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post #1 of 42 (permalink) Old 08-22-2007, 08:08 PM Thread Starter
 
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How to haul sportbike in a truckbed?

I was gonna get a trailer to haul a couple of bikes, but I think it will be cheaper to hall them in my truckbed. I know I need a ramp for the bikes, but I was just wandering what else I might need and the best way to hall them? thanks
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You need HEAVY GUAGE RACHETING tie-downs. I always run 4 per bike. 2 up front will suffice though. Utilize anchor points on the bed and hook in. Anchor in the front of the bike first, compressing the forks fairly deep. Check for sway, rub points on the bike and truck, and be sure to engage 1st gear. If you're going on a longer haul be sure to stop and check tension periodically. Be careful releasing tension on tiedowns when at destination - the bike has a tendency to get squirlly on you and you don't want to drop it in the truck bed. Bets to do this with a friend the first time - and look for an incline advantage when loading in/out - makes the whole process a ton easier. Good luck

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Can you really get two bikes onto a truck bed? The one time I transported my 636 in a Toyota Tundra it took up way more than 50% of the space.

If you don't have a Canyon Dancer (or similar travel tool) then you'll loop one strap each around the triple tree/fork and compress the forks somewhat. I use two on the back like threemo to ensure the bike doesn't go anywhere, esp when you hit bumps. When I transported on a trailer, I added 2x4 blocks one either side of each wheel of each bike to ensure there wasn't any accidental slipping to one side or the other of the tires themselves.

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You can fit 2 bike in a standard truck bed, even if one of them is a busa. The tricky part is tying them down if you dont have an anchor point in the middle of the front of the bed. You will have to run the tie downs thru the front wheels of the other bike, but be carefull not to have it press on the rotors.

Always compress the crap out of the forks. If you dont, they can compress some more when you hit a big bump, loosening the tension on the tie downs, which may slip.



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Does compressing the forks for a trip that takes a day or two cause any damage to the front suspension?
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Does compressing the forks for a trip that takes a day or two cause any damage to the front suspension?
As kanwisch said, it won't hurt them, but if you're still worried, just back the ratchets off most of the way at night when you stop. Just keep enough tension on them to hold the bike up.




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post #8 of 42 (permalink) Old 08-24-2007, 04:16 PM
 
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tieing down the bike...

OK I have been doin it that way for years. All you need are two ties(Do one bike at a time). But one tie on the left handle bar going left and one on the right going right. Make sure when you tighten them you have someone else push the front shocks down so that it deos not bounce. That is it leave it on the wheels and it will be ok. As for getting it on the truck bed Try to use a steep incline and DO NOT DRIVE THE BIKE ON unless you are very experienced at such things. Sorry for the spelling errors... I was never a good speller.
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As kanwisch said, it won't hurt them, but if you're still worried, just back the ratchets off most of the way at night when you stop. Just keep enough tension on them to hold the bike up.


Sorry, but that's not sound advice at all cookeetree - Leaving 1 or 2 bikes lightly racheted into a truck bed is begging for disaster. Tie downs straps tend to slip around the racheting mechanism when there's not much tension on them. Couple that with just the slightest shift of off center weight, on the bikes or the truck for that matter and you run a good risk of one if not both bikes pulling out of their tie downs. Not good.

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Yes I agree you need tension on the straps but that's why I said to compress the shocks
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