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What is the longest excursion you have made on your Chetak?

Longest Distance Traveled
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cowboyrob



Joined: 26 Mar 2007
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Location: Fayetteville, AR

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I plan on taking a long trip this summer and was wandering who has taken long trips and what there experiences have been. Question Question Question Question Question Question Question Question Question Question Question Question Question Question Question Question Question Question Question Question Question Question Question Question Question Question Question Question Question Question Question Question Question Question Question

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Thu Apr 19, 2007 2:04 pm View user's profile Send private message
mc



Joined: 27 Mar 2007
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Location: Milwaukee, WI

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Mark and I have ridden between Madison and Milwaukee a few times. Mostly it's been him doing the riding back -- we bought both scooters there, and he rode back while I drove. We rode out two-up on his Stella once to pick mine up when it was in for repair, and got to ride back together. It's a beautiful route and about 90-100 miles one-way. We take state highways and county roads, no interstate riding -- at least not on purpose. Shocked

There's a new Vespa store opening in the Madison area, and we're supposed to have some beautiful weather this weekend, so I'm hoping we'll meet up with a few other Milwaukee scooterists and make the ride there and back. So this will probably be our longest ride to date.

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Thu Apr 19, 2007 2:50 pm View user's profile Send private message
jjcpalm



Joined: 29 Mar 2007
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Location: Lake Monticello, Va

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I took a trip last yeat from Charlotesville Va, to Fairfax Va, and back again a few hours later. 200mi total round trip. My butt and waist was sore for 3 days after, but I have no regrets (great ride). I would do it again. The country to city, and back again transition was great.

After about 50 miles I started shifting around trying out different riding positions to stay comfortable (siting up straight, lean back, to one side, sit way forward, ...). Then I started dismounting at stop lights in town to stretch my back.

There was one 20 mile stretch on a 65mhp road (I know, I shouldn't have been on it in the first place, but the go-around was too long). I didn't like that so much, being passed by cars doing 75 when I was going around 58. Then the tractor-trailers always caused some wind that I had to brace myself for. A tractor going the same way as you pushes you away at the front, and pulls you in around half-way through his length. An oncoming tractor creates 3 sec of turbulence to ride through.

After this trip I started looking for a motorcycle-style seat, wider, stepped, maybe with a little lower back support, but I couldn't find one. I find it hard to maintain the scooters sit-up-straight posture for great lengths of time. I have a makeshift backrest now, but the front of the legend seat does not lean back, it is straight. So if I lean back into the backrest, eventually I find myself sliding forward off the seat?!

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John

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dermbrian



Joined: 26 Mar 2007
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I'd enjoy a 250 mile ride if I had anywhere special to go. As long as I have gas and oil and am caught up on the prefentive maintenance, I don't have any reservations about long rides on the my Bajaj. But I'd like the ride to be under 50mph for most of it. I don't enjoy WOT all that much.

Oh, calm, cool and sunny would be nice, too.

My longest is the 105 mile RAT (ride around town, Dallas) ride that I organize for our scooter club. But I've ridden out 50 miles loaded with camping gear and back for a nearby rally last summer as well.

Brian

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Thu Apr 19, 2007 6:03 pm View user's profile Send private message
munkeyjump



Joined: 26 Mar 2007
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Location: Seattle, WA

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I used to do 600 mile weekends about once a month down the coast of California to visit my wife when we were living separately for work. 8,000 in the saddle has definitely done my seat in and I'm currently looking for a replacement. If you want a motorcycle style stepped seat with a little more support look for King and Queen seats for a Large frame Vespa. If people are interested in a really good seat Corbin would probably consider making something nice if enough people expressed interest, especialy since it would fit all large frame vespas, stellas, and bajajs. The scooter always performed admirably even with gear attached, in the rain, at night, I only wish the rider was as reliable and stout as the bike, I had to take constant breaks to warm up and stay alert when it was cold. If you have good weather the small gas tank should keep you stopping frequently enough. I think you can go anywhere on a Bajaj as long as you are patient and a little brave.

One word of advice, cary a good spare kit, I've never needed anything but the spare tire (be sure you keep it filled up) and a few cables on the bajaj so far but it's always good to have an extra spark plug as well. If you are taking the road less traveled you may also want to consider some kind of auxilary fuel storage, white gas bottles for camping work well and will fit in the glove box.

Have Fun!
David
Thu Apr 19, 2007 6:28 pm View user's profile Send private message
Angry J



Joined: 25 Mar 2007
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Two 700 mile round trips from KC to St. Louis. I guess that would count for my longest ridden in one day as well.

