Best way to lift & transport a 2 wheeled farm bike?

box

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Livestock Farmer
Location
NZ
Evening

Bit of a weird one, but I'll give it a go. What's the easiest, quickest, cheapest and safest way to lift and transport a 2 wheeler using a tractor & front end loader?

Back story: Occassionally, I need to drive a tractor to the other side of the farm, leave it there to do a long term job and then I end up walking 1 - 1.5km back home. After this initial trip, I'll drive to and from the tractor on the 2 wheeler (Yamaha AG100). Once the job is done (days or weeks later), I've got to walk back to the tractor so I can drive it back home. Something I've often thought about is, can I lift the Yamaha with a strop or something, sling it around the tractor forks and carry it with me? Then simply unload the bike, jump on and ride off into the sunset. I have driven the bike into my 1.8m bucket and transported it that way, however I prefer to "hang" the bike from the loader, that way it doesn't matter what attachment is on the loader.

I'm guessing I can't just put a strop/sling/strap through the rims....or can I? Or will I just bend the rims?
I don't want to damage the bike.
I don't want to drop the bike
I'm happy to weld or attach brackets or lifting eyes to the bike if needed, provided I won't be impaled by them when I fall off
I don't want to put it on the back (there will already be something on there) and I don't have a front linkage

Picture of the bike for those in the first world who haven't seen an AG100 before
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I could probably get a strap around the front of the frame in front of the fuel tank and bring it up behind the handle bars, then go up, over the tractor loader bale forks and tie it back down around the rear shocks?
 

Farmer dyke

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Livestock Farmer
Location
Netherlands
Your rear sub frame should be strong enough to support the bikes weight, but i would make a simple frame you can pickup with your palletforks which the bike is tied down to, having the bike hanging down would make it swing quite a lot and tying it down/up wouldn't be that easy i think.
 

Sausage

Member
I wouldn’t want to drive down the road with the bike hanging from a strap. I’m also not convinced it is a good advert to the public for it to be on the loader at all, particularly if you travel with the loader raised. If it is essential to go on the loader make a frame to mount on the forks and secure back to the frame. The bike wheels then sit on the frame like a bike trailer.

Can you not get a bike trailer, run the bike up the road behind your truck/car/etc. and then go back for the tractor?
 

Lofty1984

Member
Location
Cardiff
Make a carrier you can hook on the front weight holder length of channel with a flip down ramp then push the bike on secure it job done. Obv only work if it’s bike is not longer than the tractor is wide and you’d need to keep the loader up high enough to clear it so may not be practical
 

Nearly

Member
Location
North of York
I wouldn’t want to drive down the road with the bike hanging from a strap. I’m also not convinced it is a good advert to the public for it to be on the loader at all, particularly if you travel with the loader raised. If it is essential to go on the loader make a frame to mount on the forks and secure back to the frame. The bike wheels then sit on the frame like a bike trailer.

Can you not get a bike trailer, run the bike up the road behind your truck/car/etc. and then go back for the tractor?
OP is in NZ. Much more laid back there.
 
Erm….. not sure why I’ve been tagged, I never transport a bike anywhere!! But thank you anyway!!

If it was me I would make a reasonably tough frame for the bike to be ridden in to. That way you can pick it up with pallet tines, hang it from a strap, strap it to something else, whatever it takes, all safe in the knowledge the frame might get knocked about the bike is safe within it.
 

box

Member
Livestock Farmer
Location
NZ
Reason I didn't want to make something that is carried by the forks is I don't know what attachment is going to be on the loader at the time......sometimes it's the forks, sometimes the bucket, sometimes nothing. The idea of making a frame that I can drive the bike on sounds like the safest way, I can then lift (or hang) the frame.

As above, I'm in NZ - land of the free. Besides, I wouldn't dare take it on the road, this is all happening in the relative privacy and safety of private land.

Some good ideas though, time to bust out the MIG and see what I can build.
 
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steveR

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Mixed Farmer
I wouldn’t want to drive down the road with the bike hanging from a strap. I’m also not convinced it is a good advert to the public for it to be on the loader at all, particularly if you travel with the loader raised. If it is essential to go on the loader make a frame to mount on the forks and secure back to the frame. The bike wheels then sit on the frame like a bike trailer.

Can you not get a bike trailer, run the bike up the road behind your truck/car/etc. and then go back for the tractor?
This...
 

Highland Mule

Member
Livestock Farmer
I prefer to "hang" the bike from the loader, that way it doesn't matter what attachment is on the loader.
I don't know what attachment is going to be on the loader at the time.

If you’re handy with the tools, why not make a bike carrier frame that has linkage brackets on both sides and sits between the loader frame and the attachment? Will always fit, albeit will push out the attachment a foot or two. Can’t say I’d want it on when working, but would be grand for shuttling along the road a bit.
 

thesilentone

Member
NFFN Member
Location
Cumbria
I would out strap around the top of the back wheel rim (inside the exhaust so you don't bend it) and between the handlebar mountings on the head stock, if there's a gap using the handlebars to hook to.
 

box

Member
Livestock Farmer
Location
NZ
Just lift it with 2 straps through the carriers that are fitted
They're bendy. Would probably work as a one off, I wouldn't want to do it semi-regularly.

If you are only 1km away is it really worth all that hassle?
Yes.

Just set off 10 mins earlier and enjoy the walk back.

cost = nothing…
I don't like walking. I don't plan to spend any money on this contraption, it'll be made 100% out of recycled materials.

I would out strap around the top of the back wheel rim (inside the exhaust so you don't bend it) and between the handlebar mountings on the head stock, if there's a gap using the handlebars to hook to.
There's a nice hole through the frame between the handlebars and fuel tank, pretty sure I could get a strap through there quite easily without damaging anything. Is it safe to lift the rim like that? I thought it would bend or something.
 

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