Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 07-09-2008, 05:56 PM   #71
Rivet Master
 
vswingfield's Avatar
 
1983 34' Excella
1967 24' Tradewind
Little Rock , Arkansas
Join Date: Nov 2006
Posts: 3,773
Images: 32
I like the larger wheels that a motorcycle, even the step through Hondas, has. That said, the Vespas have really taken off here in Little Rock. There is a dealer here, and you see them all over town. That was really my first thought, but had to bring up the old Hondas.

How are you going to carry it, Jack? (Visions of a "How Do I Attach a Vespa Carrier to My Rear Bumper" thread? )
__________________

__________________
Vaughan
vswingfield is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-09-2008, 10:21 PM   #72
Moderator
 
jcanavera's Avatar

 
2004 30' Classic Slideout
Fenton , Missouri
Join Date: Mar 2002
Posts: 9,002
Images: 143
Send a message via AIM to jcanavera Send a message via Skype™ to jcanavera
Quote:
Originally Posted by vswingfield View Post
I like the larger wheels that a motorcycle, even the step through Hondas, has. That said, the Vespas have really taken off here in Little Rock. There is a dealer here, and you see them all over town. That was really my first thought, but had to bring up the old Hondas.

How are you going to carry it, Jack? (Visions of a "How Do I Attach a Vespa Carrier to My Rear Bumper" thread? )
Well I have a van and the plan will be a ramp to allow it to roll into the back. I've got lots of room and since the Vespa doesn't have a windshield, it will clear quite easily.

Jack
__________________

__________________
Jack Canavera
STL Mo.
AIR #56
'04 Classic 30' S.O.,'03 GMC Savana 2500,'14 Honda CTX 700
jcanavera is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-09-2008, 10:35 PM   #73
3 Rivet Member
 
mtnman's Avatar
 
Currently Looking...
Collettsville , North Carolina
Join Date: Nov 2005
Posts: 180
We carry 2 motorcycles on the back of our motorhome everywhere we go.
I built the carrier at home.
I have a Yamaha XT225 and the wife has a Kawasaki 250. Combine weight is less than 500 pounds. Easy to load with a ramp. 90 MPG each. Enough power to keep you out of trouble in normal traffic. They are nice and quite too. And you cannot measure the fun factor!
mtnman
__________________
mtnman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-10-2008, 09:18 AM   #74
2 Rivet Member
 
2003 25' Safari
Yukon , Oklahoma
Join Date: Jan 2004
Posts: 25
Greetings,

For those interested, this is how we have been 'Streamin lately.

The bike in the photos is a Suzuki C50 - however, we just ordered a new Honda GL1800 Gold Wing - we drove one up the ramp (had to raise the end of the ramp by 3") into the truck (08 F-250 long bed) two days ago and it fits great.

The ramp is made by USA Ramp (model A9) - www.usaramp.com

The ramp actually attaches to the hitch shank and works like a charm. I had to make one minor mod to the hitch (we had to grind off about 1/8" to 1/4" of the gusset for the sleeve to slide back far enough on the shank - it was so little that it does not violate the integrity of the shank). They are not "inexpensive", but they provide a wonderful solution to taking a bike as large as a "Wing" with you when you are pulling an AirStream. USA Ramp makes ramps in many different configurations. I spoke with them on the phone extensively before ordering and they were great to work with.

The motorcycle stays covered while in tow, yep, while towing, with a towable cover made by Geza Gear - BEST RATED Motorcycle Covers- Portable, TOWABLE, Daily Use

We just returned from a three week trip and it was great to be able to keep the truck parked and use the bike to explore.

While a Gold Wing might seem like a bit of overkill, our long term plans include regular long distance touring. With this setup, we can do everything we want with only having to own one motorcycle.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	PC041157r.jpg
Views:	100
Size:	420.9 KB
ID:	63436   Click image for larger version

Name:	PC041158r.jpg
Views:	92
Size:	435.2 KB
ID:	63437  

__________________
ScottMac is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-10-2008, 09:32 AM   #75
Tramp Streamer
Commercial Member
 
ArtStream's Avatar
 
1995 28' Excella
Artist , at Large
Join Date: May 2004
Posts: 2,002
Images: 65
Blog Entries: 1
Quote:
Originally Posted by mtnman View Post
We carry 2 motorcycles on the back of our motorhome everywhere we go.
I built the carrier at home.
I have a Yamaha XT225 and the wife has a Kawasaki 250. Combine weight is less than 500 pounds. Easy to load with a ramp. 90 MPG each. Enough power to keep you out of trouble in normal traffic. They are nice and quite too. And you cannot measure the fun factor!
mtnman
Love my Yahama XT225. Have it 4 years and 4,000 mi, all Airstream traveling!

