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It sounds like the Baxley sport will handle what I need, 17" sport to 21" dual sport. I do have a 600 lb Guzzi Stevio that will go into it occasionally. After looking around on the web I think I like the Baxley Sport the best overall. I was impressed with how well it held the bikes at a local shop when I saw it there. The quality of build was also quite nice.



Can you post some pix of how you mounted the chocks etc.? Or maybe you have posted them and can give me hint/link on where to find them.

I watched a video on the Pit Bull rear axle restraint, it might work for my Speed Triple but not the Stelvio.

I shudder at the thought of handlebars smacking the glass, I must prevent that at all cost.

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My Pit bull restraints are yet to be mounted, still in planning mode. The baxley ( and an other chock) just sit in the van loose so I can configure them as needed. I use tie down straps to the factory d-rings. I only have 2500 miles on the van right now. I am hauling a sport touring bike up to Mt Airy, nc tomorrow. My handle bar incident occurred with our KLX 250 and Husky 449 in as slow turn over a hump going into a gas station. The suspension bobbed enough that the handle bars were able to swing side to side enough to contact the van side. I tied them down better after that. Because there are no centerline tie downs on my floor, I have been running straps through the adjacent bike to reach the other side. As I use this, configurations may change. L track down the middle of the floor would be really handy but I'm not sure if I want to do that. I have not tried 3 bikes in the 148 non-extended body van. With the pit bull stands, I think it is possible. My pit bike scooter will fit with two track bikes. With out more organization, those bikes along with an easy-up, gear bags, tools and camping gear, really fills up the van!

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I have worked on and ridden one of the Stelvio Moto Guzzis, that's a cool bike! We source some USA made ratchet straps with built in soft ties that use wider webbing than my Ancra friction lock straps. I recommend something like those. I wouldn't trust the big box import ones.

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I've used a dozen different wheel chocks over the years, as I work in the motorcycle industry. My favorite is the Condor.

http://condor-lift.com/pit-stop-trailer-stop

I've used it for everything from a TW200 to a an R1200GS Adventure, as well as small light weight trials bikes. It's the only one I use now for the shop.
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Interesting, that is one of the other stands I have (condor, as pictured). It used to live in my trailer, bolted down for the front, middle position of bike # 3 it worked well for that. Not bolted down, it is hard to back a bike out with our someone to stand on it. My wife can't use it at all in the pits with here track bike. I can't think of one thing I like about it over the Baxley. We tend not to use any of these in our shop, the bikes with out side stands go right into a handy lift or sit in a rear stand if stored. We do strictly suspension work and with these topics, people's needs can be different. I'm expressing my opinion based on my own experiance, yrmv!

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My Pit bull restraints are yet to be mounted, still in planning mode. The baxley ( and an other chock) just sit in the van loose so I can configure them as needed. I use tie down straps to the factory d-rings. I only have 2500 miles on the van right now. I am hauling a sport touring bike up to Mt Airy, nc tomorrow. My handle bar incident occurred with our KLX 250 and Husky 449 in as slow turn over a hump going into a gas station. The suspension bobbed enough that the handle bars were able to swing side to side enough to contact the van side. I tied them down better after that. Because there are no centerline tie downs on my floor, I have been running straps through the adjacent bike to reach the other side. As I use this, configurations may change. L track down the middle of the floor would be really handy but I'm not sure if I want to do that. I have not tried 3 bikes in the 148 non-extended body van. With the pit bull stands, I think it is possible. My pit bike scooter will fit with two track bikes. With out more organization, those bikes along with an easy-up, gear bags, tools and camping gear, really fills up the van!
Thanks for the feedback. I was hoping it might work OK to just place the Baxley stand on the floor w/o hard mounting it one way or another. I like the flexibility of that approach. I think I'll order one of the Baxley Sport stands and see how it works out. If it seems marginal for the Stelvio (I think it will be fine for the others) then I can always order the larger LA stand as the second one.

I am planning to run L-track on the floor but haven't figured out exactly what the spacing will be yet. It's pretty expensive so I might be running less than I initially thought.

I have had my Stelvio on my 3 rail trailer and did upgrade to some nice soft loop ratchet straps I found on Amazon as the regular Ancra cam buckle type stretch too much for the larger bikes. I wish they make ratchet straps with cords in the web so they didn't stretch at all, especially when they get wet.

Any comments on ramps?

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I just use a welded aluminum ramp that has a curve to it, that keeps the full faired bikes from scraping. I attached a few quick photos of our van being loaded for this weekends event. The baxley is very versatile, here it is roughly amidships for a single big bike for a motel based rally. I have no trouble loading it by my self. I run the motor and use the clutch to get up. Better to use a tie down strap to the bumper but today I was too lazy...
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Put 1 picture in each "Choose File" box on the attachment box, before you hit the "UPLOAD" button.

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