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August 9, 2009
GTS sans topcase

Notice anything missing? Besides George, I mean...(Orin O'Neill photo)

As you may recall, one of the bolts holding the GTS’ luggage rack to the grab rail disappeared. Turns out it broke. So did the other one, while trying to fix it. Because I didn’t know it had broken until I took the topcase off.

Let’s put aside for a moment the idea that something like this would fail after only three years, the most pressing problem is getting it fixed. It’s kinda hard to carry stuff with no rear rack and/or topcase.

On the plus side, if people mistake it for a 300 Super, that’s okay. Favicon

  1. August 10, 2009 7:12 am


    this has happened to me too. I would guess that the bolts were not completely tight. going over bumps the topcase would thrash around “pounding upon” the bolt causing it to shear off. Next time get some lock washers, the spring loaded kind and check tension occassionaly (IMHO)

    bobskoot: wet coast scootin

  2. August 10, 2009 8:08 am

    bobskoot, the bolts were not loose, they were jammed in there so tight Pablo’s partner, The Wave, was unable to remove all of the broken bolt segments… the second bolt broke when we tried to remove it to see if the end was tapered. The very, very ends of the bolts are thoroughly and permanently attached. Rusted, even.

    If you over-tighten bolts, they can fracture. The bouncing around made the fracture worse, and finally the bolt failed.

    The easy way to fix this is to replace the grab rail. Hint: have the parts guy or gal look up the grab rail for a GTS 300 Super. That scooter has no rack, whereas the GTS 250 does (and the grab rail and luggage rack are listed as an assembly)…

  3. August 16, 2009 10:20 am

    Will you be adding on, or replacing that WS sticker with a Portland one?


  4. August 16, 2009 10:24 am

    Lawrence, the WS (West Seattle) sticker is a magnet. There’s one for Bend, Oregon (also a magnet) on the other side. You often see a sticker here that says “Keep Portland Weird,” so if I can find one in the appropriate size (and I remember where the magnetic material is) I’ll add it…

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