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With all the threads of what will fit where, I thought i would finally post a pic of my 'hillbilly' buds in cali headin to buttonwillow.
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What if I told you insane was working fifty hours a week in some office for fifty years at the end of which they tell you to piss off; ending up in some retirement village hoping to die before suffering the indignity of trying to make it to the toilet on time? Wouldn't you consider that to be insane?
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I am thinking they are over the gross weight capacity. Good job being frugal.

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I am thinking they are over the gross weight capacity. Good job being frugal.
A bike weighs around 500lbs, so two bikes ~ 1000lbs. If you have 7 adults(5 in the back, 2 in the front) in your van, thats 1050lbs, assuming an average weight of 150. I would think it wouldn't be a problem. Its going to be a over that since you will have at least 1 driver + the stuff thats in there but it shouldn't be a problem for the van. I actually saw a thread on another forum where this guy bought an old red van (ford I think). It had no interior and he put some bike stands in there and could easily fit 2 bikes. I think its a pretty good idea to use minivans to haul bikes.

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The best trackday haulers that I have seen have been vans. Once the bikes are out you can sleep in the van and all is good in the world. When I actually feel the need to have a 4 wheeled vehicle again, it will most likely be a van or better yet a Sprinter.

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the most hillbilly thing in this photo is that old slug zx6d

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the most hillbilly thing in this photo is that old slug zx6d
That's a bike?, I thought it was a useless old boat anchor to balance out the SV on the left side.

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I think its a pretty good idea to use minivans to haul bikes.
I've done this. Lots of pluses, but on the negative side:

* on long trips the smell of gas and oil can get to you in such a small space - venting is a must.

* usually have to take off windscreen to make it fit in a mini-van height-wise (and maybe even tilt it to get it in - not a big deal, but constantly taking parts on and off means more wear and tear.

* no matter how careful you are, moving heavy objects in and out of such close quarters means something will eventually rub on something else (okay for track bikes, no so much on your prized street ride).

* sucks to drip fluid inside the van on the weekend and then think about putting your kids in there on weekdays.

Just something to think about... mans gotta do what a mans gotta do to get to the track.

Anyways, made me smile to remember myself doing this.

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the most hillbilly thing in this photo is that old slug zx6d

psh, thats not even a d model, looks like the e

you can keep up with newer bikes on one of these at the track, until the extra 4inches of length come into play and your scrapin pegs, oh and on the straights you lose too lol


btw, before saying i'm crossed up, take into mind thats coming out of the last turn before the straight at grattan..so i was trying to lose as little drag as possible to wind and pass before turn 1, never happened though , poor slow old bike...

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vans do work great, it how i got the rr home from kentucky

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