He used a shipping outfit called Haulbikes.com, which I'd heard of via the Internet and now I've seen them in action.
It was Monday, 16 May, 2011 when the driver had arranged to be at my home around 10:15 AM so I worked from home during the morning.
I had Natasha all prepped and packed, ready to go before the driver arrived and so was able to take pictures of the entire process.
Here's Natasha, ready for the truck....I had to remove the clear portion of
the windshield due to height limitations, it could not be over 58 inches. I packed
the windshield in cardboard and secured it in the hack.
One of the larger semi-trailer trucks I've seen,
it took up most of the length of the culdesac!
Mike, the driver/operator was very professional and friendly,
here he is lowering the rear ramp
As big as the cargo area was, it was packed with motorcycles!
The two closest motorcycles would end up being moved to make room for Natasha
The ramp system allows the operator to move bikes to the upper level with relative ease
though I imagine there's not much headroom in the upper story.
Mike then just pushed Natasha onto the ramp, and then lifted her to the main storage level
Here Mike works to secure Natasha to the multiple anchor points,
a relatively easy operation to my untrained eye.
I left Mike at this point as I had to get into work. I'll miss Natasha I think, especially every time when having reverse gear would be a good thing, or when I'm fighting inertia due to the sidecar wheel not being driven.
I am sure that Michael A., who used to own an Indian made Royal Enfield will get the final drive fixed soon enough and have her running the wooded roads and trails of the Upper Peninsula in Michigan. Turns out, he knows a guy with a '97 version of the same model, so he's got a local reference for comparison and advice.
Oh, so you don't think this was all a tearful goodbye session, as a goodbye gesture from Natasha, her front brake cable broke at the brake handle as the truck operator was moving her to the truck! Luckily, I believe there's a spare cable in the trunk.