My readers who have been reading my posts since mid-February, dedicated Catrike 700 geeks & searchers, know or have found the scale platform I built in February[Article 1 & Article 2] has a dual function—ease the weighing of the trike & ease my securing my trike in my van for transport.
Today, I think the securing part is even more important to ensure a fairing that may be easily damaged does not crash into the side of the van, a seat, or the tail gate. The scale platform in its dual role easily facilitates that.
Here I have placed the platform to the right to make possible the transport of multiple cycles [three, maybe 4]. First the trike…
I have the platform somewhat secured against sliding. Friction helps also, but is not sufficient on its own. I also need anti-roll security. I drove around a bit to learn where additional tie-downs are needed. as a temporary measure today, I used a brick. I’ll use a bungee cord to prevent an inadvertent roll to the left.
Yes, I can transport 3, maybe 4 of my 7 cycles at one time. My VK2 can hug the left wall, as it has before [you can barely make out the Zipp Disc Wheel on the left], I think leaving room for my Trek Project One. Of course, I have my most recent mainstay and favorite "bike" to ride in her place. She is my RANS Citi Crank Forward—Faye. Here is what we have so far.
Now, for the problem. Hauling the trike with the front fairing and tail fairing on will not be possible. I’ve got to remove one or the other [the front is the easiest]; remove the front seat [done that before]; get a larger van or trailer [a bigger van works better for me].
I do not have the fairing at the moment and I have no place to transport the trike, so no immediate urgency. OTOH, transporting the trike for local rides will be a chore–easiest—remove the seat again. I think I need to price used Ford Econoline Vans.
The picture to the left is from February 2009 and shows trike transport [front fairing on] with the right-front seat removed. This was for travel to the ’09 Catrike Rally in Winter Garden, Florida.