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    Default Bike Transportation (in a Van)

    Hello everyone,

    I'll be loading my bike in a van to drive for about 6 hours. I've read a bunch of things but I'm not sure what to do. Here's some examples:
    1. Use 2 ratchet straps to compress the suspension and tie down the bike to the side of the van. Use a rubber band on the front brake to hold it down, and a pillow to cover the side/steering wheel.

      A lot of people argue that this will damage the suspension (or even other parts?). What's your take?

    2. Drain the tank and set the bike down.

      I don't even know how this would work, I'm not sure I entirely understand it.

    3. Ride it instead of using a van.

      Can't due to injury

    Any information, especially by people who already transported their bikes with vans, is highly appreciated!

    Cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by silentz0r View Post
    [*]Use 2 ratchet straps to compress the suspension and tie down the bike to the side of the van. Use a rubber band on the front brake to hold it down, and a pillow to cover the side/steering wheel.

    A lot of people argue that this will damage the suspension (or even other parts?). What's your take?
    I use 2 ratchet straps at the front to compress the forks. You may need to contrive some way of attaching them to the bars or elsewhere. I use another at the back to keep the rear end from moving about, it's best not to tighten it across the seat if you can help it. Putting the bike in gear and the rubber band on the front brake will also help.
    One of these things is a boon-


    Maybe you could borrow one.

    Also if you are hiring a van make sure it has tie-down points. Many van hire places sheet the inside with plywood covering any tie-down points. Last time I used Thrifty van hire and their vans all had tie-downs available.



    Quote Originally Posted by silentz0r View Post
    [*]Drain the tank and set the bike down.

    I don't even know how this would work, I'm not sure I entirely understand it.
    That's just daft. You'd need a mattress to lay it on and you'd still need to tie it to stop it sliding about. Although the tank might be drained, what about the engine oil and battery acid?

    Quote Originally Posted by silentz0r View Post
    [*]Ride it instead of using a van.

    Can't due to injury
    Fair enough. I hope you mend soon.

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    Two straps, one each side of the bottom yoke to slightly compress the forks.
    Two straps, one each side of rear frame / rear pegs.
    Its called belt and braces.
    Agree with Derek, the front wheel chock is a real bonus.

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    have you tried the shipleys web site to see how much a courier would cost.
    i shipped my mille from manchester to stirling for 105 and thats was with full insurance coverage .
    this may work out cheaper in the long run

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    Yes, bike delivery could be the way to go. I had my MTS shipped from Essex to Forfar for 150, it would have cost me more than that in fuel alone to go there and back. I used these folk and they were first class.

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    I agree with Derek - I used these people twice I'm the past - no probs - door to door 105 - superb
    Relax at home !!

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    They shipped my Cbr 600 from sussex to Ayrshire no probs.

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    Thanks for the info everyone! I've already seen the van I'll be renting and it has 6 tie-down points (3 on each side).

    Quote Originally Posted by Davcat View Post
    have you tried the shipleys web site to see how much a courier would cost.
    i shipped my mille from manchester to stirling for 105 and thats was with full insurance coverage .
    this may work out cheaper in the long run
    I will be driving one way to London to catch a flight anyway so there's no reason to pay an extra ~100 GBP, unless they can give me a lift as well

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