Sunday, August 14, 2016

How to keep cool when the heat is on

    With summers heat in full swing; we wanted to plan a fun ride with a special treat. We planned a 2 digit, small displacement and moped ride to retrieve some much needed ice cream from the Twirly Top.
      We had a first time passenger along, and she was ready to go...if looking perhaps a wee bit nervous about the driver. She loved her ride and will be back for more!

The sky had a few clouds, so we checked the weather and headed out to dodge the rain clouds.   

 Other than a tiny sprinkle when we first left; it was dry riding all the way out and back. Besides, who lets a little rain get in the way of fun?
   We had nine riders and eight bikes who braved the heat and the possible rain to join us for an enjoyable afternoon.

The heat was brutal at near triple digits, so what better day to ride for something cool.
                                    A rather appropriate fresh peach sunday for a TMISC rider.

 This was a short local ride, 12 miles out and the long-way back for 23 miles. It was planned as a moped friendly ride ( we do one a year), but sadly we had no peddles along. So, we took the long way back. Which meant someone ran out of fuel. A little carb drain hose, a two-stroke pre-mix bottle and some patience got us enough gas to get him to the next gas station.
    As someone along for the ride said, " It wouldn't be an adventure if something unexpected didn't happen". For those that didn't make this ride. Maybe we will see you on our next one September 25th.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

TMISC Meltdown 2016

    The Three Mile Island Scooter Club (TMISC) put on their 13th meltdown scooter event for 2016 on August 5-7. It was a good time as always. They had over 100 riders registered for the event.

Friday night was a meet and greet with pizza and subs being delivered by local shop Thatz'a Pizza, a fantastic local live band Finks Constant. You should really take the time to check out their FB page and go listen to these guys.

Afterward, it was time for a late night movie showing (complete with hot popcorn) by Carlisle Cycle and Scooter.

Saturday morning brought a warm shower and on-site breakfast provided by Bountiful Feast.

After a good breakfast, it was ride time. This year, it was very clear what time which rides left. GOOD JOB on the signs!

The long ride had a great time with many smiles!

There was food at the lunch stop, good times and a beautiful day for a ride. Then it was back to Fred's campground for the field games.
                                      The flaming wall of death is always a fearsome sight.

Many riders took the field games, there was a slow race, the gymkhana, a "drag" race

  The banana bite event; you should have been there!

If you noticed, in the background at the field games. We have an ice cream truck. Thank you to Miller Brothers ice cream for helping to keep us cool.

Time for a nice BBQ pork dinner with all the fixings, courtesy of Fred's campground. There were some great bikes in the field to check out as well as some glammed out campsites.

When was the last time you saw three Stella side car rigs together on one ride?

And after dinner, it was raffle time. The D-list crowd on the hill was raking in the prizes.

There were flags on bikes, and a flag flying at the campsite all weekend. It was a nice sight to see.

Even Suzy and Rafa from Cheeky Seats were in attendance with some of their wonderful creations

Saturday night went late into the night with a slip-n-slide set-up around midnight. 

Sunday morning was met with a ride to the AACA museum in Hershey, Pa.. The admission to the museum was covered with your registration to the Meltdown.

Overall, a great weekend. The were good friends, new friends, and lots of laughs. If a rally like this sounds good to you; be sure to watch our calendar of events for the next one. See you there!!!

A special THANK YOU to Kevin Jiannotti and Denny Magdule for some of the pics!


Monday, July 25, 2016

Big Trouble in little Baltimore.

When some wild-eyed, eight-foot-tall maniac grabs your neck, taps the back of your favorite head up against the barroom wall, and he looks you crooked in the eye and he asks you if ya paid your dues, you just stare that big sucker right back in the eye, and you remember what ol' Jack Burton always says at a time like that: "Have ya paid your dues, Jack?"

"Yessir, the check is in the mail."

     That is how it all started. An idea, and then a decision to pull together a Baltimore rally. It was a good decision.
    Friday night's meet and great was held at Waverly Brewing Company which offered some great beers (I had an old bay) ,and some fantastic scooter only parking under 83. 
   There were good tunes, fun games, and some great hugs from friends I haven't seen in a while.

       Friday night everyone headed home to cool off and get prep'd for some Balmor hospitality the next day. The city has so much to show and share, and our hosts knew the way around.There was a city short ride for those who wanted to stay local, Hon.

