Transport Question

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  1. viperdriver5150

    viperdriver5150 New Member

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    Good evening everyone.

    I am going out tomorrow morning to pick up a 1970 KO CT70 and I have never transported a motorcycle before. Does anyone have any tips on the best places to strap it down etc...

    It will be in the back of a pickup I rented tonight. Hopefully it checks out but from the pictures looks very clean and the best part is a Honda mechanic owned this bike previously. IMG_9361.JPG IMG_9360.JPG
     
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    If you're using ratchet straps, the handlebars are the most effective anchoring point. Over-the-seat can be used as the secondary tiedown point. Set the bike at ~45 degree angle to the vehicle centerline, kickstand down. Wedge the front tire against the front of the P/U truck bed, the rear tire against the side of the bed. That gives you three, positive, stops...front, rear & lateral. Use the ratchet straps to compress the suspension. Done right, this provides triangular support in both vertical & horizontal planes, which is very stable.

    Keep your tiedowns from making contact with any painted surface, the fenders, tail light assembly. That's not the easiest thing to execute, too few damage-proof anchoring points...and why I'm not a fan of ratchet straps, with these bikes. That said, it can be made to work and, a successful result is all that really matters.
     
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    Racerx, again I thank you with another great explanation of how to get it done right. I took your advice and the transport went perfect!! I know it was not the most difficult question but for someone who has really never had to transport anything like a motorcycle, not to mention such precious cargo, it really helped a lot and hopefully someone else down the road too.

    The motorcycle in person was everything I thought it would be from studying the pictures that were sent. It runs incredibly smooth, starts on the second kick when cold and is about as original as it gets, not a 100% but about as close as it gets. I even got a couple thumbs up on the 2.5 hour drive home.
     
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    I just picked mine up yesterday. Almost Had to leave one of My kids behind lol!
     

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    View from inside
     

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    HaHa, that pic is hilarious, kids don't look too happy... maybe they don't like the smell of gas, maybe their smart phones got confiscated. Sounds like the OP has it covered, transporting the bike in the back of the truck, but I just wanna add my $.02 for the benefit of those who don't have a truck. A good viable transport option is to throw a hitch on your vehicle, then buy a cargo carrier platform to plug into that hitch, the platform will easily support one bike, and you can go with a burlier platform as well, I just bought the lowest-rated one for my Camry. You can buy a hitch for just about any vehicle nowadays---they even make one for the Camry, go figure. All told, I paid about $200 for the setup, which meant I didn't have to throw down money for a pickup truck. One bike in the back seat, one bike on the cargo carrier, and DONE. Okay, that's all I got, just wanted to make that observation, 10-4??? :cautious:
     
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    That's understandable, nobody makes new CT70s anymore.:whistle:
     
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    Nice! Just missing the ugly mug in the driver's window :)
     
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    I'm almost embarassed to say but many many years ago I transported my 50 by taking it's seat off and removing the passenger seat in my VW bug. Was not easy to get in and out but it did the job. I went to a winter festival in Lake Geneva Wi. They had motorcycle races on the ice so I used it to get around.
     
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    My cargo carrier was narrower when viewed from the side, and it didn't drag quite that low... otherwise a good representation, but Kirrbby's comment was unappreciated, LOL. :cautious:

    Man, I just saw two homes near the beach up in WA, both in decent shape with relatively low taxes... wish I already had the money from the sale of this AZ property. I think I may have discovered a small "pocket" of real estate in WA where taxes are low. :eek:

    Usually they're out the roof, or the home itself is too expensive, or it sits on leased land with HOA or POA dues, or the house is nothin' but mold from top to bottom, blah, blah, blah... but these two homes weren't bad, and right near the beach too. :whistle:

    PART NOT MENTIONED IN THE LISTINGS: RUNDOWN NUKE POWER PLANT NEXT DOOR WITH FAULTY REACTOR CORE, LOL... :confused:
     
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    My wife and I went on vacation to West Virginia in 1972 with my current Silver Tag CT70 stowed in our '66 GTO with the rear seat cushion removed.
     
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    Oh, man, an old Goat... those are bad@$$ muscle cars, LOL. Just wanted to add that installing a hitch is easy, I did it with my Camry in about half an hour, and that was taking my time (with beer breaks included). The cargo carrier just plugs into the hitch receiver, and the carrier itself took about 20 minutes to assemble, you can buy one at WallyWorld. I ordered the hitch kit online after tracking down the right model. Alright, it just started to rain again, hope it rains all day to offset this long drought... :rolleyes:
     
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    Which old goat would that be, me or the car?
     
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    C'mon, now, Bulletproof Red69, you're as young as ya feel, which makes you a spring chicken... nothing wrong with an old GTO, I always liked those cars. Old Challengers and Chevelle SS rigs too, those always spoke to me in some way, LOL. Of course, I'd take ANY old rig nowadays, including the stocker Nova my sister used to own... thing was immaculate, not a single dent in the body, bumpers still good, no modifications whatsoever but it was still a comfortable car. I like Oldsmobiles too, I drove three different Olds models, but ya don't really think of an Olds as a muscle car, due to the curb weight of the rig. Hell, that Ninety-Eight I owned was primo, interior like new and a Rocket 455 motor under the hood, but the damned thing must have weighed as much as the Queen Mary, so it took awhile to get the rig up to speed, LOL... :cautious:
     
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    Olds 98 = GALY...Great American Land Yacht:alien:
     
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    Thing should've had anchors on the bow... I always told my friends one could land aircraft on the hood, LOL. :eek:
     

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