PM
Da food! 
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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on September 08, 2018, 08:14:41 PM
And the Mermaid nightlight that gave me nightmares!
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Sunrise
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Sunset, as night fell last night I packed my bags for the journey home. Rain was in forecast so I had to make time very early in the morning.
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5 AM I fire up Bella and kneel to every bike I've owned for 40 years to get us home safely. Kind of a prayer thing between me and my bikes.
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First stop for gas in Williamsburg. There's a lot of history here that I need to dig into. "America's Historic Triangle", Williamsburg, Jamestown, & Yorktown.
http://www.history.org/foundation/historic_triangle.cfm (http://www.history.org/foundation/historic_triangle.cfm)
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Overcast skies threatening to rain and canopy trees.
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Bella has 5,400 hundred miles on her now and she has been rock solid.
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By the numbers.
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476 miles
10.1 hours seat time
47 mph Average speed
67 mph Top speed

Nothing epic, just life in the slow lane.

Thanks for stopping by and reading. Life is short, enjoy the ride.

Eric


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on September 20, 2018, 07:27:11 AM
Mrs. V is born and raised in Seattle and attended Seattle University. So we are pit-stopping in Seattle for a day or two before we're off to O'ahu. So the in-laws picked us up at Seatac and off we go to visit some of Mrs. V's old stomping grounds.

Some random pics.
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First stop for lunch, the Metropolitan Grill. Yum! Mrs. V's fav restaurant in the whole world.
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The appetizer of dungeness crab is amazing!
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I had the 1/2 French Dip Au Jus with a cup of clam chowder.
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Amazing bar at this place.
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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on September 20, 2018, 07:35:56 AM
I was speaking with the bartender about bourbons and they had an extensive list to choose from. They had select made small batches for the The Met from Buffalo Trace, Woolford Reserve and Rare Eagle. I've never seen a restaurant have "their version" of these fine bourbons.

The bartender was kind enough to let me try a sample of each.
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My sister in-law. Always a good time to see family!
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Next stop was Pikes Market. Mrs. V loves the maple bars!
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Always an eclectic crowd at the Pikes Market!
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The fish throwers!
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The taste of home when she took a bite of the maple bar. :)
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(more to come)


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: CathyN on September 20, 2018, 01:04:23 PM
Looks like fun and your having nice weather.  I was in Seattle in 2005-08 visiting my nephew.  Great city.  Thanks for taking us along can’t wait for more pics.

Cathy


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Maggie on September 20, 2018, 02:34:55 PM
Thanks for taking us along, Eric.  Looks like a great time.  Everything looks fantastic.  Glad the weather is cooperating for you.


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on September 20, 2018, 04:24:05 PM
Thanks Cathy and Maggie! There's not much scooter content (yet?) but I hope to have some on this trip. We'll see! I enjoy taking lots of pics and sharing and hope folks enjoy.  :hug2:


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on September 20, 2018, 05:27:05 PM
*** History alert! ***

January 27, 1791

Whiskey Tax of 1791

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After a spirited debate, the House passed, by a 35 to 21 majority, the Excise Whiskey Tax—legislation that proved wildly unpopular with farmers and eventually precipitated the “Whisky Rebellion.” The measure levied a federal tax on domestic and imported alcohol, earmarked to offset a portion of the federal government’s recent assumption of state debts. Southern and western farmers, whose grain crop was a chief ingredient in whiskey, loudly protested the tax. In 1794, farmers in western Pennsylvania attacked federal officials seeking to collect tax on the grain they had distilled into whiskey. The administration of President George Washington dispatched a force of nearly 13,000 militia to put down a feared revolt. Resistance, however, dissipated when the troops arrived. This happened in parts of Virginia as well..

So all the farmers (rednecks) pulled up their stakes and set up distilleries in TN and KY. It all started with our first president George Washington. Hmmmm those boys are getting paid?!!!! Send some troops and tax them. These boys said, oh hell no! lol

After the moonshiners set up shop they packed their whisky into oak barrels to store it and floated it down the mighty Mississippi River to New Orleans. A great way to transport it undetected. Most folks don't know this but whisky was clear back then. By the time it floated down the river the oak barrel had tinted the whisky color to caramel that we know today.

Bourbon whiskey /bɜːrbən/ is a type of American whiskey, a barrel-aged distilled spirit made primarily from corn. The name ultimately derives from the French Bourbon dynasty, although the precise inspiration for the whiskey's name is unsettled; contenders include Bourbon County in Kentucky and Bourbon Street in New Orleans, both of which are named for the dynasty. Bourbon has been distilled since the 18th century. The use of the term "bourbon" for the whiskey has been traced to the 1820s, and the term began to be used consistently in Kentucky in the 1870s. While bourbon may be made anywhere in the United States, it is strongly associated with the American South, and with Kentucky in particular. As of 2014, the distillers' wholesale market revenue for bourbon sold within the U.S. is about $2.7 billion, and bourbon makes up about two-thirds of the $1.6 billion of U.S. exports of distilled spirits.

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The House of Bourbon reaches as far back as the mid 13th century and boasts descendants as famed as Louis XIV (aka The Sun King) and Louis XVI (aka The King Who Got Freakin’ Beheaded). However, it’s important to note how unlikely it is that bourbon whiskey was named directly after French royalty. It’s more likely the booze was named for Bourbon County, Kentucky, where much of the sweet elixir was (and still is) distilled in the 19th century.

More than you ever wanted to know about bourbon.

(more to come)


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on September 23, 2018, 02:51:24 AM
Okay, trying to keep some scooter content on here.

On our way to the hotel. There's a no helmet law here in HI and if you look closely that's a bicycle helmet.
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The Royal Hawaiian is amazing. My base camp for the week.
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My hydration(s) for the week.
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Supper last night, beer battered mahi fish sticks with a beet infused ketchup, accompanied with parmigiana cheese fries.
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The hotel at nighttime.
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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on September 23, 2018, 02:58:54 AM
Random shots...
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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on September 23, 2018, 03:12:07 AM
Today's meanderings was a snorkeling off a nice catamaran.
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My brother-in-law slipped and cracked his head. They sent a rescue jetski out but they got a cork in the hole in his head and we ventured on. :)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Hawaii-092018/i-wZV9Bgj/0/76edf65e/XL/20180922_092838-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/Hawaii-092018/i-wZV9Bgj/A)

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The captain's cousin was running a drone out to take pics! Very cool.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Hawaii-092018/i-Bwg7bVZ/0/c8b85d34/XL/20180922_095636-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/Hawaii-092018/i-Bwg7bVZ/A)
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The captain of the drone popped in to say hi.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Hawaii-092018/i-n74cnWH/0/ab0f5cff/XL/20180922_102044-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/Hawaii-092018/i-n74cnWH/A)

A sea turtle, apologies as I was unable to get a good picture of him/her. Those of you that are friends on my facebook get hammered with what I call "Critter Cam" pics. What I choose to share on FB.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Hawaii-092018/i-W54pKxT/0/63342c08/XL/20180922_102749-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/Hawaii-092018/i-W54pKxT/A)

And here's a short video of the dolphins.
https://vimeo.com/291315937





Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on September 23, 2018, 03:16:57 AM
And finally some scooter content. (before I get kicked off of this forum) Here's  look at what the staff rides to work here at the hotel.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-nX7XLwT/0/e383873e/XL/20180922_141523-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-nX7XLwT/A)
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This dude or dudette is a looooooong way from home.
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Icebear Maddog
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Burgers
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(more to come)


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: CathyN on September 23, 2018, 07:00:12 AM
Nice Eric thanks for sharing.


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Maggie on September 23, 2018, 09:36:46 PM
Looking like a fantastic time!!


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Maggie on December 08, 2018, 01:04:04 AM
All ok, Eric?? Ready for the big snow?


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on December 13, 2018, 10:36:02 PM
All ok, Eric?? Ready for the big snow?

Hi Maggie,

I kind of dropped off the radar here. I was feeling bad about this wannabe ride report because it was morphing into a vacation report. As it turns out I didn't have enough time to rent a scoot in Honolulu so i didn't have any more scooter content.

As for the snow we got like 6 to 7" and it's been so cold it's sticking around.

Eric
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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Maggie on December 14, 2018, 06:20:37 PM
We are beyond scooter friend now, post what you like!!  I know we all enjoy it.  I'm glad everything is going well on your end.   The snow is pretty on th elake.


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: minimac on December 14, 2018, 06:53:08 PM
Looks peaceful, Eric. The El Camino is sweet, too!


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: CathyN on December 15, 2018, 12:57:20 AM
I have to agree very peaceful and pretty. 


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on January 13, 2019, 11:37:11 PM
I posted the winter pics from today to let folks know that I'm alive and kicking. I stoped posting on my HI trip as it was becoming and is a vacation report, not what folks log onto ADV for. As I reread many of the comments leading up the my vacation there were a few that wanted to see that part of the world through my bloodshot eyes and lens. That said, I owe you an apology so I'll finish up this left of the vacation.

So in this post I'll share some of the Island color! Mother Nature is simply put amazing.
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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on January 13, 2019, 11:46:22 PM
We went shopping on "craft night" and the main drag in Waikiki is swarming with folks seeing what vendors had to offer, from food to island craft. If I'm lying I'm dying, there was 10,000 folks on this drag.

A lady selling ribs standing above the crown waving them around with a Tesla dealer in the background and a car in the window on the 2nd floor.
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This was outta control!
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Handmade leis.
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3D effect wind chimes.
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Of course Mrs. V want to go shopping at the Xmas store in HI...
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Parks and walkways are lit up in a very tasteful setting.
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BK has surfboards for door handles.
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The carved fruit for one of the festivals were absolute works of art.
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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on January 14, 2019, 12:14:27 AM
The world famous surfer Duke Kahanamoku. Read about him here.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Hawaii-092018/i-jmGcCRg/0/fbb3dc62/XL/20180922_195338-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/Hawaii-092018/i-jmGcCRg/A)

Here are few of my take aways after my first visit to Hawaii. I spoke with quite a few locals about their statehood when they became part of the U.S. I asked them if they wanted that to happen? The general consensus was no... Which I kind of knew but most said they were still happy about it because joining the U.S. was the lesser of all the evils. They most likely would be speaking Japanese if we did not become the 50th state.

I was shocked at the amount of Japanese that vacation there. Apparently the spend serious amounts go money shopping in HI. In one high end store that sells $5,000 purses I asked the salesperson how many of these do they sell? She said that monthly Japanese shoppers will come in and buy 3 or 4 to take home as gifts.

The people of HI really are amazing. They seek peace and harmony like no other culture I've experienced before. The find forgiveness when I most likely found not depending on the issue. When they say aloha, the mean it from the heart. They're not just going through their emotions.

As most of you know WWII started in Pearl Harbor for the United States December 7, 1941. Read about it here. I had the honor and privilege to see Pearl Harbor first hand.

A few sights as we are entering Pearl Harbor.
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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on January 14, 2019, 12:35:25 AM
The Mighty Mo! The USS Missouri was sunk at Pearl Harbor and raised back to fight again for a very long time. Read about it here.

USS Missouri (BB-63) ("Mighty Mo" or "Big Mo") is an Iowa-class battleship and was the third ship of the United States Navy to be named after the U.S. state of Missouri. Missouri was the last battleship commissioned by the United States and is best remembered as the site of the surrender of the Empire of Japan which ended World War II.

Missouri was ordered in 1940 and commissioned in June 1944. In the Pacific Theater of World War II she fought in the battles of Iwo Jimaand Okinawa and shelled the Japanese home islands, and she fought in the Korean War from 1950 to 1953. She was decommissioned in 1955 into the United States Navy reserve fleets (the "Mothball Fleet"), but reactivated and modernized in 1984 as part of the 600-ship Navyplan, and provided fire support during Operation Desert Storm in January/February 1991.

Missouri received a total of 11 battle stars for service in World War II, Korea, and the Persian Gulf, and was finally decommissioned on 31 March 1992 after serving a total of 16 years of active service, but remained on the Naval Vessel Register until her name was struck in January 1995. In 1998, she was donated to the USS Missouri Memorial Association and became a museum ship at Pearl Harbor.

The Japanese surrendered on the Mighty Mo as I saw it today.

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(https://photos.smugmug.com/Hawaii-092018/i-Tq6wnNK/0/435c4b0a/XL/FB_IMG_1547416985914-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/Hawaii-092018/i-Tq6wnNK/A)

After taking all I the saw and walked the decks of the Mighty Mo I was humbled...


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on January 14, 2019, 12:44:44 AM
Here's a few scenic pics that I thought you might enjoy.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Hawaii-092018/i-2StpLtg/0/4258abbe/XL/FB_IMG_1547416804502-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/Hawaii-092018/i-2StpLtg/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Hawaii-092018/i-G7WQq9v/0/19b202db/XL/FB_IMG_1547416825869-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/Hawaii-092018/i-G7WQq9v/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Hawaii-092018/i-hkKD8Zk/0/96f257af/L/FB_IMG_1547416829258-L.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/Hawaii-092018/i-hkKD8Zk/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Hawaii-092018/i-VDcmPCP/0/bc3e9b05/L/FB_IMG_1547416832450-L.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/Hawaii-092018/i-VDcmPCP/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Hawaii-092018/i-gDpBzC5/0/ec0cc70d/L/FB_IMG_1547416835409-L.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/Hawaii-092018/i-gDpBzC5/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Hawaii-092018/i-Dr8LtwP/0/34d8527a/L/FB_IMG_1547416838317-L.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/Hawaii-092018/i-Dr8LtwP/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Hawaii-092018/i-c6c63Vv/0/99871787/L/FB_IMG_1547416857758-L.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/Hawaii-092018/i-c6c63Vv/A)

That evening we hit a traditional luau. It was an amazing meal filled with a vast culture that I have never experienced before.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Hawaii-092018/i-sPdLjKt/0/db478043/L/FB_IMG_1547417035500-L.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/Hawaii-092018/i-sPdLjKt/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Hawaii-092018/i-tnRp3Mr/0/d15f98fd/L/FB_IMG_1547417032340-L.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/Hawaii-092018/i-tnRp3Mr/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Hawaii-092018/i-BwVpbJb/0/023fe484/L/FB_IMG_1547417043428-L.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/Hawaii-092018/i-BwVpbJb/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Hawaii-092018/i-q6pdfDc/0/d268f6d8/L/FB_IMG_1547417046583-L.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/Hawaii-092018/i-q6pdfDc/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Hawaii-092018/i-3w6cTBJ/0/551df853/L/FB_IMG_1547417049372-L.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/Hawaii-092018/i-3w6cTBJ/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Hawaii-092018/i-fGhmzc8/0/b0f42752/L/FB_IMG_1547417052149-L.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/Hawaii-092018/i-fGhmzc8/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Hawaii-092018/i-Gz9P7rz/0/e9618c69/L/FB_IMG_1547417017551-L.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/Hawaii-092018/i-Gz9P7rz/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Hawaii-092018/i-xrbhD9X/0/0bcb6c40/L/FB_IMG_1547417058718-L.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/Hawaii-092018/i-xrbhD9X/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Hawaii-092018/i-qTLRJ9t/0/8dfaef9e/L/FB_IMG_1547417061547-L.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/Hawaii-092018/i-qTLRJ9t/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Hawaii-092018/i-K5HxcFd/0/ea0cc28e/L/FB_IMG_1547417064432-L.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/Hawaii-092018/i-K5HxcFd/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Hawaii-092018/i-dCMnnQK/0/2216006d/L/FB_IMG_1547417067494-L.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/Hawaii-092018/i-dCMnnQK/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Hawaii-092018/i-9WjBqLQ/0/ad5a5fb7/L/FB_IMG_1547417083973-L.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/Hawaii-092018/i-9WjBqLQ/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Hawaii-092018/i-XpH82vR/0/ccc89971/L/FB_IMG_1547417093319-L.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/Hawaii-092018/i-XpH82vR/A)

I hope my pictures and thoughts gave you something interesting to view on this cold day in January. As always, thank you for stopping by and reading my meanderings. I wish you the best in 2019.

Eric


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Maggie on January 14, 2019, 12:55:05 AM
Makes me feel warm!!  Thanks for sharing


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: jpowell692 on January 14, 2019, 09:50:24 PM
As I will be riding to the rally in Cooperstown next September, can you suggest a good back roads route to York PA. I will be riding through South Boston VA on my way


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on January 15, 2019, 04:41:12 AM
As I will be riding to the rally in Cooperstown next September, can you suggest a good back roads route to York PA. I will be riding through South Boston VA on my way


I will work up some proposed routes for your trip and get back to you shortly! Thanks for stopping by and reading.


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: CathyN on January 15, 2019, 07:16:50 AM
Thank’s Eric.  Enjoyed the pics.  Hawaii along with Alaska are on my bucket list.  My father was stationed there (Army) for 3 1/2 years just after Pearl Harbor.  He and my Mom thought he was going to the front lines.  Luckily they never came back.


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on January 15, 2019, 11:18:24 PM
As I will be riding to the rally in Cooperstown next September, can you suggest a good back roads route to York PA. I will be riding through South Boston VA on my way



I posted a pretty extensive list of road of some of the states you're going to pass through here: http://maxi-scoots.com/scoot/index.php?topic=9251.0 (http://maxi-scoots.com/scoot/index.php?topic=9251.0)

That said this would be my recommendation. If you just head north the best you can hope for is some lazy scenic roads till you get into PA and by then you are almost to your destination. Taking this route will put you on some challenging roads, breath taking scenery and in general miss most of the heavy traffic. Plan a solid 500+ mile day!

My proposed route:
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Fun-Stuff/i-ZqLjc9z/0/ab9569a2/XL/VA%20to%20PA-XL.png) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/Fun-Stuff/i-ZqLjc9z/A)


Drive 480 miles, 9 h 35 min
South Boston, VA 24592 to York, Pennsylvania
 
South Boston
Virginia 24592

Head northeast on N Main St toward Short St
31 s (407 ft)
Take US-501 N, US-29 N, I-64 W, US-250, ... and US-15 N to your destination in Tyrone Township. Take the PA-234 exit from US-15 N
8 h 52 min (457 mi)
 
Turn left onto Broad St
0.9 mi

Broad St turns right and becomes Wilborn Ave
0.5 mi

Continue onto US-501 N/Halifax Rd
 Continue to follow US-501 N
4.6 mi

Turn left to stay on US-501 N
42.9 mi

Turn left after Hardee's (on the right)
7.8 mi

Use the right lane to merge onto US-29 N/US-460 E via the ramp to Charlottesville/Appomattox
2.0 mi

Use the right lane to take the U.S. 29 N ramp to Amherst/Charlottesville
1.0 mi

Continue onto US-29 N
37.4 mi

Turn left onto VA-6 W
5.8 mi

Turn right onto VA-151 N/VA-6 W
 Continue to follow VA-151 N
8.7 mi

Turn left onto US-250 W
3.4 mi

Turn left onto the ramp to I-64 W
0.1 mi

Keep right at the fork, follow signs for I-64 W/Staunton and merge onto I-64 W
12.1 mi

Use the left 2 lanes to take the Interstate 81 S exit toward Interstate 64 W/Lexington/Roanoke
0.8 mi

Merge onto I-64 W/I-81 S
0.6 mi

Take exit 220 for State Route 262 toward US-11
0.3 mi

Continue onto VA-262 N
6.6 mi

Take the U.S. 250/Churchville Avenue exit
0.2 mi

Turn left onto US-250/Churchville Ave
 Continue to follow US-250
 Entering West Virginia
63.5 mi

Turn right onto US-250 N
 Pass by Subway Restaurants (on the left in 22.1 mi)
40.0 mi

Turn right onto US-33 E
22.4 mi

Slight left onto WV-32 N
19.7 mi

Turn right onto WV-93 E
13.0 mi

Continue onto US-48
7.9 mi

Turn right
0.6 mi

Turn right onto WV-93 E
10.2 mi

Slight right onto US-50 E
2.6 mi

Continue straight onto WV-972 N
2.1 mi

Continue onto U.S. Hwy 220 N
 Pass by Domino's Pizza (on the right in 3.3 mi)
 Entering Maryland
22.5 mi

Take the I-68 E/U.S.40 N/U.S.220 N ramp
0.4 mi

Merge onto I-68 E/US-40 E
37.8 mi

Use the right 2 lanes to take exit 82A-82B to merge onto I-70 E/US-40 E toward Hagerstown
 Continue to follow I-70 E
33.4 mi

Take exit 35 for MD-66 toward Smithsburg/Boonsboro
0.2 mi

Sharp left onto MD-66 N/Mapleville Rd
1.5 mi

At the traffic circle, take the 2nd exit
240 ft

Continue onto MD-66 N/Mapleville Rd
3.5 mi

Turn right onto MD-64 E/Jefferson Blvd
1.1 mi

Turn right onto MD-77 E
10.1 mi

Turn left to merge onto US-15 N
 Entering Pennsylvania
28.7 mi

Take the PA-234 exit toward Heidlersburg/E Berlin
0.2 mi
Continue on PA-234 E. Drive to N George St in York
36 min (22.2 mi)
 
Turn right onto PA-234 E/E Berlin Rd
 Continue to follow PA-234 E
19.5 mi

Turn left onto PA-462 E/W Market St
2.7 mi

Turn left onto N George St
49 ft
York
Pennsylvania

Copy and paste the "entire link" to view the route in google maps and make adjustments.

https://www.google.com/maps/dir/South+Boston,+VA+24592/York,+Pennsylvania/@37.8378412,-79.387833,9z/data= (https://www.google.com/maps/dir/South+Boston,+VA+24592/York,+Pennsylvania/@37.8378412,-79.387833,9z/data=)!4m19!4m18!1m10!1m1!1s0x89ad6389299e76d9:0xa8be56d99cbb3f2!2m2!1d-78.9013987!2d36.6987493!3m4!1m2!1d-79.9465479!2d38.6713455!3s0x884b0e487ce1f2c3:0x5221e35ddc28068d!1m5!1m1!1s0x89c88bc157ae8561:0x1aacfaea5ef213cd!2m2!1d-76.727745!2d39.9625984!3e0

I hope this helps you on your journey.

Eric



Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: minimac on January 16, 2019, 06:51:35 PM
John- If you're thinking of going to the Harley plant, you'd be better off hitting up Gettysburg.


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on January 26, 2019, 01:08:37 AM
More to come!
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2019-Husqvarna-Svartpilen-401/i-82gScF8/0/6cf09e31/XL/20190125_180359-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2019-Husqvarna-Svartpilen-401/i-82gScF8/A)


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Maggie on January 26, 2019, 01:39:22 AM
Husqvarna  :-)


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on January 27, 2019, 06:17:34 PM
I started a thread here http://maxi-scoots.com/scoot/index.php?topic=9652.0 (http://maxi-scoots.com/scoot/index.php?topic=9652.0) if you have any interest in this bike. I'll be updating that thread as it unfolds.

My latest bad decision... 2019 Husqvarna Svartpilen 401
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2019-Husqvarna-Svartpilen-401/i-7VS5rD4/0/208c5527/XL/20190125_140244-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2019-Husqvarna-Svartpilen-401/i-7VS5rD4/A)


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Maggie on January 27, 2019, 07:07:41 PM
I was hoping it was the Svartpilen!!  They are so cool looking!


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on January 29, 2019, 06:22:12 PM
Bourbon is helping me research parts for the Svartpilen this super cold day. Gah! 90 days to spring time.

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Bourbon/i-nzhTpGW/0/6e5c011c/XL/20190127_153834-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/Bourbon/i-nzhTpGW/A)


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on February 05, 2019, 12:47:29 AM
I was out meandering today and stopped at one overlook for a quick pic or three. What a treat to have upper 50s in February, seize the day!

Stopped by the dealership for some parts.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2019-Husqvarna-Svartpilen-401/i-7Wn6gcw/0/9ff4f2c0/XL/20190204_142059-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2019-Husqvarna-Svartpilen-401/i-7Wn6gcw/A)

A quick gas stop.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2019-Husqvarna-Svartpilen-401/i-JKRds9B/0/9463f899/XL/20190204_154105-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2019-Husqvarna-Svartpilen-401/i-JKRds9B/A)

A spectacular view on a winter's day.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2019-Husqvarna-Svartpilen-401/i-JKCFvwW/0/56976e2d/XL/20190204_143458-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2019-Husqvarna-Svartpilen-401/i-JKCFvwW/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2019-Husqvarna-Svartpilen-401/i-t2t8wSW/0/73549cfa/XL/20190204_143505-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2019-Husqvarna-Svartpilen-401/i-t2t8wSW/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2019-Husqvarna-Svartpilen-401/i-s3Gt97b/0/dd922cbd/XL/20190204_143627-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2019-Husqvarna-Svartpilen-401/i-s3Gt97b/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2019-Husqvarna-Svartpilen-401/i-dQ4HRKN/0/096ec713/XL/20190204_143622-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2019-Husqvarna-Svartpilen-401/i-dQ4HRKN/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2019-Husqvarna-Svartpilen-401/i-4CD6gkD/0/22b46951/XL/20190204_143633-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2019-Husqvarna-Svartpilen-401/i-4CD6gkD/A)


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on February 06, 2019, 12:54:33 AM
Trying to capitalize on the nice weather I traveled out to Colonial Beach for a cup of coffee, roughly 60 miles each way.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2019-Husqvarna-Svartpilen-401/i-dj79ZFB/0/fc489934/XL/Screen%20Shot%202019-02-05%20at%205.21.03%20PM-XL.png) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2019-Husqvarna-Svartpilen-401/i-dj79ZFB/A)

Temperature got as high as 72*F/22*C which is amazing for this time of year. Normally in the spring and summer these roads offer canopy tree shade as I carve my way around Fort A.P. Hill.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2019-Husqvarna-Svartpilen-401/i-PvFR7cj/0/c68e1a59/XL/20190205_142244-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2019-Husqvarna-Svartpilen-401/i-PvFR7cj/A)

When I get there I just soak in the scenery and revel in the moment as life is good today.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2019-Husqvarna-Svartpilen-401/i-BQHSRj7/0/57ccdc05/XL/20190205_153633-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2019-Husqvarna-Svartpilen-401/i-BQHSRj7/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2019-Husqvarna-Svartpilen-401/i-9BffhLK/0/a0e96bbc/XL/20190205_153644-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2019-Husqvarna-Svartpilen-401/i-9BffhLK/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2019-Husqvarna-Svartpilen-401/i-npkz6wp/0/779b1575/XL/20190205_153658-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2019-Husqvarna-Svartpilen-401/i-npkz6wp/A)

No much of an adventure but it's a great start in February '19.


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Maggie on February 06, 2019, 04:25:17 PM
Looks like a good day to be out and about!!


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on February 25, 2019, 04:04:36 PM
My friend Michael that I posted about above is on the road to recovery and still a couple months out from riding. In the mean time I've been keeping my radar open for a replacement of his beloved Burger 200 and I found one in Houston, TX with only 375 miles on her for a steal of a price. That's the good news, the bad news is he's in no condition to travel for a fly and ride let alone a trailer drive to and from The Keys to Houston.

So I'm stewing on the the idea of helping him out with the idea that I have cabin fever here in VA as it is still a tad sketchy weather here. Hmmm.... so I called him up and many texts later we decided I'll fly out one way to Houston, ride it to the Keys, toss him the keys, catch a plane back to the Old Dominion! What could go wrong?

Conchshooter's new steed!
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-qqtQnTP/0/1edcb3ea/O/B1.png) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-qqtQnTP/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-v7fZvhd/0/f44584e6/O/B2.png) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-v7fZvhd/A)

This will not be a stop and smell the roses tour but a delivery tour with some points of interest pictures. Talk about deja vu, a third of the route is almost the same route I took when I purchased my 946. Here's roughly the route I have planned as best I can as I have 24 hours to do my job, prep and pack, buy tickets, etc., etc. I'll stop in Louisiana to visit some friends and the work my way down the left coast of FL and eventually to Key West. I hope Mother Nature cuts me some slack on this trip as she has pounded me on the last couple. I'll post my adventure (not much of one) here with many pics and a glympse of my location should you have any interest in where I'm at on this journey.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-gnvjPBQ/0/f0337a86/O/B3.png) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-gnvjPBQ/A)

My plane leaves Richmond at 6 AM tomorrow morning so I'll be up and headed to the airport at 4 Am, here we go another redeye...

(more to come)


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on February 25, 2019, 04:13:00 PM
I just realized I didn't post what happened to Michael in this thread so here's backstory. I did ask him if it was okay to share and he was more than fine with it. So my apologies for the reverse oder here folks.

Conchshooter:

1/2 mile from his home he T-boned a car. I got a frantic phone call from Michael while he was laying there waiting for the EMS to arrive. I have spoken with him and he at the time felt he was at the end of his road and needed to say a few things to folks. He called his wife to give an update but more so the tell her he loved her. He called me next and we had phone connectivity issues so he left a voicemail. Eric... It' Michael.... I had a bad wreck... my leg hurts... love you... bye... is all that was said.

After some time I was able to reach him and find out the severity of is accident.

His post:
I got T- boned. Simple as that. I had driven up the connecting road to US One and within half a mile I was at speed limit, 45 mph and passing two cross streets near the Square Grouper restaurant. I saw the white compact entering on the right stop for the large pick up in front of me. Inexplicably it pulled forward on my approach. I knew I was fucked and I saw what was coming. With ABS brakes I just pulled hard on both levers on my Baby Burgman. I hit the sedan at the front wheel and I never lost consciousness. I’m writing these words from my bed in Intensive care at Jackson Memorial, Miami. I have a major operation in a few hours to reassemble my pelvis. I trust I won’t bleed out in the table but it is a possibility.

