Ideas for storage? No garage!
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Sun Jun 09, 2019 2:58 pm quote
Hi! I just moved into a new house... and we have no garage. I have a storage shed in the back, but getting my 50cc Vespa from the street to the side yard through the back yard then up 8 inches into the storage shed - is NOT a solution. Lol.

Wondering... I’ve seen the covers and garages and such. Many are really big. I’d LOVE to have ideas on how people without garage protect their Vespas from weather and theft.

THANKS!!

And happy Scootering!
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Sun Jun 09, 2019 3:01 pm quote
Firstly, buy a cover. I highly recommend the Dowco Weatherall. I use an XL on my Vespa GTS 300. A large should suffice for a 150 or 50.

Many options for locks. I'll leave that recommendation to someone else.

Congrats and good luck!
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Sun Jun 09, 2019 3:06 pm quote
Great advice.
Thanks! And probably a lock, too...

I was hoping for a “shed” type solution - with a top that covers. Maybe plastic.

Thanks for the input - interested in seeing other options, too.


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Sun Jun 09, 2019 3:12 pm quote
If you have off-street parking, you could buy an enclosed cargo trailer. We haul our scoots around in one, and it is also their "garage." It keeps them out of the weather and dust.

Another option would be this...

http://www.cycleshell.com/

http://www.thebikeshield.com/

I'm not a fan of covers that can rub on the paint on the Vespa. We have used covers on our Honda PCXes with no issue. Same Dowco cover over the Vespa left light scuffs in the paint, after just one breezy night.
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Sun Jun 09, 2019 3:34 pm quote
Building supply stores like Lowes have all kinds of resin and metal storage sheds. For example, this one chosen at random from Lowes website:

https://www.lowes.com/pd/CRAFTSMAN-Common-7-ft-x-7-ft-Actual-Interior-Dimensions-6-8-ft-x-6-8-ft-Craftsman-Resin-Storage-Shed-Gable-Storage-Shed/1000660107
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Sun Jun 09, 2019 3:50 pm quote
That’s great!
Thanks. Great insight.
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Sun Jun 09, 2019 4:56 pm quote
Thanks!
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Sun Jun 09, 2019 6:17 pm quote
Yeah that is a great idea if the OP can get something like that to fit. I assume a regular door is large enough for a smalie to fit? Something like that where the door is the entire width would be perfect.
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Sun Jun 09, 2019 10:05 pm quote
This is what I have. I could have put some plastic sheeting in the top there but it gets all manky after a while so I just have some lights and put a cover on the bike.

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Sun Jun 09, 2019 11:18 pm quote
The other problem with covers, apart from damaging the paint, is that they act like sails in a strong wind and can tip your bike over.
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Mon Jun 10, 2019 12:05 am quote
robinm wrote:
The other problem with covers, apart from damaging the paint, is that they act like sails in a strong wind and can tip your bike over.
And whether breathable or not they get condensation in them that causes rust. Trust me from owning classics in the past.

I have to get mine up a 2ft decking, then another 1ft wall then ramp into my shed.

I just use ramps. Better than having your bike outside.
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Mon Jun 10, 2019 12:22 am quote
Jet Peddler wrote:
Firstly, buy a cover. I highly recommend the Dowco Weatherall. I use an XL on my Vespa GTS 300. A large should suffice for a 150 or 50.

Many options for locks. I'll leave that recommendation to someone else.

Congrats and good luck!
This has been my strategy for a decade or more. The Dowco breathes so no issue with condensation.

my bike is parked between the house and a fence which reduces the wind. I've not had any cover-caused scratching.

I've seen the sheds and they look cool. The do take up a bit of space.

Best
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Mon Jun 10, 2019 1:02 am quote
Miguel wrote:
Jet Peddler wrote:
Firstly, buy a cover. I highly recommend the Dowco Weatherall. I use an XL on my Vespa GTS 300. A large should suffice for a 150 or 50.

Many options for locks. I'll leave that recommendation to someone else.

Congrats and good luck!
This has been my strategy for a decade or more. The Dowco breathes so no issue with condensation.

my bike is parked between the house and a fence which reduces the wind. I've not had any cover-caused scratching.

I've seen the sheds and they look cool. The do take up a bit of space.

Best
Miguel
I can confirm that breathable covers work quite nicely - most of my bikes are under such even during our winter time with the temperature going back and forth around freezing. My bike is also next to a building wall, seems to handle wind OK there. So at least an easy quick solution while planning the final one...
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Mon Jun 10, 2019 2:41 am quote
Great stuff. Thank you for the thoughtful and helpful feedback
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Mon Jun 10, 2019 4:55 am quote
robinm wrote:
The other problem with covers, apart from damaging the paint, is that they act like sails in a strong wind and can tip your bike over.
I've had this happen before. However, you can minimize this risk by taking some big binder clips and securing the sides of the cover under the bike.
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Mon Jun 10, 2019 5:01 am quote
Re: Ideas for storage? No garage!
PJGinFL wrote:
Hi! I just moved into a new house... and we have no garage.
Why not just store your scoot in your living room like everyone else?
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Mon Jun 10, 2019 5:20 am quote
ahahahahahahahaha

that's awesome. We have a screen porch and I can't even store it there.
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Mon Jun 10, 2019 5:26 am quote
CycleShell.com

I have used one of these for years and love it. They are "lockable" but a determined thief could get through one with a sharp knife. It protects my bike from the weather and curious eyes...
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Mon Jun 10, 2019 6:05 am quote
I've seen those Cycleshells before. I always wondered what they were called. Those are so cool looking when in use!
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Mon Jun 10, 2019 10:12 am quote
sc00ter wrote:
I've seen those Cycleshells before. I always wondered what they were called. Those are so cool looking when in use!
They do take up the space of a compact car but they are very cool.

Miguel
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Mon Jun 10, 2019 10:51 am quote
https://www.amazon.com/Duramax-06625-SideMate-4x8/dp/B00BKAJ02S

A friend of mine has a Harley and no garage. He bought this kind of thing (not sure of the brand or model) and loves it. He actually put down a motorcycle mat and a hung a helmet hook and ran an extension cord from the backyard to the interior so he can have it illuminated inside as well as keep the bike on a tender.
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Wed Jun 12, 2019 12:53 pm quote
Miguel wrote:
sc00ter wrote:
I've seen those Cycleshells before. I always wondered what they were called. Those are so cool looking when in use!
They do take up the space of a compact car but they are very cool.

Miguel
The footprint is 120" (10 feet) x 45". That would be a very compact car. The sizes vary, but only in height and volume. Mine has been outdoors, under a water oak, for over 10 years and other than being dirty (camouflaged?) it works perfectly.
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Wed Jun 12, 2019 1:35 pm quote
An other solution...

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Wed Jun 12, 2019 2:06 pm quote
No off street parking for me so I built a pergola up the side of the house.

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