The new Vespa named Daisy by my wife was giving her a challenge to get it up and off the center stand every time we would stop. So this morning I installed chrome side stands on the GTS-300 Sport and the GTV-300. Luckily I had found instructions on Scooter West’s website because the ones in the Haynes Manual and in the Vespa Service manual are not only miss-leading but totally CRAP when it talks about side stands. It took me a bit of time to study the installation until the light-bulb went off.
it is actually quite simple and here is my Video to prove it…
I received this comment on the YouTube Video and wanted to share it: It’s hard to explain without just plain text, but lets try… look at this picture: http://alturl.com/46dtw You see 2 springs.. a wide one and a narrow one. Both springs have an S-shape, meaning the hook on the left curls up and the hook on the right curls down. So, the narrow one goes inside the wider one, but you have to twist it so that the hook on the left side curls down, and the hook on the right side curls up. The end result is that both sides have two hooks that are facing: one hook that curls up and one hook that curls down. Why do you put the spring on that way ? well.. Lets say a rock or stick comes underneath your front tire and gets flung against the springs that hold the side stand up with considerable force. If both springs were hooked on in the exact same way (e.g. both hooks curling downwards) then that rock could dislodge both hooks. If both hooks are booked facing each other (e.g. one hook curls upwards and one hook curls downwards) then it can only dislodge one hook.
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Keith LaBorde said:
Well Done Peter !
I added the Side Stand to my GTS-300 Super, the second day after purchase. My reason was for trailering the bike on my 5X8 Trailer. When you ride up on to the Trailer, it is so easy to put the Side Stand down and strap the bike to the Trailer vs using the Center Stand. I like the Chrome, I went with the Black, but prefer the Chrome.
David Masse said:
Peter, careful with the side stands, many folks have dropped their bikes. Including the giy who sold me mine. The crashbars didn’t prevent some deep scratches.
Peter Sanderson, Software Developer, Consultant & Vespa Owner said:
I could see that right after I installed and tested them because my driveway is angled and the bike was pointing down. Additionally, it also seems like it is down when it is not fully stretched into support position. My rule to be is to use it mostly on flat surfaces like when I run into the bank and those quick stops. Even if it is half less center stand, it will help my back. I will not use the side stand on hills or slanted surfaces because I can see how it may fall. One last note is that when I purchased mine from Scooter West there were aftermarket and Vespa OEM for 5.00 more. I took the Vespa one. Perhaps the aftermarket is slightly different?
But I will be very careful. So far it seems to hold the bike fine when fully extended properly. My friend Keith in Atlanta has a side stand. Perhaps he can shed some light.
Keith LaBorde said:
Peter, I was curious as to what is “Daisy” in Italian?
I found it to be “Margherita”.
I call my bike “Bianca” who’s is White in Italian…
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