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  1. dubbs

    dubbs Limited User

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    I would like to try and fit my bike inside my truck cap to transport it. Not for everyday riding but maybe a trip down south this winter/spring. I think I remember someone using a wheelbarrow tire on the front to get it in there but can't find it anymore. Has anyone got their bike to fit in there with the cap on and what did you do?
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    Canadaler ODSC-OFTR Member

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    Who would do something so goofy? :roll:

    Oh yeah...me.

    You might have a chance of fitting your bike in the back with a cap by putting tie downs on the front end and totally compressing the forks. Even then I doubt it would fit....and isn't great for the springs either.

    I went to Princess Auto and bought a small (wheel barrow) sized wheel which had plastic bushings in it instead of bearings. Drilled those out to match the size of the front axle then replaced the front wheel with it. Even then I still had to slightly compress the forks with a tie down to get my CR250F into the back of a Ford Aerostar van. At least having the little wheel on the front lets you push it up and down a ramp to load the bike instead of lifting it.

    Easiest way to check is to measure from the bottom of your fork legs to the top of the bars. How does that compare with the headroom in the truck w/cap? Add at least a couple more inches for the little wheel to see if it would still fit in.

    Last thing to consider is that depending on the slope of your ramp into the bed, the skid plate might bottom out on the tail gate with the little front wheel.
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    Chef ODSC Executive

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    A friend has a bumped up cap. He carries his bike by compressing the forks with tie down straps on the axle and bars before he loads it. It is very slick, he has no troubles. Pushes the bike right on.
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    you need a van, man!
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    I have a van. A mini van but it's for hauling kids not bikes. Haha
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    shawn DRZ400s ODSC-OFTR Member

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    I wouldn't want to compress my forks too much for a long time. I know Rob B had success fitting bikes under a cap for such a journey by removing the front wheel. Can't remember what he made up to secure the bottom of the forks, but it worked!
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    grahamm Ride Organizer

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    My bike went across Canada under the cap of a f250.

    2x10 and a angle iron tee for the straps at the front, remove front wheel, with axle installed you place it in a block properly fastened on the 2x10. Strap it down with tie downs at the front, strap the rear down, lift the whole thing into the back of the truck.....

    .... Simple;)
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    Drain the fuel and lean it over.

    Worked to get my YZ125 to the races in the back of a Chevy Suburban when the trailer blew a tire.
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    It's possible for a tall contractors cap to accommodate a bike with minimal or no compression of the suspension. If you already have a cap that's cab height consider taking a look at hitch mounted racks.
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    Thanks guys. Good ideas. I already have a cap that is the same height as the top of the truck. I also have a hitch mount bike rack that I used last winter to take the bike to get washed less then one km from the house. What a mistake that was. I guess they use a sand salt mix in town here because it was all over the bike when I got home and that was only about a minutes drive.
    Taking the front wheel off and putting on a block sounds easy as long as I can get the bike in by myself. I'm sure the forks would only be compressed about the same it it was on a trailer anyway.
    Putting it under the cap just keep the weather off of it and some security when staying in hotels down south. If I can get the wheelbarrow tire to work it would make it easy to load and unload a well which would be a bonus.