In my time on Oppo, I’ve had the chance to meet a number of people. But until today, I had never managed to meet the Oppo who lives the closest to me. Atsfgeoff lives less than 2 miles from my house, and today we decided to meet up for a ride on our very different Yamahas. I was on my 1987 Yamaha Riva 125Z, an 80s scooter with a CVT and a top speed of about 55mph. Atsfgeoff was on his WR250R, a proper dirt bike that’s also suitable for road use. It has a top speed of about 90.
Our plan was to meet up at a nearby gas station and head across the city, out into the country, and up to Bake Oven Knob. The Knob is an overlook along the Appalachian Trail. It’s a popular spot because you can drive up most of the mountain on a gravel road, and then it’s only a short hike to the top. We planned a route that kept us mostly on roads with speed limits of 45mph or less. The scooter might do 55, but it isn’t too happy about it.
The weather was surprisingly good considering that it’s February in Pennsylvania. Sunny skies and temperatures in the 50s all day. As we headed across the city, one thing became painfully obvious: the acceleration of the scooter is nowhere near as good as the dual-sport. At every traffic light, I’d be giving it full throttle and I couldn’t come close to matching the speed of the WR250R. This wasn’t too surprising, considering that I was working with 1/2 the displacement and a CVT. But we managed to stay together despite my general slowness.
Once we got out of the city, traffic lights became less of an issue. The scooter was quick enough to get to 45, and then it would just gradually gain speed before leveling out around 52 or so. Atsfgeoff was kind enough to not abandon me on our ride, and I tried my best to keep up. Some of the country roads had some really nice sweeping corners, and leaning into them on the scooter was quite an adventure.
When we reached the gravel road, I wasn’t sure if the Riva could handle it, but she performed admirably and managed to carry me all the way to the parking lot. A short hike later and we were greeted with a nice view of the valley, although it was a bit hazy.
After hiking back down, we hopped on the Yamahas and headed south. The ride home took us up and down a few big hills, some of which the Riva struggled with. But we made it back home without any major issues about 3 hours after we left.
I wish that I would have taken a few more pictures, but I was honestly having too much fun to think about it. Atsfgeoff took more than I did, and I'm sure he'll drop some in the comments here. I had a blast today, and it was nice to kick off riding season with a good adventure.