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2020 GTS HPE 300
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Tue Nov 26, 2019 5:48 pm quote
Hi all. I finally got my motorcycle license not too long ago so I could get a scooter to do the short trips in my neighborhood. Was a waste to do a three mile round trip and four stops in a car. But I fell in love with scootering, decided I wanted to commute by scooter to my new job and realized my Buddy was not what I needed. I decided on a GTS 300 HPE and brought it home today. Now need to get the technique to get it on the center stand by myself.

A bit of sun before the rain so a quick ride and a quick photo session. Top case on order.

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2018 Piaggio BV 350
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Tue Nov 26, 2019 6:16 pm quote
Welcome SD
There are a lot of videos/posts about center stand mounting. Generally, stand to the left side of the scooter, right hand on the back rack behind the seat, left hand on the handlebars, right foot and all your body weight on the center stand. Then, push down with your weight, and you’ll see the bike pop up onto the stand.

Out of curiosity, what kind of scooter was your Genuine?
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2020 GTS HPE 300
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Location: San Diego
Tue Nov 26, 2019 6:30 pm quote
Re: Welcome SD
Karlsbadd wrote:
There are a lot of videos/posts about center stand mounting. Generally, stand to the left side of the scooter, right hand on the back rack behind the seat, left hand on the handlebars, right foot and all your body weight on the center stand. Then, push down with your weight, and you’ll see the bike pop up onto the stand.

Out of curiosity, what kind of scooter was your Genuine?
That's a bit of my issue, I'm only a little over 100 pounds soaking wet. So no body weight

I had a 170i. Great speed and maneuverability, but very uncomfortable ride if the road wasn't anything but 100% smooth. That's why I'm getting the Euro Gel seat for my scooter to help with my not so good back as well for precaution, but my rides on my GTS have not been anything but smooth even on the roughest roads
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Tue Nov 26, 2019 6:51 pm quote
Welcome and congratulations on your new Vespa!!

Have fun and ride safely!
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Tue Nov 26, 2019 7:35 pm quote
Getting it on the stand is more about technique, not brute strength. It just takes practice. You'll get it. Welcome!
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Tue Nov 26, 2019 7:36 pm quote
Re: Welcome SD
sdscooterista wrote:
Karlsbadd wrote:
There are a lot of videos/posts about center stand mounting. Generally, stand to the left side of the scooter, right hand on the back rack behind the seat, left hand on the handlebars, right foot and all your body weight on the center stand. Then, push down with your weight, and you’ll see the bike pop up onto the stand.

Out of curiosity, what kind of scooter was your Genuine?
That's a bit of my issue, I'm only a little over 100 pounds soaking wet. So no body weight

I had a 170i. Great speed and maneuverability, but very uncomfortable ride if the road wasn't anything but 100% smooth. That's why I'm getting the Euro Gel seat for my scooter to help with my not so good back as well for precaution, but my rides on my GTS have not been anything but smooth even on the roughest roads
Don't try to lift the bike. Stand on the left side, left hand on left grip, right hand under cargo rack, stabilize the bike with both centerstand feet touching the the ground, and step down on the centerstand foot while pulling the bike slightly backward.

You're using leverage and inertia, not strength. There are a lot of videos on the technique you can google.
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Tue Nov 26, 2019 8:18 pm quote
Welcome from The Salt Lake Valley in Utah. Yes, it is mostly technique and a rhythm. Left side as mentioned. Face scoot. Left hand on handlebar and brake if needed. Right hand on passenger grip. Right foot on stand. Push with foot while pulling up with right hand. One motion. It will become easy. Grippy shoes help. Good luck & enjoy.
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Tue Nov 26, 2019 9:37 pm quote
Welcome aboard. Glad you joined us.
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Tue Nov 26, 2019 10:44 pm quote
Welcome to the club.
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Tue Nov 26, 2019 11:58 pm quote
Welcome from Latina (Italy)
saggezza di scala
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Wed Nov 27, 2019 1:19 am quote
Shalom and welcome from Israel.
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Wed Nov 27, 2019 1:35 am quote
How not to but it on the center stand
This gentleman had just picked up his scooter for the Scooter Cannonball. This is a honest video of what happened. (This later was in the movie ScooterCannonball Run the documentary)
Lawson finally figured it out.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-6Ah9vpOI8
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Wed Nov 27, 2019 1:38 am quote
How to do it correctly
www.youtube.com/watch?v=mSY5ndU9XkY
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Wed Nov 27, 2019 2:35 am quote
Welcome from New England
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Wed Nov 27, 2019 2:40 am quote
Welcome to MV.

