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Old 10-27-2006, 12:47 PM   #15
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nope ken, haven't been south since feburary.

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Old 10-27-2006, 12:55 PM   #16
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just realised i hadn't uploaded any recent shots of the old pig in a while...

here it is at davenport iowa this year. picked up some more goodies at the swapmeet.

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Old 10-27-2006, 12:58 PM   #17
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Taking mine with me

Well Guys, here is what I use to haul mine.Look here: http://jhodge7.photosite.com/Album1/

I have a bad back, so I don't need to be lifting ramps around. Back when I did just that, I got tired of unhooking and then hunting an acceptable place to try to unload.
Then, when I was at a all Harley Drags in Bithlo, Fl, this fellow came in with something that peaked my interest. It took me several years, but I finally got him to build me one. He now has the patent for it. It works super, if not better than that! That is an 1800 Goldwing sitting on it. Him, being a diehard Harley guy found that hard to accept. I absolutely love it. A pic with the Airstream hooked up is on page 2.
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Old 10-27-2006, 01:05 PM   #18
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that is a first class set up! i saw a similar device for sale at davenport that essentially lowered the entire bike to the ground via a sliding bed device.

yours looks much lighter and simpler.

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Old 10-27-2006, 01:13 PM   #19
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John, I was absolutely thrilled to get it. The gentleman was indeed a very good engineer. The ramp is solid aluminum except for the stand that makes it into a workbench. The entire carrier comes apart to remove it. He even put wheels on the ramp to make it move on the ground easily while the weight of the bike moves around. The entire unit moves back and forth in the bed to prevent the need of removing the tailgate. The goldwing is slightly long for the Wing, so I have to hold it in an 'almost closed' position with a tailgate retainer. My Harleys allowed the tailgate to close completely.
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Old 10-28-2006, 10:12 AM   #20
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Thanks folks! Excellent information. You have given me several directions to go with this one. I appreciate your input.

We have not ridden for over twenty years and thought a bike would be a great way to explore once we set up somewhere. I am a few months away from retiring (at a relatively young 47 yoa), the kiddo is off to college and we will soon have the time to take some extended road trips (planning for 5-6 weeks at a time) and start racking up the mileage on the Safari. It looks so lonely just sitting there idle most of the year. Thanks again.
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Old 10-28-2006, 10:28 AM   #21
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tie the bike off 4 ways!
Why do you need to tie off the bike 4 ways? My thought was if you ratchet down the front, it compresses the front struts enough to hold the bike in place. Just trying to understand the mechanics behind this.
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Why do you need to tie off the bike 4 ways? My thought was if you ratchet down the front, it compresses the front struts enough to hold the bike in place. Just trying to understand the mechanics behind this.

I'm pretty bad at math, but I would think it would have to do with geometry or physics. By doing a 4 way tie down, you get a solid hold that prevents movements from nearly any direction. Of course, as I said, math was never one of my strong points, but I saw John's setup first hand and that bike was not going anywhere, unless he wanted it out of the pickup bed or, he kept the shiny side down.

I have bicycle racks for the top of the Burb and though they are secure, they do flex a bit, but not John's setup....like a rock.
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Why do you need to tie off the bike 4 ways? My thought was if you ratchet down the front, it compresses the front struts enough to hold the bike in place. Just trying to understand the mechanics behind this.
the idea is to keep it in the bed no matter what. imagine going over a large bump or a trip through the ditch with the rear unsecured.

if the rear can jump around you also run the risk of it getting out of line enough to allow the front forks to turn sideways. your front ties at that point are useless.

way back when i used to road race i remember a couple of guys showing up at the track with an empty trailer and two tiedowns dragging. needless to say they immediately turned around to retrace their route.

4 sturdy tie downs is best, trust me on this one.

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I haul my Harley Heritage softail in the bed of my F150 ext. cab but with the fishtail exhausts, I can't shut the tailgate completly but there no problem with the Airstream. No electric winch , all is made with HD engine and strong ramps !

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i have a motorcycle salvage an go to swap meets an rallys all over ar la miss i haul my water buffalo show bike in the bed of my truck to some shows load my gold wing in the truck with ease
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