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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 10-17-2006, 04:34 PM Thread Starter
 
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Hauling bike to track days..truck or trailer?

I'm working on building my first track bike for next year. I'm also looking to get a method to haul it to the track. Seems like you can get an older S10, etc for the same price (or less) than a trailer. Does anybody use a small pickup like this? Can you get the bike in and out of the truck by yourself?

On a side note, I'm still looking to get a salvaged title gsxr 600, R6, 600rr, or ZX-6R for the build. Any sugestions besides ebay and craigslist? It seems like it's impossible to find a 250cc race bike, etc.

Hopefully I'll meet some of you guys next year on the track.
Thanks for the help!
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buy the van that is for sale in the sale forum for $400!! steal of the year.

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And yes, the S10 works just fine, i'm in the process of going that direction myself...despite Cook's attempts at pushing the Shaggin' Wagon

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And yes, the S10 works just fine, i'm in the process of going that direction myself...despite Cook's attempts at pushing the Shaggin' Wagon
get out man, if you have the room to store it that shaggin wagon is the shit!!

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get out man, if you have the room to store it that shaggin wagon is the shit!!
Oh I know it, but right now i have NO vehicle outside my work truck and the motorcycles

Shit, with that baby, you could be as cool as Mert Lawwill in "On Any Sunday"

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like Vcook said, if you have a spot you can put the van its by far the best way to go. Transportation to/from track, Indoor locking bike storage, place to sleep, and champagne room all in one. No matter what Chris Rock says, there IS sex in the champagne room. Get the van

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Wow, that's the mother of all vans. Great freakin price too. Wonder if my neighbors would let me park it on the street? I could always hide their bodies in the back I guess....

I'm gonna ask the seller how long it is....
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I used an Enterprise cargo van (Chevy) this past weekend for Putnam and it was awesome. Plenty of places to tie the bike down, and had a secure, covered area to store my gear and even change. Only cost $112 from Friday morning to Monday morning; I spent more $ on gas.

I felt like superman or something each day when I'd emerge from the back of the van in full gear :lol

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Yeah I thought the van was $400 also it is really $1100 if you read the title. Its $400 off of original price of $1500.

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Wow, that's the mother of all vans. Great freakin price too. Wonder if my neighbors would let me park it on the street? I could always hide their bodies in the back I guess....

I'm gonna ask the seller how long it is....
Its 87 feet long

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I did it back when i had my s-10. Just get a decent foldable aluminum ramp.
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Pickup is fine. I've carried two bikes and BBQ Grill in a Dakota. But it's a tight fit!

I'd go with the trailer. You can sleepin the trailer. The same as the van. You can also check into a hotel and sleep well knowing no can walk up and screw with you bike or steal your spare gear.

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Yeah I thought the van was $400 also it is really $1100 if you read the title. Its $400 off of original price of $1500.
yeah, still a bargain. i've seen it loaded with bikes, it swallows them and asks for more. in fantastic shape for its age. if i only had the room....

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yeah, still a bargain. i've seen it loaded with bikes, it swallows them and asks for more. in fantastic shape for its age. if i only had the room....
I would willfully buy you the $400 beast just to see your wife's face when she came home with monster in the driveway hanging halfway over the sidewalk.
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I would willfully buy you the $400 beast just to see your wife's face when she came home with monster in the driveway hanging halfway over the sidewalk.
I would almost consider splitting it with you just to see her face




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I would willfully buy you the $400 beast just to see your wife's face when she came home with monster in the driveway hanging halfway over the sidewalk.

i've already suggested it's purchase twice, it didnt go over well. To be honest the second time was just to get a rise out of her thought.

and its 400 off of 1500, $1100.

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Its 87 feet long
Steve and pulled them out to see who's was longer.. my truck won by about a foot

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Well the seller never got back to me, so I dunno about the van.

How do you guys get bikes in a truck by yourself? Do you use a ramp that's wide enough for you to stand beside the bike while you clutch it slowly up? I'm just trying to vizualize how I will do this w/o dropping the bike off the ramp halfway up...
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Well the seller never got back to me, so I dunno about the van.

How do you guys get bikes in a truck by yourself? Do you use a ramp that's wide enough for you to stand beside the bike while you clutch it slowly up? I'm just trying to vizualize how I will do this w/o dropping the bike off the ramp halfway up...


?????????????Never got a pm from you???

Someone is actually coming saturday to pick it up though.
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a ramp 6-8 inches wide minimum is all you need depending on the truck height. I used to load/unload my old bike several times a week in a 2wd ford ranger. Start with a quick walking pace beside the bike (off and in neutral) several paces behind the ramp. Walk the bike straight up the ramp and hop into the back of the truck on your way up, or use a step. Once in, a touch on the front brake will keep it from slamming into the back of the cab. Just use the momentum from walking the bike to get it up the ramp, don't start at the ramp and muscle it up. Worked great for me, never dropped the bike.

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