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to anyone's knowledge, can the suspension components be damaged/strained/altered when the motorcycle is being transported in the back of a pickup, ratchet strapped down, for long periods of time (say over 24 hours) ?
 

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I don't think so. The fluids involved are intended to be in one chamber or another -- separated by a valving system. They don't care which one.

Springs compressed versus relaxed/extended might lose some of their tensile strength over time -- but it would be more like 24 years than 24 hours.

Lots of other things to worry about ... not riding your motorcycle, alien invasion (Oh, wait, we have that already!) :mrgreen:
 

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no I just threw it out there and wasn't expecting to kickoff a big thread. seems like people xport bikes all the time w/ no problems

I xported my Wee on a trip that went offroad over some pretty serious bumpy terrain, but I suppose the strom is insulated twice: one from my truck's (blown) shocks and one from it's own. I doubt it bottomed out (much) :mrgreen:
 

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to anyone's knowledge, can the suspension components be damaged/strained/altered when the motorcycle is being transported in the back of a pickup, ratchet strapped down, for long periods of time (say over 24 hours) ?
Compress the suspension about halfway and you'll have no problems. I've trailered all over the country with race bikes, never any issues.
 

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to anyone's knowledge, can the suspension components be damaged/strained/altered when the motorcycle is being transported in the back of a pickup, ratchet strapped down, for long periods of time (say over 24 hours) ?
Please take care doing this to a Strom ........ It can turn into a H.D. at mid-night :yikes: Strom's are designed to be ridden :hurray:
 

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Gun nuts ask a simular question about leaving magazines loaded over long periods of time. The answer is it wont hurt them. Springs wear out from being compressed and extended time and time again over a long period. When they are compressed, they are resting.
 

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I have a different experience from hauling dirt bikes. The seals in the front forks can blow or start leaking if tied down too tight and the suspension starts working.

I tie mine about 50% compressed and use straps that won't release as the bike moves and relaxes the tie down tension. They also make a nice brace that sits between the front tire and the lower triple clamp that takes the force of compressing the suspension.

Will it fail everytime...no, most times.....no. But sometimes....maybe.

I never have put my strom in bondage yet.
 

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Im not real experienced in this but I read on calsci.com that you don't want to fully compress the suspension. Go to calsci.com and click on motorcycle info and then look at the links on the left for towing. Totally compressed there can be damage to the stops supposedly.
 
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