Transporting in Cargo Van

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Transporting in Cargo Van

Post by Pilotflyby » Sat Feb 22, 2014 6:50 pm

I need to go pickup my new 2012 airbag holdover and would like to know the bike will go in and out of a cargo van with a 4' 6" opening height.

I have not been able to find the overall height of the bike with the windshield lowered.

If that is not possible, does anyone have any thoughts on how it might work (or if it is worth doing it) by taking the windshield off?

For the sake of argument, let's assume that there is no other way to transport the bike other then using the cargo van.

Useable cargo area specs:
Length of cargo area 10 ft.
Opening Height 4.6
Opening 5.6 wide

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Re: Transporting in Cargo Van

Post by golden highway » Sat Feb 22, 2014 7:41 pm

I do not believe it will fit. I used to put my old Suzuki in the back of my van and I had to remove the mirrors and lower the handle bars and at that it was a tight fit. Uhaul rents a motorcycle trailer for like $25.00 a day. If they don't have one at least rent a flat bed trailer. It will be well worth the money.

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Re: Transporting in Cargo Van

Post by themainviking » Sat Feb 22, 2014 9:31 pm

My 2009 is 58" to the top of the windshield with it at it's lowest point. I do not believe the 2012 is any different in this respect. I tend to agree with the previous poster on U-Haul vans or flatbed trailers as opposed to attempting to roll it into a cargo van. You are correct in that you would need to remove the windshield, but consider also the weight of this motorcycle, and the difficulty of maneuvering it into the cargo van. I would not do it personally.

Now for the sake of your argument. Do you have four or six good strong healthy individuals to help you load the bike after you have removed the windshield garnish and the windshield? Do you have tie downs in the van? If your answer to both is yes, then what you propose is definitely possible. I have seen full dressed Harleys transported this way, so the weight itself is not a consideration. Four guys can put a Harley in a cargo van, so four to six should be able to put a Goldwing in.
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Re: Transporting in Cargo Van

Post by seelyark1 » Tue Feb 25, 2014 2:07 pm

Well Admin, looks like we missed our first delivery job. LOL :twisted: :twisted: If I was near there I would have been glad to ride it for him. Oh well, another opportunity gone.
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Re: Transporting in Cargo Van

Post by Pilotflyby » Tue Feb 25, 2014 5:48 pm

Thanks for all the replies. I was able to locate a truck with a hitch and have a U-haul bike trailer rented to bring it back in.

Tennesee has bizare laws that do not allow a buyer to pay for a bike unless present; along with Honda Motors not letting a dealer sell a new unit unless the buyer is present? If I did not want this bike as much as I do, I would skip it because of the crazy restrictions.

O'well, only have to do it once.

Thanks all for the input.

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