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Victoria Scooter Ride – May 19th, 2012

Victoria Scooter Ride – May 19th, 2012

I mark that the starting of the May long weekend as the start of the riding season.  With that in mind, we plan this ride for almost two months now, and we finally get to get on the scooters and I get my first chance this season to get on the scoot.  Here is my previous post from last year. As always, our starting point:

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Gathering at the ferry terminal, waiting to be boarded.

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Good thing about taking the scooter (or any two-wheeler) is that there is no waiting time.  Usually we wait in front of the cars, and then when it comes to boarding, we are the first ones to be boarded.  In addition, the price is only half that to regular cars.

As it is an early morning ferry, we all need breakfast to further our early start. Coffee, eggs, and waffle are in order:

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After a leisurely and enjoyable 40-minute ride, we arrive in Victoria:

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Early riders get the best parking spots:

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Another shot of the harbour.

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There is the Visitor Centre where you can find information on local attractions and great restaurants.

We also meet a local rider Dar through our fellow rider bobskoot. She is kind enough to lead us on some amazing local ride routes, be it flat and enjoyable ones or the more challenging and twisty ones. After a good one-hour ride, we arrive at Esquimalt Lagoon. An absolute beautiful spot to rest.

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Lunch was served at a nearby A&W restaurant.

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It is now 2:30 in the afternoon, well past the check-in time at our motel. We then take Highway 17 to head back to downtown Victoria to do just that. Scooters park right outside the room.

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After napping for 30 minutes, we all again hit the road, this time Dar takes us through local streets and arrive at King George Terrace Lookout, another gorgeous viewpoint.

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The next morning, which I thought we would be all knocked out from the early rise and all-day riding the day before, I find myself to be wide awake at 6:30. The Sunday morning street is quiet:

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Breakfast at White Spot, eggs, sausage, brown toast, and smashed potatoes:

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Very tasty. There is even coarse salt on top. The morning gang:

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After breakfast, we pack our bags and, just in time, it starts to drizzle. Oh well, we already have a perfect ride. Back to Vancouver:

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Next year…

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Posted by on June 5, 2012 in life, local, riding, travel, 旅行

 

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Sunny Saturday in Victoria

Sunny Saturday in Victoria

Summer officially starts with the May long weekend, and it is a great start. Getting up at 4:00am (yawn) in the morning and catching the 7am ferry. I ride with some friends, well about some 15 people, from Vancouver to Victoria to support a scooter rally.

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A beautiful sunny day indeed, as the seagull stands tall and all happy (I think) on the top of the street light. After almost the entire day’s ride, we finally check in at our motel, Paul’s Motor Inn.

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We ride a lot today, courtesy of a local scooter/motorcycle rider Dar. She takes us through residential traffic, coastal scenic routes, and the local twisties. Late night tea n donut fuel up. Another day tomorrow, and more pictures to follow.

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Posted by on May 20, 2012 in life, local, riding, travel, 旅行

 

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Riding to Work

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November in Vancouver is usually cold and damp, not to mention the seemingly non-stop rain.  Therefore, when I check the forecast for today that it is going to be sunny, I jump on the chance and decide to take the scooter to work.  The downside about riding now is that when I get off work, it is going to be dark and cold, but I figure it is still better than riding in the rain.

 
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Posted by on November 10, 2011 in life, riding

 

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Scooter Ride – 20110904

Vancouver has been blessed with gorgeous weather for the last couple of weeks, with the temperatures ranging between 18 – 28 degrees celsius. With this being the last summer long weekend, we decide to go for a group ride, meeting at Rideaway Motors:

 

This time, we have a larger group of riders, and we are to join the Royal Canadian Motorscooter Portage 2011 for some inner city riding. We all park our scooters at the designated spot, and we patiently await the ride.

