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Matty
PostPosted: Wed Apr 05, 2006 11:00 am  Reply with quote
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Kevin K wrote:
What were you riding?-K


Ninja 250 so you probably didn't see me.

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Kevin K wrote:
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I did see you guys on my way home at University. I waived only Kevin nodded...

Your read this forum but haven't yet figured out that Stella riders DON'T WAVE BACK?! <G>

What were you riding?
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Ya people get really mad when you don't wave and you'll probably be labeled a scooter natzi.....

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Thanks for the directions and also for the correct directions. It may be a couple of weeks before Tues night works for me but I'll be there if my scoot makes it up the hill on Grand.

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Last night we discussed the possibility of hooking several tow ropes to the back of the K for those whose Scoots are "hill challenged." This idea was abandoned after I flashbacked to my 4th grade encounter with the tow rope on the bunny hill at Afton Alps.





OK, so it was actually last year. Sheesh! Give a guy a break....
-K

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Well, you don't necessarily have to go up the _big_ hill.

Smith to grand, left on grand and now stay in the LEFT lane, and go up the 'easy' hill. At the stoplight (Dale), take a right, and a left on summit. Now take summit to the end.

Truthfully, you will become VERY FAMILIAR with this route. The Grand/Summit corridor will probably become one of your main arteries for transit around the cities. It's a bit more direct than the Ford parkway route, and not as hectic as University.

It just worried me to consider a new rider on a vino on 5. That'd be a sketchy situation.

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It just worried me to consider a new rider on a vino on 5. That'd be a sketchy situation.


Very sketchy as it is at least 45mph and you prolly should be doing 60'ish to keep from getting run over.....

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MNSCOOTERGAL has a Vino 125. Should be able to climb the steep hill to Summitt, thought the easy grade on the left to Grand would be better.

That hill would be fun for a rally, everyone down in first or second gear screaming up the hill! A few years ago we had a route through St. Paul on Sunday like that.

How fast do Vino 125's go anyhow, 50ish?

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Ya I would guess that they could hold 55 mph if the rider is medium wieght..... Not me though,......

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Brad wrote:
.That hill would be fun for a rally, everyone down in first or second gear screaming up the hill! A few years ago we had a route through St. Paul on Sunday like that.


Yeah it would be funny for 75 manual shift bikes to stall out and start rolling backwards....

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What, don't manual scooters have brakes?

My father-in-law lost a wheel of his model T coming down that hill.

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Brad wrote:
What, don't manual scooters have brakes?


Brakes, yes. Good brakes, no.

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My father-in-law lost a wheel of his model T coming down that hill.


Brad, you're older than I thought!

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Tom Lindsay wrote:


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My father-in-law lost a wheel of his model T coming down that hill.


Brad, you're older than I thought!


Probably I am, plus my wife is the youngest in her family and her parents have been gone for 10 years. But the legends live on. He picked up my mother-in-law on Sherburne, then drove into St. Paul. Lost the wheel going down the hill.

I'm actually from a rural area, so I tend to think a little older than I am. My father actually farmed with horses when he was a kid. The first tractor I drove was a 1941 Farmall. Heck, many rural areas really didn't get out of the depression until well after WWII and were not wired for electricity until the early 50's. I have an Alladin white gas lamp in my basement in a box, still wrapped in newspaper from the 50's when it was put away. I didn't own a color TV until I got married. And I walked two miles to school, uphill both ways.

My wife says I went straight from an agrarian to a technological society - I just skipped the industrial revolution.

Relating this back to scooters... Sometimes it's hard to believe that they were developed as an economical transportation device and a WWII gas rationing solution, now that they have become trendy and all. I mostly think of my scooter as a street-legal gocart.

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Hey, I looked up the weight of gasoline, since we were talking about The K and the fuel cell.... gas weighs about 5.8-6.5 pounds per gallon...

http://www.santacruzpl.org/readyref/files/g-l/gasoline.shtml

A lot less than water....so I am thinking I could easily carry a 2 gallon can on my back rack. Any thoughts?

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dmarquis wrote:
Hey, I looked up the weight of gasoline, since we were talking about The K and the fuel cell.... gas weighs about 5.8-6.5 pounds per gallon...

http://www.santacruzpl.org/readyref/files/g-l/gasoline.shtml

A lot less than water....so I am thinking I could easily carry a 2 gallon can on my back rack. Any thoughts?

Dave


I carry my laptop to work every day in a case stuffed full of other things, no problem. There are many bolts holding that rack on, so it better not break.

2 gallons/no problem. Not sure if it's legal to put a fuel tap in a plastic can like that. I'd just stop for gas. Plus you'll still have to pee, unless you are carrying a bottle for that.

Will pee add pounds, be neutral weight or just evaporate?

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Oh I was just going to carry the can and when I got low, I would just fill up. That way, I can always make it to a gas station when traveling in remote areas.....

I got approval to go to Amerivespa......

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