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Old 03-04-2007, 09:31 PM   #1
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has anybody used thier van for a trackday?

i been looking for a little pick up truck for the summer track days to haul my bike around. so far i been seeing alot of vans for sale on craigslist. Has anybody ever loaded up their bike into a van(standing up) ? if so which VAN will a bike fit into?

might be stupid a question, but i just need something relatively cheap to haul the bike around.
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Old 03-04-2007, 09:33 PM   #2
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Ive never actually loaded a bike into a van, but it seems do-able. You'd have to crawl in next to the bike when loading it in.
But if it were a real van, than you should be cool.
Hopefully someone on here will be a little more helpful.

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Old 03-04-2007, 09:38 PM   #4
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astro van, remove all the rear seats

that would be cool
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Old 03-04-2007, 09:40 PM   #5
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astro van, remove all the rear seats

that would be cool
yeah i been looking at those vans too!

or..........

this!!!!

http://houston.craigslist.org/car/287793504.html
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Old 03-04-2007, 09:43 PM   #6
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nice!

but i was looking for a van where i can load the bike Standing up instead of laying it down. thanks though!
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Old 03-04-2007, 09:45 PM   #8
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i've seen a cargo van converted to a trackday hauler. forgot which forum it was on though. might be a tight fit in a minivan, but the full size should be no problem. gas might getcha being as its going up right now, how bout an older toyota 4cyl pickup?
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A full sized van would work.. I've never seen anybody use a minivan. I use my Element, but just for the mini.


has anybody used thier van for a trackday?
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i've seen a cargo van converted to a trackday hauler. forgot which forum it was on though. might be a tight fit in a minivan, but the full size should be no problem. gas might getcha being as its going up right now, how bout an older toyota 4cyl pickup?
i been trying to find one to see what the price would be. so i can get one in the summer. i can't seem to find one used. Must be that good since no one really wants to sell it.
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Old 03-04-2007, 09:50 PM   #11
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Vans aren't a bad option for hauling bikes around. Cargo vans are better than mini vans for obvious reasons, but Astrovans are cheap and I heard that they work well for hauling bikes around.

You get to keep your bike enclosed and outta the eyes of potential thieves. You can still store tools, an air mattress, etc on the inside, plus you can sleep in it if you want to camp at the track. But on the downside, fuel mileage seems to be the issue with the cargo vans. Fully loaded don't expect more than 14 - 15 mpg if that. IMO best bet on a van would be a either the astovan or a Ford econoline with an powerstroke diesel.
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Old 03-04-2007, 09:51 PM   #12
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i been trying to find one to see what the price would be. so i can get one in the summer. i can't seem to find one used. Must be that good since no one really wants to sell it.
use ur car, and get a trailer....it'd be cheaper.
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Old 03-04-2007, 09:53 PM   #13
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use ur car, and get a trailer....it'd be cheaper.
my 98 civic isn't in the best condition to tow anything. lol
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Old 03-04-2007, 09:54 PM   #14
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afro van will work, if its the long model(short will prob work, but i never tried), I put my long busa into one, the roof was really close to the wind screen, and my busa was lowered. Any full size van will work.
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my 98 civic isn't in the best condition to tow anything. lol
You can find a really dirt cheap truck 1500 or 150 to haul stuff on. If thats its only purpose used trucks older than 01 are super cheap.
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You can find a really dirt cheap truck 1500 or 150 to haul stuff on. If thats its only purpose used trucks older than 01 are super cheap.
MAINLY to haul the big bike. and sometimes to haul my little Fiddy. :icon_smil
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For my first track day, I rented a cargo van, and it was a pain to load and unload. Getting the right tie downs on was okay, since there is a door on that side but the left was next to impossible. If I were a midget, I might have been able to climb over the bike and fit into the space but I'm way too tall and I'm only 5'11". Also, the places to attach the tie downs were limited and not in the right spots. I decided to get an SUV that lets me lock my gear inside and rent a trailer. That turned out to be much easier.
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i been trying to find one to see what the price would be. so i can get one in the summer. i can't seem to find one used. Must be that good since no one really wants to sell it.
they are a pretty hot item, most get sold quick for the asking price, they last forever.
s-10s are lower and easier to load and unload, older dakotas, or single cab f150s or rams are in the same ballpark as the cargo van u posted
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Old 03-04-2007, 11:12 PM   #20
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CMRA racer Jason Keene used one the couple of times he came out to MSRH. Looked pretty sweet. If I remember correctly he had a Motard and a sport bike loaded in there.

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Also, the places to attach the tie downs were limited and not in the right spots.
If it is your van then you put the tie downs where you want them. And if its loaded right you can put as much stuff in a full size van as you can a full size truck. And the best part is if you a rain storm on the way to the track all your is still dry And you have a dry placed to sleep for those overnight track days.
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