Daily touring mileage

General scooter chat, any scooter related non technical info.
User avatar
registered user
Posts: 413
Joined: Mon Aug 17, 2015 4:13 pm
Main scooter: Lambretta Li 150

Thu Jun 25, 2020 10:36 pm

I'm planning a trip for next year (hopefully!) touring on my scoot in Europe. What would be a reasonable daily mileage? Assuming getting lost, enjoying the nice bits and taking it easy.
Lambretta Li 175, avoiding motorways and the like.

I'm guessing about 300 miles maximum in 6-8 hours riding. Would that be reasonable?
What should I use as a daily average for booking accommodation?

registered user
Posts: 299
Joined: Wed Jan 04, 2012 6:33 pm
Main scooter: Lambretta GP

Sat Jun 27, 2020 11:57 am

Speaking from personal experience I would say 300 miles a day is too much on a Lambretta.
Have done many Euro trips on my 1000cc Honda and 300 miles a day on that was hard going (and that had a comfy seat!).
You won’t see very much and would spend all day every day just riding from place to place.
I’d lower it to 200 a day and enjoy the ride more, stop and see places and you’ll have a better time. Just my opinion but hope it helps.

User avatar
registered user
Posts: 3103
Joined: Wed Jan 07, 2009 12:35 pm
Location: London and Norfolk

Sat Jun 27, 2020 1:03 pm

300 miles per day is doable on a Lambretta but not enjoyable. You'd also need to factor in time for regular breaks so closer to 10 hours or more. I travelled with a mate to the Italian Euro meeting in Adria a few years ago, over 2k miles each way and we were using motorways a lot of the time. I'd say 150 miles per day would be more than enough eapecially if you are sightseeing rather than sprinting from A to B. I find that my arse can only stand about an hour between stops :?

User avatar
registered user
Posts: 158
Joined: Sun Feb 15, 2009 6:00 pm
Location: Preston, Lancs

Sat Jun 27, 2020 1:33 pm

Never done Europe, but we did just over 1200 miles in 5 days around Scotland. Days where, roughly, 400, 250, 250, 130, 200. Day one was crap, mostly motorway and fast roads, days 2 & 3 were excellent, lots of single track roads and a ferry. Day 4 brilliant, quiet A roads and two ferry's. Day 5, split lovely sweeping roads and 100ish miles on the motorway.

Every day was long, I'd recommend less miles and enjoy as many stops as you need, 150-200 would be my sweet spot.

All depends on what you want from the trip really, I enjoy riding so other than some of day 1, It was all fantastic. Do that you feel comfortable and don't put unnecessary pressure on yourself to do too much

Serial scooter rider...
VMSC Committed to Scootering for 25 years

registered user
Posts: 21
Joined: Sun Jan 11, 2009 1:33 pm

Sun Jun 28, 2020 7:16 pm

I've done quite a lot of long distance touring (mostly in groups) and am usually happy aiming for between 180-220 a day. Ideally leave by 10 and get to your destination by 5 (it happens once in a while). More typically in a group it's leave when you can (if it's before 12 you're doing well) and get there by around 6.30 on a good day 8 on a bad one.
I've done a few days of between 350-450 miles out of necessity, but never really enjoyed them.
Enjoy the ride and the places you see along the way

registered user
Posts: 1283
Joined: Sun Dec 04, 2011 7:43 pm
ebay user ID: saxonleaf
Main scooter: Li Avanti 225
Location: York

Sun Jun 28, 2020 7:41 pm

150 - 200 is easily achievable and you can take in a few sights and have a long lunch. If you want to simply get from A to B then 250 - 300 would be my maximum for continuous days of travel.

A rule of thumb is covering 50 miles in an hour including a quick fill up. Obviously country roads are slower and motorways are quicker.

I suppose another question could be: "How long in a day do you want to be riding?"

registered user
Posts: 233
Joined: Fri Mar 30, 2018 5:02 pm
ebay user ID: Lambretta67
Main scooter: Lambretta L.I. 200 special
Location: Newbury

Mon Jun 29, 2020 8:12 am

I used to ride from Newbury to Newquay a lot. Its about 230miles. But I used to knackered when I got there. I reckon about 150miles is good but saying that I have travelled further to rallies.

User avatar
registered user
Posts: 296
Joined: Wed Feb 22, 2012 9:22 pm
Main scooter: Lambretta TV200
Location: Norwich

Tue Jun 30, 2020 10:15 am

Around the 200 miles a day mark is comfortable if doing this on multiple consecutive days, 250 miles tops in my opinion. You could push more if only 1 or 2 days.

I find you tend to average around 40mph when factoring in traffic, fuel stops, etc. so 200 miles equates to 5 hours in the saddle which is enough for 1 day.

User avatar
Marty ULC
registered user
Posts: 41
Joined: Thu Jan 02, 2014 9:41 am
Main scooter: curry burner GP225 mugello

Wed Jul 01, 2020 11:45 am

Bigger the group the lower the mileages.
I'd say 300 is way too much even for solo, only takes one technical hitch and a bit of bad weather to make it a day from hell. 250 max for me solo nowadays and 200 if there's only 2 or 3 any more in the group and you'll be struggling to get over 150 without issues. Ideally plan a couple of nights in one place and/or a few shorter days to take it easy, soak up the atmosphere and enjoy the scenery. No fun in having to rush everywhere for the whole holiday.

registered user
Posts: 57
Joined: Fri Jul 05, 2013 7:19 pm
ebay user ID: therealhat
Main scooter: SX150/ Mugello 186

Wed Jul 01, 2020 4:20 pm

bear in mind as well, on a std tank you're doing 50 miles or so before you hit reserve so even a 200 mile day is probably 4 fuel stops

Post Reply Previous topicNext topic
  • Information
  • Who is online

    Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 2 guests