(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-6Kx2PnT/0/fa0f2093/XL/M1-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-6Kx2PnT/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-pVpMw37/0/10698cfd/XL/M2-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-pVpMw37/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-PTPBsB8/0/af843a68/XL/M4-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-PTPBsB8/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-gJgLVGN/0/e4f23ae3/XL/M5-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-gJgLVGN/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-Rm3jLvt/0/5fdd5404/XL/M3-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-Rm3jLvt/A)


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on February 25, 2019, 04:15:17 PM
Spin forward to this day he is still in rehab, very down about not "yet" being able to ride and working hard on his rehab to recapture his life. I fear that this may be me one day or any of us for that matter so I do what I can to help. If you wish to read the entire backstory, you can read about it here. https://advrider.com/f/threads/conchscooter-nearly-bites-the-dust.1337256/

As I post on many on my threads:

Life is short, enjoy the ride.

Thanks for reading,

Eric


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: jdbrot on February 25, 2019, 04:51:22 PM
Use the will to ride as a motivator and every painful rehab session will get you closer to your goal. He needs to make sure his PT is aware of his need to regain riding fitness as well. First meeting with every one of my physical therapists has included goals and they like motivated patients. Hope your friend starts getting excited about the new scoot and gets back to riding when he is ready.


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on February 25, 2019, 05:16:57 PM
Use the will to ride as a motivator and every painful rehab session will get you closer to your goal. He needs to make sure his PT is aware of his need to regain riding fitness as well. First meeting with every one of my physical therapists has included goals and they like motivated patients. Hope your friend starts getting excited about the new scoot and gets back to riding when he is ready.

So true what you posted. Thank you for the kind reply.

The route is planned!
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-bbw2RqK/0/1481d35b/XL/20190225_095830-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-bbw2RqK/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-8qtSVDs/0/2457c760/XL/20190225_095810-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-8qtSVDs/A)


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: jdbrot on February 25, 2019, 06:03:31 PM
Have a safe and hopefully rain free trip.


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: minimac on February 26, 2019, 01:50:38 AM
Keep us updated on your progress. I was going to post about your kind act this morning, but our power has been out all day. Be safe and give Conch our regards.


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: CathyN on February 26, 2019, 06:47:59 AM
Be safe Eric.  Looking forward to your report.  Your a good friend.


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on February 26, 2019, 06:23:24 PM
Here is a Glympse of my location: https://glympse.com/0BTZ-0Q9Q


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on February 26, 2019, 08:11:50 PM
Just stopped for lunch the weather is crap and visibility is bad.
Here is a Glympse of my location: https://glympse.com/02XD-5H5E


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on February 26, 2019, 11:19:31 PM
I'm going to stop in Scott, LA and call it a day. I've been going hard since 2:30 this morning. About another 32 miles to go for the day. If I have the energy I'll do a proper write up for the day.


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on February 27, 2019, 02:27:14 AM
Okay, here's the quick down and dirty of the day.

I was worry about hooking up my nav so I ordered a RAM ball mirror stem mount, Amazon didn't get it to me in time. Boooo! So this is what I have towork with and the Burger's handlebar is cladded.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-JM2rNFr/0/b2193f53/XL/20190225_142751-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-JM2rNFr/A)

I'm up at 2:30 am and out the door to the airport at 3 am and on the plane at 5:30 am. I got hit with a check in fee for one of my bags for $30 as this time they wouldn't let me wear it as a hat. lol
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-5Mtg88C/0/432b0357/XL/20190226_053959-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-5Mtg88C/A)

Gas, quick mart and casino in LA. Swing!
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-gcx7XdB/0/2e50a662/XL/20190226_150758-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-gcx7XdB/A)

Get to Houston and catch a cab to the dealership, as you can see it's pouring and very foggy out. Yay!
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-QKDSXt9/0/42549700/XL/20190226_085146-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-QKDSXt9/A)

By the time I get to the dealership the rain had let off a tad. Man, what nice dealership!
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-cBfBgFv/0/a326219c/XL/20190226_092825-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-cBfBgFv/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-DSSzdTC/0/b839d346/XL/20190226_092126-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-DSSzdTC/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-cqjD4QK/0/5e284fdb/XL/20190226_092129-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-cqjD4QK/A)

I hustle up into the dressing room and don the rain gear hand head out to look the scoot over. The salesman was taking in the back to fill it with gas. Nice!
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-HtHq3wC/0/c85abf87/XL/20190226_092753-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-HtHq3wC/A)

I brought a thick strip of rubber and wrapped it around the mirror stem and used the handlebar clamp. It worked like a champ!
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-3cjqSh4/0/a2975777/XL/20190226_100852-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-3cjqSh4/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-9vWFJFS/0/8fe8fc9e/XL/20190226_100900-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-9vWFJFS/A)

Once I got on the road the bike started smoking bad. I pulled over 1 block away and they overfilled the oil. So I googles a wally world and off I went in a cloud of smoke. I purchased a turkey baster and sucked enough oil out into  a water bottle and fired her up, she's all good now. Found the nearest gas station to drop the used oil off to recycle and off I went into the fog and the rain.

No real scenic pics but here are a few when I would stop to check the bike
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-CWvx78M/0/12b1f674/XL/20190226_133210-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-CWvx78M/A)

I had forgotten to eat and I was getting wet in the crotch and front of my shirt so I pulled over into a Mc'Ds. Ummm... I left my fly open and the pooling water was pouring into my crotch and wicking up my shirt. Put that on my list of thing I wish I never did.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-DHPCX7s/0/4fb84633/XL/20190226_120301-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-DHPCX7s/A)

Just got to the hotel and will get showered up and off to find some boudin and craklins! Woohoo!

Umm, Michael's scoot is getting broken in quick!
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-msQ67XF/0/e80c78d4/XL/20190226_161045-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-msQ67XF/A)

Left to go...
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-CwJSZqr/0/43c28f84/XL/20190226_161109-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-CwJSZqr/A)

And my weaksauce numbers for the day.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-PPCwzs7/0/e8e44ce1/XL/20190226_161135-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-PPCwzs7/A)

Just got unpacked and TSA did the cavity search on my Kriega
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-rTPNc4S/0/4b310c74/XL/20190226_164231-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-rTPNc4S/A)

Tucked away nicely in front of the hotel for the night.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-tkhdn25/0/38abb181/XL/20190226_163450-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-tkhdn25/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-NzzmpPX/0/5abb9d71/XL/20190226_163211-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-NzzmpPX/A)


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on February 27, 2019, 04:46:36 PM
Here is a Glympse of my location: https://glympse.com/0E7H-YA29

Back on the road.


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: minimac on February 27, 2019, 08:21:33 PM
I hope the weather gets better.  Be careful what pics you post....we all know you pounded that poor little machine!
(https://i.postimg.cc/BtwGrdWj/valachi.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/BtwGrdWj)


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: minimac on February 28, 2019, 04:28:52 PM
  Eric- I'm glad everything turned out well at the gas stop.  I'll not say more (no spoiler alert from me!) other than "You Da Man!" .


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on March 01, 2019, 04:36:08 AM
Here's the scene this morning with thunderstorms on the way, I'm packing up to get out of here and hopefully outrun the bad weather.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-8mgSgx6/0/46c339c5/XL/20190227_072442-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-8mgSgx6/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-857c9Qn/0/1f278b93/XL/20190227_072502-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-857c9Qn/A)

Inside the hotel I see a Xmas tree. I'm like what the heck and I see it done up in Marti Gras.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-9RWB62J/0/098c51fe/XL/20190226_192552-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-9RWB62J/A)

Last nights supper. Boudin made with crawdads was yummy!
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-5jqprJx/0/cd41dc8b/XL/20190226_192837-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-5jqprJx/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-QbFxnMh/0/ece5d037/XL/20190226_193120-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-QbFxnMh/A)


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on March 01, 2019, 04:36:55 AM
Wow! What a day and I have lots to share...

I wake up after a solid 8 hours rest to this. Soggy, threatening thunderstorms, rain, the usual.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-8mgSgx6/0/46c339c5/XL/20190227_072442-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-8mgSgx6/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-857c9Qn/0/1f278b93/XL/20190227_072502-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-857c9Qn/A)

I start getting on it to outrun whatever Mother Nature had in store for me blast down I10. Hands down I10 is the most dangerous road I have ever ridden on in my life twice. Every stop I made folks ask during chit chat to be careful on I 10 as they drive like maniac. They're 100% correct...

I have a long day ahead of me and want to get a full bite out the miles I need to munch. The weather was cool and a bit cold so I had my liners in and was quite comfortable buzzing down the road.

Woohoo Mississippi!
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-N3ZhqHw/0/eaecfe9b/XL/20190227_123400-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-N3ZhqHw/A)

I wanted to stop for the Alabama pic but there was no shoulder to pull over. I pulled off the road and did some ADVing to get this pic. hehe
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-6MJPXxk/0/08e0e518/XL/20190227_161152-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-6MJPXxk/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-Rfh8p4s/0/e14f03a2/XL/20190227_161341-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-Rfh8p4s/A)

One stop for gas was at Tater's in AL. Yep, I'm in the south, my peoples.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-JTg3GnZ/0/12d34da5/XL/20190227_150526-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-JTg3GnZ/A)

One of the very few scenic pic was where the U.S.S. Alabama is stored. I wish I had the time to visit...
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-Z2tvtfR/0/d089c677/XL/20190227_172812-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-Z2tvtfR/A)

The mighty Alabama!
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-86DvrkG/0/5d2fbd09/XL/20190227_172818-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-86DvrkG/A)

I finished my trip to day making it to Pensacola FL. (there's a welcome to FL sign in this pic on the left, I wanted to get the jet in the pic)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-6GWM5ZM/0/d106d6c6/XL/20190227_183906-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-6GWM5ZM/A)


I have been mulling over to share an incident with folks but after further thought I decided I should as kind of a PSA. At one gas stop I pulled off I was the only person at the pump. I keep my radar going when I'm on the bike or off for stops. I saw someone approaching me in a creeper kind of way and my spidy sense started tingling.

The gent creeps up from my backside and get within 10' so I turn around and ask, "do we have a problem?"
He says no, "I just wanted to ask you if you have a few dollars to spare?"
I say, "no, have a nice day."
He says, "then I'll just take your wallet." (as he pulls out a knife)
I say, "son, don't do this as it's not going to go well."

As fast as I can I cracked him with the crown of my helmet I'm still wearing and down he goes in a heap and starting to leak from his face. I took the knife he dropped and put it against the curb and stomped on it and broke it in half. Hopped on the Burger and got the hell out of there.

I found another gas station to refuel and got back on the road. The adrenaline was flowing in me and I was shaking like a leaf for 20 minutes. Why do I mention this? Because I feel it is a PSA (public service announcement) to folks who travel on the road alone. Situational awareness is paramount so keep your eyes open wherever you pull into on the road and protect yourself at all times.

No I'm not proud of what I have done nor am I ashamed. I felt I was in harms way swiftly dealt with it. In retrospect did I handle the situation appropriately? idk... If I had a chance to just leave I would have but in this case I didn't. No, I wasn't going to detain him and call 911 as we all know how this would go down, he attacked me and there I am defending myself. So let your conscience be your guild..

Stat for the day.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-z3Fs9Sx/0/952c3f28/XL/20190227_192205-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-z3Fs9Sx/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-JKBBX9P/0/8e4b3295/XL/20190227_192132-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-JKBBX9P/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-wrX74rn/0/8ec57b18/XL/20190227_191109-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-wrX74rn/A)

789 miles to go and 405miles today.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-HDNwP4Q/0/8b0bfb8b/XL/20190227_192058-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-HDNwP4Q/A)

I have a few equipment failures that I'll write about later as I'm too tired tonight. I will share some more of this leg of my journey when i get more time to digest it. I want to thank all the good folks that have reached out to me via PMs, text, and post offering their homes, or a hot meal. I'm trying meet with a few that are somewhat on my journey but the goal is to get conchshooter his bike without a mark on it in a timely manner and get home back to my life.

Peace,

Eric


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on March 01, 2019, 04:37:24 AM
Oh, and for Micheal, she's all tucked away at the entrance of the hotel for the night.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-Kw92mnX/0/de274a91/XL/20190227_190428-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-Kw92mnX/A)


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on March 01, 2019, 04:37:52 AM
Packing up to hit the road after a hearty breakfast.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-dqgKnDZ/0/bc8f6984/XL/20190228_084307-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-dqgKnDZ/A)

3 for 3, starting my day in the rain...
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-Fz8zzx8/0/3a80949b/XL/20190228_090211-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-Fz8zzx8/A)

(more to come)


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on March 01, 2019, 04:38:13 AM
Today was uneventful and my goal was to make it to Newberry, FL to meet up with some scooter friends cashcow and his friend Ken, a very good scooter rider and has done the Iron Butt 2 times and also competed in a couple of Cannonball Rides. They were kind enough to buy me supper and a beverage this evening and put me up for the night.

I started the day off with a hardy breakfast from the Cracker Barrel, what can I say I love their hash brown casserole.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-dqgKnDZ/0/bc8f6984/XL/20190228_084307-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-dqgKnDZ/A)

Yep, rain again...
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-Fz8zzx8/0/3a80949b/XL/20190228_090211-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-Fz8zzx8/A)

Not much adventure to share here as I plowed through the rain for 8 hours and roughly 400 miles. This one stretch of road clearly had been hammered by a hurricane as I saw 1,000s of acres of trees snapped off, homes destroyed, and business' with ruins. This went on fo 50 miles and was sobering to see as it felt like a wasteland. In this pic at a gas stop you can see a couple trees snapped off.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-nbqVrx7/0/bdeaff78/XL/20190228_135545-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-nbqVrx7/A)

I finally got to Newberry and met up with cashcow and Ken. The entryway to the place had the moss/ferns flowing from the trees.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-sQjPLJh/0/2a960ed0/XL/20190228_181346-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-sQjPLJh/A)

They treated me to a nice Mex supper and beverages!
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-Ftsz9QZ/0/c4bc5605/XL/20190228_194426-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-Ftsz9QZ/A)

The three amigos having a great supper.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-9T9krRh/0/64f8a9e0/XL/20190228_194429-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-9T9krRh/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-hGKvZj7/0/a62f98ef/XL/20190228_192328-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-hGKvZj7/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-hDVp78s/0/5d1ae6ac/XL/20190228_201711-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-hDVp78s/A)

Roughly 400 miles to go and I'll knock out most of it tomorrow and meet up with Conchshooter in the morn on Saturday.

Thanks for reading!

(more to come)


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: sirkitrider-2 on March 01, 2019, 05:00:04 AM
Wow! What a day and I have lots to share...

I have been mulling over to share an incident with folks but after further thought I decided I should as kind of a PSA. At one gas stop I pulled off I was the only person at the pump. I keep my radar going when I'm on the bike or off for stops. I saw someone approaching me in a creeper kind of way and my spidy sense started tingling.

The gent creeps up from my backside and get within 10' so I turn around and ask, "do we have a problem?"
He says no, "I just wanted to ask you if you have a few dollars to spare?"
I say, "no, have a nice day."
He says, "then I'll just take your wallet." (as he pulls out a knife)
I say, "son, don't do this as it's not going to go well."

As fast as I can I cracked him with the crown of my helmet I'm still wearing and down he goes in a heap and starting to leak from his face. I took the knife he dropped and put it against the curb and stomped on it and broke it in half. Hopped on the Burger and got the hell out of there.

No I'm not proud of what I have done nor am I ashamed. I felt I was in harms way swiftly dealt with it. In retrospect did I handle the situation appropriately? idk... If I had a chance to just leave I would have but in this case I didn't. No, I wasn't going to detain him and call 911 as we all know how this would go down, he attacked me and there I am defending myself. So let your conscience be your guild..    Peace,Eric

Eric, all is well that ends well.  IMHO, I think you did what you had to do.  The knucklehead invited your response.    Perhaps you knocked some sense into him.

I avail myself of my 2nd Amendment privilege … and hope to God that I'm never in a situation like yours.  Hopefully the introduction of a superior weapon would have ended the threat.  I also sometimes have a "wamping" stick under the seat.  I ride a lot in sparsely populated areas … and you just never know what you might encounter on a rural back road.

Sirkitrider


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: jdbrot on March 01, 2019, 01:59:20 PM
Gives a whole new meaning to wearing a helmet for safety. Hoping the rain eases off and your friend is happy with the new scoot.


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: minimac on March 01, 2019, 03:13:41 PM
Eric- I met Bill and Ken(and a group of riders) a year ago at a little Fl. airport. What was going to be a quick hello over lunch, turned into over two hours of gab.  Great people! Hopefully no rain for the remainder of the journey.


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on March 02, 2019, 12:56:37 AM
Checked into a hotel in Naples and will finish this trip tomorrow with 217 miles to go.

Here are a couple pics stolen from cashcow that he posted on MV.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-R49GdVJ/0/95373a40/L/ej-L.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-R49GdVJ/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-vLJHrW8/0/ea38f230/L/ej2-L.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-vLJHrW8/A)

Today was uneventful with really nothing of interest. Amazingly it was calling for rain when I left so I made like a good Catholic and pulled out in a hurry!
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-5tDws2m/0/9d16f1c0/L/20190301_071530-L.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-5tDws2m/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-znmKdXh/0/7f841338/XL/20190301_080254-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-znmKdXh/A)

Ken and Bill were off to a breakfast and were expecting to get wet as well.

I forgot to post this pic last night and I blame that on the margaritas but total miles for yesterday were 373.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-hfmLvnm/0/64bbf67a/L/20190301_080417-L.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-hfmLvnm/A)

The Burger has burnt zero oil this entire trip, I check every gas stop. You can't really see in this pic but it's 3/4 full and has remained there for the duration.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-jSZ4Qjt/0/6ce57b03/XL/20190228_093530-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-jSZ4Qjt/A)

Stopped at Bob Evans for lunch.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-qNbL8Sk/0/8626e7e7/XL/20190301_123634-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-qNbL8Sk/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-dkRLgc8/0/7d21ff23/XL/20190301_130022-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-dkRLgc8/A)

Stats for the day. 317 miles for the day.
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My nav has been intermittent so these number aren't accurate but will get you in the right church, maybe the wrong pew... Roughly about 1,361 miles total...
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On a down note, you can see in the Bob Evans pic the muffler cap is missing. It had vibrated loose and started to melt on the muffler. I just removed it and stowed it, I'll order Michael a new one when i get there. I'm super bummed about this...
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-JxmKjdT/0/a5e29a23/XL/20190301_092459-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-JxmKjdT/A)

Thanks for reading and as always,; life is short, enjoy the ride!

Eric

Tomorrow will be much more rewarding pictures, I promise!


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Maggie on March 02, 2019, 02:13:38 AM
What an awesome trip!! Thanks for sharing Eric!


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on March 02, 2019, 02:15:20 AM
What an awesome trip!! Thanks for sharing Eric!

Ummm... it isn't all that but thank you for the kind words.


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: redeye on March 02, 2019, 03:25:22 PM
Gives a whole new meaning to wearing a helmet for safety.

Was having the exact same thought as I scrolled to your post. Glad the incident ended quickly and without injury to you, Eric.

The mighty Alabama!

After enjoying a too brief visit to Charleston, South Carolina, looking for more mini-vacation destinations (Mobile Bay was already under consideration), and now seeing your photo, I have moved Battleship Memorial Park far up the list of places to visit. Your entire thread is a great read and view.


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on March 02, 2019, 09:31:32 PM
I'll get this thread updated later but here's a short video. I'm here and more importantly the bike is in one piece.

https://vimeo.com/320965809

(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-vQ6FVxT/0/ecfee6e3/XL/20190302_124208-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-vQ6FVxT/A)


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on March 02, 2019, 09:32:31 PM
Gives a whole new meaning to wearing a helmet for safety.

Was having the exact same thought as I scrolled to your post. Glad the incident ended quickly and without injury to you, Eric.

The mighty Alabama!

After enjoying a too brief visit to Charleston, South Carolina, looking for more mini-vacation destinations (Mobile Bay was already under consideration), and now seeing your photo, I have moved Battleship Memorial Park far up the list of places to visit. Your entire thread is a great read and view.

Very kind words and thank you for posting them.

Eric


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: minimac on March 03, 2019, 02:26:03 AM
OK, I know you were happy to deliver the scooter, and Michael is happy that you delivered the scooter, but I bet Mrs. Conch wasn't all that thrilled, was she?


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: CathyN on March 03, 2019, 02:43:33 AM
Eric, always a great read and pics.  Still waiting for Spring.  Arctic forecast the next three days.  High of 14° Monday low of 0° tomorrow night. ☹️


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: jdbrot on March 03, 2019, 03:24:35 AM
Glad you arrived safely and the new owner is happy. Now you need to post a review of the Burgman 200.


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on March 03, 2019, 05:00:46 AM
I just got back from an amazing supper and I'll try to update this chapter in my moto profile.

Today was my lazy day of the trip. Just a couple hundred miles and I will have completed my mission at hand. I first want to apologize for all the type-os and bad grammar during this trip. I have been trying to fend off texts from family and friends, pm's from members on 3 forums, updating 3 forums, updating glympse, trying to answer or thank each and every one of you for your suggestions and help in general. All while standing in the rain with a cellphone pecking away with waterlogged fingers. (that's my excuse and I'm sticking with it)

I woke up very early today wanting to get a jump on the day as I kind of knew the weather would get hot as the day went on. I checked out of the motel and was on the road by 6 am this morning. As I traversed the Everglades the fog set in and was really thick. As in I can't see more than 20 yards thick.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-cXXSd56/0/e4de21cc/XL/20190302_072852-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-cXXSd56/A)

Meanwhile I'm passing caution signs of "panther crossing" for many miles. My inside voice was saying, would that be the bees knees if I plow into a panther on the end of this journey? I was treated to an amazing sunrise as I motored on.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-BzjkCmd/0/779f7340/XL/20190302_065103-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-BzjkCmd/A)
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As I broke out of the Everglades I was hit with South Florida traffic. All lanes entering Rt 1 turnpike were blocked with no way to access so I turned around and tried from the opposite direction, no joy... So I weaved my way through a bunch of heavy traffic and found another access to Rt 1 a few miles south. As soon as I jumped on the toll road there was a newer Kia on fire in the middle of the road. Huge plumes of black smoke rising! I scooted around that and got on my merry way.

During my run down the peninsula maintaining sane speeds I was getting almost 90 mpg, so I believe cruising at 55 to 60 mph you will achieve 200 miles per tank full with plenty left for reserve.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-QfTfkm3/0/1ac75232/XL/20190302_112812-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-QfTfkm3/A)


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on March 03, 2019, 05:16:01 AM
I didn't stop to eat as Conchshooter had said there would be a nice meal waiting for me when I arrive. I'm not much of an early breakfast kind of person and if I do have a hardy breakfast I skip lunch.

On one fuel stop I was sitting there giving my butt a break as it was hurting in a big way. As I reflected upon that moment I felt the mighty Burgman 200 was fairing much better than I was after all we have been through.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-kn8C3gB/0/c74f9ba3/XL/20190302_100600-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-kn8C3gB/A)

During another fuel stop, again resting my backside... this fellow pulled up on his HD bagger. I greeted him and he asked where I was from. I gave him the Reader's Digest version of the backstory behind this trip. He said, I know exactly why you're making this trip for Conchshooter. He had just come from a memorial for his best friend who was hit a week ago and died. He was on a 250 mile ride trying to clear his head. My heart sank as I digested what he just shared. Here i was having the best ride this day of my entire trip and here he was having the worst ride of his life trying to shake off what has happened in his life. Never judge another man/woman till you walk a mile in their shoes. You just don't know what they're dealing with in life.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-XgPLpZv/0/7e8f5cfd/XL/20190302_101558-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-XgPLpZv/A)

At one stop (as I'm going stir crazy being alone so much) I had to chuckle for a moment. All my life I have been a a wannabe hardcore Harley rider. I was wearing my  SOA hat across America on a 200cc scooter. T'was a good day in my life.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-Tj39jcD/0/cff23811/XL/20190302_114418-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-Tj39jcD/A)

I finally rolled up to Michael's home and there he was filming the occasion as I came into view cover on many miles of of slag, rain, and bugs.
https://vimeo.com/320965809

Tears of joy crept out of the corners of my eyes as I tried to be manly and pretend they weren't there. His lovely wife took a photo of us shortly after.
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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on March 03, 2019, 05:25:51 AM
Michael and his wife took me out for a lovely supper and I had the pan seared scallops with caramelized onions, butternut squash with spinach. Yum!
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There were crayons on the table for children and Michael started doodling.. Hmmm... I can't imagine where his mind is at!
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I asked the waitress to take a pic and she happily complied.
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The stats for today.
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The stats for the trip (but not accurate as my nav was intermittent). The total miles by my calculation were 1,603. Wow, about half way across the United States! I have a warm feeling come over me when I think about this as a sense of accomplishment. (I know, I'm a geek on stuff like this)
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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on March 03, 2019, 06:11:16 AM
This trip was fabricated and set into effect in a whopping 48 hours and I was on a plane to go fetch his scoot. The dealership was pushing back on him in a big way that they would not store the scoot even though it was paid for in full. Thus the sense of urgency as good a deal like this on that exact scooter doesn't grow on trees.

What folks don't know is I telework, so everyday on this trip after riding all day I have been doing my job via remote on a laptop on the go and getting very little sleep. Simply put, I'm worn out... I will return home on Monday as I didn't book my return flight home till today. I knew if I pre-booked it an incident would happen, flat tire, mechanical breakdown and I would loose my flight. I'm going to race home and pick up all the balls I dropped in my professional life and well as my personal life as soon as I get home.

In closing, I would like to say a few thing if I may. A while ago I decided to spend my spare time writing or quasi blogging my road trips or adventures. Admittedly I'm terrible at it, so it's a self improvement thing for me and your are my targeted audience. I try hard to post facts, stats, and document the feeling or tone of what I'm dealing with good or bad. I'm a terrible writer and photographer but I do the best I can with what limited knowledge and resources that I have. I will continue to do so as I enjoy it and it has made me open up my personal life to the world wide web. Scary right? Actually no, it has opened doors to many, many good folks to cross my path in life and bless me with their presence.

I would encourage anyone to jump in the deep end and start a 'meandering' thread of your adventures! Try to greet each person that you might just be meeting your next best friend. This very thing has happened for me with Michael. I am a very wealthy man as a result...

The world is full of amazing people if you give them half a chance. What I choose to do in my life I call a RAOK (random act of kindness), this trip was RAOK for me. You will be amazed if you reach out and help a fellow rider at how you feel about yourself as a person. We are all just people on this planet for a very short time. Do something nice and go meet some of them.

I have a few thank you's to deal out here:
cdwise - Cheryl, who spent quite a but of time talking me through some issues setting up my nav on fly and what roads to possibly take.
villageidiot - Colby, for offering to personally help fund this trip.
Cashcow - Bill, for the offer in kind to put me up, buy me a hit meal and drinks.
Zigzagguzz  - For offering your constant traffic and weather update along the way.
mugwump - Dorian, who tried to get me the parts here in VA that Amazon didn't deliver in time to rig the nav and support overall in general.
Radon222 - for the #2 son when I was going through LA.
Bueller - For offering his RV to crash i accompanied with supper and a beer.
And the countless number of folks that sent me PM's who shall remain nameless offering me support on the 'incident' at the gas station when I was doubting my actions.

I'm sure I've forgotten a few but thank you to all! Please know that I knew all along that that I was never alone on the road at any given time. I had a support system that I didn't know was there when I left and magically was there as I traversed the country.

I know I'm a nerd or geek on this stuff but I thought I would share my thoughts anyways.

Sincerely,

Thank you!

Thank you for reading my insignificant stuff and as always; life is short, enjoy the ride!

Peace,

Eric


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on March 03, 2019, 06:41:00 AM
PS: These pics were stolen form Conchshooter and his narrative.

Well. At last that’s over and I don’t have to worry anymore. Lunchtime! Water glimpse dining
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He seems in remarkably good shape. As does, more importantly, the Burgman...
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Now we have lunch. Multi ethnic food porn. Layne’s home made pozole- Mexican hominy soup and Indian naan.
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Under the close observation of Rusty the wonder dog.
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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on March 04, 2019, 12:52:19 AM
I did some exploring today.
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The one request that I asked Conchshooter for was to stick my toes in gin blue water just once before I head back home to the snow and cold.
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A wave came and stole my thunder of the photo op but it was awesome. Mission accomplished!
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Some random pics.
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There were scoots everywhere and are a viable means of transportation here in the Keys.
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The cemeteries that were above ground were fascinating. In this particular cemetery lies the bodies of many of the sailors from the U.S.S. Battleship Maine which that sank in the Havana harbor during the Cuban revolt against Spain, an event that became a major political issue in the United States. The mighty USS Maine was the first U.S. Navy ship to be named after the state of Maine. It was commissioned in 1895 and sank in 1898. They brought several of the bodies back here to Key West for a proper burial.

Read about it here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Maine_(ACR-1)

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After Michael gave me the tour of the area we went to the Hogfish Grill for lunch. I had the fresh fired shrimp and chips and he had the hogfish sammich with Swiss cheese and mushrooms. Yum!
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A truck parked out front.
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I have a flight to go home tomorrow and will arrive in the evening and from what I'm told it was snowing there yesterday.

As I close this chapter on my moto life tomorrow I'll turn the page to a fresh sheet of paper and start working on my next chapter. Thanks for stopping by and reading The Virginian's Meanderings.

Eric


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on March 04, 2019, 01:00:14 AM
Gives a whole new meaning to wearing a helmet for safety.

