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Don't use a center stand on the ferry. You're bike is way less stable on one. You can feel the difference by just rocking it back and forth. Your side stand forms a much wider triangle of support.
Only used it on the albion ferry when it was still around, ya you are right on that one especially how rough the island ferry is.
 

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In my opinion, the biggest threat to your bike are other riders who lose control of their bikes (or have a poor perception of the space occupied by their side bags), either when loading or unloading. Give yourself plenty of room from the bike next to you and take an alternate route once you roll off the ferry, away from the herd.
 

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I'm paranoid on the ferry.

You want:
- your back wheel solid against the rail on the side of the ferry
- your bike facing 45 degrees to the centreline of the ferry
- on sidestand
- front wheel turned and locked
- a wheel chock stuffed under your bike from the opposite side of your side stand (I will actually unload the suspension a bit as I push the chock under so there's a bit of the bike's weight keeping the chock from vibrating away from it's position)
- a second wheel chock in front of the front tire to keep the bike from rolling forward (again, stuffed under a bit so it won't vibrate away.

- Be at your bike until the ferry is under way, and be back at the bike before it docks.
- I'll stand by the bike and grab the brakes to keep the bike from rolling (if being in gear and the wheel chock both fail)

Be ready to get out of the way in case the moron next to you doesn't chock properly. you don't want to get your leg pinned to your nice stable bike when his wobbly steed topples over on you.

Oh yeah - don't eat the food on the ferry. But you already knew that one.

ps - disc lock? Where is it going to go?
Yup, your paranoid. That's over kill.

Side stand, 1 chalk (side), in gear, lock your bars if you feel like it. Check the guy next to you has chalked as well, give him a hand if he's an idiot. On busy ferries they prefer you go 90 degrees so they can fit more on, and I'd say do the same in heavy seas as the boat is more likely to jostle and rock left and right, rather than forward and backwards. So 90 degrees would logically be more stable. That said, if the seas are that bad, there's no way in hell I'd be out on my bike.
 

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Just a regular sailing back from the Sunshine Coast in June 2011. I was shocked at the number of bikes that just kept rolling in 2 or 3 at a time.
Haha, I think I was on that boat. Was that like the first nice weekend day of season last year? Felt kinda bad (not really) for all the cars that were definitely having to wait an extra sailing because of it.
 

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All you do is shove the block under your the right side of your bike such that it is jammed up against your exhaust or bodywork. Your kickstand prevents the bike from falling over on the left side, the block on the right.

Best not to leave your bike until the ferry has left the terminal. and return to yoru bike before the ferry starts slowing down for the next one.
He summed it up, I tend to put the block under the right foot peg, and wedge it in so that there's a bit of pressure to keep it in place, but not so much that its lifting the bike along with the stand. Its just to stabilize while the vessel rocks.
 

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He summed it up, I tend to put the block under the right foot peg, and wedge it in so that there's a bit of pressure to keep it in place, but not so much that its lifting the bike along with the stand. Its just to stabilize while the vessel rocks.
I hadn't thought of putting it under the footpeg but that may work well for me. Headed over on Friday so will keep all the advice in mind!
 

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My bike (06 Honda 599) surprisingly has enough clearance so that even the tall blocks will pass through underneath. Sure, they'll catch on the exhaust/collector, but that's not what I want the weight of the bike resting on! A ferries employee who also rides showed me that you can take 2 chocks, and flip one upside down so that the 'staircase' faces of them meet. This also lets you adjust the height accordingly, then slide it under. The weight/friction holds everything together. Probably a good trick for those with taller bikes (ST, enduros, etc).
 

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Just staying with the bike until we start moving but I think I'm set. Was going to secure the front brake but nothing to tie it with
 

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Resurrecting an old thread... Other than the obvious of not leaving valuables inside, do you make any special effort to secure your luggage (soft saddlebags and tail bag in my case)?

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Resurrecting an old thread... Other than the obvious of not leaving valuables inside, do you make any special effort to secure your luggage (soft saddlebags and tail bag in my case)?

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I was about to lock and secure all my stuff in the saddle bags when I noticed the bike next to mine had a little white sticker on it that said ''This bike is the property of the hells angels, if you value your life, don't fuck with it'' (or words to that effect)

I tossed my gloves over my key in the ignition, my helm on my mirror and my jacket over my seat.

Never had a problem:devillook
 

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I usually keep valuable stuff in an easily removable bag (tank bag) and carry that with me leave all the rest. My soft bags don't come off quick, depending on which I'm carrying the seat may have to come off.

Seems during riding season some riders choose to say on the vehicle deck anyway, discouraging opportunistic losers. Thats one of the reasons I enjoy bike travel by ferry, it seems like instant community with the other riders. Especially cruiser/Harley riders.
 

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Just not a real thieving scumbag dangerzone. Way too much opportunity to get caught and punchisized to death. Also, there's at least a $40 cost of entry for a return walk-on so that instantly eliminates the professional scumbag, pan handler, addict. I never leave the helmet because that would be trip over, but anything else I don't worry about.
 

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This was great timing, as I'll be dealing with this in about 2 weeks. Good info and tips on what to do and not to do that I otherwise wouldnt have known. Thanks for the bump whoever it was!
 
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