Bicycle racks for a vespa
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gt200
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Location: Sacramento, Ca
Wed Oct 06, 2010 2:19 pm quote
I've seen only a handful out there, has anybody done one that is stable at higher speeds (50+) but also provides needed clearances etc.,.?

I'm going to use mine for getting to local rides and a few local races (other ones are just too far away for a scooter ride at 4 or 5am). I mocked up one using some yakima load bars strapped to the rear rack and some parts from my Yakima hitch. Looks like it could work.

I'll post some pics once it's cleaned up a bit...

If you've got one post it especially if it's a tried model.
Hooked
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Wed Oct 06, 2010 2:24 pm quote
Good topic. Yes I would like to see pics also!
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gt200
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Wed Oct 06, 2010 2:53 pm quote
opps, posted in the wrong form
I suppose the question still applies, but I'm in a gt200 and not an MP3 so not sure of the load differences.
Ossessionato
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Wed Oct 06, 2010 2:59 pm quote
Re: opps, posted in the wrong form
scatto1 wrote:
I suppose the question still applies, but I'm in a gt200 and not an MP3 so not sure of the load differences.
I was wondering how this applied here.
Ossessionato
MP3 500 - GTV250
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Wed Oct 06, 2010 4:50 pm quote
Since the subject came up, wouldn't something like this work?

http://www.etrailer.com/Hitch-Cargo-Carrier/Rage%20Powersports/SC500.html
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MP3 500
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Wed Oct 06, 2010 5:08 pm quote
YaYaDave wrote:
Since the subject came up, wouldn't something like this work?

http://www.etrailer.com/Hitch-Cargo-Carrier/Rage%20Powersports/SC500.html
Don't think the Vespa could handle that
He is looking for a way to haul a bicycle on his Vespa
Hooked
Mp3 500 Demon Black
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Location: Seattle WA
Wed Oct 06, 2010 6:11 pm quote
Google image "scooter bike rack"

You'll get some ideas. People have been modding their P series vespa rear racks to accommodate bikes in a number of ways.

I'd only do it if you don't have the ability to throw it on or in a car.

Also keep the tires off the ground if you're doing 50+ mph.
Ossessionato
MP3 500 - GTV250
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Wed Oct 06, 2010 6:13 pm quote
"He is looking for a way to haul a bicycle on his Vespa "

Does not compute. Doesn't a GT 200 come with detachable pedals, or are they an optional extra? Just ride the scoot to the site, attach the pedals, and pedal on your way.
Molto Verboso
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Wed Oct 06, 2010 6:14 pm quote
I believe this is what you are looking for. http://2x2cycles.com/

second-pass-split-600.jpg
Good luck on your rides.

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MP3 500
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Wed Oct 06, 2010 6:24 pm quote
That is a great way to mount the bike.
New racing bikes are really light, right?

And I have to go to a bike shop and look at new bikes, that thing is cool. Really nice looking rear suspension and looks like a lot of travel on the front too.
Molto Verboso
MP3 500
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Wed Oct 06, 2010 6:52 pm quote
Or make your own like this.

bikerack2.jpg

Molto Verboso
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Location: Laurentia
Wed Oct 06, 2010 7:20 pm quote
I picked up a surfboard rack from scooterswest.com in San Diego the other week and am going to attach one of my Yakima rails with U-bolts for the bicycle. Only thing I need to figure out is how to mount the surfboard rack AND my top box at the same time.

http://www.carversurfracks.com/csrmoped.html

http://www.scooterwest.com/items/?_pageCCS=t#page=/item_details/Universal-Surf-Rack-by-Carver/4150


Not my bike. Stock photo from Carver web site.
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MP3 400
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Location: San Francisco, CA
Wed Oct 06, 2010 7:29 pm quote
neat
So the fork is the first obvious contact point. I can't tell if the crank is supporting the bike or if the frame is resting on the bottom bracket shell.

I like that the front skewer is lockable tho I'm not a fan of the rear facing wheel holder, especially with only 1 side to clip onto. Having seen a Zipp 404 go bouncing off the car and down the highway on a similar designed Yakima rack I'd be a little uncertain. Maybe if I had a Cannondale lefty. Hopefully there's another way the bike is attached aside from the fork. I hit a particularly bad pothole a few months back and had one of the lawyer tabs rip off a carbon fork.

I carry so much crap to races I might need a sidecar/trailer in addition to the rack.

I'd encourage someone else to go for it and report back!

Ossessionato
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Wed Oct 06, 2010 7:34 pm quote
There was a guy (Vinnie?) with a GTS who did a right nice yakima set-up on the side of his scooter to take his race bike to the races... You may have to try a few different search combinations but there should be some good pictures of it in a couple of older threads.

Good luck,

Desi B.
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gt200
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Location: Sacramento, Ca
Fri Oct 08, 2010 2:50 pm quote
I like this idea
Maynard Schweigert wrote:
Or make your own like this.
I've just heard with the bike that high on a scooter it makes it a little less stable given the weight of the scooter and the bike being so far behind the rear axle. I'll experiment with it and a few other configurations before I settle on one.

Ideally it'll be detachable as I'd only use it one to twice per month when the weather is nice. I'd also like it to not affect the handling. I'll post up some pics soon with what I come up with.

I think this set up works pretty good on larger motos and I've seen quite a few at races, the thing is those are weighing in around 600lbs vs 300lbs for the scoot.
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