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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 07-15-2019, 07:45 AM Thread Starter
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During some of my trips I end up needing a ferry. I have two crossings coming up this year. My Roadstar was easy to tie down to the boat deck given there was so much open metal to reach without scratching the painted surfaces. The SVTC has a lot of fiberglass and will be more difficult to tie down without the strap coming into contact with a painted surface. The only conclusion I have come up with so far to tighten the bike down to the deck is to put a strap across the seat (but I hope it doesn't impact the seat warming device). Has anyone strapped their SVTC to a boat deck yet and how did you do it?
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I was intending to trailer my SV home from the dealer to save an hour's trip for my wife. My dealer implored me to reconsider until I had a decent wheel chock device; "decent" - implied, because he kept saying "Condor", the most expensive one I have seen.
I ended up driving home from work that night, and she dropped me off the following day...then I rode the bike home after work.

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I was intending to trailer my SV home from the dealer to save an hour's trip for my wife. My dealer implored me to reconsider until I had a decent wheel chock device; "decent" - implied, because he kept saying "Condor", the most expensive one I have seen.
I ended up driving home from work that night, and she dropped me off the following day...then I rode the bike home after work.
Thanks but not an option on a ferry. They require you to tie down your bike securely to the deck using straps hooked to the deck so as the boat moves around your bike doesn't fall over.
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I did that, once, on the Blue Nose from Portland to Halifax. What we discovered in the process was that the Fundy Coastline was much more fun to ride! The ferry ride was fine, though I did wonder about the bike at about 2 AM when I woke up thinking I was going to slide right out of my bunk.... I was on a Road Star then - not much help... I think that if you remove the seat, the frame is just above the stuff, stuffed in there...cover with plastic, (trash bag and tape or a bungie) if you are expecting rough seas?
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With my Condor on trips, I run straps around my Eluder forks about half way up and one to my sissy bar. For a short crossing, couldn't you just use your handlebars and just make them tight, not torqued to compression on front fork?

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With my Condor on trips, I run straps around my Eluder forks about half way up and one to my sissy bar. For a short crossing, couldn't you just use your handlebars and just make them tight, not torqued to compression on front fork?

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I considered that, but it depends on where the hooks are positioned on the floor of the boat deck, I think it is more secure crossing the seat and I should be able to crank down a bit which will push down the front and rear suspension. I would remove the seat but that I don't believe is quick removal.

Anyone strapped down a STVC onto a boat deck yet? or am I leading the way :-)
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I considered that, but it depends on where the hooks are positioned on the floor of the boat deck, I think it is more secure crossing the seat and I should be able to crank down a bit which will push down the front and rear suspension. I would remove the seat but that I don't believe is quick removal.

Anyone strapped down a STVC onto a boat deck yet? or am I leading the way :-)
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The stock seat removal is a process of time and frustration. I have modified mine by eliminating the two side hex bolts and need for two side pan removals by using for hold down just one push pin on the right side where I don't need tools to remove the pan. The push pin is the type that is about an inch long, has a ring on one end and a small spring loaded ball on the other. It fits a little loose, but only wiggles when I'm getting on the bike and never comes off accidentally.

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I did that, once, on the Blue Nose from Portland to Halifax.
THE Bluenose on the back of a dime or a ferry also named the Blue Nose? I assume the latter.
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I don't know about the dime; I believe the ferry from Portland ME to Nova Scotia was called The Blue Nose...but I've been wrong before...

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The stock seat removal is a process of time and frustration. I have modified mine by eliminating the two side hex bolts and need for two side pan removals by using for hold down just one push pin on the right side where I don't need tools to remove the pan. The push pin is the type that is about an inch long, has a ring on one end and a small spring loaded ball on the other. It fits a little loose, but only wiggles when I'm getting on the bike and never comes off accidentally.

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Thanks Ron, given I am just loading and unloading the bike I will leave the seat on based on what you said and if need be strap over it unless someone has done something better to strap their bike to the deck.
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