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    Senior Member MrDNA's Avatar
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    Hi all,



    I've read the threads on transporting these bikes in a trailer vs. a hitch rack, but I haven't seen this trick out there on the boards. Before I picked up my used 05' last Saturday, I took some basic measurements of my 2010 TW and the back opening of my 04 Nissan Quest and I realized that it was completely possible for me to get the bike home UPRIGHT in the back of this van.



    Here's how:



    1. Remove the mirrors

    2. One screw to remove the front faring

    3. Loosen the handle bars and tilt them down two inches and your TW will slide right into a Nissan Quest.



    We muscled the front wheel up and lifted the rear when we loaded the the 05' to take it home. Tied it off to the seat latches built into the van and drove it home 80 miles without any issues.



    Today, I made a simple ramp out of a 2x8 and put an attachment point to the rear door catch so it would stay in place. After doing steps 1-3, I rolled the 2010 TW into the van and dropped the kickstand - ready to be tied down. Works like a charm!





    TW in a 2004 Nissan Quest.





    Happy trails,



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    that is definatley something i have never seen before! good thinking... when god gives you lemons make lemonade
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    minivans rule!

    I needed some service on the riding mower and did something similar
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    I had a Dodge Caravan and did the same thing with my Honda ATV Trike.

    It was a little awkward, but it did the job.

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    Hopefully it's anchored, would hate to see it go flying.....

    How did you tie it down?
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    Busyweb did a similar thing in his Astro Van and added a winch for extra degree of difficulty. The wench idea is pretty good for even a pickup truck due to its heidth.



    Here is his thread with video and photographic evidence.



    https://tw200forum.com/index.php?/top...h__1#entry2854
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    The wench idea is pretty good for even a pickup truck due to its heidth.


    I've always though a "wench" would be a good idea too, (but my wife wouldn't let me get one! -- ) Guess I'd have to settle for a "winch."

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    Oops, sorry ladies. I meant "winch". Thanks truelight, I was thinking slower than my fingers!
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    Quote Originally Posted by jeepster09 View Post
    Hopefully it's anchored, would hate to see it go flying.....

    How did you tie it down?


    I was worried about it too. There are a bunch of tie off points that are normally used to latch the middle and rear seats. We put a little pressure on the front and rear suspension to hold it down and another strap to stop any forward action. No motion from the bike at all in over 80 miles of LA traffic.
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    Not having a trailer (but having a Grand Caravan) I was wondering the same thing. Came across this thread last month:



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