Just a few quick observations re the scooters on the dirt from Saturdays ride. I decided to try the Vespa on our romp thru the valleys mainly to check if the latest tweaks had got it back to speed in relationship with Ians Burger 400. On the bitumen it was reasonably competitive as long as I could keep the revs up. The larger rear wheel means that I have to keep it rolled on to keep top speed up the hills, roll off and its definately harder to get back up there again. On the dirt however the small wheels meant that the GTS was compromised, mainly on the corrugations and wash aways across the road where the front shock would bottom out. This meant that I had to take it pretty slowly. I was leading for some of the ride and when I let the others pass they lost me as I couldnt keep up. There was a huge difference between the Vespa and the big wheels on the Bonnie over these sort of roads as would be expected.
Ians Burgman seemed to handle the going well. He has done mods to the front suspension and he got way ahead. He did however mention that he thought that the dust had clogged the air filter a bit and that it wasn't running as well afterwards but I suppose he might comment upon this himself.
As far as I could tell Eccles's BMWC650GT ate the conditions up and didn't seem compromised at all. He also shot off and was up front with the Burger. The more I ride beside this maxi the more impressed I get. It is certainly an excellent touring machine and I'd love to have a crack at the C600Sport.
Jen was on the Mana. Jen doesn't like dirt roads much and so she was riding pretty cautiously and wasn't that far infront of the Vespa. As soon as she hit the tarmac however she was away.
The four machines copped a fair amount of dust and got pretty dirty from the off road adventure. Ive yet to check the Vespa's air filter but the air intake is poorly situated for dusty roads. I really don't think the Vespa is well designed for gravel and although it got through undamaged I would be reluctant to explore much more off road with it.
Daelim NS 125: Mighty 1st scoot from Korea that punched way above its weight. Sold
Vespa GTS 250: Modern Retro brilliance. I'll ride it til it dies.Traded in on a maxi.
Suzuki DR650: "That Thing" Excellent Single 650 thumper chook chaser that was too tall. Sold
Yamaha T Max: Best Maxi out there and serious canyon racer. Sold
Triumph Bonneville: Modern Retro brilliance with the sweetest parallel twin.
BMW F800R: The Naked Hun. Great intro into sports bikes.
Gilera Runner FXR 180: 2 stroke scooter missile from Piaggio.
Gilera Nexus 500. Sexy like red Italian stilettos.
Yamaha RZ250RR: Retro Japanese 2 stroke racer.