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      04-19-2012 10:57 PM #1
      Haven't even unloaded her yet. Which reminds me, how the hell do I get this sucker out of my truck lol! Every bike I've ever owned I road home from the seller. I figure I'll have to buy a ramp and get a friend to help back me down. You guys have any other advice?





      And yes, before you all start in, I've been riding fast bikes my whole life, just sold my oldest one (929rr) and my gixxer two years before that. I've just always wanted an R1 and couldn't turn this one down after talking him down on the price as much as I did. I think he was going through a big divorce, so I got it for way less than he was asking. As far as I can tell, there's not a thing wrong with it, he's already put all sorts of upgrades into it, and it only has 11k on the clock.
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      04-19-2012 11:21 PM #2
      speaking from semi-personal experience, my sisters now ex boyfriend had to leave his bike at our house one time, so he came back with a friend who owned a pick up and backed it up to a small hill at the end of our driveway (close to the house not the road) fairly steep, so he could just drop the gate and pretty much be level with the hill, we pushed the bike up and then into the back of the truck.

      so... if you have a steep hill that you can back up to try that
      otherwise yes, your next best thing would probably be to get a ramp and a buddy and get it out that way
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      04-19-2012 11:24 PM #3
      lol, I've been driving around looking for just such a hill... so far no luck
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    4. 04-20-2012 12:02 AM #4
      if you dont have a ramp just look for a loading dock.

    5. 04-20-2012 12:26 AM #5
      3 friends and a couple of 2X4's. Works for the bad guys. Make it work for you

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      04-20-2012 07:07 AM #7
      I bought a nifty folding ATV/motorbike ramp from Tractor Supply, have used it countless times for many different purposes.

      http://www.tractorsupply.com/farm-ra...9-in-l-1035113



      [edit]just realized my link doesn't work, just search 'ramp' on TSC's webpage for the tri-fold framp[/edit]
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      04-20-2012 08:53 AM #8
      Best sounding sport bike

      I just took my buddy's 929 for a ride last weekend, I love a fast bike but my wallet is glad I don't own one!

      Buy the aluminum ramps, then you can haul it to the track

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      04-20-2012 11:34 AM #9
      Just run by your local supermarket, hardware store etc they all have scissor lifts with flaps, we have people come by more store all the time to load and unload bikes.

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      04-20-2012 11:57 AM #10
      I used to unload my ATV with our steep hill in the neighborhood. Thank god for that steep hill.

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      04-20-2012 02:21 PM #11
      I ended up running up to a local bike store and purchased an aluminum ramp. Now I gotta wait for a sunny day around here, grrr
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      04-20-2012 03:40 PM #12
      Quote Originally Posted by sonicGLI View Post
      I ended up running up to a local bike store and purchased an aluminum ramp. Now I gotta wait for a sunny day around here, grrr
      Is it big enough to walk next to the bike on? If not and they're weren't too much 2 makes it a lot easier.

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      04-20-2012 03:51 PM #13
      Ya, I got an extra wide version. I'll be trucking the bike fairly often, so it was a necessary investment.
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      04-20-2012 03:57 PM #14
      Quote Originally Posted by captain_insano View Post
      speaking from semi-personal experience, my sisters now ex boyfriend had to leave his bike at our house one time, so he came back with a friend who owned a pick up and backed it up to a small hill at the end of our driveway (close to the house not the road) fairly steep, so he could just drop the gate and pretty much be level with the hill, we pushed the bike up and then into the back of the truck.

      so... if you have a steep hill that you can back up to try that
      otherwise yes, your next best thing would probably be to get a ramp and a buddy and get it out that way
      that's how I unloaded my Marauder from my truck...alone lol. Park the truck so the back of the tailgate, when dropped is as LOW to the ground as possible. In my case, it was about 9 inches off the ground. A basic Harbor Freight ramp (which they gladly accepted as a return once I was done) leveled it out entirely. It was a breeze

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      04-20-2012 04:29 PM #15
      Quote Originally Posted by sonicGLI View Post
      Ya, I got an extra wide version. I'll be trucking the bike fairly often, so it was a necessary investment.
      Nice

      Took the ARC with a buddy last weekend he low sided about .5 inch from dragging knee (gave the 929 too much throttle). Luckily he had his truck and ramps as his shoulder was jacked. Sometimes makes life a lot easier.

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      04-22-2012 03:30 AM #16
      Happy riding, be safe!
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      04-22-2012 03:07 PM #17
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      04-22-2012 06:25 PM #18
      How do you like the Bilt gear? I'm all up for good inexpensive gear as I seem to be really hard on it and change it out every other season.
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      04-22-2012 06:40 PM #19
      Well, that's the thing, I have full leathers but who's riding around in full leathers all the time? I figured it was time to get a set of textiles. I did a little research and there are a few things Bilt does really well, and other things not so well.