Was having the exact same thought as I scrolled to your post. Glad the incident ended quickly and without injury to you, Eric.

The mighty Alabama!

After enjoying a too brief visit to Charleston, South Carolina, looking for more mini-vacation destinations (Mobile Bay was already under consideration), and now seeing your photo, I have moved Battleship Memorial Park far up the list of places to visit. Your entire thread is a great read and view.

Glad you'll go back to that park as I was itching to go myself! Please post up if you go and your thoughts and experiences there. Thanks for stopping by and reading.


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on March 04, 2019, 01:03:37 AM
OK, I know you were happy to deliver the scooter, and Michael is happy that you delivered the scooter, but I bet Mrs. Conch wasn't all that thrilled, was she?

Funny you should ask that, she was fine with it as she knows its Michael's love in his life. She asked me that I would giver her the key when I arrived which I promptly did right after i arrived. Michael has a lot more PT to do before he gets a clearance from the doc. Hopefully he's motivated now.


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on March 04, 2019, 01:06:47 AM
Eric, always a great read and pics.  Still waiting for Spring.  Arctic forecast the next three days.  High of 14° Monday low of 0° tomorrow night. ☹️

Cathy, I sure hope you and Bob catch a break in the weather, your neck of the woods sure has been hit hard this winter. Sunny days are ahead!


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on March 04, 2019, 01:21:43 AM
Glad you arrived safely and the new owner is happy. Now you need to post a review of the Burgman 200.

Jdbrot,

Here's my quick 2¢ on the Burgman 200.

This scooter is wide like all the Burgmans but yet it's low enough if you have a short inseam for most to be able to flat foot the ground. The motor is amazing  in the sense it is a class leader at its useable power range. It hums along effortlessly at 70 to 73 mph while still maintaining decent gas mileage at those sustained speeds. Michael and I spoke at great length about the speeds I was going to travel at and he said no sweat, have at it. As he took a 3,500 mile trip last summer and it never burned a drop of oil. I check the oil every gas stop to be sure and he was correct, zero loss of oil on that trip.

The gas mileage is somewhere around 90 mpg when doing 55 mph and under but drops to 60 mpg when you push it hard at speeds 70 and above. She tops out at 80 mph, GPS verified. There's 2 glove boxes up by the pet carrier and one has a 12DC adapter in there that I used to charge my phone and GPS on the go. The other glove box is small and good for a change of gloves and your wallet. There's ample storage under the seat for 1 helmet and a plethora of other gear as well. I don't know how far she can go on a tank of gas but I was refueling at 125 miles and putting in 2.1 gallons on each fill up. When the gas gauge fell to just one bar, I was looking for gas immediately so idk how much further on that one bar and reserve?

The baby Burger rails in the rain believe me this was tested for over 1,000 miles of pretty bad rain on this trip. The windshield is perfect for Michael but for me it falls short and I was getting the blast of wind on my shoulders and dirty air up by my helmet. There's loads of aftermarket windshields to remedy this or maybe try the Lanmar lip.

This scooter is seriously overlooked by folks and they can be found on the cheap. I would purchase one in a heartbeat if I fit on it a little better. I hope my thoughts answered your question.


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Maggie on March 04, 2019, 02:58:23 AM
Glad you got a day to relax.  Weather looks great.


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: jdbrot on March 04, 2019, 03:55:53 AM
Thanks for the review. Hope you dry out before you get home. Rain stinks for that many rides.


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on April 17, 2019, 12:06:28 AM
Grabb'n a couple scooter tags today! Woohoo! Spring is here.
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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Maggie on April 17, 2019, 04:42:37 PM
Greening up!!


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on May 27, 2019, 07:23:53 PM
Memorial Day is a time for Americans to reflect on the contributions of those one million who made the ultimate sacrifice for us. Because of the courage of these veterans, we enjoy the opportunities and freedoms today.

Memorial Day is not to be confused with Veterans Day; Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving, while Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans.

Try to take a brief moment to reflect on the sacrifice of those who cannot.

Happy Memorial Day!

We had a family throw down at the lake this holiday. Philbilly (my BIL) brought his Harley for a full service, new tires, flushed the brakes and we both got to try out the HF lift. It worked like a champ.
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For supper we rolled with a bushel of crabs!  :2tu:
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Even my great niece was down with the crabs.
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Fishing in the. morning.
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Ava caught her first fish ever in her pjs. lol
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Took Philbilly (his real name is Phil, and I branded him after hillbilly) out for a scenic 45 minute run to make sure the bike was good to go. So yes, some scooter content!
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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: CathyN on May 29, 2019, 06:09:55 AM
Eric, looks like you had a good time with your family.  Thanks for sharing.

  I drove down to the St. Louis area and spent some time with family. Also spent time with Maggie, Pete and Joan.  Saw Carolyn for lunch as well.  Looking forward to seeing you in June.

Cathy


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Maggie on May 29, 2019, 04:10:51 PM
Happy Memorial Day, Eric!!  Looks like a great time!


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on June 03, 2019, 05:16:13 PM
I had an exciting weekend this week. Mrs. V and I were hosting a fund raiser and everyone's cell phone goes off at the same time.
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A tornado touched down 10 miles from our home and luckily we have no damage.
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I rode up this weekend to see my great niece graduate from HS.  Bianka graduated from HS this weekend with honors. She was (I think) in the top 5 students in the graduating class. Not only did she graduate with 13 honors she also earned her associate's degree at the same time. Bianka will now take the next step in life as she attends UVA pre-law in the fall.

Her parents are amazing parents and B's accomplishments are a testimony to their heart, soul and dedication to bring Bianka into this world and make her a champion of life.

We stopped for lunch in Luray at the Moonshadow Resturant and I had the cheese grits and shrimp that was amazing! Wow, I have to revisit this place and the prices of their dishes were very inexpensive.
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I treated myself to a nice VA amber lager, it was kind of cool to see a m/c on the bottle.
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Words cannot describe how proud I am of this young lady. GO GET EM B!!!
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I was trying out a new app I stumbled into that tracks your ride. It can be used for hiking, kayaking or whatever you wish. Kind of cool actually. It's a short 2 minute view...
https://www.relive.cc/view/rt10005556905 (https://www.relive.cc/view/rt10005556905)

Here's a couple of scenic pics from the day. The morning was cool and overcast, a perfect day for a ride.
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I hope everyone is getting out and riding this late spring!

Thanks for stopping by and reading.

Eric


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on June 03, 2019, 05:17:36 PM
In other news...

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I have a question for folks here. When I took the 946 out last weekend the cupped tire is getting super annoying. It feels like I'm riding on a rumble strip so I'll get the tire replaced. So I Googled it and here's what Dunlop stated:

When braking is applied to the front tire, the load transfer over-flexes the tire and increases the tendency for cupping and uneven wear. ... Under inflation and overloading of motorcycle tires are significant causes of cupping and uneven wear, particularly in association with hard braking and/or trailer use.

Now before every ride I top off my tires to make sure they're up to snuff. So unless my air gauge is not reading properly I just don't get why this happens periodically to some of my bikes. In this case it's a Michelin with almost 6,000 miles on it and the tread is about 50%.

Thoughts?


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Maggie on June 03, 2019, 11:28:01 PM
Looks like an exciting ride!!  Congrats Bianka!!

Yuck on the tornado, I'm so over this awful weather.


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on June 22, 2019, 01:01:05 AM
We have had an unexpected visitors this week at Casa De Redneck. Remember Bob and Cathy form Chicago? They loved VA so much they made a return visit. They made it to Bristow, VA and were planning on riding down to the cabin on Wednesday. Tuesday was nothing but frog strangler downpours that they got caught in.

The view out my kitchen window on Tuesday...
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They made it in one piece and shoved a beer in their hand as soon as they rolled up.
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We went out to supper at one of our favorite watering holes Callie Opies and had a grand supper. http://callieopiesorchard.com/ (http://callieopiesorchard.com/)
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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Maggie on June 22, 2019, 01:03:37 AM
Wow that's some rain!



Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on June 22, 2019, 01:12:20 AM
I had to work on Thursday so they were on their own. I flipped them the keys to the car and off they went to visit the Battlefields of Fredericksburg. After they got home I took them to another fav watering hole. The Mason Dixon Cafe! Love this place. http://www.mason-dixoncafe.com/ (http://www.mason-dixoncafe.com/)

Meatloaf with fried mac & cheese. Bob crushed the mac & cheese before he even got to the meatloaf.
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Steak & cheese bread with fried mac & cheese.
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I had the shrimp & grits. Yum!
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A sign on the restroom, seem about right and legit for today's climate! lol
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Next door is Carl's ice cream which is to die for!
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Yep, paper hats included.
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Happy campers tonight!
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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Maggie on June 22, 2019, 01:21:55 AM
Love the bathroom sign!!!


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on June 22, 2019, 01:29:11 AM
Okay, let get to the riding shall we!

They had an itch to see Monticello, home Thomas Jefferson our 3rd president and imo the most influential president this country has ever had. (more on that later)

What a beautiful day weather wise today! We took country roads all the way to Monticello. Sorry, no pics of the trip.

At Monticello.
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TJ has started documenting all plant, animal and bug life in North America.
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Here's an actual currancy for the 1700s for $100 that was for sale in the gift shop for the princely sum of $800.
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The entryway is noatable for two things in this pic, 1. the one handed clock, 2. there's a weather vain on the roof that runs down to the front porch so you could tell which way the wind was blowing from the front porch. We were not allowed to take pics of the interior but that 1 handed clock had another clock attached to the entryway that was 2 handed and had seconds. All of this was driven by weights and TJ wanted a 7 day clock. His walls were 15' high (I think) and this only allowed for a 6 day clock wind so he cut holes in the floor for the weights so they could accommodate 7 days. Fascinating stuff to me!
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Here's some random pics of Monticello of the exterior.
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(https://photos.smugmug.com/2019-Husqvarna-Svartpilen-401/i-23LgTd8/0/93c649ac/XL/20190621_124156-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2019-Husqvarna-Svartpilen-401/i-23LgTd8/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2019-Husqvarna-Svartpilen-401/i-4nXHTGL/0/7cfbf83c/XL/20190621_133306-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2019-Husqvarna-Svartpilen-401/i-4nXHTGL/A)
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(https://photos.smugmug.com/2019-Husqvarna-Svartpilen-401/i-LGQw3tv/0/3a4a2e3d/XL/20190621_133856-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2019-Husqvarna-Svartpilen-401/i-LGQw3tv/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2019-Husqvarna-Svartpilen-401/i-FZkxhR3/0/3d7d6ba5/XL/20190621_133726-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2019-Husqvarna-Svartpilen-401/i-FZkxhR3/A)


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on June 22, 2019, 01:35:10 AM
A few more...
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Slaves toilet.
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In the main dining room, the left side of the fireplace has a false panel that's a dumbwaiter that led to the wine cellar, tap on the floor and mysteriously a fresh bottle of wine would appear.
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The kitchen...
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They would dump hot coals on the top to cook off of and the ashes would filter down into the brick openings.
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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on June 22, 2019, 02:05:01 AM
And the last of the pics.
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A few parting thoughts about Thomas Jefferson... please skip ahead as my narratives are a bit boring.

Thomas Jefferson hoped that his family would be able to live on at Monticello after his death. He left the property to his daughter, Martha Jefferson Randolph, and her children. Jefferson's enormous debt load, however, as well as the expenses of maintaining the building and lands proved too much to handle. Although there were several belated plans to save Monticello for the family, nothing came of them, and Mrs. Randolph put Monticello and its furnishings up for sale. Much of Jefferson's furniture, plate, and farm equipment, as well as 140 slaves, were bought at a public auction in 1827. The idiosyncratic mansion proved harder to sell. Finally, four years after the auction, the house and property went to an eccentric Charlottesville druggist, James Barclay, for $7,500.

James Barclay despised Jefferson's political ideals, and had very little interest in the great house itself. He wanted the land for a scheme that would turn Monticello into a silkworm farm. In order to plant mulberry trees, Barclay tore out many of the trees Jefferson had planted and uprooted the extensive gardens. Within three years, the project predictably failed, and Barclay now looked around for a buyer. In 1834, he sold the house and surrounding land for $2,500 to Uriah Phillips Levy, an officer in the United States Navy.

Uriah Levy deserves to be remembered  as his family preserved TJ's estate for 90 years before the government bought it back to make it a "state" park. 90% of the orgional artifacts in Monticello can be credited to the Levy's that are on dispal today. Not a Nat'l park, as VA still believes that the FEDs do not have VA's best interest at heart. Uriah adored TJ for his freedom of rights and freedom views. Being a Jewish Naval officer was no joke back in the 1700s, early 1800s.

TJ was broke at the end of his life. The war of 1812 broke out and Washington lost it's library in that war as it was burned down to the ground. TJ (being broke and needed the $$ sold his book collection to the U.S. which is the Library of Congress today.)

Arguably, imo TJ was is the greatest president this country has ever known. He authored the Declaration of Independence, that to this day stands the test of time and that globally "most" other nations used this document to model their rights and freedoms for their countries. More than half of the 193 countries now represented at the United Nations have a founding document that can be called a declaration of independence. ... Think about that for just a second... the impact of this man's work.

He founded University of VA, let us not forget the Louisiana Purchase that essentially doubled the size of the nation and lastly he commissioned the Lewis & Clark expedition. Think about the expansion of the U.S. because of the Lewis and Clark expedition.

Despite his freedom views he personally had 200 slaves up until he died and in his will only released 5. He fathered 6 kids with one of the slaves that no one knows their relationships extent to this day.


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on June 22, 2019, 02:10:23 AM
We rolled out of Monticello to wrangle up some lunch and stopped at the BBQ Exchange in Gordonsville. Yum! http://www.bbqex.com/home.html (http://www.bbqex.com/home.html)
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Bob and Cathy head back to Chi-town tomorrow and will be missed. Until next time...

Life is short, enjoy the ride.

Eric


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Maggie on June 22, 2019, 04:10:52 PM
Great pictures thanks for sharing!!!


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: CathyN on June 23, 2019, 05:03:02 AM
It was great seeing you and Lisa and of course all the pups.  Had a wonderful time.  I will post a report once I get home.  I either had no internet, bad cell connection and when I did I was having to much fun and or was to tired to post. 


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on July 03, 2019, 10:20:52 PM

Out running errands today and it's mighty hot, the heat index is over 100*F and it isn't a dry heat! ;)

Happy 4th of July to all my scootista's & m/c friends that live in the U.S.
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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Maggie on July 05, 2019, 02:56:20 PM
Happy 4th!


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on July 23, 2019, 08:43:31 PM
Not much riding in this update of my meanderings... There was a nice fellow on ADV that is 74 and bouncing back from a stoke so his Harley/BMW days have come to pass and wanted a Vespa. His local dealer kind of threw him a curve ball so I offered to help him get his new scoot home. I/we found a handy deal on 2020 Vespa Touring in Accident, Md of all places. https://www.xps-usa.com/ (https://www.xps-usa.com/)

So we chatted on the phone and he drove to Redneckistan, VA to stay for the night. The plan was to leave in tandem in the morning and drive up to MD, then make our way back to NC.

Meet Doug with a plate full of shrimp and grits.
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So we were up nice and early and hit the dusty trail to go get his new scoot. The dealership is a little over 4 hours away from me and real close to Pittsburgh.



Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on July 23, 2019, 08:48:05 PM
We got up early and with a cup of joe down the hatch out the door we went with great expectations of today's events around 7 AM. The dealership is about 4 hours away from home so we had a lazy morning stopping for a hockey puck from McD's with Doug chasing me in his car. VA > WV > MD, that's the plan!

Almost heaven, West Virginia
Blue Ridge Mountains, Shenandoah River
Life is old there, older than the trees
Younger than the mountains, blowing like a breeze
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Almost there.
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We shot up through Winchester, VA, Paw Paw,WV, Cumberland, MD and then to Accident, MD. Accident, MD is right near the Eastern Continental Divide. The Eastern Continental Divide or Eastern Divide or Appalachian Divide is a hydrographic divide in eastern North America that separates the easterly Atlantic Seaboard watershed from the westerly Gulf of Mexicowatershed. The divide nearly spans the United States from south of Lake Ontario through the Florida peninsula, and consists of raised terrain including the Appalachian Mountains to the north, the southern Piedmont Plateau and lowland ridges in the Atlantic Coastal Plain to the south. Water including rainfall and snowfall, lakes, streams and rivers on the eastern/southern side of the divide drains to the Atlantic Ocean; water on the western/northern side of the divide drains to the Gulf of Mexico. The ECD is one of six continental hydrographic divides of North America which define several drainage basins, each of which drains to a particular body of water.

And we arrive at Xtreme Powersports.
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The view out their front door.
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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on July 23, 2019, 08:51:56 PM
We see Doug's scoot dead center all shined up with a 'sold' label on it. I like to think this pic is when a person and their dream come together, a good day indeed it was.
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After the features and benefits demonstration they shuffle Doug in the back to roll him for his cash. So I meander about the store. All I can say is wow, they just picked up Vespa not that long ago and they have some stock not to mention Betas, Aprillias, MGs and few others.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-J8DKf5b/0/94080fc4/XL/20190716_115238-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-J8DKf5b/A)
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They even had a red 946!
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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on July 23, 2019, 08:55:12 PM
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-CDzmtzB/0/5e201b88/XL/20190716_115324-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-CDzmtzB/A)

If I could have any Vespa in the place it would be this one. I love the gloss gray color.
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The new V85 ADV bike from MG!
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There's a little bit of coin in this nook in the store. Each one of those Aprilia's is in the neighborhood of 15 to 30K each.
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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on July 23, 2019, 09:00:22 PM
Doug getting his demonstration of the features on the display.
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We wrestled with getting it loaded on the rear rack of my car for about an hour in the heat. We were ready to jump in the a/c of the car.
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Put it in reverse to head to NC. Yep, still there... whew...
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Me watching the whole way to NC.
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This is what it looked like all the way to his house. Nothing but rolling mountains and green trees.
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Passing through a tunnel and arriving back in VA on the other side.
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VA doesn't look much different.
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Then NC, woohoo!
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Pretty near a full moon tonight.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-khw46fr/0/767c69ff/XL/20190716_211438-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-khw46fr/A)

Safe and sound in his garage. I'm off to bed to drive home in the morn.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-9RchzVx/0/2f53b895/XL/20190716_215326-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-9RchzVx/A)

Thanks for stopping by and reading.

Eric


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: jdbrot on July 23, 2019, 10:06:13 PM
Very nice, like that color.


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: CathyN on July 23, 2019, 10:21:11 PM
Eric,  nice write up and very inspiring you are one of a kind and glad I can call you my friend.  Happy for Doug too.  Also, like the color.


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Maggie on July 23, 2019, 11:32:21 PM
Very nice, Eric!


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: CathyN on July 24, 2019, 05:05:49 AM
I recognize those shrimp and grits. 😊


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on October 04, 2019, 07:43:21 PM
In other news this happened about 20 yards away at dusk. Pics are crappy as my phone doesn't do well in low light conditions.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Fun-Stuff/i-5PMmxJR/0/867afc6f/XL/20190712_210121-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/Fun-Stuff/i-5PMmxJR/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Fun-Stuff/i-hNgj8Lf/0/a8b92871/XL/20190712_210123-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/Fun-Stuff/i-hNgj8Lf/A)

Here's a quick 22 second video (pardon the very foul language)
https://vimeo.com/348830626


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on October 04, 2019, 07:44:27 PM
June and July were the hottest months on record here so I wasn't getting much riding done.

I've been working on the boathouse so not much riding going on of late. Bourbon my shop foreman was on the scene causing trouble.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Bourbon/i-RqDPxF7/0/b29a84bc/XL/20190802_190900-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/Bourbon/i-RqDPxF7/A)

Bourbon was trying to Finding Nemo, as he looked tasty!   Very Happy
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Bourbon/i-wQgJwXG/0/96e38c82/XL/Nemo-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/Bourbon/i-wQgJwXG/A)

Building a rack to store the life jackets and shelves all around.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Fun-Stuff/i-GnBNTHf/0/81245429/XL/20190804_161049-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/Fun-Stuff/i-GnBNTHf/A)

This wall when finished will house the fishing poles that clip on.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Fun-Stuff/i-Pj5VFww/0/0fea0957/XL/20190804_161054-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/Fun-Stuff/i-Pj5VFww/A)


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on October 04, 2019, 07:45:56 PM
I bumped into a meandering soul Wolfeboats from ADV on the BRPW! Actually this was planned as his wife had an event to attend in Harper's Ferry so he brought his scooter and we're Going to hit up the BRPW.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-VnD4s6p/0/67034220/XL/20190816_183414-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-VnD4s6p/A)


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on October 04, 2019, 07:46:17 PM
Pigging out at Outback which was a stones throw away from the hotel up in Waynesboro.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-wKpK3gx/0/bd51ffc3/XL/20190816_194748-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-wKpK3gx/A)




Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on October 04, 2019, 07:48:26 PM
YOLO

You only live once....

I did the first service on the Svart and here's what popped up.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2019-Husqvarna-Svartpilen-401/i-VjnnHSX/0/2eb25c97/XL/20190709_170535-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2019-Husqvarna-Svartpilen-401/i-VjnnHSX/A)

And the residue in the oil pan.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2019-Husqvarna-Svartpilen-401/i-P5J6Fvp/0/7f95e05d/XL/20190709_181844-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2019-Husqvarna-Svartpilen-401/i-P5J6Fvp/A)

I contacted my dealer and got the, "there should be some shavings speech." I sent them pics and here's the service manager's response.

Husqvarna wants your vin# and mileage to start a log on it. They also request you bring the oil filter in to us for examination. They did say that it is considered normal to see debris in the screens. With the log being created, if it becomes an issue they have documentation.
I personally think you may have something going south, but we need to go with Husky's recommendations. Do you have any bad sounds from the engine? Can you bring the bike for me to listen to when you bring the filter?


Long story short, the motor was indeed going south so I beat on the dealer to beat on Husky morning noon and night. They got very close to what I paid for the bike and traded it in. I just don't have the time or patience to sit this one out during prime riding season. This will take months to fix and straiten out, so there goes my hopes and dreams of a fun small bike to ride this summer. I won't really comment on KTM/Husqvarna as I don't really have anything nice to say at this time.

So I'm labeling this update yolo... So I need to come clean with battle scooterista's. I traded in the Husqvarna on a 2020 Vespa GTS 300 Supertech. At the end of the day I know where that bike is headed and what will be involved to straiten it out and I'm just not willing to walk the extra mile during riding season. So I made an irrational decision and purchased a GTS 300 that I think I will enjoy immensely. I feel like a squirrel and fellow riders are most likely laughing at me..
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-p9mx6bd/0/f2204067/XL/Scrat_Ice_Age-XL.png) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-p9mx6bd/A)

Enter another bad decision, thus the yolo... I love the dove gray with the yellow accents.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-r77WKdF/0/2add2270/XL/20190816_115645-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-r77WKdF/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-shLhc5v/0/02366e98/XL/20190816_115822-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-shLhc5v/A)

About as new as you can get.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-8SB9n5X/0/6d3bbb14/XL/20190816_120526-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-8SB9n5X/A)

I won't really comment on the Husqvarna situation more as I do not have nice things to say. I love the product but simply put I got a bad apple...

(More to come tomorrow)

Enjoy the ride, life is short.

Eric

P.S. The dealership forgot to give me my owner's manual so he texted me a pic of it. lol I'll pick it up next week and will have to wing it on the supertech stuff.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-ptTfL8f/0/d1e6e0a2/XL/Resized_20190816_150901_7365-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-ptTfL8f/A)


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on October 04, 2019, 07:48:58 PM
I didn't make it out of the dealership 1 lousy mile before I got rained on. Gah!

I was in a hurry to get home to try and ride with Wolfeboats on the Blue Ridge Parkway but today wasn't happening so we exchanged texts and we are staying Waynesboro, VA and will hit up the BRP tomorrow.

All set up at the hotel. Hmmmm.... seems legit, the blue and the gray meet in Virginia?!
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-7b9ZjFc/0/00aa5dfa/XL/20190816_185845-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-7b9ZjFc/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-VSpB9Lp/0/e1a76ef6/XL/20190816_183441-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-VSpB9Lp/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-VnD4s6p/0/67034220/XL/20190816_183414-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-VnD4s6p/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-kr3XZTt/0/5c0cba38/XL/20190816_183403-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-kr3XZTt/A)

An Outback a stones throw away we had a great meal and enjoyed swapping war stories. I have a new friend in life. :) Wolfeboats bought my supper tonight becuase I help Doug get his new scoot. Wow, what a nice gesture.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-Hz5kZQ8/0/8bc52c03/XL/20190816_190137-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-Hz5kZQ8/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-wKpK3gx/0/bd51ffc3/XL/20190816_194748-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-wKpK3gx/A)

(More to come tomorrow)

Enjoy the ride, life is short.

Eric



Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on October 04, 2019, 07:49:24 PM
I got home very late last night and hydrated and went to bed. Riding for hours in 100* F heat zaps my energy and I wilted right after a shower.

We were up at 7 and met for coffee and breakfast at 8 am. This pic is wolfe and me figuring out the route for today's ride. Temperature was rising quickly by this time in the morning so we gassed up and headed to higher elevations to beat the undeniable heat that was looming.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-NKkDJ2g/0/daa3d466/XL/20190817_085636-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-NKkDJ2g/A)

First stop.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-LWc2FDZ/0/a0c9227b/XL/20190817_094303-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-LWc2FDZ/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-p7xCkJV/0/936ffd69/XL/20190817_094252-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-p7xCkJV/A)

Love this picture!
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-39NrwX8/0/72388ea3/XL/20190817_094028-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-39NrwX8/A)

Wolfe beaming with pride and joy!
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-tx6fwpT/0/be3466cb/XL/20190817_094108-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-tx6fwpT/A)

There's a hiking trail at many of these lookout stops as well. I hiked my happy buns over to the scooter and hit the parkway!
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-9SfSF2B/0/62569732/XL/20190817_093945-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-9SfSF2B/A)


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on October 04, 2019, 07:49:45 PM
Now I will premise this with say I/we didn't take too may lookout pics as they tend to all look the same after while. I hope you don't mind?

Wolfeboats getting a nice backdrop for his scoot for a pic opportunity.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-FhhVrQL/0/18ded427/XL/20190817_094420-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-FhhVrQL/A)

Another stop...
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-hjmt69c/0/9113ac9e/XL/20190817_100139-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-hjmt69c/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-2KCJTX8/0/56aaa9e7/XL/20190817_094428-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-2KCJTX8/A)

The weather as we climbed higher and higher elevations felt like air conditioning! It really was quite nice out riding in the heat today.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-292pzjv/0/47635ed8/XL/20190817_100249-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-292pzjv/A)

A few feeble attempts at some kind of artistic photos...
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-d7Rxsqj/0/74621d2c/XL/20190817_100348-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-d7Rxsqj/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-CbkpKsf/0/6d612a55/XL/20190817_100410-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-CbkpKsf/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-Lcm7NZM/0/c42210b2/XL/20190817_100419-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-Lcm7NZM/A)





Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on October 04, 2019, 07:50:08 PM
Now some of you may remember me talking about the James River that spits out down at Jamestown? Here's the mighty James river passing through the Blue Ridge Mountains.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-gnnDgLs/0/2244372d/XL/20190817_114406-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-gnnDgLs/A)

So this very spot was a choke point and Gen. George Washington knew it to protect Richmond and transport much needed resources.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-gnnDgLs/0/2244372d/XL/20190817_114406-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-gnnDgLs/A)

And the aqueduct lock as seen today.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-WH6FvKZ/0/ce6be63a/XL/20190817_114123-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-WH6FvKZ/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-K5qTXT2/0/5c2fc6ca/XL/20190817_114234-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-K5qTXT2/A)


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on October 04, 2019, 07:50:25 PM
We stopped for lunch at Peaks Otter Lodge, if you are traveling the BRP this a great place to grab a room with a view to die for and the restaurant was amazing too. Read about it here.
https://www.peaksofotter.com/ (https://www.peaksofotter.com/)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-s8P75cZ/0/075fcffa/XL/20190817_123231-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-s8P75cZ/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-mL7JhFf/0/d0c91915/XL/20190817_124407-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-mL7JhFf/A)

Our view during lunch! No too shabby for a couple of meandering scootistas!
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-FSjR2N8/0/c8c58f59/XL/20190817_123624-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-FSjR2N8/A)

The food was fresh cooked and fairly priced for what you got.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-H4tfSsC/0/18e71f3d/XL/20190817_130748-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-H4tfSsC/A)

Wolfe's seafood sammich.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-qXZNGtz/0/c848cb07/XL/20190817_130751-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-qXZNGtz/A)

Some of the trees around here have to be hundreds of years old. For all we know old George Washington himself could of took shade under this tree?
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-Zh5Dv56/0/b2914232/XL/20190817_131834-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-Zh5Dv56/A)

Parked with all the other riffraff that was out today!  ;D
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-bPMVhMW/0/84b32c79/XL/20190817_123224-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-bPMVhMW/A)


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on October 04, 2019, 07:50:45 PM
The treasure find on the day, the very last unicorn in the U.S.; a gas station with 3 hoses so I don't get ripped off on pumping premium AND!!! it was ethanol free. lol
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-LsLGbsr/0/ef4c6db5/XL/20190817_135543-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-LsLGbsr/A)

Last stop of the day at the ranger station before I had to peel off and start the 100 degree death march home.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-MVpX6Mh/0/a2ac7e02/XL/20190817_155646-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-MVpX6Mh/A)

In closing I would like to say that I have a new friend through this forum and by reaching out to yet another member has made a quality impact on my life and another soul meandering out on the open road. Don't talk about, do it folks! I promise you will reap huge rewards.


