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I have to trailer my scoot and am looking for suggestions on proper tie downs. No wheel chocks. Thanks!
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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.
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You need a trailer that has a wide loading ramp.
Or else you need THREE narrow ramps!
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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.
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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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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.
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What old as dirt said.

I'd 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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Search can be your friend...
This question has been answered before, and good pictures provided.
Check out this old Thread...
possible mp3 trailer
Keith or anyone:: chocks on trailer
Transporting an MP3
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Thanks for all the info!!
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Wasn't there a previous post about this with pics? I've been looking and it's eluding me. If so, perhaps it should be pinned?

Thanks

EDIT: Nevermind, found it in the wiki --> Tie down points for the MP3/Fuoco
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Yikes, I tow bikes for a living and that's definitely not how I would do it... Looks like a mess.
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