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WARREN One plan is no plan continued

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Submitted byTWTFAWC onMon, 13/09/2021 - 06:19
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I took delivery of my Uberscooter on Friday, and thankfully I can pick it up on my own BUT...

I had planned to stow it ontop of my luggage box ---

Driving trials where not sucessful.. the extra 25Kg causes the whole box to flex so I had to re-think that ---

The only other place for it is on my bed --- Which is not that much of a problem: -

The Implication is that I'll have to take it out whenever I stop over (Like I did with my water when I toured the mountains). Since, for now I'll only be taking it with on long trips, (until I retire & become nomadic) that means December trips And I'll have to chain it to one of the wheels or something.

I'm glad to have it, it (replaces) and gives me a workable backup plan if things go wrong and I'll be able to ride around and go sightseeing

 

UBERSCOOTER OVERVIEW

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FRONT SUSPENSION

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70cc MOTOR / 2 SPEED GEARBOX

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WHERE I WAS PLANNING TO STOW IT IN IT'S PVC BAG

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I had considered that, Certainly It would be below the height of the bonnet and out of the driver’s view, but it’s a lot more “bulky”, both wider & heavier than a straight forward bicycle, so the bracket would have to be correspondingly more substantial ---- With the bicycle tryout, I made a simple angle-iron base bolted to the tow-eye --- This would necessitate a “bull-bar” type of mounting.

To do that, I have to cut out the underside of the front bumper & things get complicated – beyond my capabilities, so I would need to have it fabricated --- That would be expensive.

I’ve scouted around for a bull-bar <then it might as well be a winch mount, <which I don’t need>, ---- That will cost about 25 000 and to fit it, around 5 – 6000 --- Then what use is having a bull bar if you don’t fit a winch? ----- There you are looking at another 15 – 20 000 and again to fit,  around the 5 000 mark That’s  in the order of 60 000. Eeek !

On the subject of winches ---- All the manufacturers are moving to plasma rope. The plasma rope is NOT COMPATABLE with a ROLLER FAIRLEAD! So just bear in mind, +- R3500 for a plasma rope & if you have a roller fairlead ------ Yip ---- Anything from R1000 to replace it with a fairlead.

So back to “mounted on the front” --- For R60K, I’m happy to put it inside once a day ----

Its actually an easy process put it in as far as I can, then by pulling from the passanger door slide the cheap sleeping bag I use to protect the bedding forward & it's in -- getting it out just the reverse ---

I kinda over engineered things around the problem of removing it once a day - it's really not an issue

Why have it? --- The Uberscoot,  that is----------- I can well imagine that everybody’s having a good laugh at me ---   ---- It gives me peace of mind – that’s all that counts --

Brackenfell, Weskaap

Len Loader

Mon, 13/09/2021 - 09:41

Warren, can it not stand upright on top of the spare wheel ?

 Thought that might be fun ---- And gell’s with my Idea of having a tuk tuk as a camper --- But, it’s not for use on the road

Anton, I’ve toured the length & breadth on bikes back in the 70’s 80’s & even into the 90’s

There it was simply a tarp / a blow-up swimming pool li-lo / army sleeping bag / the next roadhouse / toothbrush & costume ---

T500  Suzukie / GT 500 Suzukie / 650 shaft Suzukie Katana / Honda 750 K 3? 4? / Goldwing / the big six Honda ---- had em all

And I had carefree freedom ---- The last “right around SA” Trip on a bike I did on a Vespa ----

But now I’m older --- and 3 reasonably major accidents wiser ------

 

Considered on-top of the spare as well - But

 There is already considerable weight on the rear door from the spare wheel ---- I don’t want to be pulling the hinges out of the door or door frame Kinda be penny wise pound foolish

Worcester

Wildehont

Mon, 13/09/2021 - 12:43

Can’t you make a plan with something like below? Your scooter is much lighter than a motorcycle, so perhaps you can engineer your own ramp which is mounted on your luggage box bracket so it can swing out of the way. 
 

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Wildehont

Mon, 13/09/2021 - 13:08

Or if you fit a towbar to the front of your vehicle and put the ramp on that it’ll still be a lot cheaper than R60k (and make it a lot easier for people to tow you).

That be true --- Did not look at a bike ramp on the front, but I still would have to have it < or a towbar fitted < doing that is beyond my capability - tools -resources & vaardigheid> and That would be around the 5K mark so looking at the 9 - 10 K?

Sides, with the box on the back it's gonna make my bus looooooong

Thanks for the idea, but I'm really OK with it being inside

RGDS

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Here are pics of it packed inside.

For them what worries about weight --- I also worry about weight  and that's one of the main reasons I think it's very suitable ---It only weighs 25Kg,

Picking it up to the height of the bed is quite manageable ----- The problem is to lift it higher ---- You kinda got to "super-lift" to get your arms under to be able to lift higher THAT'S the problem the "super-lift"

Then once it is in far enough I just pull the old sleeping bag that protects the bedding from behind the driver's seat and the whole thing slides in --- done!

As you can see from the last pic, everything is still accessable - <The yellow> is my stove, my tailgate chuckbox <kitchen> is to the left / gas bottle / inboard water everything still accessable

So I'm happy with that --- Yes it's a nucence to have to take it off the bed ach time I want to snooze / sleep / power-nap if I get drowsey when I'm driving --- But that's the trade off --- Peace of mind if I get stranded over taking it on and off the bed

 

On the bed, bag partially zipped open

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In it's PVC bag

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