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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 04-13-2007, 12:38 PM Thread Starter
 
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Bike in minivan?

Bought a 2002 Dodge Grand Caravan. I think my R6 should fit in there more or less from the measurements I took, but worst case I'll put a hitch on the car. So what are the tricks or secrets to strapping the bike down? I'm hoping that the bars that hold the seats in the back should be strong enough to take the bike's weight? Any other suggestions?
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use a chock of some sort to keep the bike from coming forward
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use a chock of some sort to keep the bike from coming forward
Not a bad idea...should help with not putting as much pressure on the straps too.
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What he said. Make sure the chock is all the way up against the back of the front seats. May have to remove the windscreen.


Mopar has done this before.
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Ask Bfly (Brian). He used to stuff his 1000rr into a chevy astro. I think he used to take the windscreen off to clear the roof while loading.

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Yea I figured the windscreen might have to go and a nice long ramp to make the angle as gradual as possible.
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i used to put my F4/F4i in the back of my 1996 Dodge Minivan.. just take the windscreen off.

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Wasn't there a CLSB'er who took his R6 to BHF in the back of a Honda Element. I remember pitting next to him. As I recall he had to remove the windscreen to do it.
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post #9 of 18 (permalink) Old 04-13-2007, 04:17 PM
 
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My vote would be to get a truck, but shit if you can fit it in a minivan hell go for it. That shit's resourceful! I've strapped things to the floor before in a van It's really strong.
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JUst put the 120/60 front on it and drop the forks............


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just run the 120/70 and slide the fork tubes up to compensate.

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that what i did my first two seasons... just take off the windscreen and strap it down to all the seat bars, leave it in gear and use a rubber band to hold the front brake down. i took my r6 down to road atlanta and orlando last year.. didnt even budge.. i have a long 12ft wood ramp if you want it.. in not u could a good folding aluminum online.
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Wasn't there a CLSB'er who took his R6 to BHF in the back of a Honda Element. I remember pitting next to him. As I recall he had to remove the windscreen to do it.
Yeah, I remember him. He had that wicked R6 and was fast as hell on the track. Nice guy, moved back to Asia when school was done. I think Endless might remember his name.


BTW, Biggie, get a Sport Chock. That'll help in the loading/unloading/transport of your bike.

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I didn't have to take off anything with an 01 gsxr 750 in the same van
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Here are some pics of Moparboy's F4 in his minivan:
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I'd strap the forks compressed while loading/unloading. too much work messing with windscreens and stuff
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I didn't have to take off anything with an 01 gsxr 750 in the same van
that's probably because gixxers rule.

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I'd almost guarantee that was the reason.

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