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    Getting your bike into the basement ?

    I finally finished my new basement workshop. (I hate working in the garage in the winter.) I'm going to move my 1975 Yamaha 650 into the basement to start tearing it apart for my street tracker project. I checked the spec's and it weighs about 500 Lbs. I find that hard to believe but all the sources that I checked are consistent.

    It's about a 4 foot drop from the top of the steps to the bottom. I figure that I'll just make a plywood ramp reinforced with some 2x4's and walk it down with a some pressure on the front brake. I also plan to have someone behind the bike helping to guide and slow the the decent.

    Other than just giving it a shove from the top and hoping for the best, has anyone done this before who would offer some intelligent advice on not wrecking the bike or me in the process ?
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    Could you tie the bike to a vehicle, and slowly back up the vehicle to ease the bike down the ramp?
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    Check the size of the door at the top of the stairs as you may be removing the handle bars to get it thru the door.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GSP View Post
    Could you tie the bike to a vehicle, and slowly back up the vehicle to ease the bike down the ramp?
    Unfortunately that's not an option.
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    Quote Originally Posted by carla View Post
    Check the size of the door at the top of the stairs as you may be removing the handle bars to get it thru the door.
    Good point; I did that this afternoon. The bars are an inch wider than the opening but I'll just have to jog it in on a bit of an angle when I reach the door. The bar's will be thrown away as part of the project so I may cut them down a bit.
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    If you're taking it all apart anyway David why not just tear it down outside and cary it in part by part? Even a just down to a rolling frame, would be lighter. I do know what you mean by cold, my project has taken a little stall right now.;-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cuff View Post
    If you're taking it all apart anyway David why not just tear it down outside and cary it in part by part? Even a just down to a rolling frame, would be lighter. I do know what you mean by cold, my project has taken a little stall right now.;-)
    I have a number of things to do to the engine - new electronic ignition, carb boots, new coils & wires, etc. I'd like to be able to put those in before removing the engine so I can fire it up and make sure that everything is working as it goes in. If I do that on the reassembly, with so many changes, troubleshooting a non-starting engine will be a bitch.
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    tie a rope to the back of the bike and get a bunch of friends to lower it in on the plywood or bike ramp

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    Quote Originally Posted by gxr jo View Post
    tie a rope to the back of the bike and get a bunch of friends to lower it in on the plywood or bike ramp
    That's exactly the plan. Great minds think alike.

    I'm guessing that with a weight of 500 Lbs, and an angle of somewhat under 45 degrees, the effective weight of the load should be a bit under 250 Lbs ( if I remember my high school physics correctly. ) If the guy on the rope can manage a 75 Lb pull, the brakes only need to hold back 175 Lbs.
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    4 foot is not much more than getting it out of a pickup truck.

    Are there stairs in this four foot space? If so, plywood + a couple of 2x4s should be plenty.

    As long as you trust that the brakes could stop bike+rider from 80kph, it'll be fine at 0.5kph down a ramp

    Two people will make it easier, though...
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    Ya, no higher than a pickup so you gotta watch the engine, farring, center stand doesnt hang up as it starts to go down the ramp. Best thing is to go to home depo and get a 2x8 8feet long and then you got for many other uses.

    The other thing is the front brake is useless going backwards down a wood surface. A trick is to put it in gear and as the bike goes backwards let the clutch out and use it as a rear brake.

    Or stick on some roof shingles for added stick.
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    Any thoughts as to how you'll get it back out in the spring?
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    Quote Originally Posted by exc911ence View Post
    Any thoughts as to how you'll get it back out in the spring?
    Get the same buddies around to help pull it out.
    Don't try riding it unless your ramp is very long, wide and gentle sloping.
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    Quote Originally Posted by exc911ence View Post
    Any thoughts as to how you'll get it back out in the spring?
    Ride it

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