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SnottyXYL



Joined: 28 Jan 2008
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Location: Cincinnati, OH / Northern KY

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Was involved in an auto accident, t-boned an SUV that turned left in front of me. Trying to determine if my frame is bent so I can decide whether or not to salvage the bike. Does anyone know where to find frame specs and measurements for the Chetak?

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Mon Jul 07, 2008 3:50 pm View user's profile Send private message
matty_x



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This must be the summer of Chetak accidents. I think you're the fourth in the last month to get in a wreck. Sheesh. Hope you're all right.

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Mon Jul 07, 2008 6:38 pm View user's profile Send private message
rufusswan



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Service manual says wheelbase is 50.2 inches. There's a couple of other measurements there, but that seems to be the one you need to determine if the frame is 'squished'.

Does seem to be a rash (pun intended) of accidents, but no severe injuries despite the fact that noone uses a seat belt Wink

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munkeyjump



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Location: Seattle, WA

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I realize that it's been a long time so this may not be of use to you but I'll post for future readers. I purchased a scooter after it had been involved in a head on collision, and thought the frame was ok. One day I pulled up the floor mat an noticed that the central beam of the scooter was kinked where it starts to turn up for the leg shield and was cracked almost all the way across. I'd put several thousand miles on it and attended frequent rallies and no one had ever noticed that the headset was a little closer to the seat than it should have been. Anyway the moral of the story is that if your frame is bent in the same way mine was you can probably see a kink in it somewhere so look in the glovebox and under the rubber mats.
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matty_x



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That's good advice, as that is probably the most common place for a monocoque frame like the Chetak's (or Vespa's) to crack.

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