A few texts from Wolfeboats when I got home last night. Our memorable awesome sauce waitress at Outback.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-kRFbXmk/1/ea550e99/XL/Screenshot_20190818-092905_Messages-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-kRFbXmk/A)

And a heartfelt note from Wolfeboats, thank you my friend! Until next time..
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-qsWzdhf/2/91da9460/XL/Screenshot_20190818-092914_Messages-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-qsWzdhf/A)

Thanks for reading my meanderings and remember, life is short, enjoy the ride!

Eric


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on October 04, 2019, 07:54:53 PM
One last terrible pic of me that Wolfeboater took and shared with me.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-rrstkGV/0/40da3b65/XL/BRPW-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-rrstkGV/A)


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on October 04, 2019, 07:56:01 PM
When I get time and a few more hours/miles under my belt I'll share some thoughts about this particular variant that Vespa is offering, specifically focusing on the SuperTech and if it's worth the extra Lira. I'll be needing a first service soon.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-735CBxJ/0/aedf0d0d/XL/20190818_144541-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-735CBxJ/A)


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on October 04, 2019, 07:57:11 PM
TBT - Throw Back Thursday
The scooter that started it all, Briggs & Stratton, no brakes!
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Fun-Stuff/i-F7MFMkh/0/b2b5417e/XL/CFD0A94D-E8E2-48EF-89D5-A0CA5384FDE5_zpsazoxj25k-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/Fun-Stuff/i-F7MFMkh/A)


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on October 04, 2019, 08:02:54 PM
Into everyone's day a little rain must fall...
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I have a upper respiratory infection, bronchitis  so off to the doc's and then to the Pharmacy to pick up meds (thus the Bruce'd in scooter tag) and when I left the Pharmacy  someone had knocked over my GTS. Yay... Picked it up, went in the CVS and spoke to the manager to view the surveillance tapes and no joy there.

Mirror
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-kTwhvjM/0/4d306466/XL/20190823_121256-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-kTwhvjM/A)

Brake lever
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-c4RjjHp/0/2d12357e/XL/20190823_121251-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-c4RjjHp/A)

Center stand
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-ZWmt69F/0/ddb59ab7/XL/20190823_121228-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-ZWmt69F/A)

LH lower right platic panel
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-nCxrC8j/0/e842fe25/XL/20190823_121222-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-nCxrC8j/A)

Edge molding and under belly a little
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Front fender
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I called Scooter West and I spoke with their parts person (who shall remain anonymous) and I didn't even get to finish my ask before he interrupts me saying 1. too new i can't get parts 2. All I have is brake lever and a bar end 3. may take up to 3 or 4 months. 4. I will have to call and find out 5. I don't have any pricing. So I waited for him to spew his spiel, then said I have heard 5 reasons NOT to order from Scooter West and I have yet to have 1 reason to do business with you. I have an issue that needs resolved and whether it takes 3 days or 3 months has no bearing on the resolution, I need answers not claimed information that is 100% speculation. Do your damn homework and call me back. Man I was hot! He emailed me this late last evening here's some of the parts that I need. Looks like a $450 tip over. Ouch!   :hs1: There goes my painted topbox I wanted...  :head:

I'm so annoyed by this persons attitude and treatment that I called AF1 where I purchased my 946 from and waiting for them to get back with me.
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So I'll order a few pieces at a time and get her 100% over winter and yes, this is a sad day but it will not tarnish my riding experience and enjoyment of owning this fine scoot. As my pops used to say when things get rough; "more Christians and bigger lions, bring them on!"  lol

Snip: Here's the story behind that saying..., no I'm not very religious, just always remembered the quote
As you probably know, in the early days of Christianity the NFL and hockey hadn’t been invented yet, so to satisfy the public’s lust for violence, Christians were thrown into the Roman coliseum to be eaten alive in front of sold out crowds. Why? Well, not because they were violent, mean criminals who deserved death. Many historians believe that the biggest reason behind this unthinkable brutality was the nature of their message. Christians dared to carry on the same message that got Jesus killed:
Jesus told him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me” (John 14:6).


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on October 04, 2019, 08:05:49 PM
When life is throwing you raspberries, go for a ride. Believe me it's therapeutic, to hell with the rain.
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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on October 04, 2019, 08:43:36 PM
Supertech
Is it worth it?

So you're thinking about getting a new '20 Vespa HPE, there's only 8 different trim levels (I think) to choose from. Is that too many for essentially the same scooter? You have the GTS, GTS Super, GTS Touring, GTS Yatch Club, Sei Giorni,  and GTS 300 Notte (murdered out, last years drive train so no HPE) finally the GTS Supertech! There is zero difference in the riding and handling of all of the models, the spring rate is the same for all of them and only the spring color is changed from model to model. The pricing ranges from $7,149 for the base model and in my case the Supertech sells for a whopping $7,749.

So what I'm attempting to answer here is the Supertech worth the extra $600? I won't answer that question for you but provide real world use and my synopsis of it. Hopefully my testimony will answer the question for you.

For your $600 you get what I call the farts & darts package, which I happen to love! Blacked out wheels, murdered out with a T-tech sticker, yellow tinted badges, yellow stitching on the two tone vinyl seat, blacked out horn chevrons, yellow front spring and the Vespa Mia. (more on that later) Oh, and you get only one choice on color Grigio Materia translated means Gray Matter. So Internally I'm going to take a guess and say the farts & darts package adds maybe $100 or 200 to the price of admission. That leaves roughly $400 to $500 for the Vespa Mia.
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What Vespa says:

SUPER-CONNECTED WITH VESPA MIA

Riding is safer and more practical then ever with the new Vespa Mia connectivity system on board the Vespa GTS [bgcolor=#FFF500]SuperTech[/bgcolor]. Using Bluetooth to connect your Smartphone to the bike’s electronic system, it allows you to handle calls and messages, choose your music and access data about the bike, performance parameters and trip statistics, with ease.

(more to come)





Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on October 04, 2019, 08:51:59 PM
The Mia or the heart of the Supertech is all housed in your TFT (A thin-film-transistor liquid-crystal display) screen connected via Bluetooth to your smartphone, basically a cool color screen. Much like the Kymco Noodoe.

When you first turn on the scoot you are treated with an animated Vespa flash screen. Note: the usable screen is only a portion of the entire dash, the rest of the dash houses the idiot lights.
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You can set your display to day or night settings or have it on automatic which the dash has a photostatic eye to switch to different modes for less glare.
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Your setting you can change the language, configure miles or kilometers, back-light, and graphics.
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Here's an example of the "graphics", ooo ahhhh! lol What I call the swimming pool at the bottom. I prefer the tasteful small Vespa logo.
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The info also provides you miles, trips meter, mpg, miles to empty, and a couple other features.
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Let's get to the heart of it! The menu is operated via a joystick located by the horn button, Up, down, right and left with the "push in" to select, much like a mouse button.
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I pair my phone with my Sena S20 so I (hopefully) have audio for music, nav and warnings.
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Let's talk about the navigation for a minute. Vespa uses their own mapping app that is not based on Google Maps, Waze, or others so it's a stand alone mapping app.
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You have the option to filter your route a bit which it works very well!
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On my trip to Antietam yesterday I rode through an area that had a speed camera set up, I got an audible tone warning me and a warning on the dash and yes, it was spot on. I think [USER=305942]@CashCow[/USER] recently got nabbed in MD by one of these...
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Note the speed warning icon just to the right of the gas pump. That's telling you the posted speed limit at that piece of road you're riding and flashes if you exceed it. Well... the speedo is generous by 3 to 5 mph so I'm always going over the speed limit to accommodate and the flashing is a bit annoying...


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on October 04, 2019, 08:56:09 PM
The bad news is I get no audio in my Sena for nav, just tones for warnings. For reference I'm using a Samsung Note 9 Galaxy and this may work for iOS? I am getting audio for music, podcasts, phone calls, audio beeps when I get SMS texts etc. The joystick does allow me to skip from song to song, the up/down should adjust the volume but this feature does not pair up with my phone and Sena. No biggie, I have the rotary dial on my Sena.

The Vespa mapping app DOES tax your battery on your phone so you will need to keep your phone plugged in to a USB charging port at all times. There's a USB port in the pet carrier on all GTS's. I experienced about 40% loss in battery usage on my phone in 1.45 hrs. of use not on a charger. The bad news is the pet carrier gets HOT as it's tucked behind the radiator and its plumbing. ON 100*F+ days I would pull my phone out to take pic and was unable to do so because the phone was overheated and went into self protection mode. On normal riding temps it has been fine.
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How accurate is the nav? Well... this is a two part answer. In one sense if I have say a 70 mile destination set, as it ticks down it lops off 10 mile increments, so not very accurate. But, when you drop below 10 miles to your destination it becomes spot on and counts down the tenths of a mile and even yards when you get real close. Here's an example.
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The Vespa app has some detailed information that it keeps track of shown here.
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Turn off your scooter and Poof! It's gone.  :hs1: Bizarre to me...
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However it does retain an ongoing record or your travels, even when you refuel.
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This is getting WAY too long winded. So let's get to my summary. Would I get the Supertech Mia for the $400 to $500 bump in price, the short answer is yes. I'm the worlds worst at getting lost so nav is imperative for me, I have been a user of the Garmin 550 for 10 years and within the last 2 years upgraded to the TomTom Rider 400. More money than the Supertech nav plus Ram mounts, running wires to charge it that when get moisture inevitably short out the power and my nav craps out. Happened many times on Michael's delivery. I have had a cradle release snap off and was unable to remove the nav on a much longer trip. Another $150 to replace that.

To have it all wired into the bike (with no maps mind you) and not have to worry about removing the nav off the bike when i'm traveling long distance to make a pit stop is huge for my needs. Now when [USER=430726]@Wolfeboats[/USER] and I were in the Blue Ridge Mountains I lost cell signal and poof! my nav was on hold. There's your argument for a GPS based nav. That said the cell phone maps/navs are much more intuitive and easier to program routes and change on the fly.

So pick you poison folks! I'm hopeful that Piaggio/Vespa first attempt at this arena on nav is cutting its teeth on this scoot and I look forward to firmware updates and updates on the nav application.

I hope my thoughts help out a future 2020 Vespa buyer. Apologies for the long winded read if you even labored through that mess.

I'm at 800 miles on my scoot and the first service is tomorrow.

Peace!

Eric

(more to come)

Let's get back to meandering, shall we?


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: CathyN on October 05, 2019, 02:03:12 AM
Nice report and pics Eric.  Thanks for sharing. 

Sorry to here of you bike going over.  As you know I had a bit of an incident with my new ride. 

After reading about half way through your report I did have to lay down and take a nap.  Just finished it now.   :).   Actually it was a long week at work.  I did enjoy it.  I have a bunch of tech on my new Gold Wing I am learning about. 

Bob and I had a problem with our Blue Tooth intercom he has the Shoei and I have the Nolan. Both made by Sena.  Very frustrating to get them to work properly.  When I had my SilverWing we used StarCom BT and wired Kenwood walkie talkies.  We are now using the Sena SR10 on each bike and the Wired talkies with a PTT button.  And they are now working much better.  Our trip to St Louis next week will be a good test.



Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: minimac on October 05, 2019, 01:51:51 PM
Sorry to see the damage to the new ride.  On the recent rally, my Majesty had  a trip over. We made a stop for gas, I parked and put my scooter on the side stand and got off. The bike was leaning slightly to the left(normal) and as I walked away, heard that awful sound. I was afraid to look and when I turned around all I saw was the bottom of the bike. It had tipped over to the right. There wasn't any wind, there wasn't any slope, the kickstand was still as it should have been. There was no reason it should have fallen over, especially going the way it did. I lucked out, though. The only damage was a few tiny scratches on the exhaust cover which buffed right out when I got home.  I hope you're feeling better, and you're right. Taking a good ride is good for what ever is ailing you! After suffering through three days of cabin fever while we got constant rain, I finally took off yesterday for a short(240 miles by the time I got back) ride. I headed north, along the eastern shore of Lake Ontario stopping sometimes to just look out the water, watching the salmon fishermen on the shores of the streams and small tributaries, and spent some time surveying some the damage to the waterfront homes at Henderson Harbor, from the flooding caused by the I.J.C. and their Plan 2014- to create more wetlands- but that's a story for another time.
 Oh yeah, almost forgot....I enjoy seeing the pics, and writing, of the rides you, Win, and others take.


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on October 08, 2019, 02:44:47 AM
Nice report and pics Eric.  Thanks for sharing. 

Sorry to here of you bike going over.  As you know I had a bit of an incident with my new ride. 

After reading about half way through your report I did have to lay down and take a nap.  Just finished it now.   :).   Actually it was a long week at work.  I did enjoy it.  I have a bunch of tech on my new Gold Wing I am learning about. 

Bob and I had a problem with our Blue Tooth intercom he has the Shoei and I have the Nolan. Both made by Sena.  Very frustrating to get them to work properly.  When I had my SilverWing we used StarCom BT and wired Kenwood walkie talkies.  We are now using the Sena SR10 on each bike and the Wired talkies with a PTT button.  And they are now working much better.  Our trip to St Louis next week will be a good test.

My writing skillz tend to put folks to sleep! lol

Sorry to see the damage to the new ride.  On the recent rally, my Majesty had  a trip over. We made a stop for gas, I parked and put my scooter on the side stand and got off. The bike was leaning slightly to the left(normal) and as I walked away, heard that awful sound. I was afraid to look and when I turned around all I saw was the bottom of the bike. It had tipped over to the right. There wasn't any wind, there wasn't any slope, the kickstand was still as it should have been. There was no reason it should have fallen over, especially going the way it did. I lucked out, though. The only damage was a few tiny scratches on the exhaust cover which buffed right out when I got home.  I hope you're feeling better, and you're right. Taking a good ride is good for what ever is ailing you! After suffering through three days of cabin fever while we got constant rain, I finally took off yesterday for a short(240 miles by the time I got back) ride. I headed north, along the eastern shore of Lake Ontario stopping sometimes to just look out the water, watching the salmon fishermen on the shores of the streams and small tributaries, and spent some time surveying some the damage to the waterfront homes at Henderson Harbor, from the flooding caused by the I.J.C. and their Plan 2014- to create more wetlands- but that's a story for another time.
 Oh yeah, almost forgot....I enjoy seeing the pics, and writing, of the rides you, Win, and others take.

Bruce,

Thank you for the very kind words.


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on October 08, 2019, 02:45:04 AM
At the shop now to get a written estimate for the damage to see if I want to process an insurance claim  And as luck would have it, there's a firmware update for the Supertech.
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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on October 08, 2019, 02:57:48 AM
I'm 1,000 miles/1,600 kilometers into my GTS journey and here are a few stats as she's breaking in. Here's a few of my thoughts on the new HPE Vespas. Honestly, she's smooth as silk, better than any scooter I've ridden. Piaggio really hit a home run on the refinement of this bike. I had never ever ridden a 300 Vespa before I took delivery of this one and to date it has been a very positive experience. It's right quick off the line and handles beautifully with zero oil consumption and ease of start when cold and the fuel injection and mapping has been spot on in my opinion during the first 1,000 miles.

My expectations were a bit low for power with regards to the 278cc engine. In the back of my puny mind I was mentally prepared for a riding experience much a kin to say the Honda Forza. Not so, it has exceeded my expectations on power band, smooth delivery of that power and I was shocked how well the suspension works on this bike.

The time came for Vespa to upgrade to Euro 4 emission standards, Vespa also polished the 278cc engine of the GTS 300 to improve its power and torque to the highest level ever installed on a Vespa. The GTS 300 powerplant has undergone a very substantial redesigning, to the point that it has been renamed 300 HPE (High Performance Engine).

The 300 HPE unit delivers a claimed 23.8 hp at 8,250 rpm while peak torque is increased by 18 percent, to 19.2 pound-feet at 5,250 rpm. Peak power and peak torque are separated by a range of 3,000 rpm, a remarkable and strong confirmation of the high efficiency of the new 300 HPE unit. To get the best out of HPE, the CVT transmission has been refined in its centrifugally actuated automatic clutch and the dimensioning of the belt and related expansible pulleys. I think the real story here is the torque delivery and not the horsepower increase .
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One parting crappy pic as I ventured out for Chinese last evening.
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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on October 08, 2019, 02:59:08 AM
TBT - Throw Back Thursday
Schwinn Charger

Ape hangers, metal-flake banana seat, raked front end, I thought I was Evil Knievel back in those days!
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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on October 08, 2019, 03:04:56 AM
Antietam National Battlefield

The Bloodiest Day in American History--Hope for Freedom

****History Alert - scroll ahead if you have no interest****

I usually post a boat load of pics with a few thoughts and then share a paragraph or two at the end of this ride report. I rode up to Front Royal to ride with Philbilly my BIL who is my riding partner to check out Antietam. To put that into perspective, Antietam is only 55 - 60 miles away. I'm experimenting with Vespa mapping app and see how well it does so I can do a proper report on the "Supertech" at a later date.

You can read about Antietam Here. https://www.nps.gov/anti/index.htm (https://www.nps.gov/anti/index.htm)

The entryway
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Tandem ammo wagons that were used that were horse drawn
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Artillery
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Rifles barrels
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The park service volunteers were giving cannon and rifle demonstrations
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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on October 08, 2019, 03:26:58 AM
The battle was over with the Union sitting on three sides, waiting for the next day. During the night of the 18th, General Lee pulled his troops back across the Potomac River, leaving the battle and the town to General McClellan. It was the bloodiest day in United States history, with a combined tally of 22,717 dead, wounded, or missing.
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The welcome center and museum.
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There are so many monuments from every state that was here, a person could spend day finding them all as they're spread throughout the National Park, so I'll only post a few examples.

New York
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The battlefield
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Thoughts of a few important people... worthy of zooming in and reading.
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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on October 08, 2019, 03:36:46 AM
On a lighter note these guys cover the fields by the thousands.
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One landed on my scoot
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Did you know there was a namesake aircraft carrier, the U.S.S. Antietam?
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The museum
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Friend or foe?
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In the gift shop cartridge load candy.
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I didn't know the Irish fought on the gray side so I bought this book to read up on the topic.
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Many of the photos and artifacts are loaned, donated or willed to the museum.
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(more to come)


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on October 15, 2019, 07:58:35 PM
Some more meanderings...

Today's is wash and detail all the bikes day.

Pro Tip: Use your leaf blower after washing your scoot and you can blow off 95% of the water without ever touching the bike.
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Also when waxing a Vespa just pull up the floorboard strips to avoid getting wax on the rubber.
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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on October 15, 2019, 08:02:12 PM
Some random shots of the day...
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These two are a bit corny.
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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on October 15, 2019, 08:05:17 PM
Brake lever replaced, waiting on a batch of other parts to come in.
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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on October 15, 2019, 08:09:33 PM
Cooter's Place
Yes, you read that right~

After all the civil war posts I decided to lighten the mood a bit, destination Cooter's Place! Now Cooter (Ben Lewis Jones) was the mechanic that kept Bo and Luke Duke's Charger on the road outrunning the the sheriff Roscoe P. Coltrane and Boss Hogg.

Here's the planned route today.
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You pass through Sperryville which is a very small quaint town.
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It spits you out at the mouth of the Shenandoah National Park. This area is kind of our "Rock Shop" so you're likely to see all walks of life on two wheels in these parts.
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Folks, rt 211 is not to be missed if you're in this neck of the woods. Amazing!
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Not long after you crest the mountains you pop out in Luray. Be sure to Check out Luray Caverns if you visit, a must see!


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on October 15, 2019, 08:14:08 PM
Now a little backstory on Cooter, actor Ben Jones. What most folks don't know about Ben ( a local Virginian) was his political career. Here's a snip...

Following the end of The Dukes of Hazzard, Jones entered the political arena as a Democrat. In 1986, he ran unsuccessfully against Pat Swindall for a seat in the United States House of Representatives from Georgia, garnering 47% of the vote, more than expected. He ran again in 1988, against Swindall, this time easily winning with 60% of the vote. Jones was narrowly re-elected in 1990, but in 1992, following redistricting which moved his home into another district, he was defeated in the Democratic primary election. In 1994, he ran against the then-House Minority Whip and soon-to-be House Speaker Newt Gingrich. Jones received 35% of the vote.

Jones has since returned to acting, as well as becoming a well-known writer, writing many political essays and a one-man play about Dizzy Dean in which he plays the famous "Gashouse Gang" pitcher and baseball announcer.

In 1998, he broke from most Democrats and called on President Bill Clinton to resign during his impeachment. Jones is still active in the Democratic Party. In 2002, he ran unsuccessfully for a seat in the United States House from Virginia against Republican incumbent Eric Cantor, thus becoming one of very few recent American politicians to seek elective office in more than one state.
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Now as a child growing up in VA and watching the Dukes of Hazzard and having a serious crush Daisy Duke, we would frequent his place for a barn pick'n. He had a band called Cooter’s Garage Band and all were welcome to come and set a spell and play with them. Kind of an open house and it's still that way today!

Here' s the scene...
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The view folks have in these parts is amazing!
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He's gone to great pains to reconstruct the garage exactly as it was on the TV show.
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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on October 15, 2019, 08:19:28 PM
Random pics.
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(https://photos.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-Fxg59c3/0/e3c0d354/XL/20190901_135005-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-Fxg59c3/A)

They have a museum inside, more DOH stuff than you can shake a stick at.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-4kt9Wfs/0/bba8ccdb/XL/20190901_135101-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-4kt9Wfs/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-5CfvsFL/0/2651081e/XL/20190901_135304-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-5CfvsFL/A)

And sure enough the boys were pick'n when I was there. Yes, I joined in on banjo, no I will not put myself on a public forum in that manner.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-vjtkW6j/0/5d3dfd60/XL/20190901_135529-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-vjtkW6j/A)

Here's a short video that's about 1 minute long to give you a flavor.
https://vimeo.com/357225263


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on October 15, 2019, 08:22:07 PM
They had a small area for folks to watch movies of the Hazzard gang and their happenings.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-MjjcjQm/0/b263c0de/XL/20190901_135614-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-MjjcjQm/A)

Cooter is usually there and always happy to autograph anything you wish. The other actors and actresses show up a couple times a year here and throw down. I have met them all and they are solid down to earth folks.

I popped in Daisy's Diner for a quick bite to eat. Chilly cheese dog, thank you very much.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-xqq9bCr/0/18d08120/XL/20190901_141207-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-xqq9bCr/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-FVjb4Wc/0/88cb2236/XL/20190901_140654-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-FVjb4Wc/A)

Yes this is a cheesy post, what can I say. I love cheesy! :) In the back of my mind I can hear Jeff Foxworthy saying, "you might be a redneck when you scooter over to Cooter's!"

You never know what's going to be posted in my thread and I like it like that. Life is a box of Cracker Jacks, open up and there's always a surprise.

Thanks for stopping by and reading my rubbish.

Peace,

Eric

PS: It's all free!


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: jdbrot on October 15, 2019, 10:50:25 PM
I always liked Cooter, he was employed, had a business and helped everyone in Hazzard. And he had tools and knew how to use them.


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Maggie on October 15, 2019, 11:37:46 PM
Lots of great pictures you've posted of late, Eric!! Thanks.


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on October 16, 2019, 02:13:52 AM
I always liked Cooter, he was employed, had a business and helped everyone in Hazzard. And he had tools and knew how to use them.

I never looked at him in that light but you're right! lol

Lots of great pictures you've posted of late, Eric!! Thanks.

I'm so far behind on my posts, I'm trying to space it out as my last batch put Cathy to sleep, ;)


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on October 17, 2019, 04:54:06 PM
A few pics of my ride home and I'll quit spamming Battle Scooters with silly pics. :spam

Folks tend to name their bikes/scooters and typically I name them a gals name. Well, I'm going to name the GTS The Gray Ghost, a famous soldier that fought for the south that I'll write about on another day. I very quietly roll up and disappear like a ghost on my GTS.

The Gray Ghost Vineyard
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-tZz52W9/0/73865fbd/XL/20190902_133847-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-tZz52W9/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-4MhqRpJ/0/6e18a49b/XL/20190902_133831-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-4MhqRpJ/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-HFXbncT/0/b547c6a9/XL/20190902_133817-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-HFXbncT/A)

I call this pic "morning wood"
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-NZrH9wN/0/ec77a347/XL/20190902_132904-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-NZrH9wN/A)

A couple pics from a lazy country road.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-np5bJ2z/0/e632cf96/XL/20190902_132510-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-np5bJ2z/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-3mK7VtK/0/87a125a4/XL/20190902_132912-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-3mK7VtK/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-b2Dd4sT/0/4af2ce26/XL/20190902_132923-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-b2Dd4sT/A)

Lastly, a couple of tags and grabs for scooter tag.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-RCKcwN6/0/f722a5c3/XL/20190902_130516-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-RCKcwN6/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-wknZF4d/0/da0a0797/XL/20190902_130833-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-wknZF4d/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-HwX638S/0/9a4ff11c/XL/20190902_150951-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-HwX638S/A)

I hope many of you are out and in the wind.

Eric


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on October 17, 2019, 04:58:12 PM
TBT - My first motorcycle ever!
1977 Yamaha RD400 in Chappy Red
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Fun-Stuff/i-DBftxRt/0/b2d30846/XL/20190905_092822-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/Fun-Stuff/i-DBftxRt/A)


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on October 17, 2019, 05:00:48 PM
Mrs. V and I planned a trip to Auckland, NZ to attend a business related conference but I wasn't able to go for a multitude of reasons. Mrs. V shared a pic from that trip.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-HTrm8sj/0/b82a9ee1/XL/IMG_8700-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-HTrm8sj/A)


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on October 17, 2019, 05:04:52 PM
While I'm waiting on parts for the GTS for repair I broke out the heat gun and removed all the Warning labels.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-SpHfdNs/0/388a6609/XL/20190901_095436-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-SpHfdNs/A)

Here in VA you are required to have a vehicle inspection. Some smacktard at the shop put it on the leg shield, grrr... So off with the inspection! I'll have to find another spot to place it.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-ztg7NqD/0/a1e16244/XL/20190901_095427-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-ztg7NqD/A)

That's all I have for today! Carry on.

(I have lots more to share as I'm catching up on my threads)


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: redeye on October 17, 2019, 07:44:16 PM
Here in VA you are required to have a vehicle inspection. Some smacktard at the shop put it on the leg shield, grrr... So off with the inspection!

Living in Pennsylvania years ago, I needed an annual inspection on my Morphous. The shop placed the sticker on the left front fork leg. Didn't like it there, but it was probably better than any other location. The leg shield would have been worse.


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Expat47 on October 18, 2019, 04:55:59 AM
EU licence plates have room on them for the safety sticker. I'd like to be kind and suggest that they designed them this way but I know better.


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: redeye on October 18, 2019, 12:06:23 PM
Folks, rt 211 is not to be missed if you're in this neck of the woods.

Not long ago, I was on 211, detouring around an I-81 crash near New Market. Unfortunately, this involved my truck pulling a trailer full of household items rather than a scooter or motorcycle. If this part of 211 is anywhere near like the part you rode, what a pleasure it must be. From the map image, looks like I was close. But I turned south on 340 towards Harrisonburg, and recall the beautiful environment and pleasant drive.


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: minimac on October 18, 2019, 03:25:26 PM
Here in NY, they usually put the required inspection sticker on the lower left fork tube, but it can be anywhere on the left where it's clearly visible.


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on October 18, 2019, 03:57:05 PM
Left front fork is SOP for inspectors here in VA but the issue is there's not much of a fork on a Vespa.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-KnvpbFC/0/9977749f/XL/20190825_172321-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-KnvpbFC/A)


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on October 18, 2019, 04:01:04 PM
Folks, rt 211 is not to be missed if you're in this neck of the woods.

Not long ago, I was on 211, detouring around an I-81 crash near New Market. Unfortunately, this involved my truck pulling a trailer full of household items rather than a scooter or motorcycle. If this part of 211 is anywhere near like the part you rode, what a pleasure it must be. From the map image, looks like I was close. But I turned south on 340 towards Harrisonburg, and recall the beautiful environment and pleasant drive.

You were close and sorry to hear about the detour. That corridor of 81 is treacherous so when something goes wrong it almost always ends up in loss of life. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

Eric 


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on October 19, 2019, 01:08:59 AM
So this evening as the temperatures very quietly are dropping I loaded up Bella and headed to the mountains, broken toe and all. The sun was shining and it was a perfect evening for a scoot!
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-hscPK6Q/0/33f522b9/XL/20191018_144815-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-hscPK6Q/A)

It's close to Halloween so I don the pumpkin head and get on down the road.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-Fw5NDjM/0/59ac8bcf/XL/20191018_150444-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-Fw5NDjM/A)

A few random pics from today's ride.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-HPMsF56/0/98d6f2a2/XL/20191018_162549-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-HPMsF56/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-rbLKfMC/0/3b9a6f0b/XL/20191018_162607-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-rbLKfMC/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-srtqKTW/0/70fa5886/XL/20191018_162701-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-srtqKTW/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-qg6VtZQ/0/3588dd0d/XL/20191018_162609-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-qg6VtZQ/A)

Some roads lead to gold!
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-Dqg2p9T/0/50bd149a/XL/20191018_162828-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-Dqg2p9T/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-BSvcbf3/0/b729fcc5/XL/20191018_163038-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-BSvcbf3/A)

Fall is falling and the leaves haven't turned yet but they're close. Not an epic trip, just a ride to clear my mind for the day. I hope all of you are in the wind and enjoying life.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-VM5crz2/0/4a503f36/XL/20191018_165541-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-VM5crz2/A)

Life is short, enjoy the ride.

