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バイクライフを120%増しに楽しむ!固定方法から積み方まで120%わかる『トランポ講座』A so-called "transporter" that carries a motorcycle in a car.
A motorcycle is essentially a vehicle to be moved around, but once you try it, you won't be able to stay without a trampoline because of its convenience.

Let's unpack that trampo world this time!

Benefits of Trampo

The majority of people whose only vehicle is a motorcycle are probably not aware of the benefits of a trampoline when it is mentioned.

I was the same way not long ago.
I like to put all the money I have at my disposal into bikes, and with bikes and public transportation, I don't feel the need to bother owning four wheels in the city.

So, why did you decide to buy it? The answer is simple: because it was cheap.
When you think of a vehicle that can be used for a transpo, you tend to think of a hiace or truck.
Hiace has a high initial investment. The same goes for trucks. There are hurdles to making it your main car, and the investment is higher when you buy it as a second car for your transporter, along with your main.

That's when I set my sights on a 10-year-old minivan with a total payment of only 500,000 to start my tramp life.

The mysterious use of going out camp touring in a trampo

On a normal day touring, there are always sections of stop-and-go traffic lights and traffic jams on the way to a nice winding road, and even if you get over those hurdles, your underwear will be sweaty and sticky by the time you reach home.
It makes you look extremely uncomfortable.

We can warp to our destination!

What if you could solve all that unpleasantness with a trampoline?
You can warp to the winding section in an air-conditioned car, and even your riding clothes will be ready when you get there.
It's no exaggeration to say that there is no feeling of fatigue after a day of riding compared to motorcycle-only touring.

More options for the itinerary!

And one more great point.
The option of "stay before" is increased.

Usually, every event is just a day touring event, and the option of staying the night before is not possible.
I mean, I can't get my family approval....

Trampolife allows you to ride in the car up front, which expands your touring itinerary.
And even better, it's so nice to be able to ride ahead without a care in the world, even if it's raining heavily the day before!

What do you think?
Because of these advantages, I have been doing more touring by car since I bought the trampo.

Now you're ready!

The car isn't the only thing you need for your trampo.
Here are some of the items you'll need at Trampo!

ladder rail

Ladder rails are needed to load the bike into the car.
It hooks into the cargo area opening of the trampo to create a ramp for the bike to climb.

If your car has a high cargo area, you can also provide a human lift rail and install it on the side to increase loading safety.

tie-down hook

Some vehicles may be equipped with one, but if not, install it in the cargo area beforehand.
Since the bike is secured at four points, the hooks are best in the four corners of the cargo area.
The most common type is the bolt-on type, but there are also many different types of rail and clamp types to choose from, so you'll need to find the perfect spot and hook to hold your bike securely.

tie-down

It is used to hang one end to the bike and the other end to a tie-down hook.
There is a way to pass the top of the bike over the top of the bike and just use two front and back, but I recommend that you keep one hook firmly in place per hook to prevent it from falling over.

There are two types of tie-downs, buckle and ratchet, and the ratchet type is easy to rattle the handle and apply strong tension.
I am a fan of the 2 buckle type and 2 ratchet type.

Useful for: brake lock

To prevent the bike from moving back and forth while riding, the front brake must be locked while in the trampo.
The brake locks are reasonably priced and simple to install.
The reason it's a "nice to have" frame is because you can substitute it with bands and velcro.
But you'll definitely feel better with some exclusive items!

Convenient to have: sub-belts

The ends of the tie-downs are hooks, and it's awkward to hang them on your car.
The sub-belt is a must-have item for those people.
Hang the tie-down hooks on the ears of the sub-belt through your car's steering wheel, frame, etc.

Convenient to have: Front Wheel Clamps

Use front wheel clamps when trapping a track-only vehicle.
Just stick the bike into the clamp receptacle and it will stand on its own, then raise the bike on the rear stand and secure it with a tie-down hook.

Useful for: fork support

Leaving the front forks shrunk for long periods of time can be very hard on the front fork springs and seals.
However, the front side tie-downs must also be firmly tensioned during transfer.

This is when the fork support comes into play.
It prevents the forks from bottoming out more than necessary.
Affordable wood or other materials can be substituted, but it is useful to have.

Loading Method

Now we have what we need!
The detailed loading procedure varies depending on the model of motorcycle and trampo.
But the general point is probably pretty much the same unless it's a truck with a crane/power gates.
Here's a look at some common loading methods, using the XR and the Hiace!

Step 1..Let's hang a ladder rail in the cargo area.

Move the trampo vehicle to a flat surface in advance, including the rear of the vehicle.
Then hang the ladder rail over the cargo area.

Once the ladder rails are hung, prepare the tie-downs and connect the hooks in the cargo area to the ladder rails to apply tension.
Preventing the scaffolding from slipping makes loading work safer.

Step 2..Let's hook it up.

Get the bike in a straight line between the vehicle and the ladder rail, and the only thing left to do is assault it.
Loading with the engine running is not recommended, as it could lead to an accident in the worst case scenario.

In addition, because the Hiace had a high cargo space, the process was omitted this time, but there are cases where mirrors and windscreens may interfere with the installation.
When loading for the first time, talk to your bike's handlebar height and consider removing mirrors, etc.

Load it all at once with an assistant runner, or work with two people.

Let's put a side stand over it and secure it with a tie-down.

Once the placement is set, the side stands are lowered and the hooks on the four corners of the cargo area and the body are secured with tie-downs.
In this case, we put the sub-belt around the top bridge to hold it in place, but make sure you choose a place where you can apply tension, such as the handlebars or under-bracket.

If the front forks are shrunken, use fork supports to leave some space between the forks.

Let's lock the front brake.

Once you have finished tensioning the tie-down, hold the brake lever in place for the last time.
It would be best if you have a special item such as a brake lock, but in this case I tied it down with a tie-up band.

How to choose a trampo! The most notable one is 00!

Source: trampo from All Japan Supermoto rider Kawatome

Although the Hiace was used in the loading method, there are many other vehicles suitable for transpo, such as minivans, light vans and trucks.
Some of my acquaintances stay overnight in a truck with a tarpaulin attached to the back of a light truck.

The first thing to consider when choosing one is the height of the cargo bay entrance.

Width and depth are also important, but there are ways to deal with them, such as diagonal stacking.
But there's nothing you can do about the cargo height, and even with the forks fully bottomed out, it's almost out of control if the handlebars are hitting it (although there is a final solution to turn the handlebars downward at a cruel angle).

I shrunk the front fork and it just barely went in.

This is especially true near the entrance to the cargo area, which is often the lowest point in the cargo area, and it can be a painful experience if you rely on manufacturer's catalog specs.
The same is true of the author's minivan, which cannot normally carry a full-sized off-road vehicle.
When loading and unloading, the front forks are shrunk to allow them to pass through the cargo bay entrance. It takes some time and effort, but it's manageable.

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