Ohhh awesome! I used to live near Boone and went to college at WCU. Having been up and down the state's mountains, I definitely think the Balsams and the area from Mt. Mitchell south are where it's at. I think it's Black Balsam that I really like, around milepost 420-421 on the Parkway. I'm super jealous I don't live there anymore and aren't out there scooting around with you!!!
Yeah, well I wish you were here, cause I'd sure be up for a ride! I had a riding buddy, in fact he was a member at ScootDawg too (but didn't post much), and he developed a very serious medical problem, several surgeries, almost died- ended up disabled for life. So I don't know if he's going to be able to ride at all again- and if he does, those trips will be very limited.
So yeah, I'm kinda looking for someone else in the area to get out with once in a while. Anyone close in the Asheville area, don't be shy. Hit me up!
Post by scootforfun on May 16, 2013 8:55:33 GMT -5
Just saying hey! Used to participate a little bit on ScootDawg forum, never was a real prolific poster or anything, but enjoyed reading. Good people and excellent tips.
Have a 2006 Linhai 300 SuperStrada scooter, and put 5,000+ miles on it with few problems. Bought it when it only had 1,100 miles. I decided on it being an ok purchase from reading around the forums, ScootDawg included. And it has proven pretty reliable, never having left me stranded...yet.
Sure, I'd love a burgy if I had the bucks, but I don't. I am in full agreement with those that say- "If you must go Chinese because you can't afford Japanese or Korean, then look at Linhai. Pretty much the best of the Chinese stuff."
I've had a blast on this thing, and taken many, many long trips into the mountains on it. Plenty of power, pretty smooth ride, and with a good set of Michelin Pilot Sports, handles excellent through turns, even at high speeds. Very centered, make-you-feel-confident-and-you-can-lean cornering. Recommended.
Problems: Screws on chrome plate covering muffler work loose. Not a show stopper. Fit on body panels not the greatest. Who cares, I need the engine to get me there and back, and that it does extremely well. Speedometer has given me some trouble, but works. Just sticks at 55. That's a good thing. Over that is too dangerous anyway.
Mods: I wired up both the headlights to work at same time, in both low and high beams, and I love the lighting now. Plenty enough. Bought the high windshield, a rear box with frame, and a saddle bag I keep on the rear seat. Trimmed out windshield and fenders with chrome edge guard- looks cool.
It seems people are hanging on to them for the most part, and they are hard to find used, at least in my area. Not a single one on Ebay as I type this.
Anyway, good to be back, and riding season is here! Miles and Smiles to yas!