About tying down bikes.
Posted March 03, 2003 - 12:21 PM
Posted March 03, 2003 - 01:40 PM
I don't want to load springs for 4 hours or more each trip direction plus all the other driving we do.
You have a lot of good tips there, but leaving the springs compressed won't hurt them.
A decent trick to keep open-hook ends attached is to connect a bungy from the bike to the end of the hook, this keeps tension on them. I don't know that this is 100% effective but it seems like a good idea. I also think the keeper straps are cheesy, but they work fine if you throw a hooey in the slack end so they can't loosen.
If I'm hauling for any length of time I run big ratcheting strap over the swing arm (thread it under the brake line) or back of the seat depending upon the truck/trailer/bike etc. Since you can use the suspension to load the front straps I think you can get away with keepers here, but only a good ratchet strap will effectively secure the bike from the swingarm.
As a (former) professional hick, I have a lifetime of experience securing all manner of things to a truck or trailer. You should also realize that, in TX & NM anyway, failing to properly secure a load is a moving violation and will hurt your insurance premiums (provided a cop sees your poor bike bounce out of your truck).
Posted March 03, 2003 - 02:10 PM
I use two tie downs (they have soft ties built in them) and a ten inch rubber bungee strap. This strap is for the rear rim (trailer use only).
If you are putting one bike in a truck, then put it in diagonally and close the tail gate. To keep the tie downs from letting loose, use a rubberband or do what I do, use a "D" ring in place of the hook.
If you are hauling two, then just pull the tie downs tight. I have only dumped a bike once (once) and it was because the tie down was 100 years old and frayed.
I have hauled bikes a million times, no problems here. Some peeps are just not cautious enough and always in a hurry to get there...............db
If you really need to, cut a 2x4 about 8-10 inches in length and stick it under your fender in between the tire and fender (right under the lower tripple clamp). The tie downs and bike aren't going anywhere after that.
Posted March 03, 2003 - 04:14 PM
I use bike shoes in my toybox type trailer, mainly because the tie down loops are all along the sides and I'd need 7-8 foot tie downs. But I used to use two tie downs per bike on my MC trailer and never lost one bike in 20+ years. Some friends have used short pieces of steel chain between the bottom hook and the trailer. Hook it twice and it'll never come off due to slack in the tie down.
Posted March 03, 2003 - 06:12 PM
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Posted March 04, 2003 - 02:22 AM
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Posted March 04, 2003 - 10:11 AM
Posted March 04, 2003 - 10:42 AM
i have been riding for 30 years and never had one come off yet. a lot of the reason why tie downs fail is because the idiot puts them on a high point on the bars and they slide to the lowest stopping point.I have seen guys mount the hook up near the kill switch and it slides down to the triple clamp...then you get to see your rig do the asphalt bounce down the ol' state highway...
its not rocket science... just common sense.