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If anyone was curious to see what kind of wrapping the scr950 is under whilst it is being shipped, here's a few shows from Yamaha. Was expecting the clear film you find on TV screens to be on the tank from scratch protection, but I guess the white piece works too.



 

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I'm completely fine with this way of protecting the bike since being transported in a crate there's a very small chance something can happen that will damage the paint. Even the way these are handled when in crate its very low risk.

What you should be concerned about is what happens during the unboxing and setup, the entire process before you take delivery.
 

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Here's mine right after they pulled the cardboard and some of the other protection off.
How'd they get the front wheel on? They removed the side panels and seat and slung a strap loop through the frame and another
around the steering head or top triple clamp (I can't remember). Then they hooked the loops on the forks of a lift and hoisted it up out of the crate
so the stuff could be attached.
We did the Super Tenere the same way.
 

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That's pretty much how all bikes are shipped, a platform and a metal frame protecting it with the front wheel off. Maybe even a wooden or cardboard box depending on how expensive the bike it.

Think the only exception I've seen is Ducati with the front wheel on, but that's pretty much it. Must be so satisfying removing the packaging from a new bike even if you're not the one doing the installation.
 

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That's pretty much how all bikes are shipped, a platform and a metal frame protecting it with the front wheel off. Maybe even a wooden or cardboard box depending on how expensive the bike it.

Think the only exception I've seen is Ducati with the front wheel on, but that's pretty much it. Must be so satisfying removing the packaging from a new bike even if you're not the one doing the installation.
I've been allowed to unpack and help assemble a few of my personal bikes and it's really fun. The GL1800 was like unpacking an aircraft carrier. They are 99% assembled and yet still safely stuck in a HUGE box/crate frame. The CBR250 was complete minus mirrors and battery, iirc.
 

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I think this only works if you're close with your dealer and they contact you for the unpacking process. Must have been a fun experience, but you probably didn't get to operate the forklift too. :grin2:
 

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I think this only works if you're close with your dealer and they contact you for the unpacking process. Must have been a fun experience, but you probably didn't get to operate the forklift too. :grin2:
Yep. They keep me away from the fork lift. LOL
The experience started wayyyy back around 1991-1992 when I went by there at Christmas. Busy as heck, I was in the back talking to the mechanic as he put together small Honda dirt bikes two at a time. I guess he figured I was okay a mechanic myself to help. "Here, Ed, put that 50 on the lift and follow me. "
He'd bolt on or adjust something on his bike and I'd mimic him on the one I had. We knocked out a TON of Christmas gifts for folks that way.
Mini bikes then four wheelers then help on the bigger machines and it was apparent I was welcomed back any time. Free labor for them from time to time - good experience for me. It was a neat way to make friends and learn stuff.
 

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Now that sounds like a heck of an experience. But I have seen bikes packaged in many different ways and I have no issues with either one. Once it doesn't move and nothings touching it, that's good enough for me.
 

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I may need to start hanging out around my bike dealer more often so I can get in some practice. But I feel like dealers are more closed off these days compared to the early 90s unless you've worked there previously.
 

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It really helps to just go by and try to make friends with techs. Once your friends with a tech, you'll be granted the permission to be everywhere there!
 

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I've been allowed to unpack and help assemble a few of my personal bikes and it's really fun. The GL1800 was like unpacking an aircraft carrier. They are 99% assembled and yet still safely stuck in a HUGE box/crate frame. The CBR250 was complete minus mirrors and battery, iirc.
That's what I always like about buying new motorcycles.
Some people don't think twice about possible damage on a new vehicle yet its exposed to all the elements you can think of unless you're paying into the high 6-figure range and above, then you get special treatment.
 
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