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    Quote Originally Posted by jellywrestler View Post
    is that acceptable service? there's absolutley no assurance that the bike next to you will be sicure....
    That's why I'll always try to leave a gap between the next one, although I'd normally watch them tie their own bikes down to see how good they do it

    Quote Originally Posted by jellywrestler View Post
    i'm talking about the cowshit on the decks, do you take your own scissors to your barber?
    Having travelled on the ferries just about annually since 1987 I have yet to see cowshit on any deck, I have far more choice of barbers to find one with the correct gear than I do of Ferries with tiedowns
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    Quote Originally Posted by jellywrestler View Post
    is that acceptable service? there's absolutley no assurance that the bike next to you will be sicure....
    Well it was my first time so I was actually glad to have bought some I could figure out how to use them before I got there.

    But I agree it would be nice to have someone who knows what they're doing strapping the bikes down or at least checking they're secure enough (maybe they do once the riders have left).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kickaha View Post
    Do you though? I thought you were just paying for a space on the boat
    When you take a car or truck on any of the ferries ... who supplies and fits the tie-downs ... ???

    Many motorcycle owners however ... are quite particular on who touches their bike. From the days of the Aramoana ... it was NZR policy and rules that Motorcycle owners tied their own bike down. Ropes were supplied but first in ... first used all the ropes. The "Take your own" unofficial rule app[lied ... for the individual motorcyclists safety and convenience ... has been always advised in these forums.

    Those that choose NOT to take this advice and NOT take their own ... be it on THEIR own head.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FJRider View Post

    Those that choose NOT to take this advice and NOT take their own ... be it on THEIR own head.
    once agian, this doesn't help if the guy beside you has none now does it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nerrrd View Post
    But I agree it would be nice to have someone who knows what they're doing strapping the bikes down or at least checking they're secure enough .
    When the fast ferry operated, I parked my bike where I was told next minute the guy throws a tie down across the seat left to right and starts cranking it down

    Quote Originally Posted by FJRider View Post
    When you take a car or truck on any of the ferries ... who supplies and fits the tie-downs ... ???
    A lot if the time they aren't tied down

    Quote Originally Posted by jellywrestler View Post
    once agian, this doesn't help if the guy beside you has none now does it?
    Fuck him for being a dick and not being prepared, I'll move my bike further away
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kickaha View Post
    When the fast ferry operated, I parked my bike where I was told next minute the guy throws a tie down across the seat left to right and starts cranking it down
    I never took a bike across on the fast ferries. I always took some rope with me on the NZR ferries. Sometimes I needed it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jellywrestler View Post
    once agian, this doesn't help if the guy beside you has none now does it?
    In a perfect world we'd all care. It's not.

    In these cases ... those unlucky dumb one's would just hope for a calm sailing. The smart ones would ask a crew member for help.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kickaha View Post
    When the fast ferry operated, I parked my bike where I was told next minute the guy throws a tie down across the seat left to right and starts cranking it down
    I never used the fast ferry but was warned that if I did I should take a towel to fold and put across the seat.
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    Yeah the guy cranked it down, think that bike at least had a centrestand.

    But after a rough ride on the vomit comet, where all the ceiling tiles were playing castinet tunes, we resolved to go pick up our broken bikes, sad end to a great trip.

    To our surprise they were all upright. And the seatfoam recovered a bit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by buggerit View Post
    Undies, I knew I had forgotten something.
    On board now, Inter islander is well set up with ratcheting tie downs
    with handlebar loops and a slot bracket/slot to hold your
    front wheel.
    Update, the above ferry was the Kaitaki.

    Return trip was on the Awatere,manky rope with hooks on the end and rubber chocks , glad to have my own tiedowns with me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by buggerit View Post
    Update, the above ferry was the Kaitaki.

    Return trip was on the Awatere,manky rope with hooks on the end and rubber chocks , glad to have my own tiedowns with me.
    did you fill out a form noting the shit service on the awatere?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jellywrestler View Post
    did you fill out a form noting the shit service on the awatere?
    Nah, got distracted chatting with an Austrian lass.
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    When we travelled with the ST1050 and the Mk2 LeMans I always carried one of those cool little straps that run between the clip-ons and tighten on themselves when pulled tight. Easiest and fastest way to tie those bikes down...

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    Actually I'd like to get some bar harness doofer for fairing'd bikes.

    Suggestions?

    Like this?

    https://www.trademe.co.nz/motors/mot...47dd0e376d-002
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    trip to Nelson in February past, coming back home to Wellington. One of my group was being yelled at for not positioning his bike correctly. He was trying to back it up and couldn't because one of the levers they use on the chains was stuck under his back wheel like a chock. The staff member just kept yelling at him and then started pushing on the front of the bike. The metal level shifted and was now headed directly for the cat on the bikes exhaust system, the ferry guy was shoving and shoving. I had to yell like a banshee to get his attention, pointing out they were going to trash the bike. The ferry guy looked at what was happening and just walked away, didn't come back at any point. This despite the fact he was yelling this was his "area" and we had to do what he said. Total wanker.

    Another chap pulled alongside our party, he was going for broke with tiedowns. He had two on the front, two on the back and one over the seat. He had the bike on the centre stand. he cranked so hard on the front straps he pulled the bike off the stand, he was very lucky the whole thing didn't go over.

    The chain system was all we had to secure our bikes. No chocks or solid points to attach to. Fine so long as it was under tension but the operators weren't interested. It seems their training was limited to "yell at the paying customers and if that doesn't work yell more and louder before walking away"
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