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post #1 of 38 Old 04-11-2010, 11:00 PM Thread Starter
 
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How many V's will fit in a full size truck bed

Has anyone tried to transport 2 V's in the back of a full size pickup truck bed?

I am considering trying to put a V and a Wee in the back of by full size truck bed for a trip up north. We were able to fit them on a 5 x 8 ft trailer, but now wondering if anyone has tried to fit 2 V's in the back of a full size pickup truck.
Considering the truck bed is the same size as the trailer, the major concerns would be the wheel well on the truck causing a problem. Then finding spots to tie down. Dangers involved while loading at that height?

The bikes are about 200 miles apart, so I can't test it B-4 the trip.

Any one tried this?

Thanks for your suggestions....

PS: Reason I want to do this is to be able to pull a travel trailer.

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post #2 of 38 Old 04-12-2010, 12:35 AM
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A few weeks ago I had to put my Wee in the back of my '89 half-ton Chevy; it's a short wheel-base, single cab truck. The only way I could close the tailgate was by putting the bike in there kinda diagonally; of course if I had a long-bed truck I wouldn't have had to do that I don't think.

So if want to close the tail-gate and carry two 'Stroms a long-bed truck is a requirement; then it becomes a width issue. If they're gonna both be upright you'll probably have to stagger them a bit so the handlebars don't hit; i.e. have one slightly ahead of the other, but I think it's doable.

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When we had the two on the trailer, we found they fit best one forward, one reversed. Solved all the fit problems.

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post #4 of 38 Old 04-12-2010, 02:05 AM
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one bike forward, one bike backward, lot's of straps...should be able to do it
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If you're planning a trip, why don't you plan on riding the bikes instead of driving a truck?

Bikes make very good long distance bikes. You can cross Canada in 5 days.

If you just want to get there and ride around, then rent some bikes when you get there.
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I am NOT a 100% Biker, I'm a old timer, if I sit on the V for Hr's on end my knees won't hold me when I try to walk. Being in South Florida. If the rain doesn't wash you away, the 80/90 year old drivers will run you off the road, H..... I have been run off the road while driving my F-250, they turn on their signals and expect you to get out of their way. I can do 6/8/10/12 Hr's in a truck with AC Radio and cruse control, but on a Cycle I need to stop every so often to stretch and unwind. At my age, getting their is not the point of the trip, I'd rather tow a RV and have a place to sleep, carry a spare "what ever" and once at the new location, enjoy the area.
Renting 'might' be an option, but most locations only rent HD's, I'd just as soon have my own bike as rent another? Plus If I was all that into renting, I'd sell the V and just rent, but I enjoy the V and the option to do what I want when I want.
ALSO: Being run off the road in a truck is a lot easier to take, than on a cycle, and it doesn't happen as often.

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i'm interested too, if someone has fit two stroms in the back of a pickup. we're looking at a truck right now and it would open up going south to north carolina in february and riding the rest of the way to florida.

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Ronnie,

When are you planning on coming up here?

Hey here's an idea: Load your bike in the truck bed in Lauderdale, when you get to Orlando to pick up Kurt, if his bike doesn't fit, you can take turns riding his bike up.

Do you remember how much space you had around the bikes on the trailer? I think I remember someone here putting two Stroms in an 8' pickup bed. I think they were opposed front-to-back with the rearward-facing bike's front tire resting on the open tailgate.

Good luck, PM me with your schedule.

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Has anyone tried to transport 2 V's in the back of a full size pickup truck bed?
Negative, its physically impossible to contain that much awesomeness in a truck bed.
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