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Greetings from Swindon, Uk. I've just bought my first Vespa, my last scooter being a Lambrett J125 many years ago. Everything on the scoot is super clean, no scratches, dents, or obvious signs of damage and the original owner assured me it had never been dropped or hit anything. However to my novice eye, the rear wheel seems out of alignment with the centre line of the body. Is there a cause for this, worn bushes or bearings or is it just one of those things? It rides fine, maybe just being a bit new owner paranoid. Any advice?
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If it rides fine then it's probably fine. Often the front wheel can look a bit out of alignment too. Its just the way the plastic parts are attached that creates this look.
You could remove the plastic mud guard and reattach it with a spacer or such to make it line up better.
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My GTS has always been like this too. Both the front & rear wheels are shifted about 5mm.
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To the OP. You have a bona fide cause for concern. That does not look right to me. In my humble opinion and infinite wisdom I would say you need to readjust your shocks.
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Re: Alignment question
Tarbs wrote:
Greetings from Swindon, Uk. I've just bought my first Vespa, my last scooter being a Lambrett J125 many years ago. Everything on the scoot is super clean, no scratches, dents, or obvious signs of damage and the original owner assured me it had never been dropped or hit anything. However to my novice eye, the rear wheel seems out of alignment with the centre line of the body. Is there a cause for this, worn bushes or bearings or is it just one of those things? It rides fine, maybe just being a bit new owner paranoid. Any advice?
I've had this happen to my Honda Elite 80 and my Vespa P200. In both cases, the mounting bushes were worn out. The mount on a Primavera is a bit more involved than either of my two fossils were, but I found a thread detailing the bushing replacement on an LX series (which I suspect will be similar. Linking it here:

Urethane swingarm bushings for LX150

To Max's point, there may be a shock issuse. The new Primaveras have a monoshock rear end. The shock could be bent if it was introduced to a big enough pothole.

In either case, the scooter will handle much better if this alignment issue is resolved.
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Thanks for the responses guys, I'm trying to correlate the information and pictures in the Haynes manual with the reality of what I have infront of me. I know the photos in Haynes aren't model specific but am I missing a bushing and should the silent block mount be centralized?
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Hello,
Have you solved the issue? I have a exact same problem..
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