RE: Who is still riding? (Long Post)

Reeperette /
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That's not nearly as nuts as the springtime runs from Baltimore to Annapolis every sunday I used to make, heh...you'll like this.

I put a pushbutton lock on the throttle of my Golden Bullet, with just enough tension that it would hold the throttle where it was, but just little enough that if you hit a bump, it would pop off..more or less cruise control for a moped.

Now springtime in MD is very nice mopedding weather, and Baltimore to Annapolis is a good long ride about 32-35 miles in reality, no matter what the map says.

Well, there's this wonderful stretch of Rte2/50 that's smooth and nearly straight for quite a while, and I used to eat lunch there, while in motion.

Buy a lunch combo from McDonalds, and wedge that little cardboard tray between the handlebars, flip on the boombox I had bungeed to the cargo rack and hit the throttle lock and just hold the bike on course with knees and balance while havin lunch on the road..at 35mph.

(Mind, don't try that at home kiddies, fun as it is, unless yer very, very good, it's none too safe)

Or, "The Manhood Run".

This is/was a game played by the few Moped folk in the south Baltimore area, started when I got stuck with a job interview in the far northeast corner of Baltimore, and living in the far southeast corner at the time.

The run was so brutal that we made it a challenge of Moped Manliness.

You have to make the run and return, and within as short a time as possible, and bravado points for nasty weather, and you cannot use 695, or any major highway where mopeds are not lawfully allowed - which means you have to do it right through the middle of Baltimore city, not a nice place, and vicious traffic as well.

Here's the suggested route (cutting through alleys to dodge the red lights is allowable under the rules, even encouraged).

Look this up on a mapping system, if ya want.

Start from the corner of 8th Street & Jeffrey St (21225) and zoom down 8th St to Patapsco Ave.

(The Brooklyn Ghetto, rolling stops encouraged)

Left on Patapsco, to Hanover St, then right on Hanover St, over the bridge (fun) and into the city proper.

(You pass through the Cherry Hill Ghetto area here, keep the throttle wide open)

Keep going till you hit East Fort Ave, and swing right, till you hit South Charles St, and turn left on that.

(Keep the hammer down, South B-more ain't no nice place)

Blast down that till you pass Eager St (home of the City Lockup), and any of the next three streets (Chase,Biddle,Preston) that looks good, turn right onto, for a couple blocks, till you hit Greenmount Ave, and turn left onto it going North.

Stay on it till it turns into York Rd, and you hit Cold Spring Lane, stop at that intersection and use the payphone to call in yer arrival, leg one complete.

Now, go back to 8th and Jeffrey St, only - You cannot return the way you came - thems the rules.

Extra points for rush hour, bad weather, unreliable 'ped (we had one that threw the drive chain constantly), etc.

It takes a set of big brass ones to pull that off, but if ya can accomplish it, you've definately got chest pounding rights, I've done it four times, in various inclement weather/traffic conditions, and once on the frankenbike.

I'd love to see a moped-mocker try that stunt, they'd never have an unkind word fer us again, that's fer damn sure.

Ree

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