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    Transporting your TW or smallish bikes in pick ups

    I have a full 8 foot bed pick up truck. Is there anything wrong or dangerous about just laying a TW over on its side in the truck bed ( with some protection for the down side ) rather than upright on the wheels and tied off like I see most people do ? It seems like it would be more stable as long as I tie it off fore and aft in case of a fast stop/start.
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    Gas spillage will occur. Fluids in motorcycles tend to like gravity.
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    I carry my dirt bike on my pickup all the time. Wouldn't hesitate to haul the tw200 the same way. I load it centered and the front wheel touching the front of the bed. Two tie down straps from each side of the handlebars to the post holes of the truck. Haul it anywhere at any speed. Never moved.
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    I have done what you ask about but only with well worn rescue TWs I have bought. I would not do it with a fairly nice TW that I want to ride upon arrival. I actually removed the front wheel and stuffed a TW in the back of my 4 Runner laid on it's side for the drive home but it was a non running 1988 Black Widow that had plenty of battle scars already. They do ride real well upright with just a couple tie downs and I usually secure the rear wheel as well.

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    If you don’t mind laying it down to transport then you really don’t need a truck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Willys714 View Post
    If you don’t mind laying it down to transport then you really don’t need a truck.
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    Too bad we can't see this Jack Wagons girlfriend hanging on to the bar on the passenger side or through the sun roof. WOW! I see this dumb crap all the time around here but it's usually a king size box spring and mattress strapped to the roof of a Honda Civic going 65 up the highway from Sam's Club.
    Oh Yea, a few days later we usually see an old mattress and box spring dumped along a lonely road.

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    Be Decisive! Right or Wrong just make a decision. ​ The road of life is paved with flat squirrels that couldn't make a decision.

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    You have a truck with an 8 foot bed?
    I would do as you say "like most people do".

    I could lay a minibike on it's side on my trailer but I wouldn't.
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    If you’ve got an 8’ bed I’d just pick up one of the Condor motorcycle stands/chocks (or similar) that lock the front wheel in place (upright) and then strap it down as others mentioned. Nice thing about the Condor is that it’s easy to do solo. That’s how I hauled my TW in my profile pic (even with a shorter bed).
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    I'm in the stand her up crowd. I'm wondering why you would want to lay her down??? And I never use the front wheel "chock".
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