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    Quote Originally Posted by AllanB View Post
    Buggers will take anything unless it is tied down.....
    ah... but now they are getting smarter... and taking the tie downs, so you can't tie your stuff down...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jane Omorogbe from UK MSN on the KTM990SM
    It's barking mad and if it doesn't turn you into a complete loon within half an hour of cocking a leg over the lofty 875mm seat height, I'll eat my Arai.

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    Taking your own has always been reccomended by those that regularly cross the straight...
    Sweat wipes off. Road-rash doesn't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FJRider View Post
    Taking your own has always been reccomended by those that regularly cross the straight...
    Definitely, I always do, but I would imagine there is a section of people that just use whatever is on board... except now there won't be.
    Quote Originally Posted by Jane Omorogbe from UK MSN on the KTM990SM
    It's barking mad and if it doesn't turn you into a complete loon within half an hour of cocking a leg over the lofty 875mm seat height, I'll eat my Arai.

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    Tch, typical filthy biker scum ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by gijoe1313 View Post
    Tch, typical filthy biker scum ...
    More likely cage pilots pinch them for their trailers...
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    I've only once ever seen tie downs on a ferry that I'd let near my bike. They were new at the time, but I had my own. The usual offerings were wet and stunk of eau de stocktruck.

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    I i have always taken my own, the ones the ferry did have wery crappy any way, and they dont take up much space.

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    We bought our own regardless and used them when we crossed at Christmas. Although they add a bit of weight to your pack we wanted our own so as to not be caught out either without tie downs at all, or getting the manky leftovers.
    Didn't see any on the Kaitaki, but the Arahura had plenty.
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    I'm going to be going over in a couple of weeks for a South Island ride so it was great reading this. I called them and they confirmed that you do need to bring your own tie downs.

    I booked my ticket online and it doesn't mention anything about this...
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    Quote Originally Posted by alanzs View Post
    I'm going to be going over in a couple of weeks for a South Island ride so it was great reading this.
    Happy to see it helped someone.

    Do the mods think this should be a sticky at the top of the forum? I didn't get any indication from Interislander that the lack of tie-downs will be a temporary thing.

    I believe we used the Arahura to head south, and it did have tie downs, but I used my own.
    Quote Originally Posted by Jane Omorogbe from UK MSN on the KTM990SM
    It's barking mad and if it doesn't turn you into a complete loon within half an hour of cocking a leg over the lofty 875mm seat height, I'll eat my Arai.

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    Just crossed both ways and the Arahua and the Kaitaki had plenty of tie-downs - which I used. However thanks for the heads-up and I'll take my own in future.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Winston001 View Post
    Just crossed both ways and the Arahua and the Kaitaki had plenty of tie-downs - which I used. However thanks for the heads-up and I'll take my own in future.
    Did you steal some so you have them for next time??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anthrax View Post
    Did you steal some so you have them for next time??
    Of course I've got plenty now so I wouldn't need to do that....








    Nah. Didn't even occur to me that people would do that. Pretty filthy most of them.

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    +1 to all the above.
    Haven't used the ferry since 1995ish, but then the tie downs were wet, smelled of eau de stocktruck (as mentioned), etc etc. This meant that after I'd untied them to leave the ferry, I had to put my wet-and-stinky hands back into my dry gloves.
    Something to be aware of - even with your own tiedowns.
    Another thing to note: before you set off from home, sort out how youare going to tie down your bike: attachment points, how many tiedowns you require, etc. If it's a sprotsbike, ties onto the 'bars will probably rub on the fairings somewhere. Take a couple of loops of rope or webbing or whatever (unless you have some "Canyon Dancers") to loop over the bars and attach the tiedowns to.
    ... and that's what I think.

    Or summat.


    Or maybe not...

    Dunno really....


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    I'll be taking the ferry on Monday. I'll let everyone know if there was an issue with tie downs...
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