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Old 05-02-2015, 08:59 AM   #2059
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Hi Lynne, Yup its always nice in the spring to get the bikes out and to just be able to go outside without coats . I went out to get the TH opened up for the day snapped a pic.
Terry - they are fitting pretty good. Same thing happens in our toyhaulers. What looks like a lot of space is quickly chewed up by toys that are wider than you think when you fit them in. Wish they parked like a Versys.

I have been tieing the bikes down on the triple tree and to several spots on the frame leaving the bike sitting on the suspension. The angle of the straps does pull the supsension down and I set the suspension to the stiffest level. Even then I have found that the bike suspension is active when we are traveling.

Issue was more predominant in the 5er with springs and the bikes behind the axles. Most of the issue has gone away in the stacker with the bikes closer to the axles and the torsion suspension.

I tie my bike down with 6 rachet straps in addition to the wheel chock. Have to go in and tighten the straps several times for the first hundred miles or so as the straps seem to stretch. Have broke several tie straps from the bouncing.

The back end tends to want to move sideways. More so when the road is choppy. I have laid pieces of wood between the back wheel and the etrack. That has reduced the side shift.

One of the things I am considering is raising the bike up and putting a block under the frame and then lowering and then strapping it down so it is solid on the block. Have not had the nerves to try that yet as I worry about the bike getting a bit loose and then bouncing on the block and possibly bending the frame.

Looking to compare notes as you get going. Perhaps there is something I have not considered to get better support.
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Terry - WOW!! Man it feels like you can see the finish line after seeing the bikes inside the TH. After the winter you've had I bet it's hard to decide what you want to do more on a sunny day, ride the bike or work on the TH. It's so nice here I'm considering not working on projects and taking one of the italians out for a drive on a twisty road with the top down.

Bap - If I get out your way I'll take you up on that offer. I'd love to see your vintage projects in person.

Have a good one peeps.
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Old 05-02-2015, 09:25 AM   #2061
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would love to have ya stop in ,,,,but im telling ahead of time our place is starting to look like an old episode of sanford and son,,,with all the vintage parts laying around..lol..
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Old 05-02-2015, 09:58 AM   #2062
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Hi guys and gals, Bap, if I was closer ohhh the trouble we could get into , If I get the time I still might build that mini TH, would be great on a recovery mission, give me a place to sleep on the road, I am on a list of people that if your broke down, in the hospital because of an bike accident and no one is close, I could help with transportation phone calls whatever. Frank, Thanks! this am when I went into the TH it was kinda a shock and a little inspiring to get going to finish. Gordon, they are making a block like you are talking about that goes under the frame and locks into a mount on the floor, I'll see if I can find a link. I've had the same problem with the bikes rear moving side to side, if I can I try to X the tie downs in the rear but with some bikes its not possible, the other way that I've done is with a channel that the rear tire sets in, I may extend the front wheel chock to include such a channel. Jay hands down tomorrow the bikes, DW and I have an appointment with some pavement, that's my mental health day . Bap, nothing wrong with Sanford, that just means there's lots of neat stuff.
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DO you guys know about these motorcycle tie down straps?

Using EBAY for reference only.

2 Lock Load Cargo Buckle Motorcycle Ratchet Strap Tie Down Hook w Floor Well | eBay

No sucking the bikes down to the stops anymore. You just hook them to the bike you rock it back and forth and they tighten up. Should the bike bounce during transposrt or the straps stretch the ratchet action tightens them back up if they loosen up.
They work like those pain in the rear Ford seat belt rachets that never let you lean forward to adjust the radio volume when you need to.

A little pricey compared to the ones we grew up with, but if you combine these with the front wheel lock that bike ain't going no where until you are ready for it to.


Sorry about being late to the conversation.
Was out riding the Motorcycle, took off at sunrise for a breakfast ride!!!!!
Finished off with my Grandson Andrews Soccor game.
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Hi Curtis, Yup I have seen those straps, I have sold something similar in the past but never used them myself the ones I did sell people liked them. I may have to look into them if they make them for E Track. I am going for one of those rides tomorrow, bikes are serviced and ready to go, be the first ride on my "new" knee so we will see how that goes.
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bap,
I appreciate your invitation and one of these days will take you up on it. I really love the open hospitality of the people on here. It is what helps make IRV2 such a good site to be on. Oh by the way, I love cornbread and a bowl of beans, just make sure there is hot sauce( or I can bring my own, lol). I also agree with Terry, looking like Sanford's is not a bad thing, it means that you have more selection in parts that you need to finish a project.
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Good Afternoon, Took the bikes out today, first time this year, nice day for it 70* and sunny, had to watch the sand that's still on the roads in spots. Cornbread & beans is good here too. As long as there is a breeze and you happen to be upwind . Should be ready to start in on the TH tomorrow . Have a great night all.
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Terry - you obviously had a good ride and from the starting work tomorrow the knee performed admirably. Both are great news.
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I appreciate your invitation and one of these days will take you up on it. I really love the open hospitality of the people on here. It is what helps make IRV2 such a good site to be on. Oh by the way, I love cornbread and a bowl of beans, just make sure there is hot sauce( or I can bring my own, lol). I also agree with Terry, looking like Sanford's is not a bad thing, it means that you have more selection in parts that you need to finish a project.
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Frank - do we have to wear the baggy pants with braces same as Fred as well?
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Well Gordon, we do have to fit the image, and don't forget the suspenders.
Terry,
Glad that you got to go for a ride and enjoy.
We went on the casino boat yesterday, it was great. Today we took it easy, went to a winery about 25 miles from here, and tasted some really good wines, ended u buying a few bottles to sample with dinners. In fact we had a glass with dinner tonight. Looks like tomorrow we are going to Fort Pulaski and some of the surrounding area.
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Gordon, the ride was great didn't go far, 100 miles but it was good to get out there for sure, the weather here for the next week is supposed to be way above normal, today in Albany it was 80*, 72* here in the mountains but what the heck we'll take it. 80's and 70's all week , we are starting the support wall between the garage and cabin area tomorrow, after a quick trip to Home Depot . Frank, that's great that your plan is coming together and you can enjoy the trips.
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Terry,
Glad you enjoyed your mental health day, now it is time to put your nose to the grindstone and get to work on the TH. Camping season is upon you and you don't want to rush now to finish. Yes it is what we all look forward to in retirement. Something that I found out last year is that it is much less stressful driving, when you don't have to push to get to your destination. You get there relaxed and not exhausted from being up on the wheel. I try to plan my trips out ahead of time, but if something comes up I just go with the flow. I usually don't make reservations unless we are planning on staying more than a couple days, Also try not to travel on weekends or holidays.
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Toyhauler,,,,, but which one is i the hauler?
I ran across thus blog , thought I'd share it with the group here;
http://www.jhblueroad.com/
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