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post #1 of 32 Old 03-27-2012, 08:22 PM Thread Starter
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I have a 5x10 trailer (kind you see outside of Lowes, Home Depot etc.) That I've used to transport my prior MC to the mechanic on occasion. My question is regarding securing the front end. I use ratchet straps and can't seem to find a good place to hook them to the front end 0f my 2012 KLR.

Where is a good place to secure the straps to the front end? Currently the trailer end is about 1 ft. up on each side. I can move the eye bolts on the trailer if needed. Thanks!
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I know I'm making a generalization...but the guy making gear for the
'serious rider" says he's been trailering his bike to rallies for ten years...
Somewhere I see irony....

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I have a 5x10 trailer (kind you see outside of Lowes, Home Depot etc.) I use ratchet straps and can't seem to find a good place to hook them to the front end 0f my 2012 KLR.
Have hauled my 09 on a 5X8 Lowes type trailer. Generally bump the front tire against front rail of the trailer. Run the ratchet straps under the tupperware (plenty of room/easy to see) and hook on the handlebars. Also throw some straps on the back. Have hauled it a couple hundred miles this way on more than one occasion with no problems.

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Where is a good place to secure the straps to the front end? Currently the trailer end is about 1 ft. up on each side. I can move the eye bolts on the trailer if needed. Thanks!
I put soft-straps around each side of the lower triple ( http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com...WT.MC_ID=10010 )
Then hook the ratchet straps to the soft-straps.
Note: Before tightening, I put a block between the top of the tire and the underside of the fender. That way, when tightened, the forks compress onto the block and won't bounce. See http://www.klrforum.com/showthread.php?t=11035

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i tied a piece of nylon rope into an circle and used those to wrap around the forks and hooked them to ratchet straps

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I know I'm making a generalization...but the guy making gear for the
'serious rider" says he's been trailering his bike to rallies for ten years...
Somewhere I see irony....

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I trailer it because it's across town. I can leave the MC and trailer at the dealership and go to work. I can then go back after work and get the bike. It eliminates the wife having to take me from there to work. Trailers are your friend.

The dog has nothing to do with this, I just have two that look like it... I drove this in the National Guard, again, might I digress...I'll stop now...
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I put soft-straps around each side of the lower triple ( http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com...WT.MC_ID=10010 )
Then hook the ratchet straps to the soft-straps.
Note: Before tightening, I put a block between the top of the tire and the underside of the fender. That way, when tightened, the forks compress onto the block and won't bounce. See http://www.klrforum.com/showthread.php?t=11035
Thanks NH, I ordered two sets of straps. I'll manufacture the block for the front end as well.. I'm thinking that I'l reposition the front eye bolts from the sides of the trailer to the floor so there's a straight line. I think the back end will be ok.
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It's got wheels and a motor - just drive it.
See post #7. I don't want to wait and need to go to work.

Again I have no idea about this little thing I posted, but the guys over in the Glocktalk forum need to talk to you guys for new gizmos!
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