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post #1 of 6 Old 06-02-2016, 08:39 PM Thread Starter
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This might be crazy but I'm hopeful that I am on the right track. I am getting ready to transport my bike in the back of a rental box truck about 400 miles and will be riding back to my house. My plan to secure the bike is straps to the walls of the box and 4x4's on either side is the bike with clamps to hold them together so the front wheel on the bike cannot turn. I'll buy the clamps and 4x4s from a box chain and return them to the location local to my drop off point. Will this plan work to keep my bulge upright and safe on the trip? I'd rather not have to transport or mail a chock back to myself.

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use heavy tiedowns you can use ones from retails stores but get the heavy ones the elcheapo ones the metal parts bend and your bike will turn over. I have a 5x8 trailer and cinch the bike down compressing the suspension be careful that you don't rub paint. Rubber coated hooks on each side of the bars and sit on the bike rocking a little to compress the suspension. I would recommend having a partner tighten the straps. I do it by myself but have done it many many times over the years. I like to push the front wheel hard into the front of the trailer and then the straps are pulling the front end down, and sucking it hard to the front. then 2 straps on the rear also compressing the shocks a bit. Stop shortly after you take off and look at your rigging and adjust if necessary. I believe most of these trucks have hooks in the floor for just this type purpose. Be careful and DRIVE like A LITTLE OLD LADY and you'll be fine.
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Sounds like you're renting a truck to move .............add a rental motorcycle trailer to the mix and tow it behind the truck. (U-Haul rent motorcycle trailers here where I live anyway)

The bike will be secured in a chock built into the trailer, and the appropriate tie downs will be there too.

Then you don't have to worry about driving like a "little old lady", and worry about the bike falling over.

That's what I'd do.

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I'm using the truck to get myself and my bike to the starting point of a road and riding back to my home over a few days, literally the only thing in the truck will be my bike and bags.

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Ride "both ways" in a big circle, so you're not covering the same roads twice.

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Good to hear that you are planning to secure your bike by strapping it to the walls of the box so that your bike cannot turn or get damaged. Making a plan for your own bike transportation is a good idea, but sometimes heavy traffic can be unsafe especially at highway speeds. I would suggest you look for an expert's opinions or search for information online when choosing a carrier that would complement your motorcycle or you can choose an experience and effective bike transportation service also. Last month my brother had hired an auto transport Palm Springs service which was provided by We Will Transport It companies, who had taken over the responsibility of his bike and the professional supplier had monitor each and every movement of his vehicle till his bike were delivered at his home. So, now it is your choice which one you would prefer to transport your bike.
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