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Old 09-07-2011, 09:08 AM   #1
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Van instead of Pickup for bike transport?

Because of my current issues getting to track days I am looking to buy a truck next month. The thing is though, I also rock climb/hike and for that a van would be ideal. Does anyone have any experience transporting a motorcycle in a van? Does anyone know if it is possible?

If it would work my wife has tentatively agreed to get a "person snatcher" as she calls cargo vans but would rather get a mini-van and remove the seats but I don't think that would allow for easy loading/unloading of a bike.
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There was an Asian guy who had his track bike in a beat up dodge caravan with the seats removed. It was a lil tricky trying to get it out as I helped him once but it can be done...
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Falkryte has a rapist van that she hauls bikes in all the time.
I've actually seen 2 bikes in the back of that thing at times. Its doable, but your van will invariably smell like gas and burnt oil so its not necessarily ideal.

A truck and a cheap utility trailer or........put a hitch on your current vehicle....is a better option.
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Old 09-07-2011, 09:30 AM   #5
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I'd go with a hitch. Bikes are so light and houston is so flat that you should have no trouble.
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There was an Asian guy who had his track bike in a beat up dodge caravan with the seats removed. It was a lil tricky trying to get it out as I helped him once but it can be done...
Hmm, yeah I don't want it to be a chore and then drop it tired at the end of a track day so maybe the rapist van is the way to go.

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I've actually seen 2 bikes in the back of that thing at times. Its doable, but your van will invariably smell like gas and burnt oil so its not necessarily ideal.

A truck and a cheap utility trailer or........put a hitch on your current vehicle....is a better option.
Good point on the gas/oil smell, that sort of negates the good for camping/hiking. I live in an apartment and can't afford a large storage space for a trailer. I guess I could find someone who would rent me space at their house or something, or shared use. Something to think about.

What is the minimum hp needed to tow a bike? A six cylinder would be fine wouldn't it?
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I've actually seen 2 bikes in the back of that thing at times. Its doable, but your van will invariably smell like gas and burnt oil so its not necessarily ideal.

A truck and a cheap utility trailer or........put a hitch on your current vehicle....is a better option.
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Yep. It's what I use.

She pimps my Caddy...I get to flawce in the RaperVan.
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Hmm, yeah I don't want it to be a chore and then drop it tired at the end of a track day so maybe the rapist van is the way to go.



Good point on the gas/oil smell, that sort of negates the good for camping/hiking. I live in an apartment and can't afford a large storage space for a trailer. I guess I could find someone who would rent me space at their house or something, or shared use. Something to think about.

What is the minimum hp needed to tow a bike? A six cylinder would be fine wouldn't it?
If the trailer is light a small 4cyl car would do the job too. My colorado is a 4 banger and it towes my full size trailer with 3 bikes and gear on it with minimal issues.
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I was thinking of buying a van too...maybe a chevy express van...But, the gas smell would get to me after a few miles..

If you can make a colapsable partition to seperate the bike from the front seats, block of the rear vents and keep the rear windows cracked to vent the smell......Parked trailer with visible motorcycles just seems like an open invitation to thieves...

Enclosed trailer..maybe..
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Surprisingly the gas smell really isn't that bad.

I mean, it's there..but not as bad as you'd think.
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I would buy a trailer if I were you. 500lb for the bike + another 300lb for whatever gear + 1,000lb for the weight of the trailer = 1,800lb ~ 2,000lb which most 150HP+ engines can tow but its the transmission that takes the hit...
Get a trailer and a hitch. Here's more info: http://auto.howstuffworks.com/auto-p...city-chart.htm

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Yes, the trailer is the better option, however I have no where to put a trailer and the expense of storage is prohibitive.

I think a truck is the answer, even a faint gas smell kills the deal for me and even if I would put up with it, the wife would veto.
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I live in an apartment and can't afford a large storage space for a trailer. I guess I could find someone who would rent me space at their house or something, or shared use. Something to think about.

What is the minimum hp needed to tow a bike? A six cylinder would be fine wouldn't it?
Uhual rents their little bike haulers for, I think, $20 a day. If you're not doing trackdays that frequently you could just rent when necessary.

A 6 cylinder car should be fine. I've seen both a mini and a 350z towing 1 bike on a trailer before.
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Uhual rents their little bike haulers for, I think, $20 a day. If you're not doing trackdays that frequently you could just rent when necessary.

A 6 cylinder car should be fine. I've seen both a mini and a 350z towing 1 bike on a trailer before.
Uhaul charges like 30+ cents a mile which would get spendy quick for going to these tracks.

edit: Sorry, misread and didn't see it was for a trailer. That would be a good deal.
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Uhaul charges like 30+ cents a mile which would get spendy quick for going to these tracks.

edit: Sorry, misread and didn't see it was for a trailer. That would be a good deal.

That 30+ cents a mile only applies to one way trips. In town its a flat day rate.
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That 30+ cents a mile only applies to one way trips. In town its a flat day rate.
I'm going to check that now, if that's the case then I'll just rent a truck at least for the rest of the track season.
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If you look on some of the stunt forums there is quite a few Vans set up. If you are really worried about the smell put down a rubber mat that can be taken out. And if you just have metal sides/roof it really wont be that bad. Plus its easy to put a AC unit on top and be able to sleep in it at night and save on hotel rooms.
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That 30+ cents a mile only applies to one way trips. In town its a flat day rate.
Yeah, just talked to uhaul, for no mileage in town it's $100/day 100 miles, for $29/day it's 69 cents a mile. I think MSRH would be over a hundred anyway. Was worth a shot though!



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If you look on some of the stunt forums there is quite a few Vans set up. If you are really worried about the smell put down a rubber mat that can be taken out. And if you just have metal sides/roof it really wont be that bad. Plus its easy to put a AC unit on top and be able to sleep in it at night and save on hotel rooms.
Haha, my wife really might go for it if I can set it up with A/C on the top! Good ideas and I'll check the stunt forums, thanks!
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