Vans!

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by Hayduke, Feb 18, 2009.

  1. Tom S

    Tom S Can I ride it?

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    Yeah, one guy there has been goin' nuts searching out all those vans for sale.
    He has posted several every day for quite a while now. WouldnÂ’t be surprised if you could find an affordable older van that you like near you.
  2. natedog39

    natedog39 Borderline Beefcake

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    It rides nice actually,,,better than my pickup empty.

    Not too good on gas though,,,but there is alot of vehicle there though,,almost 8,000 lbs empty.

    Yes there are ice tires on the bike and it is awesome.

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  3. Boredsurfer

    Boredsurfer Been here awhile

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    cuz I'm now addicted and I freakin' need to do some work today damnit :rofl

    I currently have a V-6 Nissan pick-up as the daily driver but gas is gonna be shit here in CA real soon so I'm gonna ditch the pick-up, by an econobox for the daily grind and pick up a moto-van i think....

    Anyways, here's the million dollar question - which is the best van for SoCal weekend moto hauling? MPG is the most important consideration, but also power, cargo, (4X4 needed?) are all considerations. Originally thought a GMC/Safari for the V6 but now not so sure. Enlighten me van-aholics! Which is this best?

    Thank you so much - now back to craigslist.....:1drink
  4. seriousracer

    seriousracer be a man dodge tree bark

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  5. Hayduke

    Hayduke ///SAFETY THIRD/// Super Moderator

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    Ford econoline E350 extended cargo with 7.3 turbo diesel. You're welcome. :1drink

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  6. FLYING EYEBALL

    FLYING EYEBALL out of step

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    sweet :clap

    whats cheap?
  7. Hayduke

    Hayduke ///SAFETY THIRD/// Super Moderator

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    Honestly though, I think any full sized van after about '95 would work- seems that the 6 cylinders don't really get any better mileage than the v-8's and they seem gutless to me, so I'd go v-8 gas, unless you want to spend the extra $$ for a diesel (if you have the money, go deisel- so worth it IMHO.)

    4x4 is going to hurt fuel mileage, so unless you really like taking the van into stupid places, probably not necessary. Personally I'd rather park the van and ride to the stupid places.

    Good deals to be found out there! :nod
  8. natedog39

    natedog39 Borderline Beefcake

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    $1,800

    01 5.7 99,000 miles.
  9. FLYING EYEBALL

    FLYING EYEBALL out of step

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    nice

    you could probably pull the whole lift assembly out and sell off the rig and get your $$ back.
  10. Boredsurfer

    Boredsurfer Been here awhile

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    Just what is was looking for - great response!! Just wondering - why no love for the Chevy or Dodge? I actually found a 7.3L diesel one locally but diesel is more expensive around here - plus there are only 2 biodiesel pumps in L.A. now and they want $4.25/gallon :eek1

    Looks like it's the gas version for me - would a KTM 5## EXC-R fit right in without dropping the bars? I know, I know - more frigging questions. I figure the way to run this van is get someone to share the gas money on the weekends......
  11. natedog39

    natedog39 Borderline Beefcake

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    I could but the lift was the main reason I bought that particular one.

    I use it for more the just loading the bike and using a ramp to get in the back door is tricky at best.

    My toolbox weighs 300+ lbs and is top heavy so a ramp is no good for that.
  12. c.vestal

    c.vestal Rally On

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    I have an '09 530. With a ramp it fits right in.

    *** It is close enough of a fit. If I put the back wheels of the van in a hole and the ramp does not have much slope.... it takes some finesse to get in.
  13. spagthorpe

    spagthorpe Long timer

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    Sometimes your best option is to park the van off the road. Way off the road. I can see it would be really handy for that.
  14. Hayduke

    Hayduke ///SAFETY THIRD/// Super Moderator

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    I think a chevy or Dodge would be fine too- seems like all of the full size vans are about the same size, same price, and get around the same mileage.

    With my econoline, I can put my 525 inside fine, but it is a bit easier if I compress the forks with a strap before rolling it in. I also run a sub-mount damper, so the bars are higher than stock.
  15. garandman

    garandman Wandering Minstrel

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    I've got pics of my V-Strom with windshield and mirrors removed in the back of a Chevy Express, but Smugmug is read-only at the moment. Stay tuned.

    IIRC the load doors are 48" high and the ceiling 55".

    The Ford Transit Connect has more headroom, but is too short for long bikes like the V-Strom. An SV650 fits right in.
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  16. Robb Mc

    Robb Mc what?

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    Hayduke just has 4x4 envy..
  17. Hayduke

    Hayduke ///SAFETY THIRD/// Super Moderator

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    true

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  18. garandman

    garandman Wandering Minstrel

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    V-Strom in a Chevy Express with windshield and mirrors removed.
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  19. Joz

    Joz What could go wrong?

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    Then you guys probably aren't interested in my 2.5L turbo diesel Mazda Bongo camper van....

    Remove the middle & rear bench seats (which converted into a HUGE bed) and I could stuff my 750cc Africa Twin in there! Oh, and with the pop-top I could sleep 2 in the loft with the bike below and get ~25 mpg. And I drove that thing like a sports car. Oh, and it was 4WD with a 6 speed automatic.

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    Of course to get the bike in I had to remove the fairing & the mirrors.
    I can't find pictures of it right now, but I've actually hauled 3 bikes with that van - without a trailer! Two inside (CRM-250 & TS50) and a trials bike on a hitch carrier.

    Ahhh, that was a great van! If we could only get stuff like that here in the US.
  20. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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    Joz: you should have disassembled it and shipped it back as "parts" with the Africa Twin :D

    :freaky