dannos Posted May 20, 2006 Share Posted May 20, 2006 Greetings, Normally, I take pride “riding” to the destination, wherever that may be. On this day though, we needed to transport a Triumph Bonneville to a buyer in west Texas, San Angelo to be exact. So, we decided, rent a U-haul truck, transport the Triumph, and our (2) bikes therefore enabling us to ride our bikes back to the Dallas, Texas area. It would make for a long day, delivering the Triumph to the winning eBay bidder, and then ride our bikes back. About a 12 hour day in all. In preparation we decided to rent and load the U-Haul truck the night before, leaving the following morning at 5:30AM. To condense this story into a “Reader’s Digest” version, we successfully loaded the R1200ST up the ramp, and onto the truck, tied said bike down. I then mounted my R1150RT, and proceeded to ride it up the ramp, into the truck. At the crest of the ramp where it meets the truck floor, I decided to stop, and veer the bike to the left to avoid the already placed R1200ST. Well, after stopping at the top of the ramp, and placing my left foot out to stabilize the bike, I discovered only air, where my brain and foot thought there might be “solid ground” or a stable ramp. The bike and I, awkwardly fell to the left. The left front upper portion of the windscreen had smashed into the corner of the u-haul, which actually prevented the bike from tipping over and landing on it’s top side on the ground, a good 5-6 feet below. Somehow, I ended up standing on the ground, next to the ramp, my bike practically lying on its left side, still running on the ramp. I quickly used the kill switch to shut down the engine, and avoid grinding off my helper’s arms to nubs, who was positioned at the rear of the bike. We successfully stood the RT back up, and slowly backed down the ramp. You know the feeling I had at this point in time; let’s say it wasn’t a warm fuzzy feeling. I survey the damage; the left side of the windscreen was now a good inch and a half lower than the right side. The upper portion of the Internal Fairing cover surrounding the gauges was now uneven and cracked. The radio antenna which I don’t use anyway was also smashed from direct impact. There is also some minor scratches on the left bottom side of the Tupperware. No fluid loss or major mechanical damage was noted, so I rode the RT around the block as a test ride, all was sound. We then moved the U-haul truck into a better position to lessen the angle of the ramp, and manually pushed the RT up the ramp without further incident. The nest morning we traveled out west, and made delivery of the Triumph to a happy new owner, and had a great spirited ride back to the Dallas area. With my inexperience in loading motorcycles onto trailers, U-hauls and such, here’s my lesson learned. Take the time to get enough people to manually push the bike up the ramp. Don’t “ride” the thing up the ramp. Keep the ramp at a moderate angle, not at 45 degrees. Attached is a link to a few pictures of the damage sustained, over all I guess I was lucky. After disassembling the front windscreen and fairing portion of the RT, I anticipate replacing the “Windshield Covering Left”, and the “Internal Cover” which is cracked. The inner metal “Faring Bracket” is bent out of position. The upper left arm is bent downward about an inch. I am going to attempt to bend it back into shape. I hope this “Incident” assists another rider someday, it’s helped me. Dan Here's some photos of the damage, the password is "Lakedale" Pictures Here Link to comment
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