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Low..ri..der.. Take a little trip with me

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Thanks to a giagantus pot hole in DC, my old Italian buddy and commuter partner has been decimated beyond repair.  That's right, my Aprilia Scarabeo 250 has traveled it's last trek via a tow truck trailer to its final resting place, my house.  Thankfully, the pot hole only damaged my wheels and not me. But based on the rarity of parts and the age of the scooter (10 years), it isn't as cost effective for me run any more.   The wheels alone were going to run me over $500.  So once I find some replacement(used) parts I'll be selling the Beo.

However, after a few weeks as a metro bus/train commuter I started looking for another ride. The current scooter models just didn't have the same look I wanted as the Aprilia 'Beo, so I finally decided to expand into manual transmission territory.  Motorcycles.  It has been 25 years since I had a motorcycle, and that was a Yamaha 650 special that died more than it lived on the road.

Fast forward to me going through a refresher motorcycle course provided by a local Harley Davidson dealer, and I'm walking through their showroom looking for my new cycle.  My eye was drawn to the Sportster XL1200X, Forty-Eight immediately.  I test drove it with a Custom 1200 but knew that was the one I had my heart set on.

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After buying my "48", I discovered the cycle was built seven days after my scooter had it's last ride. 

So, by the seventh day, the Harley builders finished the work they'd been doing; so on the seventh day, I could rest on a saddle seat and enjoy my ride!

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Scooter facelift

Long story short, I'm replacing some chassis pieces on my scooter. After the scoot accumulated too much damage over the last decade, I just couldn't continue riding it safely any longer.

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Unfortunately, the main chassis part (front shield) I'm replacing surrounds the entire front forks and steering column. Hence, the removal of the front tire would be required. I was surprised to find out Coleman’s Powersports is no longer an Aprilia dealer. So I couldn't get the parts I needed locally. (Boooo)  I ended up ordering the new parts from Ultimate Cycle in Richmond, VA. (Great first time service, btw.) They got the parts to me in under two weeks. Not bad for a discontinued model and having to get the parts from supplier.

The whole process to remove the wheel and front shield and install the new parts, took about a day. It would have been faster except it was the first time I'd ever removed the front wheel. The only mistake I did was getting air in the brake lines.  So half the time was me bleeding the air back out.

I couldn't get the new shield in the original scooter's metallic gray/silver color.  It was only available in a black/charcoal shade. But after installing it, I couldn't be happier with the outcome. It fits perfectly with the other black colors on the scoot. Basically, looking at it from the front gives it a two-tone vibe.

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Scarabeo's new milestone

 

My Aprilia scooter hit the 10,000km mark on it's odometer, amid the hwy 50 commuter traffic this morning.  No celebratory fanfare was given except for me taking a moment to pull over at the next light to take a picture.  

The scooter's seen it's share of bumps, potholes, close-calls, and bad weather to last me a lifetime.  But the good days outweigh the bad and it still better to ride than being stuck in a car or a bus.  I don't know if I'll take it overseas again though.  If the country is "cycle-friendly" I probably would consider it.  If not, than the enjoyment is reduced significantly since all my sensory inputs are focused on keeping me safe rather than enjoying any portion of the ride.

I've gotten use to converting my speed from Km/hr to Mph also.  As you can tell from the photo above, the speedo only has Kmh.  I've gotten it up to 120Kmh (75mph) overseas on large highways, but never pegged it out at 160Kmh (99mph).  And I don't plan on trying it anytime soon.  Something about feeling like I'm sitting in a chair while the slightest highway bump can lift you out of your seat.  At least on a motorcycle you able to grip the sides more with your legs.

Anyway, I'm hoping I'll be able to post again when it hits the 10,000 mile mark.