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scootermike



Joined: 25 Mar 2007
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Are we talking one day or trip? Ive been to the coast from portland for a rally maybe 150 miles each way had we gone straight probably 80 miles but we made some detours to meet up with other groups. Ive done it the past 3 years on my legend with no issues other than a fuel starvation problem that I had brought on myself by putting on a inline fuel filter. bad mistake, its fine for around town but when you are riding hours WOT it catches up, took the filter off never happened again. one trip it was pouring raing the whole trip and me with a half helmet those raindrops feel like bullets, I use a full face now.
Mike
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cowboyrob



Joined: 26 Mar 2007
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Location: Fayetteville, AR

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scootermike wrote:
Are we talking one day or trip?

By "excursion" I meant the mileage from when you pulled out of your driveway till you sang "home again, home again, jiggidy jog" as you pulled back in your drive way.Very Happy So your rally excursion would count as 300 miles in my book. It is nice to hear the daily "breakdown" though. It is even more nice to hear your legend did not "breakdown" Exclamation

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scootermike



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JD Merriweather . the president of the vespa club of america drove a legend on the cannonball run a couple years ago. with almost no problems he dumped once but the scooter still ran fine I think he came in 3rd place. I met him at the Vegas rally a couple years ago after the cannonball he was still riding the Legend he thought it was a great scooter. there is something about it on the argo website.
Mike
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questionmarke



Joined: 04 May 2007
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Location: Oklahoma City

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My name is Marke. Last year I went on a 5-month ride (May-October) and put 9,000 new miles on my 2003 Chetak. Most days I traveled anywhere from 150 to 300 miles, though some days I stayed put and didn't go anywhere. Twice during the trip I turned in 15-hour, 520-mile days.

I started in Oklahoma City and journeyed through Oklahoma, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Washington, Vancouver Canada, back through Washington, down through Oregon, and south to San Francisco. From San Francisco I had planned on continuing south to San Diego and then heading back home across the bottom of the country but I ended up really liking Oregon so instead I turned around and returned to Eugene. And then I decided to stay. My scoot now has 18,000 miles on it and is still going strong.

BTW, I encountered very few problems during my trip, none of them major. I wore out several rear tires, had a few days when the main jet wouldn't stop getting clogged, and had to upgrade the spark plug wire and spark plug cap. Other than that it was smooth sailing the whole time. I rejetted up and down a few times based on altitude and scoot performance at the time. I changed my oil a number of times and my spark plug once or twice. I don't recall any other significant maintenance at the moment.

You can see a handful of pics from my travels at http://flickr.com/photos/questionmarke/sets/72157594379107016/ (in the picture notes I said I traveled on a Vespa because I assumed the average person would have no idea what a Bajaj Chetak was). The main thing is that you get out there and enjoy your scoot - whether that's riding it down the street to the store or across the country. I was fearful of undertaking such a trip but have no regrets at all and would (and possibly will) do it again in a heartbeat!
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mc



Joined: 27 Mar 2007
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Location: Milwaukee, WI

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questionmarke wrote:
You can see a handful of pics


Great photos, Marke! Do you sell you work?

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Monica
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questionmarke



Joined: 04 May 2007
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Location: Oklahoma City

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mc wrote:
questionmarke wrote:
You can see a handful of pics


Great photos, Marke! Do you sell you work?


Hey Monica. Thanks for the compliment! I haven't sold my photography. But I've
also never been asked. I'm open to the idea. As regards my trip pics I'm not sure
that any of those photos would look especially good printed out because I took them
with only a 2 or 3 megapixel camera so there is not much room for enlarging them and
yielding a quality result. Still, feel free to email me if you want to pursue the idea or
would like to request a new project idea with a better camera.
mexicomarke AT yahoo DOT com.
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scootermike



Joined: 25 Mar 2007
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Location: portland,oregon

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hey Marke,
I think we met at the Oregon Scooter Club rally, I was the cook. so did you settle in eugene? hope to see you at this years rally new location in Salem.
Mike
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questionmarke



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Hey Mike,

Yes, I did end up staying in Eugene. However, I think I'm about to move to Salem to be closer to my girlfriend. When is this year's rally?

Marke
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scootermike



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first weekend in august. we rented a ranch outside of salem it has refrigeration, electricity and a pavilion if you go to www.oregonscooterclub.org and click on scooter raid 5 it has pictures of the site its private property so no park rangers to tack on extra charges I think it cost us 300 bucks extra just in parking fees.
Mike
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BobK



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Well late last year I did just over 500 miles plus whatever was put on during a rally.

Traveled from Knoxville, Tn. to Chattanooga, Tn. then on to Atlanta, Ga. for the Deliverance rally. While there (at the rally) my buddy's Stella crapped out on him, (not too much of a surprise, it was running bad before, and he was planning to get the engine rebuilt and hopped up by someone in Atlanta in a couple of months anyway, so he simply moved up the timetable a bit) but to get home we rode two up back to Newport, Tn. The 2006 Chetak worked flawlessly the whole time.

