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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 08-28-2019, 09:17 PM Thread Starter
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OK, the wife and I have been planning a Labor Day weekend trip to Bryson City, NC for a long time. Now there is a possibility that Hurricane Dorian will make land fall this weekend in Fl or GA and then up the from there. Our reservations cannot be cancelled and we are determined to go. Of course we were going to ride the RG but now we think we should trailer the bike and then ride once we get there. Leaving Friday morning, so we should get a bit of riding weather in before the bad stuff moves in. I have never put a bike on a trailer to take it anywhere; first time for everything I guess. We figure it will probably be raining hard before we leave on Monday.

So my plan is to rent a uhaul to put the bike on for the trip up. My question is are there special points of contact on the bike to place the tie-down straps? If so, what are they? Is there anything I should know about the proper way to tie the bike down to the trailer? Any help would be appreciated.
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A wheel chock would be useful, anyhow 1st gear in and use a X tie down figure like this >—<. In front of the bike use the triple tree lower to tie down and on the back the passenger footboard link.
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A wheel chock would be useful, anyhow 1st gear in and use a X tie down figure like this >—<. In front of the bike use the triple tree lower to tie down and on the back the passenger footboard link.
When I moved from SoCal to Texas, I had to trailer my bike.

I used my wheel chock called a BikeGrab, and four ratchet straps and had zero issues.

The wheel chock really works well for long travels.

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When I moved from SoCal to Texas, I had to trailer my bike.

I used my wheel chock called a BikeGrab, and four ratchet straps and had zero issues.

The wheel chock really works well for long travels.

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I really REALLY don't want to slam this, but straps to the wall of the trailer is bad. They are for tieing a mirror or mattress to the wall. Not hold up the bike. Saw a picture of a bike laying down in a trailer with the wall caved in. Please tie them to the floor.

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When I moved from SoCal to Texas, I had to trailer my bike.

I used my wheel chock called a BikeGrab, and four ratchet straps and had zero issues.

The wheel chock really works well for long travels.

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I like that wheel chock! Looking it up now.


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I am an old hand at this, and as such, made every mistake possible. First off, use QUALITY tie downs. I use the big Ancra cam lock ones that are about 2" wide HD used to sell. Some prefer ratchet. IMHO a wheel chock is mandatory. Had a buddy drop a brand new Ducati trying to trailer without one. A cheap one is fine, as long as it is mounted properly.
Also use quality soft ties. Your attachment points should be as high up as possible front and rear. I use the upper shock bolts or passenger pegs rear and the lower triple tree or handlebars front. Put the front wheel against the firmly mounted wheel chock which should be mounted in such a way that it cannot move, at all, preferably against the front of the trailer. Compress the forks slightly, and tighten down the tie downs, with the lower hooks to a secure mounting point on the trailer foreword of the attachment points on the forks or handlebars. You are pulling the bike forward with this. Do the same for the rear, except mount the lower hooks rearward of the mounting points on the rear of the bike. Now you are pulling backwards. Compress the shocks, slightly, then tighten the tie downs. I always run a bungee between the front tie downs, through the wheel, to keep tension on them going over bumps so the hooks don't pop out of the soft ties.

Drive for about 10 miles, stop, then re-tighten everything. Also, if you are using an open trailer like I do, be advised that when these nylon straps get wet, they loosen.
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I really REALLY don't want to slam this, but straps to the wall of the trailer is bad. They are for tieing a mirror or mattress to the wall. Not hold up the bike. Saw a picture of a bike laying down in a trailer with the wall caved in. Please tie them to the floor.

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Three of the straps were tied off to the "D" rings mounted through the floor.

Two up front and one on the left side.

The rear right side "D" ring was missing on this trailer so that's why you are seeing it that way.

I also had a tire block on the the rear wheel.

The bike would have been fine with just the BIKEGRAB and two ratchet straps up front.

The ones tied off on the side walls weren't even needed at all honestly.

The bike traveled 1,300 miles and it didn't move.

Mission accomplished.
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U-Haul has a couple trailer versions with a built in wheel-chock. i'd advise renting one of them. they have them in different sizes, but should look something like this....



notice the "indented" front for a front wheel. then tie it down using the instructions already given, i.e. at least four points and to the floor using the d-rings. i've used them in the past. they had a Motorcycle Trailer (which is smaller and, at least in my area, less abundant) and a Utility Trailer which is larger and more prevalent around me. both have a built in chock.
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Here’s how I tied mine down trailering to Shark Week:



I probably over-killed it, but I didn’t want the scooter to go anywhere! Here are The highlights:

• Wheel chock
• 2 front corner straps from crash bar inside of frame (orange straps in front), removed wind deflectors by gas tank
• 2 straps front forks at fender bolts to hold front wheel in the wheel chock
• 2 straps around outside crash bar
• 2 straps from bag guards

I added the extra tie down eyes in the floor for these straps.

Results: made it to and back from Deadwood to home ~3200 miles round trip, bike never budged!!


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So today when I got home from work the wife had already took care of getting us a trailer to haul the bike on this weekend. Looks like the U-Haul has all the bases covered; wheel chock and six sturdy looking D-rings.

Thanks for all the replies and the great info.
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