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Bad to transport a bike on its side?

Discussion in 'General Motorcycling Discussion' started by VMZ, Mar 28, 2010.

  1. Just wondering how bad it is to transport a bike on its side?
    Hopefully picking it up from the city and I'm not comfortable with my first solo ride being one and a half hours and having to deal with Melbourne CBD.
    I only have access to a station wagon at the moment... the bike will fit but I'm not sure.
    Assuming it's a 2 stroke the main issues would be battery and leaking fuel?

    Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated. :)
  2. Don't do it, either ride or borrow trailer/van/ute
  3. hire a trailer, worst comes to worst, get a courier to transport it out of the cbd for ya
  4. Get someone on here to escort you! If not then lie beg and steal to get a trailer. DO NOT put it in your car.
  5. Alright, You've all convinced me. Thank you.
    So I'll be fine with a 6x4 trailer with ratchet straps. How do I go about stopping the suspension from letting the bike bounce?

    And just out for curiosity, is lying it down just not done because it's taboo or is it putting a particular part of the bike at risk?
  6. It'd be fine to transport on it's side as long as you drained the oil, water, petrol and removed the battery.

    Fluids moving to undesirable locations is the main risk
  7. 6x4 trailer is not ideal. They are higher off the ground and the bike will have to go in diagonally. Get a bike trailer if you can or a van with tie down points.

    To tie the bike down. Get a mate to help. Get the bike in the trailer hitch the tie down around the lower triple clamp on each side. Pull each side a little bit so the bike stays upright. As the suspension tightens up get your mate to bounce the suspension as you tighten the straps. (I don't really recommend this method but its the cheapest, otherwise get a tyre belt thing) Then find a spot to tie down the rear of the bike. MAKE SURE THE TIE DOWNS ARE ALL PULLING FORWARD. Do not have the front ones pulling forward and the rear pulling back. Make sure the bike is dead upright. If its on a lean loosen, stand it up and tighten again otherwise the bike may fall over. You want the straps tight but not so tight you bust the fork seals. With the loose bits of the strap tie them down otherwise it will scratch the bike.

    Really though its probably easier to ride it home - if you can get someone you trust to do it while you follow him/her.

    Or just ride it home on a Sunday/Saturday arvo - the traffic shouldn't be so much of an issue then.
  8. you can hire bike specific trailers from lots of servo's. do that.
  9. The problem is getting things organised and picked up between working long days, shops shutting and being an hour and a half from the city.

    I'm still trying to borrow a ute but it looks like riding is the best option. I had a look at a map and it seems that it should only take 10 minutes of CBD riding and so long as I survive that then it's citylink then the freeway all the way home.
    I was hoping to get used to the bike on familiar streets but I guess I cant have everything.

    Thanks for all the input... It's greatly appreciated.
  10. what type of bike is it? Realistically as long as you don't rush yourself you should be right. Make sure you are insured before you drive off though!

    Utes are ok but you have to get the bike up a long way. Trust me, even when I put my bike on a bike trailer I still get scared.
  11. (Hopefully) I'll be bringing home a Aprilia RS125.
    I have only really done dirt bike riding and not that much of it so I imagine it will be a bit of a learning curve going to a sports bike and city streets.
    I have bounced a CR125 onto a ute before but I realize it's going to be a lot harder with the Aprilia because it's heavier, not much suspension travel... and I care more about it. With ramps I should be ok though, right?

    Someone will drop me off the bikeshop anyway so I figure I can get them to tail me till I get to citylink and then they can go their own way. I assume it's better to have them behind me because they'll be keeping people off my ass?
  12. ramps are fine, just watch the clearance of the belly pan as the front weel goes onto the trailer/ute.

    But if you have ridden strokers before and can drive I can't really see a problem if you take it easy. Yeah have the person follow you.
  13. I did that on my friend bike, he behind me all the way till we got home, just take it nice and easy you should be fine.

    also congratulation with your new bike.
  14. Ok, I'll keep an eye on that.
    I'm still a little worried cause I see enough idiots in the city when I'm driving, I don't really want to meet them whilst riding... but I guess I have to do it one day.

  15. It would help if you let us know when you needed the escort.
  16. I would if I could. But with the way work is at the moment I'll just be heading up at a moments notice.
    I do appreciate the offer though and thinks it a great idea that the forum to facilitate it as it could well save some lives.

    I guess it also wouldn't feel right to me to take someones time when I have yet to contribute anything myself... even if they were willing.
  17. Soon as you know, post it anyway.
  18. Tie the bike down against suspension just enough to keep the bike upright. Don't worry about it "bouncing around" - it's suspension.

    Tie the bike front and rear.

    The lower triple clamp tie down sometimes means the tie downs will interfere with fairings and scratch them, so keep an eye on it. The alternative is to tie down at the handlebars... to do that without risk of damaging anything on the bars get a superbike bra or handlebar harness tie down.
  19. If you're picking up from a shop, someone should be able to help you (surely??). If you're picking up from a private home, ask if the seller can help.

    Also, post when you're doing it...I had known my (now) husband only a few days before he picked up his first bike and escorted him home from Geelong to Kew. You never know what may happen :wink: You would be surprised how many people will offer to help...you have plenty of time to contribute!!
  20. id help ya, but im in Sydney :)