Touring Box ideas for LONG Vespa Ride this Summer

Discussion in 'Battle Scooters' started by rajavw, Jan 27, 2012.

  1. rajavw

    rajavw Adventurer

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    Finally a viable solution, much smaller though. A Givi E30N.
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  2. greystoke

    greystoke 2 wheel whore

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    My brother and I did about 21,000 kms (app 13,000miles) self supported back in 2006 on a pair of px200's.
    We had a local guy rig up some loop frames to hold ABS pelican cases. The cases were bigger than we wanted but for the price I couldn't knock them back.

    The frame had four attachment points on each side to which the loop bolted. The bags attached to the loops. The loops had to be removable to get to the sidepanels. Held up fine and actually gave us quite a bit of side protection from falls. Won't help you in a crash from the front though...

    We were carrying about 50kg of gear as well as an additional 7 litre external tank plumbed into the line so we could switch when the main ran dry. Too much weight as planning for too many potential problems but as the trip progressed, stuff got ditched and the load lightened. Turned out that all the problems we did have were ones we didn't plan for but that's life. I didn't want shitloads of weight hanging off the back and tried to bring it closer to the middle of the bike.

    Mostly road but a few hundred k's of dirt. Went through 5 rears and arrived home on the same front.

    Tons of pics on the diary pages at http://www.rightaroundaustralia.com/

    PM me for any further info. Good luck
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  3. fullmetalscooter

    fullmetalscooter Let me take this duck off

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    Nope I walk into the agent where i live and fill in a form and they issue reg and a plate for it at least in BC Canada. Reg as u built trailer. If you want to spend the cash the pv 41 single wheel trailer clone are being sold for 600 bucks by royal enfliend usa online. Considering the company in India that makes they sell them for 400 bucks in India its an ok deal if you can't weld . Myself I m touring as soon as some money comes in the next 4 months. The only issues is Helix or C3 cube. With the helix I can build a sidecar and carried more stuff and go faster. With a c3 I can build a single wheel trailer go father for less. WHen you don't have any issues with time then it makes it harder to choose. Since I will never have to be home for kids ,wife , morage etc you have to choose wisely.
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  4. JerryH

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    That's a beautiful Vespa. P200E? I also ride a Stella, and found from experience leaving stop lights with the front wheel in the air that you need to avoid putting much more weight in the back. Almost all the weight of both the scooter and the rider is already on the back wheel. I would put the heavier stuff on a front rack.

    I just received a Shad topcase, along with a bike specific luggage rack/mounting base for my Zuma 125. I was going to get the Yamaha rack, and rig a top box on it, but found Shad had everything. Their rack was made specifically for their mounting bases. No making homemade brackets. I got a 33 liter top case. With the top case, underseat storage (which the Vespa and Stella don't have) a backpack, and using the floorboard for storage (I also got highway pegs) it should be enough room for a several day trip. I may add soft saddlebags later.

    You are almost certainly looking at an adventure. At my age and in my condition I would not take off on a long trip on an old 2 stroke Vespa or a Stella. They definitely have the look and character I love, but they are not the most reliable scooters ever made. And while I have done it, I am no longer in any condition to be rebuilding an engine beside the road.

    I hope you make a trip report on it.
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  5. Moto Mark

    Moto Mark Been here awhile

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    Hi rajavw, who makes the rack for your PX? I'd like to rig a Pelican case on my PX and I think a rack like yours would be the ticket.
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  6. conchscooter

    conchscooter Long timer

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    Unless you like the farkling thing I would put my clothes in a garbage bag, put the garbage bag in a soft bag and take off. Camping gear on the front rack and a two gallon jug strapped to the floorboards. If the bike is in good shape and you travel light you will enjoy the ride, not spend a ton of money on bags and gain lots of experience. From that you will get a much better idea of luggage needs for the ride to Tierra del Fuego.
    A traveler I greatly respected described the Vespa two stroke as the best touring platform among motorcycles and my experiences have borne that out. You will have great fun.
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  7. rajavw

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    That rack is an OEM Piaggio TopCase Rack.

    :D
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  8. rajavw

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    Piaggio
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