Eric


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: sirkitrider-2 on October 19, 2019, 02:47:01 AM
GREAT pics every one. Thanks for sharing!

Sirkitrider


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: CathyN on October 19, 2019, 06:21:11 PM
Eric, it is always a joy reading your posts.  The pictures are awesome and so is the commentary.  I know it takes a lot of time posting your meanderings and I for one appreciate it.  Gets me through the winter with a smile on my face and and closer to retiring out your way. Eastern TN hopefully.


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Expat47 on October 20, 2019, 06:01:50 AM
I'll echo most of what Cathy had to say but Crete is my destination.


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on October 21, 2019, 06:43:57 PM
GREAT pics every one. Thanks for sharing!

Sirkitrider


Thank you!

Eric, it is always a joy reading your posts.  The pictures are awesome and so is the commentary.  I know it takes a lot of time posting your meanderings and I for one appreciate it.  Gets me through the winter with a smile on my face and and closer to retiring out your way. Eastern TN hopefully.

Thank you Cathy, stay warm.

I'll echo most of what Cathy had to say but Crete is my destination.

Thank you sir.


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on October 26, 2019, 10:58:38 PM
Kind of an impromptu update. Okay, here's the latest scooter project. I have a nephew that wants to try his hand at scooters. So after many discussions he opted for a 50cc scoot and wants to do it on the cheap. (who doesn't?) I originally found a Metropolitan but it was well weathered when I went to see it and in disrepair at it price range I took a pass.

Next I found a Ruckus in disrepair not running at somewhat a handy price. I had to venture in towards D.C. to look at it which if you live in these parts is a mess fo sho!

The deal on this scoot is the folks daughter used it on campus going to University of Maryland. Brought it home and it got parked in the backyard where it sat for 3 years. It will not start now and (hopefully) will make a good project scoot to resurrect for my nephew.

Sold! Another scooter adventure to get another person on 2 wheels in the wind.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Skeeters-2011-Honda-Ruckus/i-Mz5KRFB/0/ec4ef1c3/XL/20191013_103549-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/Skeeters-2011-Honda-Ruckus/i-Mz5KRFB/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Skeeters-2011-Honda-Ruckus/i-MdTMzL4/0/2203374f/XL/20191013_103722-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/Skeeters-2011-Honda-Ruckus/i-MdTMzL4/A)

Got it home and finally got some time to crawl allover it and see what I'm dealing with.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Skeeters-2011-Honda-Ruckus/i-RhBpvVj/0/d8d14269/XL/20191013_124016-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/Skeeters-2011-Honda-Ruckus/i-RhBpvVj/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Skeeters-2011-Honda-Ruckus/i-3LhFLNb/0/e73153f6/XL/20191013_124022-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/Skeeters-2011-Honda-Ruckus/i-3LhFLNb/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Skeeters-2011-Honda-Ruckus/i-DstrDS5/0/4a8d8833/XL/20191013_124029-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/Skeeters-2011-Honda-Ruckus/i-DstrDS5/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Skeeters-2011-Honda-Ruckus/i-Bz3cZSW/0/e4c0d4db/XL/20191013_124037-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/Skeeters-2011-Honda-Ruckus/i-Bz3cZSW/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Skeeters-2011-Honda-Ruckus/i-VfkKdNg/0/bb08d9db/XL/20191013_124041-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/Skeeters-2011-Honda-Ruckus/i-VfkKdNg/A)




Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on October 26, 2019, 10:59:04 PM
First item of order was to knock the stink off of it so I hit it hard with the pressure washer using a de-greaser.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Skeeters-2011-Honda-Ruckus/i-mv77H44/0/34520d76/XL/20191013_173239-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/Skeeters-2011-Honda-Ruckus/i-mv77H44/A)

Throw it up on the lift and let's find out how bad...
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Skeeters-2011-Honda-Ruckus/i-zxDmHh9/0/5113e391/XL/20191013_175048-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/Skeeters-2011-Honda-Ruckus/i-zxDmHh9/A)

I pulled the panels off and it seems some critter was was storing winter's food in there.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Skeeters-2011-Honda-Ruckus/i-pWpvzWK/0/cd72c6ee/XL/20191013_181750-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/Skeeters-2011-Honda-Ruckus/i-pWpvzWK/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Skeeters-2011-Honda-Ruckus/i-4xxRc7M/0/440b74c8/XL/20191013_181756-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/Skeeters-2011-Honda-Ruckus/i-4xxRc7M/A)

It's 100% bone stock so that's a good point to start from.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Skeeters-2011-Honda-Ruckus/i-9kdgDWC/0/caa6950a/XL/20191013_181801-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/Skeeters-2011-Honda-Ruckus/i-9kdgDWC/A)

Bad gas and totally varnished.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Skeeters-2011-Honda-Ruckus/i-NQLvQh6/0/7927dbcf/XL/20191013_182254-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/Skeeters-2011-Honda-Ruckus/i-NQLvQh6/A)

Looks like some mouse was mealing on some of the wires, luckily no core of the wires have been compromised, just the outer shroud.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Skeeters-2011-Honda-Ruckus/i-ZTZpdFQ/0/cb7e5d3a/XL/20191013_182659-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/Skeeters-2011-Honda-Ruckus/i-ZTZpdFQ/A)


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on October 26, 2019, 10:59:38 PM
Air filter is not too bad.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Skeeters-2011-Honda-Ruckus/i-LzGkGRP/0/8f8f44d1/XL/20191013_182942-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/Skeeters-2011-Honda-Ruckus/i-LzGkGRP/A)

Pic doesn't tell the story but the oil is coal black.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Skeeters-2011-Honda-Ruckus/i-tHLPQ6J/0/c7a77dd6/XL/20191013_183142-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/Skeeters-2011-Honda-Ruckus/i-tHLPQ6J/A)

I pulled the gas tank and there were more surprises underneath.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Skeeters-2011-Honda-Ruckus/i-mMDFJbc/0/95dabc33/XL/20191013_183607-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/Skeeters-2011-Honda-Ruckus/i-mMDFJbc/A)

The spark plug is tired.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Skeeters-2011-Honda-Ruckus/i-WcJj329/0/dcdcdfb6/XL/20191013_184537-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/Skeeters-2011-Honda-Ruckus/i-WcJj329/A)

Fuel filter is shot.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Skeeters-2011-Honda-Ruckus/i-JNKbMs2/0/06af8b79/XL/20191013_184933-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/Skeeters-2011-Honda-Ruckus/i-JNKbMs2/A)

Coolant is shot.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Skeeters-2011-Honda-Ruckus/i-pkb98jg/0/e55ee08a/XL/20191013_185125-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/Skeeters-2011-Honda-Ruckus/i-pkb98jg/A)


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on October 26, 2019, 11:00:01 PM
So it appears I have my work cut out for me on this project. On the surface and in no particular order I need to do or replace the following:

- Oil change
- Fuel Filter
- Coolant flush
- New spark plug
- New jets and rebuild carburetor or new carb
- Seafoam the dickens outta the gas tank or replace
- Replace all fuel lines
- Air element
- Replace fuel pump
- Replace both brake levers
- And some miscellaneous crush washers, gaskets, and tidbits.
 
Here's a good pic of the carburetor.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Skeeters-2011-Honda-Ruckus/i-mVv8FFh/0/43cc9e1d/XL/20191014_131536-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/Skeeters-2011-Honda-Ruckus/i-mVv8FFh/A)

I flushed the coolant and take a look at this, it came out green.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Skeeters-2011-Honda-Ruckus/i-ZZ8pQjD/0/8aed46b9/XL/20191014_145424-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/Skeeters-2011-Honda-Ruckus/i-ZZ8pQjD/A)

Then turned tan? What the heck?
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Skeeters-2011-Honda-Ruckus/i-3m6qDKZ/0/d5aef9a6/XL/20191014_150941-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/Skeeters-2011-Honda-Ruckus/i-3m6qDKZ/A)

And remained separated? Thoughts anyone?
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Skeeters-2011-Honda-Ruckus/i-3sz2xvD/0/c685e05c/XL/20191014_150944-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/Skeeters-2011-Honda-Ruckus/i-3sz2xvD/A)

Changed the oil. Gotta love the ease of maintenance of an old GY6 Honda motor!
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Skeeters-2011-Honda-Ruckus/i-wBNmdZ2/0/d7d6e6ff/XL/20191014_152518-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/Skeeters-2011-Honda-Ruckus/i-wBNmdZ2/A)

The oil screen was not congested and cleaned up for reinstall.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Skeeters-2011-Honda-Ruckus/i-TX3NfxG/0/4f6fa0b3/XL/20191014_153408-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/Skeeters-2011-Honda-Ruckus/i-TX3NfxG/A)

Finally took a peek at the CVT. Wow, it was dirty. I cleaned it up and will dig into that when I get the motor straitened out first.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Skeeters-2011-Honda-Ruckus/i-v34nD3T/0/6d1d3b6d/XL/20191014_161456-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/Skeeters-2011-Honda-Ruckus/i-v34nD3T/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Skeeters-2011-Honda-Ruckus/i-Ngz9bF7/0/83896cf6/XL/20191014_161500-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/Skeeters-2011-Honda-Ruckus/i-Ngz9bF7/A)

Parts are on order so I buttoned her up and set her to the side till I get some supplies. Actually she's cleaning up nicely imo!
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Skeeters-2011-Honda-Ruckus/i-FJd2Wvg/0/011c9f4a/XL/20191014_170305-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/Skeeters-2011-Honda-Ruckus/i-FJd2Wvg/A)


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on October 26, 2019, 11:00:34 PM
Now I have never really wrenched on a GY6 so this will be a leaning experience for me.

I took the carburetor off and dissembled it. The jets were all clogged and for kicks and grins I cleaned them up and slapped it back together. I shot some starter fluid on the intake and she fired right up. Woohoo! First time in 3 years. But! Running rough as a cob and barely at 25% of it's red zone.

So there ya have it. That's what's happening at Casa de Redneck this week. Thanks for looking in on my meanderings!

Eric


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Expat47 on October 27, 2019, 05:51:52 AM
Good report... Haven't got a clue what you're doin' but it looks like something my mechanic would understand.
(Absolutely no aptitude.)


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: CathyN on October 27, 2019, 06:26:35 AM
Eric, when all is done I am sure your nephew will be thrilled with his new ride. 


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: redeye on October 27, 2019, 01:52:26 PM
Next I found a Ruckus in disrepair not running at somewhat a handy price.

Honda Ruckus is a top notch choice to start on a 50cc. No doubt your attention will make it a fine scooter once again.


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Maggie on October 27, 2019, 03:26:30 PM
Looks like a fun project, enjoy.  The scoot cleaned up well.


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: jdbrot on October 27, 2019, 03:29:03 PM
Looks great, maybe the 50cc fun machine.


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: minimac on October 28, 2019, 03:27:08 PM
Still sure you're going to give it to him.... maybe add it to the fleet? :)


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on October 28, 2019, 05:29:38 PM
Good report... Haven't got a clue what you're doin' but it looks like something my mechanic would understand.
(Absolutely no aptitude.)

No worries, just geeking out on scooters... lol

Eric, when all is done I am sure your nephew will be thrilled with his new ride. 

I hope so Cathy as I'm putting quite a bit of wrench time.

Next I found a Ruckus in disrepair not running at somewhat a handy price.

Honda Ruckus is a top notch choice to start on a 50cc. No doubt your attention will make it a fine scooter once again.

Very kind of you to say, thank you.

Looks like a fun project, enjoy.  The scoot cleaned up well.

I'm working on it!

Looks great, maybe the 50cc fun machine.

I've never ridden one but we shall see!

Still sure you're going to give it to him.... maybe add it to the fleet? :)

Ha! I can't ride enough of what I have now. lol


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on October 28, 2019, 06:30:31 PM
My parts that are on order for the Ruckus will be here in part tomorrow and the rest on Friday. So let's get to it!

So I went grocery shopping for the my scoot.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Skeeters-2011-Honda-Ruckus/i-VtZQGjz/0/1d4427f3/XL/20191016_194741-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/Skeeters-2011-Honda-Ruckus/i-VtZQGjz/A)

So based on a friends recommendation I've removed the gas tank and loaded it up with Coke and a handful of nuts and bolts. Sealed her up and shook the daylights out of it. Well... with the vented gas cap Coke shot up right through it from the carbonation and shot up my nose and hosed my face. Bwhahaha
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Skeeters-2011-Honda-Ruckus/i-PL3SXfG/0/6ee85e30/XL/20191023_152912-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/Skeeters-2011-Honda-Ruckus/i-PL3SXfG/A)

I'm not sure if the low fuel switch is working but I'll have a go and see what I can do when I do final assembly.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Skeeters-2011-Honda-Ruckus/i-6Tsqx34/0/062dbab0/XL/20191023_152136-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/Skeeters-2011-Honda-Ruckus/i-6Tsqx34/A)

I took an angle grinder and attached a wire cone brush and spiffed up the tank knocking off most the corrosion. It came out pretty good actually, I'm not sue if I'm going to paint it or not?
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Skeeters-2011-Honda-Ruckus/i-ZZrp76w/0/a9e76782/XL/20191023_160307-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/Skeeters-2011-Honda-Ruckus/i-ZZrp76w/A)


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on October 28, 2019, 06:35:14 PM
Next up the kick starter isn't returning when you kick it. From what I've read they all are pretty much not so good. So I disassembled it and cleaned up all moving parts and re-greased it. It works like a champ now!

Before.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Skeeters-2011-Honda-Ruckus/i-2HSRCJ3/0/ce654ed6/XL/20191023_162348-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/Skeeters-2011-Honda-Ruckus/i-2HSRCJ3/A)

After.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Skeeters-2011-Honda-Ruckus/i-jL7DF64/1/44936e3b/XL/20191023_163546-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/Skeeters-2011-Honda-Ruckus/i-jL7DF64/A)

I will mention 2 tools that are just awesome if you do a lot of wrenching. The Milwakee impact driver is amazing on tearing down a bike in minutes. The DeWalt 'gyro' screwdriver rocks for anything light duty and has torque adjustment. What I mean by gyro is the more you tilt it one direction or the the other the faster it engages. Both tools have LED lighting when in operation which helps.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Skeeters-2011-Honda-Ruckus/i-rf7Gxd5/0/a1d3274e/XL/20191023_164142-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/Skeeters-2011-Honda-Ruckus/i-rf7Gxd5/A)

All of the turn signal tabs are tweaked or bent a little from being dumped. I use a crescent wrench firmed up tight and just tweak them back gently.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Skeeters-2011-Honda-Ruckus/i-xs34vM5/0/f3f8bb0b/XL/20191023_165837-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/Skeeters-2011-Honda-Ruckus/i-xs34vM5/A)

Pro tip: If you're worried about your finish, powdercoat or paint save your old work gloves and cut off a piece to use with the wrench. Works every time. ;)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Skeeters-2011-Honda-Ruckus/i-SmWt7wB/0/20834da6/XL/20191023_170238-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/Skeeters-2011-Honda-Ruckus/i-SmWt7wB/A)

One of the bent signal tabs has started to rust a tad from I assume when the powdercoating was compromised. I have used ACF-50 for years, it stops rust in its tracks. It sprays on and foams up then saturates the area coating it. I believe this stuff is aircraft quality.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Skeeters-2011-Honda-Ruckus/i-C6wkDS9/0/878393ab/XL/20191023_170431-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/Skeeters-2011-Honda-Ruckus/i-C6wkDS9/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Skeeters-2011-Honda-Ruckus/i-rtvZgpJ/0/53849a55/XL/20191023_170416-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/Skeeters-2011-Honda-Ruckus/i-rtvZgpJ/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Skeeters-2011-Honda-Ruckus/i-R9w7kjh/0/bad44208/XL/20191023_170511-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/Skeeters-2011-Honda-Ruckus/i-R9w7kjh/A)

While I'm waiting on parts I disconnect every wiring harness and give it a a good dose of Dielectric grease. All bolts on final assembly will get blue Locktite.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Skeeters-2011-Honda-Ruckus/i-nMLZvfv/0/185b9f74/XL/20191023_170942-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/Skeeters-2011-Honda-Ruckus/i-nMLZvfv/A)

A small protip: If you wrench on Japanese bikes please do yourself a favor and purchase a JIS (Japanese Industry Standard), this is the correct screwdriver to mate properly with your bikes screws. Yes! They do make that big of a difference. About $12 on Amazon here. A #2 will handle most of your needs and the "impacta" variant have a metal cap on the handle when you need to strike a screw with a hammer.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Skeeters-2011-Honda-Ruckus/i-GHKx4Qs/0/22f5ce6d/XL/20191023_171443-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/Skeeters-2011-Honda-Ruckus/i-GHKx4Qs/A)

And there she sits ready for a some parts love. With a little luck I can wrap up this project by the early part of next week.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Skeeters-2011-Honda-Ruckus/i-mNQFQ95/0/7806ae2f/XL/20191023_171826-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/Skeeters-2011-Honda-Ruckus/i-mNQFQ95/A)

Thanks for stopping by and reading!

Peace,

Eric


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on October 28, 2019, 06:39:07 PM
$53 dollars for fuels hoses... Ouch!  :hissy:
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Skeeters-2011-Honda-Ruckus/i-f2fWjWW/0/ebb66155/XL/Screenshot_20191017-101153_Gallery-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/Skeeters-2011-Honda-Ruckus/i-f2fWjWW/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Skeeters-2011-Honda-Ruckus/i-CdvDFx6/0/a72590a4/XL/Screenshot_20191017-101414_Samsung%20Internet-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/Skeeters-2011-Honda-Ruckus/i-CdvDFx6/A)


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on October 28, 2019, 06:42:37 PM
Time for a Ruckus among us update!

The postal gods are smiling upon me.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Skeeters-2011-Honda-Ruckus/i-Fb9ZPGr/0/1d51a18a/XL/20191024_155554-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/Skeeters-2011-Honda-Ruckus/i-Fb9ZPGr/A)

First I treated the areas on the frame that are also the engine mounts for rust.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Skeeters-2011-Honda-Ruckus/i-sGmvNcC/0/37abda0c/XL/20191024_161123-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/Skeeters-2011-Honda-Ruckus/i-sGmvNcC/A)

I ordered the proper caps to seal them up from the elements.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Skeeters-2011-Honda-Ruckus/i-LHZQwfC/0/649e4481/XL/20191024_161131-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/Skeeters-2011-Honda-Ruckus/i-LHZQwfC/A)

Next replaced the sparkplug.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Skeeters-2011-Honda-Ruckus/i-Gfw5tTk/0/b506e8e3/XL/20191024_162120-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/Skeeters-2011-Honda-Ruckus/i-Gfw5tTk/A)

Replaced a missing bolt for the rear fender.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Skeeters-2011-Honda-Ruckus/i-ZrJFKmP/0/e70f890b/XL/20191024_162958-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/Skeeters-2011-Honda-Ruckus/i-ZrJFKmP/A)


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on October 28, 2019, 06:45:34 PM
Next up to replace the jacked up levers.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Skeeters-2011-Honda-Ruckus/i-V3kjgzR/0/bac48917/XL/20191024_172611-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/Skeeters-2011-Honda-Ruckus/i-V3kjgzR/A)

The parking brake was tweaked as well so I ordered one as it was cheap.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Skeeters-2011-Honda-Ruckus/i-jvcZ5pG/0/5700afc9/XL/20191024_172713-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/Skeeters-2011-Honda-Ruckus/i-jvcZ5pG/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Skeeters-2011-Honda-Ruckus/i-qGxqnCr/0/e00fef77/XL/20191024_174312-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/Skeeters-2011-Honda-Ruckus/i-qGxqnCr/A)

The new carburetor installed along with the fuel filter, Fuel pump, fuel lines and one way valve.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Skeeters-2011-Honda-Ruckus/i-wMVMCHx/0/c68542d9/XL/20191024_174300-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/Skeeters-2011-Honda-Ruckus/i-wMVMCHx/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Skeeters-2011-Honda-Ruckus/i-9xswkbw/0/ea78bc91/XL/20191024_174305-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/Skeeters-2011-Honda-Ruckus/i-9xswkbw/A)

The carnage...
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Skeeters-2011-Honda-Ruckus/i-TNvVKzr/0/2b10dcc6/XL/20191024_174548-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/Skeeters-2011-Honda-Ruckus/i-TNvVKzr/A)


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on October 28, 2019, 06:47:47 PM
So after a a couple of Coke treatments to the gas tank here's a view into the gas tank. Clean as a pin!!!
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Skeeters-2011-Honda-Ruckus/i-nJs8hRb/0/a178e2b8/XL/20191025_152108-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/Skeeters-2011-Honda-Ruckus/i-nJs8hRb/A)

Taped up the areas I didn't want paint.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Skeeters-2011-Honda-Ruckus/i-b5D52Zz/0/aa3644dd/XL/20191025_153403-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/Skeeters-2011-Honda-Ruckus/i-b5D52Zz/A)

My fabbed  paint booth drying process. ;)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Skeeters-2011-Honda-Ruckus/i-Vsh45r4/0/654b0575/XL/20191025_155524-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/Skeeters-2011-Honda-Ruckus/i-Vsh45r4/A)


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on October 28, 2019, 06:51:30 PM
I had no idea the Ruckus was water cooled until I bought this scoot.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Skeeters-2011-Honda-Ruckus/i-j2r526f/0/4a19b180/XL/20191025_182715-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/Skeeters-2011-Honda-Ruckus/i-j2r526f/A)

Okay, I final assembled the Ruckus and hers a quick 14 second video of the first start up. It fired right up and please note that the rattling you hear is the Ruckus vibrating on the metal lift on the center stand. Woohoo, purrs like a kitten!  :clap:
https://vimeo.com/368905675



Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Maggie on October 28, 2019, 08:43:35 PM
wow, that's pretty cool regarding the Coke clean up.  To think we drink that :-)


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: CathyN on October 29, 2019, 12:50:09 AM
wow, that's pretty cool regarding the Coke clean up.  To think we drink that :-)

I agree with Maggie along with your whole Ruckus project and how quickly you are proceeding.  Great report.


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Expat47 on October 29, 2019, 08:15:25 AM
Thanks for the ride along into the great unknown.


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: sailingskier on October 29, 2019, 12:57:10 PM
Great presentation !!  Pictures make for clarity in the "story".  Thanks.
Mike


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on October 29, 2019, 05:06:46 PM
Thank you all, just a small project and thought I would share. Nothing epic happening here.


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on October 29, 2019, 05:06:53 PM
I rode it for 5 miles and she ran dang good as it's trying to digest any spooge I didn't manage to get on cleansing of the entire fuel system. My question is to the aficionados of the Ruckus is this; on flat ground she will do 30 mph (indicated), on even the slightest upgrade she drops to indicated 25. On a slight downhill she will hit 35 mph in a hurry. Does this sound about right and is there a restriction plate in the new carb that is capping out its performance?

After I put 5 miles on her I checked the coolant. Yikes! That was fresh coolant!
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Skeeters-2011-Honda-Ruckus/i-FqTK6LX/0/d1465300/XL/20191025_183658-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/Skeeters-2011-Honda-Ruckus/i-FqTK6LX/A)

Another recommendation from an ADV peep; after a wild goose chase to find citric acid I found it Wally World. I mixed up a batch and flushed the radiator.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Skeeters-2011-Honda-Ruckus/i-xtXBDMQ/0/a73defd7/XL/20191025_184656-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/Skeeters-2011-Honda-Ruckus/i-xtXBDMQ/A)

After starting it again with the citric acid and letting it warm up for 5 minutes it started to look murky again.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Skeeters-2011-Honda-Ruckus/i-DdC4Jhs/0/00027b4f/XL/20191025_184406-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/Skeeters-2011-Honda-Ruckus/i-DdC4Jhs/A)

I'll spiff up the battery box with a coat of wax and remove the University of MD parking stickers.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Skeeters-2011-Honda-Ruckus/i-dFRsTH9/0/ab69d99b/XL/20191025_193336-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/Skeeters-2011-Honda-Ruckus/i-dFRsTH9/A)

If I get time I'll post a ride video of how she rolls now. So that's it for Virginan's meanderings.

Eric


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on October 29, 2019, 05:08:34 PM
Out getting a fresh tank of gas and hopefully a short video of it performing.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Skeeters-2011-Honda-Ruckus/i-8pVQfwJ/0/e0563bca/XL/20191026_124918-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/Skeeters-2011-Honda-Ruckus/i-8pVQfwJ/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Skeeters-2011-Honda-Ruckus/i-KXvX8VP/0/a81cc8ef/XL/20191026_124932-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/Skeeters-2011-Honda-Ruckus/i-KXvX8VP/A)


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on October 29, 2019, 05:12:47 PM
Okay here's some raw footage (2 minutes +) and my GoPro was cutting in and out. (I hate the damn GoPro) but you get the idea of how's she's running. Remind me never to purchase a Gopro ever again...
https://vimeo.com/369040112

On a side note the citrus acid in the distilled water really did a nice job of flushing and cleaning up the radiator. Just be sure to flush it shortly after using baking soda and distilled water to neutralize the acid. It took 7 flushes in this case to really get it clean.




Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on October 29, 2019, 05:27:48 PM
After about 15 miles I was seeing no change in the reservoir for the coolant so I was thinking the thermostat was defective. (purple coolant)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Skeeters-2011-Honda-Ruckus/i-gJ5LRjb/0/1e6f1a9c/XL/20191026_110750-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/Skeeters-2011-Honda-Ruckus/i-gJ5LRjb/A)

After a 25 mile run she finally broke loose and is working properly.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Skeeters-2011-Honda-Ruckus/i-RXtGZ8X/0/f330728d/XL/20191026_154134-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/Skeeters-2011-Honda-Ruckus/i-RXtGZ8X/A)

I flushed the radiator 7 times, no real gunk coming out, just murky looking water. I've put in fresh coolant and buttoned that up. The last thing to do is change the final drive fluid but I need a syringe to suck out the old and I don't have one at this time. I'll take this scoot up to my nephew's and drop it off, I want him to put 100 or 200 miles on her and we'll (with him) do another oil change and change the final drive oil at that time. This ones done and the gray ghost needs to get back on the lift to reassemble.

So here's the story of my nephew and this kind of ties into the "Why millennial's don't buy motorcycles" thread. Skeeter, my nephew is 19 and has no driver's licence, he doesn't want to get one because it opens the door to more responsibility. There's a trend happening here with the youth in my part of the country. He and most of his friends view the world through this lens... So they bounce through life mooching rides or just not going anywhere. He has shown an interest in scooters over the years as his weird uncle keeps rolling up on one.

After several discussions with him I discussed a 49cc scoot, no license needed, no insurance needed, just a VA walking ID (every state is different). He seemed to gravitate to this concept, so I'm financing this scoot and will keep it mechanically sound. We have agreed on a payment plan and spoke in depth about the repercussions if you don't pay. Simply put, miss a payment I will call and you have xxx amount of time to make good, if that doesn't happen I'm on my way to repossess the scoot and it will be sold and all proceeds go to hip Nat'l Back of Uncle Eric.

So this is my attempt to get this young man to stand on one leg at least and we shall see how this plays out. Tomorrow I drive up to drop it off with some minimal gear to get him started. With a little luck it will take hold and motivate him to a better quality of life being mobile.   

Thanks for stopping by and reading!

Eric


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Expat47 on October 29, 2019, 05:36:55 PM
Thanks again.


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on October 31, 2019, 04:15:56 PM
Happy Halloween
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The Gray Ghost is back on the lift and I'm waiting on one bolt I dropped and hit my foot never to be seen again as it shot across the garage. I spent an hour tearing up the garage looking for it. Gah!
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It's located top dead center of the leg shield.
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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on November 01, 2019, 10:16:49 PM
And Skeeter is tagged and legal. Vaya con dios~
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Packing up tonight to head to Vegas and meeting some of my riding friends coming out from SoCal. Woot Woot!


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: redeye on November 01, 2019, 11:31:53 PM
And Skeeter is tagged and legal... Packing up tonight to head to Vegas...

Wow, Skeeter looks great! Have a great time... What happens in Vegas, is only revealed on maxi-scoots.com stays wherever you choose.


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Maggie on November 06, 2019, 05:14:50 PM
Great job on Skeeter!!   Have fun in Vegas.


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on November 06, 2019, 09:05:04 PM
I have some scooter content to post on Vegas. I'll get this thread updated later this evening.


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on November 15, 2019, 04:53:08 AM
Vegas is a little cooler then I thought it would be! I had an interesting situation with 2 mock show girls I may share about.  Very Happy
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There's not much scooter content here in Vegas but did see a few things notable.

Evil Kneivel
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Kriss Angel chopper
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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on November 15, 2019, 04:54:10 AM
I met up with Sam, Colby and Brian. Here's a quick pic and I'll post the rest when I settle in for the evening.
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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on November 15, 2019, 04:59:49 AM
Sam, Colby and Brian met me at the hotel and we were off for breakfast.
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After breakfast they offered to run me out to Red Rock Canyon Nat'l Park. Wow! What a grand view we had just outside Las Vegas! I had no idea.... There was a rental scooter so we do have some scooter content..
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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on November 15, 2019, 05:06:29 AM
Sandstone blocks.
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A few more pics as we were parting.
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We stopped at a great place called Cottonwood Station.
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I had my first Montucky Cold Snack - Montana's beer.
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At breakfast I had prepared a strange gift for my scooter thugs Virginian style. (The El Polo Loco is an inside joke)
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With a pic of each of their bikes on the back.
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Colby was very generous and had custom pocket knives made for us. Way cool!
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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on November 15, 2019, 05:06:57 AM
In closing I would like to say thank you to each of these fine fellows. I'm absolutely blown away that someone would hop in a car and drive all the way to Vegas to have a meal with me. Honestly, I don't deserve such kindness and I'm humbled by all the gentlemen. Imu, we missed you and wished you were there. I am blessed beyond belief from many folks here in Battle Scooters. Gentlemen from the bottom of my heart, thank you.

