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'Lo all...new Canuck here up in Ontario, Canada...been lurking for awhile and trying to soak up all the info I could before pulling the trigger on a 2018 650 LT.

It came down to a couple others but the Versys ultimately won out. Can seem to find anyone with too much negative things to say...
Anyhoo, glad to be here..

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Nope, just a nickname I've had since a kid...my musical prowess is limited to the radio...

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Just pulled the trigger today on a 2018 650 LT...waiting on the paperwork...this will be a long spring waiting for the roads to clear...

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The Matte Green :smile2:
Hopefully pick it up this weekend or next if I can snag a trailer..
FYI Uhaul has bike specific trailers with built in wheel chock, something like $14 a day.The photo with my 2015 is a U Haul trailer.

https://www.uhaul.com/videos/Trailer-Videos/How-To-Load-A-Motorcycle-Onto-A-Motorcycle-Trailer/

Note if you are going any distance, make sure you tarp it in. I had a large tarp, had part of it under the front wheel. I used tie downs front and rear , total of 6, then shock cords over the tarp in multiple places. The trailer has both anchor rings and low rail attachment points. I used ratchet tie downs, with nylon bull rope ( flat stuff, around the top of the triple tree and also from the rear frame, ratchet tie downs only have hooks, so cinch over the bull rope as a pot hole could cause the bike to bounce and unhook the ratchet hook end.



Note mirrors where removed and windshield, the mirrors require two 14 mm open end wrenches, I would recommend having the dealer remove them as one jam nut is a left hand thread, very easy to damage the jam nut.Pay attention to the windshield mounting hardware, several of us have found plain flat washers only, when there is to be a concave washer on one side, those with just flat washers found out the hard way when the hardware vibrated loose.

 

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Thanks onewizard... I can snag my brothers enclosed trailer for the trip...we'll be picking up 2 Versys that day...my 650 and my brothers 2018 1000 LT...he's not a member here yet, but will post up a pic as soon as we sign the papers.. :)
I'm a little concerned with the tie downs in the enclosed with the 650 not having a center stand...think I may have to order the paddock stand a little earlier than I planned...

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Thanks onewizard... I can snag my brothers enclosed trailer for the trip...we'll be picking up 2 Versys that day...my 650 and my brothers 2018 1000 LT...he's not a member here yet, but will post up a pic as soon as we sign the papers.. :)
I'm a little concerned with the tie downs in the enclosed with the 650 not having a center stand...think I may have to order the paddock stand a little earlier than I planned...

Cheers
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If you watch the U Haul video , excellent anchor points, you are courting disaster with 2 bikes in one trailer, unless it is a Tridon used for snowmobiles with the floor anchor points. Trust me, when I sold my 07 Versys, buddy comes with a trailer for dirt bikes, I offered to help tie it down and offered bull rope, both my help and materials were refused. He made it 3 blocks, hit a pot hole and destroyed the left side faring, the guy who owned the trailer is the one who refused, the friend bought the bike, buddy promised to replace all the damage, when he discovered it was close to $300, he patched it for him.

Unless you have numerous floor anchor points I would suggest buying or renting a wheel chock, pay attention, the good ones are ones with a front wide angle attachment and also with anchor points. You can beef up a cheap one by welding a angle iron to the front and drilling holes, both for anchoring and fastening ratchet tie downs.

Personally I looked at renting a enclosed trailer, what put me off was the lack of floor attachment points, and no wheel chock, the front wheel moves left or right, it is going down, and may damage the second bike.
This may sound crazy but I used a large hardwood skid, upside down and some 2X4, took some screws, my sawzall , battery drill and impact driver, drove the bike over the skid and then blocked the wheel in, looped bull rope around the long parts of the skid and then used my ratchet tie downs. ( this was done years ago using a rented trailer, on a 650 Yamaha , while picking up other stuff)

https://www.amazon.ca/MaxxHaul-70271-Heavy-Motorcycle-Wheel/dp/B008CE0R7W/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1549562894&sr=8-4&keywords=motorcycle+wheel+chock

https://www.amazon.ca/Extreme-Max-EXMWC-Black-Motorcycle/dp/B00GRRFLOK/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1549562894&sr=8-3&keywords=motorcycle+wheel+chock
https://fortnine.ca/en/bikemaster-heavy-duty-wheel-chock-tlwc04?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI2c6Zhpuq4AIVTLnACh2YuQOjEAQYBCABEgJ9afD_BwE

https://www.princessauto.com/en/detail/adjustable-motorcycle-wheel-chock/A-p8240145e
 

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I've hauled dirt bikes frequently over the past few years. I can carry two bikes in my Silverado pickup and they stay put with good tie downs at the typical tie downs spots in the front of the bed, and have gone hundreds of miles no problems.

When we had more bikes to haul, I've also rented Uhaul trailers and its another story all-together. Even with decent tie down spots up front, the bikes dance around in the back as the suspension on the typical Uhaul trailer is basically non existent. The first time we did this the bikes crashed together frequently as we could not find a way to keep the rear of the bikes stable. The next time we had to use a trailer, we used old tires and moving blankets.

When I mentioned this to the Uhaul rep, he acknowledged the issue and recommended we rent an enclosed truck next time.
 
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