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post #1 of 8 Old 10-12-2012, 09:57 AM Thread Starter
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becareful strapping bike down !

last weekend i rode down from colorado springs to Dallas tx then picked up my truck and loaded my bike out back .

i get home to find i had cracked and bent my bars . right at the throttle side at the bend and weld ..

next time ill strap to the fork tubes .. i didnt think it would crack so easy ..

I guess now i get to upgrade to some fattys and heated grips lol ..

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post #2 of 8 Old 10-12-2012, 10:51 AM
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Some times things just work out. I never strap to the bars. I strap to the fork tubes around the lower triple. Also use a brace between fender and wheel.

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post #3 of 8 Old 10-12-2012, 12:07 PM
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The OEMs are mild steel and will bend if looked at too hard! Really shouldn't have bent just hauling the bike though. Did you use ratchett straps and really crank them perhaps?

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post #4 of 8 Old 10-12-2012, 12:11 PM
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last weekend i rode down from colorado springs to Dallas tx then picked up my truck and loaded my bike out back .

i get home to find i had cracked and bent my bars . right at the throttle side at the bend and weld ..

next time ill strap to the fork tubes .. i didnt think it would crack so easy ..

I guess now i get to upgrade to some fattys and heated grips lol ..
Very surprising! I have never had that problem.
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post #5 of 8 Old 10-12-2012, 01:10 PM Thread Starter
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yes i used the bar mounted straps that loop around bars and have d ring sewn in i ratched it down till i though bike was no longer bouncing in bed of truck ..but not excessive

i guess i was wrong

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post #6 of 8 Old 10-12-2012, 08:04 PM
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I have soft straps that I loop around the lower fork tubes just above the reflector lug angling forward and down. I ratchet them down enough to squish the tire. On the back I do a loop around the top of the tire out and down to the anchor points to the rear. This way the TIRES are held down firmly and the suspension can still work.

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post #7 of 8 Old 10-13-2012, 09:13 AM
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While it sucks that you didn't expect it to happen, you may find it to be a blessing..

Go spend $70 and buy a nice aluminum bar in your favorite bend.. I'm a Honda Hi bend bar fan myself.. Mount it and enjoy it..

I learned a long time ago when riding Hare Scrambles and Enduros, handlebars are a consumable.. As mentioned, the stock bars are soft.. Go buy yourself a real bar..
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post #8 of 8 Old 10-13-2012, 12:18 PM
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I got some neat tiedown plates from Motoadventure.com that attach to the lower triple clamps and not the bars.I think they were around $25 and they work great
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