Got a bit over 100 mpg on the trip down, (had to hold back from full throttle due to his scoot) got just under 100 during the rally, and the return trip, not having to hold myself back due to his poor running scoot, the milage dropped to about 76 mpg (keep in mind that wide open it usually gets around 80 mpg) I no longer have the figures, but overall the millage on the whole trip was somewhere around 90 mpg.

I was quite impressed with the performance during all this and keeping in mind that I am 6'1" and about 230 lbs and he is about 5'8" and about 245 lbs, that plus the luggage hanging off the back of the spare tire put us quite a bit overweight, the only loss of speed was up hills (very noticeable) and about 1 to 2 mph on the straights. I must say that about 285 miles of wide open throttle and all that weight, only loosing 2 mph and about 4 mpg is some statement about the quality and durability of these machines.
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scrooster



Joined: 28 Mar 2007
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Location: atlanta, ga

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Hey BobK,

I was at the Deliverance rally last year(being an Atlanta resident) but don't remember meeting you. I usually try to make contact with the other (2 or 3) Bajajists I notice at a rally. I was on a yellow Chetak with leopard spots on the cowls. Were you the guy on the Blue Chetak at the Dragon run this spring?

Anyway My longest one day trip was Atlanta to Asheville, NC a couple of years ago - - a little over 200 miles. I made my way back a couple of days later riding most of the way in the rain part of it on the very curvey Blue Ridge Parkway. Which kinda sucked but was also kinda great, some real adversity fun.

but my longest ride was a 2 day trip from atl to the Mud, the Blood and the Beer rally in Nunnally TN a bit southwest of Nashville about 250 miles all together.This I have done twice.

I regularly ride to Chattanooga to my in-laws' place - 125+

Taking long trips through the country is my favorite thing to do on the Chetak. And I hope to do more of it.
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BobK



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Scrooster,

Well it is a black Chetak, and yes I was at the Slay the Dragon this year, the buddy of mine that was also there (Dragon) on the Kawasaki 750 that rode all the way to the thing from Fort Lauderdale, was the other person that rode 2-up back from Atlanta with me. We talked at the Dragon, (assuming that it was you with the yellow one there as well) and we rode up to Fontana Dam together. BTW, it is only 28 miles from my door to this end of the Dragon or 39 miles from my door to Deal's Gap Motorcycle resort at the far end. (Lucky Me Cool )

Bob
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cowboyrob



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I just got home from a trip I left on 2 weeks ago. I put on 1653 miles and went into 6 states. The longest days in the saddle were 350 miles. After a couple of those 150 mile days are a breeze.I have two broken adjusting barrels on my shifter box. One was broken before I left, the other broke on the third day of the trip while I was adjusting it. I lost one bolt off the front fender. Other than that everything went fine. Never had any problems with the engine or anything else. Ran great the whole time. I rode on roads ranging from a 3 mile road of 5 inch deep sand that took me almost 30 minutes to get through, to ozark hills, to the flat Mississippi delta where I was able to maintain over 55 mph on the gps for 120 miles straight, only stopping for gas. I added a record flight case in Memphis to carry back some records I bought. Fit the back rack fine. I will post pics later on my scooter space. Met lots and lots of people and talked alot about the price of gas! It was a great trip and I will definately do it more and more to different regions and places and events. The chetak was extremely comfortable and theraputic to my soul.


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gbosslet



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Wow. Great pic. Can't wait to see some more.

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Cowboy...this trip deserves its own thread! - when you have time please make one.. I would love to see more pics...and here more about how you did it...where you slept and what you took.... Thanks!!
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commonwealthscoot



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what records did you buy?
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cowboyrob



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commonwealthscoot wrote:
what records did you buy?



Clarence "gatemouth" Brown-black and blue, Peter Bjorn and John- Writers block, Woody Guthrie tribute concert on columbia, Black Oak Arkansas- Raunch and Roll. Bought those in Memphis. Got back to Fayetteville and found out that the widow of famed critc and author Bob Palmer is moving away from here and sold a load of records to the local shop so I went and blew the bank over there on some nice promo copies and just good music. I have been on a tear of retail therapy and I must stop! Laughing

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Angry J



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That's a kick-ass adventure. Post more details when you have time!

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I came across this out on a county road in south Arkansas. It seems like it must be a flux capacitor or some shit. I didn't feel weird or anything while I was near it(anymore than normal). They had signs posted telling me they didn't want me to be foolin' with it. So I didn't fool with it. Anybody know what it is?



P.S. It is raining and I am bored-hence the dorky post syndrome.

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