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Talking bought my versys

First of all, after almost one year of having first seen the versys and being afflicted with the "V-fever" ... I am finally the owner of a 2008 versys ! yipeee !!

Now here is the background for my question.... I live in Columbus, ohio and my beloved is in Memphis, Tn. I just got my ohio learners license.. but I have driven motorcycle ever since I was 18, but that was just a 150 cc bike.

And here is the question, how do I get my bike to Columbus ??? Initially I thought of renting a UHaul with a motorcycle trailer to transport the bike.. But the idea of riding from Memphis to Columbus on the Versys, is slowly gaining a strong foothold in my head !

What do you guys think I should do ? I am planning to do the move this weekend.. hopefully...
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easy choice

ride the bike..
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+1 Ride to your destination, and enjoy the trip

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Just a few words of warning...

1. Good engine break-in usually involves running the engine at a variety of revs. Running an engine at constant speed for a long time is the worst way to break it in. So don't just plan on going down there an hopping on the freeway for 9 hours back home.

2. You only have your permit? I assume this means that you can not ride at night legally. Just keep that in mind when you plan your trip. Getting stopped for speed and not having a license is a recipe for a ticket and maybe an impounded bike.

3. It's only a 600 mile journey, but if you have not spent much time on a bike your ass may regret your decision. And if you follow my advice in #1 you wont be flying back at 70. You'll be varying your speed and taking non-freeway back. So plan on an average speed ~50 mph once you account for stops. So that's a 12 hour day minimum. Which may put you back to riding at night.

4. I hope the dealer is good. Finding out they messed up the bike putting it together and having to rely on the nearest banjo player for help can make for a long trip. (your ass may hurt more from this pit stop that the long miles... How is your pig impression?)

5. Have you ever done any long distance rides? I'm thinking not on a 125cc! Whats your riding gear look like? It will rain, you will have to ride in it. Own a rain suit? Have a tank bag to keep maps in? Is it waterproof? Do you have AAA or another roadside assistance plan? If not, do you know how to fix a flat?

If it were me I would do it, but I would go down there friday, ride it around locally all Saturday morning making sure there are no issues. Then ride for the afternoon back on some of the great roads in TN. Stop for the night and then do the next leg on Sunday.

It would really suck for your first weekend with your bike to be a bad one. So plan ahead and make sure you have a good time.

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hey steve.. thanks a lot for the points u made... I have bought a used Versys... so i don't think breaking is a problem... but u are right this would be by far the longest trip I have ever been on...
So I am gonna plan it a little better... so the first trip has to wait until nxt weekend, so that I can make sure that everything works out perfectly !
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I am moving 2000 miles, from one city to another, and I'm renting a Uhaul Moving Truck/Van. There is room to put my Versys inside of the van (its the 14foot van), but there is of course no place to bolt a CHOCK to the floor of the box. Also, I suspect that tieing a loose chock to the walls of the box will be dangerous and likely damage the motorcycle. Therefore, I am thinking about draining the gasoline and oil out of the motorcycle and then gently laying it down on its side inside of the box...and supporting the weight of the frame on some wooden blocks, to prevent the plastic from getting damaged.

What does everyone think of this idea? I know it's not ideal but its the best I can come up with for this move. Any suggestions to improve it?
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I hauled my bike home from the shop in a cargo trailer. I had made a floor stand from 2X8 with eye blots at the end. Basicaly a (t) the bike weight keeped it in place and straps from the handel bars to the eye bolts was fine. This stand was for hauling my dirt bike though work good for the versys.
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Typically, rental trucks have wood floors. It's easy to screw a board with a wheel chock and two hold down points to the floor, then remove them before turning the truck in. Done it several times. Takes 5 minutes and a few drywall screws.

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Typically, rental trucks have wood floors. It's easy to screw a board with a wheel chock and two hold down points to the floor, then remove them before turning the truck in. Done it several times. Takes 5 minutes and a few drywall screws.
+1 on the use of the drywall screws into the truck floor.


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Hello. I completed my move and thought I'd tell you what I ended up doing.

The Uhaul truck had a metal floor, so screwing a chock into it wasn't an option. I wedged the front tire into the inside corner of the box and strapped it to the sides with eight straps in total, just to distribute the weight as much as possible, giving particular care to do it slowly and methodically. The Versys isn't an overly heavy motorcycle, so I wasn't too concerned about the side rails of the Uhaul truck, I just made sure to distribute the straps broadly (along the rub rails in the uhaul) and at the strongest points of strength. The set-up worked very well and I had no trouble at all.
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use a sheet of plywood. Screw your chock to it. Strap her down
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