really surprised at how much I like your bottom reinforcement.
Thought at first - why use aluminum, why not weld - but the beaty of that thick skid plate like part has really grown on me.
The little handle you used for the spring is great - but... suspect its cast - which means it might not hold up to the vibrations.
Doesn't really matter I suppose - can alway be replaced and that stand won't fall down and jack your back wheel off the ground if it happens in motion.
Still - something to consider?
Keep up the good work.
SoCal and I talked about how impressed we were when he was up last week.
You can sleep trouble free tonight. That footman loop is a piece of stamped stainless steel, so it's not going to crack. And yes, when a centerstand spring breaks (it's not too uncommon on a Vespa) the legs simply drag effortlessly on the ground while creating sparks. In fact i used to have an old Honda Aero 50 that i welded sacrificial steel plates on its centerstand so that i could force it into the ground with my foot while i was riding. It would shower the long line of cars that would inevitably get caught up behind me.
I was really going back and forth with welding in a stainless steel frame, but in the end i was trying to keep as much of the rust look as possible. So it wasn't about time or money...ok, maybe just a little bit, but it would have only been another $100~$150 in materials. If i get any sort of frame flex how it currently is, i will probably extend that aluminum plate at least another 6" up towards the horncast. If that doesn't cure it, then i'll just buckle down and slip in a tube frame inside the tunnel that will attach to both the engine mount adapter and the fork column. If my frame was just a pinch more rusty, then it would be a no brainer decision to do just that.
You guys are impressed with my work huh?...well we'll just have to see what happens the first time i forget that i'm on a chicken wire reinforced papier-mâché Vespa frame and go riding off a curb at 20mph. Hopefully the frame doesn't snap in half faster than a yellow booted SEA bodge.