You will get comfortable getting the scooter on that center stand soon, but I know it can be tricky until you get the hang of it.

My wife has been riding her Yamaha Zuma 125 to Yoga classes.

We worked on center stand technique but settled on using the side stand for now.

Bill
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Wed Nov 27, 2019 4:51 am quote
... but pay attention to sloping roads or where the feet of the stand (central and side) can sink, in that case use a small wooden board...
Even the very hot asphalt is unstable.
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Wed Nov 27, 2019 6:03 am quote
Re: New to the forum
sdscooterista wrote:
Hi all. I finally got my motorcycle license not too long ago so I could get a scooter to do the short trips in my neighborhood. Was a waste to do a three mile round trip and four stops in a car. But I fell in love with scootering, decided I wanted to commute by scooter to my new job and realized my Buddy was not what I needed. I decided on a GTS 300 HPE and brought it home today. Now need to get the technique to get it on the center stand by myself.

Pics forthcoming, the sun was going down when I got it home and we are now expecting 3+ days of rain so it is in my badly lit garage.
Good choice on the 300.

Maybe a side stand till you learn the technique?

Ironically my BV 350 pops up noticeably easier than my 300. Yet the 350 also came with a side stand.

Ride safe!
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Wed Nov 27, 2019 7:36 am quote
Re: New to the forum
sdscooterista wrote:
Hi all. I finally got my motorcycle license not too long ago so I could get a scooter to do the short trips in my neighborhood. Was a waste to do a three mile round trip and four stops in a car. But I fell in love with scootering, decided I wanted to commute by scooter to my new job and realized my Buddy was not what I needed. I decided on a GTS 300 HPE and brought it home today. Now need to get the technique to get it on the center stand by myself.

Pics forthcoming, the sun was going down when I got it home and we are now expecting 3+ days of rain so it is in my badly lit garage.
congrats and welcome...i agree about the buddy as that's what i'm currently riding, well the 125 version...not a smooth ride...i just wouldn't think the roads in CA would be that bad compared to the roads here in new england where we get snow/plows...in CA i always imagine perfect roads and a lot of sun...anyway good luck and enjoy
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Wed Nov 27, 2019 7:40 am quote
Attila wrote:
... but pay attention to sloping roads or where the feet of the stand (central and side) can sink, in that case use a small wooden board...
Even the very hot asphalt is unstable.
Attila, it's good to see you back!
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Wed Nov 27, 2019 8:27 am quote
JKJ-FZ6 wrote:
Attila wrote:
... but pay attention to sloping roads or where the feet of the stand (central and side) can sink, in that case use a small wooden board...
Even the very hot asphalt is unstable.
Attila, it's good to see you back!
Kilroy is here!
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2020 GTS HPE 300
Joined: 23 Nov 2019
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Location: San Diego
Wed Nov 27, 2019 11:02 am quote
Re: New to the forum
25BIKEZ wrote:
Don't try to lift the bike. Stand on the left side, left hand on left grip, right hand under cargo rack, stabilize the bike with both centerstand feet touching the the ground, and step down on the centerstand foot while pulling the bike slightly backward.

You're using leverage and inertia, not strength. There are a lot of videos on the technique you can google.
Got it today, thanks! My problem was doing the center stand in one part instead of two. Once I had it touching the ground and then putting my weight, it popped up with minimal effort
Spuds wrote:
Maybe a side stand till you learn the technique?
To help me, I actually put the side stand down to give me peace of mind as I tried the new method for getting the scooter on the center stand. Made me more trusting that I could set the scooter on the side stand if I had issues.
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2020 GTS HPE 300
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Location: San Diego
Wed Nov 27, 2019 11:09 am quote
Re: New to the forum
Point37 wrote:
congrats and welcome...i agree about the buddy as that's what i'm currently riding, well the 125 version...not a smooth ride...i just wouldn't think the roads in CA would be that bad compared to the roads here in new england where we get snow/plows...in CA i always imagine perfect roads and a lot of sun...anyway good luck and enjoy
Oh yeah. They do random road work and either under or overfill the holes. Cracks in the road they will just fill with slurry seal and it is higher than the road, tree roots coming up under the road, etc. Notorious for freshly paving a road and then digging it up six months later for sewer or electrical work.
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Wed Nov 27, 2019 11:42 am quote
That color is perfect. Enjoy that beauty and welcome from Kansas.
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Wed Nov 27, 2019 11:46 am quote
Re: New to the forum
sdscooterista wrote:
25BIKEZ wrote:
Don't try to lift the bike. Stand on the left side, left hand on left grip, right hand under cargo rack, stabilize the bike with both centerstand feet touching the the ground, and step down on the centerstand foot while pulling the bike slightly backward.

