1. Rectaltronics

    Rectaltronics Barned

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    :rofl

    Probably about the same time that a shop rejected a bike for an excessively loud exhaust.

    I'm pretty sure that if the pads seem visually OK, you're not spraying hydraulic fluid on the sidewalk and you didn't turn all the bikes waiting in the service bay into dominoes when you rolled in, that's good enough evidence that your brakes will pass a road test.

    I generally agree with your value assessment but it's not a total waste either. The shops are gonna clear $5 per sticker and I've never had a guy spend more than ten minutes on the inspection, paperwork and sticker replacement. That's at least $30/hour not including the occasional tips from nice people like you and me. Not exactly shop rate for wrench work, I know, but it's not totally peanuts either. The good news is it gets people into the shop, builds loyalty and even without yanking people's chains, brings the shop opportunities for higher-value work and sales that they might have otherwise lost.

    There are many costs to running a business and this is one of them. If a business owner finds that offensive then he or she should find a different line of work, or open a shop in a state that doesn't require mandatory inspections.

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  2. MFP

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  3. MFP

    MFP Urbaner

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    Has anyone here ever had any experience with renting a van locally for picking up a large bike that is out of state?
    I am exploring the trailer route as well but I do not want to use my own vehicle with a rental hitch for trailer towing and I cannot use my company vehicle.
  4. motorock

    motorock Explorer

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    Last year, hired a Budget truck and drove a friend's bike from North Carolina. That was one way- I think you can rent a van if you return it to save spot that you pick up. They seemed like the cheapest bet.
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  5. wiseblood

    wiseblood Not Your Safe Space

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    Just beware of mileage costs! I looked into renting a van or truck for a track day weekend. Once I added in the miles, the cost was unjustifiable.
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    motorock Explorer

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    Yeah. I dont remember but we either got unlimited or a high-mileage deal. Shop around..sometimes going in person helps too.
  7. TengaiJohn

    TengaiJohn Long timer

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    Just to give you an idea, I rented a UHaul Pickup and Car Tralier to pick up a Rover in CT. 130 miles round trip and cost me around $200 with taxes and insurance.

    Good luck.
  8. jprodun

    jprodun Been here awhile

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    I was going to say zipcar, but if you take for a day (180 miles limit, but free gas), but you’ll probably end up paying about $200 as well


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  9. TengaiJohn

    TengaiJohn Long timer

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    On other boards (non-motorcycle) people offer to help with transportation (RURR) but I don't think that type of comraderie exists in NYC Commuters.

    When you say out of state, do you mean NJ/CT or CA/MO/CO? Just curious.... you never know who's traveling to another state and might be able to help.
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  10. MFP

    MFP Urbaner

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    The bike is located in Delaware, it would be about a 300 mile round trip.
    Renting a p/u with a mc trailer sounds right up my alley especially if I can keep the cost below $300. Did you use a Uhaul rental center locally?
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    TengaiJohn Long timer

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    I used a U-Haul in Nanuet and drove to New Milford, CT.

    The car hauler was only $29.95 and the pick-up was also $29.95. The rest of the cost was mileage and insurance.

    I do have a steel hitch hauler for bikes up to 600 lbs and a 5x8 utility trailer you can borrow but I think your biggest expense will be the pick-up. A van would be easier and you wouldn't have to pay extra at toll.
  12. MFP

    MFP Urbaner

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    Thanks for your generous offer. The rental van with a ramp option makes the most sense however I would most likely be doing this mission solo and the bike I may be buying is a Yamaha Super Tenere which is around 550 lbs
    which would be quite a handful.
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    TengaiJohn Long timer

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    Why not take the train and ride back? Or go with someone in car and ride back? Riding back not an option?

    We were able to get RichBebe's Cagiva inside my Disco... not fun but doable.

    Most of the new vans at Uhaul are the Sprinter type so they are pretty low to the ground.

    Here's what I would do, take bus or train to DE. Rent van one-way to NY and drop off at 23rd street. Of course you need to factor in time, cost of bus/train and any drop off charge. Just a thought.
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  14. Rectaltronics

    Rectaltronics Barned

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    I've seen comraderie like that from other area motorcycle riders in the past. Maybe not from this particular forum. It's awesome when you borrow someone's creepy van and it already has a Condor wheel chock mounted on the floor.

    FWIW last time I was looking around for inexpensive van rentals with unlimited mileage, I wound up renting from National. But that was ages ago. YMMV.
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  15. MFP

    MFP Urbaner

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    Riding back is not currently possible because I do not have the proper clothing/gear for this time of year.
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  16. Mountain_Vrodder

    Mountain_Vrodder Been here awhile

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    I've towed bikes across state borders, then again it helps when the family is a contractor. What'd you need?
  17. MFP

    MFP Urbaner

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    I might be purchasing a used Yamaha Super Tenere that is located in Delaware approximately 160 miles from NYC. I am exploring all cost effective options available to get the bike to my home in Queens. I would like to be present for the transport and I am trying to avoid any Charles Foxtrots. Riding the bike back is currently not doable.
    I hope to go see the bike in person within the next week so I’m just trying to be proactive and get everything covered so if I pull the trigger I can move quickly to get the bike back to Queens.
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    kingcatfish190 Been here awhile

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    kingcatfish190 Been here awhile

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    The Nys dmv should be handling the mcy inspections - they rob you every year with registration fees - it’s the least they can offer - this governor is supposed to be so progressive - he should step up to his big talk.
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    kingcatfish190 Been here awhile

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