Eric


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Expat47 on November 15, 2019, 05:02:56 PM
Thanks for the ride-along.
It looks like it was very good day.


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on November 15, 2019, 07:04:49 PM
Chillis turned me onto a place to go investigate and get away from the debauchery in Vegas. There's a saloon called the Pioneer Saloon that dates back to 1903 that's rich with history.
http://www.pioneersaloon.info/ (http://www.pioneersaloon.info/)

If you're riding through it's worth a stop by for a look see.

This place is chock full of history but much of it has been demolished/burned down like the old two story hotel. Also bullet holes in the wall in the saloon where somebody was shot during a poker game. This saloon is also where Clark Gable waited out word on Carol Lombard's safety after her plane crashed into the mountain out back. Sadly she passed away...
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The bullet holes where a dude got shot and died over a poker game.
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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on November 15, 2019, 07:20:14 PM
Spotted a Cub here in Vegas. Any of you scooter hoodlums?
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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on November 15, 2019, 07:32:09 PM
Last item of maybe interest to some of you we hit up the Neon Boneyard. Here is where all the old neon signs from Las Vegas' hay day go to rest and it was cool to see these from many years ago. As luck would have it they had a Tim Burton exhibit. If you're a TB fan it would be worth your time to peruse these pics. The bone yard was way cool as well. Read about it here. https://www.neonmuseum.org/ (https://www.neonmuseum.org/)

Some of TB's doodles.
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That's it for this trip, back to scooters in a few days as I'm waiting on parts.

Life is short, enjoy the ride!

Eric


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: CathyN on November 16, 2019, 08:18:10 PM
Thanks Eric.  Once  again a great and interesting report and ride along. 

How far was that saloon from Vegas?  Very interesting. 


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on November 17, 2019, 12:49:10 AM
Thanks Eric.  Once  again a great and interesting report and ride along. 

How far was that saloon from Vegas?  Very interesting. 

About 35 to 40 minutes driving. There's quite a bit of cool stuff to see out there like old gold mines and the ghost towns that were left behind.


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on November 19, 2019, 12:13:12 AM
My missing link, the screw I ordered arrived on Saturday. Has anyone else notice that e-commerce sites are trending towards sending a confirmation email of your order accompanied with a picture?
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And it's arrival.
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I ordered a rather large item from China and received a confirmation email as well with a pic and just received it as well. This one got hung up in customs for three months.
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And this sticker was on it as well.
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Anywho, what a wild world we live in! I'll have Gray Ghost up and rolling this week and hope to be riding it soon.


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on November 19, 2019, 12:22:40 AM
A small update on Skeeter and the Ruckus, I had to prod him a few times to get a status update while I was away. He had a zero mph tip over and the scoot is no worse for the wear. Welcome to our world and crossing over that bridge Skeet.
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A 100 miles into it and he's still alive. Score!

The missing bolt for the Gray Ghost should be arriving soon and I will get that one back on the road dodging snow flakes. I did very well in Las Vegas and absconded some of my ill gotten gains for a few tidbits for the GG. I checked on a windscreen and should mention that I gravitate towards OEM as I feel the hardware is superior.

First I looked at a winter screen that somewhat covered your hands. Holy smokes!!!! $341 dollars, I passed on this one and aesthetically I just don't like it.
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So off to the fly screen and hopefully it's cheaper. Nope!
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Odd thing is the part number is alien to google and Piaggio so the parts person at AF1 is chasing that rabbit down the hole for me. Either way it will be 6 to 8 weeks to get. Doh! Either way, AF1's followup with me is second to none.

Next up when I get the time is to order a rear rack and painted to match top box. Cha-ching! Pimp'n ain't easy...

Thanks for tuning in to my mess of a thread.

Eric


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Maggie on November 19, 2019, 01:18:19 AM
Thanks for taking us along on your Vegas trip!

That Trump sticker.... lol.

One of the best parts of owning a scooter is the people we have met along the way and made life long friends.


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Expat47 on November 19, 2019, 08:16:02 AM
Yikes!!! $300+ for a windshield?
Have you tried Givi?


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on November 19, 2019, 04:31:40 PM
I have and this may sound silly but the hardware that Piaggio uses really makes the accessory look finished rather than an after thought. When I get a moment I'll take a pic of the hardware on the other scoot. I know, I'm not the sharpest tool in the shed.  :whistle: Thank you for stopping by and commenting.

Eric


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on November 28, 2019, 01:52:56 AM
AF1 got back with me and Kirk had taken the time to mount, take pics and email the different screens for mt Gray Ghost. I am at a loss for words at this kind of service. Customer for life I am!
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I emailed him back, I'll take it! Within 30 minutes I was billed the the item was packaged and tracking into was sent to me. So this windshield is on the bench waiting to be installed. I have turkey day tomorrow with my family and I'll be doing final assembly on Black Friday or Saturday.

To all my scooter and motorcycle friends, I wish you all the best this Thanksgiving and hope you share it with loved ones.

Sincerely,

Eric


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: CathyN on November 28, 2019, 06:49:12 AM
AF1 got back with me and Kirk had taken the time to mount, take pics and email the different screens for mt Gray Ghost. I am at a loss for words at this kind of service. Customer for life I am!
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I emailed him back, I'll take it! Within 30 minutes I was billed the the item was packaged and tracking into was sent to me. So this windshield is on the bench waiting to be installed. I have turkey day tomorrow with my family and I'll be doing final assembly on Black Friday or Saturday.

To all my scooter and motorcycle friends, I wish you all the best this Thanksgiving and hope you share it with loved ones.

Sincerely,

Eric

Eric that screen looks great.  You have awesome customer service. 

Wishing you and Lisa and family a wonderful Thanksgiving as well.

Your friends,

Cathy and Bob


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on December 05, 2019, 06:06:31 PM
TBT - Throw Back Thursday

Pop's 1946 Indian Chief side-hack with a functional reverse circa 1985 (I think?)
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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Spike on December 05, 2019, 06:32:19 PM
Very cool!  How lucky you were to be able to share the motorcycle experience with him.


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: jdbrot on December 05, 2019, 08:55:55 PM
Very nice looking Indian.


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: CathyN on December 06, 2019, 05:41:18 AM
Very nice looking Indian.

The rider isn’t bad looking either.  ;). Love the hair. 


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on December 08, 2019, 02:00:18 AM
Very nice looking Indian.

The rider isn’t bad looking either.  ;). Love the hair. 

Ummm... you need to update your prescription on your glasses!


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on December 08, 2019, 02:00:32 AM
Final assembly of the Gray Ghost went smooth as silk and I installed a pigtail for my Battery Tender and heated Jacket. I cant say I'm a fan of it hanging out from the battery mat but I'll remove it come spring.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-qmDZPgr/0/6a5fb310/XL/20191207_170915-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-qmDZPgr/A)

I installed the OEM windshield that I ordered from AF1 as well. I mentioned that I prefer OEM windshields as I feel Piaggio does a magnificent job planning ahead during design and development. In this case there's two large holes to accommodate the windshield as seen in this pic.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-T9JH8rV/0/af404a6c/XL/20191207_171027-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-T9JH8rV/A)

The main spar of the windshield have compression rubber stoppers for a easy install.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-CXSbzxg/0/c698fd98/XL/20191207_171042-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-CXSbzxg/A)

One thing notable is that Vespa places a hologram sticker with a specific serial number on their windshields. I guess knock offs are getting a tad out of hand?
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-hFRSW2t/0/22298515/XL/20191207_180444-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-hFRSW2t/A)


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on December 08, 2019, 02:10:34 AM
After a very easy install I removed the warning stickers on the windshield and you guessed it, the stickers leave a nasty residue of glue on the windshield.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-WrJ2FwC/0/14b0bdf7/XL/20191207_172525-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-WrJ2FwC/A)

Pro tip: Use Zippo or Ronson lighter fluid, it melts the glue away like magic!
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-M5T8NBF/0/459a53fc/XL/20191207_172705-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-M5T8NBF/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-nLpdBDs/0/c5bf8641/XL/20191207_172839-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-nLpdBDs/A)

Got her all installed and then realized I forgot to install the mirrors!!!  :jaw: So I had to remove the windshield and then install the mirrors.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-XF2krN5/0/e078bbff/XL/20191207_174843-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-XF2krN5/A)

The Gray Ghost is ready for winter duty!  :scooter:
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-mHHTHM8/0/e37af8ab/XL/20191207_181034-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-mHHTHM8/A)


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on December 08, 2019, 02:16:46 AM
One thing that may be notable is the crest ornament on the front fender is actually  an arch with a space in it. Something I've never seen on a Vespa.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-w27cB4W/0/2f24161d/XL/20191207_182037-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-w27cB4W/A)

After hooking up the pigtail for the Battery tender I knew I had to reset the gauge cluster back to English, mph, clock, etc., etc. I was playing Xmas carols off my phone on the Bluetooth speaker and when I turned the scoot on the Mia picked right up on what I was playing. lol
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-8B4gnbj/0/2579b3b5/XL/20191207_181121-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-8B4gnbj/A)

I hope all of you are in good health and in the wind this holiday season. Thanks for stopping by and reading my meanderings.

Eric


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: CathyN on December 08, 2019, 03:07:06 AM
Eric the Gray Ghost looks great.  The pigtail is just fine for the winter.  As long as your warm.

BTW my prescription is just fine.


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Expat47 on December 08, 2019, 05:46:25 AM
Thanks for the ride-along. She's lookin' good.


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: minimac on December 08, 2019, 07:24:30 PM
Eric the Gray Ghost looks great........ BTW my prescription is just fine.

Cathy has been known to exaggerate a little on occasion! That mullet was quite the thang. Good job on the scooter, though.


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: CathyN on December 09, 2019, 12:28:58 AM
Eric the Gray Ghost looks great........ BTW my prescription is just fine.

Cathy has been known to exaggerate a little on occasion! That mullet was quite the thang. Good job on the scooter, though.

Huh!


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Skutorr on December 09, 2019, 01:50:09 AM
Years back, my first scoot was an Aprilia Mojito. All sorts of shiny chrome accessories were made, but not offered here in the US. I found the part numbers in Europe and AF-1 tracked them all down for me; those guys are the best! I still have the Aprilia umbrella they got me...


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Maggie on December 10, 2019, 03:24:33 PM
Nice looking guy & sidecar!! 

Thanks for the lighter fluid tip!


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on December 12, 2019, 10:39:01 PM
TBT - Throw Back Thursday


A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away...
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Fun-Stuff/i-XBRgtHb/0/57b33209/XL/20191212_150418-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/Fun-Stuff/i-XBRgtHb/A)


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: CathyN on December 13, 2019, 08:50:11 PM
Nice Eric, I have to say I am liking this hairstyle a bit better than the sidecar one.   I looked at the sidecar picture again and you briefly reminded me of Tom Cruise in Top Gun.  Not the hairstyle of course.  Also much taller.


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on December 13, 2019, 09:02:10 PM
Nice Eric, I have to say I am liking this hairstyle a bit better than the sidecar one.   I looked at the sidecar picture again and you briefly reminded me of Tom Cruise in Top Gun.  Not the hairstyle of course.  Also much taller.

In that sidehack photo pop was teaching me to ride the Indian around the neighborhood and that's the windblown look.

There's quite the story being the K100 bike. I'll dig up some info and share it here in a bit. Thanks for looking and commenting.


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on December 24, 2019, 05:41:23 PM
So I was telling Bourbon I've been good this year and Santa was going to hook me up. ... I don't think he's buying it...
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Fun-Stuff/i-8Hhp8Zj/0/ecace440/XL/FB_IMG_1577198589851-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/Fun-Stuff/i-8Hhp8Zj/A)

Merry Christmas, Happy Boxing Day or Happy Hanukkah all my scooter and m/c friends.

Eric


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Maggie on December 27, 2019, 12:16:40 AM
Merry Christmas to you and yours!!


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: CathyN on December 27, 2019, 12:47:16 AM
Bob and I had a good laugh.  Thank you.  Hope your Christmas was good.


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on December 29, 2019, 04:44:38 PM
It's raining pretty hard today as I've been riding during this unseasonably warm weather for the last week. So time for an update!

I'm planning a trip for 2020, either MOAB or hit up the south west, TBD. I want to make this ride once again from a minimalist point of view and thought long and hard about taking one of the Vespas but I fear it's a bad idea as the CVT transmission will have a tough go of it riding many dirt roads on the west trip and a no go on MOAB. So for the past year I've been trying to pick up a good used TW200 as I'm partial to the tuning fork. It amazes me how those 30 year old designed bikes retain their value.

After much debate I decided to work towards purchasing a new bike and spend this winter setting up for this trip. I've been looking at Honda CRF250L, Yamaha XT225 and Yamaha TW200.

So I was getting ready to buy beat up scooters and bikes and flip them to foot the bill, kind of what I do every winter to feed my addiction. But! When I was on my Vegas trip (I'm not much of a gambler) I was hitting the penny slots up. I had a tremendous win streak for 3 days in a row and cashed out and ran away. Mrs. V absconded most of it but I kept enough to literally pay for this bike.. Woohoo! It got so bad the the hotel was issuing me W2s. Crazy... Apparently if you win in anything gambling over the amount of $1,200 it's an automatic W2.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2018-Honda-CRF250L-Rally/i-bsXvJdw/0/ea8eef54/XL/Resized_20191104_085020-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2018-Honda-CRF250L-Rally/i-bsXvJdw/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2018-Honda-CRF250L-Rally/i-jKT6pfK/0/5bd1700b/XL/Screenshot_20191229-092829_Gallery-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2018-Honda-CRF250L-Rally/i-jKT6pfK/A)

Being an old school Harley rider I was super salty that the SOA slot wasn't paying anything ever!
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2018-Honda-CRF250L-Rally/i-n4fWfmF/0/b106696f/XL/Resized_20191102_183115-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2018-Honda-CRF250L-Rally/i-n4fWfmF/A)

Spin forward to now I've been researching for which bike to to go with. I landed on the CRF250L Rally, larger tank and some weather protection. As luck would have it Honda has a warehouse full of non ABS 2018s and offered a $1,000 rebate. They started popping up on Cycletrader for incredible prices. I found one at a steal of a price at Track N' Trail up in PA close to State College. Road trip for 10 hours round trip.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2018-Honda-CRF250L-Rally/i-hXgbRkJ/0/c1c3e986/XL/20191221_110847-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2018-Honda-CRF250L-Rally/i-hXgbRkJ/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2018-Honda-CRF250L-Rally/i-Xp8pzFV/0/b2c948e0/XL/20191221_120518-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2018-Honda-CRF250L-Rally/i-Xp8pzFV/A)


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on December 29, 2019, 04:54:58 PM
It was a little chilly on the ride home...
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2018-Honda-CRF250L-Rally/i-BMb27Zv/0/4ee5969a/XL/20191222_093304-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2018-Honda-CRF250L-Rally/i-BMb27Zv/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2018-Honda-CRF250L-Rally/i-pbNbqdT/0/bdca4770/XL/20191222_093259-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2018-Honda-CRF250L-Rally/i-pbNbqdT/A)

A warm streak here in the east so away I go!
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2018-Honda-CRF250L-Rally/i-zM2PNsj/1/f96c5909/XL/20191223_151042-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2018-Honda-CRF250L-Rally/i-zM2PNsj/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2018-Honda-CRF250L-Rally/i-MzQQNCK/0/788eabc9/XL/20191223_151623-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2018-Honda-CRF250L-Rally/i-MzQQNCK/A)

I was out grabbing tags yesterday and was taking a pic of the racetrack and a sheriffs deputy rolled up on me. She was just checking on me to see if I was okay and was super nice! Even let me grab a pic with her.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2018-Honda-CRF250L-Rally/i-9sNpM3Q/0/30e925a5/XL/20191228_133408-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2018-Honda-CRF250L-Rally/i-9sNpM3Q/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2018-Honda-CRF250L-Rally/i-5M5XWfL/0/5f30690c/XL/20191228_132838-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2018-Honda-CRF250L-Rally/i-5M5XWfL/A)

So that's the latest un-epic adventures of mine this week. I have some really cool ideas for setting up this bike and this will be my winter project this year.


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Expat47 on December 29, 2019, 04:56:04 PM
Congrats on the wins & outcome there from!

IIRC, you can claim you gambling losses too so...


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on December 29, 2019, 05:01:48 PM
So last night Mrs. V and I went out for supper to celebrate life, also Daisy Mae's birthday and I had a nice ribeye with plenty left over for the pups when we got home.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2018-Honda-CRF250L-Rally/i-9VkBggb/0/266f2806/XL/20191228_201218-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2018-Honda-CRF250L-Rally/i-9VkBggb/A)

One parting shot, you know you live in the south when your local little league team is named the Biscuits!
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2018-Honda-CRF250L-Rally/i-3V9k3JG/0/3325e385/XL/20191228_205717-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2018-Honda-CRF250L-Rally/i-3V9k3JG/A)

I wish all of you good health, happiness, and the best year of your life coming up in 2020. Happy New Year folks.

Life is short, enjoy the ride.

Eric


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on December 29, 2019, 05:02:29 PM
Congrats on the wins & outcome there from!

IIRC, you can claim you gambling losses too so...

Can you really? I had no idea.


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: jdbrot on December 29, 2019, 06:37:47 PM
Congrats on the winnings and the new ride. Love those Honda 250's.


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: redeye on December 30, 2019, 04:19:17 PM
...at Track N' Trail up in PA close to State College. Road trip for 10 hours round trip.

Congratulations on the new CRF250L Rally. I really like how Honda set up that model.

Agree that Track N' Trail is worth the road trip. While living in Maryland a few years ago, TNT gave us an excellent deal on our 'new old stock' ATV.


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on December 31, 2019, 03:27:16 PM
Nice Eric, I have to say I am liking this hairstyle a bit better than the sidecar one.   I looked at the sidecar picture again and you briefly reminded me of Tom Cruise in Top Gun.  Not the hairstyle of course.  Also much taller.

In that sidehack photo pop was teaching me to ride the Indian around the neighborhood and that's the windblown look.

There's quite the story being the K100 bike. I'll dig up some info and share it here in a bit. Thanks for looking and commenting.

TBT - Throw Back Thursday


A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away...
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Fun-Stuff/i-XBRgtHb/0/57b33209/XL/20191212_150418-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/Fun-Stuff/i-XBRgtHb/A)

Here's the story behind this bike.

I believe I shared this story on the BMW thread a while back but I'll re-post it here if you didn't catch it there. As some of you may know my father was a test pilot and he wanted to have some fun with his new K100. In that photo of me absconding pop's bike to hit up the Ortega Hwy you can see the start of the transformation. He has Corbin make a gunfighter seat that kind of locked you in and the windshield is an Aeroflow.  Paige Ortiz, founder of Aeroflow was good friends with my parents and it wasn't unusual to see him kicking around on ride or us riding out to visit him. On the other side it's sporting a hand crafted muffler made by Matt Capri of Luftmeister in Long Beach. Matt Capri has been tuning BMWs since he helped build Reg Pridmore’s Daytona-winning boxer superbike in the Seventies. The name means “Air master”, and the firm from Long Beach in California has been making K-series models blow harder since 1988. He topped the 200 mph barrier on a K bike at Bonneville. Matt doesn't have a stellar reputation but that's another story... Pop loaned him that bike to do some R&D on making pipes for K bikes.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Fun-Stuff/i-Vhwf225/0/5d228182/XL/20191213_130849-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/Fun-Stuff/i-Vhwf225/A)

Now the rest of the story is my parents were both very active in BMW-MOA. My mother wrote many articles for MOA during her tenure. Pop wanted to paint that bike like a fighter jet but the Airforce had boring battleship gray planes so he opted to do an F14 Tomcat theme. I should mention that there were no vinyl wraps back then and what you are looking at is hand painted.  (the Navy always had and still does the coolest paint schemes) Called up a friend that was an active F14 pilot and rode that bike down to Mirimar for a photo shoot that eventually made the cover of BMW-MOA May 1989.

The Navy or DoD (I don't remember) got a case of the ass about one of 'their' F14s being filmed with a German motorcycle. Dear sir curse you letters went back and forth and they got it sorted. Here's the cover of the magazine.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Fun-Stuff/i-jSHKXZg/0/e3d7724c/XL/20191213_130110-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/Fun-Stuff/i-jSHKXZg/A)

And you can read the reference to issues at hand making this happen in a blurb in the magazine.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Fun-Stuff/i-MB2xPZB/0/fed208a4/XL/20191213_130622-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/Fun-Stuff/i-MB2xPZB/A)

One of the prints from that photo shoot that I need to get matted and framed one day. You can see better Matt's Luftmeister pipe  in this pic as well.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Fun-Stuff/i-32VhCW9/0/7dcb1017/XL/20191213_130659-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/Fun-Stuff/i-32VhCW9/A)

My parents were pretty innovative folks in life and me, I'm just the skippy son with the mullet along for the ride. Sure their examples spurred me on to create my RD400 into a cool race bike but I pale by comparison. So to be clear when i share some of these pics we are laughing at, I was a starving broke young man trying to make my way through the world like most other folks. I just hit the lottery with my parents.

PS: Charles Bohner was the staff photographer for Douglas Aircraft and a friend of pop's. He was kind enough to drive down and take these beautiful pics and deserves to be remembered and a hardy shout out.

Happy New Year to each and every one of you. May 2020 be the best year of your life.

Eric


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: CathyN on January 01, 2020, 12:52:15 AM
Great back story Eric as usual. Congrats on your winnings and new bike.

Happy New Year as well to you Lisa, and the pups.


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Maggie on January 05, 2020, 10:59:04 PM
Love the new bike!! Congrats on the winnings!


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on January 07, 2020, 01:03:16 AM
Okay, I kicked the HD off the lift and up went the CRF, I'll try to share how I'm rigging it.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2018-Honda-CRF250L-Rally/i-WKtkfrg/0/b270c706/XL/20200106_150823-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2018-Honda-CRF250L-Rally/i-WKtkfrg/A)

All my parts came in that I ordered from Erin & Scott at SRCmoto.com , all  the parts were very well packaged and made of quality materials.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2018-Honda-CRF250L-Rally/i-tqzwgHz/0/84dffd75/XL/20200106_150830-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2018-Honda-CRF250L-Rally/i-tqzwgHz/A)

I'm not going to do a step by step tutorial here but here's the finished product. Top rack anchors to the 4 bolts that OEM use for tie downs off the rear of the bike. The pannier sides anchor to the top rack and then lastly there's a cross support on the rear that anchors to the pannier sides, combined it's rock solid. I added the tool tube and it anchors to the transition of the rack to the pannier. The tool tube is nothing but a plastic tube with a giant O-ring gasket to make it waterproof. The tool tube will house 2 inner tubes, patch kit, and hopefully tools.  Slick!
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2018-Honda-CRF250L-Rally/i-vjBxs8h/0/0fb9fe82/XL/20200106_165219-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2018-Honda-CRF250L-Rally/i-vjBxs8h/A)

Gas can tucks in nicely on the left side.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2018-Honda-CRF250L-Rally/i-vwZLSjb/0/1cc24d2b/XL/20200106_171133-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2018-Honda-CRF250L-Rally/i-vwZLSjb/A)

As I stated earlier, full access to the tool box on the bike.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2018-Honda-CRF250L-Rally/i-zJTXWRG/0/8d8d6b7c/XL/20200106_171153-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2018-Honda-CRF250L-Rally/i-zJTXWRG/A)

Some of you have may seen me use the Kriega bags on my trips. I love them as they adapt to every bike I have and I don't need a set of luggage for each bike as I flip them in and out of my garage. They're literally bomb proof regarding being waterproof. I have ridden through monsoons with them and not a drop! The inside is 'white' so I can see what in in the bag in low light conditions, the liner is washable and is Velcro'd in and is also replaceable. I've been using mine for roughly 10 years and they're functioning perfectly.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2018-Honda-CRF250L-Rally/i-kJkhtxd/0/184cda66/XL/20200106_170728-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2018-Honda-CRF250L-Rally/i-kJkhtxd/A)

This is for demonstration purposes so I didn't tuck all the straps but you get the idea on how nicely they mate up to just about any rack. Stack them, put them on the side of the bags, use your imagination to get a tailored fit in an 'off the rack' world we live in.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2018-Honda-CRF250L-Rally/i-h2qH6sX/0/e77e7306/XL/20200106_171126-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2018-Honda-CRF250L-Rally/i-h2qH6sX/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2018-Honda-CRF250L-Rally/i-HZhmRkZ/0/b60ccafe/XL/20200106_171255-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2018-Honda-CRF250L-Rally/i-HZhmRkZ/A)

And lastly, the must have ADV sticker!
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2018-Honda-CRF250L-Rally/i-36bkf3P/0/2857c8c4/XL/20200106_171511-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2018-Honda-CRF250L-Rally/i-36bkf3P/A)

This rig with a tank bag will be all I ever need as I really don't carry much. Now regarding tip overs and damage to the 'rally's' Tupperware, this rack sticks out far enough to prevent most get offs and incurring damage. Put on some decent hand guards and the rack you should be good to go. I take pride in thinking 10 steps ahead when I'm building something and yes the plastic damage was most definitely on my radar and this is my solution.  

Shades of things to come. I have this dash panel mocked up and I'm working getting it installed soon.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2018-Honda-CRF250L-Rally/i-fhQmdc5/0/200f6a48/XL/20200106_165614-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2018-Honda-CRF250L-Rally/i-fhQmdc5/A)


 Only 12 more Mondays till spring! Woohoo!


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: CathyN on January 07, 2020, 01:21:49 AM
Eric, that is awesome.  Keep us updated.  Have you decided Moab or the Southwest?  Also would you trailer the bike to have more riding time in your chosen area.  As you said great where are you? To pass the winter.

Bob has a few add ons to do on my Goldwing this winter.  Wish we had a set up like you have.  Attached garages are great.


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on January 07, 2020, 02:30:17 AM
Out for a ride Saturday, about 200 miles on January 4th in the Old Dominion and it was 61*f.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2014-Harley-Davidson-Wide-Glide-FXDWG/i-zmr36z9/0/3b48a14f/XL/Screenshot_20200104-132748_Weather-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2014-Harley-Davidson-Wide-Glide-FXDWG/i-zmr36z9/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2014-Harley-Davidson-Wide-Glide-FXDWG/i-sRDqwFb/0/43041b47/XL/20200104_130420-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2014-Harley-Davidson-Wide-Glide-FXDWG/i-sRDqwFb/A)

I want me pot of gold! Still looking for it.. Lucky Charms will do though! ;)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2014-Harley-Davidson-Wide-Glide-FXDWG/i-M9SPgtf/0/3f2f97f6/XL/20200104_145918-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2014-Harley-Davidson-Wide-Glide-FXDWG/i-M9SPgtf/A)

My total miles ridden for 2019 came to 22,507. T'was a good year!


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: CathyN on January 07, 2020, 04:19:01 AM
Nice,  22,507 miles for 2019.  Impressive.  I totaled 7,648 for 2019.  The most I ever rode in a year was  14,548 back in 2011 my first full year of riding.  It just so happens my last day of riding  2011 was on my birthday as it was this past year.  It was not as warm and sunny as this past birthday I can tell you that.


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Expat47 on January 07, 2020, 06:21:55 AM
Nice,  22,507 miles for 2019.  Impressive.  I totaled 7,648 for 2019.  The most I ever rode in a year was  14,548 back in 2011 my first full year of riding.  It just so happens my last day of riding  2011 was on my birthday as it was this past year.  It was not as warm and sunny as this past birthday I can tell you that.

It seems to get colder and colder each year regardless of the thermometer's lying.
 


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on January 08, 2020, 05:49:19 AM
Eric, that is awesome.  Keep us updated.  Have you decided Moab or the Southwest?  Also would you trailer the bike to have more riding time in your chosen area.  As you said great where are you? To pass the winter.

Bob has a few add ons to do on my Goldwing this winter.  Wish we had a set up like you have.  Attached garages are great.

Cathy,

I haven't decided yet as I waiting on a couple of other peeps to chime in. I'm not a fan of traveling that far alone for sanity reasons. The Wide Glide is getting a face lift now and I should have that done by the end of the week. Then next is to address my gear, all my helmets, gloves, jackets are covered in bugs and grime. I may do a write up on how I refurbish my gear for next season every winter.

Regarding my set up, I had the luxury of doing the layout when we built the cabin. I put a lot of effort into the garage as it's stick built and not part of the logs sans the back wall. I spend so much time in there...

Thank you for commenting!

Nice,  22,507 miles for 2019.  Impressive.  I totaled 7,648 for 2019.  The most I ever rode in a year was  14,548 back in 2011 my first full year of riding.  It just so happens my last day of riding  2011 was on my birthday as it was this past year.  It was not as warm and sunny as this past birthday I can tell you that.

It seems to get colder and colder each year regardless of the thermometer's lying.
 

True dat! The older I get the less I can take the extreme weather changes. I have no complaints though, I'm still hanging in there. Thank you for stopping by and commenting.

