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post #1 of 15 Old 07-24-2008, 08:55 AM Thread Starter
 
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How to Tie down the Bike??

Hi! Newbie here... I am going to pick up my new to me 07 KLR650 tomorrow. I am taking my truck and have about a 4 1/2 hr. drive back. Its a Chev 1/2 truck and I was wondering if anyone knows the best way to tie it down in the truck?? I see the bike has grab handles in the back but what is the best place to tie down in the front?? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!! Oh I would like to angle it in the truck so the tailgate goes up!!!
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post #2 of 15 Old 07-24-2008, 11:32 AM
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Haven't hauled one in a truck, but would think pull straps from handle bars down to tie downs in the bed will be fine. Don't over pull the front and bottom out the front forks, could cause seal problems. Same for the back, you can use the grab handles. You just basically want to keep the bike from being able to move around and get loose on you.

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post #3 of 15 Old 07-24-2008, 11:41 AM Thread Starter
 
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Hey thanks!! I take it there is no where on the tree to attach a rachet strap?? I will use the handlebars then. Thanks a lot!!!
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Yeah, just be mindful of the fairing plastic and any cables. It doesn't take a lot of pressure to hold the bike in place. Make sure the clamps that hold the bar in place are tight and not loose. If they are loose the bars could fold down onto the tank. The bolts are allen head bolts 6mm if I remember correctly.

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post #5 of 15 Old 07-24-2008, 11:48 AM
 
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I hauled my KLR in the back of my 1/2 ton just fine. Put the side stand down then eased the ratchet straps down on the handle bars till the shocks compressed a bit. same on the back , just went thru the passenger grips on the rear rack.
No problems traveling 400 miles .
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Hey great thanks! I will add that to the list of "to Brings" for the trip down. I have tied bikes down before but since i wanted to angle it so the tailgate would close it got me thinkin about how to strap it??? Thanks again!
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post #7 of 15 Old 07-24-2008, 11:49 AM
 
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I could not get the gate shut on mine, but 2 ft. of bed was already full cause of the tool box.
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post #8 of 15 Old 07-24-2008, 11:50 AM Thread Starter
 
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thanks for the reassurance northman!! I have read here that the fork seals can be damaged if u crank it too much.... did u use the kickstand or just stood the bike up??
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post #9 of 15 Old 07-24-2008, 01:37 PM
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Since I do most everything by myself, I've found that this chock helps a lot with trailering.

http://www.harborfreightusa.com/usa/...o?itemid=96349

You can usually get them on sale for less than $30. I bolt them thru the wood trailer bed. Haven't used them in a truck, but I could see bolting them to a piece of plywood that would fit across the bed and butt up to the front of the bed.

I really like this for working on bikes, particularly wife's Buell, since it doesn't have a centerstand.

http://www.harborfreightusa.com/usa/...bCategoryName=
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thanks for the reassurance northman!! I have read here that the fork seals can be damaged if u crank it too much.... did u use the kickstand or just stood the bike up??
I used the side stand and slightly compressed the front and rear suspension.
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