And for those wanting a cooler venue, and some more distance; there was a long ride into the county.

    Once the rides were done, it was time for food, a live band, and some rally games. The location for Saturday night's meet was pretty cool.We met up at Housewerks, a vintage gas pump house from the 1800's that now specializes in antique and vintage artifact sales.

      There was just a spot of rain (15 minutes), but that always brings everyone together under shelter. There was a Chinese buffet with all you could eat. The cold beer and cold water were much appreciated by all. They were both kept cold all night !!!

       Once the rain cleared off it was time for music with The GTVs from Philly. They played some good music in that heat! 
   It was also time to squeeze in some rally games with a slow ride in the dark.

 If I had seen the trophies first, I may not have bowed out of the slow race :). I thought the trophies were awesome!
   There were a few  TMISC riders in attendance, but the showing was a bit slim for a rally so close to home. We will do better next year.
     The big thrill of the evening was an appearance by Lo Pan himself.
There were raffle prizes, a few good laughs and a cool evening for the ride back.
    We headed home Saturday night the long way. Who knew it took 78 miles to get to Westminster from Baltimore? The roads were great, the air was cool, and a few good riders enjoyed the backroads all the way home. Like Jack Burton always says, "It's all in the reflexes".
     A GREAT rally, many hugs, good food, good rides and a fantastic time.If the heat gets turned down 10 degrees next year it would be great, but everyone enjoyed the weekend. Thanks Bmore for a great rally.

A special thank you to Kevin Jiannotti for some additional pics!

Friday, July 8, 2016

SYM and Lance Scooters

     As most of you know, we are dealers for SYM and Lance scooters ( as well as Genuine ). The quality and parts availability for Genuine has been without question for some years. However, the names SYM and Lance are not as well known. So, allow us a little history lesson and some information for you.
      SYM was founded in 1954 and may be a bit bigger than you think. They are a large company making parts for cars, motorcycles, and scooters; they have made parts for a few other companies you may have heard of, such as Honda, cars like the Civic and Accord ( if you ever heard of those). In fact, they are quite a busy, well run company. So, we know the quality is there; you just may not have heard of them yet. But, our grandfathers said the same thing about that little 60's upstart Honda.

Sym was originally brought into the USA by the Carter brothers, which, unfortunately had a disastrous fire in 2010. The new partners with SYM are Alliance powersports and have picked up the ball running. We are often asked about parts availability in case of crash damage or issues with the bikes. First , the machines come with a 24 month warranty from the manufacturer. Second, any parts we have needed have been in stock and shipped out to us in a timely manner. The parts guys, as well as our inside technical support have been great and they ALWAYS answer the phone when we need help (that's  a big deal).
The parts for some of the pre 2010 bikes are harder to get, but, as a dealer, we have our sources. There are several SYM scooters running around with 20,000 miles and counting on the clock. We have one customer who daily drives his all year round, and we see him for tire changes and oil and not much else.

Lance, on the other hand, is a newer company starting in 2004. Some of their earliest value line scooters were a bit rough around the edges. So, they did the right thing in 2009 when they partnered with SYM to manufacture their engines and improve the entire scooter line-up. The have done a great job, bringing out good quality scooters at a great price.The model line up continues to expand and improve.This year they introduced several new fuel injected  models.Our daughter, Kerrin, daily rides a Cabo 150; so that should tell you what we think of the brand. She is, however, eyeing the new Cabo 200i as a upgrade to her 150. 

 Anyone that has been in our shop realizes we are a small "Mom&Pop" kind of place. We have been told our customers keep coming back because we are honest and personal. We don't know any other way to be. We are here to make a living, but OUR name goes on every scooter we sell. So, we sell what we like, and what we think works well and is good value for the money. THAT is why we are dealers for SYM, Lance, and Genuine.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

July Specials

Twins month. This month any bike that is here in pairs, the older build date of the twin is $100 off. So, If we have two Genuine Roughhouse sport 50's on the floor. The older of the two machines is $100 off.  Simple, and we have quite a few "twins". Stop by and see what we have.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Specials for June

   We run specials every month. You can always check them out in the lobby of the shop. Note; the special on red scooters $100 off any scooter on the floor, as long as it is red.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Operation Smokey and the Slothballs (Pennsylvania edition)

      Where to start? Do we discuss the snow? The ride? The sleet in 30 MPH wind? Or perhaps the cabins? Well, like any good story worth telling. If you don't know where to start; start at the beginning.
     There are several motorcyclists who own small 49cc scooters as pit bikes. Many scooterists have one they use around town for errands. They are cheap to own and maintain, and get phenomenal fuel mileage. When was the last time you took one on a 500 mile trip into the mountains with your friends?

