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  1. tunes

    tunes OT Supporter

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    I just bought a 04 Katana today and am going to pick it up tomorrow. What is the best way to transport it in the back of a pickup in terms of tie downs and things like that?
     
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    How much cost?

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    :bigthumb: Congrats. I love my bike, had it 2 months. My only regret is not getting it earlier.
     
  5. tunes

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    wanna go pick it up for me and deliver it to the springs? haha
    i dont want to ride it highway until i get comfortable with it
     
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    Kinda out of my way, or I probably would
    Highway still freaks me out. I'll avoid it if I can.
     
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    What size?
     
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    Subie Driver Eye see what you did there.

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    One tiedown on each side with the one end anchored to the bed and the other end looped around the handlebar, then cinch them down and compress the front suspension as you do that, it will hold fine. Did it that way getting my scooter home (Piaggio BV200, weighed 350 pounds) in the back of a 91 Chevy S10 pickup, the back time was on the tailgate, but it worked fine, didn't move at all.

    Oh, and welcome to the crew! By the way, I don't have the scooter anymore, sold it and bought an 84 Honda Magna V65.
     
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    :bigthumb: thanks a lot
    now im just trying to find a ramp to load it tomorrow....
     
  11. monkeymunzey

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    get the straps that slip over your clipons....they work amazingly well
     
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    anyone have any ideas for a ramp?
     
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    Try to back the truck up to a hill where you could load it straight on via the tailgate; or use two 6"+ boards, one for the bike one and for you to walk on.

    I hate loading bikes.
     
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    ramp? get some dudes and pick up the front end and put it on the tailgate of the truck. then have one guy get up to support bike and have the rest pic the rear and push it in.

    real men don't use ramps :bowdown:

    (seriously this is how a lot do it it's actually easier because most ramps are too narrow and if the wheel slips off it's bad juju)
     
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    I load my katana into my ford ranger with a 2x8 board, maybe 8 feet long. I put the bike on the center stand and slide it forward (requires a friend to lift the back so i can kick the center stand forward) One tie down strap across the front of the frame to compress the front shocks, and one on each side of the back (the grab bars under the back fairings are easy to hook onto with straps)
     
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    Are you buying from a privet party? If not I'd expect the place you are buying the bike from to have a nice ramp. All of the bike places around here have ramps that you just back up to.

    If its privet party, lift the bike into the back. When you get it home use a 4x8 sheet of plywood (1/2" or 3/4") with some 2x4's screwed to the bottom length wise (so they are standing tall, not short). Have a friend help you get it out too, even though you are using a ramp.
     
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    ended up picking up a ramp from the local shop for 50 bucks..figured i might need it in the future anyways. the bike was purchased private party and made the 70 mile journey just fine :bigthumb: thanks for all the advice
     
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    pics?
     
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    Subie Driver Eye see what you did there.

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    Yes, now that you have it home, pics!
     
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    will get some tomorrow. its at my fiance's dads house since we are moving in a few weeks... it has a few scratches on it but nothing too bad and it doesnt bother me since its my first bike.
     
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    Subie Driver Eye see what you did there.

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    Yeah, scratches aren't bad on a first bike, that way if you do drop it during the learning curve, you won't feel so bad. Like when I dropped my Magna the day after I bought it, I was thinking first "this fucking SUCKS!", but then "well, at least it's a 24 year old paid for bike instead of the 05 Boulevard C50 I was thinking about financing!". Only cost me $213 to fix the damage (cruisers FTW; no plastic body parts to replace!), and that includes upgrading some of the black stock stuff to shiny new chrome :big grin:
     
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    i just got a 2007 yamaha R6 :)
     

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