Safely Transporting Your Classic Scooter



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14819 Aetna Street

Van Nuys, CA 91411


(833) 55VESPA

If you must transport your classic scooter in a truck, van or other vehicle, great care must be taken to avoid damage to the scooter. Classic scooters pose several problems compared with standard motorcycles when it comes to finding suitable tie-down points. Unlike standard motorcycles, often with their chrome handlebars and exposed frame tubes, classic scooters are amass with painted surfaces everywhere and occasionally delicate cast aluminum headset/handlebar assemblies.

The safest way to transport your scooter is to farm it out to a professional:

• For transportation to or from Bar Italia Classics, please contact us directly to arrange an appointment. Contingent on distance and scheduling, we may opt to refer you to one of the below options.

• For transportation within most of Southern California, we recommend Victory Lane Freight.

Victory Lane Freight

Motorcycle Transport


• For nationwide classic scooter transport, we recommend James's Hauling Service.

James's Hauling Service

"Denver James"

Vintage Scooter Transport Specialist


Transporting your scooter yourself can be done safely also, but we highly recommend that you start by selecting the right tie-downs. PLEASE use only buckle-pull-type tie-down straps, DO NOT USE RATCHET STRAPS. Ratchet straps give far too much mechanical advantage causing it to be far too easy to over-tighten. Over-tight straps can cause headset (handlebar casting) units to bend or even break; it does not take much, particularly with Lambretta headsets, but overtightened Vespa headsets often cause control tubes to crack and later break as well. In addition ratchet straps are more expensive, more difficult to operate and are over-complicated and messy, often with several feet of unused, excess strapping (I have personally witnessed this excess strapping blow out of a truck bed and underneath the truck, wrap around the driveshaft of the truck and break the scooter's headset clean in half).

To affix the straps to the scooter we highly recommend that you use a cloth bar harness (Canyon Dancer-brand or similar, but not the plastic cup-type). Another indispensable item is some sort of object to chock the front wheel with. There are several purpose-built wheel chocks out there, but we have found that a simple 4x6 wood block is best for most situations. This block should be placed up against the front of the truck bed so that the front tire sits against it preventing the fender from hitting the front bed wall. For stability, the width of the block should be no shorter than one foot and obviously no longer than the width of the truck bed.

Once these items are obtained, put the block in place, place the bar harness sleeves over the handle-grips, ensuring that the harness does not interfere with the switches or other items on the handlebar. Hook the buckle-side hooks of the tie-down straps to secure hook points as close to the front and as far out to the left and right as you can find in the truck bed. There are usually good hook points in the front corners of most truck beds. Hook the other end of the straps to the bar harness and, with the scooter OFF of the stand, pull the straps tight evenly while pushing down and compressing the front suspension. Do NOT over-tighten! You will know that it is tight enough when you can not force turn the handlebars more than an inch in either direction from center. Once in place, it is advisable to tie a loose knot with the excess strap just past the buckle. This knot serves as a safety backup; if the buckle slips, the knot will tighten and the scooter will remain upright.