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Old 07-30-2012, 08:54 AM   #1
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Mini Come Along?

Let's say that hypothetically you end up off the side of some tight single track down the side of a mountain. Is there any winch/ratchet type device out there small enough to fit in a backpack to help retrieve a small dirt bike?

Not that anything like that has ever happened to me and I was lucky enough to be with a group of guys to help but just in case. lol
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Old 07-30-2012, 09:03 AM   #2
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you could buy a pulley system that deer hunters use to hang deer before butchering, and or a boat winch?
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Old 07-30-2012, 09:06 AM   #3
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Look up whitewater canoe rescue gear. Some rope , a couple of carabiners, and some brains. Light, cheap effective and small. Commonly called a Z drag system. There are other variations. Used for retrieving pinned canoes weighing a couple of tons. A small bike should be easy for a z drag set up.
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Old 07-30-2012, 09:06 AM   #4
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My old DRZ slid down off an embankment. Even though it is a lighter dual sport, I couldn't get the thing back up to the road. Luckily, a guy came by with an ATV winch. But I wondered the same thing. Of course, you need to be sure to bring along enough rope/cable to attach it to something.
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Old 07-30-2012, 09:10 AM   #5
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Not sure of a small come along, I use 100' of parachute cord and four lightweight pulley's that can attach to tree's or other high enough to lift vantage's. It is compact (small thermos size ) and doubles as my clothesline and tie downs for my hammock. The parachute cord can also be used as a tow strap if in a pinch. YMMV, KYSHO.
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Old 07-30-2012, 09:11 AM   #6
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Classic Z-Pull

http://www.bestrestproducts.com/p-34...ystem-mrs.aspx

or

AEN EZ-Pull:



http://www.happy-trail.com/Products/...-spc-PULL.aspx
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Old 07-30-2012, 09:15 AM   #7
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A couple of snatch blocks (pulleys that attach to trees) and you could pull it by hand with a rope
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Old 07-30-2012, 10:33 AM   #8
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http://www.adventureengineering.com/...cts/bringalong

With a load limit of 600lbs, you're at maximum rated load capacity with most of the ADV bikes here. Know that a winch line snapping can cause some serious injury, even one this small. The reach of a flying, broken line can be limited by throwing your riding jacket or similar over the taught cable.

I've never used the product but I do know winch safety from 4x4 experience.

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Old 07-30-2012, 11:31 AM   #9
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rwhpI6sG12Q

Watch how a z-pull works, as these guys move a motorcycle up a set of stairs at a MC dealership.
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Old 07-30-2012, 01:14 PM   #10
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Wow, great info everyone. There is a Happy Trails location near me as well so I will go check that out first.

Thanks again.
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Old 07-30-2012, 02:59 PM   #11
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http://www.adventureengineering.com/...cts/bringalong

With a load limit of 600lbs, you're at maximum rated load capacity with most of the ADV bikes here. Know that a winch line snapping can cause some serious injury, even one this small. The reach of a flying, broken line can be limited by throwing your riding jacket or similar over the taught cable.

I've never used the product but I do know winch safety from 4x4 experience.

Just a couple reminders here.

-Synthetic winch rope versus steel cable does not do the same thing when it breaks. It does not store any potential dangerous energy. You still have to be careful with it of course, if you attach the one end to a tree saver strap or a chain/whatever as these can stretch, snap and do the damage. Also be careful of rope burn and damaging the line with sharp edges.

-Remember, snatch blocks/pullies will reduce the load by 1/2 for each one used, so add one or two, make the pulling easier (although it will take a longer amount of time to do the same work, and you will need that much longer a line) and reduce strain on rope and winch.
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Old 07-30-2012, 03:11 PM   #12
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Wow, great info everyone. There is a Happy Trails location near me as well so I will go check that out first.

Thanks again.
Now you've given us your location......................................as there is only one Happy Trails. The town where the KLR is KING!

In fact, it's just down the road from me (227 miles, road being I-84).

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Old 07-30-2012, 03:53 PM   #13
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Now you've given us your location......................................as there is only one Happy Trails. The town where the KLR is KING!

In fact, it's just down the road from me (227 miles, road being I-84).

Turns out the company that makes teh EZ Pull is also located in Boise. Damn there are a lot of things made here or near by. Promoto Billet/Fastway, Rekluse, etc...
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Old 07-30-2012, 06:33 PM   #14
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I've got a set of these that seem to work pretty good. I've lifted an engine block with them. They definitely fit the small requirement.
http://www.akcooltools.com/hitchmaster.html
I'd practice with them before you need them so you are comfortable setting the system up. Good mechanical advantage though!


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Let's say that hypothetically you end up off the side of some tight single track down the side of a mountain. Is there any winch/ratchet type device out there small enough to fit in a backpack to help retrieve a small dirt bike?

Not that anything like that has ever happened to me and I was lucky enough to be with a group of guys to help but just in case. lol
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Old 07-30-2012, 11:54 PM   #15
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Toys to play with so you can pull yourself out easy. :)

Though I do like that (Classic Z-Pull)

http://www.warn.com/adventuretouring/XT17_winch.shtml

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