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Home Forums General Discussion Gear Onboard winch, the ultimate in self recovery?

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    Eddieb
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    • Location: Hamilton, New Zealand
    • Bike: Suzuki DR650 ADV
    • Rank: 1200cc Rider

    I stumbled across these pics a few days ago

    It turns out Warn Industries make a winch unit specifically for motorcycles which weighs 3.8kg, can pull 770kg and carries 12.19 metres of synthetic rope. The Warn winch is powered by a 12volt, .4hp, electric motor and requires a 12 amp/hour minimum battery for winching.

    I know @Matt-Kerr played around with one a few years ago, has anyone else tried a winch on a motorcycle?

    #26065

    Dave Young
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    • Location: Taranaki, New Zealand
    • Bike: KTM 50 SX
    • Rank: 1000cc Rider

    I’ll just throw this video into the mix — “How to use a motorcycle winch” with Bret Tkacs over on his MOTOTREK YouTube channel.

    #26075

    Feral Matt
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    • Rank: 50cc Rider

    Yep, I played around with a boat winch. Winching is inherently dangerous and it can be quite a handful, but it was an interesting experiment.

    #26082

    MXNUT
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    • Location: Hamilton
    • Bike: Husqvarna 701 E
    • Rank: 125cc Rider

    Is it kind of fitting that the winch is mounted to a BMW ???

    #26083

    Dave Young
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    • Location: Taranaki, New Zealand
    • Bike: KTM 50 SX
    • Rank: 1000cc Rider

    A year or so back I saw a YouTube video of Chris Birch demonstrating a last resort/emergency winch system using a length of tape-rope with a small hook placed into the the rear wheel (between the brake rotor and the spokes presumably) then using the front forks as a guide with the other end of the rope anchored to a tree/suitable object. By carefully controlling the clutch and very slowly turning the rear wheel the rope wound onto the wheel hub inching the bike up the hill.

    Edit: Found the video — “Greens Mountain KTM 1290 ADV R

    #26331

    Eddieb
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    • Location: Hamilton, New Zealand
    • Bike: Suzuki DR650 ADV
    • Rank: 1200cc Rider

    Here’s a manual version of a self recovery winch setup

    #26336

    Dave Young
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    • Location: Taranaki, New Zealand
    • Bike: KTM 50 SX
    • Rank: 1000cc Rider

    @eddieb Wow, good find Eddie. Having wasted a lot of energy and time trying to liberate a stranded bike on a solo ride that recovery system is exactly what I’m looking for. I reckon it’s the prefect size to carry on any trip.

    Here’s the link to the Green Chile Adventure Gear website and their Z-Drag Recovery System: https://greenchileadv.com/products/gcag-z-drag-recovery-system

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