Just took it up the Traveling to the Sun road here in Glacier NP, Spectacular!

Michael
ArtStream is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-10-2008, 10:56 PM   #76
Moderator
 
jcanavera's Avatar

 
2004 30' Classic Slideout
Fenton , Missouri
Join Date: Mar 2002
Posts: 9,002
Images: 143
Send a message via AIM to jcanavera Send a message via Skype™ to jcanavera
Well we ended up upping the anti a little and bought the Vespa GTS 250. A few more cc's, fuel injection, improved suspension and some enhanced instrumentation. Funny thing, jumping from 198 to 244 cc's added $100 annually to the insurance cost.

So this will become our new rally and travel companion....and of course it's silver in color. Patty told my son that he will inherit some design icons when we pass on. What can be more iconic than an Airstream and Vespa scooter.



Jack
Attached Images
 
__________________
Jack Canavera
STL Mo.
AIR #56
'04 Classic 30' S.O.,'03 GMC Savana 2500,'14 Honda CTX 700
jcanavera is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-17-2008, 07:34 AM   #77
Rivet Master
 
SARGE/AF's Avatar
 
1996 34' Limited
1976 31' Sovereign
1983 31' Excella
Greeneville , Tennessee
Join Date: May 2008
Posts: 516
Images: 2
Ok, if you insist on driving, a Honda Civic gets the same or better mileage than many large motorcycles. The Civic Hybrid and Prius get the same mileage as small motorcycles. Isn't that pathetic?
Roger[/quote]
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX XXXXXX

Now you would have to prove this to me, both of these Civic and Prius are listed as 35-40 mpg, the best a freind of mine parents have gotten is 41, motorcycles 50-250 cc 90-100 mpg, 500-800cc get 75-90, my Ultra Classic with all the work and extra weight gets 55-60 mpg and the lowest I have gotten is 48 and that was at 90 mph. My bike stays around 58 mpg and that is at speeds between 45-60.
My bike is a whole lot more fun than a car anyways... AM/FM/CD/MP3/Cruise/Radar/GPS/

Sarge
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	Ultra 1.jpg
Views:	83
Size:	76.1 KB
ID:	63898  
__________________
SARGE/AF is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-18-2008, 11:36 AM   #78
More than one rivet loose
 
thecatsandi's Avatar

 
Currently Looking...
Keymar , Maryland
Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 3,754
Quote:
Originally Posted by jcanavera View Post
Well we ended up upping the anti a little and bought the Vespa GTS 250. A few more cc's, fuel injection, improved suspension and some enhanced instrumentation. Funny thing, jumping from 198 to 244 cc's added $100 annually to the insurance cost.

So this will become our new rally and travel companion....and of course it's silver in color. Patty told my son that he will inherit some design icons when we pass on. What can be more iconic than an Airstream and Vespa scooter.



Jack
We should all be driving scooters. There would be a lot less road rage! Everyone would be having more fun and if the guy next to flipped you off you already have your fighting helmet and gloves on.
I was on business up in Boston area many years ago listening to the trafic report. "There was a fender bender on the 128 @ ???? and a fist fight insued" I could not stop laughing!
__________________
Michelle TAC MT-0
Sarah, Snowball

Looking for a 1962 Flying Cloud

thecatsandi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-18-2008, 01:03 PM   #79
Beneath the title
 
jnerges's Avatar
 
2005 28' International CCD
Mount Pleasant , South Carolina
Join Date: Dec 2006
Posts: 307
Images: 6
Blog Entries: 3
A tribute to scooters. I was at work the other day and one of my co workers was telling me about her motorcycle. What is it I asked? She said, oh, its only a little thing, a Harley Sportster, 883 cc. When I was a kid growing up, we used to ride around on Honda Mini's, then my friend Gregory got a Honda Elsinore 125, whoa, that thing was fast. Then I rode a Kawasaki KZ 400. Oh my God, I was Hunter S. Thompson.

