Today me and the missus went for our first 'non suburban' ride on our matching SYM classic 125's
Thought i'd do a bit of a write up on it as i don't see many scooter owners up there on the road when on my pushi, maybe I'm wrong as I was never looking for them before :P
After mapping our route we set off thru the most dangerous part of our journey, the one thru the northern suburbs of Eltham etc post school drop off time and the roads choked with large wagons/4wd with soccer mums at the wheel.
Our route took us out thru Macleod and onto lower plenty rd and thats basically the last turn you need to take. Lower plenty turns into main rd which turns into st andrews rd and kinglake rd......
Steady traffic and lots of two lanes turning into one and not a lot of room given to us there but we managed to stay together for the most part. Main rd is a 60km zone and mostly one lane with lots of windy sections. The further you go the easier it gets as nearly all the traffic turns off before Kangaroo ground. Here is turns into a 70km zone and the road dips up and down like a roller coaster. Road surface is great with hardly any gravel on entry road sections and no real bumps to challenge our 12 inch wheels. Wide sweeping bends for the most part and the road lined with vineyards and B&B's. Pretty part of the world. Hardly a car in our mirrors and us chugging along at the 70km's with the scooters purring underneath. The SYM's handled the ride perfectly and were solid on the the road as far as stability. They needed a bit of coaxing up the larger hills but still hit at least 65km's on the really big gradients. Really happy with the scooter and such a smooth ride.
Eventually the road turns into an 80km zone but we still pretty much sat on the 70k's unless it was a nice straight strectch and the SYM's did it in there stride. A small turn of the wrist and zoom....topped out at 85k's at points and it still had a little bit more I felt.
Up thru Panton Hill and past the best pies at the Smith's Gully general store.......oopps I need fuel! Turns out we couldn't find any around there and with it on red we had to push on to Kinglake as unplanned. Must say this part of the ride was a pure pleasure and we surprised ourselves. The climb up the mountain is a 60km zone but you really sit on about 30-50km and down to 20km on some of the really hairy corners and zig zag sections. There we make our way up thru the awesome scenary and from memory had one car behind us who gave us plenty of room and was quite respectful. Must say this made it a lot more stress free knowing we could take it at our own pace without the thought we were holding up heaps of traffic behind us maybe pushing us out of our comfort zone. Wouldn't want to come of on some of those corners with the sheer drop off.
Once again the SYM was well balanced and made its way around the bends smooth and the throttle work smooth and easy. This little thing is making mine meat of this climb
After 15kms of conentrating we get to the Kinglake township and stop for drinks and food before filling up. There still isn't a petrol station up there as such but a gravel carpark opp the pub with a bowser and temporary unit for its office. Handed over our $10 to fill both to full and all had a good laugh as others filled up to much larger amounts.
The ride back down the mountain was more stress free than anticipated. I assumed it would involve a lot of heavy braking but just de accelerating was enough mostly although we did have a few impatient locals pass but we pulled over and gave them more room to do so. Having someone on you ass occupying your mind and focus on the mirrors isn't what you need with so many blinds corners.
Back onto the long undulating roads between the mountain and the burbs where once again we could open the scoots up a bit.
All in all was a great ride out there today. Blue sky, light winds, hardly any traffic on the country roads and patient locals. I'm not sure if many here do ride up there on their scooters but certainly on a week day its an absolute pleasure. We both are the better for tackling the roads we did today both speed wise and the technicality of the last part up/down the mountain. Certainly a different world from the stop start of city comuting.
Here are our SYM's having a well deserved rest at the Kinglake pub
Just thought I'd share as i feel this is better than any shop review of our scooter models that focus more on the under seat storage than the performance of the bike. Not to many a new patch of the world opened up to us thanks to them.