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post #1 of 32 (permalink) Old 12-04-2016, 09:59 AM Thread Starter
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How do you tie down a RoadGlide

I'm new to RoadGlides and am trying to figure out how to properly tie down my RoadGlide in my trailer. I generally only due this when necessary. I'm sure this has been covered, however it escapes me. Any help would be appreciated.
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my local dealer has a chock that captures the wheel, then uses soft ties on the lower fork, just above the fender mount. Triangled out a couple feet to the side with ratchet straps.

Enough to get the bike back and forth, but not enough to handle an emergency maneuver. I would probably put soft ties on the saddlebag guards or rear wheel, and support out to the sides.
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It comes from the factory with the tie downs attached to the cross bar on the frame, just in-front of the head, where the engine guard bolts-on. But that only works if your D-rings are placed where the tie-downs won't rub on the fender or lower fairings (if you have them).

When traveling to destinations that are +1,000 miles away and the wife is accompanying, I have to trailer due to my wife's back problems. My trailer has a roll-on wheel chock, so my primary need is for the tie-down to pull the bike forward to lock-in the front wheel. I use a tie-down attached to the rider floorboard mounting bracket to create that force, then use a second set of tie-downs on the saddlebag guards, as close to the lower mounting bolt as possible, again pulling the bike forward (as opposed to just trying to secure the rear-end). The lower side of the saddlebag guard has a horizontal cross bar that keeps the tie-down from slipping down to the outer curve of the guard where it might create enough pressure to bend the guard. In both cases, I use tie-downs with the spring loaded latch on the S-hooks so that they don't fall-away if the trailer has a hard jolt. If your tie-downs don't have the latch, you can tape then to accomplish the same effect. Don't ask me how I learned about S-hooks slipping off...it's still too painfull to discuss in public.

On my Ultra Classic and Ultra Limited, I had installed the tie-down brackets on the front forks. Those work really well, but cannot be mounted on the Road Glide due to the fixed faring. Darn shame.

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I'm new to RoadGlides and am trying to figure out how to properly tie down my RoadGlide in my trailer. I generally only due this when necessary. I'm sure this has been covered, however it escapes me. Any help would be appreciated.
Since I usually only trailer it from MD to SC and back behind a fully loaded minivan, the most secure place I have found is the triple trees. I've been towing Harley Touring rigs like this for many years with no issues. Sometimes, I'll attach a third strap to the rear of the trailer to the rear passenger peg bracket. I have been told that the handlebars can be bent, front floor boards aren't as strong as the rear, and the triple trees are the strongest.
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Buy a set of these and you won't have to worry.

I'm not a big fan of Paul Yaffe but these tie downs are probably the most functional thing he has ever put out.


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Get the Condor Steel wheel chocks and mount them in your trailer. The Aluminum style cost more and are not as rigid as the Steel. The Steel ones are designed as permanent mounts via 2 steel 1/4" bar stock bolted through the trailer floor. The chocks mount and dismount from the bar stock permanent mounts, so the chocks themselves are not really permanent. Which is great if you use the trailer for other than hauling bikes. Check out Condor's website, there used to be a video on the tie down procedure. Their system works by using the passenger foot peg brackets as the tie down point. I haul 2 Road Glides which fit staggered in our trailer. So I have 2 pieces of E-track placed under each bike under the engine location perpendicular to the bike. Only 2 straps are needed per bike from the peg brackets to the E-track, pulling the bike down, slightly outward of the width of the bike on each side and forward of the pegs. The advantage of this is the bikes are pulled equally down and forward locking the front wheel into the chock. Also, the outward placement locks the bike from sideways movement. The tie down pressure is equalized between the front and rear of the bike instead of using straps at the front of the bike placing all the pressure on the front forks plus you also have to tie down the rear wheel with that method. When the Condor method is properly tightened the bikes are rock solid. FYI, although not required I do have some short straps holding the front wheel into the chock in case of a tie down strap failure though it has never happened. Also, because I am so anal, I bought a cheap remote rear view camera from Pep Boys and mounted it in the trailer with the sending unit. The view screen is suction cupped to the windshield of the tow vehicle. I can actually watch the bikes inside the trailer while towing.

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Buy a set of these and you won't have to worry.

I'm not a big fan of Paul Yaffe but these tie downs are probably the most functional thing he has ever put out.


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These look great, but won't work with a bike that has lower farings.

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These look great, but won't work with a bike that has lower farings.
Actually they do. Had to rescue a bike this summer that had them mounted and had lower fairings. Put the bike in the wheel chock and hooks of the straps into the mounts and worked like a charm strapping the bike forward into the chock.

I do agree that it is much easier to use them on a bike without lowers but it can and has been done on a bike with lowers you just have to take your time and make sure nothing is in the way. For instance on the newer Rushmore FLTRU bikes they come with a plastic wind blocker clip mounted to the engine guard. Simply "pop" that off when you have to haul the bike to allow access to the tie down points for the straps. Alternatively the straps can be tied down out to the sides past the rider floor boards to e tracks or floor eyelets if you strap the front tire into the wheel chock.

They also work especially well on the fork mounted fairing bikes with or without lowers.


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Yaffe owes you some $$$$. I followed your link and purchased a set from Eastern Performance as it was cheaper with no shipping than Bagger Nation. Hope to get it before I trailer it South for Christmas with the inlaws. Need my escape pod! Thanks for the link on something I had not heard of before.

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Actually they do. Had to rescue a bike this summer that had them mounted and had lower fairings. Put the bike in the wheel chock and hooks of the straps into the mounts and worked like a charm strapping the bike forward into the chock.

I do agree that it is much easier to use them on a bike without lowers but it can and has been done on a bike with lowers you just have to take your time and make sure nothing is in the way. For instance on the newer Rushmore FLTRU bikes they come with a plastic wind blocker clip mounted to the engine guard. Simply "pop" that off when you have to haul the bike to allow access to the tie down points for the straps. Alternatively the straps can be tied down out to the sides past the rider floor boards to e tracks or floor eyelets if you strap the front tire into the wheel chock.

They also work especially well on the fork mounted fairing bikes with or without lowers.


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If I remember I'll take a picture tomorrow. I have it on a trailer ready to deliver it to NH Saturday for some warranty work.
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