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Old 03-18-2006, 01:49 PM   #1
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For you air cooled owners that trailer their bikes.

Stole this from another forum:

Hey guys this may be something you already know but it was knew to me and I thought I would pass it on. It came up in a quality meeting. We hear plenty of good stuff after Bike Week. When you trailer your bike make sure the tranmission is in neutral. If the bike is in gear it will gently rock back and forth just enough to rotate the motor back and forth. This will eventually cuase the hydraulic lift to cavitate and suck air. Then when the bike is started it has an extremely load lifter noise until they bleed their selves free of air. They said some could take as long as 20-25 minutes. Reports from several dealers of people trailering their bikes and then running straight to the dealer thinking something was wrong with their bike. The V-Rod isn't really a victim of this because of the overhead cam setup, but they still said to save wear and tear haul it in nuetral. For those of you that already knew this, sorry to waste your reading time, for those of you who didn't I thought I would pass it on since I just learned of it and found it interesting.
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Old 03-18-2006, 02:14 PM   #2
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hhmmm, I always haul in first gear. strapped heavily and pulled from the sides as well as the front and rear directions. Still, will take your advice and toss it in nuetral. Thanks
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Good tidbit thanks
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Old 03-18-2006, 03:03 PM   #4
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I think i had mine in neutral from the dealer when i bought it. Good info though. I know all my buddy swear that it is better to tow or haul them in gear with the kickstand down just in case even if it is all strapped in. I tied telling them different. lol Ill have to show them this!

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ive hauled mine in gear in the open air without any start problems. i dont see how the air going through would affect any part of the engine since its not being pulled in like a vaccum at the throttle when its on.

first time im hearing this.
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"If the bike is in gear it will gently rock back and forth just enough to rotate the motor back and forth. This will eventually cause the hydraulic lift to cavitate and suck air."

Also, it doesn't always happen.
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"If the bike is in gear it will gently rock back and forth just enough to rotate the motor back and forth. This will eventually cause the hydraulic lift to cavitate and suck air."

Also, it doesn't always happen.

i guess this applies for long trips with harsh stop and go conditions for the crank to rotate.

was this posted on a sportbike site or model specific forum? i would like to read more about this.
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Well, it was posted on the V-Rod forum, although it doesn't apply to that model, particularly. Might be more applied to V-Twins, but I don't know for sure. One of the instances I noticed as an example was towing from here to Sturgis.
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I have always towed my bike in gear just for a peice of mind iv never had a problem but i normaly only travel about 31miles with it loaded up....
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they are talking about harleys.. cuz they are pushrod motors.. ovehead cam motors wont be affected...
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I think i had mine in neutral from the dealer when i bought it. Good info though. I know all my buddy swear that it is better to tow or haul them in gear with the kickstand down just in case even if it is all strapped in. I tied telling them different. lol Ill have to show them this!

Thanks for the info!!
I do know to never tow with the stand down, it has collapsed more than a few that way
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I dont mean the stand is holding the bike. I mean when it strapped with the soft ties and tie down straight up and down and the stand isnt even touching. My buddies seem to think it would be better to leave it down just in case even though its not touching or helping anything.
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I dont mean the stand is holding the bike. I mean when it strapped with the soft ties and tie down straight up and down and the stand isnt even touching. My buddies seem to think it would be better to leave it down just in case even though its not touching or helping anything.
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