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Old 03-11-2013, 07:47 PM   #8
1Man2Wheels
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My VStrom 650 was winched aboard a boat in Panama thusly:

- rope around steering head.
- one rope each attached to each attached to the grab rails on the factory luggage carrier.

The whole securing and lifting operation looked precarious but it went fine and didn't cause any damage to the plastics, however I did remove the windscreen and side cases beforehand.

Here's the bike just after being winched off the boat. Note the attachment points



I'm not sure how much heavier the 1000 is (40lbs?) but I'd be surprised if the same method didn't work for you. Like the other poster said, proceed at your own risk. My biggest worry at the time was standing in a dinghy with the bike swaying above my head... That made me a lot less worried about the plastics


Sounds like a great trip. Have fun!
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