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Old 07-26-2018, 03:28 PM   #16
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The FLAP bikes are good for building confidence, and if you're worried about something happening to your nice expensive bike, the FLAP bikes might be a nice solution for not having that hanging over your head. You might even decide to get a little track bike after trying it out.

If you do want to bring your own, look into renting a van. I think Enterprise rents out Transits? A Baxley chock helps a lot with transport, and it's a good thing to have regardless.

Second option is to carpool with someone else who already has a truck/van. Offer to pay for gas and snacks.
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Old 07-26-2018, 05:50 PM   #17
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Ride your Tuono, youíll be glad you did. As mentioned above, if you wreck the FLAP bike itís on you to pay the repairs. Though you can limit your out of pocket risk to $700 by paying a $75 fee.

Checked out Enterprise for you, in San Jose a cargo van is $185/day (600 free miles), which is ridiculous IMO.

Even if you fit a custom hitch, your vehicle may not be rated high enough (likely, 2,000lbs min) for a You-Haul trailer. Give Ďem a call?

Hopefully a fellow BARFer with extra space will help you out. If not, Iíd rent the 300 from FLAP and pay that $75.

Good on you for getting on the track. Youíll learn more in a day than in a summer of street riding.
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Old 07-26-2018, 06:25 PM   #18
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From cost perspective, FLAP definitely makes sense over renting a van for 1 track day. With two-day weekend, FLAP rental at $350+$75 per day does start adding up. So if I want to take my bike, I either bite the bullet and rent a van from UHaul or find someone to ride with.
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Old 07-26-2018, 06:26 PM   #19
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Yeah doesn't look great for that model year - UHaul can do a custom hitch for you - you just have to fill out the form on their site and they'll send you a quote.

Alternatively - post here to see if anyone else is heading up there and can give you a lift OR if you have facebook and are not on trackday junkies group - that's a good one to join and ask to see if someone can help take you up there and back.
look at the final post in the thread

it's a Class 1 but that's fine for towing a bike on a small trailer
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Old 07-26-2018, 06:42 PM   #20
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look at the final post in the thread

it's a Class 1 but that's fine for towing a bike on a small trailer
He was talking about renting one. I donít think uhual has a class 1 trailer but I could be wrong.
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Old 07-26-2018, 08:14 PM   #21
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That weekend you can rent a small pickup from Enterprise (san jose airport location) for $49/day, unlimited miles. Sign up for it soon since the window closes for that rate.
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Old 07-26-2018, 09:18 PM   #22
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That weekend you can rent a small pickup from Enterprise (san jose airport location) for $49/day, unlimited miles. Sign up for it soon since the window closes for that rate.
Not a bad way to go. Thanks for the tip. Wanted a van for easy loading but this seems a bit more cost effective. Will have to figure out how to get a 450 lb bike up a tall ramp on my own.
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Old 07-26-2018, 09:41 PM   #23
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Grab a buddy, neighbor or some shmuck walking by

Yep, and offer up a beer for the effort.

Find a sloped driveway that you can backup to (lessens the angle you have to push the bike up).

At the track you won't have a problem unloading and loading. Cycle gear or harbor freight has a foldable ramp for something around $100.

If it starts to cool off I'm gonna try to make it that weekend.

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Old 07-26-2018, 10:15 PM   #24
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Offer to pay for gas and snacks for someone with a good trailer to take you to Thunder Hill. Always good to talk and get info from them during the drive. (Like watch out for turn 5 on your first run). ��. My first time, I even offered to pay for their track days. Always good to have a helping hand at the track.

Oh, if you’re not used to loading a bike up a ramp, be very careful. Might ruin your weekend before it even starts. Plus the Tourno is kind of low right after the front tire. Once saw a guy get his bike stuck at the oil pan using a ramp. The longer the ramp the less chance of getting clearance issues. Plus having a sloped driveway helps.

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Old 07-27-2018, 01:53 PM   #25
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Back her in to your driveway where the angle will be the least steep, grab a stool and place it to the left side of the ramp and clutch her up! Use the stool as a step! Text me, my schedule is usually tight when it comes to the day before a track weekend but I may be able to give you a hand with it.

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Old 07-27-2018, 02:03 PM   #26
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He was talking about renting one. I donít think uhual has a class 1 trailer but I could be wrong.
Class 1 hitches are rated for 2000lb, the UHaul 4x7 trailer is 630lb so there's plenty of rating available for the bike (or even 2 no problem)

motorcycle trailer is 550lb

5x8 is 1000lb and heavier than i'd prefer for sure, but it'd work

if you go on UHaul's web site they'll give various trailers that're available, and how much you can put in each for a given hitch
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Old 07-30-2018, 07:07 AM   #27
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Back her in to your driveway where the angle will be the least steep, grab a stool and place it to the left side of the ramp and clutch her up! Use the stool as a step! Text me, my schedule is usually tight when it comes to the day before a track weekend but I may be able to give you a hand with it.
If you decide to clutch up a ramp, make sure the ramp is secure to the truck (tie down or something to make sure it doesn't slide out from under you)
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Old 07-30-2018, 01:10 PM   #28
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If you decide to clutch up a ramp, make sure the ramp is secure to the track (tie down or something to make sure it doesn't slide out from under you)
Totally forgot to mention that, thanks Bassem! Definitely make sure the ramp is strapped to the trucks trailer hitch!
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Old 07-30-2018, 02:15 PM   #29
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also if you change your tire before loading make sure you pump the brakes and build pressure back into the pistons so you dont get it half way up the ramp and have a "oh shit " moment *cough*Bassem*cough*
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Old 07-30-2018, 02:29 PM   #30
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also if you change your tire before loading make sure you pump the brakes and build pressure back into the pistons so you dont get it half way up the ramp and have a "oh shit " moment *cough*Bassem*cough*
Yup! total noob move on my part
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