Shipping my GS in a Penske

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by troyslegacy, Jan 6, 2013.

  1. troyslegacy

    troyslegacy PigGS Feet

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    You caught me, I'm actually running a mobile meth lab and using the bike for deliveries. Haha. I went with a 3/4 inch piece of plywood, two eye bolts in the front, two in the back, and built a wheel chock out of some old 2x4's and mounted that to the plywood. I have a 4x8 heavy rubber mat that I use under my weight bench, it weighs about 90lbs and will be under the plywood. I think it'll be a solid option. I'll post pics when I get it loaded up. Thanks for all the recommendations, and I would never tie it down on the center stand! I have always tied down on the lower fork brace.
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  2. SpeedwayRN

    SpeedwayRN Go Spies!

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  3. wrysingfeenix

    wrysingfeenix Dust off those ashes

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    The Stonehenge set that wound up being about a foot tall and almost brained the dancing dwarf when it was lowered on stage!

    Christopher Guest (I don't recall his name in the movie) used quote marks indicating an inch instead of an apostrophe indicating a foot when he made a sketch on a napkin.

    I immediately pictured a 26 inch model of a Penske truck with the OP's bike sitting right behind it with everyone scratching their head.

    :lol3:lol3:lol3
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  4. rdwalker

    rdwalker Long timer

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    Yup. Now I get the Stonehenge reference. Gotta watch the movie again - it was great!
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  5. lhendrik

    lhendrik Truffle Rustler

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    Lay it down on it's side and pile crap all over it. That's where its going to end up anyway.
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  6. ElMartillo

    ElMartillo I See Faces...

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    I too am skeptical of the plywood idea. I don't believe it's strong enough to withstand the forces placed on it by the tie-downs, let alone when you start taking corners, etc.

    At best it's risky, at worst you'll damage it more if it falls over than if you drain the fuel tank and lay it on it's side on that heavy rubber mat to keep it from sliding. Some strategically placed chunks of 2x4 under the mat and bike may keep it from rocking around during the trip.

    Good luck!
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  7. Mrmerlin

    Mrmerlin K1300S fast as shi..

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    buy 4 long 1/2 inch shank eye bolts with threaded shanks
    drill 4 holes through the floor of the truck,
    make sure to use thick washers on the bottom side of the truck bed,
    secure the bike to these,
    then put a 2x4 in front of the front tire with 2 screws into the bed,
    then put a 2x4 in back of the rear tire to act as a chock.
    Leave the bike in neutral.

    When your finished with the move remove the bolts,
    then find a stick and tap it into the hole ,
    use a razor blade to cut it off flush with the bed.
    NOTE this drilling/ bolt fitting operation is easier with a helper.
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  8. pedalmike

    pedalmike Horizontally Opposed

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    I hauled a 1997 BMW R1100RS from VA to CT in a box truck with no tiedown points several years ago. The bike only had 225 miles on it at the time so it was pristine and I didn't want to put a scratch on it.

    I built a t-shaped grid using wood 2x4s on edge with the front of the 'T' capturing the front wheel and eye bolts for tie-down points on each end of the 'top part of the T'.

    I built it with lag bolts so I could break it down and stow it in a duffle bag because my trip was fly to VA, pick up rental truck and bike and drive back.

    If you had enough time, I could ship you mine to keep if you were willing to cover shipping costs or I could take a photo of my setup if it would make it easier for you to put one together yourself.

    PM me if you are interested in either offer.
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  9. rgb2cmyk

    rgb2cmyk Been here awhile

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    We hauled a R1200GSA and a Vstrom 650 in the back of a Uhaul. We connected the straps to the wood side rails. They are a little high, but it worked perfectly.

    I couldn't tell you how specifically we strapped them, because honestly I'm tie-down illerate and can't move a bike unless it's I'm riding it under it's own power. The bikes were tied down by my brother-in-law, but I know it's possible. :rofl:rofl
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  10. Mrmerlin

    Mrmerlin K1300S fast as shi..

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    FWIW the side hooks on most of the trucks can pull loose,
    the floor deck is much stronger
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  11. troyslegacy

    troyslegacy PigGS Feet

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    I have the hardware to drill into the truck floor. I'll probably just end up doing that. I was concerned that the plywood would bow up when I tightened the straps down, eventually crack, and then I'd hear a nice boom in the back of the truck as I pull out of McDonald's.
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  12. Callisto224

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    I'm doing this next month. Post some pics and let us know how things worked out (or didn't) please.

    I'm hoping to learn from your experiences! :clap
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  13. rgb2cmyk

    rgb2cmyk Been here awhile

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    Is that so bad? You were ok with transporting it laying down anyway. :rofl
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  14. scooteraug02

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    You could beef up the ply wood with some 2x4s or 2x6s.

    Laying it on its side may crack the crashbars. All those bumps and vibrations will be absorbed by the crashbar and transferred to the mounting points.


    Picture from the web.
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  15. troyslegacy

    troyslegacy PigGS Feet

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    I ended up mounting it to the floor of the truck. I bought 3/8 x5 eye bolts and mounted two bolts and washers to each bolt. I have a washer and bolt on the bottom and a washer and bolt on the top. I was able to do it with no issues. For a wheel chock I screwed a 4x4 to the floor. I strapped it down and loaded shit all around it, I forgot to take pics. I'll do it on the other end. It's surrounded with crap now.
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  16. Mrmerlin

    Mrmerlin K1300S fast as shi..

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    when your finished find a stick and drive it into each hole then cut it off with a sharp razor you will never know you had any holes in the floor
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  17. Callisto224

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    So did you drill holes all the way through the floor? What did you do to plug the holes when you returned the truck?

    Did you remember to take some pictures afterwards? I'd love to see them. I have to ship my bike (and other junk) next week.
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  18. Beard

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    i mean... we left near pittsburgh at 5am. rode down to ky tn border to pickup a flatbed my friend bought on ebay.. loaded up the bikes, and got home at 11pm.

    with enough straps anything can work ;)
    7 hours home with 3 miles of ROUGH road up his driveway.

    we pulled the bikes off in the morning.
    i think the biggest helper would would be front wheel chocks attached to a board for this set up.
    this is at cracker barrel ofcourse, sure it takes a little longer. but you can eat once and survive all day. plus i find the similar layout, familarity, and variety of foods comforting on week long rides.

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  19. PackRat

    PackRat Huey Guns

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    I've done the same with several final drive failures!:puke1


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