How to transport Vespa reasonable?
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Hooked
Stella 2005/ Vespa gtv 250
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Mon Nov 14, 2016 5:05 pm quote
does anyone know the most reasonable way of haveing a scooter transported that i just thinkinging) of purchased? please email me at [PM for email] or text me [PM for my #]

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Hooked
GTS 300 Super
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Mon Nov 14, 2016 5:56 pm quote
What distance? Where to where?
Sergeant at Arms
Weird 80's Vespas & Cool Vintage Lambrettas
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Mon Nov 14, 2016 8:51 pm quote
a note to all: please, please, please do not EVER include your personal phone number or email in a forum post.

because of the size of this forum it makes for a ripe harvesting ground to search engines. putting your personal information out there is a bad idea. if you need a more "intimate" connection, do so via the private messaging function.

-g
Ossessionato
2006 Vespa GT (Rocket): 2005 Vespa GT (Razzo): 2007 Vespa GT (Vanessa): 2013 Honda NC700X: 1965 Lambretta Li 125
Joined: 26 Sep 2006
Posts: 3288
Location: Jacksonville, Florida
Tue Nov 15, 2016 3:49 am quote
I joined the AMA (American Motorcyclists Association) recently. $145. for three years.

One of my GT's wouldn't start in my garage, so after trying several fixes myself, I relented and called their road service.

Free towing up to 35 miles.

A tow truck came and delivered Razzo to my new mechanic.

One more tow and it pays for itself.

And with three aging GT's, I will be using it.
Grumpy Biker
1980 Vespa P200e (sold), 2002 Vespa ET4 (sold), 1949 Harley-Davidson FL
Joined: 27 Oct 2009
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Location: Chandler, Arizona, USA
Tue Nov 15, 2016 7:15 am quote
For long distance shipping, I would only use this company.

http://haulbikes.com

All the antique motorcycle collectors I know use this company.

-craig
Hooked
2010 Vespa 300 Super
Joined: 04 Oct 2015
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Location: NYC
Tue Nov 15, 2016 7:41 am quote
If the Vespa is in or within 50 miles of NYC, I can help move it on my FOrd Ranger pickup, I used it to get my GTS 300 from Montauk back to Brooklyn when I first bought it. In my case I loaded the Vespa by backing into a public boat docking area and the Vespa just rolled on to the back and I was lucky to have the Vespa dealership in Brooklyn help me unload it using their ramps and muscle to get it off.
But if you have ramps or can buy/rent them or have other means to load and unload I can help out.
Ossessionato
2013 Vespa LX150ie, 1968 Vespa Sprint 150
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Location: Ogden, UT U.S.A.
Tue Nov 15, 2016 2:10 pm quote
A hitch hauler is inexpensive and works on most vehicles. I transport my Vespas everywhere with it. Any vehicle with a hitch and some straps can move your Vespa.

https://www.amazon.com/Best-Choice-Products-SKY1375-Motorcycle/dp/B00916MMJG/ref=sr_1_15?ie=UTF8&qid=1479246975&sr=8-15&keywords=hitch+hauler
Hooked
2007 GT200, 2008 Yamaha C3
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Posts: 280
Location: Denver
Tue Nov 15, 2016 2:20 pm quote
A single rail trailer from U-haul is about $20 a day.
Addicted
2006 Suzuki S40 - 1978 Puch Pinto (sold) - 2006 Piaggio BV250 (R.I.P.)
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Tue Nov 15, 2016 2:23 pm quote
Paddlenround wrote:
A hitch hauler is inexpensive and works on most vehicles. I transport my Vespas everywhere with it. Any vehicle with a hitch and some straps can move your Vespa.

https://www.amazon.com/Best-Choice-Products-SKY1375-Motorcycle/dp/B00916MMJG/ref=sr_1_15?ie=UTF8&qid=1479246975&sr=8-15&keywords=hitch+hauler
I wouldn't say any vehicle. My Ford Focus is only rated for like 80 pounds for a tongue trailer (it may be more than that, but it's some abysmally small number meant only to carry two bicycles).

But I didn't buy my Focus for it's towing capabilities.
Molto Verboso
Mia Dolce II 2017 GTV 300, Ragazzo Vespa 946, Il Pazzo BV 350, & Mia Dolce GTV 250 -sold-
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Location: Oak Island NC
Tue Nov 15, 2016 5:33 pm quote
TheNaughtyLemur wrote:
Paddlenround wrote:
A hitch hauler is inexpensive and works on most vehicles. I transport my Vespas everywhere with it. Any vehicle with a hitch and some straps can move your Vespa.

https://www.amazon.com/Best-Choice-Products-SKY1375-Motorcycle/dp/B00916MMJG/ref=sr_1_15?ie=UTF8&qid=1479246975&sr=8-15&keywords=hitch+hauler
I wouldn't say any vehicle. My Ford Focus is only rated for like 80 pounds for a tongue trailer (it may be more than that, but it's some abysmally small number meant only to carry two bicycles).

