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I've been considering a side stand for my scoot for a long time, basically since I got in in early '04. As many know, they are deleted for the U.S. market. But I've never acted because I keep hearing they are unstable.

I primarily park on concrete so the surface would be solid, and I'd keep a flattened can or a disk or a few AOL setup CDs in case I need support.

Anyone have experience or suggestions? Our friends in Europe and Australia & NZ have them. Should I get one? Or skip it due to the fallover risk? I'm pretty big&strong so the center stand is easy enough for me.
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i got one on my GT(euro model) and it's cool.. i use it once in a while and it makes neat sparks when i make left turns during "aggressive" riding.
got 'em in stock!
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I put one on my GT. I do like it. You do have to be careful when you use it. You can't park it facing downhill, or uneven areas. I've heard that a really strong wind can knock it over. Just use your common sense about it. It's more convenient in most cases. The only thing I've noticed is that I catch my pantleg in the foot actuator (or whatever that thing is called) when I put my feet on the ground on occasion.
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scooterbobby wrote:
i got one on my GT(euro model) and it's cool.. i use it once in a while and it makes neat sparks when i make left turns during "aggressive" riding.
got 'em in stock!
Ya I forgot about the possibility of it dragging on a turn. I've only scraped the center stand once or twice and that's a pretty unnerving experience. Presumably the GTS part would be the same as the GT, what with them being the same scooter and all.
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I put one on my et. Scares me some though so I rarely use it. On solid flat ground it's fine, but I worry about someone bumping it, and as it's spring loaded it might retract and BOOM To be honest I had forgotten I even had one until I read this thread.
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took the one I had installed on Samantha's GT off...too sketchy.

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I nthe UK they are standard. I think they are pretty useless really. The spring loading means I would not trust it unless I was standing within about six feet of the bike as any knock and the machine will fall over. I know people who have used a GT sidestand in motocycle parks here and come back to find the bike on the tarmac.

I only use it to prop the bike up on semi-soft ground whilst I open the gate to my property, and when I need to park the bike at the exit barrier to my employer's car park whilst I wave my smartcard at the sensor (Can't do that on the Vespa as there is a steep slope and with no foot brake it has proved unsafe!)

All other times I use the very sound centre stand.
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I use my GTS side stand all the time when parked (privately). The scoot seems very stable. I find it kinda cool pulling up to a stop, kicking the stand forward into place, and then getting off 8)

When at work, I park on a slight incline. Because the scoot faces uphill, it actually locks the stand even harder, and its fine in blustery conditions.

However, I'm glad I still have the option of the centre stand for very stable parking in public areas. Choices, choices...
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Vespa in Miami is selling them. Give them a call and talk to "Maria" (I got one for my bike) and had it chromed it looks cool.

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