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post #1 of 13 Old 12-20-2006, 06:43 PM Thread Starter
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Transporting a Wee in a Pickup

I need some experienced advice:

Anyone have any special tips for transporting a DL650 in a pickup. It's a Ford F150,
and I'll have the usual tie down straps -- nothing fancy.

I will have a pair of 2x8's with the ramp ends to get the bike on and off -- and two big guys on each leg of the trip.

Thoughts on attching the straps? Avoiding scratches or abrasions? Getting the bike on an off?

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If you can back into a little bit of a ditch or up to an embankment, it will help. The angle on my full size Dodge causes the exhaust to drag unless I can back into a ditch. I use my passenger peg mounts to tie down the rear and the handlebars in the front. The straps will put a little pressure on the fairing and you can put a rag or towel in there to prevent chafing. Good luck and get someone to help you.
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Loop your front tie downs over the lower triple clamps and they wont rub on the plastic.
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This is pretty stupid, but what are the lower triple clamps?
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UMMHH, Why don't you just ride it??? :rolleyes:

LOL. The sticker on MY bike says.. Warning if this bike is in a pickup or on a trailer it is being stolen.
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Anchor the tie downs in the front corners, compress the forks, but when you arrive at your destination relieve the compression as it is not good on the suspension for extended period of time. if the strap are making body contact, use a towel or something to prevent marring, remember plastic will crack. Also use quality tie downs (I use ANCRA), why anyone would choose to use 3 dollars straps for their 6k bike is beyond me, and always tie the end in a knot for added security and to prevent it from flapping down the highway scratching your windshield while it blows around. After a few miles check the bike and ensure its secure and nothing has changed. One last thing is put it in gear. I would say turn off the gas, but we won't go there as its FI.
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LOL. The sticker on MY bike says.. Warning if this bike is in a pickup or on a trailer it is being stolen.

I love IT!!!!
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Thoughts on attching the straps? Avoiding scratches or abrasions? Getting the bike on an off?
Regarding "abrasions", do not attempt to cover the bike with ANYTHING... bike cover, tarp or whatever... no matter how snug you think you have it on the wind will cause it to flap around and scuff up the bike (or truck)... I personally learned this lesson the hard way over 20 years ago.

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