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post #1 of 1 Old Feb 27th, 2007, 3:42 am Thread Starter
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As some of you may know, Rena and I are about to embark on our "European Odyssey". Having examined many shipping options, a 20 foot container was settled on, as this gives us the ability to ship household items and our bike and trailer. (About 1/2 - 1/2) As this is a long plan journey, the option to ship all my tools was a plus. The bike and trailer can ship totally intact, no disassembly required (other than the battery) to fit into a wooden crate, so that's also a plus. I plan to tie "Jenna" down to the Handy Lift, and that to the container floor. Turn buckles and chains. I don't want this baby to move around, other than up and down on the suspension. I get to do all the work myself, both loading and unloading. Suits me fine. One advantage of the table is the front wheel vice. As we all know, there is only one way to tie the tightly faired LT down. I plan to use the normal front forks, and the rear sub frame under the side case. As we have the floor board option, that also makes a good tie down point. All of these with soft ties we had made up years ago. So six in total. As these are tied to the lift table I felt an extra couple higher up on the frame would be good, and came up with this idea. It's really a "Sh*T for Trumps" safety factor with the ends tied off to the sides of the container, but would give great stability on say a ferry crossing, etc. Best of all, easy to install, you don't even need to undo the rear heated seat plug. Hope the pics are self explanatory. Relies on both the rear seat fastening bolt, but more importantly the friction between the seat and frame. I installed the eyelet, but did trim the nylon hole with a hot solder iron to stop fraying. Any comments or other ideas gratefully recieved.
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