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Old 01-26-2016, 07:34 PM   #1
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Traveling Distance on a Grom

We just completed our first long ride just over 400 miles round trip. I've ridden father on big bikes before, but never a 125cc bike and there is something addicting about it. Before our next long ride we want to get the milk crate mount and a taller, plusher seat. My and back hurt pretty much right off the bat.

Just wanted to share our experience with other bikers. Looking forward to traveling more for sure.

This weekend (Jan 24th and 25th) we decided to go to Austin for a nice weekend getaway…by riding the Groms. That’s right, no truck this time. Just us, the road and 125ccs of fury from Houston to Lake Travis.

Traveling Distance on a Grom

The three other people we invited bailed out a few days before we planned to leave, but that didn’t put a hitch in our plans. We prepped the bikes Saturday night after work and planned to leave Sunday morning around 9am. Filled the tires, tightened chains, installed and routed the cables for our phone USB chargers and generally went over the bikes to make sure they were up to the 400+ mile journey.

Traveling Distance on a Grom

Traveling Distance on a Grom

It was chilly as we rolled out around 9:15am. Topped off the one gallon tank and headed toward the first town of Magnolia. Traffic was pretty light since it was a Sunday morning and most churches were still in service.

Traveling Distance on a Grom

My started to hurt merely 15 miles into the trip. The Grom’s seat is severely lacking in the cushion department. If we do long distance on these mini motorcycles again we will buy better seats for sure. The GPS turn-by-turn was working great until Hempstead. As soon as we took the first wrong turn in Hempstead BAM, it re-routed us to the fastest, non Grom friendly route via highway 290. A quick stop to teach the GPS a lesson and we Grommed into to warming day.

Traveling Distance on a Grom

Traveling Distance on a Grom

Rolled into LaGrange over an hour later. The town was a lot smaller than I expected, but it had a Whataburger and a gas station so just enough for us. People stopped and asked us questions about the bikes at almost every gas station. The three questions that kept popping up were 1. Is it street legal?! 2. How big is the engine? 3. How fast does it go?

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The rest of the ride was more of the same. Stop for gas about every 40-60 miles, answered questions about the bikes, took off more layers, swapped GoPro batteries, checked the map and moved on to the next town. Except for the time when our route spit us onto a 75mph speed limit highway! That was a full tuck, redline blast for about 10 minutes into Bastrop. Holy . Sorry little Groms.

Ran into traffic as we approached Austin from the southeast side. We were planning on heading up the feeder of 183, but a traffic jam pushed us into the city on FM 969/MLK. That route actually turned out to be better (slower speed limits) and ran us between downtown and the UT campus.

Traveling Distance on a Grom

Worked our way north out of downtown Austin to one of my favorite Austin curvy roads — FM 2222. It snakes it way from just outside the city to near Lake Travis with a lot of elevation changes. The downhill section was great and we passed other traffic left and right. The tables turned when we encountered the ‘big hill’ where the little Groms dropped to a maximum speed of 45mph in either 3rd or 4th gear and cars flew past. Then just a relatively short blast south put us in the hotel parking lot around 3:30pm.

Traveling Distance on a Grom

We checked in and unloaded our awful 35lb backpacks in the hotel room. Whoever was in there last had some fun with the ganja…still not too impressed with the hotel on our second visit. Oh well, it was cheap and the best location near the lake. Fired up the laptop to unload all the GoPro footage I had recorded throughout the day, almost 12GB worth!

Traveling Distance on a Grom

We decided to get dinner at The Oasis overlooking Lake Travis. Perfect! We suited up, headed to the restaurant and arrived before sunset with no wait time. The view was spectacular! Definitely worth getting our sore bums back on the motorcycles for dinner.

Traveling Distance on a Grom

We woke up the next morning as the sun was peeping over the hills and looked out the window to see the Groms still sitting in the parking spot. Yay! They weren’t stolen.

Traveling Distance on a Grom

Gathered our gear, checked out of the hotel after a cup of coffee and joined the Groms outside. We topped off the oil in each bike and they started up without complaint. Just to get us one way the piston had to go up and down literally millions of times. It was time to do it all over again.

Traveling Distance on a Grom

We got stuck in some Austin morning traffic, but no fear, it was all forgotten when we arrived at Rudy’s BBQ for breakfast tacos and more caffeine. Chugged a Red Bull, filled up with gas, got out my old ‘selfie’ GoPro HD and set the GPS back to Houston.

Traveling Distance on a Grom

With it being a Monday we ran into some construction traffic and road blocks, but that didn’t hinder our progress much. Took a short detour off one of the main roads outside of LaGrange to check out Lake Fayetteville — a small reservoir popular for fishing.

Traveling Distance on a Grom

Traveling Distance on a Grom

My boyfriend noticed his chain was really loose as we were just about to leave the lake. Not a problem for us though, part of why our backpacks were so heavy were the tools and emergency gear we brought along. Ten minutes later the chain was withing spec and we left for the next destination.

Traveling Distance on a Grom

Fayetteville had one small gas station where you pump before you pay so we topped off for the last big leg to Hempstead. Arrived back at home just after an afternoon rain shower at 3:30pm. Took us almost the exact same amount of time both ways.

Traveling Distance on a Grom

I tucked my grom into the garage. We did it. Millions of revolutions later the spunky 125cc single cylinder motorcycle carried our over 400 miles in a weekend. We got to visit many small Texas towns on the road less traveled and made awesome memories. Something about riding a tiny motorcycle as fast as possible over large distances is just so appealing.
Would we do it again? Absofrickenlutely!

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Old 01-26-2016, 09:35 PM   #4
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That compressor takes forever to fill anything, but at least it takes pretty much no effort on my part hah.
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Pretty cool to make a road trip like that one those small bikes. Thanks for sharing.
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Old 01-27-2016, 06:33 PM   #7
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You could buy an air hawk cushion instead of a new seat for long distance rides. I got one the other day and it is very comfortable.
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Old 01-27-2016, 07:40 PM   #8
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I finished editing the first day of our road trip last weekend through the TX countryside earlier than expected. I will probably crank out the second part in the coming weeks, this one is long enough and I have 16GB of footage yet to go through...so for now enjoy our 125cc road blazing fury!

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try tucking down and drafting each other to keep speed with other vehicles on highways

Me and a few others rode over 300 miles and we were always going over 65 mph
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+1 on the airhawk cushion, or go to cyclegear have cushions as well that's comfortable, I have both, the one from cyclegear is a gel pad for $30
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Lol you guys are awesome. Wish my wife would do something like that with me
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This is seriously awesome, good for you guys, looked like a blast
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Me and a few others rode over 300 miles and we were always going over 65 mph
We did most of the time. I like to be able to see outta my mirrors so I'd sit up sometimes and check behind.
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Is this a riding app in the first pic? I couldnt zoon in

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^ That is a YouTube vid playing while the phone is being charged by the Grom
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