Eric


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on January 12, 2020, 09:57:11 PM
Dash plate installed and works a treat.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2018-Honda-CRF250L-Rally/i-7sTCDkb/0/865a8de1/XL/20200111_162217-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2018-Honda-CRF250L-Rally/i-7sTCDkb/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2018-Honda-CRF250L-Rally/i-pw89BhK/0/c12bf1bf/XL/20200111_162203-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2018-Honda-CRF250L-Rally/i-pw89BhK/A)

January 12th and it's 68*F/20*C, time to ride.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2018-Honda-CRF250L-Rally/i-PWB3q9b/0/bc17b62c/XL/Screenshot_20200112-140522_Weather-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2018-Honda-CRF250L-Rally/i-PWB3q9b/A)

@Vantcptr  reached out to me on the forum and we got together for a ride today. One goal, Carolina BBQ! I took him on some of my lazy back country roads in my parts. Spectacular day for riding today. It's always a good day to meet another like minded rider especially close by. Thanks for reaching out to me.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2018-Honda-CRF250L-Rally/i-Cr7DzWQ/0/9c41de7a/XL/20200112_114957-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2018-Honda-CRF250L-Rally/i-Cr7DzWQ/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2018-Honda-CRF250L-Rally/i-sZZj7C9/0/87235065/XL/20200112_115447-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2018-Honda-CRF250L-Rally/i-sZZj7C9/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2018-Honda-CRF250L-Rally/i-Mtf29gf/0/55a4ee66/XL/20200112_115400-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2018-Honda-CRF250L-Rally/i-Mtf29gf/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2018-Honda-CRF250L-Rally/i-crpzNtc/0/55ac793e/XL/20200112_122444-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2018-Honda-CRF250L-Rally/i-crpzNtc/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2018-Honda-CRF250L-Rally/i-vnwrWBH/0/32fb26d7/XL/20200112_122744-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2018-Honda-CRF250L-Rally/i-vnwrWBH/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2018-Honda-CRF250L-Rally/i-JkRNjB9/0/16a3c01e/XL/20200112_123040-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2018-Honda-CRF250L-Rally/i-JkRNjB9/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2018-Honda-CRF250L-Rally/i-9gJk2Cf/0/059a5f36/XL/20200112_123043-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2018-Honda-CRF250L-Rally/i-9gJk2Cf/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2018-Honda-CRF250L-Rally/i-mRj4hRG/0/8bb57585/XL/20200112_123531-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2018-Honda-CRF250L-Rally/i-mRj4hRG/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2018-Honda-CRF250L-Rally/i-V5KB9rn/0/5d173bb8/XL/20200112_130153-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2018-Honda-CRF250L-Rally/i-V5KB9rn/A)

If you can't ride the world today, ride your state!

Eric


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on January 17, 2020, 10:00:44 PM
10 hours labor to install drag bars, thread/hide all the wiring and install heated grips. I will never do another job like that one again. Simply put, it sucked... 37*F/2.7*C today so let's give it a go shall we?  :o I'm super happy to get this task off my work bench and onto the next one.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2014-Harley-Davidson-Wide-Glide-FXDWG/i-TC3G3fz/0/cb80f581/XL/20200117_131749-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2014-Harley-Davidson-Wide-Glide-FXDWG/i-TC3G3fz/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2014-Harley-Davidson-Wide-Glide-FXDWG/i-6n5wWrM/0/8ff56199/XL/20200117_131820-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2014-Harley-Davidson-Wide-Glide-FXDWG/i-6n5wWrM/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2014-Harley-Davidson-Wide-Glide-FXDWG/i-R63g83R/0/1529e3e3/XL/20200117_131759-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2014-Harley-Davidson-Wide-Glide-FXDWG/i-R63g83R/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2014-Harley-Davidson-Wide-Glide-FXDWG/i-mFwsXCJ/0/bce46c39/XL/20200117_131809-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2014-Harley-Davidson-Wide-Glide-FXDWG/i-mFwsXCJ/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2014-Harley-Davidson-Wide-Glide-FXDWG/i-Mg2t2t8/0/524ee717/XL/Screenshot_20200117-134016_Weather-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2014-Harley-Davidson-Wide-Glide-FXDWG/i-Mg2t2t8/A)


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on January 17, 2020, 10:01:09 PM
For those of you that ride in very cold weather I thought I would throw this out there on your radar. Every year on the infamous Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales are going on I check the usual places that I buy my gear at for decent sales. I decided to upgrade my base layer this fall, Freeze-Out Warm'R shirt and britches. All I can say is wow! This ain't your grandpa's long johns. Wind chill was in the 20s today and they outperformed my expectations! I'm not going to win any fashion shows rocking these when I'm getting dressed but they're worth the coin in my opinion.

https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/freeze-out-warmr-shirt?utm_source=CJ&utm_medium=affiliate&utm_campaign=8160060&PublisherName=VigLink&cjevent=815dafa5396311ea81a801520a240611 (https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/freeze-out-warmr-shirt?utm_source=CJ&utm_medium=affiliate&utm_campaign=8160060&PublisherName=VigLink&cjevent=815dafa5396311ea81a801520a240611)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycle-Gear/i-TcmdmSb/0/90a71371/XL/20200117_135435-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/Motorcycle-Gear/i-TcmdmSb/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycle-Gear/i-P3J7Zjd/0/535f9e43/XL/20200117_140005-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/Motorcycle-Gear/i-P3J7Zjd/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycle-Gear/i-B33xkFS/0/8afe728c/XL/20200117_143236-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/Motorcycle-Gear/i-B33xkFS/A)

And some more parts showed up for the CRF!
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2018-Honda-CRF250L-Rally/i-SLjHD8c/0/a0cae741/XL/20200117_134136-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2018-Honda-CRF250L-Rally/i-SLjHD8c/A)

I have come to really enjoy winter here in VA as I finally take a step back and get to work on fun projects that keep me motivated when I choose not to ride much this time of year.

Thanks for stopping by and reading.

Eric

PS: The pinlock is amazing on the new helmet. Zero fogging on the face shield today which was an anomaly for me.


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Expat47 on January 18, 2020, 07:25:03 AM
The AK came with heated grips that I've learned to love but found that adding some wind protection boosted their effect by several factors.

BTW, I'd like to express our gratitude that you chose to NOT practice your runway walk with the new long johns.


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: jdbrot on January 18, 2020, 02:48:52 PM
Those freeze out bottoms are great, very warm. I bought a spare pair after wearing them both riding and skiing.


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: minimac on January 18, 2020, 03:56:20 PM
Thank you for not posting a picture of you modelling the long johns! I had been helping a neighbor work on his H-D, cleaning up the nightmare of wiring and changing his bars, headlight, and adding a digital dash panel. We would have been thrilled if we only spent 10 hours on that. 40+ hours And counting.....


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: CathyN on January 18, 2020, 06:29:39 PM
Bob and I came a across Marino wool underwear at Costco several years ago.  They have worked great. 

Also, have to agree with the others thanks for not modeling. :)


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Expat47 on January 19, 2020, 05:47:48 AM
Bob and I came a across Marino wool underwear at Costco several years ago.  They have worked great. 

Also, have to agree with the others thanks for not modeling. :)

I wuz worried that, maybe, we were stepping on your, ummmmm, well.... ah....
Well, I'm relieved to see that you agreed with us.


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on January 19, 2020, 07:19:41 PM
The AK came with heated grips that I've learned to love but found that adding some wind protection boosted their effect by several factors.

BTW, I'd like to express our gratitude that you chose to NOT practice your runway walk with the new long johns.

Actually the heated grips did an amazing job so I'm super happy about those. Believe me when I say this, if you saw me in long johns you would need extensive therapy...

Those freeze out bottoms are great, very warm. I bought a spare pair after wearing them both riding and skiing.

I've never tried them before and I'm glad I did. I'd ride more in the winter but it's more a case of them salting the roads here and that stuff eats up my bikes tout de sweet. I literally have to wash my bikes right after the ride no matter how cold it is or I get pitting in 24 hours.

Thank you for not posting a picture of you modelling the long johns! I had been helping a neighbor work on his H-D, cleaning up the nightmare of wiring and changing his bars, headlight, and adding a digital dash panel. We would have been thrilled if we only spent 10 hours on that. 40+ hours And counting.....


Bruce, that job was THE worst I have ever done in my life. No joke... Had I known I wouldn't have changed the bars out. I'm a one man show working on my stuff and wrenching when I could use an extra set of hands sure would be handy. (pun intended) Sorry I disappointed you on the no pic of my long johns!

Bob and I came a across Marino wool underwear at Costco several years ago.  They have worked great. 

Also, have to agree with the others thanks for not modeling. :)

Ya know, I have never tried Marino wool and I need to give it a go. I have read nothing but good things about it.



Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: CathyN on January 19, 2020, 07:45:17 PM
Eric,
Ya know, I have never tried Marino wool and I need to give it a go. I have read nothing but good things about it.

They are silky and very comfortable.  They wick away the moisture and are not bulky.  I prefer not riding in cold weather but if you are in the mountains in the spring or fall easy to pack.


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on January 23, 2020, 08:40:38 PM
So it appears that Mrs. Sandy Claws did hook me up for Xmas and I had a new helmet under the tree this year.  :cool1: The HJC RPHA 79 ST Forvic helmet, some designer I've never heard of? But! I love the color scheme with the gray ghost and it was on closeout. It came with a pin-lock shield with it which I have never seen before. In the past I always had to order one for $30 to $50 bones. Also the finish is metal flake which it cool.

https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/hjc-rpha-70-st-forvic-helmet?utm_source=CJ&utm_medium=affiliate&utm_campaign=8160060&PublisherName=VigLink&cjevent=63d7d29f3e0f11ea816f012e0a24060c (https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/hjc-rpha-70-st-forvic-helmet?utm_source=CJ&utm_medium=affiliate&utm_campaign=8160060&PublisherName=VigLink&cjevent=63d7d29f3e0f11ea816f012e0a24060c)

So, I'll be rock'n this helmet this year on the Vespa. I have retired 3 of my helmets this year as they're getting long in the tooth and I want to say helmet manufacturers recommend replacing helmets every 5 years. Might be a good time to look at your helmet and spring for a new one, it's cheap insurance when your head hits the road at 60 mph/96 kph. Buy the best that you can afford!

Features:
Advanced P.I.M. Plus (Premium Integrated Matrix Plus) construction: carbon fiber and carbon-glass hybrid fabric for enhanced shock resistance
Intake and exhaust top vents for maximum air circulation
Rear vent switch for easy control of air flow
Anti-fog smoke tinted sunshield deploys quickly
RapidFire shield replacement system: quick, tool-less shield removal and installation
Emergency cheek pads removal
Multicool interior with advanced anti-bacteria fabric provides enhanced moisture wicking and quick drying
Crown and cheek pads are removable and washable
HJ-26 anti-fog lens prepared shield
Includes anti-fog insert lens
Glasses-friendly EPS design
DOT and ECE approved

(https://photos.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-vvCZV5X/0/1713936d/XL/20200112_152101-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-vvCZV5X/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-VQB6Drg/0/92cea648/XL/20200112_152114-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-VQB6Drg/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-QFzpXvx/0/2d80887f/XL/20200112_152849-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-QFzpXvx/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-C5mgSLD/0/db530e43/XL/20200115_182434-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-C5mgSLD/A)





Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Expat47 on January 24, 2020, 06:19:20 AM
Congrats on the new gear!


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on January 27, 2020, 11:59:04 PM
Congrats on the new gear!

Thank you!

Back to the Gray Ghost... last month I received the recall notice for the brake. I'm jammed up for the next two weeks putting out other fires so I took a shot and called the dealer to see if Piaggio would cover a tow as the scoot isn't safe to ride at this point. They said nope, so I called and left a voicemail at Piaggio's customer care number and we'll see how this pans out. If not I'll make the time and get it down there for the recall.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-jWzfdd3/0/be09e37c/XL/20200127_164719-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-jWzfdd3/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-GfLHD4f/0/d1f175db/XL/20200127_164744-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-GfLHD4f/A)

I'm wrenching on the CRF and that project is about 95% done and ready for new adventures.

In other news I'm setting up a small scooter rally at Casa De Redneck this spring so chime in if you're interest and I'll keep you in the loop. I need to start a thread in the rally section to pan the members. 




Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: minimac on January 28, 2020, 02:59:23 PM
Depending on the timing, keep me posted please.


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on January 28, 2020, 08:35:03 PM
(here's a copy and paste from ADV forum)

I am setting up a scooter meet in our home. I will be posting all the happening in this thread and particulars to this event. As Spring is rapidly approaching we are only a couple of months away from premier riding weather in these parts!  

Now regarding the scooter get together, I haunt 3 forums. The challenge here is I can host roughly 16 folks, a bunch of campers so to post this up to the entire ADV forum is just too much let alone two other forums. My thoughts are May 1st through the 4th, the first weekend in May. If we get down to crunch time we may have to slide the weekend back based on weather. I live on a lake so if any of you are kayakers, it might be a win if you tow your bike and kayak down and do some exploring of the 17 mile lake. I will ping a few members to lead some different rides based on interest. Think, Jamestown , Monticello, etc.

I will keep a rolling list and tag each person that states "I'm in" or a "definite maybe" and update this thread as we go. @sro99 and @jon_l , if you boys want to catch a redeye for the weekend, you two can grab whatever I have in the garage. So no excuses, cost of flying and some meals while riding is it. @CashCow please shoot this across the bow of Ken for me. I owe you two boys a tall beverage. @conchscooter Burger run time, I'll have the G&T ready for ya. Any of you hoodlums from CA want to have a go, chime in and I'll save a bike for you. @MYUMPH I know you won't be able to stay for the weekend but maybe you can come down for a ride and meal with the gang on you Burger 200 or Z125!

This will be primarily a scooter run but motorcycles are more than welcome. I will clear out the garage and we should be able to get most of the scoots/bikes in the garage each night. What's unusual about this offer is you will forfeit some privacy, think slumber party. One room has 4 bunk beds, so if 4 of you are in there and 2 snore, I can't help you. Capice? What you lose in privacy you gain in hanging out with 10 to 20 like minded folks to discuss the finer attributes of what we do. Have all the beverages you want and no worries on getting back to a hotel.

We provide breakfast each morning and fruit and water to stow in your tank bag for the road. All other meals are on you, so pizza, Chinese or the like and send someone to go get it, or we all convene at a restaurant and pig out. I'll post a list of GREAT roads to enjoy, many attractions to ride to and see if any interest, and provide links so you can do your due diligence if you so desire. We will provide all linens (wash cloth, hand towel, bath towel, sheets, pillows) for up to 16 folks. I have 3 full baths but only 2 are up for grabs, sorry my bathroom is mine!

So as this list grows and folks commit it may reach a cap and I'll have to cut it off. Campers are always welcome over and above the 16 cap.

IN
@DandyDoug - lower bunk
@jon_l - lower bunk
@minimac - Air mattress reloading room
@tastroman - Bed in the loft

Definite Maybe
Cathy & Bob from Chitown
@OldCoot

(more to come)


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on February 02, 2020, 04:32:10 PM
I checked with Piaggio America and they do not allow for towing. :( So the Gray Ghost goes in the shop on Monday for the recall, I'll be glad to get this fixed.

The scooter rally is coming along nicely and I'm less than 90 days out for that event and have lots to do for preparation. In the meantime I have put in a little more time on the CRF. I ordered a crash bar from T-Rex to protect the Tupperware on the bike when I dump it. I'm hoping it will do its job.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2018-Honda-CRF250L-Rally/i-ktpDxhh/0/916d8ccc/XL/20200129_195510-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2018-Honda-CRF250L-Rally/i-ktpDxhh/A)

This particular one bolts up to the engine bolts which I'm not really a fan of.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2018-Honda-CRF250L-Rally/i-qPt8J3c/0/468da642/XL/20200201_155317-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2018-Honda-CRF250L-Rally/i-qPt8J3c/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2018-Honda-CRF250L-Rally/i-qZZJ2KK/0/6b1618af/XL/20200201_155329-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2018-Honda-CRF250L-Rally/i-qZZJ2KK/A)

Here she is all buttoned up. This was a rascal of a job as I needed an extra set of hands. Something noteworthy is I do like the rub strips on the side of the bars that are replaceable.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2018-Honda-CRF250L-Rally/i-fbMkkKV/0/8c4a06e3/XL/20200201_162843-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2018-Honda-CRF250L-Rally/i-fbMkkKV/A)

I then ordered El Cheapo LED fog lamps and mounts from Amazon, plus some wiring loom. Unfortunately the LEDs are on back order but should be here this week.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2018-Honda-CRF250L-Rally/i-gfX4r4h/0/578e7341/XL/20200201_171214-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2018-Honda-CRF250L-Rally/i-gfX4r4h/A)

I prefer the webbed looms over the plastic ones.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2018-Honda-CRF250L-Rally/i-bm5sGKt/0/b8e0ea42/XL/20200201_171221-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2018-Honda-CRF250L-Rally/i-bm5sGKt/A)

The diameter of the bar is smaller then the smallest rubber adapters allow so i used double sided tape. I'm hoping they won't vibrate going down the road.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2018-Honda-CRF250L-Rally/i-CPmQ4d8/0/693ab89f/XL/20200201_173422-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2018-Honda-CRF250L-Rally/i-CPmQ4d8/A)

When the LEDs come I'll post an update and lastly I'm going to install a decent pair of hand guards. The OEM ones are just wind deflectors and will snap off on the first tip over. Then this bike is ready for adventures in 2020.

I'll put another 60 miles on it today and it will be due for the first service which I will knock out today.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2018-Honda-CRF250L-Rally/i-PK67rNp/0/26cd1369/XL/Resized_20200201_171328-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2018-Honda-CRF250L-Rally/i-PK67rNp/A)


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: CathyN on February 02, 2020, 06:00:23 PM
Your coming along nicely Eric.

Bob and I put in time off for the May Scooter Rally.  Mine has to be approved first.


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on February 03, 2020, 09:26:50 PM
Your coming along nicely Eric.

Bob and I put in time off for the May Scooter Rally.  Mine has to be approved first.

Sounds good and I hope you two can make it.

I had a bit of a sketchy ride down to the dealer to drop off GG with no brakes. My montra for the day was brake way early and leave lots of room!
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-DwVhBdK/0/53fecca4/XL/20200203_113106-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-DwVhBdK/A)

I'm having the front fender installed as well. I wrote on the fender bubble wrap to not install the side markers, it's written on the RO (repair order) as well.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-grtnwKX/0/d5b4de21/XL/20200203_105757-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-grtnwKX/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-PC7pnZR/0/769ffede/XL/20200203_122200-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-PC7pnZR/A)

A 946 peeking at me.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-RZDNB5W/0/0d467e45/XL/20200203_122232-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-RZDNB5W/A)

This is the last of the tip over damage, goodbye and good riddance. I'll be glad the get my gray ghost back on the rotation.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-pR898V7/0/596e79a3/XL/20200203_122329-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-pR898V7/A)


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on February 04, 2020, 11:02:57 PM
Another unseasonbly warm day here so I wanted to try a new app called "Relive". It summarized my run today and posts some cool information like elevation, where you stopped for pics, speed and such into a 2 minute video on google earth I think?

As a rule of thumb most folks don't like clicking on an external link so I'm unsure if I'll use this app.

https://www.relive.cc/view/vevYVGgxoyO (https://www.relive.cc/view/vevYVGgxoyO)

Here's the pics of the day, just random shots.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-N7gTw6p/0/c99e6071/XL/20200204_134904-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-N7gTw6p/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-ThJnsXn/0/9ae92117/XL/20200204_140013-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-ThJnsXn/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-HqN3vH2/0/ac163eb5/XL/20200204_141047-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-HqN3vH2/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-J8zxMHq/0/06505e93/XL/20200204_141112-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-J8zxMHq/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-xgXJ963/0/44fbc180/XL/20200204_143216-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-xgXJ963/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-PxPcCWJ/0/bc8c08ca/XL/20200204_143209-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-PxPcCWJ/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-Nhptt6D/0/d7901351/XL/20200204_143248-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-Nhptt6D/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-fVPXkMT/0/bb41f612/XL/20200204_145042-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-fVPXkMT/A)

Drive through prayers! I'll take a super size please, done a lot of sinning...
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-5m9zcgh/0/5fec1ef7/XL/20200204_145552-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-5m9zcgh/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-g9P3fVr/0/a3c00dbb/XL/20200204_150808-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-g9P3fVr/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-NpNnbQq/0/4f20c506/XL/20200204_152742-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-NpNnbQq/A)

Nothing epic, just a 65 mile walk in the park.




Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Expat47 on February 05, 2020, 06:52:52 AM
Interesting. Kymco Noodoe does something like this but without the photos.


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: CathyN on February 05, 2020, 02:03:00 PM
That was cool Eric.  I was brave and clicked on it.  That’s because I trust your judgement.


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on February 05, 2020, 06:40:33 PM
Wow, the Gray Ghost is ready for pickup already, I just need to go down to the shop. The bad news is much lower temps and rain for the next three days. Time to break out the rain gear.


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: jdbrot on February 06, 2020, 01:13:33 AM
Nice app, looks good.


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on February 06, 2020, 06:26:51 PM
Thank you Jdbrot. You can find the app on Apple apps or Google Play store if you wish to give it a go. www.relive.cc (http://www.relive.cc)

GG was ready for pickup so we go on a balmy 37*F/2.8*C rainy day.  :cold: The upswing is it got up to 39*F/3.9*C on when I got home. Bonus points for no reflectors on the front fender.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-NcsXhMn/0/965d8bbd/XL/20200206_105316-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-NcsXhMn/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-fM37N6p/0/d59c2726/XL/Screenshot_20200206-105859_Weather-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-fM37N6p/A)

Only about 11 or 12 more Mondays till Spring!  :2tu:



Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on February 10, 2020, 05:36:04 PM
I managed to get a little wrenching in on the CRF yesterday. I installed the brackets for the LED fog lamps and I can't say I'm happy. There's too much compression with the big rubber clamp and I fear they may sag or rotate downwards when you hit a big bump. We shall see...
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2018-Honda-CRF250L-Rally/i-CPmQ4d8/0/693ab89f/XL/20200201_173422-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2018-Honda-CRF250L-Rally/i-CPmQ4d8/A)

The El Cheapo lights from Amazon finally showed up. They're quite robust and look like they'll take a beating.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2018-Honda-CRF250L-Rally/i-2GxwNKW/0/72b42ae6/XL/Resized_20200208_130731%281%29-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2018-Honda-CRF250L-Rally/i-2GxwNKW/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2018-Honda-CRF250L-Rally/i-VvFsLns/0/937c884a/XL/Resized_20200208_130723-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2018-Honda-CRF250L-Rally/i-VvFsLns/A)

The Amazon light mounts have a much larger hole in theme to mount the lights then what I needed. I have trays of leftover nuts, bolts and tidbit from all the bikes I've worked on over the years and found some plastic spacers. They're bit too big so I cut to size and then used a Dremel to shave the outer edge to fit the hole.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2018-Honda-CRF250L-Rally/i-JtrW6sW/0/40ca2043/XL/20200209_140802-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2018-Honda-CRF250L-Rally/i-JtrW6sW/A)

Here's a pic of the spacer wedged in there.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2018-Honda-CRF250L-Rally/i-XPNHj5J/0/0e23b0cf/XL/20200209_140815-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2018-Honda-CRF250L-Rally/i-XPNHj5J/A)

Looking sharp!
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2018-Honda-CRF250L-Rally/i-d9hKHc7/0/c0084837/XL/20200209_142851-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2018-Honda-CRF250L-Rally/i-d9hKHc7/A)

I'm half way through the wiring up to the dash mounted switch. I've been using these 'low temp solder' wire connectors. All I can say is wow! Pop the wired ends in and hit it with the heat gun, it melts the solder, shrink wraps the connection, and I believe (?) there's electrical connector dielectric grease in there as well. Waterproofs the connection for bonus points.

Before
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2018-Honda-CRF250L-Rally/i-8MMw56X/0/2ccf1940/XL/20200209_154351-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2018-Honda-CRF250L-Rally/i-8MMw56X/A)

After
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2018-Honda-CRF250L-Rally/i-s5bdNhg/0/d5ffc339/XL/20200209_154626-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2018-Honda-CRF250L-Rally/i-s5bdNhg/A)

(more to come)


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: minimac on February 11, 2020, 04:45:58 PM
I've been using those low temp solder connectors for a couple of years . They are absolutely the cats' meow! If you don't have a heat gun (or hair dryer) even one of those grill lighting flame thingies work too.


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: sevenwheels on February 11, 2020, 08:12:06 PM
So we have discovered solder sleeves?Long ago in another life when I did MilSpec or NASA spec wiring there were many pages(volumes) that address those. Yes, paper manuals. And yes, the Cat's meow.


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Maggie on February 12, 2020, 05:41:08 PM
The rally is coming along nicely!!


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on March 08, 2020, 10:05:19 PM
Out for a quick run today to grab some photo tags. Spring is springing and really good riding weather is just on the horizon. I hope to see all of you in the wind!

Here's a very short Relive video.
https://youtu.be/JURiu_Os-aU
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-ftnNLDx/0/e984942f/XL/20200308_133420-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-ftnNLDx/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-wV8qg56/0/6eda76fc/XL/20200308_135832-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-wV8qg56/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-JMFGnV4/0/42b2aa01/XL/20200308_135846-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-JMFGnV4/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-vggg2nq/0/68b54f54/XL/20200308_135902-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-vggg2nq/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-83wxW9Z/0/8dd0fb48/XL/20200308_140809-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-83wxW9Z/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-W7ZszS6/0/87ded54f/XL/20200308_145232-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-W7ZszS6/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-sqtpD2T/0/7e42f69b/XL/20200308_150847-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-sqtpD2T/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-mq6G5JD/0/be6c5e00/XL/20200308_151417-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-mq6G5JD/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-4HpbVF9/0/4296f375/XL/20200308_151705-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-4HpbVF9/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-xRkpm9S/0/9b3788bc/XL/20200308_151717-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-xRkpm9S/A)


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: CathyN on March 09, 2020, 02:35:10 AM
Nice Eric, thanks for taking us along.  Weather was nice today here.  But, we didn’t go riding took forever this weekend to put the bike back together.  It is a pain to work on them.  Nothing is ever easy.  Some really poor design of parts by Honda. 


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: jpowell692 on March 09, 2020, 02:48:54 AM
When and where is this rally, I'm only about 4-5 hours away and can carry my tent.


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on March 09, 2020, 03:05:42 AM
Nice Eric, thanks for taking us along.  Weather was nice today here.  But, we didn’t go riding took forever this weekend to put the bike back together.  It is a pain to work on them.  Nothing is ever easy.  Some really poor design of parts by Honda. 


I'm so sorry the mods are giving you grief. :(

When and where is this rally, I'm only about 4-5 hours away and can carry my tent.


Nothing epic but I'm hosting at our home two rallys this year. I posted it here and we would love to have you. You're welcome to camp of there's ample room for a bed as well. I hope you can come!

http://maxi-scoots.com/scoot/index.php?topic=9933.0 (http://maxi-scoots.com/scoot/index.php?topic=9933.0)


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on March 13, 2020, 02:53:02 AM
I rode out to the one, the only Waffle House! Y'all know you love it! You know it's a particularly good one when there's a emergency clinic next door.  ;D The place was empty as folks are living in panic these days....
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Fun-Stuff/i-PGCJ3z5/0/e776431e/XL/20200311_191127-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/Fun-Stuff/i-PGCJ3z5/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Fun-Stuff/i-MmnZH7z/0/0578c9da/XL/20200311_193045-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/Fun-Stuff/i-MmnZH7z/A)

There was one family behind me, parents and a son and when their tab came I overheard a debate about who had the money to pay. I waved the waitress over and paid their tab. RAOK

Smothered and covered!
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Fun-Stuff/i-5gF5z2k/0/4ed4e544/XL/20200311_193041-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/Fun-Stuff/i-5gF5z2k/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Fun-Stuff/i-97TpKqb/0/a15bd9c8/XL/20200311_192113-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/Fun-Stuff/i-97TpKqb/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Fun-Stuff/i-ThBZbPB/0/b0715828/XL/20200311_192833-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/Fun-Stuff/i-ThBZbPB/A)


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on March 13, 2020, 02:54:11 AM
A nice quiet evening in the garage detailing Gray Ghost. A wash, blow dry, clay bar to pull the contaminants out of the paint, 3 coats of wax (butter wax, jet seal, hand rubbed quality carnauba wax); it's perfectamundo! I saw a fly land on GG and slide off and break a leg.  :clap: I hope to detail all of them by this weekend and then on to the cars. I'm close to getting all my gear cleaned and refurbished. Bug and pollen season is coming quick!
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-SQGzQfn/0/cf809684/XL/20200312_190114-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-SQGzQfn/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-nMzjBP9/0/b9d677bc/XL/20200312_190119-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-nMzjBP9/A)


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Expat47 on March 13, 2020, 07:42:31 AM
I'll be home all weekend so come on over whenever you're ready & I'll have the beer waiting for you. My scoot's in pretty good shape, shouldn't take you too long.


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on March 14, 2020, 11:15:15 PM
I'll be home all weekend so come on over whenever you're ready & I'll have the beer waiting for you. My scoot's in pretty good shape, shouldn't take you too long.

