Proper way to trailer my MP3 250
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Rally 200, 1964 VNB, 2003 ET2, 2009 MP3
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Fri Oct 18, 2019 12:50 pm quote
I have to trailer my scoot and am looking for suggestions on proper tie downs. No wheel chocks. Thanks!
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MP3 500 sport
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Location: Co. Durham
Sat Oct 19, 2019 8:54 am quote
trailering
When you tie the scooter down you will need to use crossed straps form the handle bars. this will stop the scooter leaning. as i found to my horror on my first trip,the tilt locking is not man enough to to keep the scooter upright when being thrown around on the trailer.
Oh and the trailer needs to be nonstandard, took me a while to source one that could be modified to take the extra wheel. I also found that a hand winch was very useful for loading to.
Molto Verboso
2009 GTS 250, 2013 Buddy 125, 2014 Triumph Bonneville
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Sat Oct 19, 2019 10:20 am quote
You need a trailer that has a wide loading ramp.
Or else you need THREE narrow ramps!
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Sat Oct 19, 2019 11:22 am quote
Re: trailering
magpiemartin wrote:
When you tie the scooter down you will need to use crossed straps form the handle bars. this will stop the scooter leaning. as i found to my horror on my first trip,the tilt locking is not man enough to to keep the scooter upright when being thrown around on the trailer.
Oh and the trailer needs to be nonstandard, took me a while to source one that could be modified to take the extra wheel. I also found that a hand winch was very useful for loading to.
WRONG

DO NOT USE THE HANDLEBARS as tie down points.

there is a black cross piece on the aluminum brackets for the suspension. use those for your hook or straps on the front end.

Also when tightening down the front end be sure to unlock the suspension and leave it unlocked during transport.

Do not put it on the center stand

On the rear use the shock mounts as your tie points.
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2009 MP3 400
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Location: Sayre, PA
Sat Oct 19, 2019 2:17 pm quote
What he said! The handlebars aren't strong enough and the center steering stem is really light duty and prone to bending. Better to put a hook on the strong little bracket on the end of the collarbones. Unlock the front suspension so you're not stressing it, and not on the centerstand. The rear grab rails aren't the best choice either as they're all plastic and you run the risk of scuffing the bodywork on the rear flanks. (Did that.) Better to grab on to something underneath.
Molto Verboso
2009 GTS 250, 2013 Buddy 125, 2014 Triumph Bonneville
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Location: North Jersey
Sat Oct 19, 2019 2:29 pm quote
What old as dirt said.

Id add that wherever your tie down straps touch any bodywork, if they do, to place a folded up cotton or microfiber towel under the straps. Straps touching painted bodywork WILL rub marks into the paint as the scooter and trailer move.
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2016 MP3/500 Sport ABS, 2009 MP3/250, 2012 GTS Super 300ie
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Tue Oct 22, 2019 3:56 am quote
Search can be your friend...
This question has been answered before, and good pictures provided.
Check out this old Thread...
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Rally 200, 1964 VNB, 2003 ET2, 2009 MP3
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Location: Washington
Tue Oct 22, 2019 7:34 pm quote
Thanks for all the info!!
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