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Hey - does anyone have some nice cheap but solid methods for transporting their Duc (rent a van? - are there tie down points typically?)? I'm trying to put together a trip or two this summer and would rather not slab it to the locations I'm considering. Also considering the option of throwing the bike in a van in case it rains on the way there or back.

Hoping to learn from the experience of others as I've never hauled my bike anywhere. Any comments on what works best would be great. Obviously renting a trailer may be the easiest but getting a towing package for my little Audi is likely not an option.
 
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Re: Transporting the Duc (Kennedy)

You can rent a van and make a couple of sturdy wheel chocks out of 2x3s. The trick is getting the bikes in and out without a ramp. Robbie kenevil would have no problems, but I bet you would.
 
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I rented a U-Haul enclosed trailer. It was the largest one they had. I replaced the rivets that are mounted in the sides of the trailer with bolts, lock washers and nuts that I purchased from home depot. It worked great and the bike did't move an inch.
 
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Wonder if I could do that with a small van. Like mentioned above, if I got a trailer, I'd likely be traveling rickshaw-style.
 
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Re: (Kennedy)

kennedy -

do it right, to protect your bike ... rent a van, purchase a loading ramp, some eye bolts, washers, nuts, high quality tie-downs, a canyon dancer or short tie-down loops (to go around the lower triple clamp) and a wheel chock: http://www.twowheelcorp.com/ca...e=755

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I worked out all the angles. If you are worried about foul weather then the enclosed U-Haul trailer is the way to go. The van is not as good an idea for several reasons:

1. There is usually an allowance for miles.

2. I think the renter will not appreciate the holes you just drilled into the floor board (If you use the chock).

3. It only cost me $29.00 for the day for the trailer.

4. All I had to purchase was the bolts and washers for about $8.00 (I went with the stainless hardware).

5. Plenty of room for the bike, I did not have to remove anything. With the van it is usually a tight squeeze.

It worked great for me when I took the bike to BCM for tuning (about 200 miles each way).
 
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Re: (RI749)

I have a pickup truck, a ramp, and canyon dancer, and tie downs. I can carry my bike anywhere.
 
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Re: (Chuckles)

Canyon dancers are key with Ducati.
4 tie downs. DONT FEKIN KILL THE SEALS EITHER.
You dont need to strap the front end down as much as you think.
Dont be nervous......2 up front and 2 out back. In gear with front wheel chocked.
 
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Or get yourself a Condor Chock and you can use it in any trailer, van, or truck you might ever put your bike in. You can use it as a paddock stand, too. Just use one set of tie downs at the rear of the bike to stabilize it, and it's not going anywhere. And it puts no stress on your fork seals...
 
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Re: Transporting the Duc (Kennedy)

I don't know, man, but loading my bike up into a van sounds crazzzzy.

just rent a low-lying 4-wheel U-Haul bed and some ratchet tie-downs. cover the bike with a high-quality weatherproof cover, then tie it down...wait.....oh crap, if you do that, where do you latch the tie-downs to?...crap...


Look... just get a narrow steel loading ramp and pull up to a small inclined hill and push the bike into a rental van. Throw the ramp in with the bike, latch the bike down, good to go.
 
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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD>Quote, originally posted by AZ Scott »</TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Or get yourself a Condor Chock and you can use it in any trailer, van, or truck you might ever put your bike in. You can use it as a paddock stand, too. Just use one set of tie downs at the rear of the bike to stabilize it, and it's not going anywhere. And it puts no stress on your fork seals...</TD></TR></TABLE>

What he said. I have a pair of Baxley chocks and they make bike transportation a breeze, whether in a trailer, pick-em-up truck, or whatever. But I advise against the canyon dancer - I believe you will be much happier with some soft ties up through the lower tripple. When I use them with my Baxley, I just apply enough pressure to preload the shocks so the bike won't jump and I'm golden.
 
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All good stuff. Thanks for all the help!
 
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I went the UHaul route as well. However, they have specific "motorcycle trailers" that are smaller utility trailers (one axle) that already have tie-down points. Best thing, $15 a day. Also, they're light enought to pull with a car. Then of course, get tie downs and cayon dancers. Also, I agree with the person above, don't ratchet down the front end all the way, it just makes the wheels want to pop out of place over bumps.
 
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