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Best way to tie bike down in an enclosed trailer?

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Old 02-17-2013, 10:24 AM
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Default Best way to tie bike down in an enclosed trailer?

Title says it all I'm just trying to figure out the most secure way. Leave it on the side stand or keep it vertical. Best places to attach to the bike etc. What say you??

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Old 02-17-2013, 10:35 AM
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ive always taken mine off the stand and used minimum of 3 straps. usually 4 for long distance
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Old 02-17-2013, 10:35 AM
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When I had a trailer I had tie downs in the floor. Stood them straight up, staggered front to rear, and tied them down. Also screwed down a couple of 2x4s padded with rug pieces on either side of the front tires. Since I had two bikes I went overkill and also time them off to each other and ran a few extras to the side rails too. Way overboard but nobody ever fell over. Did look like a demented spider web in there though.
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Old 02-17-2013, 10:43 AM
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Wheel chock with 4 quality tie-downs anchored 2 fore and 2 aft.
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Old 02-17-2013, 10:50 AM
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I consider it necessary to have the front wheel in a chock of some sort.
That requires it to be vertical or close to it. Ratcheting straps versus pull type, at least for the front. You don't want to bottom out the suspension, but I don't leave enough movement for hooks to come loose. A backup rope makes me feel better. For our race bike, we have a large rubber inflatable bladder that goes under the frame, it takes some of the load from the suspension and also provides some give.
Getting the tie down straps at a good angle helps too. And watch for all the other loose stuff in the trailer.
After a few miles of towing, recheck everything.
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Old 02-17-2013, 10:55 AM
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I have the hooks from Kuryakyn and they work like a charm....i also tie the down tubes to be double safe.
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Buy, rent, borrow a good front wheel chock for motorcycles and anchor that down first.

Get the bike in it.

Get 2 tiedowns pulling the bike toward (into) the wheel chock so it can't back out.

Get 4 more for front and rear left and right frame points. Drive nice.
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Originally Posted by Flying Horse View Post
Wheel chock with 4 quality tie-downs anchored 2 fore and 2 aft.
This is the best way.

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Old 02-17-2013, 11:17 AM
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I don't agree with the video showing how he pulls the rear back against the chock. You always want to pull forward towards the chock. To be real honest you don't even have to pull the rear forward,just don't pull against the front. Securing it side to side is fine too,just not rearward. I put two PowerTye big daddy's on the front and two PowerTye fat straps on the rear. I pull down and forward toward the front of the trailer and the chock. I have done this for years and not one problem.

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I use a large chock that is bolted to the floor. Then strap it to the floor tie downs, then one on each side of motorcycle in the upper tie downs on trailer. The condor chock or the one from HF works really well.
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