      Stay away from:
      - Gloves (ANY of them)
      - Shoes (ANY of them)
      - Some helmets
      - Some (most?) pants, at least I didn't find a pair that didn't feel like it was made out of thin tent material, they were just no comparison between Alpinestar and Sedici when you could physically feel the strength of the material between your fingers.

      The helmet I bought was their new Solar modular. I actually already have an Arai, but it's a good 7-8 years old now and looks pretty banged up. I bought the Solar because it has spectacular reviews and is down to $99 from $200 right now, I just couldn't pass it up. It has a built-in sun-shade that pops up/down very easy (inside the outer shield) and the clips for keeping it locked down are metal, a lot of them (even the big name brands) are plastic. I have to say, I've been more than impressed. And it feels solid and quite comfortable. I figure if I end up not liking it, I'll drop it off on craigslist for what I paid for it.

      Same for the jacket, superb fit/finish with lots of options (removable liner, pant zipper, etc.) and is fully weather proof.

      The pants are actually all-weather Sedici's (another company I really like) with removable liner as well.

      The gloves and boots are both Alpinestar, and f'ing awesome, I'd marry them if the U.S. allowed two wives.

      So the only Bilt things I'm using right now are helmet and jacket, so far I'm quite happy.
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      04-22-2012 06:46 PM #20
      Plus, my leathers are red and white (like my last bike) and look cheesy on the R1
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      04-22-2012 09:31 PM #21
      Next time, build your own ramps. I built these about a year ago when I was gearing up to go bike shopping. They've been invaluable.

      Nice gear.

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      04-22-2012 10:02 PM #22
      Well, it was more about timing than anything, I just don't have it, I work too much.
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    23. 04-22-2012 10:19 PM #23
      Sissies. Me and my buddy just beast it. Each side, one hand on each grip and one hand on each side of the swingarm. However, we have a system and he's the only one I trust to not drop it.


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      Edited to appease grammer nazi's.


      Yep did that last one on purpose.
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      04-22-2012 10:39 PM #24
      Quote Originally Posted by GreenWagen View Post
      Sissy's.
      Your bike is owned by a sissy?

    25. 04-22-2012 11:49 PM #25
      Quote Originally Posted by Spinnaker View Post
      Your bike is owned by a sissy?
      Grammer Nazi.

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      04-23-2012 07:24 AM #26
      Meh. I've got more time than money. ... And a fuggin' heavy bike.

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      04-27-2012 08:36 PM #27
      Quote Originally Posted by sonicGLI View Post

      Same for the jacket, superb fit/finish with lots of options (removable liner, pant zipper, etc.) and is fully weather proof.

      The pants are actually all-weather Sedici's (another company I really like) with removable liner as well.
      Not to sidetrack a thread about to leave the first page, but which models of these do you own? I'm in the market, and looking for recommendations...
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      04-27-2012 09:59 PM #28
      Quote Originally Posted by rockit View Post
      if you dont have a ramp just look for a loading dock.
      This is what I did
      I tell them to tackle the concrete at walking speeds and re-think their position.

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      04-30-2012 04:58 PM #29
      Quote Originally Posted by turbinepowered View Post
      Not to sidetrack a thread about to leave the first page, but which models of these do you own? I'm in the market, and looking for recommendations...
      I've received a couple PM's asking specifics about my gear, so I'll just list the info here. Unfortunately, haven't been on the bike lately because of car accident and my back is all messed up

      Jacket: Bilt
      http://www.cyclegear.com/eng/product...ket/web1001095

      Pants: Sedici Umbria (Can't recommend. The knee armor is sewed into the inner lining, which sags greatly over a short period of time).
      http://www.cyclegear.com/eng/product...nts/web1006301

      Boots: Alpinestar SMX-1
      http://www.cyclegear.com/eng/product...ots/web1008801

      Gloves: Alpinestar SP-2
      http://www.cyclegear.com/eng/product...ves/web1000470

      Helmet: Bilt Solar (Modular)
      http://www.cyclegear.com/eng/product...met/web1001084
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      06-15-2012 12:39 PM #30
      I've updated to some other gear: http://forums.vwvortex.com/showthrea...0-Icon-Awesome

      The Bilt jacket was actually pretty nice for a textile, I just loved the new Icon jackets so much I had to have one and my full Alpinestar leather is pretty old and too hot (the Icon is dual-compound leather + mesh, I think they nailed it with balance of where leather should be and breathability.
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