Securing a scooter in the garage

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  1. Spud

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    Hi,
    Apart from the straps I was wondering what other/additional methods are those of you who carry a scooter in your garage using to secure them for transport?
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    Same as WSandME I also have strap to secure the rear end by using eye bolts on sliding track in the garage,
     
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    I am looking to carry a scooter in the garage, but unsure how to secure, if wheeled into the garage and the wheel chock, will that hold the scooter securely whilst strapping down? Also how much strapping is required? I was thinking I would probably reverse the scooter in, then use "canyon dancer" handlebar fixings, will this be enough?
    Should the scooter be on its stand for, either side or centre?
     
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    Yes if you use a front wheel chock like the one above the scooter will stand up while you tie it down, I then use 4 straps onto tie downs in the floor two go around the handlebars and down and two around the rear grab handles and down you need to get at least the rear straps at an angle to stop it moving side to side.

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    Front wheel is chocked and we use 4 straps 2 on handlebars and 2 on rear carrier. We have the straps diagonal to stop it moving side to side. Similar to Martin's but they go the other way so that the front and back ones are fixed at the same place on each side.
     
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    Thanks guys, we will reverse the bike in and chock the rear, as one side of the garage is full height, so that will take the handlebars or screen, I assume then you don't use the stand? Also how is the wheel clamp fitted, do you bolt it through the garage floor? Sorry lots of questions but don't want the bike toppling over and getting damaged, or punching a hole through the walls.
     
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    My front wheel is in the chock but no reason why you couldn't use it for the rear wheel except your steering of the scooter into position might be a little more difficult, I have not bothered fastening our chock down as once the wheel is in and the straps on it 'ain't going nowhere"

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    I bolted it through the floor and spread the load below with a 10mm thick ali strip.

    I would recommend you put the front wheel in the chock. That way you can use the engine to drive it up the ramp if you have an auto scooter. Saves the effort of pushing it up the ramp.
     
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    I am currently looking at either a Honda forza 300 or a vespa 300, the Honda seems better for practicality and comfort ,but is larger and heavier (but still within limits) however, I can't see anyway of securing the rear as there are no grab rails or anywhere obvious to fix to, are rear straps necessary or could I just take 2 straps from the handlebars, 1 forward, 1 backwards?
     
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    Cut 8mm thick plywood 500mm wide to exact width of garage, (500mm as I have carpeted floor with carpet tiles so these are refitted when not carrying scooter) New van so did not want to drill and bolt into garage floor. Used 8mm roofing bolts to fix wheel chock and tie-downs, 3.5mm plywood cut to size and screwed to underside with holes to suit 8mm bolt head positions making for a flush base. Camlock straps used to secure scooter to eyebolts in garage, nothing moved in 1200 miles on journey into Spain, well chuffed.
     

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    That's similar to what I was thinking , effectively making a false floor to protect the garage floor, looks like you strap the back wheel to the chock, then strap across the foot well?
     
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    View of underside of baseplate showing holes drilled to suit roofing bolt heads for fixings, chose roofing bolts as heads are not only shallower but have larger surface area than hex head bolts. Also fitted large diameter washers under heads to further spread load, probably over engineered but then I was one pre retirement. I wondered about screwing it down onto garage floor pre drilling and countersinking holes in baseplate, but gravity and scooter weight has so far kept it down. I removed scooter mirrors and used long 8mm eye bolt type fixings to secure handlebars, scooter is on its centre stand. On its stand rear wheel raised almost an inch so I pad this up with some plywood offcuts.
     

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    Hi WH we cross posted, yes you are correct, rear wheel strapped, then strapped down midships to baseplate, then various strappings to channel mounted eyebolts, very secure.
     
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    Thank you Stewart , I have garage envy! Yours is wire a bit bigger than mine .
     
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    And a 450kg loading WH
     
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    Enough for 2 bikes then!
     
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    Loads for OH to fill up the scooter has a dry weight of 92kg, leaves a fair margin for wine on way home
     

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