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Old 06-03-2008, 10:44 AM   #1
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What is the most stable way to load my Ninja 250 into a Uhual with the rest of my belongings and avoid having to tow a trailer and pay extra cost for that. It will be a 2 day trip, from Texas to TN, and i'd need an idea of how to CHEAPLY keep it stable during trip.


And don't tell me just put it on the centerstand and it will be fine....
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Pay the addtional 15 bucks for the trailer and be done with it you cheap person you!
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The xtra cost in gas would payoff the whole Ninja 250... might be cheaper to just buy a new bike.... Try telling my wife that....
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Make sure it is tied down well. Try securing it to the rails on the side so you dont compress your suspension. Make sure everything around, under, next to, above etc is tied down well too. Wouldnt want something shifting and slamming onto your bike.
Maybe throw a moving blanket over it too.
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+1, one thing falling on your bike will do more damage than what a trailer could possibly cost you. Don't be too overly cheap. Darwin anyone?
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i'll trade the ninja for the ducati.... ...
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+1, one thing falling on your bike will do more damage than what a trailer could possibly cost you. Don't be too overly cheap. Darwin anyone?
Trailers aren't that cheap through uhual etc... I'll look into it. I'm trying to be cheap, i just lost my job thanks very much!


I won't put anything on top of it and put it on centerstand with straps i guess to the wall in the corner, i think it will be fine for a 2 day trip. :/:
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Trailers aren't that cheap through uhual etc... I'll look into it. I'm trying to be cheap, i just lost my job thanks very much!


I won't put anything on top of it and put it on centerstand with straps i guess to the wall in the corner, i think it will be fine for a 2 day trip. :/:
I understand, hope nothing happens for your sake, and good luck.
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Trailers aren't that cheap through uhual etc... I'll look into it. I'm trying to be cheap, i just lost my job thanks very much!


I won't put anything on top of it and put it on centerstand with straps i guess to the wall in the corner, i think it will be fine for a 2 day trip. :/:
Yes they are cheap. I've rented a uhaul trailer for 15.99 a day
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[QUOTE=less_than_coop;1228278]Make sure it is tied down well. Try securing it to the rails on the side so you dont compress your suspension. QUOTE]

Why wouldn't you want to compress the suspension? I have a canyon dancer bar tie downs and ratchet straps I use with the Uhaul trailer. As you tighten either side of the canyon dancer tie down, it's compressing the front forks/suspension. Shouldn't it help keep the bike a bit more stable, espcially if your suspension is dialed in since that's what it's designed to do when compressed with cornering forces?
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Then U would have to be really carefull with not scratching the duc, Canyon Dancers work fine, then cover it with a couple blankets and stuff like pillows and matresses next to it
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canyon dancers and tie-straps/rachet straps. make sure you have room to tie them off near the floor of the trailer. you want to compress the suspension so that there is no travel the last thing you want is the suspension to compress while driving then shifting and falling over.
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heck yeah! I used to live there before I road and took it on quite a bit in my GTI for weekend cruises. I can't WAIT to riding there again, totally different. Especially since houston has a struggle to find good twisties!

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Why not compress the suspension? Well, for many reasons, the most prevalent is because it can easily blow your seals as well as bottoming out your forks with good bumps.

Mostly, this is an issue for "long" hauls. I don't like to take my bike to Hallet for instance this way because it's about a 12 hour trip. I have blown fork seals this way before.

I use a Strapless Transport Stand for carrying my race bike, and it doesn't compress the suspension at all. http://www.ststands.com/main.cfm

Made and developed by a (now former) CMRA racer, ex-AMA racer (Troy Green).

I know this doesn't help with a Uhaul type of transport, but for those that want to know in the future for themselves, it's a great way to save your suspension.
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