How to transport a scooter or motorcycle?

Sooner or later, there will be a need to transport your two-wheeler with another vehicle. Either due to a breakdown on the road or in the case of buying a (new) used two-wheeler that has not yet been registered.

There are several ways to transport a motorcycle. Usually, transportation is not considered because loading and unloading are implied, but fixing a two-wheeler as a load requires some prior knowledge and a little skill. The mode of transport depends on the size and type of two-wheeler. Smaller scooters and mopeds can usually fit in a larger caravan or MPV. For everything else, you need a trailer or van. These are the two most practical and common methods. There are also dedicated trailers for transporting motorcycles. They are light and low, so they are great for this job. In the absence of the same, you can use an ordinary trailer if it is large enough.

The goal of transportation is to transport the two-wheeler in a safe and practical way, without damaging property or injury. Therefore, we must be careful. The two-wheeler is not towed by another vehicle. Also, the two-wheeler is not transported lying on its side, because that can damage it and spill liquid and gasoline.

Loading unloading

There are dedicated slip ramps for loading and unloading motorcycles. If you do not have such a ramp, be extremely careful with improvisations such as boards and the like, especially in winter and in the rain. The board can easily crack under the weight of the motorcycle or slip off the vehicle.

For the slipway, it is best to have two people where one person is driving a motorcycle and the other is pushing. If it is a heavy and large two-wheeler, you can use engine power and brake. Be careful not to slip during the drive. Whatever you do, never sit down and ride a motorcycle over the slipway. We believe you won’t, but it’s worth noting. For unloading, the procedure is the same. Lower the two-wheeler slightly with the front brake pressure and control.

O-ruk metoda

When it is not possible to obtain a slipway, it can also be hand-operated. That is, three strong who are willing to help. Move the motorcycle as close to the vehicle as possible. Forward, the two first lift the front wheel by grabbing the fork of the motorcycle by the lower part, that is, by the bottom of the boot under the wheel axle. The third keeps the motorcycle from overturning. Also, use the rear fork grip to lift the rear wheel. It is a good idea to dismantle luggage in the form of suitcases or bags during loading in order to make the job easier. The motorcycle is actually a gentle device and it is very important that it is not lifted by grabbing the luggage racks, exhaust or plastic formwork.

Binding of two-wheelers

For tying, you need spanners, straps and rags. Elastic ropes are not suitable for this job. Spanners are extremely practical and safe, so the advice is to buy spanners in one of the stores for this occasion if you don’t have them. You will make your job much easier and carefree during transport.

Lean a motorcycle or scooter on a side stand or center stand. We tie in four points, so this job requires four spanners. Two in front, two in the back. The attachment points in relation to the motorcycle should be at an angle of 45 degrees. To tie the front, use the fork triangle or steering wheel as the attachment point. For tying the back part, it is best to use a part of the frame or handrail. When tightening the spanner, we must also count on the suspension travel of the motorcycle, so it is necessary, but not too much, to compress part of the suspension stroke by tightening the spanner.

When you have tied all four sides, tighten each of the four spanners again. Lock the front wheel by depressing the front brake lever and tying it with a plastic strap. As attachment points, do not use parts such as mirrors, control levers, exhaust and the like. Keep in mind that when binding, you can damage the paint and other delicate surfaces, so it is a good idea to place a cloth between the strip of fabric and the surface. Before moving, check once again that the motorcycle is fixed. If you bought a used motorcycle, do not forget to bring the keys and accompanying documents from the same.

Can someone helpfully perform the transport?

If you are unsure or do not know how to do the transport, you can hire a third party to do it for you. In this case, before transport, document the condition of the motorcycle together with the carrier so that they have proof in case of damage during transport. Without proof in the form of pictures, any damage caused during transport will be your sole responsibility.

Source: Polovniautomobili.com

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