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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old Dec 6th, 2005, 7:20 pm Thread Starter
 
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Can a KRS fit inside a van?

Has anyone found a way to drive thier KRS up into an older Chevy/Ford van, say 1989-1996 model year? Are there any slick tricks in regards to a ramp, and stabilizing the bike once it's inside? Would the windshield have to come off, or will it fit as is? Problem I see is getting the bike back out. I have seen a friend drive his bike up a ramp into the back of his pickup, so I know that can be done, but I never saw how he got it back down!
Also, as a follow-on question, would it be possible to fit another gas tank anywhere in the bike to get more than the 4 or 5 gallons the stock tank holds? Even a couple of gallons more would be nice.
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Take the windscreen off. Not the easiest thing, but not difficult.

If you have enough balance to ride it up and in, you should have enough to ride it out (yeah, backward).
I do that with a trailer, and yes, the trailer is sitting lower by maybe 6 inches. Just make sure you have plenty of flat room behind you, and if you have the EVO brakes, you might want to have the key turned on.

Otherwise, probably two people, one on each side, with the key on for using the rear brake. Might have the person on the left shift it into gear and use the clutch as a means of slowing down just in case (not running the engine, though).



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If I was doing it regular I'd consider a small electric winch with remote control, mounted on the truck and fixed on the top yolk or across the front forks . You get safe control on the pull up and on the way down. If the rear tire's wet you're not thinking big $$'s if she slips.



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Now that I think about it, a winch would work well along with a second ramp of the same shape and size for one foot to be able to touch as well. Then if you happen to own a hi-lift all-wheel drive pick-um-up, you'd be good to go as well, solo. However, loading is better done in pairs, including human activities.



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Yes you can, we have done it once a year for the last four. On a 2001 with a comfort shield, you will have to pull it down to get it in. We push it in the van by hand ONLY
Two of us is needed for safety and ease. Make sure you use a 10 or 12 inch wide board to go across the back of the seats to put the front wheel up against. ( a must ) Then use straps to hold the wheel very firm in place. If you put two 2 by 4's horizontal ( one on each side of the wheel, to help hold in place )and screw them to the larger board at the back of the seats, its the best way.
We use the same board as a ramp that we use on the back of the seats.
Attached is a picture of the van and trailer, I will look to see if there is one inside.

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Yes you can, we have done it once a year for the last four.
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Rick, it comes from years of dirt bike hauling....
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Thumbs up Inside Van K12rs ......Picture

Hope this helps?????
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great foto

Thanks James, I had no idea there would be that much room left over. Looks like the windshield doesn't even have to come off. I think it would be a great combo to have a van with my bike inside, best of both worlds. It snows like crazy up here at 9097 feet, so if I can put this rig together I can run the van down to a warmer climate and ride the bike from there. Again thanks for the great fotos.
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Thanks also to Razel

And to Razel, I am thinking along your lines as well, to see if I can engineer some sort of hoist or winch thing whereby I could run the ramp out the back, run the bike up onto it, and winch the whole 9 yards into the van so I could do it by myself. James' fotos were very enlightening to me, there's quite a bit more room left inside than I had envisaged, such that some kind of motorized ramp just might fit with room left over. Thanks all.
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