Last rides for the year rode both vinos last week and the roughie today . 45 Degrees today is a heat wave for this time of year .
Putting them to bed till spring 2 ounces a seafoam with full tanks for all the scoots and battery tenders for the batteries
such a crazy reality. to live somewhere where you put your bikes away until spring. i just can not imagine such a reality.
so easy for us here in Hawai'i to take that for granted because we do not live through winters like most people do.
but there is a trade-off or rather "the Price of Paradise". many people here live paycheck to paycheck. goods are more expensive here because everything has to be shipped in from the continental US due to the Jones Act. the trippy thing here is that gas is still under $5. but then again we have refineries here, so our gas price is artificially high, combined with the fact that we get our crude oil from Indonesia. housing prices are ridiculous here. we are not Rich in the sense of money, but we are rich in the fact that we have fairly consistent weather year round. as a matter of fact, right now flowering plants here are blooming, trees are blossoming with flowers (especially the Mango trees here). but the ganja growers here always talked about a "short season" and a "long season" so they would crop/harvest twice a year.
so easy for us here to take it for granted that we can ride all year long. but don't get me wrong, sometimes it gets "cold" for us here. mainlanders laugh at us when we call 70* "cold" here. low 70's here and people are wearing sweaters and jackets here. several years ago, one morning i thought it was super cold. went out to my moped and the CHT gauge read 55*, but that was the coldest morning that i have experienced here.
I spent some time on Kauai with my wife . Beautiful Island Took my wife ziplining first time ever she is very afraid of heights So Flying 400 feet over the Treetops was quite exhilarating. Went hiking on some trails and snorkelling . Ate at Bubba Burgers almost every day for lunch . Never thought I would absolutely love a cheeseburger with a fried pineapple and soy sauce added .
Another time we spent some time in Kona That was like landing on the Moon . Told my son we searching for dragons as we climbed in some Lava Tunnels Snorkeled with a Sting Ray in a Lagoon tried to catch it They are alot faster than they look .
Ate coconuts on the beach for lunch had amazing coffee every morning .
Your weather and country side is amazing but you are right a dollar does not go as far . But wow when I took my wife there both times we called it HoneyMoon time we ate like Royalty and screwed like Bunnies .
The stock belts biggest advantage is it lasts for more than 5000 miles Withe the Malossi variator I could get belt travel down to 2mm left
To maximize the cvt I swapped to a larger belt 2000 miles ago Malossi x special #6112741 specs are 796 x 16.5 x 30 It has worn down to 15.6 mm I will change it when she gets below 15mm Full belt travel with the malossi variator up front and stock torque driver out back. The variator has been shimmed to get below 1mm
My wife and I have been taking some night time rides usually between 20 and 30 miles . Its been great to be able to have a fill up at the pump for just over 5 bucks. Lots of deer moving out there we have to keep the speed down . The scooters dont bother them at all I ride within 30 feet of them at times and they just trot off .
I thought about selling the Vino's at the crazy prices people are buying them for , but they just are so much fun to zip around on and they run so solid . After upgrading the tires ,shocks, malossi pipe and malossi kit with temp gauges they have plenty of spunk to get around town from street light to street light and cruise all day long from 35-45 mph when riding in the country.
Whatever I buy next I would have to upgrade unless I drifted over to the dark side and bought a 4 stroke 125 or better .