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Old 01-06-2013, 01:56 PM   #16
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the plywood is a good idea.

I would run several 2" wood screws through it around the perimeter and into the floor to keep it from sliding around also. ( make sure you dont go into any wiring or fuel/brake lines. haha

and do NOT put the bike on its centerstand for transport!

tie it down as the PDF shows above.
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Old 01-06-2013, 04:08 PM   #17
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Hijack clue..."Spinal Tap"

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I am moving a few states away in a couple of days and I am looking for a good way to ship my GS in a 26" Penske.
Am I the only one who picked up on that?

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Old 01-06-2013, 05:12 PM   #18
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moving van

I put mine on it's side stand, then put twice the cam style straps to the side rails in a penske truck that seemed needed. 700mi, i checked on it a few time. I had some soft house stuff around it.......no problem.
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Old 01-06-2013, 05:19 PM   #19
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Am I the only one who picked up on that?

OK, I give up. I've seen Spinal Tap several times (I even have a dial that "goes to 11" taped above my desk) - but I missed the clue. Care to enlighten the clueless?
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Old 01-06-2013, 06:34 PM   #20
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2x8

I did what your talking about with my old Harley. We used 2x8. One down the center with a wheel stop then three more to brace. One in front and behind the wheel well to keep it in place them put I bolts in the coners for tie down point. I was in a uhaul.

I hope this helps.
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Old 01-06-2013, 07:05 PM   #21
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OK, I give up. I've seen Spinal Tap several times (I even have a dial that "goes to 11" taped above my desk) - but I missed the clue. Care to enlighten the clueless?
You caught me, I'm actually running a mobile meth lab and using the bike for deliveries. Haha. I went with a 3/4 inch piece of plywood, two eye bolts in the front, two in the back, and built a wheel chock out of some old 2x4's and mounted that to the plywood. I have a 4x8 heavy rubber mat that I use under my weight bench, it weighs about 90lbs and will be under the plywood. I think it'll be a solid option. I'll post pics when I get it loaded up. Thanks for all the recommendations, and I would never tie it down on the center stand! I have always tied down on the lower fork brace.
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Old 01-06-2013, 07:15 PM   #22
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You can use one of these:
http://www.harborfreight.com/motorcy...ock-97841.html
bolt a 2x4 to widen it to prevent tip overs. Tie it down from the bars to the two eyelets on the chock
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Old 01-06-2013, 07:27 PM   #23
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This reminds me that I need to watch it again...for the 100th time

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OK, I give up. I've seen Spinal Tap several times (I even have a dial that "goes to 11" taped above my desk) - but I missed the clue. Care to enlighten the clueless?
The Stonehenge set that wound up being about a foot tall and almost brained the dancing dwarf when it was lowered on stage!

Christopher Guest (I don't recall his name in the movie) used quote marks indicating an inch instead of an apostrophe indicating a foot when he made a sketch on a napkin.

I immediately pictured a 26 inch model of a Penske truck with the OP's bike sitting right behind it with everyone scratching their head.

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Old 01-06-2013, 07:41 PM   #24
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This reminds me that I need to watch it again...for the 100th time
Yup. Now I get the Stonehenge reference. Gotta watch the movie again - it was great!
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Old 01-06-2013, 08:17 PM   #25
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Lay it down on it's side and pile crap all over it. That's where its going to end up anyway.
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Old 01-06-2013, 09:02 PM   #26
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I too am skeptical of the plywood idea. I don't believe it's strong enough to withstand the forces placed on it by the tie-downs, let alone when you start taking corners, etc.

At best it's risky, at worst you'll damage it more if it falls over than if you drain the fuel tank and lay it on it's side on that heavy rubber mat to keep it from sliding. Some strategically placed chunks of 2x4 under the mat and bike may keep it from rocking around during the trip.

Good luck!
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Old 01-06-2013, 09:47 PM   #27
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buy 4 long 1/2 inch shank eye bolts with threaded shanks
drill 4 holes through the floor of the truck,
make sure to use thick washers on the bottom side of the truck bed,
secure the bike to these,
then put a 2x4 in front of the front tire with 2 screws into the bed,
then put a 2x4 in back of the rear tire to act as a chock.
Leave the bike in neutral.

When your finished with the move remove the bolts,
then find a stick and tap it into the hole ,
use a razor blade to cut it off flush with the bed.
NOTE this drilling/ bolt fitting operation is easier with a helper.
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Old 01-07-2013, 09:48 AM   #28
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I hauled a 1997 BMW R1100RS from VA to CT in a box truck with no tiedown points several years ago. The bike only had 225 miles on it at the time so it was pristine and I didn't want to put a scratch on it.

I built a t-shaped grid using wood 2x4s on edge with the front of the 'T' capturing the front wheel and eye bolts for tie-down points on each end of the 'top part of the T'.

I built it with lag bolts so I could break it down and stow it in a duffle bag because my trip was fly to VA, pick up rental truck and bike and drive back.

If you had enough time, I could ship you mine to keep if you were willing to cover shipping costs or I could take a photo of my setup if it would make it easier for you to put one together yourself.

PM me if you are interested in either offer.
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Old 01-07-2013, 11:20 AM   #29
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We hauled a R1200GSA and a Vstrom 650 in the back of a Uhaul. We connected the straps to the wood side rails. They are a little high, but it worked perfectly.

I couldn't tell you how specifically we strapped them, because honestly I'm tie-down illerate and can't move a bike unless it's I'm riding it under it's own power. The bikes were tied down by my brother-in-law, but I know it's possible.
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Old 01-07-2013, 06:28 PM   #30
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FWIW the side hooks on most of the trucks can pull loose,
the floor deck is much stronger
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