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Old 11-27-2012, 09:26 PM   #1
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Need advice please.
I have loaded my 2012 XCT on a trailer which is in my garage, ready to leave for Arizona on Jan 1 2013. Is there a problem with leaving the bike tied down compressed in the front shocks for the next 5 weeks until I leave. Will I wreck anything like seals or anything??
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Old 11-27-2012, 11:54 PM   #2
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If its going to be that long of time before you leave, I personally would only apply enough pull on the straps to keep the bike upright until you get ready to leave. Why put the seals under undue pressure if its just going to sit?
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Old 11-28-2012, 04:34 AM   #3
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Probably wouldn't hurt anything but why risk it. Just lean it over on the kickstand till the day before you leave. Do you have it on a trickle charger?
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Old 11-28-2012, 05:03 AM   #4
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If it was mine, I would not for that long. Only for the trip.
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Old 11-28-2012, 07:19 AM   #5
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Putting compression on springs doesn't affect the set of the springs but it does induce force. The forks of a bike are not intended to be reservoirs for the stored force resulting from spring compression for extended durations. That doesn't mean that the forks will explode or show any sign of failure from doing it. I haven't been exposed to the possible results because I haven't considered loading my forks for that amount of time.
Unless and until you have a compelling reason to put the forks in compression then it seems sensible to leave the forks unloaded.
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Old 11-28-2012, 11:45 AM   #6
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When I raced cars(I know its different) but I was always told never leave them bound down, and when possible take all the weight off the springs, same with snowmobiles, so I treat my motorcycles the same.
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Old 11-28-2012, 12:41 PM   #7
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I sure wouldnt leave it like that if it were mine...

Heck, they talk about flat spots on your tires just from leaving the bike sitting there too long without moving it (at least, the ads for those bike lifts say you can get flat spots if you lewave your bike too long...Ive never seen it, as I live in CA and my bikes never sit that long )
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Thanks to all for the information. Much appreciated
I will immediatly unload the forks LOL
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Old 12-03-2012, 01:29 PM   #9
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Sounds like you have a space issue that would cause you to leave the bike on the trailer for that long a period of time. I bought Baxley chocks for two reasons. One, I could leave the bikes on the trailer for an extended period of time if need be without having to tie them down like I would for a trip. Second, it allows me to,self load both bikes without worrying about getting them centred or getting another pair of hands to hold the bike upright while I tie them down. There are other similar chocks on the market that may be better for you, but I chose Baxley and would never be without ' em.
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Sounds like you have a space issue that would cause you to leave the bike on the trailer for that long a period of time. I bought Baxley chocks for two reasons. One, I could leave the bikes on the trailer for an extended period of time if need be without having to tie them down like I would for a trip. Second, it allows me to,self load both bikes without worrying about getting them centred or getting another pair of hands to hold the bike upright while I tie them down. There are other similar chocks on the market that may be better for you, but I chose Baxley and would never be without ' em.
Thank you for the info Pckrfan. Where can I look at/ buy these Baxley chocks
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