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    Hey y'all, I'm looking to transport my dirt bike in the back of my 69 108 and I'm wondering if anyone here has a slick tie down solution. I'm not sure about straps to the ribs inside, I wonder if they are sturdy enough. One of my options is to put in a Lock n Load and weld in a connector between the frame rails to support it. Also floor mounting D-rings but again I'd want them tied into something more than sheet metal.

    Anyone here use their van as a bike hauler?

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    Use a 2X6 as a ramp to load the bike backwards. Then put the 2X6 across the rear door frame at the bike's front axle level, or a bit lower to clear the tail light protectors. Tie downs from the handlebars to the oval holes down low in the door frame, pulling the tire into the 2X6.Bungee around the front wheel and 2X6. Don't bother tying down the rear wheel. Just scoot it over against the driver side wall to get it out of the way. Also, the handlebars are way back there out of the way too. Hauled my XRs thousands of miles that way. There's plenty of room to roll out some foam and sleep on the floor. Bon Voyage.
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    That's positively genius.
    No mounts to buy, no holes to drill, just a 2x6. Thank you.

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    I have loaded several different bikes in my Van. I bought these at home depot and attached them to the wheelwells with a washer on underside.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Edoz View Post
    That's positively genius.
    No mounts to buy, no holes to drill, just a 2x6. Thank you.
    You're welcome. Here's another option if you have a bed inside:
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    I have one of those and I worry about it too much. Rationally I know it's solid but I can't shake the feeling that the whole thing will fall off on the road.

    Also with tinted windows it won't be immediately apparent that I'm hauling a dirt bike if it's inside.

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    2x6's for ramp. That is the hot ticket. You can get fancy and get the aluminum ends to keep them in place better.

    The transmission frame member just behind the dog house is a very stout location to mount tiedown rings too. The rear rings can be mounted to the door pillars. This will give you a solid 4 point anchor and can keep the heaviest of bikes rock solid even while pounding down rough terrain.

    I put a piece of plywood down to help spread the load as well to keep the floor from getting mangled.
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    Those rear bumper hanger bike hauler thingies always looked marginal to me too. My solution is a telescoping custom tube bumper that slides on 2" hitch receiver tubing welded under the frame on both sides.

    And, yes, inside is better. But a double bunk has priority, depending on who you're bunking with.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Edoz View Post
    Hey y'all, I'm looking to transport my dirt bike in the back of my 69 108 and I'm wondering if anyone here has a slick tie down solution. I'm not sure about straps to the ribs inside, I wonder if they are sturdy enough. One of my options is to put in a Lock n Load and weld in a connector between the frame rails to support it. Also floor mounting D-rings but again I'd want them tied into something more than sheet metal.

    Anyone here use their van as a bike hauler?
    I replaced the bolts that hold the seat belt to the wheel well with a heavy eye bolt. Push the front wheel against the dog house and run a couple
    straps from the handlebars to eye bolts. The back wheel usually stays in place unless it gets real bouncy. But looking at some of the other solutions
    I might try them myself.

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    I started off that way, but I found I was bending the dog house!
    Maybe if I was hauling a 125 2-stroke instead of an XR650…
    It is quick and easy though.
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    I just got a Y250fx to haul, I'll be getting a 2x6 tomorrow.

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    Post a few pictures when it's loaded.

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    It's looking like a winner.

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    I'll likely add a strap of something to secure the front wheel a little better but I'm feeling pretty good about this.

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    How perfect is that??!! Yes, bungee the wheel to the 2X10. Sweet.

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    It's quite perfect. Initially I was worried about how to keep the board at axle height as I got everything tight but it rests on the little brackets that hold the door retaining straps.
    The only.problem I have is that all the riding areas around here are icy messes and will be muddy messes in a couple of days.

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