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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-30-2004, 08:00 AM Thread Starter
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Transporting and compressing the forks

My bike doesn't have a center stand, and when I trasport in a truck bed, I have to compress the forks substantially to secure it. I've already had both forks seals blow out on me, and I'm wondering how long I can compress them without risking damage?
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-30-2004, 10:10 AM
 
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mine has a center stand, but I dont know that I would wanna put it on the center stand to transport it to begin with...usually with tie-downs on the bars and rear, it seems pretty stable.

as far as compression..i cant say that i know how long they will last compressed before becoming damaged, or how much you can compress them for a period of time.. were the fork seals brand new when they blew out, or did you have them on for awhile. ?
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Well, I never gave it much thought.... but WOS regulary transports our bikes for 8+ hours in this manner. Not to mention how long they are strapped in prior to the driving. I would say stop doing so many wheelies and you won't have that problem!!




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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-30-2004, 03:01 PM
 
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I lost a couple of seals while transporting also. I sewed together a sling with a ratchet tie down for the front and back wheels. It looks the slings on the UHaul auto transports except smaller. I wrap over the wheels and ratchet down. That secures the bike without compressing forks and I use Tiedowns out to the sides for sway and the problem has gone away
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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-30-2004, 09:04 PM
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You are pulling them too tight.

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I was thinking that but I was like no way he wouldn't be doing that!!




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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-01-2004, 06:46 PM
 
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I've never had a problem. I transport all of my bikes that way.
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