I can't kick the kickstand out from under my Vespa 150cc ET4 Piaggio...

by Amy
(Manhattan Beach, CA)

I just got my 1st scooter as an adult (20 years since my orange Peugeot). I can kick it on the asphalt or a more textured surface, but I keep it in my garage on a smooth concrete floor, and it just slides no matter what I do. Is there a secret or do I need to buy a rubber mat?

Please help,
Slipping and sliding in Manhattan Beach CA

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Jun 11, 2012
kickstand NEW
by: big koala

Best to get a sidestand. If you insist on using the center stand, you have to make sure both legs of the stand are on the ground, put your foot (with a hard shoe) on the centerstand pedal and push DOWN, while at the same time grasping the rack with your right hand, and lift. It helps if you're a big, strong guy, but best to get a sidestand, worth its weight in gold.

Sep 26, 2010
difficult center kickstands
by: jan

I have a Piaggio scooter as well that is difficult to 'get off' the center kickstand in my garage. You are correct, a slick concrete surface is not easy to navigate. Either on the bike (heave ho..) or from the side.

I was told to just get a side kickstand. The problem is, my local Piaggio/Vespa dealer will not (says he cannot legally) install it. I still will buy one and pay someone to install it. My older Aprilia had a side kickstand and it was so much easier to come and go.

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