A Curve SL rider, named prof, in our Dahon forums, took his Curve to Japan recently, and packed it into half a 29" Oyster-like hard case.
Originally Posted by old_school_dave
This is what he said in the post:
"The only tool I needed was a 15mm wrench to remove the rear wheel nuts. I could have packed the Curve with the rear wheel on but it would have taken up more space. My suitcase, by the way, is a regular 29-inch "Eminent" hard case I picked up in People's Park center. I discovered that the ideal position is as shown in the photo--top tube against the left side of the case (different from 20-inch Dahons). The check-in weight with all my clothes and gear was 25 kilos.
I brought my Jet XP to Australia last year and it almost filled my suitcase. Had to check in another bag. Also the rear hanger got bent because i didn't remove the derailleur (I learned my lesson since). With the Curve SL, on the other hand, the delicate parts are inside the Nexus hub, so no need for special protection. I used the hi-density foam pieces mainly to protect the bike's paint and also the cloth trim of my suitcase.
The bike can be folded and bagged, or unbagged and set up, in under 4 minutes (I only timed it once, during my third try). With practice it should be a lot faster. The bag folds into its own case, which can be attached to the handlebar (or around the waist) while riding. I really like this set-up. I think it can even be taken inside Singapore buses (I will try, anyway).
It took much longer, of course, to dismantle the bike and pack it in the suitcase because of the wheel removal, etc."