Once I got the GS running smooth and double checking the list of things I needed to do to ready the bike for shipping it was time to make a pallet.
Nick my shipping contact in Cape Town had given me a list of to do's. He had suggested that I make a box with a covering but, in all my past shippings I mainly made a base and strapped the bike to this. I did want to remove the front wheel to lower the height of the bike in hopes of saving some cost.
My local friend Joe was very kind to allow me the use of his John Deere tractor that had the front lifting forks making the job of putting the pallet in the back of the Motohank van much easier.
Once at the shipping company in Houston, the crew there have many fork lifts at their disposal making the removing of the GS pallet as easy as lifting a paper box.