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Cooma to Sydney - scooter friendly route

Last post 11-28-2012 05:44 PM by Lizziecro. 51 replies.
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  • 05-05-2012 05:04 PM In reply to

    • razoo
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    Re: Cooma to Sydney - scooter friendly route

    Lizziecro:
    Ahem - you weren't gazumped dear sir... just not quick enough!

    Wink Yes, true enough. In any event, I think the Symphony 150S may work better than the Like for the commuting it's going to do - the big wheels and a bit more power are a good combo.

    Anyway, this morning I managed to get on the train south, find Jason's neat Scootaholic premises and pick up the new toy:

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    First impressions are very positive. Nice size for me, well put together, feels fairly light.

    By now I'm keen to give it a go! (I'm also taking my new full face RJays SP2 helmet for its first decent ride). So I start at a sedate pace around the eastern shore of Lake Illawarra, over the Windang bridge, and follow the coast to Port Kembla Beach.

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    Well, after 20 or so km, I'm impressed. The new engine is very spirited and responsive, and even with me on it, has plenty of go. The big wheels are a revelation. You can really feel the extra stabilising effects at speed. The scoot feels solid.

    By now lunchtime is well past, so I backtrack to the Primbee general store for a nice local pie. This place is a bit of a hidden gem. Look at the original cement ornamental prawns and fish on the facade. Definitely a step back into the 1950's!

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    Feeling refreshed, I pick up the pace north, with a quick stop at Wollongong lighthouse.

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    Next is the run along the coast, over the seacliff bridge, and my first taste of twisties through Stanwell Park and the National park. But before facing that challenge, a nice espresso and apfelstrudel beckoned at Otford.

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    The run through the national park was really good. Hardly any traffic meant that I could take my time, really enjoy the road and get to know the new scoot. It performed nicely through the curves, the firm suspension making for a very confidence building ride.

    About 10km short of Audley the low fuel warning started flashing, highlighting the limitations of the 4.8 litre tank. I rode the 15km to the next servo at Sutherland feeling increasingly nervous. But I got there no problems (with a whole 0.3 litre left in the tank)!

    The Symphony handled the rest of the ride through the major Sydney arterial roads very comfortably. Likewise, the SP2 helmet was really good - much more comfortable for a longer trip than my open face. Overall, not a bad day Cool Next task: pick up my Burgman from Cooma.

    Daelim S1 + Peugeot Geopolis 400
  • 05-05-2012 05:36 PM In reply to

    • Dn-01
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    Re: Cooma to Sydney - scooter friendly route

    Good ride report and that scoot looks really very nice, so it was successful trip, good run to get a feel for it hey!

  • 05-06-2012 08:22 AM In reply to

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    Razoo, I'm also looking at getting the SP2 helmet, either that or the Tour tech flip up. I like the look of the Tour tech better, (and think it may be more suited to me) but can't find any safety review on it like the SP2. Having come from the open face to the full, did you feel at all claustrophobic, or that your vision was impeded?

    How mank kms did you get out of that tank? That sounds like a bit of a draw back with an otherwise great looking scooter. Still looks a good scooter. Wonder if Jason would let me test ride one - just for fun???

     

    Don't take life too seriously. You'll never get out of it alive.

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    2012 - Giallo Lime (yellow) Vespa GTS 250ie
    2016 - Shine Red, Aprilia Scarabeo 200ie
  • 05-06-2012 08:54 AM In reply to

    • razoo
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    Re: Cooma to Sydney - scooter friendly route

    Lizziecro:

    Razoo, I'm also looking at getting the SP2 helmet, either that or the Tour tech flip up. I like the look of the Tour tech better, (and think it may be more suited to me) but can't find any safety review on it like the SP2. Having come from the open face to the full, did you feel at all claustrophobic, or that your vision was impeded?

    How mank kms did you get out of that tank? That sounds like a bit of a draw back with an otherwise great looking scooter. Still looks a good scooter. Wonder if Jason would let me test ride one - just for fun???

    I reckon on about 140km per tank. Yes, not so good for touring but fine as a short trip commuter.

    As to the SP2, I really like it. The helmet has very good visibility (it didn't feel any different to the open face) and the slight claustrophobic feeling disappears very quickly. On the positive side, it is much more comfortable for longer rides at speed - noise and wind buffetting are radically reduced. I did consider flip face. The one I put on my short list is the Zeuss 3000B and is the only flip face to get Snell certification (plus it's in the "right" price range).

    http://www.webbikeworld.com/r2/zeus-helmet/zeus-3000/

    Daelim S1 + Peugeot Geopolis 400
  • 05-06-2012 09:26 AM In reply to

    Re: Cooma to Sydney - scooter friendly route

    Thanks Razoo, that looks brilliant! Even, tool-lessly, converts to an open face! I  have no idea what a Snell rating is really, but it looks a good helmet.

    Don't take life too seriously. You'll never get out of it alive.

