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Old 05-14-2009, 08:48 PM   #1
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Michigan to Texas in a Short bed truck.

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Traverse City,MI To Houston, TX. 20 hours of driving fun. :hammer

I need to have the bike in the truck bed along with a whole bunch of other stuff. Money is real tight so were shooting to pack the truck bed tight. I got a picture of the bike in the back close to where I want it. Need the cheapest possible solution to get it there safe. I have normal truck straps already. It has to be in at a tad bit of a slant to get it in with the door shut.

Looking for some ideas gangsters.:chucks
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Old 05-14-2009, 08:52 PM   #2
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Why not center the bike and suff around it?
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Why not center the bike and suff around it?
That will also provide straps to secure your other things in the bed of the truck as well. Also if youre worried about scratches, you can get furniture pads or rent furniture pads from uhaul... Good Luck!
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Best thing I can think of is to get all your stuff out by the truck and try to visualize how it's all gonna fit.
If you park the front wheel in the corner, chances are it's not going to go anywhere. Especially with all that stuff stuffed next to it.
I'd throw a cheap tarp over everything and cover it all with a bungee net.
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Old 05-14-2009, 09:20 PM   #5
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Good luck. I agree with TomTom. Its what I'd do. Also I usually check the packing after 5 minutes of driving and then again a few hours in.
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Old 05-14-2009, 09:23 PM   #6
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Yup. Looks like I'm coming to join you all down there in the sun. Good bye snow, hello 100 degrees. So since I procrastinated and didn't buy a canyon dancer what are you guy's recommendations for strapping the little lady in?

Should I let it keep the weight on the kick stand and just put it in gear? Do i need to build a wood brace or something?

I got 72 hours.
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Old 05-14-2009, 09:54 PM   #7
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Cost may be an issue, but consider a bed extender.... may help with space & keeping the bike straight in the truck bed seems to make it more secure. As mentioned keep an eye on your straps to ensure that they stay tight, zip-tie the lower hooks after hooking them through the tie down points in your truck to ensure the hooks cant slip out of 'em.

Good Luck & welcome to TX., I grew up on the other side of MI. in Tawas City.
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Cost may be an issue, but consider a bed extender.... may help with space & keeping the bike straight in the truck bed seems to make it more secure. As mentioned keep an eye on your straps to ensure that they stay tight, zip-tie the lower hooks after hooking them through the tie down points in your truck to ensure the hooks cant slip out of 'em.

Good Luck & welcome to TX., I grew up on the other side of MI. in Tawas City.
If i bought the bed gate should I still support the bike on the kick stand or make something to hold it up?
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you got 72 hours and can't find a canyon dancer? Secluded in Michigan? If so, Wal Mart sells "soft loops" in the auto section I think. Wrap those loops around the triple tree and call it a day.
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i did the same thing from New Hampshire down to texas but add another 12 hours. I found a hitch carrier extension. it worked great
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I'm an off-road rider & don't have experience with hauling sportbikes but I'd suggest putting it in the center of the bed, block the front suspension to limit travel & use soft straps to cinch the front down tightly without using the kickstand, & maybe a long bungee wrapped around the rear tire & hooked to both sides of the rear of the bed just to stabilize the rear of the bike. I'm sure others more knowlegable than myself will chime in. As Tom mentioned, pack stuff around it & cover with tarp/ bungee net but keep bike straps accessable so you can check 'em frequently. If the bed extender is to pricey maybe you can deflate your rear tire enough to close the tailgate
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Not to thread jack but Im about to make an 18 hour trip with 2 bikes in the bed of the truck. Ill have to have the bikes at a slight angle so I can close the bed. How would you suggest strapping that down. I already know there is enough room just going to be having a good time with getting all the straps in the right places.
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Just two straps on the front- one to the left and one to the right and cinched down tight will hold the bike from moving. Bungee cords won't work! Don't even try them. It doesn't really matter where you put the bike, as long as it is tight. No need to leave the kickstand down, the pull from both sides will hold the bike in place. I've travelled many times like this with no problem. Good luck!
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with transporting two bikes I suggest face them in opposite directions to ease clearance when straping the forks! It worked very well... no probs.
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Not to thread jack but Im about to make an 18 hour trip with 2 bikes in the bed of the truck. Ill have to have the bikes at a slight angle so I can close the bed. How would you suggest strapping that down. I already know there is enough room just going to be having a good time with getting all the straps in the right places.
just be careful where you place the straps for rubbing reasons on the bikes. i would just keep them both straight with the tailgate dropped that way you wouldn't have to worry about the straps touching the bikes all that much
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With the bikes all the way to each side of the truck bed and strapped in I can pick up the back tire and move it 6" to the center of the truck and that gives me clearance to lift the gate.

The thing im trying to figure out is the routing of the straps. They are both naked bikes so there is less paint to rub.
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