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How would you get your bike thru the snow?

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    How would you get your bike thru the snow?


    I have to get my bike from the shed to the bulkhead entrance to the basement. It's thru about 50 feet of 1.2-2 foot deep snow, which I REALLY don't want to have to shovel a path through, 'cause the snow is all frozen and heavy. I was thinking about taking 2 plywood 4x8 sheets and using them as a kind of moving bridge (you know, roll onto one, move the other in front, roll onto that one, repeat many times). Any brighter ideas? I was also thinking about straight carrying it, but I'd need like 4 people (just to make sure we don't drop it) and there's really no good places to hold on the front end.

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    How would you get your bike thru the snow?

    try nitrous...what the hell

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    How would you get your bike thru the snow?

    get a heat gun and an extension cord to soften up the snow before you shovel.

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    How would you get your bike thru the snow?

    Go to Moto Market and recruit 4 people and do it. Lemme know if ya need sum help.

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    How would you get your bike thru the snow?

    you could take it completly apart and carry it in piece by piece, just make sure to draw yourself a really good picture so you can put it all back together.
    But your best bet is to shovel the path.
    I would still use the plywood once you shoveled.

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    How would you get your bike thru the snow?

    Roll it onto a tobaggon (sp?) and......what theothersean said...yeah

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    How would you get your bike thru the snow?

    Matt, Do it like the people who steal bikes do. Get two wooden baseball bats and 4 friends and put the bats thru the front and back wheels and carry it.

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    wait till the snow melts

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    How would you get your bike thru the snow?

    Or you could just aim the front end where you wanna go, warm up the bike, put it in second hold the throttle wide open and dump the clutch you will leap forward and the momentum might be enough to push over the ice to the back door, cover the brakes though, just in case. Hey if nothing else you will have an interesting story to tell the Insurance. adjuster that comes to look at the totaled bike lodged in the back of the house.

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    How would you get your bike thru the snow?

    Shovel the softer snow away, if it's frozen hard enuf so that you can't shovel it, you bike should ride on top, once you have somewhat a path, start your bike up and let it warm up, then walk beside it with it in gear slippping clutch if necessary or pushing and spinning rear tire if necessary this is how I get my bike in and out of my driveway when I go for winter rides, but knobby tires work better for this than street tires I found out this winter, in past, I have always run dual sport tires in winter.

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    How would you get your bike thru the snow?



    Rent two cranes and operating engineers.
    1, 100 ton crane to lift and move the house, and one 10 ton boom truck to lift out the bike and swing it out to the street!
    No problem!
    Can I help solve any other issues??

    Sean's Idea is good to but more time consuming, where as my idea will just cost you a shit load!!!!

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    How would you get your bike thru the snow?

    Originally posted by Half Squid

    Well sorry Randy this was ment for sean boy!

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    How would you get your bike thru the snow?

    Originally posted by Half Squid


    Rent two cranes and operating engineers.
    1, 100 ton crane to lift and move the house, and one 10 ton boom truck to lift out the bike and swing it out to the street!
    No problem!
    Can I help solve any other issues??

    Sean's Idea is good to but more time consuming, where as my idea will just cost you a shit load!!!!
    i like this idea.

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    How would you get your bike thru the snow?

    For a masley $600.00 I can Bring my BACKHOE by to clear U a path.

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    How would you get your bike thru the snow?

    I just thought of this, take 2 4x8 pieces of plywood, line them up push the bike to the end of the second one, move the first one to the end of the second one, move forward 8 feet, the move the one behind in front again. Probably have someone to push and one or two to move the plywood.

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    How would you get your bike thru the snow?

    Just be careful man. Even though the snow might look frozen, remember that the bike has some weight to it. I have learnt that a simple job , could turn out costly from misjudgement.

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    How would you get your bike thru the snow?

    yeah, well, I got the bike all the way through the snow to the bulkhead, but I couldn't get it in anyway. THanks for the ideas guys

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    How would you get your bike thru the snow?

    How come you couldn't get it down the bulkhead?
    I put my R7 in my basement every winter and bring it up and down the bulkhead stairs and they're only 35 inches wide. I use a plank and kinda slide it down slowly (put it in gear and let the rear tire slide as you work the front brake), it takes two people to bring it in and three people to get it out

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    How would you get your bike thru the snow?

    Well, it wasn't the width actually, it was the break-over angle. The bulkhead entrance actually sits almost a foot off the ground (there's kind of a concrete step up to it), so with the snow it's pretty much level. But the thing is, the stairs are so steep that if I try to roll the bike in, it high-centers way before the back tire makes it to the downslope. It actually hits right behind the very front edge of the bottom plastic. I tried jacking up the back of the outside ramp, to decrease the angle, but it was pretty wobbly and I just decided to call it quits before I dropped the damn ting down the stairs (and ran myself over in the process). really, the only way I could think of, after trying several ideas, that would actualy work would be mounting an arm on the roof of the house, lifting the whole bike up, and lowering it down the stairs that way. And, since it's not my house, I decided not to start building a crane derric on the roof By the time I was done trying everything I could think of I was pretty cold and wet anyway, so I just gave up. I'm just gonna borrow a big kerosene construction heater from a guy at work and do it all in the garage.

    I REALLY wish I had straight basement access, like most houses built on hills. That would be SO cool. I stayed in a rented house in NH once with like big sliding glass doors that went right into the basement, it was SO easy to get stuff in and out, we kept all kinds of big shit in there (like sailboats and outboard motors and stuff). Many years from now, when I'm looking for a house, it's definitely gonna have easy straight-level access to the basement...

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    How would you get your bike thru the snow?

    I have the exact same bulkhead setup as you mentioned. I should have mentioned i used a 16 foot long plank, had 6 feet sticking outside and 10 feet sticking in the basement using the bulkhead step as a pivot point for the plank. I role the bike up on the 6 foot part sticking outside until the center of the bike is over the bulkhead step then simply pivot the part hanging in the house down until it touches the floor. the bike will already be on the angle it needs to be pointing to the basement, one person works the front brake and balances it while the other justhangs onto the rear wheel with a little uphill force and making sure it stays in the center of the plank. I've done it so many times it seems easy to me but i can see being nervous about it

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