    2011 - Pearly White Kymco Like 125cc
    2012 - Giallo Lime (yellow) Vespa GTS 250ie
    2016 - Shine Red, Aprilia Scarabeo 200ie
  • 05-06-2012 09:03 PM In reply to

    Re: Cooma to Sydney - scooter friendly route

     Nice first ride report looks good Yes

    Si ‘Thi’ later
  • 05-08-2012 09:02 PM In reply to

    • razoo
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    Re: Cooma to Sydney - scooter friendly route

     

    I've finally made it to Cooma and picked up the Burgman. so bright and early tomorrow I'll test out the route. Definitely feeling a bit nervous!

    Daelim S1 + Peugeot Geopolis 400
  • 05-08-2012 10:17 PM In reply to

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    Yay Razoo! How far do you intend getting on Wednesday? I'm around both Wednesday and Thursday and would happily meet up with you somewhere on your journey. I can travel down South a bit and ride with you a bit further North of here. Let me know. I'll PM my number again just in case you don't have it. Happy travelling Razoo! Take care, hope it all goes well.

    Don't take life too seriously. You'll never get out of it alive.

    2011 - Pearly White Kymco Like 125cc
    2012 - Giallo Lime (yellow) Vespa GTS 250ie
    2016 - Shine Red, Aprilia Scarabeo 200ie
  • 05-09-2012 08:35 AM In reply to

    Re: Cooma to Sydney - scooter friendly route

    Thinking of meeting Razoo at The Robbo Pie Shop, but this means getting there. Can anyone recommend which road I should take? I don't think I've ever travelled up the Jamberoo Mountain Road, but, of course have the MacQ. Pass many many times - in a car! Just because of MacQ's reputation for killing people the Jamberoo Road sounds better.... but is it?

    If anyone's around and feels like a run, happy to meet up too. Razoo is going to text me his whereabouts as he goes along so we can tee up a time. I can PM my phone number if anyone's nearby.

    Don't take life too seriously. You'll never get out of it alive.

    2011 - Pearly White Kymco Like 125cc
    2012 - Giallo Lime (yellow) Vespa GTS 250ie
    2016 - Shine Red, Aprilia Scarabeo 200ie
  • 05-09-2012 10:34 AM In reply to

    Re: Cooma to Sydney - scooter friendly route

    Jamberoo Mountain Road is narrow and tight, but it has little traffic. SQUIDS die on Macq Pass because they kill themselves or because they don't make allowances for traffic (which probably amounts to the same thing).

    Take it easy on Jamberoo Mountain Road , remember to look through the corners and you'll be fine. There are two or three hairpins, one very steep, but mostly the corners flow, albeit slowl.  Enjoy the forest - it feels more immediate on that road than busy Macq Pass.  There's a lovely climb through the forest to Barren Grounds Nature Reserve, then a nice wind with some open stretches across the headwaters of the Kangaroo River to the Pie Shop.  If you don't mind a short stretch of dirt, Carrington Falls is worth a side trip to (TO Left just after you cross the Kangaroo River).  Also some good lookouts on the road itself. 

    Watch the corners from Albion Park to the Jamberoo Mountain Road TO ... they look rather simple, but some are quite tricky.  Take it easy and you'll be fine.

    In fact, I'll bet you go back to Jamberoo Mountain Road again and again - I do!!!

    Sydney / Vespa PX150 & GTS250ie / BMW R1200R
  • 05-09-2012 03:35 PM In reply to

    • petegailey
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    Re: Cooma to Sydney - scooter friendly route

    Mac Pass is completely different mid week than on a Sunday. Much less traffic

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  • 05-09-2012 07:28 PM In reply to

    • razoo
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    Re: Cooma to Sydney - scooter friendly route

    petegailey:
    Mac Pass is completely different mid week than on a Sunday. Much less traffic

    I think the trip was 470km in total today. Definitely the best bit was my welcoming escort at Robertson Yes Yep, Liz made it up Mac Pass and we all made it down together.

    Freezing morning in Cooma, the backroads through Bungendore, Tarago, Bungonia etc were great; surprisingly good roads and virtually no traffic. Fabulous day Smile

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    Daelim S1 + Peugeot Geopolis 400
  • 05-09-2012 07:40 PM In reply to

    Re: Cooma to Sydney - scooter friendly route

     470km does that mean its home safe and sound Yes

    Si ‘Thi’ later
  • 05-09-2012 07:48 PM In reply to

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    Marathon effort from Razoo there! Glad you got home safely and hope there was a nice hot bath ready!

    Sorry about the road confusion!! Sign taken completely out of context! Tut.

    Thanks for agreeing to meet up with me... I had a great ride and wouldn't have done it without a reason! (Yes I can add MacQ. Pass to my list). I'll put up some pic's later.

    If you see any more bargains, Razoo, maybe you can start sharing them around!! Wink

    Don't take life too seriously. You'll never get out of it alive.

    2011 - Pearly White Kymco Like 125cc
    2012 - Giallo Lime (yellow) Vespa GTS 250ie
    2016 - Shine Red, Aprilia Scarabeo 200ie
  • 05-09-2012 07:53 PM In reply to

    Re: Cooma to Sydney - scooter friendly route

    Wink  Maybe spent up by now Stick out tongue

    Si ‘Thi’ later
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