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Sean and I both passed the road test! We can go get motorcycle licenses! We totally rule!

I gotta tell you: already, a scooter is seeming like it might be too small. I need some power between my legs, dammit!

Also I gave my number to a cute and funny guy. But he seemed surprised and thrown for a loop when I did so (Sean laughed at me when I told him that I had expected the guy to be all "oh yeah, I was about to ASK you for your number!"), so I don't think he's going to call. Even though we could go riding on our bikes together and it would be totally awesome.

I can ride a motorcycle! Huzzah!


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Apr. 30th, 2006 08:52 pm (UTC)
Hence me wanting a trike. My legs are too short to handle anything worth riding (fuck 250cc engines) so I want a trike. Until I have that kind of financial freedom - I'll be a rider not a driver. (Though the Vulcan looks promising since it's a low rider)
May. 1st, 2006 02:27 pm (UTC)
Yeah, and not just the height of the bike, but the weight of it too -- I'll need to be heavy and strong enough to be able to control it. So I certainly won't be getting anything over 500cc -- to be honest, 250 might be fine for me. I don't need to go all that fast (I don't even like driving fast in my car, which is much safer, boviously.) But I do want to be able to MOVE if I have to, and I don't know if the scooter will be satisfactory for me at this point.

But I don't know! I'll have to do a bunch of test rides to see what I like. How big is Hal's bike? And what's the manufacturer? I can never remember.
May. 1st, 2006 02:40 pm (UTC)
It's a Virago 750 - too big for us, but Hal makes it look little.

May. 1st, 2006 02:47 pm (UTC)
The height & weight thing is what really got me into trikes - I just looked up the Vulcan 500 and even it weighs over 400 pounds. My physical size and my want for power really limit my options. So like I said - I'll just be leaning on the sissy bar, not holding onto the handlebars.
Apr. 30th, 2006 09:42 pm (UTC)
May. 1st, 2006 02:03 pm (UTC)
May. 1st, 2006 02:37 am (UTC)
man, I am totally jealous. I have always wanted to get a motorcycle permit but I heard that if you are not tough, the bike could throw you backwards off the back of the bike... now I am skird. awesome, congrats!
May. 1st, 2006 02:03 pm (UTC)
That is true, every bike has installed a Tough-o-Meter and ejection seat. But I'm pretty sure you'd be all right, man. You are already well acclimated to going fast on two-wheeled vehicles, and you are CERTAINLY tougher than I am.

Seriously though dude, you should do it! You're already accustomed to the leaning and whatnot, which is the scariest thing to most people. You'd do fine. And it is a LOT of fun.
May. 1st, 2006 12:29 pm (UTC)

Are you seriously considering getting a regular bike, or did you just want to drop the "I need some power between my legs, dammit!" line?
May. 1st, 2006 01:15 pm (UTC)

No, really, I mean it! I still think scooters are totally cute, I just wish they could go faster. We'll see. I'll have to do a bunch of test rides. I mean, I don't need to go all *that* fast, to be honest. I just am thinking that I'd want to be comfortable on a highway after all, and I don't think I'd be comfortable on a highway on a Stella, which is only 150cc.
May. 1st, 2006 02:39 pm (UTC)
So it's obvious what you need to do. Buy Kevin's Nighthawk (I think it's a 500cc), get your scooter from your client, then rip the powertrain out of the Nighthawk and put it into the Vespa.

Seriously though, is it possible to upgrade a Vespa to like a 250cc engine?
May. 1st, 2006 03:15 pm (UTC)
I honestly don't know, though I could find out pretty easily, scooter messageboards abound. I'll check some out when I have time.

I originally had in mind the Stella, which is based on an old Vespa frame, and is 150ccs. The old Vespa P200s are, I assume, 200ccs. I don't know if I could get a bigger engine, but I do know I could mod the Stella with different pipes, etc, and I'm going to stop talking now because I don't *really* know what I'm talking about. But there are always modifications that can be made.

I think Vespa might make a 250cc model nowadays, but they are probably hella expensive and, like, plastic. In terms of a scoot, I'm interested in either a Stella, or a vintage Vespa. But I don't think I have the patience to take care of a vintage Vespa.

I really need to ride a Stella, to see how I feel about them. I mean, you shift a Stella at the left handlebar! That seems so strange to me now.
May. 1st, 2006 05:12 pm (UTC)
I didn't realize so many of the scooters have 2-stroke engines! Are they really loud? I can't imagine what a 150cc lawn trimmer would sound like, but maybe the larger engine turns the high-pitch whine into a meatier, engine-y-er sound. I don't know how much more power you could get by changing the pipes, carbs, or whatever.

Also, I bet you 10 bucks your boy calls you Wednesday night. You just caught him off guard was all. Most guys don't expect a girl to have the guts to just volunteer their phone number.
May. 4th, 2006 03:37 pm (UTC)
Unfortunately, you owe me ten bucks.
May. 1st, 2006 02:58 pm (UTC)
Awesome! I've been thinking a motorcycle would be a cool thing to have.
May. 1st, 2006 04:57 pm (UTC)
Badass Biker Babe-
That's why you're awesome. Way to go! Also, the phone number thing. I find sooooo hard, so I'm also very impressed by that.

Gold stars and Thumbs up!
May. 2nd, 2006 01:48 am (UTC)
Dude! Awesome!

If you can, don't buy anything until you've been on the road a few times. In my experince the class is way slower than real life but you get used to real life very quickly. I think around 500 cc should be the lower limit. My 600cc has been quite reasonable for me so far. If you're going to be on the freeway very much, 250 will not at all cut it.

Man! Exciting! That guy totally should call you!
May. 3rd, 2006 04:19 am (UTC)
Get your motor running! Awesome. I can see a sparkly helmet in your future.
May. 3rd, 2006 04:08 pm (UTC)
Congratoooolations, Kerry!
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