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Hello - I have found an 1100 and now I need to go get it.

I'm thinking of using a truck with the 6' bed. I know I'll have to find a ditch to load it up, but can I get it all strapped down OK. I assume I'll have to leave the tailgate down.

Thanks - I appreciate all the help.

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As long as you can get it tied down good and loaded, it should not be a real problem. Most 1100s weigh under 800 lbs, so most pickups should be able to handle it. I would recommend however, that you put the bike in diagonally in the bed, most tailgates would get a workout with 400-500 lbs riding on them for long distances. Just put the front wheel up into one corner, and the rear wheel the oposite rear corner. You might not be able to shut the tail gate, but you will get both wheels in the bed of the truck. It will be a little harder to tie down this way, but i feel it is safer on a short bed truck.

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That's how I do it, I have an old S10. Well, I had to do it once, anyway. Just mind your plastics, don't rely on either stand to hold it up, and yes the tailgate will stay down.

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As long as you can get it tied down good and loaded, it should not be a real problem. Most 1100s weigh under 800 lbs, so most pickups should be able to handle it. I would recommend however, that you put the bike in diagonally in the bed, most tailgates would get a workout with 400-500 lbs riding on them for long distances. Just put the front wheel up into one corner, and the rear wheel the oposite rear corner. You might not be able to shut the tail gate, but you will get both wheels in the bed of the truck. It will be a little harder to tie down this way, but i feel it is safer on a short bed truck.

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It's a full size truck (1/2 ton), so I wasn't too worried about the weight. Just didn't know if it would fit diagonal with the bags on.

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I have fit a GL1000 with fairing and bags into the back of a El Camino, so a full size truck will be no problem.

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Or better yet, let someone drive you there.........and ride the thing back....remember, you have bought a WING not a HARLEY!.....



JK........Jenn put her or her husbands 1100I in a S-10 p/u......I would get some of the ratchet straps to tie it down with, not the cheap ones that have the little push thingy (rather technical) on it....I just dont trust those.

You should be ok with a full size truck though........Oh, and congrats on getting your wing. Was that the 2500 one? or did you find another?

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put an 8 foot sheet of plywood in the truck......the weight of the bike holds it in and down....and gives you the length you need to put the bike in straight and then take off the seat and strap it down good.......in the front....across the seat.....and somewhere on the back. Kit

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Hi I went a couple of week to pickup my 1500 but decided the problems with trying to haul it in my pickup was more than I wanted to deal with.

So I renting a 5x9 open uhaul trailer with a large drop down end gate. Loading and hauling was so easy with this trailer.

They are a local rental you rent it in you town or close and return it to the same place. I think the rental was $24.95 plus $5.00 insurance which covered the trailer and load.

I think it was well worth the cost. James
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Kit took the words right out of my mouth...3/4 in ply wood and good ratchet straps Double straps on each point you tie it down at and take the seat off and put at least one across where the seat was..I'm just passing on what some others posted about hauling one.....Good luck with the "new" Wing....

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