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« Reply #240 on: March 04, 2019, 12:52:19 AM »

I did some exploring today.


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.




A wave came and stole my thunder of the photo op but it was awesome. Mission accomplished!


Some random pics.



There were scoots everywhere and are a viable means of transportation here in the Keys.


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)







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!






A truck parked out front.


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.

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« Reply #241 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.
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« Reply #242 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.
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« Reply #243 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!
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« Reply #244 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 hinder 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.
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« Reply #245 on: March 04, 2019, 02:58:23 AM »

Glad you got a day to relax.  Weather looks great.
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« Reply #246 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.
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« Reply #247 on: April 17, 2019, 12:06:28 AM »

Grabb'n a couple scooter tags today! Woohoo! Spring is here.

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« Reply #248 on: April 17, 2019, 04:42:37 PM »

Greening up!!
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« Reply #249 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.



For supper we rolled with a bushel of crabs! 



Even my great niece was down with the crabs.


Fishing in the. morning.


Ava caught her first fish ever in her pjs. lol


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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« Reply #250 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.

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« Reply #251 on: May 29, 2019, 04:10:51 PM »

Happy Memorial Day, Eric!!  Looks like a great time!
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« Reply #252 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.


A tornado touched down 10 miles from our home and luckily we have no damage.


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.



I treated myself to a nice VA amber lager, it was kind of cool to see a m/c on the bottle.



Words cannot describe how proud I am of this young lady. GO GET EM B!!!



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

Here's a couple of scenic pics from the day. The morning was cool and overcast, a perfect day for a ride.








I hope everyone is getting out and riding this late spring!

Thanks for stopping by and reading.

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« Reply #253 on: June 03, 2019, 05:17:36 PM »

In other news...


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?
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« Reply #254 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.
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