Ad Widget

Collapse

Announcement

Collapse
No announcement yet.
X

Katana Towing

Collapse
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Katana Towing

    I was reading up on some tips for trailering the katana for my move to Ohio tomorrow and came across a picture of a katana being towed by what looks like a Toyota Corolla...I couldn't help but chuckle a little bit.

    http://auto.howstuffworks.com/auto-p...-trailers1.htm

    The question I was trying to get answered, but couldn't find a definitive answer was, how much do I compress the shocks?

    I believe MD mentioned a long time ago that it was 1/3 the travel. Is that right?
    1999 Black Katana GSX-600F

  • #2
    Im not sure what the proper amount is, when i bought my bike in tn, we compressed them as much as possible. I was scared to death because id never carried a bike in the back of my truck, and around mountains to boot! It held just fine, had one strap around each handle, one around the rear tire to the trailer hitch and one across the seat. It didnt move lol, Good luck with your move

    Comment


    • #3
      "as little as possible" is the real answer. If you are going to trailer the bike, throw down the $250 extra smackers for a baxley sport chock. It will hold the front of the bike tight, and you'll only need the straps for extra stability.

      I remember that taz popped both fork seals on MD's bike two years ago on the way to the rally....
      -Steve


      sigpic
      Welcome to KatRiders.com! Click here to register
      Don't forget to check the Wiki! http://katriders.com/wiki

      Comment


      • #4
        What is so special about the Baxley Sport Chock? I have the harbor freight chock which was like $29.99 and it worked just fine on the way down to Texas from Ohio. I cannot see why in the world I'd ever pay $250 for a chock.
        1999 Black Katana GSX-600F

        Comment


        • #5
          i didnt even have a chock!

          Comment


          • #6
            Originally posted by crazyaussie View Post
            What is so special about the Baxley Sport Chock? I have the harbor freight chock which was like $29.99 and it worked just fine on the way down to Texas from Ohio. I cannot see why in the world I'd ever pay $250 for a chock.

            The baxley chock will hold the bike upright, with no "wiggle" and can be locked.
            -Steve


            sigpic
            Welcome to KatRiders.com! Click here to register
            Don't forget to check the Wiki! http://katriders.com/wiki

            Comment


            • #7
              I have used both the bed of a truck and a flat bed trailor. What I have done in the past is tie it down as far as I could go and then back the straps off about half and inch so as not the pop the fork seals. The web site that you posted is kinda what I did except that I bolted doen a 4x4 peice of wood accross the trailor and pressed the front tire to it before strapping it down.

              Depending on the roads that you are traveling I would reccomend checking the straps and bike every so often just incase.

              always strap down the bike straight in the truck never at a 45 degree and never tie the bike down while the kick stand is down. If the strapps are resting against the paint then I use big fluffy towels.

              Comment


              • #8
                Who needs a truck or a trailer... Give this a try
                Attached Files

                Comment


                • #9
                  Originally posted by steves View Post
                  The baxley chock will hold the bike upright, with no "wiggle" and can be locked.
                  hmmm...well the cheapo HF one held it upright all on its own while I went around and tied the bike down. Sure it doesn't lock, but for $220 cheaper, I don't care! Maybe if I had money to burn, I'd get one just for giggles.
                  1999 Black Katana GSX-600F

                  Comment


                  • #10
                    Originally posted by crazyaussie View Post
                    hmmm...well the cheapo HF one held it upright all on its own while I went around and tied the bike down. Sure it doesn't lock, but for $220 cheaper, I don't care! Maybe if I had money to burn, I'd get one just for giggles.
                    you're call. I've used both... and I'd trust the baxley chock WAY more than the one from HF.
                    -Steve


                    sigpic
                    Welcome to KatRiders.com! Click here to register
                    Don't forget to check the Wiki! http://katriders.com/wiki

                    Comment


                    • #11
                      im thinking youre set up is better then what i had aussie and i didnt lose my bike so I think your good to go! Just check your straps after a hundred miles or so. It started to rain and i got really worried but the straps didnt slip and everything was fine.

                      Comment


                      • #12
                        That is funny

                        Comment


                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Fyre View Post
                          Who needs a truck or a trailer... Give this a try


                          the guy that bought my yamaha picked it up with a dodge shadow
                          We took off all plastics , fuel tank ,seat and rear tire
                          we got most of it in his trunk/hatch back
                          He had about 4 or 5 hrs of driving on HWY 401, it is the bussiest highway in north america
                          He payed me in cash so he could drag it with a chain for all I cared
                          The funny part is he didnt bring any of his tools , and had to borrow mine
                          NOT sure how he originally planned on getting it home
                          Blood , its in you to give! http://www.blood.ca/

                          Comment


                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Fyre View Post
                            Who needs a truck or a trailer... Give this a try
                            Lol nice!

                            Comment


                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Stinger02 View Post
                              im thinking youre set up is better then what i had aussie and i didnt lose my bike so I think your good to go! Just check your straps after a hundred miles or so. It started to rain and i got really worried but the straps didnt slip and everything was fine.
                              I will try and snap a photo when I get it loaded up...either tonight or tomorrow. I will use the same set-up I did a few months ago when I moved back home to Texas. I didn't have an issue then, but I think I compressed the shocks too much. My seals were leaking before the trip, but they got worse when I got home.

                              I mainly just wanted to check on the how much to compress the springs, so I think I'll try what steve suggested and compress as little as possible.
                              1999 Black Katana GSX-600F

                              Comment

                              Working...
                              X