Join Date: May 2005
Location: Exiled in Surrey
My Motorhome: Rapido 7066DF
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IIRC the Phantom has a very long overhang at the back. Therefore not only will a heavy load in the garage affect the rear axle loading but it will adversely affect the front axle by excessively reducing the load. This can cause the steering to become ultra-light and seriously affect handling.
The size of scooter will of course make a big difference, the little 50cc Yamaha we had a couple of years ago weighed only 75kg, a larger machine will have a much greater effect. We took ours to a weighbridge with the scooter on a rack and we were just below the rear axle limit. On that 'van we had a short overhang at the rear so the scooter position relative to the rear axle was probably similar to what you are contemplating. The 'van drove OK but you could definitely feel the effect on the steering, especially in a crosswind.
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