You're using leverage and inertia, not strength. There are a lot of videos on the technique you can google.
Got it today, thanks! My problem was doing the center stand in one part instead of two. Once I had it touching the ground and then putting my weight, it popped up with minimal effort

Woo hoo! Even big bikes generally use the same technique. Congratulations.
Spuds wrote:
Maybe a side stand till you learn the technique?
To help me, I actually put the side stand down to give me peace of mind as I tried the new method for getting the scooter on the center stand. Made me more trusting that I could set the scooter on the side stand if I had issues.
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Wed Nov 27, 2019 11:47 am quote
And nice color, by the way!
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Wed Nov 27, 2019 12:13 pm quote
Welcome, very nice color!
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Wed Nov 27, 2019 12:54 pm quote
my buddy is almost that same color
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Wed Nov 27, 2019 1:21 pm quote
More Greetings from New England! Beautiful scoot and it gets to live in San Diego! Way to rub it in... Ride safe out there!
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2020 GTS HPE 300
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Location: San Diego
Wed Nov 27, 2019 2:44 pm quote
Point37 wrote:
my buddy is almost that same color
My first scooter was a Buddy in the Seafoam
Nautiker wrote:
More Greetings from New England! Beautiful scoot and it gets to live in San Diego! Way to rub it in... Ride safe out there!
For now. The husband is military so we may not stay here. I told him picks will be based off of distance from a Vespa service shop and the ability to ride as much of the year as possible
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Wed Nov 27, 2019 4:55 pm quote
Hi! Welcome and congrats on the new scoot. Cool color!
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Wed Nov 27, 2019 5:27 pm quote
Welcome! Greetings from the Canucks. Love the minty green!
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Wed Nov 27, 2019 6:00 pm quote
The key, as you've found out, is putting both centerstand feet on the ground and putting all you weight on the center stand by standing on the centerstand lever. Ther is a technique to it all and it sounds like you'll master it.

Lovely color and welcome from Santa Cruz

Miguel
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2020 GTS HPE 300
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Location: San Diego
Fri Nov 29, 2019 8:40 pm quote
First slight modification - the Sei Giorni seat instead of the stock. The black looks much better and the seat is incredibly comfortable

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Sat Nov 30, 2019 1:23 am quote
Nice. A agree the black seat looks a lot better on that scooter.
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Sat Nov 30, 2019 2:08 am quote
Welcome and glad to see you have your new bike. As mentioned above, your low weight is not an issue for getting the bike on the centre stand. It's all about technique. Enjoy!
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Sat Nov 30, 2019 2:54 am quote
Also a great aesthetic improvement, you can add protection pipes on the sides (useful) and the small sports windshield.
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2020 GTS HPE 300
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Sat Nov 30, 2019 3:44 pm quote
Attila wrote:
Also a great aesthetic improvement, you can add protection pipes on the sides (useful) and the small sports windshield.
Sports windshield is next. Going to get that when my shop gets my topcase in.
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Mon Dec 02, 2019 3:15 pm quote
sdscooterista wrote:
Point37 wrote:
my buddy is almost that same color
My first scooter was a Buddy in the Seafoam
Nautiker wrote:
More Greetings from New England! Beautiful scoot and it gets to live in San Diego! Way to rub it in... Ride safe out there!
For now. The husband is military so we may not stay here. I told him picks will be based off of distance from a Vespa service shop and the ability to ride as much of the year as possible
Being retired Air Force, myself - I know how that works... Best of luck with whatever the next assignment turns into, but the assignment geeks aren't always so accommodating...
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Mon Dec 02, 2019 5:00 pm quote
Nautiker wrote:
Being retired Air Force, myself - I know how that works... Best of luck with whatever the next assignment turns into, but the assignment geeks aren't always so accommodating...
Oh trust me I know. Right out of boot camp they sent me to a frozen hellscape, and Kansas was the best of the choices at his A-School (he had first pick). Finding out that he got his first pick and I was coming back home for a tour was a miracle. We spent the last five years in Los Angeles which wasn't bad either, as it was southern LA County, not the city.
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Tue Dec 03, 2019 6:08 am quote
Welcome aboard and congrats on your purchase.
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