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Old 11-28-2010, 12:57 PM   #1
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How to fit an airhead in a minivan?

Long story... In a few weeks I'll be making my annual snowbird migration from southwest MN to southwest FL. I've just bought a big house in MN that's rather devoid of furniture, and mom literally jammed the trailer in FL with furniture. So I'm thinking of hauling a surplus couch, etc. back with me in the spring. The biggest vehicle I've got interior space wise is a mopar minivan. It's a 2000 vintage of the Plymouth persuasion, short wheelbase with a stingy 4 cylinder motor (now you see why I'm not trailering). Problem is, the rear hatch is a couple inches too low to roll even my lowest airhead in, being only a meter or so tall.

Any ideas? Maybe drop the forks in the triple trees or take off the front wheel. Make a wood "cradle" to hold the bike, and take both wheels off? Or just lay the airhead on it's side?

thanks for in advance,

GearheadGrrrl/BuellGrrrl

p.s. I might leave the airhead down in FL and bring the Buell home to MN in the spring.
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Old 11-28-2010, 01:15 PM   #2
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Drop the forks and rotate the bars down. You could even use a piece of flat steel pipe in the clamps for steering if the bars won't clear the tank when rotated and zip tie them to the headlight.

Flat tires will give you another inch or so.

If you can get the tripple tree to clear then everything else should follow.

The ideal situation is to do as little as possible to get it to clear.
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Old 11-28-2010, 01:20 PM   #3
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Me and my Dad once stuffed my R100Gs in a '96 Dodge Grand Caravan. Took the mirrors off, rotated the bars down some, let the air out of the front tire - still wouldn't go. We had to tilt the bike sideways some to get it through the hatch. Once through the hatch we could stand it back upright. Strapped it to the seat holder in things in the floor. With the long wheel base mini van we could shut the hatch. It took three of us to roll it in tilted sideways (we didn't have a ramp - just picked up one end at a time).

Ed: should have mentioned I don't have the stock bars. The ones on my bike are narrower and slightly lower. I think it would have went without deflating the front tire and maybe even without rotating the bars, once we figured out it had to be tipped sideways.
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Old 11-28-2010, 02:26 PM   #4
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Here's a '76 Guzzi in my 2000 Caravan. I used a tie down strap between the front axle and the triple clamp to compress the forks. Remove the mirrors, rotate the handle bars down, and then wiggle/lean a little to get it through the hatch opening. To strap it down I made two 2x6 boards the width of the van and secured them to the seat attach points. I then ran my tie down straps from the bike to the ends of the boards. The front tire did poke a little between the front seats, but otherwise it worked great.

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Old 11-28-2010, 02:42 PM   #5
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I used a tie down strap between the front axle and the triple clamp to compress the forks.






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Old 11-28-2010, 02:44 PM   #6
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I get my G/S onto my Kia Carnival (Tecoma? in US market) by dropping the bars and making a ramp that has the bike going in flat rather than up and over the hump.
Ramp is made with two planks, a fold up saw horse and a plank receiver on the horse to lock it all together.
Planks are cut to fit between the hatch and the front seat as the bike takes up the middle slot.
Saw horse folds away under the bike.

With this setup I can load and unload the bike on my own.
An improvemnt would be side rails on the planks as tyre guides as it is a long why to back the bike out.
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Old 11-28-2010, 05:01 PM   #7
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Here's mine.

First you fold the handlebars down. Second you attach a strap (one of the cinching straps with the ratcheting action) from one side of the front axel through the triple T to the other side of the axel (see the third pic). Then you ratchet the front fork down. Take off the seat.

Then your 83 R80/7 will totally roll into a 2000 Toyota Sienna. PS - A 77' R75/7 will do the same thing. Booyah.





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Old 11-28-2010, 05:36 PM   #8
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Has anybody ever put a dr650se in an Astro van? I'm thinking I need to.
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Has anybody ever put a dr650se in an Astro van? I'm thinking I need to.

Door height 42"
Ceiling 47.2"
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Old 11-28-2010, 07:22 PM   #10
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might need some grease and a runnin' start.
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Old 11-28-2010, 07:40 PM   #11
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I backed my R75 up a ramp and into my truck (with a camper shell!) by myself once. Lowered the bars and took off the gages.

That sucked.

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Old 11-29-2010, 05:28 AM   #12
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Remove the front forks entirely.

I once loaded a '65 Honda 305 Superhawk into an ORIGINAL Mini station wagon ('63) that way to take it back to school.
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Old 11-29-2010, 05:57 AM   #13
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I can haul my R69S or Vincent in my Honda Element. If the front is too tall try using ratcheting tie downs to supress the front end. Go around the axle and bars and crank it down. You will loose several inches in height. Roll the bars forward, not back to keep from whacking the tank. front wheel should roll up between seats. I have to remove my arm rests but it is an easy job.

Good luck.
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Old 11-29-2010, 02:03 PM   #14
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it doesn't help the folks that asked for info about thier vans, but I carried a 50's AJS inside a VW bug several times. took the passenger and rear seat out of the bug, and the wheels off the bike. of course that was when I had more back strength than now. I may of needed to take the bug door off to get it inside, but I don't remember all the details. amazing what you can do when you are headed off to college. sure wish I had taken a photo of it back then.
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Old 11-29-2010, 02:16 PM   #15
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Has anybody ever put a dr650se in an Astro van? I'm thinking I need to.

I use to haul my late 90's Husky 610 in my old Safari EXT (extended GMC version of an Astro)

Just used a tie down to compress the forks.

Cut a piece of 3/4" plywood that would go across the rear of the driver and passenger metal seat "towers"

Bike in the center, simply pushing against the plywood, one tiedown on both side. The tie downs worked perfectly just by hooking them on the seat towers.

I think the Husky would be taller than your DR.

My guess is you will just have to remove your mirrors and tie the forks down.
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