Transporting Your Scooter
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Destroyer of Worlds
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Sat Sep 13, 2008 5:21 pm quote
Created article ALL: How to transport your scooter.

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Molto Verboso
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Sat Nov 01, 2008 11:49 am quote
Looking at this article, I had a couple of thoughts:

- I find it helpful to have something to step on as I'm running the bike up the ramp. I usually use a cooler or something about that size that won't slide around.

- For folks new to the process, I'd say to absolutely have a friend help out. It's just too easy to lose the bike by dropping it off the ramp on the far side, so I recommend the friend push the scoot up on the opposite side. When unloading it is similarly helpful to have a friend help you with lining the bike up on the ramp.

- I would add a warning that under no circumstances should someone try to ride the scoot up the ramp. Only disaster can follow.

- Personally I like to use a tiedown to cinch the ramp to the truck bed. I've seen where the ramp pulls away from the truck and drops to the ground. Ouch.

- You might want to mention "Canyon Dancer" as an example of the harness. Otherwise people might not know what they're looking for.

Great article though! And very much needed.
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Sat Nov 01, 2008 11:51 am quote
You know you can edit at will, right?
Molto Verboso
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Sat Nov 01, 2008 12:45 pm quote
jess wrote:
You know you can edit at will, right?
Yeah, but being the New Guy, I didn't want to barge right in.

If people like the changes I'll make 'em.
Petty Tyrant
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Sat Nov 01, 2008 12:47 pm quote
You're on even footing with everyone else here, i.e. you're all new.

I like your changes...
Molto Verboso
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Sat Nov 01, 2008 1:46 pm quote
OK, I updated it.
Petty Tyrant
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Sat Nov 01, 2008 8:09 pm quote
Excellent! That's exactly the kind of improvement I was hoping for.
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Sat Nov 01, 2008 8:21 pm quote
Is this article limited to transporting a scooter via this route or can it also include using haulers as well? I, for one, will be getting a hauler soon and I would like to know the proper steps to secure it. When I saw the topic, I was under the impression it would mention haulers, too.

Whatcha think?
Petty Tyrant
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Sat Nov 01, 2008 8:26 pm quote
sfarchie wrote:
Is this article limited to transporting a scooter via this route or can it also include using haulers as well? I, for one, will be getting a hauler soon and I would like to know the proper steps to secure it. When I saw the topic, I was under the impression it would mention haulers, too.
Sounds like a good additional section for this article.
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Wed Nov 12, 2008 7:14 am quote
This is a great article! I would have loved to have read it before we tried this

About unloading the scooter:
Perhaps a stronger warning that it's tougher to back a scooter down a ramp
than to push it forward up one?

This was a surprise to us and led to quite a bit of excitement & cursing
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Sun Nov 16, 2008 6:47 pm quote
Step 5 in the the article said, "The concept is to totally compress the front suspension against the block of wood, creating a forward and downward force, which will hold the bike in place." Is there any danger that totally compressing the front fork will damage it? The instructions that came with the Canyon Dancer bar harness says "Never compress the front forks more than half way or approximately two to three inches."
Molto Verboso
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Sun Nov 16, 2008 6:59 pm quote
skip wrote:
Step 5 in the the article said, "The concept is to totally compress the front suspension against the block of wood, creating a forward and downward force, which will hold the bike in place." Is there any danger that totally compressing the front fork will damage it? The instructions that came with the Canyon Dancer bar harness says "Never compress the front forks more than half way or approximately two to three inches."
Yeah, you don't need to *totally* compress your suspension, just take some of the travel out so it butts up firmly against the stop. Dirt bikes use a brace that prevents the forks from compressing completely, but for the Vespa that's not available or necessary.

I'll update the article.
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Sat Oct 01, 2011 9:24 am quote
Added "see also" at end.
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