I would if I could but Greece is a little bit of a ride for me. ;)


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on March 14, 2020, 11:19:11 PM
I was out attending to my errands and my sciatica was giving me the business this week. I've been trying yoga but no joy there so I opted to try acupuncture. All I can say is WOW!, I'm a believer now, like night and day.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-h4vFtbw/0/476d95b3/XL/20200313_143958-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-h4vFtbw/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-hFrGJfw/0/b1055aa8/XL/20200313_142729-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-hFrGJfw/A)

One last one for the road...
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-CdgWGXK/0/d6f8e937/XL/20200313_144747-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-CdgWGXK/A)


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on March 14, 2020, 11:22:38 PM
Next up it's my sister's birthday and the rear tire of Bella (946) is getting sketchy so I opted to take GG up to Front Royal to deliver her gifts. In typical Virginian fashion I wrapped all my gifts in wood patterned paper and twine which reminds me of our log home.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-zmwN4LG/0/6f8848be/XL/20200313_194753-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-zmwN4LG/A)

A few country roads to get there and life was most excellent today.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-RG6x8Wk/0/f2d6dcf0/XL/20200313_190909-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-RG6x8Wk/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-jh5mDq8/0/f0393d79/XL/20200313_190826-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-jh5mDq8/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-chC8qhD/0/95227285/XL/20200313_190812-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-chC8qhD/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-4m4p7SX/0/45b4f11b/XL/20200313_190758-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-4m4p7SX/A)




Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on March 14, 2020, 11:28:15 PM
I just got home after a long ride and much to share. It's quite chilly here today so I poured a hot cuppa joe and let's get to it.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-T7R724v/0/09786483/XL/20200314_151540-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2020-Vespa-GTS-Super/i-T7R724v/A)


****this part was to answer another fellow's question for a quick and easy detail, I left it in in hopes it might help someone here****

I have mentioned in past posts that I was the GM of a car dealership for over 20 years and I had my fair share of paint issues on brand new cars so I can somewhat say it is an area that I'm well rehearsed on.

Regarding my regimen on fending off slag, bug guts and exoskeletons, I use multiple layers of wax hand rubbed into the paint. Bug guts and bird poop are acidic here in the east and if left on for even 24 hours will perma etch into a large blemish on your vehicle. The darker the color of your bike, the easier it is to stain your paint with the sun literally baking it into your beautiful ride.

Now not everyone will go to the extreme I do but 'for me' it's therapeutic in the sense some folks might say that about mowing their yard. Open a beer, put on some good music and detail my ride. To me I enjoy this better then watching anything on TV. This also gives me time to close inspect my bike for any issues like loose bolts, unusual wear, etc. When I ride, I ride hard and I need the bike to do exactly what it's designed to with no hiccups. In my mind my life depends on it.

I'm getting too long winded here...

Here's the quick and easy way to deal with the bugs. Any of the quick shine products are almost always silicone based and yes, they do their job but at a price. The price is the protection has no legs for longevity. Most crap out there allow toxins to attack your paint in less than a week. Live in a dense area with jets flying over hourly, all that burnt jet fuel comes back to earth in the form of a film or water from rain, fog, mist, etc known as acid fallout.

A hand rubbed quality carnauba wax will last roughly 3 months, thus my reference to having legs. There are other alternatives that will last up to a year but I won't get into that.

First, strip all the wax or whatever is on your paint, use plain old dish washing soap like Dawn or Palmolive and it's very inexpensive. They have degreasers that will take off all products and get you down to the paint. There's a reason why they sell car wash soap, these products will clean your bike and leave the protective coating of wax behind.

There are new hybrids coming out that offer carnauba in a spray on variant. Meguires, Turtle Shell, Mothers all offer versions of it. This is what I use.
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A simple spray on, let it set up to a haze, buff off with a quality cloth like micro fiber. This method will have about a months worth of protection regarding having legs.

Yes, you can drape a wet  towel over your bike and helmet to 'soften' the bugs and slag for easy removal. The goal mentioned above is to provide you steed a protective coat that will protect your bike from permanently marring or staining your paint. Bonus points for easier bug removal off of a waxed surface vs. exposed paint.

My ride last evening on my pristine GTS I just detailed, look at the bugs on my helmet let alone the Vespa...
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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on March 14, 2020, 11:32:26 PM
After we celebrated my sister's birthday I bounced to get home as temps were dropping fast. I check the usual online social medias to keep up with family members and I happened upon this post from the Luray Police Dept. You gotta love small town police departments.
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I planned on passing through Culpeper on the way home and wanted to take a few pics to give folks a flavor of some of the small town here in Virginia.


But first a few pics for scooter tag (another forum), old country roads and then on to the main event. I hope you folks like pictures....
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The Blue Ridge mountains peeking.
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Random shots.
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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on March 14, 2020, 11:36:17 PM
I mosey into Culpeper with a destination in mind that I wanted to investigate and happen upon this mural. William and Mary here in VA is call Bill and the bitch.
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Back alleyways of Culpeper.
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Note the brick cobblestone, lamp clocks, old colonial buildings with white pillars.
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The architecture of the building on left with the roof-line sloping uphill.
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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on March 14, 2020, 11:40:19 PM
This small quaint area should be commended in the sense that they have preserved the original buildings and the businesses that built them.
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The light green structure was originally an Inn, you can see the old signage.
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The seafood restaurant in the above pic, here's a close up of the fish sign. Love it! They have a raw bar as well.
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This building was originally the post office, Farmers & Merchants Bank, and Clark & Co. grocers, all housing new stores today. Look at the brick work on the building on the right.
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Cameleer??
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The old movie theater still in operation with the neon sign on it touting 'air conditioning'!
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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on March 14, 2020, 11:42:38 PM
Today's trip was to visit the Culpeper National Cemetery.

- Eligibility
Burial in a national cemetery is open to all members of the armed forces who have met a minimum active duty service requirement and were discharged under conditions other than dishonorable. A Veteran's spouse, widow or widower, minor dependent children, and under certain conditions, unmarried adult children with disabilities may also be eligible for burial. Eligible spouses and children may be buried even if they predecease the Veteran. Members of the reserve components of the armed forces who die while on active duty or who die while on training duty, or were eligible for retired pay, may also be eligible for burial. For more information visit our eligibility web page.

During the American Civil War, the territory around the city of Culpeper was defended vigorously by both sides, as it was a strategic point almost exactly between Washington D.C. and the capital of the Confederacy, Richmond, Virginia. Numerous battles took place in the region, including the Battle of Cedar Mountain and the Battle of Chancellorsville. The dead from those conflicts were buried nearby in makeshift grave sites. After the war a reburial program was initiated, and in 1867, Culpeper National Cemetery was established to reinter many of the remains from the makeshift sites.

The original cemetery comprised 6 acres (2.4 ha), bought from Edward B. Hill of Culpeper for $1,400. The original Second Empire Victorian caretakers lodge was built in 1872 and was designed by Montgomery C. Meigs. Many improvements to the grounds and facilities at the cemetery were made during the 1930s as part of the New Deal. These make-work improvements included replacing the original 1870s tool house at the cost of $8,000 in 1934, raising and realigning 912 headstones in May 1934, by the Civil Works Administration, and realignment and re-setting 402 headstones in 1936 though a Works Project Administration project.

Having operated without any major improvements since the 1930s, the cemetery was closed to new interments on November 17, 1972. On September 1, 1973, administration of the cemetery was transferred from the U.S. Army to the Veterans Administration's new National Cemetery System created by the National Cemetery Act of 1973. In 1975 another 10.5 acres (42,000 m2) was donated by the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Burton-Hammond Post 2524, and in 2001 another plot of 12.3 acres (50,000 m2) was purchased, which has been developed for future interments. The cemetery was reopened to interments on January 16, 1978.

Culpeper National Cemetery was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1996. It is included in the South East Street Historic District.

The entrance is just over the railroad tracks.
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Notable monuments
The states of Maine, Massachusetts, New York, Ohio, and Pennsylvania have erected markers dedicated to regiments from those states who had members die in the Battle of Cedar Mountain.
The Maine monument is of granite construction and is dedicated to the 22 officers and soldiers from the 10th Maine Volunteer Infantry who died at Cedar Mountain.
The Massachusetts monument was erected by members of the 2nd Massachusetts Infantry in 1893.
The New York monument was erected in 1902 to honor the members of the 28th New York Volunteer Infantry, 1st Brigade, 1st Division, 12th Corps, Army Corps of the Potomac who died at Cedar Mountain.
The Ohio monument is of granite and bronze construction and was erected by the 7th Ohio Regimental Association.
The Pennsylvania monument was erected in 1910.
The Armed Forces Monument was erected November 1992 and was sponsored by the American Legion Post 330 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2524. The monument was officially dedicated May 28, 2001.
A memorial to all of the Unknown burials from the Civil War was erected in 1988 by the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Burton-Hammond Post 2524.
The seven and a half feet tall National Military Cemetery monument constructed from a cast iron seacoast artillery tube.

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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on March 14, 2020, 11:47:48 PM
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The Pennsylvania memorial off to the right.
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Unknown civil war soldiers buried 2 to 5 at a time with a number on top of the tombstone depicts how many are buried in that grave. Lots of blood spilled in Culpeper...
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May god rest their souls in peace.

Eric



Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: CathyN on March 15, 2020, 01:02:43 AM
Eric, thank’s for getting me out of the house  “virtually”,  always interesting and educational posts.  Great pic’s  as always. 


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Maggie on March 15, 2020, 03:35:27 PM
Thanks as always for taking us along!  Very interesting.


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on March 17, 2020, 03:54:08 PM
I was out picking up some lunch meat and saw this on the scoot yesterday. I hope all are doing well in these trying times.
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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on March 17, 2020, 10:04:34 PM
Out grabbing scooter tags and enjoying a beautiful day. I hope all of you get a ride in soon!
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Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on March 18, 2020, 01:51:14 AM
A message from my local Vespa shop.


We're Open!!
To ensure the safety and health of our clients and our staff, Moto Richmond // Scoot Richmond is making a few changes right now.
We’ve been cleaning and sanitizing all common areas and commonly touched stuff on a near constant basis. We’ve suspended apparel try-ons, especially helmets. You’ll notice that our people are all wearing lovely nitrile gloves, and we can still allow you to sit on motorcycles as long as you wear some too. We have plenty! Use as many as you’d like! We’re practicing social distancing in the shop so please don’t mind when we show you the features on a motorcycle from 6 feet away, and we're limiting our shop and showroom capacity to 10 guests right now.
We have sorted out magic ways to do paperwork for a vehicle purchase using the magic of the internet, so if you are dying to buy a bike but don’t want to leave the house, let us know! We’ll handle your paperwork via FaceTime and offer contactless delivery of your motorcycle too.
Now, we know it’s spring and you many want to get your motorcycle serviced, so we’re offering free in-town and discounted out-of-town pickups and deliveries. Call us for details and we can keep you rolling no matter what the circumstances are.You know us, we’re a small business trying our ever lovin’ best to get through this, and we want to make it easy for us to help you AND for you to help US! This is weirdly the moment that motorcycles and scooters may be safer than just about anyplace else, so please know that at least some of us will be here until the government tells us we can’t be. Be excellent to each other, and wash your hands AND Your handlebars!

Love,
Chelsea and the Moto Richmond gang

-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

And a message from revzilla.

Dear RevZilla Customers,

During this stressful time, we at RevZilla are committed to supporting the needs of the riding community. We understand with limited options, people may want to ride now more than ever. The outdoors never looked so good.

Our goal is to enable riders to do what's right for their needs. We are sensitive to the spread of the virus and the majority of our staff are working remotely in order to minimize risk. RevZilla.com will remain operational and fulfill orders placed online to the best of our ability. During this period, all domestic orders will be shipped for free. We wish all the best for our customers, employees, and their families.

Two Wheels Down,
RevZilla


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on March 18, 2020, 01:56:46 AM
I'm ordering perishables like tires, oil, filters ect. while I have some spare time. Revzilla had Michelin City Grips on sale! I'm not hording toilet paper but I am stocking up on what I normally blow through riding every season. Headed to the garage later this evening to service the CRF.

With Italy on lock down it's entirely possible Piaggio may run low on parts in the near future. So I ordered my consumables for the foreseeable future over summer.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-wgtmFsB/0/48f01354/XL/af1-XL.png) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-wgtmFsB/A)

So roughly $80 clams U.S. to service the 946, oil change, final drive oil change and clean the air filter. Yeah, I'm bored today so no more updates... Carry on!

If you own a European bike and have maintenance in the near future, my advice is order now to keep you on the road.


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Expat47 on March 18, 2020, 04:16:51 PM
Ordered a new Nolan helmet and got told to take a deep breath as it may take a while before it gets here. (And "here" is next door.) Both Piaggio and Nolan are in the north so, yea, not a bad idea to stock up while you can.


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on March 19, 2020, 04:27:31 PM
Ordered a new Nolan helmet and got told to take a deep breath as it may take a while before it gets here. (And "here" is next door.) Both Piaggio and Nolan are in the north so, yea, not a bad idea to stock up while you can.

Man! I sure hope you get it. Italy is really having a tough go of  it with this virus.


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on March 19, 2020, 04:27:46 PM
TBT - My first Road King circa 1995(?)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Fun-Stuff/i-5NgS7x4/0/81e0c68b/XL/20200308_114715-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/Fun-Stuff/i-5NgS7x4/A)


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Maggie on March 19, 2020, 05:19:38 PM
Like that color


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on March 19, 2020, 05:23:47 PM
 :laugh:
Like that color

Just trying to post some content lately as many aren't riding these days... Thanks for popping in. 


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: jdbrot on March 19, 2020, 07:26:22 PM
Great photos. Been raining here most of the winter so welcoming spring. Nice Harley, the old Electra-Glides were the first bike that made me want to ride as a kid. Police demo team made them do amazing things.


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: EZMark on March 19, 2020, 09:25:26 PM
Love the Rossi helmet.


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on March 19, 2020, 10:33:58 PM
****No scooter content****

A tank of gas a day will send the doldrums away!

I met up with Vantcptr  for some Team Carolina BBQ today.  :clap:
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2018-Honda-CRF250L-Rally/i-fhDSdhQ/0/57e64758/XL/20200319_132555-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2018-Honda-CRF250L-Rally/i-fhDSdhQ/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2018-Honda-CRF250L-Rally/i-kfrBxkd/0/680832f3/XL/20200319_131137-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2018-Honda-CRF250L-Rally/i-kfrBxkd/A)

Hit up some local scenery and what a gorgeous day today! 77*F/25*C Mrs. V wanted some BBQ as soon as she heard we were headed there. So we swung by Casa de Redneck and I cracked the door and slid the BBQ in, didn't want to draw back a bloody stub.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2018-Honda-CRF250L-Rally/i-zLfcrR7/0/990b54af/XL/20200319_141441-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2018-Honda-CRF250L-Rally/i-zLfcrR7/A)

We had to stop for this picture. How often do you see a giant rooster hanging out of a hayloft?  :dunno:
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2018-Honda-CRF250L-Rally/i-wQ9QVW9/0/28e7fc11/XL/20200319_151718-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2018-Honda-CRF250L-Rally/i-wQ9QVW9/A)

Vantcptr 's new ride.  :2tu:
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2018-Honda-CRF250L-Rally/i-dXMTSwT/0/2e9d8ef8/XL/20200319_151729-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2018-Honda-CRF250L-Rally/i-dXMTSwT/A)

This dudes looking a little cocky.  :laugh:
(https://photos.smugmug.com/2018-Honda-CRF250L-Rally/i-pQKSmJ6/0/cfaf2b52/XL/20200319_151734-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/2018-Honda-CRF250L-Rally/i-pQKSmJ6/A)


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on March 19, 2020, 11:21:22 PM
Love the Rossi helmet.


Funny thing is when i wear that helmet other riders comment, what is up with the bikini underwear helmet. ;)


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on March 20, 2020, 11:15:46 PM
Today has been a tough day...

I throw the Vespa 946 up on the lift to pull the rear wheel to have the new tire install. On this particular bike you have to remove the entire muffler all the way up to the head. So I tear into it...

It's great having an iPad or laptop in the garage with your service manual on it for reference.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-4kDgqVP/0/0ef071b7/XL/20200320_133451-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-4kDgqVP/A)

Making some headway.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-SK4mwb8/0/25b0d2e8/XL/20200320_132944-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-SK4mwb8/A)

Here's a view you don't see everyday.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-fLXSm7D/0/a5333a17/XL/20200320_132938-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-fLXSm7D/A)

I pull the heat shield off to start to remove the muffler and I see this crack in the muffler. I wasn't sure if it is a flang or a crack. I fired the bike up and held my hand around it, sure enough exhaust leaking around it. I texted @villageidiot and we kicked it around. He's my 'go to' guy when I'm bamboozled.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-M4gn8gq/0/bce4e19f/XL/20200320_134152-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-M4gn8gq/A)

I went ahead and removed the entire pipe. Yep...
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-x4V2CRz/0/0c8968da/XL/20200320_142334-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-x4V2CRz/A)



Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: jdbrot on March 20, 2020, 11:24:00 PM
Should be able to weld, might need a partial sleeve. Not a good thing to find but better now than later.


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on March 20, 2020, 11:26:53 PM
So I go to AF1's parts schematics to see what I'm looking at. I spoke with Steve on the phone there and he stated he's never seen a crack there on the Primovera/Sprint/946 which all share the same powertrain. Steve asked me to send pics in an email which I did. Steve's reply: "Well, that certainly does appear to be cracked."
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-NvwKgWw/0/aaf4b677/XL/20200320_135646-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-NvwKgWw/A)

Some interesting photos of behind the scene pics of my 946.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-tGH56vZ/0/ab87424d/XL/20200320_143305-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-tGH56vZ/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-W7ng9wm/0/4779f7ee/XL/20200320_144636-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-W7ng9wm/A)

In this pic the rear axle bolt has a stay crown on it that cotter pin locks it in place.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-CsVcqHt/0/e803c548/XL/20200320_144223-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-CsVcqHt/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-rGJjL64/0/d1dccbae/XL/20200320_144227-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-rGJjL64/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-Rb67xhp/0/9e081a95/XL/20200320_144923-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-Rb67xhp/A)

My service parts show up while I'm wrenching in the garage.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-QKbdfm7/0/281c76da/XL/20200320_144331-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-QKbdfm7/A)

Here's a pic of the cupped tire vs. the new one.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-XWVHzkx/0/cd8a66d8/XL/20200320_145525-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-XWVHzkx/A)

Soooo... I continue to get the wheel off and take it down to my go to place for tire installation. I called first, no problem we can knock it out today. I'm thinking sweet! I get down there, sorry dude you have to drop it off and pick it up tomorrow. Yay... I live 45 minutes away in the sticks. Onward and upwards!


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on March 20, 2020, 11:40:52 PM
So I get back on the horn with Steve at AF1 (btw a super guy!!) We kick around my options, I discussed a hail Mary on a goodwill scenario with Piaggio. The only way is to take it to your dealer and they tear it down and make the submission to Piaggio for goodwill. And you pay for the diagnosis whether they cover it or not. In his well educated opinion I have zero chance of Piaggio cover this out of warranty.

If I order a new OEM, the entire pipe is $630 plus a few minor parts, exhaust gasket, etc. I can take this one to have it welded and hope that it stays. Put a Remus or Akrapovič installed for a small amount more.

I hung up with Steve and called Piaggio to discuss, they are teleworking from home and spoke with a nice young lady. Same dealeo, take it to a dealer, diagnose, have them submit a claim. So I tried from a different angle; Ma'am, If I reassemble the bike, take it to a dealer, they tear it down at my expense to submit the claim, what are my chances for any resolve with Piaggio? From where I'm sitting, I go through all that hassle only to be charged another couple hundred dollars to tell me what I already know. The issue escalates from $630 plus my free labor and ends at creeping towards a thousand dollars based on a hail Mary goodwill. What would you do? She said we build a quality product that we take pride in and I have seen some goodwill in extraordinary cases. So I roll the dice on a definite maybe. Yep, pretty much...

Here's a written reply from Steve at AF1.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-P77MSC3/0/22c93b21/XL/Muffler-XL.png) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-P77MSC3/A)

So, other than that Mrs. Lincoln, how did you like the play?

(more to come)


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: jdbrot on March 21, 2020, 01:41:21 AM
I would take it to a local muffler shop and have it welded. Might cost $50.


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: CathyN on March 21, 2020, 02:16:07 AM
The play sucked.  Joan’s idea may be an option.  I think I would get an after market if it looks good on the Scoot and do the work myself (Bob that is) . 

On the earlier subject th  ride you took with your friend looked very nice.


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on March 22, 2020, 11:41:03 PM
Oddly enough, someone totaled the exact year of my 946 up in Canada and there's parts all listed on ebay, plus a muffler for $297.50 + $40.00 shipping. This muffler looks pretty beat up so I'll pass.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/13-17-Vespa-946-Bellissima-Exhaust-Pipe-Muffler-Slip-On-Can-Silencer-1a0076655/324099239852?fits=Model%3A946%7CMake%3AVespa&hash=item4b75d1efac:g:fKEAAOSw3TNeZ~wz (https://www.ebay.com/itm/13-17-Vespa-946-Bellissima-Exhaust-Pipe-Muffler-Slip-On-Can-Silencer-1a0076655/324099239852?fits=Model%3A946%7CMake%3AVespa&hash=item4b75d1efac:g:fKEAAOSw3TNeZ~wz)


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on March 24, 2020, 10:10:55 PM
I was thinking of making an offer of $100 plus $40 shipping to the seller. I'm sure it will be denied but you have to knock to see if somebody's home. The seller states that the wrecked scoot had 6731 Km/4,182 miles on that muffler.

The seller on fleabay got back to me with just a straight decline which means they were most likely insulted. So this option is a no go.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-x2SXJbJ/0/20ab4801/XL/Screenshot_20200323-180842_Email-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-x2SXJbJ/A)

So I'm assembling Bella back together to get it off the rack with the new tire installed.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-C5nN2Mt/0/718e99ee/XL/20200324_144756-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-C5nN2Mt/A)

On the center cap there's 3 thick rubber O-rings that help secure the cap and one of them has split. I have a box of o-rings but none of them are that thick I temporarily placed one on in the meantime and placed another order of parts from AF1 of various tidbits.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-kvvpCSD/0/4db19ee7/XL/20200324_144831-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-kvvpCSD/A)

I haven't heard a word from Piaggio so moving forward, I'll see if I can get this pipe welded. I called one local welder and texted him pictures. He wanted no parts of it as he taking the stance of defective metal.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-JcQ6N3V/0/0c6001af/XL/Screenshot_20200324-154347_Messages-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-JcQ6N3V/A)

Called the next welder and texted pics and I'll drop off the muffler in the morning. By hook or crook, I'll get Bella back in action here soon.


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Expat47 on March 25, 2020, 07:13:32 AM
It's a wise man that knows his limitations.
It's a wise woman that knows her limitations.
It's a wise they that knows their limitations.
(53 to follow when I have time)


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on March 25, 2020, 06:58:28 PM
It's a wise man that knows his limitations.
It's a wise woman that knows her limitations.
It's a wise they that knows their limitations.
(53 to follow when I have time)

Yep!


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on March 25, 2020, 07:01:16 PM
I'm sure folks are sick of my muffler drama! Get ready for the next episode of 946 Colon Cancer!

I shot a followup email to Piaggio and they got right back with. It appears that they're still in discussions and I may have screwed the pooch on getting the old one welded. It must be pretty serious as we have a Italian gent looking into the matter. A Mr. Guillermo Aramayo.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-gx8Vt5T/0/96c65405/XL/Screenshot_20200325-123255_Email-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-gx8Vt5T/A)

Off to the local welder for a fix. This shop clearly works on heavy equipment!
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-dmpFXDj/0/5b65cd70/XL/20200325_113544-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-dmpFXDj/A)

I handed him the 'Il silenziatore scoreggia' (the fart muffler)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-PdVtWJ5/0/ce495fe7/XL/20200325_113601-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-PdVtWJ5/A)

He chose to use a MIG not a TIG welder nor was I comfortable telling a man how to do his job regarding the above recommendations to use TIG.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-JTq495q/0/8dc37ffc/XL/20200325_113808-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-JTq495q/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-mprvFSk/0/acac7688/XL/20200325_113937-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-mprvFSk/A)

He said he made 2 passes on it to reinforce it. His normal minimum is $80, he charged me $40.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-ZH4NM5p/0/b6ac8c0b/XL/20200325_122443-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-ZH4NM5p/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-SFn3cX7/0/cfdcb7ba/XL/20200325_122500-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-SFn3cX7/A)

I've had enough of the damn virus threads filled with doom and gloom so I'm doing what I do and writing about it hopefully to provide some content that is 2 wheeled related.

45*F here today and pouring rain so I'll have to wait to shoot it with some heat BBQ paint and final assembly.

Life is short enjoy the ride!

Eric


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: jdbrot on March 25, 2020, 09:26:56 PM
Looks like a hardy weld. Should hold. No one but you will know on the road but exhaust leaks are always bad.


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on March 25, 2020, 09:44:41 PM
Looks like a hardy weld. Should hold. No one but you will know on the road but exhaust leaks are always bad.

I sure hope so, welds can be short term or long term. Time will tell! Thanks for popping and commenting.


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: minimac on March 25, 2020, 09:54:02 PM
Might be a terrific welder, but grinding without any PPE, would have gotten him a stern talking to, if not something more, in my shop. There seems to be very little splatter, so the weld should be excellent.


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on March 25, 2020, 10:56:15 PM
Well I think he was grinding to get a negative ground on one of the mounts and a clean positive on the weld joint as he was using a MIG. I'm a self proclaimed n00b on welding so I really don't know?


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Expat47 on March 26, 2020, 06:58:14 AM
Definitions needed...
MIG
TIG
PPE


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on March 26, 2020, 02:06:56 PM
Definitions needed...
MIG
TIG
PPE

MIG - Gas metal arc welding, sometimes referred to by its subtypes metal inert gas welding or metal active gas welding, is a welding process in which an electric arc forms between a consumable MIG wire electrode and the workpiece metal, which heats the workpiece metal, causing them to melt and join.

TIG - (TIG) welding, is an arc welding process that uses a non-consumable tungsten electrode to produce the weld. The weld area and electrode is protected from oxidation or other atmospheric contamination by an inert shielding gas (argon or helium), and a filler metal is normally used, though some welds, known as autogenous welds, do not require it. When helium is used, this is known as heliarc welding. A constant-current welding power supply produces electrical energy, which is conducted across the arc through a column of highly ionized gas and metal vapors known as a plasma.

PPE - I can't comment on as I don't know the reference myself.


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: minimac on March 26, 2020, 03:06:12 PM
PPE - personal protective equipment, i.e., safety glasses, gloves, (especially when grinding). Using a grinder without the guard in place is a termination type offense. Same with safety glasses. At least in shops where OSHA regulations are followed.


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Expat47 on March 26, 2020, 05:39:17 PM
Thanks, guys. I got PPE the other two are so far over my head I'll just trust that they're different ways of sticking metal together without duct tape. (I understand duct tape.)


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Murf on March 26, 2020, 10:33:03 PM
So happy you got that fixed, must be a relief.  Next time straight pipe under the scoot!  :laugh:


Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on March 27, 2020, 01:03:43 AM
946 Colon Cancer - hopefully the final chapter!

So I reinstalled the muffler after I shot a couple of coats of heat BBQ paint which was giving me the devil getting it to line up properly. The heat shields cover the unsightly weld so good to go there!
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-s9f2wPq/0/86663b60/XL/20200326_153703-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-s9f2wPq/A)

Next up replace the sparkplug that probably doesn't need replaced.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-sHT9BKj/0/3b1d5520/XL/20200326_162411-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-sHT9BKj/A)

Not too bad!
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-dx7CMMg/0/fe96eae9/XL/20200326_155644-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-dx7CMMg/A)

Adjust the sparkplug gap per the manual.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-TCPf9Gw/0/11f492ad/XL/20200326_160952-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-TCPf9Gw/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-cWmqZ8B/0/44ff20b2/XL/20200326_160755-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-cWmqZ8B/A)

So I fired up the scoot to warm the oil up. Here's a short video of warming it up and checking for exhaust leaks.
https://vimeo.com/401152797

Time for the oil change, so I'm checking the service manual and it says remove the muffler first. Doh! :doh I felt there was enough room for me to still make it happen with the muffler in place and gave it a go. The screen filter oil cap must have been put on by a gorilla as I had to use a breaker bar to get it free. (throw in a few busted knuckles)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-KSthcq4/0/b1136c55/XL/20200326_171010-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-KSthcq4/A)




Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: Virginian on March 27, 2020, 01:12:32 AM
The screen filter came out nice and clean.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-8VjBNv2/0/a911ed8f/XL/20200326_171239-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-8VjBNv2/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-L3Jc6PZ/0/5afd22d2/XL/20200326_171242-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-L3Jc6PZ/A)

I took off the old oil filter and you can see where the tech that performed the last oil change appears to have just grabbed it with giant pliers and crewed it on... This is the reason I wrench on my own stuff...
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-ZKFTZwn/0/d3177105/XL/20200326_172853-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-ZKFTZwn/A)

The new filter has a bizarre over on it that must need a special tool? I got it on never the less.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-TjZsGcG/0/2bef50cd/XL/20200326_173059-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-TjZsGcG/A)

Time to fill it up with new oil. On this scoot you fill it through the dipstick hole which is rather small. Check out this cool oil spout that came on the Motul oil.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-RSBS6bw/0/c6c5a2d4/XL/20200326_175929-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-RSBS6bw/A)

Manual says 1340 cm3 of oil? Google and here's what I get. I converted cm3 to oz.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-6R8Vxkb/0/01d075d0/XL/20200326_175641-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-6R8Vxkb/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-MJGkgKg/0/47bc90dc/XL/20200326_175647-XL.jpg) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/14-Vespa-946-Bellissima/i-MJGkgKg/A)

Tomorrow is the final drive oil and this one is dome if the weld holds.

Thanks for reading.

Eric



Title: Re: Virginian's Meanderings
Post by: minimac on March 27, 2020, 03:29:31 PM
That screw on cap/funnel thingy may be worth hanging onto.