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Old 11-21-2012, 04:08 PM   #16
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I blew a set of fork seals on my transalp...all I did was jump the ute off a cattle grid at about 140, got a little crossed up and shredded the utes tyres.... you'd think a 15 yo set of fork seals would cope ...

Back on topic, I use a twin cab triton ute (98 model), it's JUST possible to get the tailgate up if you put the front wheel up on the wheel arch and park the bike diagonally (transalp or ktm 640). Most of the time I just leave the tailgate a little down (held in place with tie downs). Getting the bike on the back is a PITA. I use 2 of the alloy folding ramps and walk it up under motor. I expect one day it or I will fall over in the process. A trailer is much easier to load, but then it's also harder to park when you're going shopping but dropping the bike off at the shop at the same time

A 4 wd ute gives you the flexibility of retrieving a bike out of the bush ...only done it a few times , but nice when you need it.

+1. I have a lifted triton I dropped the 690 over the side tring to get it on utes are so much easier then a tray or 4x4
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Old 11-21-2012, 07:33 PM   #17
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How can anyone trust the opinion of someone who has 2 CX Hondas?

We have other bikes as well........trust me!


And I suppose you made all the effort to restore them too?



No we just ride and maintain them (both bought in near original condition after hiatus from riding - family).

Good to see that the two bikes do fit into a ute. I should clarify that the 1 tonner is the first preference, but there are so many more utes around.
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Old 11-21-2012, 07:37 PM   #18
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Never had a failure yet using this method and the straps are at a better angle for support down low - there's not a lot of width to use with two bikes. One bike is better!


I've had a failure or two with handlebar or triple clamp tie downs - plus the bikes tend to bounce around if you don't pull them down firmly. This method they don't............

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Slightly off topic but has anyone ever seen fork tube failure in bikes that are tied down like vudu's above? Mate, nothing against what you do but I always wonder (I'm no engineer) whether fork tubes are designed or capable of being tied off like that and not eventually fail... I've only ever seen tie downs attached to handlebars or attached to custom brackets on the triple clamps. I know the strength in a long tube is in the vertical axis or along the tube. The weakest part is across the tube.
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Old 11-21-2012, 07:55 PM   #19
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Mr Tripodtiger, Think of the shoulder!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What is going to be easier for the shoulder I reckon a tray top for the sidecar and bugger the solos,or just take one solo in a trailer.
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Old 11-21-2012, 09:14 PM   #20
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Never had a failure yet using this method and the straps are at a better angle for support down low - there's not a lot of width to use with two bikes. One bike is better!


I've had a failure or two with handlebar or triple clamp tie downs - plus the bikes tend to bounce around if you don't pull them down firmly. This method they don't............

Use a tie down fork brace and you get no movement at all and you don't need much pressure on the springs.
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Old 11-21-2012, 09:22 PM   #21
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you can get plenty in a style side ute
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Old 11-21-2012, 09:37 PM   #22
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Old 11-21-2012, 09:44 PM   #23
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Got a trailer. It's a little sad but it does the job and the tail gate hasn't quite fallen off yet. I do need a new plank for the ramp though. You can check out my extra tie down points, Gra'. I wont even charge you for looking.

I thought about a van. You could sleep in one. Gazebo for the bikes on the roof, that sort of thing. Find a good one, though. And my only recollections of being in something like those has never been great. Ballina Cutting (the old one), in the rain, towing a boat!!! I thought it was going to turn around any second.

Otherwise, you blokes haven't helped at all.
S'pose it just proves you're an argumentative lot.

This is a second car. The missus doesn't want to give up her RAV4. I even offered to let her buy a little red MX3 the other day. She looked at it, uninspired. It was too small for me to get in properly.
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Old 11-21-2012, 09:57 PM   #24
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Otherwise, you blokes haven't helped at all.
S'pose it just proves you're an argumentative lot.

Yep that's us lot in one, ''argumentative''
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Old 11-21-2012, 10:04 PM   #25
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here's the answer when i asked myslef the same qu.

after having a 4wd well body ute, i got a cheap off roader for 4wd work and a van for carrying the bike and camping and stuff.
the van was excellent.
in terms of safe secure & easy bike transport, vans rule.
you also have o'nite comfy accom and enclosed weatherproof room for all the essentials.

but after 100 and something thou km it was time to renew and i needed a proper 4wd,
if i didnt i would have gorne another van for sure.

looked at the swb 4wd express but theyre not long enough and rear door is too low. and theres bugger all of them around and theyre all to old

so the van was replaced with a sc traytop 4wd.
big flat easy loadspace with heaps of tie off options.
good for carrying other stuff.
dont need to worry about tray/tub protectors, the headboard totally protects the cab. minimal extra body to get damaged and rusty.
yes its a heap higher than the van and a little higher than a well body but so far so good with a couple of long and wideish ramps.

if the height is a concern, could tuck your manhood away and ask a random for a hand.
& if no-ones around and the loading/unloading goes horribly wrong.... well.... if a tree falls in the forest and all that.


now to dream up a body on the back of it that is high enough to load and carry the bike and useful for camping et al and that dosent look like an abortion.
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Old 11-21-2012, 10:22 PM   #26
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Otherwise, you blokes haven't helped at all.
S'pose it just proves you're an argumentative lot.

No we're not
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Old 11-21-2012, 11:46 PM   #28
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Otherwise, you blokes haven't helped at all.
S'pose it just proves you're an argumentative lot.

Yep that's us lot in one, ''argumentative''

and I 'm keepin ya socks..
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