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post #1 of 25 Old 09-23-2009, 04:52 AM Thread Starter
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Hi:
I've just bought an '09 abs and will pick it up next week. I'm renting an E-350 or Chevy express from Enterprise, these are 3/4 ton extended wheelbase vans.
Can anyone tell me how much vertical room I will need so the Wee can stand upright? I don't have access to a trailer.
Here are the van dimensions:
Inside dimensions: 9'2" x 5'7-1/2" x 4'5" (LxWxH)
Back door opening: 4'6" x 4'1" (WxH)
I'm thinking if I remove the windshield and mirrors I may be able to stand the bike up. Can anyone verify that for me?
It's about a 200 mile ride and yeah I know I should just go get it and ride back but I'm not too keen on riding the Jersey Turnpike on a new to me bike :-)
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I get 47" to the peaks of the fairing. While I think it will fit when it's in, getting through the door opening might be an issue. To get lower, you'd have to remove some fairing and rotate the handlebars down as the brake reservoir is right at the same level where my bars are right now.

This is an 07 nonABS.

Enterprise also rents Pickups, that's how I picked up a BMW F650 a number of years ago.

Oh, just thought of letting most of the air out of the tires, that might get you a couple of inches.

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mchasal:
thanks for taking the measurements. I'm going to look at getting the bike loaded thru the side door. good idea about deflating the tires too!
i'll ask about the pickups, i don't know if there are tiedown points for the straps and i would be concerned about the tires walking sideways. did you do anything special to secure the beemer?
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Through the side door? Have somebody film it for YouTube.

Seriously, I've never tried it but it seems like a pretty dubious proposition to me. What's wrong with the pickup suggestion? Most pickups have OEM tiedown cleats in the corners of the bed -- two straps to the front triple tree and two to rear footpeg mounts and you are good to go. You are going to need a ramp in any case.

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thanks for taking the measurements. I'm going to look at getting the bike loaded thru the side door. good idea about deflating the tires too!
i'll ask about the pickups, i don't know if there are tiedown points for the straps and i would be concerned about the tires walking sideways. did you do anything special to secure the beemer?
Yeah, as MikeB said, there were tiedowns on the corners of the bed. No problem with the standard 4 point tiedown procedure. The suspension gets compressed somewhat, so that tends to keep the wheels pretty well planted. If you were concerned, you could either pick up a chock or just run 2 additional straps to the front wheel to either side down low.

Did the same thing to pick up my Strom, but my own truck at that point. Guy at the dealer threw in a Canyon Dancer bar harness which worked fine.

What is it about the van that makes you less concerned about the tires walking sideways? It's really the same as a pickup with a roof.

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The more I thought about loading thru the side door the more silly it seemed and yes youtube would get a video.
So I called enterprise and they said they can get me an F-150 but it does not have an 8 foot bed. She thinks they are 6 1/2 foot. Does anybody know if the wee fit in there? What's the wheel base?

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Check out the cost of a right-sized trailer from U-Haul or Penske or similar. You might be surprised.

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Since I don't tow anything it would be the cost of the hitch. I wouldn't want to rent a hitch too or even worse, buy one but thanks for the suggestion.

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Check out the cost of a right-sized trailer from U-Haul or Penske or similar. You might be surprised.
U-haul rents a motorcycle trailer for $15 a day, and it works great. If you can't find one, they have a couple other smaller trailers that will also work. Basically the same except with taller sides.

Op, the bike will fit fine in a standard-bed F150. I've had my bike in my F150 several times. The tailgate won't close, but the bike will be plenty secure.

There have also been a couple people who have managed to stuff the bike in a van. Seems like that would be a pain, and unless you need to keep the bike pristine for some reason, I don't see the point.

In fact, if you feel the need to keep a V-Strom pristine, you should be slapped. :-)

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"if you feel the need to keep a V-Strom pristine, you should be slapped."
You should see my ST1300! I clean it once a year if it needs it or not :-)
The pickup sounds like the right way to go.

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