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post #1 of 14 Old 04-02-2012, 12:16 AM Thread Starter
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Ahh crap

So I just transported my 650 in the back of my truck down south. I just unloaded it and found out that I left it in gear for 8 hours of driving on bumpy, crappy roads. How much, if any, damage is done to her? She was strapped down really well (when I grabbed the rear luggage bars and shook hard the whole truck would move) with hardly any give fore and aft.

What do you guys think? Am I making mountains outta molehills?

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post #2 of 14 Old 04-02-2012, 12:35 AM
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ride it, if everything is working okay don't borrow trouble. I seriously doubt if it did any damage at all.

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post #3 of 14 Old 04-02-2012, 12:37 AM
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I don't see a problem.

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post #4 of 14 Old 04-02-2012, 07:41 AM
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I always put a bike in gear if transporting it on a trailer or in a vehicle, never had a problem [the gearbox cops a lot more pounding just riding it compared to what it will get during transporting].

FWIW I do the same when transporting cars on trucks/trailers.

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post #5 of 14 Old 04-02-2012, 08:21 AM
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I moved a bike across country 3 times tide down on a trailer (9000) miles. Your not suppose to have it in gear??????????
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post #6 of 14 Old 04-02-2012, 08:28 AM
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I think the OP's concern may not be directed toward the transmission, rather the fact that since it is in gear, the motor may be rocking ever so slightly without pressurized lubrication.

I've wondered the same thing. That's why I keep my bikes in neutral when I have to trailer them. Pistons twitching back/forth without lube can't be good...
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post #7 of 14 Old 04-02-2012, 08:29 AM
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Originally Posted by TheDude View Post
What do you guys think? Am I making mountains outta molehills?
Si. I mean "oui."

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post #8 of 14 Old 04-02-2012, 09:03 AM
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When I transport my bike on a trailer I leave it in gear. I use a wheel chock. It doesn't move.

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post #9 of 14 Old 04-02-2012, 11:09 AM
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Yep, I strap mine forward tightly into the chock--into the corner of a pickup bed works as well, or against the forward wall and well strapped. It can't rock forward & back. If there was significant movement, there might be driveline damage, but it probably didn't move.

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post #10 of 14 Old 04-02-2012, 11:59 AM
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No worries - you've not done harm.

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