When did 800 + cc's become a little motorcycle? I hear it a lot. Great HD quote: "Anything less than 1340 cc's is a scooter"

Well, I-5 in Pierce County, I saw a guy in the albeit, the slow lane. He was going 65... on a Scooter. I think it was a 125 cc. I was so proud.

FWIW though: My worry is that 5 dollar gas will encourage people to buy, ride, borrow scooters or motorcycles to save gas and not be ready with training, gear, experience. I fear people will get hurt trying to save money.

Either way, it was awesome to see a scooter making the grade.


John
__________________


Aunt Gladys, 28FT, Intl'
"Man, it's hot here, is the heat on?"
jnerges is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-18-2008, 11:06 PM   #80
Moderator
 
jcanavera's Avatar

 
2004 30' Classic Slideout
Fenton , Missouri
Join Date: Mar 2002
Posts: 9,002
Images: 143
Send a message via AIM to jcanavera Send a message via Skype™ to jcanavera
Here's ours. Just delivered on Wednesday.

Jack
Attached Images
 
__________________
Jack Canavera
STL Mo.
AIR #56
'04 Classic 30' S.O.,'03 GMC Savana 2500,'14 Honda CTX 700
jcanavera is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-19-2008, 12:22 AM   #81
Rivet Master
 
mrmossyone's Avatar
 
1975 Argosy 24
Collierville , Tennessee
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 727
Images: 10
Quote:
Originally Posted by jcanavera View Post
Here's ours. Just delivered on Wednesday.

Jack
I hope this is just a photo-op, because no matter what your riding if you go down at more than 10 mph with what y'all are wearing y'all will be very sorry. It always pays to wear full protective gear when riding on two wheels on any paved surface.
__________________
Different strokes for different folks!

I never learned from a man who agreed with me.
Heinlein
mrmossyone is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-19-2008, 12:26 AM   #82
Site Team
 
azflycaster's Avatar
 
1975 25' Tradewind
Dewey , Arizona
Join Date: Mar 2005
Posts: 12,127
Images: 62
Blog Entries: 1
Nice ride, Jack. Don't let Terry ride it...
__________________

Richard

Wally Byam Airstream Club 7513
azflycaster is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 07-19-2008, 06:57 AM   #83
Rivet Master
 
SARGE/AF's Avatar
 
1996 34' Limited
1976 31' Sovereign
1983 31' Excella
Greeneville , Tennessee
Join Date: May 2008
Posts: 516
Images: 2
Training wheels ????

FWIW though: My worry is that 5 dollar gas will encourage people to buy, ride, borrow scooters or motorcycles to save gas and not be ready with training, gear, experience. I fear people will get hurt trying to save money.
Either way, it was awesome to see a scooter making the grade.
John[/quote]
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX XXXXX
John, they already have training wheels for bikes out, there is one set that is simular to making the cycle into a trike, and as you lean the tires lean also taking the ridgity out of a 3 wheeled bike, there is another kind that folds down when slowed below 25 mph to stop and then retrack back up as you start to move and pick up speed. They are currently only made for full size bikes (dressers)
__________________
SARGE/AF is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-19-2008, 08:20 AM   #84
Rivet Master
 
2007 25' Classic
Hydes
Join Date: Apr 2007
Posts: 705
Jack, nice Vespa. I had the 150 in Silver but I sold it a couple of years ago because the guy who inspired me to buy one( I didn't really know him I just use to admire his Vespa parked in front of his house) was killed when a BMW hit him. Not trying to scare you but at the time it kind of freaked me. I was riding in Baltimore city which was taking your life in your hands. We've since move to a more rural area with nice open back country roads. So........ I'm thinking about getting exactly what you have now if it will fit in the back of the F350
__________________

__________________
craftsman is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Travelling with Motorcycle ScottMac Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 24 10-28-2006 02:32 PM
Motorcycle Lift? garjud General Motorhome Topics 0 12-30-2005 09:53 PM
motorcycle carrier frederic.c01 General Repair Forum 13 10-22-2005 11:38 PM
Trying to take my motorcycle with me... heyskipper Our Community 19 03-22-2003 10:41 AM
How can I take my motorcycle along... swingard On The Road... 3 04-16-2002 10:05 PM


Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 12:51 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.