Leave Scooter Outside?
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'10 GTS 300 Super, '79 Vespa P200E, '04 Vespa PX200, 2011 SportCity 300 Cube [Sold]
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Sat Apr 26, 2008 12:12 pm quote
Do any of you guys leave your scooters outside? Do you cover it? If not, is there significant rust and where does it happen?

Considering leaving my scooter outside for the summer, not sure if I should cover it every time or not.
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Sat Apr 26, 2008 12:34 pm quote
I'm in a very different climate - no rain in the summer to speak of - and I garage my scooter now, but for the short time I had it outside I bought a cover even before the scooter arrived.

A cover will protect the scooter from rain, direct sun, bird droppings, and curious teenagers who just want to sit on it.

Recommend against cheap plastic or plastic-coated nylon covers, plus get something with vents.

My 2 cents.
Ossessionato
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Sat Apr 26, 2008 12:38 pm quote
Mine is parked outside under a patio cover and covered with a Vespa brand cover, no rust, no problems.
Ossessionato
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Sat Apr 26, 2008 12:54 pm quote
QuipMC wrote:
I'm in a very different climate - no rain in the summer to speak of - and I garage my scooter now, but for the short time I had it outside I bought a cover even before the scooter arrived.

A cover will protect the scooter from rain, direct sun, bird droppings, and curious teenagers who just want to sit on it.

Recommend against cheap plastic or plastic-coated nylon covers, plus get something with vents.

My 2 cents.
Hmm, vents. Thats a good idea.

Doesn't look like the scooterwest one has vents?
http://www.scooterwest.com/item_detail/GT-Scooter-cover/994/

Anybody know if this is small enough to wrap up and fit in pet carrier?
Hooked
LX 150 "Arletta"
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Sat Apr 26, 2008 12:57 pm quote
Don't have a garage, so I keep mine outside under a cover with vents (at the dealer's for winter storage). No problems so far.
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Sat Apr 26, 2008 12:58 pm quote
Miss Otis wrote:
Don't have a garage, so I keep mine outside under a cover with vents (at the dealer's for winter storage). No problems so far.
What cover do you have? And do you store cover in pet carrier when you're ridinG?
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LX 150 "Arletta"
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Location: Kingston, ON
Sat Apr 26, 2008 1:06 pm quote
I can't tell you exactly what kind it is because it's pouring rain right now and i don't fancy going outside to check! I bought it at a MC store because I didn't want to buy the one that said "Vespa" that the dealer had - I don't think the world needs to know what's under there! I don't carry it with me, although it would fit in the pet carrier (it came in a handy little zip bag) - I just leave it draped over the patio furniture when I leave home. Some people have said that covering the scoot makes it more likely to blow over in heavy wind - that hasn't happened to me (yet - touch wood).
World Traveler
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Sat Apr 26, 2008 1:14 pm quote
My condo is on stilts so my scoots are sorta out of the elements. It's all open and i'm only 2 blocks from the beach so rust is still a major factor. Have a rubbermaid shed the LX lives in. Also cover him in the shed when i'm gone for long periods of times. I am just maintaining the rust on the other 2 scoots. I cover them when i don't ride them every day. No reason you couldn't store the cover in the pet carrier. Make sure if the cover gets wet that it gets totally dry before you put it on the scoot again. Don't think that would be helpful for the scoot. Also make sure you have the scoot on the center stand and be careful when it's real windy. The cover makes a good sail and can knock the scoot over. Hope this helps.
Molto Verboso
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Sat Apr 26, 2008 1:36 pm quote
cover it for sure. dust, dirt, and UV rays will weather your scoot (paint, etc)>....
Ossessionato
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Sat Apr 26, 2008 3:09 pm quote
I have been lucky in keeping mine garaged at home or stored at work in underground parking. Only one night in Palm Springs has it been left outside for a night... my poor baby!
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Sat Apr 26, 2008 3:11 pm quote
Rain, snow, fog, cold - none of my bikes are kennelled. They are expected to cope with whatever. And they do.
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Sat Apr 26, 2008 5:21 pm quote
What exactly can rust? everything is mostly covered by chrome or paint right?
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Sat Apr 26, 2008 5:45 pm quote
I bought mine on january 16th and it has spent every night since then outside uncovered. It has seen severe thunderstorms, some ice, lots of rain and possibly hail on one night (though I didnt find any dings) and so far it still looks great, except the collection of dead bugs on the front. I bought mine to be a commuter vehicle and I honestly couldn't be bothered with putting a cover on and off every day. If it were a weekend toy things may be different though
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2007 GTS, "Isabella"
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Sat Apr 26, 2008 6:04 pm quote
Our scoots live outside and we do cover them at night. Mostly because we live in an urban area and it makes us feel like they are a little bit safer- and to keep bird poop off them! We just use generic covers from a motorcycle shop. I park outside all day at work but don't bother with a cover then.
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Sat Apr 26, 2008 6:19 pm quote
Mine has never been parked indoors or under cover except for Winter storage. No rust to speak of after two years.
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Sat Apr 26, 2008 7:53 pm quote
My ET gets covered every night (unless it's already wet) and I remove the cover every morning (unless it's raining.)

