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I am considering making a vehicle change. I now have a S10 and my old front wheel drive winter car. The family has gotten so big we need a van for trips and I wondered if I get an all wheel drive Astro (I still want a truck chassis), will a superbike fit in the back with all the seats removed or do I also have to buy a trailer? Ducati lists the height to the windshield at 42.5 inches and Chevy shows the opening about the same, anybody out there try this? Thanks, Phil.
 
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Re: Can a Chevy Astro swallow a Ducati? (Phil 998)

I was considering a Chevy Astro Van as well but I'm still not sure. I think it's really close and you may have to take off the windscreen everytime you want to transport the bike. But the bike itself does fit.
 
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Re: Can a Chevy Astro swallow a Ducati? (Turbo329)

Come up and grab one!
 
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Re: Can a Chevy Astro swallow a Ducati? (J.U.996SPS)

I bought one in Nov. As long as it's a cargo Astro Van it will fit fine. Mine has the steel barrier between the cockpit and the rear. With a chock mounted I have a few inches to spare at the rear doors.
 
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Re: Can a Chevy Astro swallow a Ducati? (Ducaholic)

Yes, it can. I have a '97 Safari AWD w/dual rear doors (not dutch doors) and have fit a 916 (w/tall windscreen), 900SS, Multistrada (remove upper screen & mirrors), 749R and a Husqvarna Supermoto bike into the van (err, not all at once - obviously!!).

To get the sportbikes in, all that was required was to angle the bike slightly when the windscreen approaches the top of the interior trim at the back doors to keep them from touching.

With the Husqvarna and Multistrada being taller, it required me to compress the front suspension slightly with two soft straps and a tie-down to get it past the rear interior trim, then once in, I release that tie-down and strap them in like normal so the suspension isn't as compressed. Same for removal - no problems.

I've got three Pingle removeable wheel chocks mounted and a removeable seat bracket behind the passenger seat for a third seat/person. It gives me the option to haul one or two bikes at a time and carry three people if I'm only hauling one bike.

It's worked well for me, at times I've thought about removing the upper plastic interior trim at the back so I wouldn't have to angle the sportbikes, but it's such a minor issue, I haven't bothered.
 
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Re: Can a Chevy Astro swallow a Ducati? (Ubermoto)

Another simple solution many MX guys use, just put a tie down on the top clamp and the other end into the bottom of the fork leg, pull the tie down tight and compress the front end. It can still be rolled around that way and effectively lowers the front end up to an inch or more... I have loaded an ST2 in an Astro this way


Modified by Dave R at 8:01 PM 3/8/2005
 
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Re: Can a Chevy Astro swallow a Ducati? (Dave R)

I don't know about an Astro van, but I know a VW Eurovan definitely will. If you like the idea of going 0-60 in about a half a day it's the perfect vehicle. I ran into a guy at a gas station who had a 998 in the back of his Eurovan. He said it worked great for enclosed bike transportation.
 
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Re: Can a Chevy Astro swallow a Ducati? (blueSS)

Yeah and if you buy one of the lowered Astro's with gold wire wheels on it (theres a lot here) then it would be simple to load, the arse end is only a couple inches off the ground! I wonder if they would leave the hydraulics on it......
 
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you could just carry an air tank, and let some air out of the front tire to lower the overall height. Once removed from the van, air the tire up using the tank.
 
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Re: Can a Chevy Astro swallow a Ducati? (Phil 998)

I had a GMC Safari van for a number of years and it hauled well and pulled a trailer well. When I needed a new one I tried to find another Safari or Astro. What I found were all loaded out or cargo vans. Couldn't haul bikes in the one, or kids in the other. Looked around and ended up with a Ford full size E-150. I've forgotten all about the Safari!!! The v-8 (5.4) pulls and hauls like the mini-van never thought of. I don't have to pull the second seat out to haul a bike in the back and you can load it up and it doesn't feel overloaded. Same price, same fuel economy (better when loaded!), I love it!!
 
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I got my 748 and a 900cr with the fairings on both bikes in my Ford Windstar and drove from Ontario Canada to Mt. Airy N. Carolina and back with 2 people in the van . I know some of you guys were there too to witness it!
 
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