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post #1 of 12 Old Jan 7th, 2008, 7:19 pm Thread Starter
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This may sound crazy...

I'm buying an LT that is located 700 miles away. I have an open trailer that I would like to use to retrieve it but don't want it covered with salt. I've seen boats shrink-wrapped for storage and for transport. Has anyone ever done that with a bike? Or any other bright ideas? I suppose I could just get it and hose it off when I get home, I'll want to get intimate with it right away anyway.

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post #2 of 12 Old Jan 7th, 2008, 7:24 pm
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just wash it when you get home.
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If your tow vehicle is going to be putting up a salt mist I'll suggest plastic bags over the hand grip switches (taped down), and maybe an old blanket shoved into the area above the front fender to keep the front wire harnesses in the nose clean. Maybe an old bath towel wrapped over the rear speakers and top box.

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Just wash it when you get home.

If you're that worried about it, rent an enclosed trailer...

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I had a friend who used shrink wrap on his Harley he trailered, and it did work with on loss of paint. BUT, he had to stop half way and do it a second time because the plastic tore off.
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The conventional wisdom is never- repeat never, cover a bike that is being trailered.

Unless you are a manufacturer with special facilities, you will never get your wrap on so that something does not flap in the wind. That flapping will ruin paint and leave you with a permanent reminder of the trip.

Motorcycles are built for operating in the elements. Just secure it properly on your trailer (a whole different discussion) and clean it when you get home.

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Salt

If you're going to be driving 700 miles on salted roads, that salt mist/dust is going to get into places all throughout the bike you won't be able to wash without taking all the plastic off. That will get you intimate with the bike right away.
The bike will survive it, but it will result in corrosion.
Wait until the roads or dry or rent an enclosed trailer if you really want to avoid this.



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Wow, the only salt we have on our roads is when someone drops their Micky'D's french fries out the window.

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I'm buying an LT that is located 700 miles away. I have an open trailer that I would like to use to retrieve it but don't want it covered with salt. I've seen boats shrink-wrapped for storage and for transport. Has anyone ever done that with a bike? Or any other bright ideas? I suppose I could just get it and hose it off when I get home, I'll want to get intimate with it right away anyway.
Safer yet, with all the white stuff on the road along with the salt, and a 1400 mile trip, you may want to consider having a professional shipping company bring it to your door. Les
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If you're going to be driving 700 miles on salted roads, that salt mist/dust is going to get into places all throughout the bike you won't be able to wash without taking all the plastic off. That will get you intimate with the bike right away.
The bike will survive it, but it will result in corrosion.
Wait until the roads or dry or rent an enclosed trailer if you really want to avoid this.



Heavily salted in the deep south of Vermont.
+1. I can't imagine ANYTHING worse than spraying your new pride and joy with a combination of salt water and road grit. You will create a mess, even if you wash it off immediately. Don't do it.... rent an enclosed trailer.


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I have to agree with the enclosed trailer thoughts. But..the main thing is be sure your equipped and ready for the proper LT tie down procedures. I saved this doc from a previous post.

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