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    Winching an F800gs

    I normally tune into a couple of the ATV shows such as Fisher's ATV World and Dirt Trax when it's in season. Today on Fisher's show, Brian and his friends from Warn Winch were in the dunes in Oregon. I tried to find the video of the winch-out they did with the Warn XT17 but for some reason- it doesn't exist. I did find another which is a good example of the new self-rescue winch they have come up with. With a bike this heavy, if your out on your own, it looks like a good idea. OM

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    Alone is me;

    I adventure alone about everywhere and the winch seems a great idea. All my years have kept me alive without one, however and a few times, Jeeps have assisted me, which had winches. I would never replace my rear luggage space with a winch either! It would have to pack in somewhere on the bike and it does seem small enough to put anywhere. When I adventure about, my GSA is well packed for camping and space is used up. A winch may be in my future? RandyGSA1200 could surely use some help at times! Randy

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    Throw some rope in the bottom of one of your panniers along with some cord and a few carabiners. Learn how to make a Z-drag. Not as nice as a winch, but it will do in a pinch. Both suffer from the same problem... the need for an anchor not too far away.

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    A fiddle block set-up from a sailing rig is a way to pull also. With the winch, I think the big advantage is being able to steady the bike and just your thumb is working. OM
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    Quote Originally Posted by marchyman View Post
    Throw some rope in the bottom of one of your panniers along with some cord and a few carabiners. Learn how to make a Z-drag. Not as nice as a winch, but it will do in a pinch. Both suffer from the same problem... the need for an anchor not too far away.
    This is a much better, lighter, more compact and far lower cost solution.

    I tested that winch, and while it's nice, it is *heavy* and all the stuff they show being used in the video takes a ton of room in your bags. Plus, you must have something to tie-off to, and... you really need to be careful where you attach the winch to your bike. It must be a good, balanced attachment point with minimal risk of bending something.

    For instance, the video shows an F800 with conventional forks... probably a safe bet. But what about the forks on an oilhead, which are carried by the ball on the Telever, designed to support the weight of the bike, but not pulling the weight of a stuck bike.

    In my testing, I attached to the Hepco-Becker crashbars on my 1150 GS. It worked, but there was some flexing.

    What I wish they'd come up with is a system for picking up that heavy mutha when you drop it. Mark - have you ever tried the Z-drag approach for that?

    Ian

    ps => I saw this system demo'd in 2010 at the Redmond Rally.

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Motorcycle-R...item3ccebabeca

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    I would consider using a Z-drag to lift my bike... except there is never an anchor in sight when I drop my bike much less an anchor point somewhere above the bike. The only time I've ever set up the Z-drag was in my yard to make sure I knew how it worked.

    Hmmm, If I add a couple of pulleys and a stuff sack to my existing kit I've got the PSSOR system. The system in use....

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rwhpI6sG12Q

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    Picking up a heavy bike

    I've seen a video reminding you to put your kick stand down if the bike is laying on the right side so when you get it up it doesn't fall over to the otherside.
    Now I just need a kick stand for the right side because I prefer falling over to the left side!

    Quote Originally Posted by Visian View Post
    This is a much better, lighter, more compact and far lower cost solution.

    I tested that winch, and while it's nice, it is *heavy* and all the stuff they show being used in the video takes a ton of room in your bags. Plus, you must have something to tie-off to, and... you really need to be careful where you attach the winch to your bike. It must be a good, balanced attachment point with minimal risk of bending something.

    For instance, the video shows an F800 with conventional forks... probably a safe bet. But what about the forks on an oilhead, which are carried by the ball on the Telever, designed to support the weight of the bike, but not pulling the weight of a stuck bike.

    In my testing, I attached to the Hepco-Becker crashbars on my 1150 GS. It worked, but there was some flexing.

    What I wish they'd come up with is a system for picking up that heavy mutha when you drop it. Mark - have you ever tried the Z-drag approach for that?

    Ian

    ps => I saw this system demo'd in 2010 at the Redmond Rally.

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Motorcycle-R...item3ccebabeca

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