But I didn't buy my Focus for it's towing capabilities.
Agreed. Vehicles are usually rated for tongue weight no more than 10% of tow capacity. So, 400 lbs on the hitch is generally for a vehicle rated to tow ~4,000 lbs. That eliminates nearly every sedan and small- and mid-size SUV on the planet.
World Traveler
2007 LX150 Daring Plum Leonardo Da Vespa
Joined: 02 Jul 2006
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Wed Nov 16, 2016 8:21 am quote
How far away is it? I also have AMA and they are excellent. Free towing up to 35 miles. I get friends bikes and even cars towed also. Used to be unlimited but it still is, however you can only have one tow in 7 days. Good luck.
Ossessionato
2013 Vespa LX150ie, 1968 Vespa Sprint 150
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Location: Ogden, UT U.S.A.
Wed Nov 16, 2016 9:28 am quote
DailyRider28465 wrote:
TheNaughtyLemur wrote:
Paddlenround wrote:
A hitch hauler is inexpensive and works on most vehicles. I transport my Vespas everywhere with it. Any vehicle with a hitch and some straps can move your Vespa.

https://www.amazon.com/Best-Choice-Products-SKY1375-Motorcycle/dp/B00916MMJG/ref=sr_1_15?ie=UTF8&qid=1479246975&sr=8-15&keywords=hitch+hauler
I wouldn't say any vehicle. My Ford Focus is only rated for like 80 pounds for a tongue trailer (it may be more than that, but it's some abysmally small number meant only to carry two bicycles).

But I didn't buy my Focus for it's towing capabilities.
Agreed. Vehicles are usually rated for tongue weight no more than 10% of tow capacity. So, 400 lbs on the hitch is generally for a vehicle rated to tow ~4,000 lbs. That eliminates nearly every sedan and small- and mid-size SUV on the planet.
An LX weighs about 250 lbs and GTS is about 350. I also think those tongue weight recommendations are a LOT on the conservative side (lawsuits make people do things). I am not saying you should try to tow your 40' boat with a Toyota IQ. However, I think if you are going to tow a Vespa, have a quality hitch package and are going a reasonable distance, it won't be a problem. People here think you have to have Ford F250 XLT with a tow package to haul anything. While living in Europe, I saw people pulling caravans all the time with simple, diesel sedans. The point is, the hauler works (as I noted) with MOST vehicles and the weight of a Vespa isn't extreme. It's an inexpensive flexible solution compared to a moving service and it can be used more than once.
Ossessionato
Joined: 22 Oct 2011
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Location: Tega Cay, SC
Wed Nov 16, 2016 3:20 pm quote
If it is a long distance haul, Denver James is the man to do it for you. ALL he does is transport scooters, full time. If interested, send me a PM.
Addicted
'14 Piaggio BV 350
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Posts: 664
Location: Seacoast New Hampshire (USA)
Wed Nov 16, 2016 3:47 pm quote
caschnd1 wrote:
For long distance shipping, I would only use this company.

http://haulbikes.com

All the antique motorcycle collectors I know use this company.

-craig
This the company that delivered my 'new' BV 350 to me from Maryland. Great service, friendly folks and the bike got here in perfect shape. Biggest damn tractor trailer (single rig) I've ever seen. And the driver was both nice, and funny. A+
Hooked
2013 GTS 300ie
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Location: Asheville, NC (-ish.)
Wed Nov 16, 2016 9:46 pm quote
The tongue rating is less about what the frame of the car can handle and more about leverage...unweighting the front end. Especially if the vehicle is front wheel drive, this can be dangerous. The tow weight rating is more based on what the engine and transmission can handle. Diesel engines typically have more torque than unleaded ones. Ignore those weight listings at your own peril.

I regularly see cars and trucks that risked it broken down on the side of the interstate going up the mountain.
Hooked
2005 et4
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Location: oshawa ontario canada
Fri Nov 18, 2016 6:57 pm quote
Not sure how you are getting cross country but if you are driving, a hitch with a simple box trailer will take your scooter and a few of your belongings easily on the drive. Most smaller cars could pull a small trailer okay.

Hitch and trailer can be found cheap, and you could even sell trailer at end of trip to recoup some of the cost.
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