So, no need to worry about vents as I don't keep the cover on for long stretches. If I know I'm not going to ride for some time, I put it in its shed.

To protect the seat from sun damage, I just throw a big towel over it when the cover is off.
Quote:
What exactly can rust?
The exhaust. Also, all those little cheap screws that I've been having such a miserable time with lately.

Part of the rust problem may be due to the heap-o-salt ice melting method used around these parts, too.
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Sat Apr 26, 2008 8:24 pm quote
Mine spends sometime outside, like when I am at work, and sometimes when I am home. I keep only the seat covered. My first seat was a blue one and it looked good when I got it, but within about three months it started cracking, and eventually the foam started to disintegrate. I now keep it covered with a kettle grill cover, keeps the rain and snow off too.
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Vespa
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Sat Apr 26, 2008 9:02 pm quote
First two scooters I left outside, now with the Vespas I give them a rub down and keep them inside under lock/key/shotgun
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Sat Apr 26, 2008 9:38 pm quote
The key to outdoor parking is to always have a safe, designated parking area.



That's our "garage". If we are gong to leave the scoots parked for an extended period (which is rare), we cover them. We have soft, lined, covers that are vented so they can "breathe". Got them from our local dealer.

Ardy & Al
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Sun Apr 27, 2008 12:08 pm quote
Outside on the sidewalk. No garage. Doesn't rain much. If it did, I'd think of covering it or something.
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2002 Bajaj Legend
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Mon Apr 28, 2008 9:04 am quote
Outside, in the driveway, uncovered. In rains here...like every other day. My scooter was made to withstand wear and tear, so I'm really not concerned. If you are worried about it, cover it up!
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Mon Apr 28, 2008 10:10 am quote
jimc wrote:
Rain, snow, fog, cold - none of my bikes are kennelled. They are expected to cope with whatever. And they do.
+1 no blankies for my girls either
Ossessionato
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Mon Apr 28, 2008 12:16 pm quote
Wangta01 wrote:
What cover do you have? And do you store cover in pet carrier when you're ridinG?
I park mine outside.

Use a Neslon Rigg's MC902 ran me about $40 bucks.

http://www.nelsonrigg.com


And yes it will fit in the top case.
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Mon Apr 28, 2008 12:27 pm quote
After all is said and done, Vespas are motor vehicles. They are OK to park outside. In fact, I would feel confident in saying they are designed to accept this. We put covers on ours when we are going to be away for an extended period or when strong winds are forecast only because our road is not paved, and the strong Aegean winds whip up dust storms that can erode paint. The covers have nothing to do with rain or sun.

Al
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