How to Identify a Bent Scooter Frame

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How to Identify a Bent Scooter Frame
Identifying a bent scooter frame can be difficult. (scooter image by Oleg Tarasov from

A scooter is a specific type of motorcycle which has a step-through frame and a platform to place your feet. The materials that comprise scooter frames range from heavier metals, such as steel, to lighter cast aluminium frames. After a heavy accident, a twisted headstock, bent frame tubes or flaking paint are all signs of a possible bent frame. Identifying a bent aluminium frame is more difficult and cannot be accurately done simply by looking at it.

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Things you need

  • Measuring tape

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  1. 1

    Search the body for any chipped paint, bent frame tubes or a twisted headstock.

  2. 2

    Find the swingarm, which is the part at the rear wheel which provides the pivot point and mounting location for the rear suspension.

  3. 3

    Measure the distance from the front wheel to the right-hand side swingarm.

  4. 4

    Measure the distance from the wheel to the left-hand side swingarm.

  5. 5

    Compare the two measured distances to make sure they are equal. If they are not equal, you likely have a bent frame.

Tips and warnings

  • This article provides a preliminary test of whether your scooter frame is likely bent or not. If you are at all suspicious that your scooter frame is bent, it is safest to additionally seek a professional mechanic's opinion.

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