   The bikes were varied, but four of the six were 50cc machines (the other two guys don't own running 50cc machines at the moment). We set out from Carlisle Cycle and Scooter on a Saturday morning and headed into the mountains. Five strong with 390cc's of raw power between the group clawing our way....wait...CRAWLING our way into the Pennsylvania mountains.
      Our first destination, Worlds End State Park offered a warm cabin, hot showers, and a place to sit down and relax, but first, we had to get there. It wasn't long till we ran into some pretty good rain near Beaver Springs,PA. So, a quick stop for lunch at Rayauda's Restaurant to try to skip the rain was a good plan.
 We picked up rider #6 and proceeded to set out on wet roads with full stomachs and cheerful hope of no more rain.

After a lot of riding, some wet, some dry we reached our first cabin for the night. I cannot express the importance enough of GOOD GEAR and the right attitude for a ride like this. The temperatures were in the low 40's and half of the ride had been wet. Yet, everyone arrived with a smile and ready to warm up over a fire and some food.

Having jumped through a warm shower, had some dinner and a good nights sleep in a warm toasty cabin. It was time to set out the next morning for our next destination.
            Our destination for the 2nd day was only about 200 miles away, but remember. The miles go by slower with an average speed of 28 M.P.H. Sure, we hit 50 MPH on the downhills, but climbing some of these mountains is an 18 MPH experience. Its all in having the right mind-set. We all own bigger, faster, machines. The 49cc machines were what we chose to ride.

We experienced our worst weather conditions on day 2. The group rode through rain. We hit snow twice and sleet at least 3 times. Good gear, calm heads, and lots of laughter kept us going with a smile.

 Sleet sideways can be fun when the fool behind you keeps honking his toy bicycle horn to keep it from filling with water. Unless along for the ride, you cannot imagine the smiles that squeaky little horn brought in the worst conditions.

                                           ^^^^ THAT is the kind of attitude that makes a ride like this fun. Both of these pics were taken while filling up in the rain. How do you keep such a good attitude? We had a destination in mind for day #2. Denny's Beer Barrel Pub offers giant burgers for those brave enough to try. We had pre ordered a 6 pounder and were on a mission to do it in.

    Not only was this thing a monster (those are full sized pickle spears on top), but it had a good flavor and there was certainly plenty to go around. It took an effort amongst friends, but...

From Denny's we headed the 26 miles to our 2nd cabin in Black Moshannon State Park  for the night. Due to a few issues with heavy rain and sleet we arrived just after dark.

The temperatures were dropping quickly and we were glad to be in a nice cabin with the fire going.
Carl did a great job getting the fire going while the rest of us "gathered" wood. We even had a superhero watching over things while we brought our gear in off of the bikes.
 A warm night with clothes hanging everywhere getting dry. A beverage and good company. The stories were varied and most were even probably  true. After a good nights sleep it was time for the ride home. We said goodbye to one rider (who was hanging at the cabin for a bit) and headed down the road.
Overall, the bikes did amazingly well. We had a few problems with water, but we were riding in conditions most folks would not have ventured outside in. The bikes did their jobs, the cold weather and wet weather gear did its job VERY well. I can't say enough for finding a good shop with the proper gear for this type of riding.
We saw a few other bikes on our ride. It was great seeing the ones that just didn't get it, and the big waves from the ones who did. 500-600 miles of roads on bikes designed to be ridden around town on errands. The weather at times was just atrocious, but we were still all smiles.
Was there an enormous amount of shenanigans that didn't get mentioned here? YOU BET. This is an invitation only ride, but we do several others throughout the year that we invite everyone along. Keep an eye on our events page for upcoming rides and come along with us and be part of the story.

For another view of this ride, have a look here @ A Scooter in the Wild