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Picking up bike

Post by saundersr2810 » Mon May 28, 2018 5:14 pm

I'm picking up my sv650 on Saturday but will be picking it up in a large van. The van has lots of anchor points/hooks but I've never had to transport a motorbike before.

I've looked online and see so many different things, should compress the suspension, shouldn't compress the suspension, buy special straps that go over the handbars etc.

Can I securely strap it down with 6 ratchet straps? Or do I need to buy some special equipment? I'm travelling 150 miles with a mixture of country and motorway roads.

Does anyone know the best way to strap it down? 1 strap on each corner? Compress suspension slightly?



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Re: Picking up bike

Post by Bungleaio » Mon May 28, 2018 5:16 pm

Why not just get the train and ride it back?
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Re: Picking up bike

Post by Phill » Mon May 28, 2018 5:22 pm

when i got my ybr my GF dropped me to the guy(about 30 miles away) and i came back on it, after i've taxed and insured the bike, of course. It was a joy, especially fresh after doing the CBT.

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Re: Picking up bike

Post by Gerontious » Mon May 28, 2018 5:25 pm

He hasn't passed his full test. (I believe) so riding it home is out of the question.
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Re: Picking up bike

Post by saundersr2810 » Mon May 28, 2018 5:30 pm

Yes I haven't passed my test yet. Wasn't planning on buying one yet but this popped up and was exactly what I wanted and for a price I could afford.

My DAS is on the 25th of June but the bloke will only hold it till next weekend so have arranged to collect it on Saturday.

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Re: Picking up bike

Post by Gerontious » Mon May 28, 2018 5:34 pm

I would transport it with the suspension compressed.. that way its far less likely that the bike will bounce around and possibly come adrift, which could be disastrous... especially if you have to go over speed humps.

Take some old towels.. or similar to go between any fastenings and the bike itself to prevent rub marks.

I would position the bike central in the van.. with straps pulling it in all directions.. under about equal tension. That is the way my bike is generally transported when (occasionally) it gets collected for a service,
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Re: Picking up bike

Post by saundersr2810 » Mon May 28, 2018 5:38 pm

Thanks. Should I strap it so it's pulling down on the side stand or try to strap it so it's standing upright?

Just read your last bit so I'm guessing do it upright.

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Re: Picking up bike

Post by Gerontious » Mon May 28, 2018 5:43 pm

Either way.. whichever is most convenient... side stand is probably easiest as then its less of a two man job. less risky. and having three points on the ground makes for greater stability. But, you will more easily be able to gauge which method will work best for you 'on the day'.
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Re: Picking up bike

Post by mikestrivens » Mon May 28, 2018 6:11 pm

Once you have driven a few miles stop and check all the straps are still tight and nothing has moved.
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Re: Picking up bike

Post by megawatt » Mon May 28, 2018 6:19 pm

I transport bikes in my van using a front wheel cradle to keep it upright then tie downs to compress forks. The ties pull down and forwards.
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Re: Picking up bike

Post by Bungleaio » Mon May 28, 2018 6:47 pm

Not having a license is a great reason not to ride it!
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Re: Picking up bike

Post by Bender » Mon May 28, 2018 7:12 pm

Does it have a center stand ?, I put mine on that, ratchet strap round the front pulling down and to the front, one through rear wheel pulling sideways, one pulling rearward to pull against the front, guy at shop looked at it and said its going no where, it didn't budge an inch.

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Re: Picking up bike

Post by bonio » Mon May 28, 2018 9:24 pm

When my bikes have been transported, I am always amazed how much they compress the suspension. Not so that it's bottomed out, but it goes down a long way.
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Re: Picking up bike

Post by TimR » Mon May 28, 2018 9:38 pm

Don't forget a ramp !
Bikes front wheel against headboard
Make sure front straps are pulling slightly forward direction where possible
Depending on how your strapping either bar strap or on the yokes/triple trees
Lightly strap the stand side ( leave enough slack to allow bike to stand up then strap the other side to make the bike just stand up .
Tighten /adjuststand side strap to take up tension and similar on other side and compress the suspension lightly to take bounce out of ( no more than a third of its full travel )
One strap either side on rear peg hangers and pulling them down evenly compressing the rear slightly .
Give the bike a wobble it should not move .
Check straps after a short journey .
Bike will still be there .
Main thing is dont go mad compressing the suspension.
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Re: Picking up bike

Post by saundersr2810 » Sat Jun 02, 2018 1:33 pm

Good news. Bike made it back in one piece thanks everyone.

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