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Old 10th April 2015, 12:28   #16
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I did Belgaum-Goa-Belgaum last month on a 220. On the way to Goa I took the chorla route, I've ridden a lot on this road and it's an awesome road to ride. However on my way back I took the NH 4A and how I regretted the decision! the road was really bad.
What you could have done is ride up to panjim and then take the chorla route.
My friends did Belgaum-Goa-Belgaum via chorla on a suzuki access a couple of months ago.
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Old 10th April 2015, 17:12   #17
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Hi, I am a fellow Vespa owner (LX 125) too, and I appreciate your effort. The Vespa looks like a good vehicle to traverse such distances. I was a bit apprehensive about the pot-hole tackling ability of scooters in general, due to their small tires, but your journey is a motivation.

Also, what I have experienced is that when ever the fuel level goes low - beyond the red markings- the acceleration becomes lethargic. Hence I always try to refuel whenever the gauge reached red markings itself.
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Well yes even I wasnt so confident with the pothole negotiating ability until i put it to test (unknowingly) Actually as the Vespa's suspension is tuned towards the softer side, at low speeds the pot holes dont pose a problem in general. On the other hand when you are cruising at above 60-70 Km/hr the ride does become a little bouncy if the roads arent perfect.
Regarding your second point I havent encountered any of this. I have only felt acceleration getting lethargic when tyres have a lower air pressure. Also, after the 4th servicing that i got done a month back, the acceleration has become even better and the engine feels butter smooth.
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You, my friend, are certifiably nuts! But what fun! Must've been a hell of a backache, but worth every twinge, I bet.
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You guys are crazy!

But nonetheless, for your audacity!

salut!
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You, my friend, are certifiably nuts! But what fun! Must've been a hell of a backache, but worth every twinge, I bet.
Well the back ache wasn't because of the sitting position but because we had rested our back on the pillion back rest. While coming back when we did the seat jugaad everything was back to normal.

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You guys are crazy!

But nonetheless, for your audacity!
salut!
It was a great experience, something I will cherish for long

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Well the back ache wasn't because of the sitting position but because we had rested our back on the pillion back rest. While coming back when we did the seat jugaad everything was back to normal.
Amazing man! You have made memories that will be cherished for the life time.

Some 32 years back; my father rode 150 cc Bajaj Super from Pune - Hatkhamba - Ratnagiri - Panjim - Chiplun - Pune. This journey took 4 days. He was accompanied by his colleague friend who was my father's pillion during entire ride as he knew nothing about riding vehicles. To make it worse, that was the monsoon season, with no helmet and with much more narrow NH4, NH17 and non-existent state highways.

I will always admire him and his scooter for such 'notorious' adventures.

P.S. - Lot of admiration to his pillion friend too who sat patiently with agonizing back-pain which was developed during the ride.

One incident my father told me that, the friend of his became so desperate during their return leg; that he made my father halt at Khed shivapur which is just 25 odd kms. before Pune. They peacefully slept under a banyan tree for 3 hours before finally reaching the home.
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Amazing man! You have made memories that will be cherished for the life time.

Some 32 years back; my father rode 150 cc Bajaj Super from Pune - Hatkhamba - Ratnagiri - Panjim - Chiplun - Pune. This journey took 4 days. He was accompanied by his colleague friend who was my father's pillion during entire ride as he knew nothing about riding vehicles. To make it worse, that was the monsoon season, with no helmet and with much more narrow NH4, NH17 and non-existent state highways.

I will always admire him and his scooter for such 'notorious' adventures.

P.S. - Lot of admiration to his pillion friend too who sat patiently with agonizing back-pain which was developed during the ride.

One incident my father told me that, the friend of his became so desperate during their return leg; that he made my father halt at Khed shivapur which is just 25 odd kms. before Pune. They peacefully slept under a banyan tree for 3 hours before finally reaching the home.
Thanks Bro. Your father would have had an awesome trip (read: adventurous). Regarding the pillion, both of us were taking turns in driving and sitting as a pillion so we both tasted that back ache
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This is real adventure. All those distance on a tiny two wheeler!!!!
Hats off
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