We are to meet at the corner of Cambie Street and Cordova Street, and there is already a huge crowd there. I think there are about 100 scooters there. I don’t have the picture of the whole parade of scooters, mainly because I have seen most of them, and most of them are vintage scooters. I take this picture, because in the background there is the newly erected “W” (stands for Woodward) signage, and in the middle there is the old “W” sign from the demolition.

I also happen to catch this photo, where a father take his young son for some early scooter immersion:

However, the awkward moment is when the dad unbuckles, the kid actually falls to the ground! That just shows you the utmost importance of wearing helmets!

An vintage Triumph scooter is located injured on the back of a truck.

So the ride finally starts at 1:30pm, an half hour delay from the original itinerary. After a seemingly-endless 30-minute ride, we arrive at the halfway stop, the Greystone Shopping Centre:

After a 15-minute rest, we head out again to the final stop at Warner Loat Park. It’s a fairly secluded area and a nice park to explore.  Although after a brief walk around, I discover this sign

That is more than enough to send us back on the road again. This time, we vote to get something to eat, so the whole gang rides to Lougheed Mall and grab some much-needed fuel, wrapping up on what is a great day, great ride, with great company.

 
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Posted by on September 6, 2011 in life, local, riding

 

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Sunny day for… dentist appointment

With a beautiful, bright, breezy sunny day, I am heading to my dentist in Dundarvae for an appointment.  I have been going to him since I came to West Vancouver, and although he doesn’t work on the weekends, I am still willing to take the time out of my work to come and visit him.

The little path leading to the clinic looks (and feels) very tranquil.

Riding the scooter after the appointment:

 
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Posted by on July 28, 2011 in life, riding

 

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$12 for a full tank of gas on Frost

With the recent nice weather, I have been communting to work by riding a scooter.  It’s a Kymco Frost 200i.  Today after work, the fuel gauge started flashing, and I thought that would be an obvious indication to fuel up.

I pulled in to the Chevron near my work and started filling up on 94.  Before I know it, the pump stopped and the number landed squarely on $12.00.

The tank is 11 litres by spec, but it stopped pumping at about 8 litres.  Regardless, I am happy that this $12 will get me through another 300km of riding experience.

 
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Posted by on July 27, 2011 in life, riding

 

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Victoria bound – May 20th, 2011

Victoria bound – May 20th, 2011

With the forecast clear and the sun coming out, we met at Rideaway Motors to start our little getaway trip to Victoria.  From left to right: Kymco Heroism 150, Kymco Frost 200i, Suzuki Bandit 400, Kymco Bet & Win 250, Kymco Xciting 500 Ri.

Getting ready for the ride

After a thirty-minute ride on Highway 99 and Highway 17, we arrived at the ferry terminal.  We were waiting for the 9:00am sailing.

It was my first time taking the scooter on to the ferry, so I was excited and curious as to how the scooters would be parked on a moving vessel.  My worry was short-lived, as there was instructions posted on the side:

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And this is how you park the scooter on the ferry:

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After a 1 1/2 hour ferry ride, we arrived at the Swartz Bay terminal for disembark.  It’s now official: I am on my first-ever scooter trip on Vancouver Island.  It will be interesting and exciting.  I first go to the hotel I am staying at: Huntington Manor.
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It is a huge room, and with a little kitchenette as well. Dishes and eating utensils are available as well.

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After settling in, we head out for lunch. Since we are out-of-towners, our leader bobskoot decides to leave the eating experience to the fate and will take the place where most people eat. Luckily for us, there is one nearby:

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This is bobskoot’s faithful Suzuki SV650, along side Kymco’s Frost 200i and Downtown 300i:

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And then, there’s biggs’ Xciting 500Ri, me!’s Suzuki Bandit 400, and geoff’s Bet & Win 250.

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Upon seeing the menu, I can see that my name has been deliciously abused:

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Hungry as we all are, we quickly order our meals – mine is Mahi-Mahi Burger – wonderful!

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Posted by on May 20, 2011 in life, riding, travel, 旅行

 

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