Motorcycle Winch?

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  1. Britome

    Britome Get Free

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    I'm in the market and trying to figure out what is best. Any insights or model recommendations would be greatly appreciated.

    A couple hours of digfing out of a mud hole yesterday was the tipping point.
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  2. Storm Shadow

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    ive always liked the look of those cable winches, u know, u put them between two ropes, and lever them together
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  3. SCflyer

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    What's your preference - by hand or battery? Warn makes a dedicated moto winch and two vendors (CJ Designs and BlackDog Cycle Works) make rear luggage racks compatible (may need to get additional hardwar) with it for mounting

    There's also a cheaper winching system with some pulleys and ropes.
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  4. Britome

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    I have a BMW 1200 adventure. I posted in the ktm thread to get as much wisdom as possible.

    I like electric. Plus I looks badass going down the road!
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  6. Britome

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    Very true... My most of my brethren spend more time tricking out their bikes than working out their bikes.
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  7. DuctTape

    DuctTape Been here awhile

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    Warn XT 17.

    I and others have them on our 9XX and I'm wiring mine up for my 690.

    What most people don't realize is the winch isn't just for being stuck in the mud but also if you should fall over by yourself. Makes righting the bike so much easier without unloading if you're on a trip. Cheaper then a couple of trips to your Chiropractor.

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=855237
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  8. keener

    keener Speed changes you.

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    I made a 9 to 1 mechanical advantage pulley system with rock climbing ropes, pulleys,... Got a chance to test it today in mudy and snowy ATV tracks on the big katoom.

    If you need a wintch to pick up your bike man, u r either on the wrong bike or the wrong place.
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  9. DuctTape

    DuctTape Been here awhile

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    Yup, I ride alone, no cell phones, AAA and not just in fair weather. With my winch I never wonder if I should go look or not..............I just go!
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    Fatallybitten Slow and getting slower

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    I carry a block and tackle along with extra rope in case I need to extend the reach of the pulley system. I have had to use it a couple of times, once when fully loaded and the only issue was that I had to unload the bike to make it lighter. That was a small price to pay to get out of a difficult spot. The other suggestion I would make is irrespective of what winch system you choose to go with, try it out before you need it to make sure you can work it on your own. Cheers, David
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    Looks like their website is down right now but Adventure Engineering makes somenice compact stuff, after my buddy on a KLR went over the edge I started to pack one of these.
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  14. Britome

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    Yes. That is the puppy in the window at I want. Amazon has the best price.
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  15. SierraJeep

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    With respect to the Warn XT 17 winch, what is everyone's take on the two options: handlebar mounted switch or remote switch? (I now see they have a wireless option, too, but I am more curious on the first option.)

    Thoughts? Opinions?
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    Wonder if you worked it right if you could have a pulley to run the cable through to get the darn bike up on the center stand..... LOL

    Dave
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  17. Britome

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    I'm going with handlebar switch. I figure I or a buddy will be straddling the bike and I don't want another piece of long wife and the bulky remote.
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  18. DuctTape

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    I got both. The handlebar is great for sludging through the mud going forward straddling the bike but there will be times when that won't be possible (Like when you're using it to retrieve a mate's bike using a tree, etc). It also gives me two controls in case one gets disabled.


    I also installed the Kaoko throttle control to keep the Revs up and the battery charged.
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  19. DuctTape

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    I did get a flat right after it rained and the ground was so soft that even with a plate under the center stand the bike would sink so I wasn't able to get the rear wheel off the ground. About 100 yards away I saw an Oak with a nice size lower limb so I rode down there, threw a line over the limb and I was able to get the rear wheel off the ground.

    A really handy tool that I even use quite often around the house.
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  20. Storm Shadow

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    I wonder if a big ratchet strap will work

    send on a small touch screen by a guy with fat fingers
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