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Moving from LA to SF in a truck

Hi,

I am moving soon from LA to SF. I will be renting a moving truck and am planning to put my 2005 CBR1000RR in it. I do not have any towing equipment and I am looking to avoid renting any since it is a hassle and I don't trust movers with my bike. I have a rear wheel stand only.

Do you guys think it will be ok if I put the bike in the truck, put it on the rear-wheel stand and tie it down as much as possible (put it between my sofa and the mattresses to make sure it does not move)?

I have never done this before. Just want to know if anyone has tried this and if it advisable at all. I know not the best way but neither is letting someone drive a big moving truck with my bike tied in the back.

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Re: Moving from LA to SF in a truck

If the truck has a hook on each side in the back to strap some tie downs too you won't need to worry at all, you won't need to keep it on the rear stand or surround it with your softest furniture.
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Re: Moving from LA to SF in a truck

when i take mine on a ferry, i just leave her in gear, on side stand and put a pad on the seat and place the strap across it(seat that is) and crank her down. No prob so far.......

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Re: Moving from LA to SF in a truck

i removed some bolts out of the floor and replaced them with eye bolts from home depot, cost around $6 i think, i bought the same thread pitch that was in the floor of the truck, two i threaded right into the truck frame, two i had to get under the truck and secure the bolts with nuts, but it rode all the way from phx to ohio no problem.. (picture shows the bike tied to the rub rail inside the truck, NOT A GOOD IDEA! friend tried that and it pulled the bolts right out of the wall of the truck and bike ended up laying down)
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Re: Moving from LA to SF in a truck

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when i take mine on a ferry, i just leave her in gear, on side stand and put a pad on the seat and place the strap across it(seat that is) and crank her down. No prob so far.......
and i've had some rough crossings

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Re: Moving from LA to SF in a truck

Thanks guys. I think I will try to strap it down and put it between big items. The bolting to the floor approach seems complicated to someone like me who doesn't know his way around too many tools (for now :-).

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Re: Moving from LA to SF in a truck

I used racheting straps and secured it to the rub rails on either side. (Didn't have any issues). Used one tie down from the rear wheel to the back corner of the truck and one from each bar to the rails. Parked it facing the cabin and close to the right wall so when it was on the stand it was leaned away from the wall.

Hit me up when u get to the city. I just moved back and ride all the time!
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Re: Moving from LA to SF in a truck

there is a ratchet that i have that secures it from the handle bars so you dont scratch your plastic. they sell at your local stealer for like 40 bucks. it is well worth it. then all you have to do is go to walmart and buy ratchet straps the 1.5 in ones should be good enough. i used it to travel with my 09repsol from spokane wa to great falls mt which is like 6 hours away
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Re: Moving from LA to SF in a truck

Have someone drive your truck while you ride in front or behind.
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Have someone drive your truck while you ride in front or behind.

That's not a bad idea. If you have any doubt about the tie-down issue.
It's only about 400 miles, I've done the ride from LA to Sacramento (almost exactly the same distance) a few times and it's pretty do-able.
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Re: Moving from LA to SF in a truck

I live in Las Vegas for most of the month, however I work a week or so in San Francisco and bought my bike so I can ride from LV to SF once or twice a month and have transpo in the city for work when I'm there. Should only cost about $35 to do the trip one way as opposed to up to $200 for a last minute flight.

I think it would be fun for OP.. wouldn't have to worry about cargo on the bike because it is in the truck right behind you.

What part of SF are you moving to? I lived between the Mission and Noe Valley. Awesome city to live in, and fairly motorcycle friendly for parking too.
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What part of SF are you moving to? I lived between the Mission and Noe Valley. Awesome city to live in, and fairly motorcycle friendly for parking too.
I've found that to be particularly true. The drivers in San Fran are more courteous to MC's than any other place I've ridden. They're very used to lane sharing and most cars will make room for you, especially on the highways.
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Re: Moving from LA to SF in a truck

Drivers out there for the most part are used to watching out for and sharing the streets/lanes with bicyclists, pedestrians, skaters, scooters, buses etc. I've seen plenty of accidents and people hit by cars but not nearly as much as you'd expect.

I used to ride my longboard to and from work every day in bike lanes. Work was at the top of Van Ness so on the way back down I would usually drop into a traffic lane to ride down the hill. Never had anyone not notice me except a few idiots who try to beat you and turn right in front of you.

Couple times I've seen a car about to cut me off and slammed straight into the passenger side 1/4 panel or door to wake them up and remind them of what they did every time they look at their car. It looks more dramatic than it is but it's def. scared people into paying a little more attention.

Good luck in SF bro. There are a lot of real bomb places to see, ride, and eat at out there. I miss it every day.
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That's not a bad idea. If you have any doubt about the tie-down issue.
It's only about 400 miles, I've done the ride from LA to Sacramento (almost exactly the same distance) a few times and it's pretty do-able.
This post is from 2010 so hopefully he arrived safely Jonboy
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Re: Moving from LA to SF in a truck

Oh snap..

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