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Old 10-29-2008, 02:14 PM   #1
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I'm getting ready to move cross-country. I need to put the bike in the back of the moving van. Rather than kludge something together myself- and inevitably have it break- can anyone tell me what they have constructed? better yet- give me a build-plan?

It's for a small-bike- 600 SecaII. 400lbs.

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Old 10-29-2008, 03:13 PM   #2
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I'm getting ready to move cross-country. I need to put the bike in the back of the moving van. Rather than kludge something together myself- and inevitably have it break- can anyone tell me what they have constructed? better yet- give me a build-plan?

It's for a small-bike- 600 SecaII. 400lbs.

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Do you need the extra room that the bike will not be taking up? If not I would just get a wheel chock and some straps without rachets as the hooks seem to be smaller and weaker. Two is all you need as long as the forks are compressed. If you will need the extra room possibly a crate from your local dealer will suffice? Just gave one to a customer yesterday for free. Hope this helps.
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Old 10-29-2008, 03:40 PM   #3
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I put my HD in the back of a big Ryder truck and moved it from FL to AZ. I put furniture on one side of the truck that took up about 1/3 of the space, then rolled in the bike, followed by more furniture on the other side. Layered in some furniture pads and sandwiched it in. More stuff behind and even some light stuff on top. It didn't budge an inch the whole way. Short of rolling the truck it was completely secure.
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Old 10-29-2008, 03:45 PM   #4
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Go to your local Yamaha dealer and get a FZ6 create. The bikes are similar size. Should be able to roll it right in and strap it down.
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Old 10-30-2008, 06:38 AM   #5
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Take the mirrors off and smush it between a mattress and a boxspring.

Depending on how dirty it is, you may want to drape a pad or two over it first.

I hauled a Ninja 250 in the back of a moving van. I packed all the stuff so the mattress and spring were at the back. Then I rolled the bike up the ramp in to the 'envelope' I'd created.

I cheated a little. I had looped two ratcheting tiedowns under and around the mattress set, and when I had the bike in place, I snugged the 'sandwich' together with the straps.

Worked like a charm!
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You guys gave me some really great ideas. I had it on the brain I needed to build something to stabilze- but I forgot the truck will be packed tighter than a can of sardines. The mattress/boxspring idea w/moto sandwiched in the middle is brilliant.

Final Question- On the center stand or on the kickstand?
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Old 10-30-2008, 07:49 AM   #7
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Mahalo! My in-laws run a fruit farm on the big island (outside Hilo) My brother-in-law left his motorcycle in Oregon- but wished he hadn't. What is the name of your dealership/ where is it?
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You guys gave me some really great ideas. I had it on the brain I needed to build something to stabilze- but I forgot the truck will be packed tighter than a can of sardines. The mattress/boxspring idea w/moto sandwiched in the middle is brilliant.

Final Question- On the center stand or on the kickstand?
If you put it on the center stand use tiedowns on the back of the bike first. I'd go center, but some people think that the footprint is more stable on the sidestand when you think about the tri-pod theory. I'm not one of those people. I believe that the centerstand is the most secure for transport.
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Mahalo! My in-laws run a fruit farm on the big island (outside Hilo) My brother-in-law left his motorcycle in Oregon- but wished he hadn't. What is the name of your dealership/ where is it?
Dooh, living in Tampa now. Yes theirs some good rides to be had in Hawaii, he should ship it over. I'v grew up their most of my life and am Hawaiian. One road that comes to mind is on Maui the road to Hana.

Wheel chock, and two straps then pad it with everthing soft. Watch out for the rub marks though.
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Old 10-30-2008, 02:11 PM   #10
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I would only "sidestand" the bike if you're for CERTAIN that the stand and mount will be able to take the full-weight of the bike with any jarring it might encounter during the trip.

Some Ducatis it seems, have the sidestand mount as just a small boss on the engine case, and as such will break expensively quite easily.

If the bike is really going to be packed in there, it may not be necessary for a stand at all. Or even straps.

Your call though - pack it like it needs in order to be the most-secure.
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