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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